The redundancy of current nightlife (a Plio-scene epoch, even... far away from the nightlife fossils in Chelsea) has former English majors substituting “party” for “rose”, commodifying Pennsylvania-born, former embryology student Gertrude Stein’s “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” This month, after an interstellarly dark (a commodification of the theater term) summer and almost 100 years to the day (September 9, 1907) on which Stein and Alice B. Toklas first met, Flavorpill and the American Museum of Natural History present, in the Rose Center for Earth and Space/the Cullman Hall of the Universe, One Step Beyond — a party that’s one small step for nighttime, one giant leap for nightlife.
Members of the Lost Generation... fix your Tenderbuttons, launch yourself through both space and time by taking advantage — not of techno-cliché drugs — of complimentary screenings of ‘Passport to the Universe’, and archeological-dig this: tonight, the center will see more action than it has seen since Friends’ Ross Gellar and Rachel Green got ‘physical’ (the juice box scene) as Philadelphia-native King Britt, a self-defined ‘vibrationologist’, blends together a Picasso-palette of hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz and Afro-tech. Joining him is Brazilian funk-Carioca group Bonde do Role, whose members (MCs Pedro D’Eyrot and Marina Vello, and DJ Rodrigo Gorky) provide enough anthropological-bass to move everyone’s bones. Creating a veritable vertebrate zoo is Philadelphia export Plastic Little, whose paleontology lab of samples and fragments mixes together the characteristics of an eon’s-worth of New York, Philly and Baltimore sounds.
One Step Beyond
9pm to 1am, $20; includes free pass to museum for future use; tickets available at the door and at amnh.org
Entrance on W 81st St, at Central Park West