How broad was the phrase "new wave" in 1982? Some of the acts in this film -- the Go-Gos, Joan Jett, Devo, Gary Numan, the Police -- would score top 40 hits by decade's end; some -- the Dead Kennedys, X, Pere Ubu, the Cramps -- would become enshrined in punk mythology; one, Invisible Sex, would leave no other trace of existence.
FILM: Triple Fisher: Lethal Lolitas of Long Island at Videology
Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano and Noelle Parker all star as "Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher in a single Frankenstein of a film edited from three different made-for-television productions by innovative director Dale Kapelovitz, who will provide a Skype-d Q & A following the film.
The dynamic duo at GAYLETTER does it again with the barely-legal installment of their Interracial party, co-hosted by musician, performer and self-proclaimed "King of Banjee Realness" Ab Soto. Come mix and dance with the crowd, and maybe contribute to GAYLETTER's ongoing fundraiser to revamp and expand their site.
Bedlam, 40 Avenue C. 10 p.m. Free
Saturday, January 19
ART: Frozen Lakes at Artists Space
Just over 25 years ago, Artists Space's "Pictures" exhibit gave its name to a group (including Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, and Richard Prince) who would be collected in histories of photography as the "Pictures Generation"; artists who used the photograph as a "signifying structure of its own accord," in the words of curator Douglas Crimp. The eight artists and two collectives in this 2013 update were all selected for their work's relevance to the circulation of images. (Pictured: Metahaven, "Wikileaks," 2011. Photo by Meinke Klein.)
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, (212) 226-3970. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m.
FILM: "Cinema of Transgression" at Glasshouse
The final night of this five-day festival, curated by New York avant-garde/underground filmmaker Nick Zedd, includes five episodes of Zedd & Jen Miller's public-access show "The Adventures of Electra Elf and Fluffer" and four stand-alone shorts.
Glasshouse, 246 Union Avenue, Brooklyn. $10 suggested donation. Full schedule here.
PARTY: Cielo 10th Anniversary
NYC's award-winning nightclub is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and they've scheduled 10 special events during January; tonight's features Tania Vulcano and Willie Graff. Stop in and say "hello" to Nic and the whole crew.
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street, (212) 645-5700. 10 p.m., $20. Tickets here. (21+)
Sunday, January 20
MUSIC: Egyptian Lover at PS 1
Before Dr. Dre got his degree, the West Coast's leading hip-hop producer was Greg Broussard, a.k.a. Egyptian Lover, who made Afrika Bambaataa-style electrojams with titles like "Egypt, Egypt" and "My House (On the Nile)." He'll be performing this afternoon after a DJ set by goth hip-hop group Salem as part of PS 1's Winter Open House.
MoMA PS 1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, (718) 784-2084. Performance at 4 p.m. $10 (suggested).
READING: The Making of Americans at 155 Freeman
Gertrude Stein's 925-page novel, first published in 1925, repeats variations of the same sentences for page after page, resisting most solo readers, but providing an incantatory quality when read aloud, as it will be over an estimated 52 hours this weekend by an estimated 140 artists and writers brought together by the online magazine Triple Canopy. Stop by today to cheer them past the finish line; borscht will be provided.
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn. Starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Full line-up here. Free.
PARTY: Oh! You Pretty Things at (le) poisson rouge
"Oh! You Pretty Things" celebrates the birthdays of all you Capricorn things -- including David Bowie and Elvis Presley -- with a big blowout. There will be tons of hosts (Nita Aviance, King Vulcanus, etc.); tons of special guests (Alison Clancy, Birdy Black, etc.); tons of DJs (Twig the Wonderkid, DJ Ceremony, etc.) plus performances by Screamin' Rebel Angels, Michael T and the Vanities, and Benjamin Ickles and This Ambitious Orchestra) and tons and tons of fun for all.