- Lady Gaga may think she invented costumatorial excess, but honey, take a seat: David Bowie is in the house—figuratively (oh, would that it were literally), that is--at the Bowie Ball. At this sixth annual celebration of all things Bowie brings together live tributes (the B-52’s Fred Schneider leads that pack), a screening of 1983’s The Hunger, with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve getting all ooh-la-la with Susan Sarandon (because Bowie also invented sexy vampires), and outfits galore. “The Ultimate Glam Rock Revolution” is at Santos Party House, Sunday, 8PM.
- Music hasn’t been the same since seminal hometown noise-rockers the Swans disbanded in 1997—so news that that frontman Michael Gira was reassembling a crew was met with cheers from those who like their music to literally vibrate their bones. Riding their new album My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, the Swans play back-to-back reunion shows at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (8PM) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (9PM). (Both are sold out, but Craigslist has some tickets.)
- City Winery and the Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival salute John Lennon on the occasion of what would have been his 70th birthday: They’ve selected nine artists (Dawn Landes, Anais Mitchell, Freedy Johnston, Jesse Malin, The Chapin Sisters, Lisa Bouchelle, The Kennedys and Tony Scherr) to re-interpret material from the depths of the Lennon cannon, and will be serving wine flights inspired by each set. Proceeds will benefit ood Bank for New York City and Share our Strength. A John Lennon 70th Birthday Party is on Saturday, 9PM.
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