It’s our one-year anniversary, and instead of the usual five best things to do in New York City each and every day, we’re delivering 10 great things to do in NYC through June 20. Read on for June 9′s 10 best events, from Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee With Jerry Seinfeld at the Paley Center For Media to Peter Murphy at Irving Plaza.
1. COMEDY: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee With Jerry Seinfeld at the Paley Center For Media
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is the somewhat amusing, somewhat self-indulgent brainchild of Jerry Seinfeld. Doubling down on the concept of “a show about nothing,” it features comedian friends of Jerry’s — mostly old white guys — driving around in cars with him and talking about comedy, etc. as they caffeinate. As if that wasn’t meta enough for you, Seinfeld and his buddy David Letterman (who, with his retirement from The Late Show, has entered his own post-Seinfeld period) are talking about this show about nothing at the Paley Center tonight. Tickets to see it IRL are sold out, but for $15 you may watch it on a big screen in a different room.
DETAILS: 7pm; $15; 25 W. 52nd St.; paleycenter.org
2. MUSIC: Peter Murphy at Irving Plaza
When Peter Murphy sang those deliberately over-the-top vocals on “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” back in 1979, nobody could have predicted it would spawn as many microgenres of post-punk, goth and death rock as it did. Three decades later, Bauhaus has been broken up for some time (reunion tour notwithstanding), but Murphy is still having a productive solo career. See the reluctant godfather of Goth perform gloomy, synth-y post-punk in support of his latest album Lion at Irving Plaza tonight … but don’t expect him to do that song, OK? With Ringo Deathstarr.
DETAILS: 8pm; $35; 17 Irving Pl.; concerts.livenation.com
3. LGBT: Brooklyn Pride Week
For 18 years running, Brooklyn Pride has celebrated Brooklyn’s LGBT community in a somewhat more low-key way than the festivities across the river. Kicking off with a flag-raising ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall and including such prideful activities as an interfaith service, an art show and a 5K run, Brooklyn Pride has numerous events you can bring the kids to. It finishes on Saturday with a Twilight Pride Parade, the only of its kind in the northeast.
DETAILS: various times; free; various locations; brooklynpride.org
4. MUSIC: XXL Freshmen Tour at Best Buy Theater
Each year, XXL Magazine names an incoming class of up-and-coming hip hop and R&B stars it thinks are going to be huge. These lucky young artists are profiled in a giant cover story and shoot exclusive video content (freestyles!) … and they’re also playing a big show at Best Buy Theater. See XXL‘s “dirty dozen” — which includes Isaiah Rashad, Vic Mensa, and Ty Dolla $ign — spit some rhymes at this special performance. XXL hopes you will tweet nice things about it under the hashtag “#XXLFreshman14.”
DETAILS: 8pm; $25-$35; 1515 Broadway; bestbuytheater.com
5. PHOTOGRAPHY: 101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition Tour at NOoSPHERE Arts
Vaginas: they’re all different! And despite the increasing prevalence of labiaplasty, there is no single “correct” way for one’s ladyparts to look. In an effort to combat body shame, photographer Phillip Werner — who says he was inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues – photographed (you guessed it!) 101 vaginas for his coffee table book on the subject. See the photos in person at this book launch and exhibition tour and embrace the diverse beauty of womanity.
DETAILS: 12pm-6pm; free; 251 E. Houston St.; 101vagina.com
6. TALK: SC Conversations: On Architecture and Decoration with Katrín Sigurdardóttir and Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide at The Sculpture Center
With its cheap entry fee and consistently interesting programming, Long Island City’s Sculpture Center is one of our favorite places to see contemporary art. One of its newest works is a large-scale installation by Icelandic artist Katrín Sigurdardóttir that’s meant to resemble the ornamental floor of an 18th century pavilion as viewers wander over it. See the artist discuss her work with Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at this event heralding the exhibit’s launch. Be sure to check out the other exhibits, too; they’re all worth a look.
DETAILS: 7pm; suggested donation $5; 44-19 Purves St., Queens; sculpture-center.org
7. FILM: The Dance Of Reality at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas
With his trippy, surrealist works Holy Mountain and El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky cemented his eternal status as “important avant-garde cinema dude.” He’s also a prolific writer of sci-fi comics and a sincere practitioner of “psychomagic.” Now, after a 23-year hiatus from filmmaking, the French-Chilean master is back with an autobiographical film piecing together the genesis of his worldview through “metaphor, mythology and poetry.” Catch it during its limited engagement at the Landmark Sunshine (through June 12).
DETAILS: various times; $14; 143 E Houston St.; landmarktheatres.com
8. PARTY: 2014 Chashama Gala at Anita’s Way
Chashama is a non-profit arts organization that helps New York’s artists by transforming unused or transitional real estate into affordable work and performance space. Donate heavily to this cause–and rub elbows with schmancy art and real estate people–at their swagged out annual fundraising gala. $500 gets you the standard cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing, as well as some cool entertainment like “aerialist acrobatics, Flambeaux with living candelabras, custom hair art by Delirious Hair Designs, House of Yes.” Also: “a chance to dance with Adira Aram & The Experience,” whose big hit appears to be a hilarious song called “FingerBlast.”
DETAILS: 6pm; from $500; 132 W 43rd St.; chashama.org
9. BOOKS: What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins at BookCourt
Fifty years before Helen Keller learned to sign, Laura Bridgman became the first deaf and blind child in America to gain an education. Despite having been somewhat eclipsed from history, she was widely celebrated in her day, and Charles Dickens’ account of her remarkable achievements was what inspired Helen Keller’s mother to seek out teacher Annie Sullivan. Kimberly Elkins’ What Is Visible is a new novel that tells Laura’s story from mostly her own point of view in all the sassy, painful and curious detail it deserves. Hear Elkins read from the book and ask her some questions at its launch event.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 163 Court St.; bookcourt.com
10. COMICS: Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Calling all Avengers fans: there’s an interactive Avengers experience in Times Square, and it combines comics and science in a way that’s exciting to kids of all ages. It starts when you get S.H.I.E.L.D. access to S.T.A.T.I.O.N. HQ and are given an “assignment”: The world needs your help! Then you move through various dazzling rooms, each of which is devoted to a different character. There are costumes from the movies, sets like Captain America’s transformation pod, and various scientific gadgets to play with. But the highlight of the tour is probably the Iron Man room, in which you can get a brain scan.
DETAILS: 10am-7pm; $17.50 kids 3-11, $24.50 adults (get tickets!); 226 W. 44th St.
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