thursday 04/24



Kate Nash sticks up for her reputation

The English pop star Kate Nash is not quite 21, and photos tend to make her look younger: There she is, sipping a milk shake, or giggling, or jumping on a trampoline. On one song from her debut, Made of Bricks, she shouts out her science-class skeleton (“Skeleton, you are/You are my friend”); on another, she tells a boyfriend to “stop being a dickhead.” Nash, no easy prey, has staked her brief career on boys, mostly, and her grown-woman ability to tell ’em off: “Why don’t you just have another beer, then?” she asks. For her two-night run at the Webster, expect many young men doing just that, in the hopes, perhaps, of sharing her trampoline or, even better, becoming memorialized in her next (temporarily) heartbroken song. With the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. At 7, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 212-353-1600, $20 ZACH BARON



The Bent Festival––where hacking is encouraged

You might hate yourself for ditching your old Speak & Spell after you’ve finished reading this. Musicmakers with a hacker’s skill are turning retro electronics like your old learning toy into sick, state-of-the-art electronica. The Bent Festival is the event hub for the electro-DIY community, where forgotten circuits become the stuff of harmony. The three-day event is loaded with concerts and workshops, performed and hosted by artists from around the world. So take another glance around your pad, and bring any toy that has a button and makes a sound like little drum toys, even talking dolls (cell phones and iPods are no good)—anything you don’t mind destroying to create a work of art. Through Saturday, DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street,, $10 each day, $25 festival pass ARACELI CRUZ


Darkness Falls Across the Land

There’s a reason why hundreds of Filipino inmates danced in lockstep to Thriller, and that’s because the Michael Jackson song is about as universal as pop culture gets. Sure, the popularity of the Thriller album eventually helped propel MJ to the freak-show status he’s since achieved, but much respect is due to director John Landis, who exploited the singer’s inner weirdness before anyone else did. The Tribeca Film Festival, as part of their Drive-In series, will host a special 25th-anniversary screening of the “Thriller” video, as well as a making-of special, with Landis on hand. The evening will also feature an MJ look-alike contest and a “Thriller” face-painting station, and you’ll get the chance to learn the “Thriller” dance (like you don’t have the moves down already). At 7, North Cove at the World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, free ARACELI CRUZ