|music ‣ Indie rock supergroup BNQT (which you pronounce 'banquet') consists of Eric Pulido of Midlake, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Fran Healy of Travis, and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Backing is from the other Midlake members. The album, "Volume 1", is out today. Have a listen here.
book ‣ On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Yale history professor Timothy Snyder is short (not even the length of a longform magazine article) and written in the plainest language possible. Lots of books are dubbed 'essential reading' but this primer, a distillation of past, present and future forms of tyranny, seems relevant on a daily basis. Spoiler alert: tyrannical regimes, wherever they are, tend to share much in common.
tv ‣ Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale gets a superb serialization on Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss.
music ‣ Some love for the older dudes today. Soul singer and songwriter Don Bryant has a new album, Don't Give Up on Love, out May 12th. He performs May 16 at Baby's All Right. Check out How Do I Get There?, which captures his distinctive vibe…
A sentence (we wish we had written) about Omar Souleyman: "The farmer-turned-wedding-singer from Syria is now an electronic music hero with a cult following that includes Björk." He performs at le poisson rouge on May 11; Tickets…
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Joe Walsh is touring the country this spring and summer. On July 29 and 30, he'll be performing at Citi Field at The Classic East with the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire…
Speaking of EW&F, they're touring with Chic, featuring the inestimable Nile Rodgers. Catch The 2054 Tour at Madison Square Garden on August 7.
photography ‣ Opening May 2 at Lévy Gorvy, 909 Mad [73rd], hypnotic images by Diane Arbus in Central Park and Washington Square from the '60s.
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
sat (various times): shop local during independent bookstore day, when 500 indie booksellers across the country will host parties, author readings, exclusive merch, and more. some nyc examples: a pancake breakfast at book culture, authors bartending at greenlight bookstore, and romance lit trivia at word bookstore.
sat-sun dawn till dusk:
tiptoe walk around more than 13,000 tulips and flowers at the west side community garden's annual tulip festival, which includes tours and live piano music. free admission.
sat 12-2pm: hot dogs! dozens of diminutive dogs meet and greet at the washington square park arch for the annual dachshund friendship club dachshund spring fiesta. free.
sat-sun 12-5pm: bury your secrets. literally. artist and writer sophie calle's here lie the secrets of the visitors to the green-wood cemetery 25-year public art project welcomes you to write your secrets and deposit them into a marble obelisk. calle will be present, and free walking tours will be offered. green-wood cemetery (brooklyn), free.
sat 1pm: start your saturday with samples of 30 batches of locally homebrewed beer, vote for your favorites, and learn how to make your own at the annual pride of brooklyn: homebrewing competition and expo. littlefield (gowanus), $30.
sun 11am-6pm: octoberfest in april? kinda sorta. the kleine deutschland street fair, a fundraiser for september's annual german-american steuben parade, brings 50 german and international food vendors to 60th street between madison and fifth avenues. free admission, pay-as-you-go.
sun 3-11pm: wall to wall steve reich, an eight hour marathon concert in honor of composer steve reich's 80th birthday, includes performances by alarm will sound, american composers orchestra, mivos quartet, and more, plus a conversation with reich, stephen sondheim, and alan pierson. symphony space, free admission.