By Najva Soleimani
Ok, ok. It�s finals time. I get it, but does that mean you aren't going out at all? New York City hasn�t shut down just so you can do your latest philosophy paper. If you're having trouble finding time, consider these events as part of your assignments for the week. Just call them your "cultural studies" homework. And for all you broke kids, there's only one listing that isn't free!
Indie-favorites Brazilian Girls are DJ-ing Cheeky Bastard, a free party at Hiro on Thursday, May 3 starting at 10 p.m. The party is hip, the music will be slammin'—just drink your vodka-redbull and dance all night. Sweating is good for you. It makes up for the fact that you haven't gone to the gym all week.
Friday is journalistically-themed with Docu-Jam 2007, a free Youth Documentary Showcase at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of Television and Radio. Go see what other kids are doing and indulge in a few hours of idealism.
Following that is a reading of Best American Magazine Writing 2006 at Barnes and Noble at the Lincoln Center at 7 p.m.** Finally, you get to listen to good writing purely for pleasure. Maybe you can give Inprint some tips.
Cinco De Mayo comes Saturday, which is, of course, an excuse to party. If you want to rally to "party" legally, go to the World Wide Marijuana March starting at Washington Square at 1 p.m. If you do actually indulge and want a destination with better ambiance than a protest, then consider dropping by Studio B in Greenpoint at 10 p.m. where Moby is spinning a special rave DJ set. Tickets are $10.
Though that final week of school is probably your vision of hell (yes, you procrastinators), there�s one event that's bound to make you feel better: Chuck Palahniuk is reading at Union Square Barnes and Noble on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Whatever disturbingly satirical and nihilistic tale he tells will make your life seem peachy keen. Just be prepared—so far over 60 people have fainted at his readings.
When all is said and done, all you need is love. So when school's out, stick around the city on May 19 for New York�s First Annual Love Parade—a dance parade that goes from 32nd St. to Washington Square. Over 42 different styles of dance and 6,000 dancers are to be represented, and that's just who signed up. The parade begins at 2 p.m., and ends whenever your legs give out. Celebrate self-expression, movement, and freedom from your laptop. Remember, all work and no play makes you a very dull college student.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
By Najva Soleimani