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This week we’re getting some much-needed fashion advice: Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca and Elizabeth Cline talks about her new book at the Museum at the Fashion Institute. In other book news, the dudes from the Jesus Lizard discuss their new coffee table book, Book, tonight at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square and tomorrow at WORD in Greenpoint.
Tuesday, March 25
[Talk] You probably think you’re a pro at capturing the perfect image on Instagram, right? All those heart-clicked likes prove your skills at choosing the right filter are spot-on. Well, if that’s the case, perhaps your talent on this social media platform can increase your brand visibility. Tonight, find out how other designers and creative business owners use Instagram to promote their work and build a community of fans. At 6:30 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn, free.
[Lit] Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe dresses A-list starlets, and has developed her own recognizable looks that helped launch her Bravo reality series The Rachel Zoe Project and her own fashion collection. Tonight, she discusses her second book, Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour, and perhaps give us some much-need fashion tips for the spring. At 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, free.
[Comedy] Local Empire presents the live premiere of a new episode of original video sketch comedy tonight. The episode, titled Lawless, features nine new video sketches by Local Empire, a stand-up act from Jermaine Fowler (Just for Laughs, MTV2′s Guy Code, Friends of the People), and Dan Wilbur (UCB, Better Book Titles) interviewing a special guest. At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, $5.
Wednesday, March 26
[Party] FAMMnow is a progressive fashion, fine art, music, film, and philanthropic organization that produces monthly events to stimulate creative collectives. For its debut exhibition, FAMMnow showcases the talents of 3PTPOP (fashion), ALIVEN (art), LiKWUiD (music), and Dominic Colon (film), with a special guest appearance by Def Poet La Bruja. At 6 p.m., Studio XXI, free.
[Lit] It began in earnest — as Touch and Go Records co-founder Corey Rusk reminisces at the beginning of the engrossing new Jesus Lizard coffee table book titled (in typical Lizard four-letter-word fashion) Book — with 1989’s Pure EP and a debut gig that sizzling Chicago summer. It ended ten years later. And then the Jesus Lizard jerked back to life briefly, in 2009, for a reunion run of some 40 shows (the “re-enactment tour,” as frontman David Yow characterizes it today) before going dark again. Until now, albeit in literary form. The gorgeously crafted, 176-page hardcover Book dives deep and candidly into the Jesus Lizard’s first decade and touches a bit on that 2009 coda, too. Hang out with the dudes of the Jesus Lizard as they discuss their new book tonight. Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, Union Square, free, and Wednesday, at 7 p.m., WORD, Brooklyn, free. —Michael Alan Goldberg
[Comedy] Join Wyatt Cenac (Comedy Central’s The Daily Show) and Donwill (Tanya Morgan) as they take you back to the ’70s and guide you through an evening of the most outrageous blaxploitation movie classics. At 7:30 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn, $10.
Thursday, March 27
[Art] The Studio Museum in Harlem presents the work of 35 intergenerational American artists in the new exhibition “When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South.” Pieces include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and assemblages by well-known artists such as Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems (who also currently has a show at the Guggenheim), and Ralph Lemon, as well as “self-taught, spiritually inspired, and incarcerated artists,” with most of the work ranging from 1964 to the present day. The museum also welcomes “Glenn Kaino: 19.83,” a collaboration between Kaino and American athlete Tommie Smith, best known for giving a black power salute from the medal podium at the 1968 Olympic Games, and “Draped Down,” a group show that looks at the implicit and explicit references to fashion in visual art. At noon, Studio Museum Harlem, $7.
[Talk] The average American buys 64 items of clothing a year, more than one item per week. But when boots and sweaters become as disposable and regularly circulated as the fashion magazines that tell us what to buy, it takes a real toll on the environment, the economy, and, ultimately, our sense of self-worth. Journalist and self-proclaimed “average” dresser Elizabeth Cline outlines it all in her new book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Portfolio Hardcover). She pins trend-churning fast-fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M, and Target as the culprits behind this quantity-over-quality epidemic — and insatiable, rabid American gluttony, of course. Tonight, she’ll join FIT assistant dean Sass Brown to talk about her travels to Chinese sweatshops and more. At 6 p.m., The Museum at FIT, free. —Heather Baysa
[Art] The work by artist Lisa Alonzo sort of resembles what Candy Crush would look like if the pieces fell perfectly into place in the shapes of a Pabst beer can or, say, a gun. In reality, she creates her seductive presentations by applying acrylic plastic paint to the canvas in dots of pure prismatic color, employing various pastry tips normally reserved for decorating cakes. This kind of work must be experienced in person. Her first solo exhibition, at Claire Oliver Gallery, titled “Vanilla Scented Sovereignty,” opens tonight. At 6 p.m., Claire Oliver Gallery, free.
[Comedy] “Tonight on a very special Behind the Music …” That line still gives us chills. VH1 is so at creating high-intensity drama our of the lives of our favorite musicians. (Remember the one on Milli Vanilli and Leif Garrett?) Tonight’s the Stories Behind the Music, featuring Mark Stetson, Scott Johnson, Gary DeNoia, Rich Templeton, and Alex Haynes (and sometimes Rebecca Vigil), will hopefully be just as bizarre. At 11 p.m., The Peoples Improv Theater, $10.