A Literary Tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Salman Rushdie is overrated and that "fatwa" was just a marketing scheme he cooked up with the Ayatollah. Paul Auster is Mr. Hit-or-Miss. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, however, is one of the most important writers of the 20th century. One of the few writers to balance artistic brilliance, commercial success and political honesty, Garcia Marquez deserves his Nobel. Tonight's tribute features the aforementioned peers, but hearing the lyrical beauty of Marquez's words is reason enough to endure the self-importance of Rushdie and occasionally overly dramatic Auster. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-840-2824, 8, $10-$35.
Flesh Theater Wednesdays
The 80s just won't stop coming back, so maybe it's time to step into the mid-90s by cultivating a love of whipping and being whipped. DJs Buslink and Mekka promise to throw down new wave and goth. If that doesn't make you want to put on dark eyeliner and a leather cat suit, nothing will. It's soon after Halloween, and don't deny that you've always wanted to meet some Joy Division fan who claims to be a vampire for come. 219 Flamingo, 219 2nd Ave. (betw. 13th & 14th Sts.), 212-696-7340, 9, $5-15.
The star of the film Wild Zero is bringing his chaotic, blenderized dirty-roots rock back to New York City. Boozy, blustery and hysterically Japanese, Guitar Wolf's shows are guaranteed sidesplitters. Imagine if there were a big rock 'n' roll revival concert in the movie Akira. Now go to Northsix and see your beautiful and terrifying vision come to life. 66 N. 6th St. (betw. Wythe & Kent Aves.), 718-599-5103, Williamsburg, 9, $10.
Plaid, Luke Vibert, Chris Clark
British label Warp has become synonymous with IDM (intelligent dance music). An expert in the bleep-squelch-tweak department, Warp has embraced the creme de la creme of contemporary non-dance electronic music. Its roster includes sound experimentalists such as Autechre, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and LFO. Bowery Ballroom welcomes Warp's masters of melancholic electronica, Plaid; the analogue maverick Luke Vibert; and the ambient newcomer Chris Clark. All of them are bearing new releases, so expect a healthy outburst of the freshest beats. 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111, 9:30, $18, $15 adv., 18+.
Madigan Shive and her collective, Bonfire Madigan, are bringing their charged, avant-punk chamber rock to New York. As a teen in the mid-90s, Shive, with her band Tattle Tale, was a defining component of riot grrrl. Since then, her music has shifted and grown, the common thread being a commitment to challenging sounds and social change. Last week, Shive's work made a crusty old bouncer in L.A. cry, tonight, her incomparable voice and cello will at least eradicate the slackjawed stupor from an NYC music mainstay. With the Blue Dogs, Cash Brothers, Okkervil River. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (betw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.), 212-260-4700, 7, $10.
New Czech Films
Four nights of premieres, previews and director presentations from the Czech Rep's acclaimed post-Velvet Revolution generation of filmmakers. Thursday is the U.S. premiere of Ivan Vojnár's Forest Walkers, a look at two young outsiders under communism. Friday, the Oscar-nominated Jan Hrebejk presents a sneak preview of Pupendo, which explores the mid-life crisis of a Czech dissident circle. Saturday is the U.S. premiere of Aurel Klimt's stop-action animated Fimfárum, and Czech favorite David Ondricek introduces One Hand Can't Clap, his much-awaited follow-up to his 2000 comedy Loners. Sunday closes things out with Benjamin Tucek's sexy Girlie and Petr Zelenka's Year of the Devil, a surreal folk-rock musical featuring Jaz Coleman. For details and times, see bam.org. BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Ave. (betw. Ashland Pl. & Fulton St.),
Ft. Greene, 718-636-4100, www.bam.org, see website for complete sched., $10, $6 st./s.c.
The Bottle Rockets & The Hangdogs
A decade or so ago, when some of your alternative bands decided to try their hand at country music (and vice-versa), the results were unusually good (with the exception of Whiskeytown). Tonight, two of the hard-rockin'est to come out of that fold will be setting a torch to a fancy part of Brooklyn. The Bottle Rockets have just released Blue Sky?their first real album in what was a too-long four years, and those local representatives from the CPUSA, the Hangdogs, are still touting their latest collection of worker anthems, Wallace '48. Not sure what the lineups'll be, but by god, it'll be some fun. Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. (betw. Sterling & St. John's Pls.), 718-230-0236, 9, $12, $10 adv.
