Notable New York, This Week 10/19 – 10/24


This week in New York Judah Friedlander does Karate, Ian Frazier joins the FDG Reading Series, The Word Made Flesh celebrates in Brooklyn, James Franco takes a stab at writing, Rick Moody battles, Amy Sedaris is The Sound of Young America, Love and Other Drugs is this week’s MOVIE PICK,  and a CMJ Music Marathon rocks your Saturday.

Tuesday 10/19: Judah Friedlander, you know the “Trucker Hat Guy” from 30 Rock, promotes his new comedy venture in form of the book How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion. Maybe Jimmy McMillan will be there. Barnes & Noble, Union Square. 7PM. Free.

Wednesday 10/20: Ian Frazier and Eliza Griswoldurge you to come early and stay late!  The two share a stage during the FDG Reading Series at the Russian Samovar. 7PM. $5.

The official book launch party for The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide, edited and compiled by Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, is going down in DUMBO. Come one, come all, even those who shiver in terror at the site of a needle. Did I mention free wine? powerHouse Arena. 7PM-9PM. Free.

Before cracking down on The Adderall Diaries, James Franco stops by Tribeca to promote and read from his latest venture, a book of short stories entitled Palo Alto. Barnes and Noble, Tribeca. 8PM. Free.

Thursday 10/21: The Bowery Poetry Club hosts Literary Death Match 100! Commentary provided by ESPN’s Kenny Mayne as Arthur Phillips faces off with Amanda Flipacchi and Rick Moody battles Paulina Porizkova. Bowery Poetry Club. 8PM. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

This week’s MOVIE PICK falls on a Thursday. Love and Other Drugs premieres at this year’s CMJ Music and Film Festival.  Anne Hathaway plays the captivating free spirit, Maggie. Jake Gyllenhaal also stars. Make sure to check out the film’s trailer. Chelsea Clearview Cinemas. 7:30PM.

Friday 10/22: The hilarious Amy Sedaris (of The Believer’s Sedaritives) joins John Hodgman, Judah Friedlander, and Baratunde Thurston for public radio’s The Sound of Young America Live, hosted by Jesse Thorn. A complimentary glass of wine or beer is poured per ticket. The Green Space. 7PM. $30.

Saturday 10/23: Make sure the CMJ Music Marathon occupies your Saturday. Notables include:

Flavorpill & Pop Mondial presents Lower Dens w/ Braids, Gold Panda and Storybrook Burlesque. 2PM-7PM. Southpaw.

BBG/BV Metal presents Inter Ama. 8PM. Union Pool.

Click here for a complete guide of the CMJ Music and Film Festival.


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Caitlin Colford is a New York City based actress and writer. She blogs short stories over at and is currently hard at work on her first novel "The Obituary Hunter." More from this author →