LCD Soundsystem has been extensively hyped, painstakingly documented farewell concert 2011 proved to be far from the last chapter. Since then, the Brooklyn dance punks have reunited to headline festivals, tour internationally and release the 2017 album “American Dream,” who expanded their repertoire of confident yet body-friendly bangers. Still, the band’s history of self-termination produces a nagging feeling that when frontman James Murphy sings, “This Could Be the Last Time,” in their hit “All my friends,” he could finally mean it.
From now on there are at least 15 more possibilities to see LCD Soundsystem live. The band is posting to Brooklyn Steel for their first New York show in four years – a 20-date residency that began on November 23 and continues this weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the concert starts at 8 pm; verified resale tickets are available (for a pretty penny) at bowerypresents.com.
Naughty but fun
The duo’s tour show, their biggest to date, will stop at City Hall on Friday and Saturday at 8pm (tickets start at $27). It features some of their much-loved songs and fantastical costume changes, as well as their irreverent commentary on surviving the apocalypse just in time for the holidays.
The show, co-written by DeLa and Jinkx, highlights what they do best: dissecting and subverting popular culture and tradition to create a fresher, more inclusive sense of community. DeLa’s biting Donna Reed-ness and Jinkx’s Joan Crawford-meets-Rosalind Russell jokes are sure to lift your spirits and make you cry with laughter. Expect more naughty than nice.
Criticism of consumerism
The shopping season is upon us, that grueling holiday tradition. Fortunately, a powerful antidote arrived in Brooklyn this week in the form of Big Dance Theater’s “The atmosphere room”, created by Annie-B Parson. The new one-hour work, presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music in collaboration with The Kitchen, featuring an all-female cast and inspired by Guy de Cointet’s 1982 play, “Five Sisters,” a critique of consumerism filtered through Reagan-era California wellness culture.
Parson’s inventive movement – at once surprising and recognizable – is currently on Broadway as a pivotal and celebrated ingredient in David Byrne’s “American Utopia.” In “The atmosphere room”, that pointed physicality anchors her stories, which also mingle with narration from Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” and soap operas, as well as an electronic score by Holly Herndon. The remaining shows through Sunday at BAM Fisher are sold out online, but the box office will release a block of tickets each day. Call 718-636-4100 for availability. A standby line is also formed 90 minutes before each performance.
Or she plays in a free improv duo or noting compositions such as “Eight Pieces for the Spring Equinox”, the pianist Kris Davis has proven to be a reliable bet over the past few seasons. Her latest project is the multimedia effort ‘Suite Charrière’. It introduces a new Davis-led ensemble and fresh work from the composer’s pen – all in response to clips from the artist Julian Charrière’s films.
The suite will be performed this Saturday – along with the cinematic accompaniment – at 8 p.m. at Roulette in Brooklyn. (Tickets start at $20; the concert will be also live streaming free on the club’s website.) Davis’ recent track record isn’t the only promising aspect; so are her chosen collaborators for this date. In addition to the composer herself on piano, her septet includes Angelica Sanchez on a Moog synthesizer, the viola player Mat Maneri and the trumpet player Taylor Ho Bynum – all of whom have a distinctive profile as an interpreter.
SETH COLTER WALLS
Looking for the light
Hanukkah commemorates the discovery of a small amount of oil, which the Jewish Maccabees used to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem after defeating the Syrian Greeks in the second century BC.
On Sunday (Hanukkah ends Monday evening), children visiting the Jewish Museum in Manhattan will also go on a faith-related quest, not for oil but for intriguing menorahs. This experience will also shed light.
Included with museum admission (free for 18 and under), the Hanukkah Hunt drop-in gallery program runs from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM (Time passes are required, however.) Participants will receive an information sheet with photos of four lamps in the exhibit “Buildings: Hanukkah Lamps.” They range from a 1885 Eastern European model consisting of eight dollhouse-sized lead chairs for artist Karim Rashid’s 2004 silicone and stainless steel “menorah morph,” resembling a series of bright pink volcanoes.
Little visitors will also look for an early 20th-century silver lamp, resplendent with carved lions and turquoise and carnelian stones; and Peter Shire’s 1986 “Menorah #7,” a painted metal creation that doubles as a modernist sculpture.
In addition, the museum provides fuel for young fantasies: art kits with materials that allow children to sketch, collage and sculpt their own menorah.