Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Fun Report!

Another week has zoomed by, and as a new weekend arrives, so do a slew of fun things to do. If you aren't planning a getaway, get away to some of these events, all taking place in the neighborhood.

Open as of Wednesday, Brion Gysin: Dream Machine at the New Museum offers a provocative survey of the work of artist Brion Gysin (1916-1986). The Dream Machine itself, "a kinetic light sculpture that utilizes the flicker effect to induce visions when experienced with closed eyes" will be on view as well. Located at 235 Bowery and open from 11-6 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 11-9 on Thursdays.

For all of you LES history buffs, Bowery Boogie and the Tenement Museum have partnered up for a new weekend segment exploring the history of different Lower East Side structures. How it works: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they will post a new picture of a LES location with a clue. If you know where it is, contact them (via email: or twitter: @boweryboogie) with either the address or your own picture of the site. Each weekend, one correct answer will receive a free ticket to the Tenement Museum. At the end of the summer, the person with the most wins will be selected for a super Grand Prize.

Here's today's clue:

"Today’s clue: I’ve been standing in the neighborhood for over 80 years, and my view of bars is different from yours."

Let the games begin!

The Brooklyn based duo, Tanlines, will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom this Saturday at 9:30 pm. Their sound has been described by the Village Voice as having "jovial synths, tropicalia drums, and merrily temporal lyrics". The Bowery Ballroom is located at 6 Delancey Street.

Blue Stockings, our favorite neighborhood bookstore, is hosting a talk with Paul West and Elizabeth Dembrowsky on fiction and how it shapes our perception: "Atwood, Orwell, Nersesian. The best fiction shows us the future and encourages empathy towards our future selves. Join Paul West (author of “First Cause”) and Elizabeth Dembrowsky (author of “My Monk”) for a reading and discussion about challenging our fictions about the possibilities for humanity’s future." Blue Stockings is located at 172 Allen Street. The lecture is being held Saturday, July 10th at 7pm. $5 suggested donation.

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