Tips for Today: The Crystal Ark in NYC + Honey Badger in L.A. + Emeli Sandé in Chicago + Wilko Johnson in London

New York 

DFA's jack of all trades Gavin Russom and visual artist Viva Ruiz's latest project, The Crystal Ark (which also features a nine-piece orchestra), play a mix of  "Carioca Funk, atabaque drumming, Tropicalia and South American style rave." They do their thing at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. [via Oh My Rockness]

Bookish types looking to put down their N+1 totebags and get a little silly, should head to The Mingle, an evening of drinking and chatting at Lolita Bar (remember Lolita Bar!??!) sponsored by literary outfits Electric Literature, Book Riot, BOMB, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fortnight Journal, Book Boroughing and OR Books. [via Flavorpill]

The fifth annual World Science Festival kicks off today with more than 50 eclectic events throughout the city including film screenings, science experiments street fairs, lectures, cocktail tastings featuring appearances by the likes of Oliver Sacks, Jeffrey Eugenides, Andy Borowitz and Joyce Carol Oates. Go here for more info.

Los Angeles 

We're sure Honey Badger don't give a shit, but... The man, the legend, the one-named wonder Randall -- he who created the breakout meme of the Century, "Honey Badger" -- will be performing his one man show "This... Is Randall" tonight at Largo at the Coronet. [via L.A. Weekly]

The latest white female rapper to pop up on our radar, K Flay, takes to The Observatory stage tonight, a few months before the release of her much-anticipated RCA debut. [Oh My Rockness]
Reggie Watts, the wild-haired comedian-musician -- who you really just have to see to believe -- does his thing tonight at The Fonda Theater. [via Oh My Rockness]


Twenty-three-year-old Brit-based soul phenom Emeli Sandé (who also happens to have a degree in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, and got her start penning songs for Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle) is already a chart-topping artist across the time. She shares her emotionally raw tunes at Lincoln Hall tonight, a few weeks before the June release of her debut album "Our Version of Events." [via Time Out]


Wilko Johnson, the legendary guitarist and songwriter from Dr Feelgood, will discuss his new memoir, "Looking Back At Me," which covers everything from his Essex childhood, his travels to India, and of course, his wild rock 'n roll times. He'll be chatting about the new tome and playing a short set tonight at Rough Trade. [via Rough Trade]

To celebrate the fifth issue of London-based poetry and illustration zine, Inc., head to The Book Club for readings by the likes of Mr. Gee, Catherine Brogan and Nick Jarvis, a selection of live illustrations, and musical performances by The Soul Rub All-Stars and DJ Vinyl Matt. [via Inc-Zine]

The Royal Opera House presents a live screening of Verdi's Falstaff in Trafalagar Square. [via Time Out]

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