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New York

Beauty Myth author and cultural critic Naomi Wolf was inspired to write Vagina: A New Biography "after a pinched nerve kept her from having the "melting" vaginal orgasms she was used to. Wolf argues that "there is a profound brain-vagina connection" and that a woman's pelvic nerve could be "the secret to everything related to femininity." She also refers to the vagina as "the goddess." Is this book the literary version of the SNL "love-ahh" hot tub sketch, or is there some stuff in here that women (and men) should be attuned to? Find out tonight when Wolf reads at Book Court. [Flavorpill]

Little Rock doom metal band Pallbearer is touring in support of their much-loved, sludgy and occasionally psychedelic recent album Sorrow and Extinction. Tonight, they play Brooklyn's the Knitting Factory for a Brooklyn Vegan-sponsored show and are joined by Kings Destroy, Royal Thunder and Inter Arma [Flavorpill]

Lisa D'Amour's dark new off-Broadway play Detroit managed to cast big stars David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan as a couple living in a nameless Detroit suburb and struggling with money and job loss. Things get complicated when another couple, who are both recovering addicts, move in next door. It's dark, and sadly, very of the moment. It's showing at Playwrights Horizon tonight through October 8th. [VillageVoice]



L.A.

Style guru and just seemingly really kind Project Runway host Tim Gunn made his way into America's hearts with his encouraging catch phrase "make it work,' and tonight he reads from his latest book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet, at Barnes and Noble at the Grove. Learn the origins of all of your closet's staple pieces and get some tips on how to make them work in an ensemble. (Sorry, we had to.) [LAWeekly]

Though they mellowed a little in later years, noise veterans Swans are back to wreak havoc on your ear drums with new album The Seer. They play the Fonda Theater tonight. (Plan on asking everyone to speak up tomorrow at work.) [LAWeekly]



Chicago


Brooklyn-based funk-pop octet Rubblebucket, who take cues from the Talking Heads and Brazilian Girls, play Lincoln Hall tonight alongside upbeat Athens wunderkinds Reptar (who are truly a sight to behold live) and On and On. [via Chicago Reader]

The Chicago Turkish Festival, now in its tenth year and taking place in a square off of City Hall, features a slew of art, film, dance, music and gourmet food-related activities. Catch the Ottoman Military Band, Turkish folk dancers, whirling dirvishes, carpet-weaving demonstrations as well as tasty Turkish treats at this fun-sounding fest that runs through September 12. [via Metromix]



London

Artifacts from Aspen Magazine, the cultish 1960s' multimedia arts magazine edited by WWD's Phyllis Johnson, are on display at Whitechapel Gallery starting today. The magazine, which came in a box, featured records, paintings, flip books, collages from contributors like Peter Black, David Hocnkey, John Lennon, William S. Burroughs, Yoko Ono and many more. On view is an issue edited by Andy Warhol and David Dalton, as well as a special Britiish issue. [via Whitechapel Gallery]

The insanely-talented-for-her-age Birdy (who's a mere 15 years old!) is a master (mistress?) of the breathtakingly-beautiful cover -- if you haven't heard her sing Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" please do so now. She plays O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. [via Time Out]

The Pajama Men, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based improv duo comprised of Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, recently wowed critics and crowds alike at the Edinburgh Fest with their completely-improvised cerebral and hilarious shows. Tonight they do their thing at the SoHo Theatre. [via Time Out]
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