The Weekender: Moby, Fritz Lang, and Saturday Night Fights
By Kiratiana Freelon on May 14, 2010 3:58pm
By Jordan Heller
MANHATTAN — So the well-heeled at Cannes get to see Wall Street II before you do — that's no reason to stay at home and sulk. There's still plenty to do in Manhattan this weekend.
First up, Moby plays a DJ set at Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) on Friday night.
The man behind 1999’s seminal album Play is promoting a new album called “Wait for Me. Remixes.” The album features reworked Moby tracks by some of dance music’s biggest names, including Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and Carl Cox.
The new tracks are so dangerously hypnotic that The Weekender was compelled to ask the Grammy Award-winner if he'd ever considered using his skills for evil.
“I’d love to practice brainwashing through DJ’ing,” Moby told DNAinfo. “Hopefully soon they’ll add a ‘subliminal brainwashing’ button to my DJ mixer.”
For those who prefer fuzzy guitars to synthesizers, Brooklyn-based indie rockers The Hold Steady perform at the Green Space (44 Charlton Street) Friday night, for a live broadcast of the WNYC radio show Soundcheck.
If you're looking for something more refined, hit Ruben Museum of Art (150 W. 17th St.) for a Friday night screening of “Der Muede Tod,” Fritz Lang’s 1921 silent movie. Thomas Rutishauser will perform live cello accompaniment in a nod to the way the film was originally experienced.
But this is all just a series of undercards to the main event on Saturday night, when British-born Amir Khan defends his WBA World Light Welterweight boxing title against Brooklyn's own Paulie Malignaggi at The Theater at Madison Square Garden (7th Ave. between 31st and 33rd sts.).
At a press conference on Wednesday for what would be Khan’s American debut, Malignaggi goaded his opponent:
“His manager was saying he wanted the biggest fight in America, he wanted Paulie Malignaggi,” the Bensonhurst native said. “You know what they say, bro, be careful what you wish for.”
Khan’s retort: “Paulie keeps talking too much, you know. But I’m happy to fight someone like that, just to shut him up.”
If the sight of blood makes you queasy, try the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (307 W. 26th St.) Saturday night for Chatroulette Live!
The midnight show features a panel of comedians interacting live with denizens of the Internet's newest and creepiest social networking Chatroulette. The site allows users to anonymously video chat with strangers, and has aptly been called an "online 'Lord of the Flies.'"
On Sunday night, Terminal 5 (610 W. 56th St.) hosts Brooklyn-based trance rockers Bear In Heaven, with Metric headlining.
To get an an idea of Bear In Heaven's artistry, check out this ingenious DIY video. While stuck in the Madrid airport during April's Icelandic ash-out, a Bear In Heaven member placed his video camera on a moving baggage carousel, and set the results to "Dust Cloud," a song from their latest album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth.