5 things to do in ny this week: from sunflower bean to ghe20g0th1k
Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.
julia cumming by kathy lo
Johnny Rotten's Book Launch
Few people have a stronger claim to the title of punk poster child as John Lydon, better known as Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten. The singer has had one eventful life since he was plucked from obscurity by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. So much so that he has just written a second memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. Catch the book's launch at Saint Vitus, where Pitchfork writer Brandon Stosuy will interview Rotten about his career and the mark he's made on music.
Tuesday, April 28 at 8PM, at Saint Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn.
Sunflower Bean and DIIV
The crowd will be full of PYTs at the secret show Sunflower Bean recently announced with DIIV at Baby's All Right. Described by bassist Julia Cumming as Black Sabbath mixed with The Smiths, neo-psychedelic group Sunflower Bean has been storming both the music and fashion scenes — Cumming is Hedi Slimane's muse and campaign star. DIIV is fronted by Zachary Cole Smith, of Sky-Ferreira-coupledom fame, and the band might just be revealing some much anticipated new material at the show.
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:30PM, at Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn.
The most consistently buzzed-about underground party is more than just that — it's an entire subculture. Created by DJ Venus X in 2009, it pops up in secret spaces in New York every few weeks, with the likes of Hood By Air's Shayne Oliver spinning a mashup of hip-hop, trance and electronica for a crowd of cool kids clad in their own new breed of urban-athletic-punk wear. Your next shot at being a part of the scene (and potentially your last, if the rumors are true) is Saturday in Brooklyn with Sissy Nobby, and you'll regret it if you miss out.
Saturday, May 2, at 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn.
Whitney Block Party
The re-opening of the Whitney at its new Meatpacking District location is long awaited, and one of the city's most important art institutions will finally be ready to welcome the public this Friday. To celebrate, the museum is making admission free on Saturday and throwing a huge block party. There will be booths set up by artists like Jacolby Satterwhite, K8 Hardy and Ryan McNamara, as well as activities and performances by the likes of Le1f.
Saturday, May 2 at 10:30AM, at The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street.
Independent Bookstore Day After-Party
20 book shops in New York are rallying together for the first-ever Independent Bookstore Day. There will be author visits, readings, lectures and other special activities. It's the perfect opportunity to plan a literature-focused stroll through the city and replenish your book stack. The day will end with an after party at powerhouse Arena, featuring beer from Brooklyn Brewery and food from Luke's Lobster.
Saturday, May 2 at 9PM, at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn.
Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Kathy Lo