To Do, Tonight: The Black Kids and Selected Shorts

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10/01/2008 9:30 AM |

Stolen from The L’s own carefully curated Daily Listings is a sampling of things I think you should do tonight. Work hard and play hard, urban ruffians. Because you deserve a treat.

I’m familiar with exactly one song by Floridian indie-crunkers the Black Kids: “I’m Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You,” and I still don’t know whether I love it because it’s synthy and empty and cutely accusatory and or if I hate it for the same reasons. I’m sure you have very strong feelings about the Black Kids either way to helpfully counteract my vague non-opinion. So perhaps you’d be interested in dancing at their show with your very coordinated significant other because you quite like them. Or maybe you prefer your piano stylings delivered by pop music everyman Ben Folds Five (who is playing the second of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight). Anyway, the Youngs in the neon clothing are performing at Webster Hall with the Virgins and Magic Wands, both of whom have whimsical band names that remind me of Erin Fetherston dresses.

7:30pm; $20. Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St, between Third and Forth Aves; webster-hall.com

Hey, remember when Salman Rushdie was snubbed by the Booker Prize committee for his novel The Enchantress of Florence,
which the judges hated as much as you maybe hate the Black
Kids? Well, dude’s on the rebound hawking his other project, The Best American Short Stories 2008,
which he guest edited. During his talk, “Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story,” he’ll discuss his
favorite picks from the collection and maybe have a conniption if you
ask him what he thinks of the six short-list winners. Be nice!

7pm; $27. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St; symphonyspace.org