If it looks like the old Tower Records on Broadway and West 4th is back in business today, you're partly correct. Artist and musician Ted Riederer is opening a new shop called Never Records—though you won't actually find records to buy. This is a multi-artist installation designed to look like a functioning record store, complete with record bins, cash registers, poster racks, large reproductions of fake album covers, and a statue of a record-store employee. The show includes artists X frontwoman Exene Cervenka, a collaboration between Arturo Vega and the late Dee Dee Ramone, and Marilyn Minter, whose recent project involved models licking glass. Tonight, for the opening party, artist Brent Birnbaum will give an in-store performance as Vanilla Ice and sign reproductions of Tom Sanford's painting "Ice Ice Maybe." Depending on your age, it could be either a fun nostalgia trip or a history lesson.
Fri., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 13, 2010