Before July slips from your grasp like a greased up watermelon, have a look at the side of the homepage for some awesome upcoming events. If that proves overwhelming, here’s our top picks for these last two days of the month.
Silver Apples, Bookworms, Giant Claw
Thursday, July 30, 8 pm at Trans-Pecos: $13
Silver Apples were probably one of the first American bands to use electronic sounds in their rock music. They made a great contribution to the notion that we take for granted now: that feedback, noise, and general cacophony as made by electronic blips, buzzes, and gurgles are as salient to rock music as guitars n’ drums.
Reading: Nina Ansary on The Jewels of Allah
Thursday, July 30, 7 pm at The Strand: Free with book purchase
Dr. Nina Ansary talks about her new book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran on a panel which includes Cyrus Copeland and Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi. 100% of the proceeds from book sales go to charities to empower women in Iran.
Reading: Adam Resnick and Jen Doll
Thursday, July 30, 7 pm at Book Court: Free
Adam Resnick, the Emmy award-winning writer for Late Night with David Letterman, lets us have a glimpse at his troubled psyche through his memoir-in-essays Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation.
La Monte Young Performs at Dream House
Friday, July 31, 9 pm: $40
La Monte Young, the minimalist master whose trailblazing work with droning has influenced everyone from the Velvet Underground to Sonic Youth to Brian Eno, who once called him “the daddy of us all,” has opened a pop-up iteration of his Tribeca “Dream House.” The trippy environment features a sound installation by Young and a light display by his wife Marian Zazeela, whose “Ornamental Lightyears Tracery” light show has been called an influence on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Dirty Looks Festival: ‘Something Must Break’
Friday, July 31, 8:30 pm: Free
This “roaming screening series” has set up shop in venues across New York City and unofficially dubbed July queer cinema month. The organizers are calling it “a series of queer interventions” in the form of performance art but mostly cinema inside LGBT cultural landmarks, art institutions, DIY spaces, and even in places where the ghosts of queer past linger, like defunct bathhouses and former meeting spots. Screenings are showcasing not just classics of gay cinema but recent efforts by local up-and-comings
Art: ‘Luminary Group Show’
Friday, July 31, 12-6 pm: Free
We’re all familiar with the traditional “white box” art gallery— it’s bright, clean, sterile, artificial and unshadowed. Keeping this in mind, BFP Creative made a space that does the opposite–a black box, void of any light, designed to showcase the glowing works that inhabit it. Unlike most art, work by the eight artists in the show “Luminary” thrives in the pure darkness. The full list of artists participating in Luminary: [dNASAb], CHiKA, Melissa F. Clarke, Lindsay Packer, Christine Sciulli, Oliver Warden, Andrea Wolf, and Natalia Zubko.
Gallery viewing is by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 646-491-1730 to arrange a visit.