In April 2001, after being kicked out of an internet start-up that had promised the moon but instead delivered a pink slip, I took the two-week severance check and became a tourist in my own town, going to museums and galleries, independent films and lectures, and other cool events that make New York City what it is. I then wrote about my cultural journey, sending a short e-mail to a few dozen friends and relatives. Well, a couple of them seemed to enjoy it, including one person in particular, who convinced me to keep on doing it. Ten years later, here we are, celebrating the aluminum anniversary of This Week in New York: The Insider’s Guide to the City. On May 18, some of my favorite writers and musicians will be participating in a blowout party at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, and every one of you is invited — and best of all, it’s free. Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!
7:00: Andrew Giangola, The Weekend Starts on Wednesday
7:15: Megan Reilly with James Mastro
7:45: Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls
8:00: Paula Carino and the Sliding Scale
8:30: Dean Haspiel, Billy Dogma, Street Code
8:45: Kyle Smith, 85A
9:00: Evan Shinners