5 things to do in ny this week: from wes anderson to die antwoord

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

by Courtney Iseman
03 August 2015, 4:25pm

X Plays for Billy Zoom
Exene Cervenka, John Doe, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom formed one of the most influential bands of the seminal late-70s L.A. punk scene. Since then, X has continued to perform and record buzzed-about albums (with a couple of lineup changes and breaks along the way) and maintain a cultish fanbase. Chances to see the group are rare, and their City Winery appearance Monday is even more special: Cervenka, Doe and Bonebrake are playing with a guest guitarist to raise money for Zoom's cancer treatment.

Monday, August 3 at 8PM, at City Winery, 155 Varick Street.

It's been 20 years since T.S. and Brodie spent an eventful day at the mall in Kevin Smith's classic so-ridiculous-it's-good film. To celebrate, Nitehawk Cinema and Buzzfeed are showing Mallrats at 50 Kent with a Q&A with Smith before the movie. It will be a night of reveling in 90s throwbacks, stoner and comic book geek humor, Jay and Silent Bob, and early Ben Affleck - not to mention your own memories of loitering in the mall.

Tuesday, August 4 at 50 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn.

Greg Bogin's Sunny Disposition
Bogin's bold canvas and wood-panel sculptures have been a hit at Chelsea's Marlborough Gallery, and this Friday is your final chance to see them. A prominent figure in New York's contemporary art scene, Bogin reinterprets unassuming objects -- road signs, awnings, billboards -- with inventively modern shapes and radiant colors. The spirit of his most recent show is a sort of snarky optimism, adding a deeper sense of intrigue to the expertly constructed works.

Closes Friday, August 7, at the Marlborough Chelsea, 545 West 25th Street.

The Wes Anderson Art Show
As a master of mise-en-scène, Wes Anderson is a very appropriate filmmaker to inspire an art show. And in fact, he's inspired six: Spoke Art is about to present its sixth annual Anderson-themed Bad Dads group exhibition at the Joseph Gross Gallery. For this pop-up, the genius graphics, color palettes and details of Anderson's oeuvre (think Mendl's boxes, Margot's eyeliner, Steve's beanie) will be interpreted by over 70 artists in an eclectic array of styles, ranging from painting to sculpture and carving.

Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, at the Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street.

Mad Decent Block Party
Of all the many music festivals happening throughout the summer, Mad Decent Block Party puts the emphasis on party with a roster of artists that are there to make the crowds lose it and dance. The lineup is also one of the most exciting and high-energy, with a mix of established cool kids and up-and-comers. Diplo's renegade record label has gathered the likes of Skrillex, ODESZA, Cashmere Cat, Tyler the Creator and, maybe best of all, Die Antwoord.

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 at 2PM, at MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn.


Text Courtney Iseman
Image courtesy Spoke Art

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