5 things to do in ny this week: from alber elbaz to tyler, the creator

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

by Courtney Iseman
08 June 2015, 3:55pm

Photography Brick Stowell

Alina Cho Talks to Alber Elbaz
Alina Cho has made a career out of her strong interview game as a national correspondent for CNN and as the host of its "Fashion: Backstage Pass" series, so she's sure to drum up an intriguing discussion with Lanvin's creative director, Alber Elbaz. On the agenda: a conversation about the intersection of art and ideas in fashion, a topic on which the beloved designer will no doubt have some fresh insights.

Tuesday, June 9 at 6PM, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.

Blanca Li at BAM
Blanca Li is the original renegade of dance. She's studied with Martha Graham and created a flamenco rap band during the early days of hip-hop. She incorporates every style imaginable into her choreography, which might appear one year at the Metropolitan Opera, the next in a Pedro Almodovar movie or Beyoncé video. For her new show, ROBOT, she throws other tools from her arsenal - art and humor - into the mix. It's a fantastical ballet in which humans and robots are the dancers and music is played on art-installation instruments.

Tuesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 14, at BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

Jenny Holzer's Illuminated Tribute to Frida Kahlo
The New York Botanical Garden is currently in the midst of its Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life show, which celebrates the theme of nature in the iconic artist's work. As part of its Frida al Fresco Evenings series, artist Jenny Holzer - known for her graphic, textual art and projections - will cast lit-up excerpts of Kahlo's diary, Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz's writings, and poems from Mexico's leading female poets onto spaces in the gardens.

Wednesday, June 10 to Saturday, June 13 at New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, the Bronx.

Tyler, the Creator
Feeling down about the end of Odd Future? Seek comfort in a live performance by Tyler, the Creator. The controversial rapper is a modern-day renaissance man with a DIY punk sensibility, and has kept fans on their toes with not only his often self-produced music but also his design collaborations and sketch show (Adult Swim's "Loiter Squad"). We're never quite sure what to expect next from Tyler, so this show seems like a good opportunity to get in there and enjoy his sharp rhymes.

Friday, June 12 at 7PM, at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place.

Alden Penner and Michael Cera
In case you missed it, the prince of mumblecore, Michael Cera, released an album last summer that was perfectly in line with his adorable music-nerd brand of hipsterdom, and it was refreshingly good. Cera brings lo-fi rock and experimental noise to the table in his collaboration with Alden Penner of the indie pop duo The Unicorns. After recording the song "Meditate" together, the two decided to hit the road, and will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival Friday night so you can catch their charmingly weird sound.

Friday, June 12 at 11PM, at Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn.


Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Brick Stowell

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