Since Michael Robbins made his New Yorker debut in 2009 with the exuberant and un–New Yorker–like poem "Alien vs. Predator" (which ever so boldly called Rilke a "jerk" in the first line), he has sent many a music geek's heart aflutter for his strange turns of phrase and cultural references to everyone from Buju Banton to Britney Spears. Tonight at Housing Works, members of his devoted following—New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, The Awl's Choire Sicha, Sara Marcus (author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution), and Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh—come out to help him celebrate the release of his debut collection, also titled Alien vs. Predator. Our old Voice pal Zach Baron, now a writer for The Daily, hosts.
Wed., April 4, 7 p.m., 2012