All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead
Friday to Sunday, various locations in Asbury Park, N.J., $60-$249
Conceived by Londoner Barry Hogan in 1999, All Tomorrow’s Parties is an intimate, fan-friendly affair that invites artists to choose the lineup. Curated by ATP and Portishead, acts include Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez, Public Enemy, Earth, the Horrors, Battles, Reggie Watts, Deerhoof and Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel).
Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche New York 2011
6 p.m. to 12 a.m., various locations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; free with RSVP
Happening in more than two dozen cities around the world, the festival incorporates galleries, street art and on-the-spot happenings to take art into the night. In its second year in Greenpoint, the New York event, dubbed Bring to Light, features scores of artists making a scene inside and out.
‘Suddenly Last Summer’
Now through Oct. 2,
Hudson Guild Theater, 441 W. 26th St., $18
The play is a thoroughly engaging equation of sex with consumption that unfolds as a murder mystery. Playing on elements of his personal family history, Tennessee Williams poetically demonstrates how being fully honest about human sexuality can lead an individual to be eliminated by a threatened society unwilling to accept the truth.
Now through Oct. 9, ATA’s Sargent Theatre, 314 W. 54th St.,
“Closer” explores the upper limits of emotional violence between four people wrapped up in matters of the heart. Elyse Fisher is particularly compelling as Alice, an elusive stripper who can be truly kind and loving — but can also turn ice cold when her suitors pry into the truth of her hidden history.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd
Monday, 7 p.m.,
15 Vandam St., $15-$25
London songstress Helen Arney joins fellow Brits Steve Mould and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, NYC’s Baba Brinkman (of the incredible “Rap Guide to Evolution”) and musician Sxip Shirey to explore the intersection of art, science and comedy.
Shirts & Destroy presents ‘The Exquisite Corpse’
Now through Oct. 9, Weds. through Sat.,
8 p.m., Kraine Theater,
85 E. Fourth St., $18
Featuring original artworks alongside a selection of wares, “The Exquisite Corpse” spotlights art inspired by tattoos and doom metal — themes that drive art and design collective S&D. Working with such bands as Cave In, SunnO))) and Isis, the artists are clearly focused on wearing what they love on their sleeves — whether shirts or skins.
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Art Book Fair 2011
Thursday to Sunday,
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., L.I.C., free
Now in its sixth year, the annual NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals and artist zines featuring over 200 exhibitors including international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from 21 countries.
Chile Pepper Fiesta
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, $15
Partake in chocolate debauchery with Mast Brothers and Lagusta’s Luscious, and cast your vote for the Chile Chocolate Take-Down. Pick up peppers from local farmers, check out expert fire-breathing and take in the sounds of eight bands including the Lost Bayou Ramblers with Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano.
Atlantic Antic Street Festival
Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., Atlantic Ave. Hicks to Fourth Ave., free
Brooklyn denizens indulge in down-home delectables, from Middle Eastern treats to cute cupcakes, while scooping up bargains from shops and local artisans. Along the way, every brand of band plays on, belting out tunes from blues to belly-dancing. Maura Hogan
‘Arias with a Twist’
Now through Oct. 16, Abrons Art Center,
466 Grand St., $35-$65
At the show’s center is performance artist Joey Arias singing songs of salacious celluloid dreams and macabre nightmares in this revamped and expanded version of the original production, which played to sold-out houses in 2008.
New York Film Festival
Friday to Oct. 16,
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, $8-$50
This year’s 17-day program reads like a who’s who of filmmaking, including such notable directors as Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, Abel Ferrara, Pedro Almodovar, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Aki Kaurismaki, Alexander Payne and Lars von Trier.
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