5 things to do in ny this week: from lou reed to peaches
Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.
Don't worry if you missed Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, at CMJ; she's back this week to celebrate the second anniversary of Baby's All Right. The Williamsburg venue has become such a staple of Brooklyn's live-music scene since it opened in 2013 that it's hard to believe it's only turning two. And Empress Of is the perfect performer to mark its birthday. The Honduran-American singer released her debut album, Me, last month, and we'd show up anywhere to hear her raw-yet-pretty tunes and all-too-real lyrics.
Tuesday, October 20 at 6PM, at Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn.
Never Going Home Group Show Opening
Warning: this group show will stir up feelings of wanderlust. Photographers Katie McCurdy and Kathy Lo have curated a 72-page photo book, Never Going Home (published by Ed Varie), of images that explore ideas of adventure and home. On Thursday, they kick off a group show to celebrate. There will be photos from each artist featured in the book, including Marcelo Gomes, Ysa Perez, Todd Jordan and Maia Ruth Lee. The show will also feature limited-edition copies of the book as well as postcards by each photographer.
Thursday, October 22 at 6PM, at Nolita Cleaning, 149 Elizabeth Street.
The Life and Music of Lou Reed
Lou Reed's life is hardly undocumented, but that's what makes any book that claims to reveal even more so interesting. Music writer Aidan Levy is making just that claim with Dirty Blvd: The Life and Music of Lou Reed. Drawing on research and interviews with Reed's contemporaries, friends and exes, Dirty Blvd. explores some lesser discussed aspects of the man who helped birth punk and shape the spirit of downtown New York. Levy will be speaking at WORD in Greenpoint on Thursday night, about topics like Reed's pre-Velvet Underground career, literary inspirations, and relationship with Judaism.
Thursday, October 22 at 7PM, at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn.
Prepare to bow down: Peaches hits the stage Saturday night to support her new album, Rub. This is one truly ageless icon. It may have been six years since her last album, but Peaches is still ahead of us all, introducing fresh perspectives on gender, identity and sexuality through sick beats, danceable rhythms and envelope-pushing lyrics. Peaches is one of the most influential artists in modern music, but her daring has always kept her slightly outside the mainstream spotlight, and that's what makes her so vital - and makes this show one not to be missed.
Saturday, October 24 at 7PM, at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place.
Frederick Wiseman's Model
Before the age of reality shows and Instagram, Frederick Wiseman's documentary was one of the public's first in-depth looks at the world of modeling. Released in 1980, the film has a Warhol-esque quality; its passive lens welcomes the viewer into a world focused almost solely on aesthetics. The action centers on the casting of a TV commercial and an Oscar de la Renta runway show, but splinters off as we meet the models, agents, directors and designers of the time. The Museum of the Moving Image's showing offers a rare chance to catch the 16mm flick on the big screen.
Saturday, October 24 at 3PM, at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens.movingimage.us
Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Daria Marchik