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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Urban Outfitters may be all over that indigenous Southwest aesthetic but Ray and Lee Yazzie have been moving and shaking fashion trends for years. The brothers are the latest generation in the Navajo family that has been crafting exquisite, detailed jewelry pieces for decades. See their stunning work and learn about it’s influence at Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family, now open in New York. The silver work, turquoise, coral, and lapis lazuli are wrought into beautiful artifacts of wearable art.

Thu., Nov. 13, 10 a.m., 2014

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Blake Mills

The White Dude with a Guitar thing has been going on for a while — like, since the instrument was invented and people had emotions they wanted to sing about. But in recent years, locking yourself up in a room and writing songs about heartbreak has become a bit of a cliche. Who’s to blame? Is it Bon Iver? Is it sophomores in college? Is it Urban Outfitters? It’s probably all three. That’s why when you have a singer-songwriter like Blake Mills, an artist who actually knows what he’s doing behind six-strings, it’s something of which you should take note. Make it a date night. Just don’t wear a fedora.

Wed., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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KIM POSSIBLE

At worst, she was pigeonholed as the “token girl” in the band. At best, she’s been recognized as a feminist and rock ’n’ roll trailblazer. At weirdest, she was the designer of an Urban Outfitters clothing line geared toward “cool moms” (Mirror/Dash, 2009). But many don’t know about Kim Gordon’s stake in art and academia, which is pretty extensive. Her new critical essay collection, Is It My Body? (Sternberg), spans 36 years of writing and presents itself as a tomboy manifesto. Tonight, the founding member of Sonic Youth presents her book alongside one of its featured subjects: conceptual artist Raymond Pettibon, who in 2013 transformed the David Zwirner Gallery into his own personal studio in order to display work in the place it was created. At the release party for Pettibon’s To Wit (Strand), he and Gordon discuss his career and the project, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Wed., June 25, 7 p.m., 2014

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

If Some Loud Thunder was CYHSY’s rough five o’clock shadow, 2011’s Hysterical comes as the aftershave. All of the abrasive elements that detracted earlier listeners have been smoothed over with synthesized strings and straightforward song composition revolving around sweeping melodies and insistent rhythm guitars. Even Ounsworth’s voice somehow got less jarring. But at the same time that CYHSY now delivers something closer to paradigmatic indie rock, it comes at the expense of that endearingly obnoxious edge that made them more than just background music at an Urban Outfitters.

Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 2011

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET

With all the claims against Urban Outfitters, that the mega hipster-clothing corporation steals designs from local craftspeople, we think it’s always best to purchase goods from the source. The Makers Market is just the place, with more than 50 artists, designers, and craft makers from across the country setting up shop inside the tented open-air marketplace at Socrates Sculpture Park. All the goods, carefully curated, include skillfully crafted, one-of-a-kind products and limited-edition objects, such as ceramics, turned wood bowls, glassware, motorcycles (!), knives, tableware, jewelry, baskets, furniture, lighting, textiles, surfboards, and more. The craft fair also includes a variety of workshops, a farmers’ market on Saturday, and a panel discussion titled “Craft, Community, and Commerce” (on Saturday at 3). Happy shopping!

June 23-26, 2011

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DEAR DIARY

If it was ever a shameful secret, it’s certainly out now: Comedian Sarah Silverman was a bedwetter. And not just until she was four or five. People, she was old enough to drive. This might be a sad story if it weren’t for the fact that the adorably nutty star of The Sarah Silverman Program reportedly sold her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee to HarperCollins for $2.5 million (perhaps we should all wet the bed?). The book, which hits stores today, includes outrageous anecdotes, like how her father taught her to curse at age three and how she lost her virginity (twice!). Tonight, Silverman will be telling all at Barnes and Noble in Union Square (and Wednesday at Urban Outfitters in Soho) for a reading and signing. Peeing your pants from laughing so hard is strongly encouraged.

Tue., April 20, 7 p.m., 2010

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YES, OUI CAN

The perpetually sunglassed Phoenix are dubbed the “next big things” pretty much every time they release a record, their Daft Punk–meets–the Strokes vibe always welcome even in times when those bands aren’t as trendy. Fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is the indie-rock version of distant, self-conscious, luxurious cool movies like Lost in Translation (where their music has appeared) or bands like Air (whom they’ve backed)—sexy enough to not only get away with calling a song “Love Like A Sunset, Part II,” but flippant enough to convince everyone it’s a good idea. Or maybe they’re the scruffy, Urban Outfitters version of a dance band, all scraggly hair and neatly chunk-chunked guitars and overcomplicated arrangements. Either way, they’ve crossed over a wide enough swath to sell out both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5. With Lightspeed Champion. At 10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-486-5400, $25; at 7:30, Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street, 212-307-7171, $22

Thu., June 18, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2009

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Barkuna+Imaginary Weapons+Wild Yaks

A great bill of local up-and-comers. Barkuna have a real chance at nabbing the Crystal Stilts/Beach House crown for muted, lo-fi, insular bummer Band of the Moment: gorgeous codeine music for the Urban Outfitters set. Blooz-punx Wild Yaks are way more raucous and spasmodic, but no less attuned to the catchy stuff. With Imaginary Weapons. All ages.

Thu., Jan. 8, 9 p.m., 2009

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DETH BECOMES HIM

The Oakland-based artist Deth P. Sun’s signature blank-eyed cat (who often appears in his illustrations for magazines such as Nylon and on T-shirts sold at Urban Outfitters) is the star of Sun’s latest exhibition of acrylic paintings titled “I See It All,” which follows the adorable feline as he journeys across the sea, through the woods, over craggy mountain peaks, and even to the top of the Sears Tower. Influenced by the travels of the naturalist David Attenborough, the fantastical films of Terry Gilliam, and the comic strip The Moomins, Sun creates a fantasy world sure to inspire even the biggest homebody to take a trip—even if it’s just another trip to the gallery.

Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2008

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STEP ASIDE

With an Urban Outfitters recently opened and an Ikea on the way, Brooklyn is feeling less like—well, Brooklyn. But at least the Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk is still around to help keep the BK feeling like home. Along with the open studios and guided tours, the
ArtWalk—now in its fifth year—includes a live-music series and special attractions like Kim Holleman’s mobile-art trailer park; Martin Sobey’s street-site art, installed during the ArtWalk to interact with visitors; and a live painting demonstration by Donato Giancola, who’s done covers for National Geographic and The Lord of the Rings.

Sun., June 8, 1 p.m., 2008