Notable New York, This Week 5/3 – 5/9

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This week in New York Electric Literature celebrates the launch of Issue 4, the Shepard Fairey exhibit is at Deitch Projects, Daniel Clowes discusses Wilson, John Leguizamo is honored by Spike Lee and Eric Bogosian, Ugly Duckling Presse presents “Talk Show,” and Lynne Tillman and Michael Cunningham pay tribute to Flannery O’Connor.

MONDAY 5/3: Talk Show: An Evening with Ugly Duckling Presse. Join authors Andy Fitch and Jon Cotner and poets Matthew Rohrer, Rachel Levitsky, Alex Stein and more for an evening of interviews, poetry, and unscripted surprises in the format of a late night talk show. The Kitchen.

TUESDAY 5/4: Spring Gala Honoring John Leguizamo. Join Spike Lee, John Turturro, Rosie Perez and Eric Bogosian who will stage a special performance, in celebrating the work of John Leguizamo. Performance Space 122.

Murder by Death at the Bowery Ballroom. 7:30pm.

Light Industry presents two films by Thomas Comerford. Through its observations and audio-visual juxtapositions, The Indian Boundary Line meditates on a span of land in Chicago about 12 miles long, but suggests how this land and its history are an index for the shifting inhabitants, relationships, boundaries and ideas of landscape — as well as the consequences — which have accompanied the transformation of the “New World.”

WEDNESDAY 5/5: Daniel Clowes discusses Wilson at the Strand Bookstore. 7:00pm.

FRIDAY 5/7: Electric Literature celebrates the launch of Issue 4, with a reunion of The Golden Palominos. Also performing will be the Wingdale Community Singers with Rick Moody and Brooklyn indie-rockers The Walking Hellos with Myla Goldberg. Le Poisson Rouge.

Cabinet, Evidence Design, and Hugh Raffles’ ”Insectopedia” (Pantheon, March 2010) present INSECTOMEDIA, an evening of insect-related film, readings, sound, images, projections, and cocktails.

SATURDAY 5/8: Jonsi at Terminal 5. Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi performs from his first solo album “Go.” All the album’s arrangements are by Nico Muhly, the Philip Glass protege known for his work with Bjork, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Antony & the Johnsons and Grizzly Bear. Terminal 5. 8:00pm.

Shepard Fairey at Deitch Projects. Shepard Fairey is the man behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. Fairey’s art reached a new level of recognition in 2008, when his “HOPE” portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign. Ongoing exhibition until May 29 at Deitch Projects. His mural, which just went up at Houston and Bowery, is already being vandalized.

SUNDAY 5/9: Tribute to Flannery O’Connor. Curated by Lynne Tillman and Matthew Sharpe, the event takes as its impetus Brad Gooch’s important biography, Flannery, A Life of Flannery O’Connor, published in 2009 and a Finalist for the NBCC. The tribute readers include authors Brad Gooch, Michael Cunningham, James Hannaham, and Samantha Gillison, as well as its co-curators, Sharpe and Tillman. KGB Bar. 7:00pm.

ART: Spencer Finch at the High Line. The River that Flows Both Ways.

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Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and Esquire.com. She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →