Guide to what’s happening in New York this week

Afro-punk Festival 2011 - Saturday and Sunday, Commodore Barry Park, 266 Nassau St., Fort Greene, free. We thought last year’s lineup was sweet, but Afro-punk Fest has seriously outdone itself for year seven. Cee-Lo, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Das Racist and Ninjasonik are just some of the acts signed on to perform at this two-day free-for-all in Brooklyn’s oldest park. Mindy Bond


Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Zarkana’

Through Oct. 8,
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., $52-$250
Following the story of Zark, a magician who has lost his powers, “Zarkana” showcases all the athleticism and grandeur we’ve come to expect from Cirque. While Zark copes with the loss, we’re sucked into a macabre world where gravity doesn’t seem to impinge on anyone or anything.    


Ryan Trecartin: ‘Any Ever’
Through Sept. 3,
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., $10
Trecartin, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is known for his campy, nonlinear videos peopled with an assortment of manic outcasts — John Waters meets after-school specials for the Internet age — acting out banal and nonsensical pseudo dramas.

‘Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities’
Through Sept. 18,
Museum of Arts and
Design, 2 Columbus
Circle, $12-$15
The enchanting small-scale, hand-built depictions of alternate realities or environments are housed in snow globes, dioramas, site-specific installments, photographs and videos. These 37 artists from all over the world were handpicked through an Internet search by MAD’s chief curator, David McFadden.


Spencer’s Gift feat. SALEM
Friday, 11 p.m., Santos, 86 Lafayette St., $14
Arguably the inventors of witch house, SALEM exist currently in a storm of controversy, a lot of it existing around their live show. On this night, the official New Museum “Get Weird” after-party, they’re letting the music speak for itself while DJing (not performing) their tunes past, present and future.

Warm Up feat. Tanlines and Nguzunguzu
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC, $15
We’re head over heels for Brooklyn duo Tanlines. Their keyboard/synth and guitar combo churns out awesome and eclectic dance music — which shouldn’t be too surprising, since drum machiner/synther Jesse Cohen used to be in fellow Flavorpill faves Professor Murder.

K. Flay
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.,
Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, $10
K. Flay is absolutely unstoppable: She’s a producer, rapper and a fireball in a live setting. She’s released a string of mixtapes over the past two years that have seen her go from stringing together rhymes of love, loss and heartbreak over Grizzly Bear samples, to creating original beats.

Ten Years of Magnolia Pictures
Through Wednesday, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, $12
The 13-film series includes screenings of Jacques Audiard’s “Read My Lips” (2001), Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In” (2008) and Korean monster movie “The Host” (2008), as well as Alex Gibney’s docu­mentary “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” (2010) and Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror-dramedy “Bronson” (2008). Filmmaker Q&As follow select screenings. Mindy Bond

EPIX Movie Free-For-All: ‘How She Move’

Monday, W. 10th St. & Surf Ave., Coney Island, Free
The rare teen dance movie that’s more gritty than glossy, “How She Move” features some of the most thrillingly photographed and choreographed dance sequences to enliven the silver screen in the last decad. Performances and plot twists transcend its well-trod formula. Lisa Rosman


‘Laughing Liberally: This Ain’t No Tea Party’
Through Sept. 2, Midtown Theater,
163 W. 46th St., $20-$40
“Laughing Liberally” may be preaching to the choir, but it can’t be accused of false advertising. Performed by a rotating cast of comedians, “Laughing Liberally” skewers irresistible targets like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, and doesn’t shy away from hot-button issues.


Create Your Own Custom Stationery

Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Gowanus Print Lab, 54 Second Ave., Brooklyn, $80
Have card concepts worthy of Make your original puns and artwork a reality at this DIY stationery class. Come away with your own note cards and postcards, and never rely on Hallmark again..


Flavorpill presents the PostSecret App Launch
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
The Bell House,
149 Seventh St., Brooklyn, free with RSVP
PostSecret is the massive online community built on shared confessions. PS is getting ready to launch a mobile app, upping the engagement for those who like to share. Flavorpill hosts a launch party with PostSecret founder Frank Warren.

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