Clueless about what to do this weekend? Have little or no money to spare? Your life isn’t as pathetic as you think. We’ve got your social calendar packed with very cool events beginning with tonight’s humorous look at life on the road featuring Village Voice columnist Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan’s Masta Killa, at the Creek and the Cave, in Long Island City. Also, this weekend experience DISown: Not for Everyone, which could be an art installation, an obstacle course, or a boutique. We’ll let you figure that one out.
Best video-make-out-scene ever
[Art] Erik Thomsen Gallery will be exhibiting Japanese Paintings and Works of Art during Asia Week, featuring a dozen folding screens and hanging scrolls from the early 17th century through the middle of the 20th century, with many works that date from the Taisho era (1912-1926). Opening reception tonight at 5 p.m., Erik Thomsen Gallery, Upper East Side, free.
[Talk] Village Voice columnist Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan’s Masta Killa share their sordid tales of touring the world with comedian Tom Cowell and our own music editor Brian McManus. At 10 p.m., The Creek and the Cave, Long Island City, free.
[Videos] Don’t you just miss watching MTV and counting down the top 100 videos of 1997? Tonight’s Music Video Make-Out Party will help us go back in time with a marathon of Gen-X-era music videos, presented by DJ’s Teenage Guide to Popularity. Singing, dancing, and making out is encouraged. At 10 p.m., Videology, Williamsburg, free.
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[Art] As Noah was compelled to construct the storied ark, director Darren Aronofsky has stewarded its material homage. “Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood” showcases themes from the filmmaker’s forthcoming epic Noah (opening March 28) with works by 50 internationally recognized contemporary artists — many of whom were invited by Aronofsky to create original pieces for the exhibition. The group is as eclectic as their mediums, including mixed-media artist Ugo Rondinone, painter Sue Williams, comic book illustrator Jim Lee, graffiti duo Faile, and the late folk artist Reverend Howard Finster. Rain gear optional. – Katie Calautti. Opens at 10 a.m., 462 West Broadway, SoHo, free.
[Art] For the past 30 years, Joel Otterson has made sculpture, which combines aspects of domestic handicraft with traditional sculptural materials. Aside from this solo exhibition at Elizabeth Dee, Otterson’s work can also be seen currently at the Whitney Biennial 2014.Gallery opens at 11 a.m., Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Chelsea, free.
[Recreation] Is it an exhibition? A retail store? A gym? DISown: Not for Everyone is all of those things and more. Artist Lizzie Fitch’s “retail installation” at Red Bull Studios New York offers products for sale by artist Ryan Trecartin, fashion label Hood by Air, and artist-filmmaker Jon Rafman, among others, and a playground for shoppers with rope courses, a giant hammock, and rock-climbing walls. But beware: Dressing rooms are specifically described as “anti-privacy.” DIS and Agatha Wara curate the consumerist workout. – Angela Ashman At 12 p.m., Red Bull Studios New York, Flatiron, free.
[Art] “Inspired by the notion of the human body as drawing tool – and more specifically, as compass – Zirkel (which means compass in German) is an ongoing and open-ended collaborative project by Mexican artists Vanessa Enríquez and Ilya Noé.” The artists experiment with sequences of circular bodily movements using chalk on blackboards. At 1 p.m., AC Institute, Chelsea, free.
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[Fashion] Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history–there are no boundaries. In this spirit, the American Folk Art Museum explores the relationship between inspiration and creation in the exhibition “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art“. Thirteen established and emerging designers have created original ensembles inspired by artwork in the museum’s collection. Some of the designers featured in this incredible exhibition include Pattern Chadwick Bell, Fabio Costa, Catherine Malandrino, threeASFOUR, Creatures of the Wind, and Bibhu Mohapatra. At noon, American Folk Art Museum, Upper West Side, free.
[Recreation] Movement is Free is a place to investigate movement of body, music, and space. Think of it like this: your body is free to do what it wants: dance, workout, whatever. Leave your insecurities at the door. All are welcome “friends, kids, grandparents, and house plants!” Music provided by DJ Alexander Constantine (Justin Gibson) and Julia Daye. At 3 p.m., 59 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, free.
[Comedy] “Death, commitment, sock puppets — everyone’s afraid of something. Laugh at your fears as host Mara Wilson takes you through comedian and performers’ anxieties (and a few of her own).” Tonight’s What Are You Afraid Of? featured performers include Ophira Eisenberg (Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy), Jolenta Greenberg, and Buzzfeed’s Louis Peitzman. At 7:30 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn,