Eight Items or Less: A Hip-Hop Batman Book Club & Squid-Powered Art

Elizabeth Thompson
1. Tonight the Bushwick Book Club, which features musicians performing songs related to a book they've all recently read, is having a free, all-hip-hop night on Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Hip-hop artists including Breez Evahflowin, Timothy Dark, Core Rhythm, Dan Costello, Susannah Pryce and We Stole the Show are slated to take the stage and Batman-related snacks and drinks will be provided. (Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 8 p.m.)

2. PAPERMAG's recent Fashion Week blogger Little Boots preforms tonight at the Highline Ballroom. Keep your eyes peeled for her new buddy, Dot Com from 30 Rock!

3. Speaking of PAPERMAG bloggers, check out wunderkind PAPERMAG fashion writer Julia Frakes' five favorite spots in New York. [Refinery29]

4. German artist John Bock's self-titled show opens tonight at the Anton Kern Gallery. Pieces include a "squid-powered metal sculpture with video." (32 West 20th St., (212) 367-9663. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free.)

5. Scientists believe that the magnitude of Chile's recent 8.8 earthquake may have tipped the Earth's axis, resulting in days that are 1.26 microseconds shorter. [CNN]

6. Ahem: The 10 worst "moose knuckles" at the Winter Olympics. [Buzzfeed]

7. Peter Gabriel's all-covers album Scratch My Back, featuring Gabriel's takes on songs by Arcade Fire, Neil Young, and Radiohead, is out today. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Arcade Fire will record Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" for an upcoming companion volume to the album called I'll Scratch Yours.

8. Here's an exhaustive, three-part collection of retro breakfast cereals. Sir Grapefellow approves!

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