5 things to do in ny this week: from debbie harry to chuck palahniuk

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

May 18 2015, 2:45pm

getty images / michael ochs

Violent Femmes
You've probably already screamed "Blister in the Sun" at the top of your lungs during karaoke, but now's your chance to do it along with the band IRL. The unique acoustic sound of the Violent Femmes has been an oft-cited influence in the punk world since the band started out by opening for the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Richard Hell. This tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of their first (self-titled) album, so you're sure to hear all your favorites.

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30PM, at Rough Trade, 64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn.

Selected Shorts: Make Something Up with Chuck Palahniuk
Something about the fact that Chuck Palahniuk's writing has often been considered too disturbing to publish throughout his career makes his works (Fight Club, Choke, Invisible Monsters) all the more irresistible. We're about to get more dark and twisted goodness: this month will see the release of the author's first collection of short stories. He'll read selected tales from Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread at Symphony Space, along with a couple of stories from authors he admires.

Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30PM, at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway.

Art Off the Wall: "Decoding Basquiat"
In support of its exhibition Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, the Brooklyn Museum will dedicate Thursday evening to the artist. Throughout the museum, you'll find different interpretations of the iconic Brooklyn-born artist's works and inspirations. Celebrating Basquiat's varied influences of jazz, language and movement of the body, there will be a performance by astro soul band King Holiday that takes its themes from Basquiat's process, as well as poetry readings by the likes of Harmony Holiday and Christopher Stackhouse.

Thursday, May 21 at 6:30PM, at Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

Uncovering Fashion with Garance Doré
Part of the first wave of street style bloggers, Garance Doré has proved her staying power with her evolving site, collaborations, and impeccable eye. She's an authority with her own unique take on covering fashion, and this Thursday, she'll share her knowledge at a talk organized by the French Institute. She'll be joined by other fashion industry names including Erin Beatty of SUNO, Danielle McGrory of KCD, and Sarah Easley of Kirna Zabête.

Thursday, May 21 at 7PM at FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street.

HR Giger and Debbie Harry
The works of surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer HR Giger are renowned for their power to transport you into other worlds, and on Friday night, none other than Debbie Harry will help facilitate that journey. The Museum of Art and Design will celebrate Giger's collaborations in the film scene by showing three shorts: the dystopian sci-fi Swissmade 2069 from 1968, the psychedelic art documentary Tagtraum from 1973, and 1982's The New Face of Debbie Harry. Harry will be on hand to introduce the film.

Friday, May 22 at 7PM, at the Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle.


Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Getty Images / Michael Ochs