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Week in Film: Pooh-Pooh the ‘Sad Exigencies of Plot,’ and a ‘Mind-Numbing’ Satanic Crime Caper

(Via Light Industry)

(Via Light Industry)

Projective Life 
Tuesday November 22, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door

Light Industry is billing next week’s screening event as a reading (“broadly defined”), which sounds interesting but also begs the question: lol what?

As you may or may not know, Light Industry is more or less a cinema and film discussion forum, but with Projective Life they’re opening up the floor to some good old-fashion poetry and prose, setting the stage for an interesting dialogue between the oral/literary and their usual video and projection modes and getting rid of the “sad exigencies of plot” altogether: “Under these conditions, a film can act as a reading and reading may become a kind of film.”

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Meriem Bennani’s FLY at PS1 Will Leave You Feeling Buzzed

Meriem Bennani's "FLY" at PS1 (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Meriem Bennani’s “FLY” at PS1 (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was an unusually quiet day on a recent visit to PS1– so deserted that, weirdly, I felt like I could get better acquainted with the 19th-century elementary school portion of the building than ever before. Call me cray, but the artwork at MoMA’s edgier little sister began to feel straight-up rebellious against the throwback schoolish confines which, in turn, started to feel even more institutional. Now that I was alone, and making actual contact with doors and hallways instead of awkwardly rubbing all over my fellow museum-goers, I realized everything was just slightly undersized. And that obligatory museum hush was starting to feel so intense that I felt compelled to swallow my gum and adjust my bad posture (everyone knows a well-trained ear can actually hear you resting on your laurels).

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Week in Film: An Eye for Jungle Fever and Lovecraftian Glamour

Grace Jones, Queen of Everything (Via the Kitchen)

Grace Jones, Queen of Everything (Via the Kitchen)

Dirty Looks: A One Man Show
Monday February 8, 8 pm at The Kitchen: $10

So this one’s a little bit beyond this week, but we fear that if you don’t make plans quick-like, you’re gonna miss out. Tickets appear to be sold out online already, but the venue suggests that you contact them and hopefully they’ll have some availability at the door. DREAM BIG. Why? Because Grace Jones is worth it.

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M. Lamar’s Black Radical Impulse Brings Together Metal and Devil-Worshipping Blues

(Photo: Serena Jara)

(Photo: Serena Jara)

It’s an interesting experience being in a public place with M. Lamar. Even in Bushwick, you can feel every eye in the room traveling back and forth between his long, stick-straight black hair, his various spikes, and jet black clothing. The artist– who performed Destruction, his multi-faceted theatrical black-metal opera last night at Issue Project Room— is probably like no one you’ve ever seen before. For one, M. Lamar truly lives his art (which is like nothing else out there at the moment), as evidenced in his speech and appearance: he drapes himself in the darkest blacks and speaks with passionate conviction. “Lately, I’ve been calling myself a ‘negro gothic devil-worshipping free black man in the blues tradition,'” he explained. It’s actually a modest description of what Lamar’s all about.

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MoMA PS1 Warm Up

This classic summer party brings cutting-edge DJs and experimental music acts to the courtyard of MoMA PS1 for some beer-soaked festivities amidst art installations. The ticket price lets you peruse the art inside, as well.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

June 27
Pachanga Boys / Kompakt + Hippie Dance / Berlin, Germany + Mexico City, Mexico
Eclair Fifi / LuckyMe / Edinburgh, UK
Samantha Urbani (Live) / New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA
Amnesia Scanner (Live) / Amnesia Scanner / Amnesia Scanner
Black Madonna / Smart Bar + Argot / Chicago, IL

July 4
Nicky Siano / The Gallery – Music that created Disco / New York, NY
Virgo Four (Merwyn Sanders Live) / Rush Hour + Trax / Chicago, IL
Cut Copy DJs / Cutter Records / Melbourne, Australia
Galcher Lustwerk b2b DJ Richard / White Material / New York, NY + Berlin, Germany
Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love / Álata Records / New York, NY

July 11
Bok Bok / Night Slugs / London, UK
Corbin & Bobby Raps (Live) / St. Paul, MN
Jam City (DJ set) / Night Slugs / London, UK
Despot (Live) / Queens, NY
Helix / Night Slugs / Miami, FL
Sheen / Night Slugs / London, UK

July 18
Boys Noize / BNR / Berlin, Germany
Busy P b2b Boston Bun / Ed Banger Records / Paris, France
A.G. Cook / PC Music / London, UK
Danny L Harle / PC Music / London, UK
Lafawndah (Live) / New York, NY
Lotic / Tri Angle Records + Janus / Berlin, Germany

July 25
Baauer / LuckyMe / Brooklyn, NY
Skepta (Live) / Boy Better Know / London, UK
DJ Slimzee / Slimzos Recordings / London, UK
Sicko Mobb (Live) / Polo Grounds + RCA Records / Chicago, IL
Vision Fortune (Live) / ATP Recordings / London, UK
Dark0 / Lost Codes + Rinse / London, UK

August 1
Tiga / Turbo Recordings / Montreal, Canada
Bob Moses (Live) / Domino / Brooklyn, NY
Gavin Russom (Live) / Ecstatic + DFA Records / New York, NY
Jaakko Eino Kalevi / Domino + Beats In Space / Helsinki, Finland
Frank & Tony / Scissor & Thread / Brooklyn, NY

August 8
Moritz von Oswald / Basic Channel + Maurizio / Berlin, Germany
Atom™ (Live) / Raster Noton + The Bunker New York / Santiago, Chile
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set) / Nice Age / London, UK
Jlin / Planet Mu / Gary, IN
Dorian Concept / Ninja Tune / Vienna, Austria
Rabit / Tri Angle Records / Houston, TX

August 15
Untold (Live) / Hemlock Recordings / London, UK
Vessel (Live) / Tri Angle Records / Bristol, UK
Ninos Du Brasil (Live) / Hospital Productions + DFA Records / Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Cut Hands (Live) / Blackest Ever Black / Edinburgh, UK
French Fries b2b Bambounou / ClekClekBoom + 50 Weapons / Paris, France

August 22
Andrés (DJ set) / La Vida + Mahogani Music / Detroit, MI
Kyle Hall / Wild Oats / Detroit, MI
Pender Street Steppers / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Hashman Deejay / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Laraaji (Live) / All Saints + Warp Records / Harlem, NY

August 29
Matias Aguayo (DJ set) / Cómeme / Santiago, Chile
Kingdom / Fade to Mind / Los Angeles, CA
D∆WN (Live) / Our Dawn Entertainment / New Orleans, LA
Murlo / Mixpak / London, UK
FALSE WITNESS / #KUNQ / Brooklyn, NY
Additional Artists to be announced

September 5
Artists to be announced