Friday, August 9
Canadian ballerina turned electronic artist Grimes has been an online media darling ever since her album Visions was released late last year. Now, she will be hitting the stage for a free show this Friday at 6:00 PM in Hudson River Park's Pier 84. Mixing her experimental take on electro-pop with video, art, and dance expertise, this show is a must see. She will also be sharing the bill with nostalgiac synth-popsters Wild Nothing and indie throwback band DIIV.
12th Ave & W 44th St.
Starting this Friday, FringeNYC returns to NYC for 16 days of weirdness. More than 200 companies from around the globe will be descending on more than 20 venues in the Big Apple for one of the largest multi-arts events in North America has premired such notable plays as Urinetown, Dog Sees God, the musical adaptation of Debbie Does Dallas. Some of the performances taking place this Friday include the dark urban comedy WHY YOU BEASTING?, a bizarre look at ocean drowned letters called The Office of Dead Letters, and the powerful one-man show UNIVERSAL self.
Saturday, August 10
You all know about it, your all waiting for it, and it's finally coming to New York. Mad Decent Block Party is a recent festival phenomenon, delivering some of the biggest names in electronic music, hip-hop, and main-stream alternative rock. This year, Major Lazer rides on the wave of its controversal hit video Blurred Lines to headline the festival alongside Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, and Flosstradamus. It is no surprise that this year's New York festival in Williamsburg Park has already sold out, but if you don't have a ticket, it pays off to keep your ear to the ground. 110 Kent Ave.
This weekend marks the second Saturday of three consecutive Saturdays during which seven miles of city streets are transformed into a food and entertainment paradise. From the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the Upper East Side, this event turns NYC into pedestrian-friendly carnival, complete with free bike rentals, outdoor art installments, a mini-golf course, and even a zip-line and rock wall. An interactive sound-and-light work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in the Park Avenue Tunnel will also be available to pedestrians. Centre St at Brooklyn Bridge to Park Ave at 72nd St.
Sunday, August 11
The Film Forum's Son of Summer series returns after 17 long years, and in true retro spirit, they will be kicking off the weekend with a classic double feature. On Sunday, August 11, you will be able to see both the original 1968 version of Planet of the Apes and Fantastic Voyage for the price of one admission. Planet of the Apes will screened at 1:10, 5:20, 9:30 and Fantastic Voyage can be seen at either 3:20 or 7:30. Tickets to see Evil Dead II and Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Friday, August 9 are also available through their website although it will not be a double feature. 209 West Houston St.