Erotica Readings, Aerobic Performance Art, and Grammys This Weekend in NYC

By Jonah Wolf

Friday, February 8

FILM: The Lovers on the Bridge

Léos Carax's wacky 1991 love story tracks the attachment between homeless street performer Alex (Dénis Lavant) and half-blind painter Michèle (Juliette Binoche). The drastically over-budget production called for a full-size replica of Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge and a particularly memorable fireworks sequence set at France's bicentennial.

French Institute Alliance Française, 55 East 59th Street, (212) 355-6160. 7:30 p.m. 116 min. $10.

READING: Loose Lips

It's hard to imagine a less comfortable public experience than an erotica reading, but we can't say we aren't curious. Guests with less active imaginations will be pleased to find that the event, hosted by Papercut Press, also promises erotic art and a softcore film screening.

Brooklyn Fireproof East, 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. $5 (suggested)

MUSIC: Don Giovanni Records Showcase

The New Brunswick indie label celebrates ten years of existence with Laura Stevenson's polished folk-pop, Jeffrey Lewis's neurotic joke-folk, Waxahatchee's plaintive bedroom emo, Lemuria's angsty post-hardcore, and Hilly Eye's righteous guitar stomp.

Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $13 advance/$15 day of. Tickets here.

Saturday, February 9

MUSIC: Big Dipper

Boston indie supergroup Big Dipper includes members of Volcano Suns, the Embarrassment and Dumptruck. Last year they released the delightful Crashes on the Platinum Planet, their first album since 1990. Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne opens.

Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street. 7:30 p.m. $16 advance/$18 day-of. 21+


Better living through performance art: participate in a group workout and watch five different fitness-themed performances.

Panoply Performance Library, 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $5 (suggested)

PARTY: Cheese Club

To the barricades! Indulge your Francophilia with a night of chansons, an accordion performance, a linguistics lecture, and a "fruit-peeling performance."

The Ho_se, 28 Lawton Street, Brooklyn. 9 p.m.

PARTY: Nowhere Magazine Launch

This journal of travel-writing has existed online since 2009 but recently relaunched as a "downloadable digital quarterly;" contributors include Another Bullshit Night in Suck City author Nick Flynn. Tonight's celebration offers music by San Francisco folk guitarist Freddi Price, New Jersey R&B ensemble the One and Nines and Brooklyn house DJ Barney Iller, not to mention installations, projections and a "fake fashion shoot photo booth."

Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th Street, Brooklyn. 10 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m.; $10 after. Includes magazine subscription. Open bar 10-11.

Sunday, February 10

FILM: Blue Collar

Slake your anticipation for The Canyons with director Paul Schrader's first feature, this 1978 crime drama starring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel as disenchanted auto workers who try to blackmail their union.

BAM Cinématek, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

TV: Official Grammy Telecast Viewing Party

We can't promise any celebrities here. In fact, we doubt there will be any. Free hors d'oeuvres, though.

40/40 Club, 6 West 25th Street. 7 p.m. $40 tickets on sale through Thursday at (212) 245-5440

MUSIC: Beak>

Specializing in muffled minimalist motorik, Beak> is led by Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Opener Chrome Canyon throws oscillating analog synths over funky basslines.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street.

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