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Daily 5: JD Samson and MEN, Vanilla Scented Sovereignty, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for March 27’s best events, from JD Samson and MEN at The Jewish Museum to the opening of Lisa Alonzo’s Vanilla Scented Sovereignty at the Claire Oliver Gallery.


The Contracting Universe

The Contracting Universe (Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Alonzo)

1. PARTY: The Wind Up: Shape Dance (featuring JD Samson and MEN) at The Jewish Museum

Just because The Jewish Museum is full of serious art doesn’t mean it can’t let its hair down after hours. Tonight, catch a live performance from political dance rockers JD Samson and MEN, boogie down to tunes from DJ Gavin Russom, and take a geometric jewelry-making class, all while sipping a beverage from the open bar. Bonus: You can take a tour of the exhibition Other Primary Structures. Ideal for degenerates who can’t wake up for normal museum hours!

DETAILS: 8pm-11pm; $13 adv, $18 day of; 1109 5th Ave.;

2. STORYTELLING: The Soundtrack Series: In Defense of Unpopular Musical Taste at The Gallery at LPR Gallery

Is your love of Creed dwarfed only by your hatred of The Rolling Stones? Then you might find some kindred spirits at this very contrarian edition of the “Soundtrack” musical storytelling series. Esteemed speakers include monologist Mike Daisey, John Asante of NPR and comedian Sharon Spell. Try not to boo them even if they are wrong.

DETAILS: 8pm; $5; 158 Bleecker St.;

3. ART: Vanilla Scented Sovereignty Opening Reception at Claire Oliver Gallery

Lisa Alonzo uses cake decorating tools to create the pixel-like dots of paint that make up her images. Some of these images (Coca Cola) may be more inviting than others (tanks, guns), but all have destructive potential. Ponder issues of technology, desire and mass media at the opening of her new show at Claire Oliver Gallery. Congratulate her if you see her; it’s her first solo exhibition.

DETAILS: 6pm-8pm; free; 513 W. 26th St.;

4. THEATER: Harry Kondoleon’s The Fairy Garden at ACA Galleries

Looking for a play that packs as much weirdness as possible into just one act? Then check out this new production of Harry Kondoleon’s The Fairy Garden, an absurdist fairy tale about a woman weighing the merits of her rich, boring husband vs. her sexy garage mechanic lover. Kondoleon described his own work as “sad, scary, funny;” if this sounds good to you, it’s only $10.

DETAILS: 7pm; $10; 529 W. 20th St.;

5. FOOD: Hard Rock Cafe

Chow down on classic American food and browse the huge collection of rock and roll memorabilia at this beloved tourist attraction. From Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet suit to Kurt Cobain’s smashed guitar, much of the rockist canon is represented. Trick your kids into learning about the music of the past by luring them there with promises of chicken fingers!

DETAILS: 11am-12:30am; $25-$51 (get tickets!); 1501 Broadway

Want even more fun? 15 Things to Do in April.
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