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Tips for Today: Patti Smith in NYC + Avi Buffalo in L.A. + The Get Up With the Get Downs in Chicago + Paul Kerensa in London

New York

Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 3.31.54 PM.pngPatti Smith reads from her collection of stories, Woolgathering, tonight at the Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the "Books Beneath the Bridge" series. [Flavorpill]

Weeks before the debut of his movie, Sleepwalk With Me -- based on his critically-acclaimed show of the same name --  funny man Mike Birbiglia (who also had a cameo in Girls playing an employer who didn't take kindly to Hannah's date rape joke) will be sharing stories tonight at Union Hall. [Brooklyn Based]

Following their sold-out show at Terminal 5 and a jam-packed turn-out for Jamie xx's DJ set at MoMA PS1 (not to mention about a two year absence from NYC), The xx will bring their brooding, atmospheric rock to Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center tonight. [Oh My Rockness]

Los Angeles

Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 3.45.34 PM.pngAvi Buffalo -- the alt band helmed by Long Beach California guitarist Avi Zahner-Isenberg -- will play a few dreamy folk tunes tonight at Alex's Bar. [Oh My Rockness]

If you're looking for a wild time and a destructive show, go check out the Black Lips and King Tuff tonight at The Observatory. [zing]


Screen shot 2012-08-05 at 11.36.17 PM.pngChicago eight-member funk band The Get Up With the Get Downs perform tonight at The Empty Bottle with Black Bear Combo and The Cell Phones. [Oh My Rockness]

Renowned comic artist Matt Madden will discuss the fifty year relationship between comics and poetry tonight at "Verse, Stripped" at the Poetry Foundation. [Chicago Reader]


Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 4.25.25 PM.pngLaugh your Monday off tonight at comedian Paul Kerensa's one-off show at Lion and Unicorn Theatre. If you need a referral, we've got one: comedy genius Ricky Gervais says the dude's "fucking funny." [Time Out]

If you have the urge to go back in time and relive the one hit wonder, "Fireflies," Owl City will provide the music for you tonight at King's College Student Union. [Time Out]

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