Hello, we have decided to give our readers GothamList events for the entire week. You can check them out below (picks include a celebration of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas's 40th anniversary, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a searing documentary about gritty 1990s NYC and more) but you can also get listings a day earlier by signing up for the Gothamist Daily newsletter—sign up here.
BENEFIT: With over 10,000 people confirmed dead, 17,000 missing, and another 350,000 left homeless, Japan remains reeling from the horrific March earthquake and tsunami. Join Ra Ra Riot, Sean Bones, Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman at The Bell House Tuesday night for Bklyn <3 Japan, a benefit to provide relief. 100% of the ticket sales and the proceeds from a silent auction with goods donated by local businesses, will go to GlobalGiving, a charity that is distributing aid to the victims in Japan.
Tuesday, April 4 // 7:00 p.m. // The Bell House [149 7th Street, Brooklyn] // $15
IF IT'S NOT SCOTTISH...: It's Tartan Week and one of the highlights is the Dressed to Kilt fashion show. In the past, celebrities like Sean Connery and Mike Myers have worn kilts down the runway. The tickets are pricey, but the funds go to good causes: This year's charities are Wounded Warrior Project, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Erskine Hospital in Scotland.
Tuesday, April 5 // Reception, 7:30 p.m.; Fashion Show, 9 p.m. // Hammerstein Ballroom [311 West 34th Street] // Tickets: $99 and up
ANNE LAMOTT: Novelist Anne Lamott is reading from her acclaimed work, Imperfect Birds, about a rebellious high school senior and her parents. The NY Times called it an "admirable novel, Lamott's observations are pitch perfect—likably, even brutally unsentimental."
Tuesday, April 5 // 7 p.m. // Barnes & Noble TriBeCa [97 Warren Street] // Free
ETGAR KERET & JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER: Technically, Symphony Space's Selected Shorts event, which is night of some of Keret's and Foer's works read by Liev Schreiber, Josh Radnor and B.D. Wong, is sold out, but standing-room tickets will be made available on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 6 // 7 p.m. // Symphony Space [2537 Broadway at 95th St] // Standing-room tickets cost TBD
MUSIC: With soaring melodies, jangle 60's guitars and Yuki Chikudate's atmospheric purr, Brooklynites Asobi Seksu are taking their brand of cloud rock to the Bowery Ballroom. Fluorescence, the band's fourth LP released in February, is bursting with "swollen synths" and "warp speed washes of dream pop," just in time for Spring. Consortium Musicum and Zaza open a night of bands with oddly pronounced names.
Thursday, April 7th // 8:00 p.m. // Bowery Ballroom [6 Delancey Street, Manhattan] // $15
FOR FOREIGN FILM FIX: The Italian film, Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, has been greeted with raves like "Pretty darn sublime" and "Idiosyncratic and amazing." The film looks at a goatherd in Calabria, as well as his dog, his goats, and a tree they sit under.
Thursday, April 7 // Various showtimes // Film Forum [209 West Houston St] // $12.50
HORNED BALL: Kostume Kult, NYC's "costume art, theme event and street-theater club" is hosting their infamous 7th annual Horned Ball at Santos Party House on Friday. A fundraiser for the Kult's yearly Burning Man festivities, the Horned Ball promises "interactive art, games, absurd humor and rabid, late-night dancing." Tickets are $10 cheaper if you're in costume, and drink specials will run all night.
Friday, April 8 // 8:00 p.m. // Santos Party House [96 Lafayette Street, Manhattan] //$15 presale, $30 at the door
MUSIC: For "sunny funeral siestas, ecstatic Nintendo eulogies," and everything in-between, look no further than Edmonton, Alberta's Gobble Gobble. A former punk/hardcore singer, Cecil Frena wrecked his voice and to our delight started making pop music of the most unusual variety. At times unabashedly playful and deeply moving, Frena's music is matched only by his live show. Accompanied by his merry bandmates, Gobble Gobble parades in tutus and manages to make audience participation fun. Headless Horsemen and Raindeer open.
Friday, April 8 // 8:00 p.m. // Glasslands [289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn] // $10
FORT TOTTEN: Check out one of the last Civil War masonry forts constructed during this tour with the Urban Park Rangers. Besides being a military weapon storage site, it was once a...shoe repair facility.
Saturday, April 9 // 1 p.m. // Fort Totten Visitor's Center [212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Queens] // Free
PHOTOGRAPHY GREATS: It's the last weekend of the Met's big Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand show, which features the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand, all from the Museum's collection. Stieglitz himself helped started the Met's photography collection with his donation of 22 of his works and then over 400 from other photographers, and works include Stieglitz's images of Georgia O'Keeffe and Steichen's studies of the Flatiron Building.
Saturday, April 9 // 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. // Metropolitan Museum of Art [1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street] // Recommended donation: $20
HOOP DREAMS: One of the best sports films ever made, the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams covers the high school basketball careers of two inner-city Chicago teens, Arthur Agee and William Gates, who are recruited to play for wealthier, mostly-white private schools and their dreams of making it to the NBA. As Roger Ebert wrote in his original review, "It is [also] about much larger subjects: about ambition, competition, race and class in our society... A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself." The film is screening as part of the Museum of the Moving Image's Spring Training series.
Sunday, April 10 // 1:00 p.m. // Museum of the Moving Image [36-01 35 Avenue, Queens] // Free with $10 admission
DR. WHO:When "cabaret meets art school" (and booze) at the Bowery Poetry Club, everybody wins. Dr. Sketchy's Tribute to Doctor Who is part of Dr. Sketchy's "alt-drawing movement" in which artists use "glamourous underground performers" as subjects. This incarnation will send up BBC cult favorite and "longest running science fiction television show in the world," Dr. Who. Don't forget to bring your own art supplies!
Sunday, April 10th // 4:00 p.m. // Bowery Poetry Club [308 Bowery, Manhattan] // $12 advance, $15 at the door
EVENT: Under the Influence is a series at the Crosby Street Hotel that brings together writers and the films that influence them for a screening, interview and signing. On Monday, Jim Shepard will explain how the spirit of Werner Herzog's 1972 opus "Aguirre" runs through his latest work, "You Think That's Bad: Stories." Ticket price includes the screening, canapes and cocktails, an interview of the author by Michael Maren, and a book-signing.
Monday, April 11 // 7:00 p.m. // Crosby Street Hotel [79 Crosby Street, Manhattan] // $25