arts 05.14.09

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St. Vincent appears with Pattern at Movement on May 20th at Webster Hall, $15 in advance… Finnish soprano Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, who made her debut at the Met last year, now performs her first Carnegie Hall recital on Friday, May 22nd, 8pm, $25-$40.

indie rock… Friday - Sunday: Sonic Youth and a bunch more nice & noise bands play the No Fun Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Just Announced… 7/16: The Dead Weather. 7/27: Green Day. 7/30: Jarvis Cocker.

theater… Here's one to keep an eye on: the indispensable Atlantic Theater Company is mounting a production of Make Me by a talented emerging writer, Leslie Ayvazian. The comedy is about "Six pent-up Americans [who] have reached the end of their ropes" with a cast that includes Anthony Arkin. Previews begin Wednesday, May 20th.

film… Chances are good you won't see anything quite like – remotely like – the new movie Big Man Japan, roughly the story of a superhero who manages to annoy the people he's trying to protect, what with all the, you know, fighting and damage and things going boom.

pageant… Ho-hum, another benefit. Not so fast. This one's for The Hetrick-Martin Institute and it's called The Miss Fag Hag Pageant. Ten contestants compete in 'Evening Wear, Fabulous Talent, Presenting Her Gay in a Swimsuit, And Sassy Question & Answer', all for the chance to be crowned Miss Fag Hag. It takes place on Comix on Sunday, May 17th, 8pm, tickets are $20 in advace. Should be fun.

art… Spctclr vws is a show featuring over 50 artists, curated by dynamo Mary Mihelic, loosely connected by the theme of artists and those who inspire them. It's being held at one Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman and Joralemon, opening tomorrow, 7-10pm, and then open Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6pm. [Via Art Slant].

out of town… What was Vermont's Inn at Essex has been renamed The Essex Spa since they just built themselves a new spa. They're still home to the New England Culinary Institute and Butler's Restaurant. $279 a night gets you $400 in extras, including a number of spa services. Good through June and July with a few blackout dates. Details here.

architecture… At the Skyscraper Museum on Tuesday, May 19th, 6:30-8pm, there will be a talk by Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, whose new book Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City, covers the players of the time – Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and John Wellborn Root – as well as key events that helped shaped urban culture, such as the World's Columbian Exposition, and Burnham's Plan of Chicago. Free, RSVP to

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