Brooklyn Brewery has released brewmaster Garrett Oliver's first-ever Winter Ale, arriving now, as they say, wherever fine beers are sold. But don't look for it in a six-pack: it comes as part of a 12-pack that the brewery has released called Brooklyn Block Party.
Friday: Okkervil River @ Knitting Factory. Okkervil River writes poetry meant for the stage, rather than the page. This is complex "smart" rock that hits you where it hurts, even without a handy dictionary or doctoral degree. Saturday: Art Brut @ Tribeca Grand Hotel: The chants of singer Eddie Argos on songs like "Formed a Band" and "Modern Art" are cleverly funny. RSVP here for free admission…Plastic Constellations @ Sin-e: Formed when they were but earnest 14-year-olds, Plastic Constellations have had over ten years to practice their playfully quirky melodies. Their blazing post-punk rhythmic intensity make for a completely infectious and highly energetic show (pictured, top middle). Just Announced:11/20: American Analog Set @ Mercury Lounge (2nd show, just added), 12/6: Islands (ex-Unicorns) @ Knitting Factory, 12/25-1/6: Yo La Tengo's Eight Nights of Chanuka @ Maxwell's,2/9: Sigur Ros @ The Theatre at Madison Square Garden (on sale Saturday at 11am).
A guess: most of you have never seen Billy Wilder's 1978 "Sunset Boulevard" riff called "Fedora" starring William Holden, Marthe Keller (pictured, top left), and Hildegard Knef. It's at the Museum of the Moving Image this Sunday at 4pm, and they'll be screening a rare, 35mm print of the movie. You can debate the merits of the movie, but it will stay with you — there aren't many moviegoing experiences this fraught.
Jean Prouvé, the great French designer who has reemerged from the mists of the unjustly forgotten, created one of the early pre-fab houses called "Tropical House." Right now, it's installed in the courtyard of the UCLA Hammer Museum (pictured, bottom left, photo by Elon Schoenholz). This Friday, 6:30pm-9, architectural historian Robert Rubin will speak about Tropical House, and show two short film about its reconstruction and restoration. At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia [W. 3rd/Bleecker] 212.358.6111. $10. RSVP here.
Over 170 works from François I to Napoléon I celebrating Wildenstein's 100 years in New York. Now through January 6 at 19 E. 64th [5th/Mad] 212.879.0500.
If you're looking for a hit musical that's savory but makes no bones about it (i.e. "Sweeney Todd" is sold out), head out of town to some place called Philadelphia where Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick have cooked up their own toothsome stew titled "Adrift in Macao," at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.