With the release of 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, fans of Edison Woods, fronted by Julia Frodahl, now have two full-length recordings to sink into as the weather turns cool and dark falls faster. This is music best enjoyed live: Edison Woods is a low-fi sort of big band composed of violin, harmonium, bass, brushed-drums and vintage keys. Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. (betw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.), 212-358-7501, 8, $8.
Were techno a monarchy, Jeff Mills would be its king. A Motor City native, Mills has spread the Detroit techno sound worldwide. Among his achievements is the early-90s residency at Limelight (now Avalon), his groundbreaking labels Axis and Purpose Maker, a soundtrack for the cinematographic masterpiece Metropolis and countless performances. Mills' trademark sound has instigated a flood of loop-based, minimal techno producers throughout the world. There is, however, only one original, and this is your chance to bear witness to his reign. Arc, 6 Hubert St. (betw. Collister & Hudson Sts.), 212-981-8703, 11, $20.
It's rare to hear hiphop like this: so weird, full of strange sound combinations, bizarre backwards loops and sliced-and-diced discontinuity. But Prefuse 73 is mad nice?music you can chill out and bop your smiley-face head to. In fact, it's the kind of niceness that blunts, cocktails and late nights were made for. With Beans and Dabrye. Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. (betw. Sterling & St. John's Pls.), 718-230-0236, 9, $15, $12 adv.
In a fair and just world, 24-7 Spyz would have Limp Bizkit's spot on heavy MTV rotation. The South Bronx vets are masters of metal and play grooves so tight that they could turn a piece of coal into a diamond. A song that starts like an outtake from Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic will adopt the muscularity of Master of Puppets-era Metallica in a sudden thunderbolt switch. If you don't go to this show, the rap-rock terrorists really will have won. With Ward White, Redletter Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (betw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.), 212-260-4700, 7, $10.
Get your Moët on at the regent Wall Street Hotel. Unlimited champagne and fancy three-course meals are the morning's offerings. Rock the bubbly until you're vomiting on the fancy hotel carpets. Then get another glass?you paid good money to get into this thing! Regent Wall Street Hotel, 55 Wall St. (betw. William & Hanover Sts.), 212-699-5555, 12-3, $39.
Samuel Fuller: Maverick Moralist
The short, wild-haired, cigar-chomping maestro of Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss was one of the most colorful and hardheaded writer/directors Hollywood has ever known. He tells you as much in his delightful posthumous memoir, A Third Face. Tonight, a panel of luminaries (including his widow, Christa Fuller, Geoffrey O'Brien, Jerry Rudes and hipster asshole Luc Sante) celebrates Fuller's life and work at the New School. 66 W. 12th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-229-5488, 7, $10.
Can't you just hear the pretty ponies playing under a pink-purple sky? Mojave 3's new one, Spoon and Rafter, is all mellow, plaintive front-porch pop to watch the sun go down to. If Yo La Tengo was fronted by a former British shoegazer and had a little more country, you'd be close. Listen for the most heavenly use of a theremin you've ever heard. With Sea Ray. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111, 9, $20.
Everyone's favorite chubby, socially conscious rapper, KRS-One is promoting a new album due out at the end of the month. But he's sure to dip into his extensive back catalog and answer questions like, "Is the bridge still over?" and "What can you get for 63 cents?" Show some love to the MC who best resembles a teddy bear with dreadlocks. Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. (betw. St. John's & Sterling Pls.), 718-230-0236, 9, $18.
Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen
You don't suppose these guys are gonna, like, play real-fast virtuoso rock 'n' roll guitar solos or anything, do you? Beacon Theater, 2124 B'way (74th St.), 212-496-7070, 7:30, $32-$65.
In a funny bit of synchronicity, the man who declared that "the revolution will not be televised" in the 70s will perform one night after the man who declared "the revolution will not be televised" for Nike. Yes, Gil Scott-Heron and KRS-One, within 24 hours of each other. Who do you think got a fatter royalty check?
Contributors: Adam Bulger, Katharine Crane, Sean Griffin, James Griffith, Jim Knipfel, Lucia Udvardyova, Alexander Zaitchik.