St. Marks Is Dead: A Night With Author Ada Calhoun
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6pm, Tompkins Square Library, free, registration recommended.
Brooklyn author Ada Calhoun is returning to her old nabe to read from her book St Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of Americas Hippest Street. No, Ad-Rock and Kathleen Hanna won’t be performing this time (the event is part of the library’s LES Oral History Project), but there will be a q&a and book signing. So go ahead and prime some questions if we haven’t already told you everything you wanted to know about Theater 80, the St. Marks Baths, and the Electric Circus.
An Illustrated Talk By Steven Blush Celebrating New York Rock Subculture
Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30pm, Mid-Manhattan Library, 445 Fifth Avenue, free.
DJ/promoter turned rock historian Steven Blush will be making an “illustrated presentation” of his new book, New York Rock, in the unlikely environs of the Mid-Manhattan Library. According to the subtitle, the tome covers everything from “the rise of the Velvet Underground to the fall of CBGB,” though it was published too early to include anything about the sale of the CBs awning. Either way, it promises to join Please Kill Me and Love Goes to Buildings on Fire on the bookshelves of NYC rock nostalgics. If you’re looking for a slightly less fusty celebration of the book, you can pick up a signed copy at Lower East Side shop Scumbags and Superstars this Thursday, Jan. 26, when Andy Shernoff of The Dictators and Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult will jam. Also performing is Autowreck, a band whose members include Eddie from hit LES documentary The Wolfpack.