Village Voice 05.10.2017 : Page 58

Guy Lowndes 60 May 10 -May 16, 2017 by to support a hopeful vision of our faulty Repub-lic, and your local poet. Issues will be sold for $8 at the launch. ALANA MOHAMED At 7, La Sala at Cantina Royal, 58 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn,, free more interested in the in-tricacies of romantic rela-tionships. In support of Pure Comedy , the folky pro-vocateur brings his act to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, where Dams of the West, the solo project of Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson, opens. JILL MENZE At 8, Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000,, $50–$55 MUSIC Tei Shi May 10 Synthpop polymath Tei Shi was born in Buenos Aires and spent her childhood moving between cities in South America and Canada. Accordingly, her music is impossible to pin to any par-ticular place or genre, al-though her debut album, this March’s Crawl Space , leans strongly toward r&b. Not that it settles into famil-iar territory — she’s spent four years building buzz in Brooklyn off singles and re-mixes, and isn’t about to get predictable. Alternatively dreamy and tense, the buoy-ant grooves that underlie her breathy voice weave a heady atmosphere that’s easy to get lost in. Opening is Philly’s Chynna, whose own spacey beats highlight just how sanguinely she can lay down complex rhymes that would trip up lesser rappers. ZOË BEERY At 9 each night, Rough Trade, 64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-4111,, $15–$17 VILLAGE Father John Misty gets dark on Pure Comedy . Father John Misty May 10 As of late, there’s no one on the planet inspiring more hipster think pieces than Father John Misty. (Just Google “Taylor Swift Ocu-lus Rift,” and have your pick.) Is he a genius? A troll? Just strung out on LSD? Whatever the matter, the former Fleet Foxes drummer’s new album, Pure Comedy , is a fascinat-ing examination of the hu-man condition, whether the artist (whose real name is Josh Tillman) is grap-pling with fame, technol-ogy, or any doomsday-like tragedy we as a society find ourselves facing. It’s a far darker perspective than the one heard on FJM’s 2015 breakout, I Love You, Honeybear , which was Not predictable: Tei Shi dazzles at Rough Trade this week. Justin Townes Earle May 11 Over the past decade, Justin Townes Earle has proven to be one of the most prolific and inventive roots stylists in the country, blending jazz, blues, r&b, country, and folk, most notably on his 2010 calling-card re-cord, Harlem River Blues . On his upcoming seventh album, Kids in the Street , the 35-year-old songwriter settles comfortably into a mid-career stride of mid-tempo balladry (on “What’s She Crying For”) and carefully crafted re-flections on his Nashville upbringing (on the title song). At this, his first headlining show at Web-ster Hall in five years, you can expect a smattering of material from the new al-bum (out later this month) alongside assorted high points from Earle’s exten-sive back catalog, like “Mama’s Eyes,” from 2009, and “Memphis in the Rain,” from 2012. Earle will be backed by the Canadian country-folk quartet the Sadies, who open the show as well. Also appearing is sixteen-year-old wunder-kind singer-songwriter Sammy Brue, whose debut is due in June. JONATHAN BERNSTEIN At 7, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, Manhattan, 212-353-1600,, $25 pressed in “Advice to a Young Woman,” which draws upon the words of a seventeenth-century mans-plaining marquess; and Jeff Beal’s “Hope” is inspired by civil-rights activist Pauli Murray’s friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Shara Nova (My Brightest Dia-mond), Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Toshi Reagon, and DJ Spooky also wrote works for the chorus, whose newly released Black Mountain Songs is a terrific introduction to this increas-ingly impressive ensemble. RICHARD GEHR At 7:30 each night, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100,, $16–$35 PERFORMANCE Performancy Forum: ‘night terrors, sandwiches, and dream logics’ May 13 Esther Neff started Perfor-mancy Forum in 2009 as an ongoing series in which performance artists could workshop in-progress pieces. Since then, it’s bloomed into a kind of art-institution alternative for artists and non-artists alike who seek an IRL com-munity dedicated to multi-disciplinary projects. This week’s irreverently titled forum has all the makings of a thrilling and complex evening of art-viewing. Tara and David Gladden will show their piece “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” which explores states of subconsciousness and mind control. Ayana Evans, known for her “Op-eration Catsuit” videos, in which she explores atti-tudes towards black wom-en’s bodies and the right to privacy by donning a bright-green bodysuit in public, will also be fea-tured. The forums give these nebulous live-art projects a space to exist, and, thankfully for us, that space is in our backyard. ALANA MOHAMED At 7, Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, panoplylab. com, donation-based critic ’ s pick May 10 talks MASTER BUILDERS Between 1996 and 2010, boat builder Douglas Brooks traveled to and from Japan, visiting the country’s fishing villages. At each one, he learned about traditional wooden boatbuilding from aging masters of the centuries-old craft, in a number of instances even becoming their fi-nal apprentice. Brooks has chronicled his unique journey in Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding , a book he published in 2015; at this evening talk, “An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan,” he’ll share his experiences anew in dialogue with Dane Owen, founder of the DUMBO-based Japanese-antiques store Shibui. The design of these long vessels, known as wasan , has been passed down through the generations via drawings and also largely through oral instruction, with craftsmen memorizing honed dimensions and tried-and-true practices. Brooks’s book is personal but also usefully didactic, recording for the first time a comprehensive survey of techniques and secrets that may well vanish within the next two generations of boat builders. CLAIRE VOON At 6:30, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan, 212-832-1155,, $10–$13 A BOATING SCHOLAR ADVOCATES FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LONG-HELD JAPANESE CONSTRUCTION METHODS J.J. Medina Brooklyn Youth Chorus May 12–13 The fifty-member Brooklyn Youth Chorus digs into the struggle for equality with “Silent Voices,” a staged program of ten freshly com-missioned works interwo-ven with original text by, among others, Hilton Als and Claudia Rankine. The mostly female teen singers specialize in the sort of ethereal harmonies com-posers relish. Caroline Shaw’s “so quietly” takes the chorus from muted and inchoate passivity into something bright and reso-lute; Nico Muhly considers how the female gaze is re-One of Douglas Brooks’s original boats under construction Douglas Brooks

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