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First Jokes, Southland Tales, and Female Drummers This Weekend in NYC

Friday, January 4

FILM: Pier Paolo Pasolini at the Museum or Modern Art
According to our film critic Dennis Dermody, "master poet and filmmaker" Pasolini's so-called Trilogy of Life films "were all made in the '70s, all bristle with ribald humor and are all filled with wonderful non-actors and inventive costumes and sets." All three screen this weekend at MoMA with introductions by noted critics.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, (212) 708-9400. $12. Ticketing information here.
Il Decameron (The Decameron), 1971, 111 minutes, screens Friday at 4:30 p.m. and is introduced by Bilge Ebiri.
I racconti di Canterbury (The Canterbury Tales), 1972, 123 minutes, screens Friday at 8 p.m. and is introduced by Simon Abrams.
Il fiore delle Mille e una notte (The Arabian Nights), 1974, 129 minutes, screens Saturday at 5 p.m. and is followed by a discussion among Abrams, Ebiri and Richard Peña.

COMEDY: 50 First Jokes at the Bell House
As the name might suggest, this annual event -- now in its seventh year -- hosts fifty local comics, each of whom tells the first joke they've written in 2013. John F. O'Donnell hosts.
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, (718) 643-6510. 8 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of. 21+

PARTY: The Bunker 10-Year Anniversary at Public Assembly
Bryan Kasenic's techno party spent five years in the Lower East Side basement subTonic before moving to Williamsburg in 2007. Tonight's decennial fills both rooms of Public Assembly the Bunker's four resident deejays (Kasenic, Derek Plaslaiko, Eric Cloutier, and Mike Servito) plus visitors Silent Servant and live performances by Vatican Shadow (a.k.a. Prurient a.k.a. Dominick Fernow) and Reagenz (a.k.a. Move D and Space-Time Continuum).
Public Assembly (both rooms), 70 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn. (718) 384-4586. 10 p.m. $25. 21+. Tickets here.

Saturday, January 5

PARTY: PPU Video Party at 285 Kent
DC-based funk reissue label People's Potential Unlimited hosts a boogie night with dj sets by label founder Andrew Morgan and Tom Noble, live sets by analogue electronics whiz kids Moon B and Terekke, and live visuals by Luke Wyatt.
285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. 10 p.m. $10 before 11:30 p.m.; $12 after. Tickets here.

MUSIC: The Indecent at Shea Stadium
Teenaged triplets (plus one) with major-label backing, the Indecent play loud, disaffected rock with a focus on Emily Brout's Linda Perry-ish growl. Local quartet EULA evoke the clanging, shrieking post-punk of the Slits. Guitar/loop duo Black on Brown draw on the blues slither of the Gun Club.
Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $8.

FILM: Southland Tales at IFC
Director Richard Kelly's follow-up to the breakout Donnie Darko immediately claimed cult status upon its 2006 release, dividing critics with the over-the-top earnestness of its Bush-era dystopian satire. A cast of late-'90s heartthrobs (The Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake) and early-'00s SNL fixtures (Amy Poehler, Cheri Oteri, Justin Timberlake) populates this critique of the culture industry at wartime.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, (212) 924-7771. 12:10 a.m. 145 minutes, 35 mm. $13.50. Tickets here.

Sunday, January 6
MUSIC: The Oral History of Female Drummers at PS1
Tom Tom Magazine sponsors this expansive concert, for which female drummers (including magazine editor Mindy Abovitz) will set up throughout the museum as beatboxer Ashley Moyer relays beats back and forth for them to play on drums (pictured above) painted by the artist Itta.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, (718) 784-2084. 3 p.m. Free with museum admission ($10 suggested).

ART: Forget About the Sweetbreads at James Fuentes
The seven artists in this show range in age from 33 to 81. Though the exhibit was inspired by curators Joanne Greenbaum and Adrianne Rubenstein's shared interest in ceramic sculpture, not all of the artists work in that medium. One hint at what unites them is the show's title, a quote from The Cosby Show.
James Fuentes Gallery, 55 Delancey Street, (212) 577-1201. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Through February 3rd.

FILM: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Nitehawk Cinema
This installment of Nitehawk's Country Brunchin' series features a screening of early '80s Dolly Parton classic The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, complete with a pre-screening performance from Dolly Parton cover band, Doll Parts. As long as they keep putting together amazing programming like this, Nitehawk should have no fear of the cineplex that just moved in down the street.
Nitehwawk Cinema,136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 11: 30 a.m. $16.00.

MUSIC: Zs at Public Assembly
To celebrate their upcoming Japan residency, local avant-rock stalwarts Zs have invited several of their celebrated peers to this send-off, including solo guitar shredder Mick Barr, Oneida/Man Forever drummer Kid Millions, and West Coast dub spinner DJ Ripley.
Public Assembly (front room), 70 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn. (718) 384-4586. 8 p.m. $10. 21+

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