Eight Items Or Less: Patti Smith at the River to River Festival + Giant Spiders

Gary Pini

1. It's April 20 and we promise only this one little 4/20 item:  Watch High Times editor Steven Hager explain the origins and significance of the day on ABC News here. (Oh hi former MTV News correspondent Alison Stewart!)

2. Ok, we lied: 15 Things That Happened on 4/20 Having Nothing to Do With Weed. [Buzzfeed]

3. Yikes! World's largest spider found in China. Don't worry, it's only a fossil. [BBC]

4. Brian Eno claims that U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. can detect a click track that is off-beat by six milliseconds. Read all about that, David Eagleman, time, zero gravity and drumming in "The Possibilian," Burkhard Bilger's great article in this week's New Yorker. [NYer]

5. Vice and Dell/Intel are hosting a free concert on April 28 with Cults, Oberhoffer and Puro Instinct, to celebrate the launch of Noisey.com. Their new music network showcasing "local bands and music scenes" worldwide. It's at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg. RSVP here

6. Following-up his 2009 exhibit at the old Essex Street market, French artist Nicolas Pol is coming back to NYC in May with another big show called "Sick Atavus of the New Blood" at 560 Washington Street.

7. Also back this year is the 10th edition of the River To River Festival in lower Manhattan.  The complete schedule of events is here and the long list of free performances include Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Sean Lennon and many more.

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