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09:26
09:25
KENDRICK LAMAR

Around 2005 a cosmic rift opened in the hip hop world that would give way to today’s genre blurring, no-coast wave of rappers. Kanye played a hand in this for sure, and more importantly the internet, but wherever the credit may lie, hip hop everywhere acquired the 808 snap of the south along with injections of indie rock and electro. Which brings us to 2012 where a rapper like Kendrick Lamar finds himself signed to Aftermath, cutting tracks with Dr. Dre over chopped up Twin Sister samples. Who would have thunk the machine behind 50 and Eminem would be placing its chips on Lamar, with his Hieroglyphic and Pharcyde-esque vibe and a flow that mashes midwest pluck with southern shuffle? What about tracks exploring pre-natal crack smoke and A.D.H.D? The second decade of the two oh’s is all about mixing it up. Show up around 6 to beat the crowds.  -  C

JUNE 4 2012

6PM - 4AM

SANTOS PARTY HOUSE

96 LAFAYETTE STREET NEW YORK NY 10013

FREE


00:30
00:28
JIM JOE, YES 12

"I’m not a graffiti artist, I’m a graffiti bomber." Jim Joe is somewhere in between both. One part vandal, one part virtuoso, and all around provocateur, Joe’s scrawled his name and witticisms on just about every wall, discarded door, and piss-stained rug from the LES to Montreal. Like SPRING BREAK, Joe appropriates public space and turns it into a notepad filled with absurd assaults on what we take for normalcy. People who don’t appreciate their machiatto-infused commute to some Midtown PR firm getting interrupted by the handwriting of a fourth grade dropout should stay in their cramped NoLiTa apartment. They’ll probably show anyway. Whatever the case, the dude (ette?) is continuing to branch out into different mediums this Friday and won’t be coming to watch the yeasayers ogle and approve belatedly. You should though.  -  Z

JUNE 1 2012

6 - 9PM

THE HOLE GALLERY

312 BOWERY NEW YORK NY 10012

FREE

00:25
00:23
DAVID MALEK

Color. A much fretted consideration for the visual design world, perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the concept is just how ambiguous and relative it is. Simply attempting to discern the real difference between the Italian and the Mexican flag illustrates the difficulties inherent to understanding color. Especially when no one in Mexico or Italy knows exactly why their national banners bear the colors they do. Yet the elusive nature of color has not discouraged David Malek from attempting to explore the properties of orange using two large monochromatic paintings. Using the footprint of the gallery and the readings of a spectrometer as the ordering rational behind the size and hue of the  works, Malek is interested in exploring the the experiential ambiguity of orange, a color with less loaded cultural connotations than its constituent red and yellow foundations. For a guy whose work is grounded in the “…the Enlightenment, Humanist, Scientific, Materialist, Democratic tradition…”, Malek is placing a lot of faith in the communicative power of orange. Maybe he has it nailed. How will you feel when the G train’s trademark orange seats turn blue?  -  C

JUNE 1 2012

6 - 9PM

GOLDEN GALLERY

120 ELIZABETH NEW YORK NY 10013

FREE

14:43
14:40
"Moonrise Kingdom" Screening

Always the supplier for quirky, off-kilter, crayola colored tragicomedies, Wes Anderson does it again. Teaming up this time with Roman Coppola, Anderson delivers a tale of two adolescent runaways busting out of the confines of mid-60s society. Get a sneak peek at this romantic flight flick that’s sure to feel like something Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle would’ve put together over a three day scotch bender, if they did that sort of thing. Don’t let the fact that the median age of the main characters is probably around 14 discourage you, this one’s rated P-13 for sexual content and smoking so it’s definitely one for the big kids.

May 23 2012

5pm

REGAL UNION SQUARE 14

850 BROADWAY NEW YORK NY 10003

FREE WITH RSVP

16:55
16:55
"PLEASURE PIECES" PHOEBOE COLLINGS-JMAES

MAY 19 2012

6 - 8PM

STILL HOUSE STUDIOS

481 VAN BRUNT STREET 4TH FLOOR

BROOKLYN NY 11231

FREE

01:32
01:31
LITTLE DRAGON

East coast versus the West coast. It is a well worn dichotomy that pits a fast-paced refined socialites against low key beach bums. Even in Sweden this narrative plays out, with stuffy Stockholmers on the country’s East coast butting heads with the easy going folk of Gothenburg. And this is reflected in the music. While Stockholm pushes out more straight forward groups such as Peter, Bjorn & John and the Concretes, Gothenburg is the home to summery Baelric pop like jj, the Tough Alliance and Air France. So it is no surprise that soul tinged electro bouncers Little Dragon hail from Gothenburg’s chilaxing clime. Most will recognize lead singer Yukumi Nagano’s punctuated soul-tinged voice featured on SBTRKT’s Wildfire, but the group’s catalog covers much more territory than Wildfire would let on, from meandering keyboard strung serenades to energetic dubby funk jams. Come represent for the West. Of Sweden that is.  -  C

MAY 3

7 - 11PM

LE BARON

32 MULBERRY ST NEW YORK NY 10013

FREE WITH RSVP


00:04
00:02
SATURDAYS SURF NYC

GQ just named them Best New Menswear Designers in America, Jake Davis has done a Test Shot of them, Freunde von FreundenThe Coveteur , and Backyard Bill have featured them, they serve La Colombe coffee, their Soho back patio feels like you walked into the cool kids part of the lunchroom, and even Ashley Greene has dabbled. Saturdays NYC is having a sample sale starting today till the weekend. Do yourself a favor and step away from the day glow board shorts and pick up a tailored pair of understated Saturday’s trunks.  -  G

MAY 3 - 6

12 - 8PM

19 KENMARE ST (AT THE CORNER OF ELIZABETH)