Friday, November 30
MUSIC: No New York
In 1978, when dissonant bands DNA and the Contortions were featured on different sides of the genre-defining No New York compilation, few could have imagined that their respective leaders, Arto Lindsay and James Chance, would still be playing in 2012. They are, and on the same night. Lindsay performs in conjunction with the New Museum's exhibit Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, while Chance headlines Barnard College radio station WBAR's Goth Cruise.
New Museum, 235 Bowery. 7 p.m. $15.
Barnard College Diana Event Center Oval, 3009 Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Free.
PARTY: Interracial at Bedlam
The dynamic duo (and PAPER nightlife award winners) behind Gayletter host the latest installment of their Interracial party series tonight at Alphabet City stop Bedlam. With special co-hosts Cocky Boys model Max Ryder and drag superstar Merrie Cherry, and a DJ set by PAPER's culturists AndrewAndrew, this is a surefire formula for dancing and debauchery.
Bedlam, 40 Avenue C. 10 p.m. Free.
PARTY: 11:11 at 244 East Houston
Nightlife connoisseur Ladyfag has unveiled a new evening of late-night antics. The doors will open at the enchanted moment of eleven minutes after eleven, answering your wishes for a insane dance party with DJs Honey Dijon upstairs, and Fatherhood (that's Michael Magnan & Physical Therapy) one floor down. Hosts Agent Q, Le1f's video vixen Juliana Huxtable and of course the one and only Ladyfag will be fueling this ride until just before daylight.
244 East Houston Street. 11:11 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
OUTDOORS: Chinatown Holiday Fair
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York organized this event to help out vendors who lost business to hurricane Sandy, and who will be selling food and merchandise for as little as a dollar throughout the afternoon. Nearby Confucius Plaza hosts martial arts performances and a lion dance.
Bayard (between Bowery and Mulberry), Doyers, Mott (between Canal and Worth), and Pell Streets. 12-5 p.m.
MUSIC: Black Dice and Oneida at Secret Project Robot
Over the past fifteen years, Black Dice and Oneida have become elder statesmen of Brooklyn experimental rock. They celebrate their shared anniversary, and their new albums, with a night of music that's sure to be as intensely loud as any young guns'.
Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose Avenue, Brooklyn. 9 p.m. $12.
MUSIC: Hurricane Relief Benefit at 285 Kent
The younger generation of Brooklyn noisemakers--A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Total Slacker, and Royal Baths--plays this benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief fund.
285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $12.
Sunday, December 2
FILM: Castles in the Sky at IFC Center
This series curates the work of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, where Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and series eponym Castle in the Sky.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, (212) 924-7771. Full schedule here.
BOOKS: Richard Kramer at McNally Jackson
Richard Kramer published his first piece of fiction in the New Yorker as a college senior, but it took him nearly forty years, in which time he became an Emmy-winning writers for shows including My So-Called Life and thirtysomething, to follow it up with the well-titled Manhattan bildungsroman These Things Happen. Tonight he discusses the novel and his career with critic Daniel Mendelsohn.
McNally Jackson Booksellers, 52 Prince Street, (212) 274-1160. 4 p.m.
MUSIC: Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1
Ducktails and Oneohtrix Point Never spin at this benefit for the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Sandy Relief; Berlin club DJ-turned-Stanford composition student Holly Herndon will perform a live-processed electronic set with video accompaniment.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, (718) 784-2084. 4 p.m. $12, or free with museum admission.