Pencil these in: Pillow Fight Day, Governors Ball, Cochon 555, more

Start plumping your pillows for Apr 6, and three-day tickets for the musical bonanza on Randalls Island go on sale Friday.

Photograph: Syd London

It's time for our weekly rundown of forthcoming events you need to know about so you can (1) buy tickets before they sell out; and (2) roll your eyes at your friends who try to tell you about these things a few weeks hence, because that's the type of friend you are. You should really work on your social skills.

RECOMMENDED: Events calendar for 2013

Feb 5–17: This Clement World
Alt-country performance diva Cynthia Hopkins transforms herself again in this music-theater meditation on climate change and the future of the weather.

Feb 7–9: T.J. Miller
The actor and comic, who's the host of sketch and stand-up show Mash-Up, is a popular and delightfully silly man who charms audiences easily.

Feb 10: Cochon 555
The globe-trotting heritage-breed porkfest features an all-female cast of chefs—including Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter and The Darby) and Missy Robbins (A Voce)—for its fifth anniversary.

Feb 10: JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Justin Vivian Bond and Kiki Valentine
The officially legendary JVB and funny lady Kiki Valentine join a 13-piece band for a pre-V-Day night of skewed romance at The Slipper Room. Buy tickets at

Feb 18: Karen Russell
The author of Swamplandia!, a debut novel that was shortlisted for the Pulitzer last year, launches her second short-story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Apr 6: Pillow Fight Day 2013
No need to get out of your pj's for the annual cushion clash, taking over a to-be-announced location. Sign up to the e-mail list at for more details as they're released.

June 5–7: Governors Ball
Snap up a three-day ticket to see an insane bill that includes Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Nas, Grizzly Bear and Kendrick Lamar at Randalls Island Park. Read more. Buy tickets at, beginning Friday, Jan 25, at noon.