Howling at the Moon

Kiki Smith and Nico Muhly bring she-wolves to life

Warning: The Hudson River is under attack! For the next three nights, a pack of wild she-wolves will haunt the trees, water, and buildings of downtown in an innovative site-specific sound-and-light show titled She-Wolves from the Tiber to the Hudson. Originally displayed in 2006 in Rome (where, according to ancient myth, the city’s founders were raised by a gentle, kind-hearted she-wolf), the installation includes stunning projected animations created by a spectacular array of visual artists like Kiki Smith, Kristen Jones, and Maureen Selwood, and brought to life with the eerie musical compositions of Nico Muhly and Alvin Curran, among others. The show, which will be held at a different downtown location each night, kicks off the River to River Festival of summertime arts events. At 9, through May 30, check for location information, free ANGELA ASHMAN


The Joshua Light Show comes back from the future

Proto lava-lamper Joshua White got his start at New York’s Fillmore East doing twice-daily light shows for the Dead, Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane (among others) and their highly receptive audiences. An appearance at Woodstock capped the Joshua Light Show‘s ascendance to drug-rock royalty; ensuing internal tension and the advent of the disco ball ended the collective’s reign. A gradual reconsideration of the work by the Whitney, which included some of White’s loops in last year’s “Summer of Love” survey, and by the Kitchen, which hosted the official return of the Joshua Light Show last spring, put White back in business. Tonight, the Issue Project Room begins a four-day residency featuring White’s liquid-light projections, which will illuminate performances by the free-jazz quartet Spiritual Unity, improv’ers Lee Ranaldo, Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori, and Marina Rosenfeld, the raga duo Pandit Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and K.V. Mahabala (sitar), and electronic acts Soft Circle and Invisible Conga People. At 8, today through Saturday, Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, Brooklyn, 718-330-0313, $20–$30 ZACH BARON

Reels and Wheels

City bikers don’t necessarily live in the lap of luxury, so a valet-parking system just for them definitely raises the (handle)bar. During the Bicycle Film Festival, the free valet service keeps riders’ minds off the constant dread of losing one’s wheels and on the more important stuff: over five dozen films about two-wheeled transport. Tonight’s opening party features an A/V installation with the music of moving bicycle parts and a screening of 1974’s Impossible Hour, about the Danish racer Ole Ritter’s attempt at breaking the one-hour track-cycling record, with a live score by Simone Pace of Blonde Redhead. Other activities include the Dear Velo art show on Thursday and a street party with a “bike beauty contest” on Saturday. At 9, Studio B, 259 Banker Street, Greenpoint, 718-389-1880; films, May 30 through June 1, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 212-505-5181,, $10 SHARYN JACKSON