Friday, March 14th

Grab your sensible canvas eco-shopping bags, ladies; Donna Karan is having a yard sale! The Grande Dame of American design cleans house for charitable purposes (more specifically, for her Urban Zen Initiative, which promotes, one assumes, daily yoga), throwing open the doors to her Greenwich Village studio for a two-day raid on her personal items. We asked Ms. Karan what she was most excited to get rid of: “The sheer quantity!” she replied via e-mail. “It will allow for the next set of inspirations to stir the eye.” Spoken like someone who practices yoga daily. Later, nonprofit performance space the Kitchen hosts Bryce Dessner, guitarist for the National, and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche for an evening of solo performances set to projected visual art by Matthew Ritchie (someone pass the marijuana, please!). The National being a main object of our and everyone else’s musical affections at present, we called up Mr. Dessner, because we could. “I’ve written about 50 minutes of brand-new music,” he explained, adding that he composed most of it on the National’s tour bus! “Touring with a rock band can be really monotonous.” (We can imagine). The National, meanwhile, last week underwent a singularly legitimizing Brooklyn rite of passage: a show at BAM with string instruments. “I think it was definitely our best-received concert to date, in New York, anyway,” said Mr. Dessner. “I had a back injury that week; I fell down the stairs. So I couldn’t actually move the whole week. I was sitting in a chair at BAM, which was pretty embarrassing.”

[Donna Karan studio sale, March 14 and 15, Stephan Weiss Studio, 711 Greenwich Street, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 8 p.m., 212-255-5793]

Friday, March 14th