News Roundup: Vashti Bunyan, The Knitting Factory, The New York International Fringe Festival, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Jackson
--Legendary cult UK folk singer Vashti Bunyan will appear at 92Y Tribeca with director Kieran Evans for a live performance and screening of the documentary Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before on October 16th and 17th. The New York Press once called Bunyan the "Godmother of Freak Folk." She released her first album, Just Another Diamond Day in 1970, but soon disappeared from the industry. The event's press release describes the documentary as a "lyrical, modern day road movie that retraces Vashti's extraordinary journey from London to the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides of northern Scotland and sets it against the backdrop of her first high profile London concert." Tickets are on sale now.
--The Knitting Factory's new Williamsburg location has an opening date: September 9th. The new spot is 361 Metropolitan Ave., the old location of the Luna Lounge. Native Brooklynites Les Savy Fav will play the inaugural performance. If you're counting, this is the long-running rock club's third location. It first opened in 1987 on E. Houston Street. It moved to Tribeca in 1994, well before the neighborhood's Robert DeNiro-inspired gentrification. Among the features of the new Knitting Factory: soundproof windows, a restored 1930s bar from West Virginia and flooring from a South Carolina woolen mill. Tickets for Les Savy Fav's gig are on sale now.
--This should be fun: The New York International Fringe Festival will run in the city August 14th-30th. The Decider just posted a piece that will help you pick between titles like Romeo and Toilet and Abe Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. Expect to see us at both.
--The Michael Jackson estate and Sony have announced This is It, a documentary chronicling Jackson's preparations for his scheduled 50-night run at London's O2 Arena. It will be released in theaters October 30th. In other Jackson news, the singer's autopsy results are in, but law enforcement officials have sealed them until the investigation into the pop star's death ends.