FRIDAY | 5.16
No Fun Fest ditches Brooklyn, heads downtown
The big news regarding Carlos Giffoni's No Fun Fest, now in its astonishing fifth year, is the noise festival's move from Red Hook to the Knitting Factory, a long-deserved promotion. Past Giffoni coups have included Japanoise legends Incapacitants, Merzbow, C.C.C.C.'s Hiroshi Hasegawa, and Solmania; this year, the Brooklyn-based raconteur has lured first-wave performance artists and venue-destroyers the Haters to the city. The fest will take place on all three floors of the Knitting Factory for three days straight, making room for hometown heroes (Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Giffoni himself), old-time veterans (Tony Conrad, Hasegawa), and the best of today's experimental crop: John Wiese, Burning Star Core, Nautical Almanac, and scores of others. In a year that seems to be headed toward full-blown '80s New York nostalgia, take a couple days off: Why mourn downtown during a week when a couple hundred noise musicians are so thoroughly taking it over? At 7, today through Sunday, Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 212-219-3006, $18–$20
SIS POOM HAH!
A cheer for breaking down stereotypes
The Japan Society wants to pound into submission the stereotype that Japanese women are submissive, and so it named its winter/spring season "New York Woman"—a celebration of the bold cultural contributions that Japanese women in New York have made. The season concludes with choreographer and artistic director Yoshiko Chuma's POOM2, A Page Out of Order M to M, a multimedia spectacle that includes video projections, live music, narration, and, of course, dance—all within a ruby-red backdrop. Her piece was inspired by Teinosuke Kinugasa's A Page of Madness (1926), an avant-garde silent film set in an insane asylum. Vocalist Sizzle Ohtaka and the musical threesome Hannya Teikoku perform live. At 7:30, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, japan society.org, $25–$28
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