5 things to do in ny this week: from kelela to kill city

Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.

by Courtney Iseman
13 July 2015, 2:20pm

The Dark Net
This month, Rough Trade Café's book club turns its attention to Jamie Bartlett's The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underground, and will host a discussion with the author. While there will be free coffee, you probably won't need caffeine to stay tuned in to the stories Bartlett will share. The author bought drugs digitally, talked to the cryptographers behind WikiLeaks, and visited with web-cam girls and a neo-Nazi social media personalities. The conversation is sure to leave you eager to explore the internet's hidden corners, too.

Monday, July 13 at 6:30PM, at Rough Trade, 64 North 9th Street. More information here.

Second-generation Ethiopian, LA-based singer Kelela floats from genre to genre with an other-worldly grace that effortlessly blends even the most extreme elements together. Throughout her career, the captivating artist has sung everything from jazz to progressive metal before shifting into a mix of pop and electronica. With her breakout mixtape Cut 4 Me and now her EP, Hallucinogen, Kelela brings in a R&B slant to create a sound that is all her. She's already entranced us with releases like her video for A Message, and now she'll take to the stage as part of one of Red Bull Sound Select and AFROPUNK's more intimate shows at Lot 45, along with Young Paris, Sam Dew and HXLT.

Tuesday, July 14 at 8PM, at Lot 45, 411 Troutman Street. More information here.  

Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000
Before the Lower East Side was home to artisanal coffee shops and frat-happy bars, it was one of the capitals of New York's pre-21st century grit and edge. Artistic communities took over in economically disenfranchised neighborhoods and the result was a mix of danger and creativity. Photographer Ash Thayer captures part of this era in her book, Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000. Her images document the way these artists, musicians and runaways lived and the obstacles they faced. She'll be discussing her work and her own experiences in a discussion and showing this Wednesday night.

Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30PM, at the New York Public Library, 455 Fifth Avenue. More information here

Hang with the Kids
The festivities for the 20th anniversary of Larry Clark's Kids continue. The team behind "The Kids," -- an upcoming documentary about the film -- and digital publication Narratively, have put together a fully immersive night to catch up with Chlo?' and company. There will be a screening of the film itself, followed by an exclusive look at the documentary, a Q&A with Clark, Leo Fitzpatrick, and other cast members, and an after-party at Max Fish.

Wednesday, July 15 at 7PM, at The Angelika, 18 West Houston Street. More information here.

Andy Warhol's Soap Opera
Andy Warhol still reigns over the art world for his unrivaled reflections on American culture and consumerism, made all the more fascinating when they involve the darkly glamorous stars of his Factory. The Whitney will be offering what's now a rare opportunity: to view one of Warhol's films in full, followed by a discussion on the piece. Soap Opera stars Baby Jane Holzer and other frequent Factory-ers, and is spliced between Warhol's own footage and actual TV commercials. Artist Alex Bag and author of a forthcoming book about Warhol's catalogs, Bruce Jenkins, will talk about the film and answer questions.

Saturday, July 18 at 7PM, at The Whitney, 99 Gansevoort Street. More information here.


Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Alasdair McLellan
Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois
Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London
Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Mangement using Tom Ford Beauty
Kelela wears dungarees Rokit. Bra La Perla.

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