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Internet History, Irish Goth and Fried Rice


Friday, March 8

TALK: The Internet Before the Web

Art website Rhizome hosts a panel about the early Internet with New Museum Digital Conservator Ben Fino-Radin, documentarian Jason Scott, and Wolfgang Staehle, proprietor of the early art-oriented bulletin board The Thing BBS. 

New Museum, 235 Bowery. 7 p.m. $8.


MUSIC: Kavinsky

The European producer broke through when his track "Nightcall" appeared in 2011's Drive; he just released the delightful début album OutRun, an '80s flashback with a sci-fi storyline and loads of ominous, buzzy synths. Chromeo's Dave1 and other guests are promised at this album release gig.

Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street. 10 p.m. $25. 19+

Saturday, March 9

FILM: Agnès Varda

The prolific French New Wave filmmaker (Vagabond, The Gleaners and I) appears tonight to screen her work and discuss it with art historian Molly Nesbit.

e-flux, 311 East Broadway, (212) 619-3356. 7 p.m. Free.


MUSIC: Wussy

This Cleveland alt-country quartet, led by singer-songwriters Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker, has been labelled the "best band in America" by veteran rock critic Robert Christgau. With Folding Legs, Fishdoctor, and greaser goofballs Low Cut Connie.

The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street. 7:30 p.m. $10. 19+

Sunday, March 10


ART: Armory Show

Check out the Armory Show on its last day, or any of the satellite events listed here, most of which also end today.

All over.

MUSIC: Girls Names

The goth-y Belfast quartet, led by baritone Cathal Cully, makes their US debut. With Lazyeyes and Sapphire Mansions.

Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $10. 21+

Monday, March 11

MUSIC: The Thermals

The Portland pop-punk trio plays a free five-song set in support of forthcoming album Desparate Ground.

Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street. 5 p.m. Free.


PERFORMANCE: Michael Portnoy, 27 Gnosis

Michael Portnoy is perhaps most famous for stage bombing Bob Dylan's 1998 Grammy performance with the words "Soy Bomb" written across his chest. His latest performance project takes the form of a game show inspired by 17th-century linguistic theory and modern invented languages.

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, (212) 255-5793. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15.

Tuesday, March 12


BOOKS: Wakefield Press/Lucky Peach

Wakefield Press unveils new translations of two early modernist works, Scherbart's utopian fable Lesabéndio and Schwob's nihilistic novel The Book of Monelle, to be read by their translators. Stick around until 8 to celebrate the new issue of hip food quarterly Lucky Peach with several local writers and editors and free fried rice from Mission Chinese Food. 

McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, (212) 274-1160. 7 p.m. Free.

VIDEO: The Target Shoots First

These comic video diaries document Christopher Wilcha's early-'90s stint at Columbia House, when the recent college grad was taxed with bringing the mail-order music club into the alternative market.

Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn. Video, 70 minutes. 7:30. $7.

Wednesday, March 13


MUSIC: Dropkick Murphys

Because it's Saint Patrick's Week and their new album rocks.

Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street, 7:30 p.m. $33.50 advance/$38.50 day of.

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