Tips for Today: Liars in NYC + Jenny Lewis in L.A. + Ecstasy of Order in Chicago + John Currin in London

New York

Liars have come a long way from being that band with the lead guy who dated Karen O in the early-aughts. Their latest album, WIXIW (incidentally, it's pronounced "wish you"), released earlier this month, sees the New York trio going in a haunting, more Radiohead-y direction. Rolling Stone described the record as "an album that creeps you out even as it sucks you in." They play Webster Hall tonight.  [Flavorpill]

John Oliver, Kristen Shaal, Wyatt Cenac and Al Madrigal all in one stand-up show? You're not dreaming. It's really happening tonight at The Daily Show's Indecision in the Park extravaganza taking place in Central Park. The evening of politically-charged humor, hosted by John Hodgman, is free.  [NYMag]

BYORS -- Bring Your Own Rollerskates -- to tonight's roller skating party at Dekalb Market, featuring DJ Danny Krivit on the ones and twos. [via Time Out]

Jess Walter -- author of Beautiful Ruins, a novel at the top of our summer-reading list, which follows various characters (including Richard Burton) from 1960s Italy to today -- chats with fellow novelist Ben Greenman at McNally Jackson. [McNally Jackson]

Tonight marks the inaugural fundraiser for B.E.A.T. (Bringing Education & Art Together) at Arena Club. The non-profit offers underprivileged New York kids the chance to dance and make music. Watch performances by the students and participate in the silent auction with works by NYC artists and photographers up for grabs. Mobius Collective will perform as well. [Flavorpill]

Los Angeles

Indie-pop darling Jenny Lewis will be performing tonight at Largo. Lewis has had quite the extensive career, from playing with Rilo Kiley to her newer side project, Jenny & Johnny, so it's nice that the girl who can sell out large arenas will be playing a more intimate show, and testing out new material from her forthcoming record. If that's not enough to tempt you, Lewis promises the appearance of some "very special surprise guests." [LA Weekly]

The Cinefamily, aka the folks who run L.A.'s Silent Movie Theater, are bidding adieu to their beloved house manager Jordan with a party/film screening. One of Jordan's favorite movies Bad News Bears will screen, and food will be grilled and drinks will be flowing. [Cinefamily]


For those who came of age in the 90s, Tetris was a national pastime. The addictive video game gets the big screen treatment in the recently-released doc Ecstasy of Order, which follows several extremely good Tetris players as they train for the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship. The filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening at Music Box. [Chicago Reader]

Revel in the indie-rock-to-mainstream crossover explosion as you take in the catchy tunes of Foster the People, Tokyo Police Club and Kimbra tonight at the Congress Theatre. [Oh My Rockness]


John Currin, the New York-based artist known for his satirical takes on classical figure paintings, presents a new series of works centered on the female nude at Sadie Coles HQ. [via Zing]

L.A.'s surf-pop duo Best Coast bring a little sunshine to London as they play tonight at O2 Shepard's Bush Empire. Expect to hear jaunty tunes from their recently-released sophomore album, The Only Place. [TimeOut]

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