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5 things to do in ny this week: from a$ap rocky to the jesus and mary chain

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

by Courtney Iseman
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Sep 21 2015, 4:20pm

A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator
When these two announced they'd be heading out on a 13-date tour a couple of weeks back, the demand was so high they had to add more stops almost immediately. Hip-hop's most fashion-conscious rapper (barring Yeezy, of course), A$AP is still supporting his album At.Long.Last.A$AP, so you'll be treated to plenty of Rick Owens and Raf Simons references. And it's never a good idea to miss out on Tyler, the Creator, who's become such a controversial force he's apparently been temporarily banned from the UK.

Tuesday, September 22 at 8PM, at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street.
rockyandtyler.com

In This House: AIDS, Art and Activism in the Vogue Ball Scene
Many of us learned what we know about ballroom culture from Paris is Burning, but Thursday night's panel at La MaMa is a chance to delve even deeper. Artists Luna Luis Ortiz, Milton Ninja Garcia, Kia LeBeija and Elegance Bratton will be discussing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the scene, as well as the activism it inspired in the community. They'll also be talking about their own creative endeavors and how they grew with and helped shape ball culture.

Thursday, September 24 at 6PM, at La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street.
visualaids.org

The Jesus and Mary Chain
The 30th anniversary of Psychocandy doesn't just mark 30 years since that seminal album came out, or even the birth of one of rock's moodiest, most irreverent bands - it also marks 30 years since The Jesus and Mary Chain helped kick off shoegaze and post-punk. For 2015, Scottish brothers William and Jim Reid have taken their act - formerly known for its unpredictability and even violence - back on the road. The tour offers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Psychocandy performed in its entirety, start to finish.

Thursday, September 24 at Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street.
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Brooklyn Open Studios
Chashama is an organization that finds unused properties in New York and turns them into workspaces for artists, and once a year, they open the doors to those spaces to let people see the work taking place there. This weekend at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, you can watch artists mid-process, view finished pieces, and talk to painters, sculptors, performance artists, jewelry designers and more. There will also be a shuttle bus going to the NARS Foundation and J&M Open Studios, for more behind-the-scenes opportunities.

Friday, September 25 from 6PM to 9PM; Saturday, September 26 from 12PM to 5PM, at Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, Brooklyn.
chashama.org

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
You might have already written off the Brooklyn Flea as something you've done too many times only to be annoyed by the crowds, but once a year, it's absolutely worth circling back. This weekend is the Flea's eighth annual Record Fair, which means tables and tables of boxes to dig through to find all your old favorites, new discoveries, and obscure treasures. All the coolest labels, big and small, will be representing, including Captured Tracks, 4AD, Young Turks, Rough Trade, Domino Records and Matador.

Saturday, September 26 from 11AM to 6PM at 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn.
brooklynflea.com

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