Hello Living Art Walk, beginning at 802 Dean St (at Washington Ave), 2-5:30pm with afterparty at Zebra Lounge (957 Pacific St, between Washington and Grand Aves)
Panel discussion (with Linda Francis, Don Voisine, Joan Waltematch and Michael Zahn) at Janet Kurnatowski, 205 Norman Ave (at Humboldt St), 2-3:30pm
Women Forward group exhibition (including Alex Limpert, work pictured) at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway (at Bedford Ave), 4-6pm
DNA r' US at Micro Museum, 123 Smith St (between Pacific and Dean Sts), 8-11pm
We always want to know more about new productions than any of our friends, and so should you. To that end, here's a helpful survey of (nearly) all the new shows opening or going into preview this weekend.
Justine Lynch and Melinda Ring at The Kitchen (until April 26)
White Elephant at La Mama E.T.C. (until May 3)
The System at La Mama E.T.C. (until May 10)
The Tempest at Abrons Art Center (until April 26)
The Mechanical (pictured) at Theater for the New City (until May 10)
All Aboard the Marriage Hearse at Theater for the New City (until May 16)
As a service to you — timid liberal elitist New Yorker — I have gone through the week's comments over at paleoconservative, pseudo-libertarian website Free Republic, to see what has the bitter Freepers in a tizzy. Really, this is just to scare you... It probably won't help facilitate dialogue between average Americans. Sorry. I just can't help it.
Your winner, after the jump.
Ben Morgan-Cleveland at Real Fine Arts, 673 Meeker Ave, 6-9pm
Poster Boy (pictured, with DJs, free snacks and beer, RSVP recommended) at 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave (at Stagg St), 8pm-midnight
Boris Nieslony at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, top buzzer, 2nd Fl (between Ellery St and Park Ave), 8-11pm
Linda Daniels: Paintings at A.M. Richard Fine Art, 328 Berry St, 3rd Fl (between S 4th and S 5th Sts), 6-9pm
C.H.U.D.Z. at Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer St (between Hope and Grand Sts), 7-10pm
News broke yesterday that Islands frontman Nick Thorburn mistakenly left a data CD containing an unmastered version of the band's forthcoming LP on the C train earlier this week. He posted about it a handful of times on his Twitter, which seems a bit odd, frankly. If I had lost something that I really, really didn't want anyone to find, for fear that they might distribute it to the entire internet, I probably wouldn't go tell the internet where I was when I last had it. Unless I was desperate for attention, of course.
Also, serves him right for talking shit about Vampire Weekend last year.
The marvelous Tommy Pico is the man behind Birdsong, an actual printed zine of prose, poetry and interviews. We once got drunk and I called him an "Injun" and he yelled "ALL YR SCALPZ ARE BELONG TO US." (True story, he was born and raised on the rez and I'm a loud drunk.) Tommy will be hosting Birdsong's issue #6 party/reading this Saturday at Stain Bar, and you should go. Not only are the contributors (and hangers on) generally attractive and smart, but Jess Paps will be playing her songs, one of which ("Seen it All") is my favorite of the last three months. Also featured will be Hotel St. George mastermind (and Literary Upstart Judge) Aaron Petrovich. You would be an asshole to miss this.
The Gowanus Canal is basically The Dip from Who Framed Roger Rabbit by this point, right? It's so gross it might become a Superfund site. But, as the Times reports, the Bloomberg administration would prefer not to have the EPA take the lead on cleaning up the canal. Why not? Well, perhaps it has to do with the surrendering of control and possibility of delays. Or, and we're going to suggest that this is more likely: "City officials said that the listing could jeopardize more than $500 million committed to the waterfront for two private projects involving more than 1,200 housing units." They would prefer to do the clean-up their own way, on their own time.
Just let Bloomberg do what he wants, he'll do what's right for us, right? When did the mayor's office become in loco parentis? (Oh, right, 9/11.)
Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester has reportedly signed a recording contract with Universal Republic to release an album this fall. Billboard is told that the material she's working on has an "electro-pop edge," while Star Magazine reports that her influences range "from Gwen Stefani to M.I.A.," even though you and I both know "Paper Planes" is the only M.I.A. song she's ever heard.
I feel sorta bad for her, actually. If Meester were surrounded by people who cared even a tiny bit about her, wouldn't you think they'd have told her it's just too early in her career to try jumping into other fields, and that maybe it's not a coincidence she was offered this deal at the height of Gossip Girl's popularity, and that maybe she'd be viewed as a complete joke? Whereas, if she'd just waited a few years, after she'd had the chance to be taken somewhat more seriously as an actor, she might be able to make the jump a bit more gracefully? Meh. I suppose then I'd have nothing to blog about.
W Hotels has set up shop in Hoboken (you know, that city across the river. No, the other river) and last night's opening party included a not-so-surprise performance by Miley Cyrus enemy Jamie Foxx and appearances by glittering stars like Michael Strahan and Brenda Walsh.
The interior is predictably sleek (the Chandelier Room echoes the steel fixtures at Brooklyn's Dressler), and the hotel features a Zylo steakhouse, cocktail lounge and Bliss spa. The thinking behind it was clearly "let's bring the sexiness of Manhattan to this homely state!" But do the good people of Jersey really want the (now laughable) excesses of the island?
And can Williamsburg at least get a DoubleTree so my parents don't have to sleep on my couch when they visit?
Obsessed: If you asked me, point blank, right now, which of this weekend's movies I actually feel the most willing to sit down and watch, it would probably be this one. Sad indicator of late-April doldrums or sad indicator of my Beyonce fandom? You be the judge. Ms. Knowles actually gave her first real-deal performance in Cadillac Records, but I'm guessing this isn't exactly a spiritual sister to that one. A dolled-up cousin to The Single White Female That Rocks the Attraction, though? Yes, it does appear to be that. I can't explain why the idea of seeing this awful-looking movie is vaguely acceptable to me, except that I like the idea of Beyonce and Ali Larter fighting through cheesy thriller escalation (and even that, I suspect, is more of a two-minute sequence that's being made to look like half the movie). Plus, someone will finally punish Idiris Elba for being so mean to everyone on The Office!
Yesterday, when the Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced, many people began salivating at the volume of auteurs — Tarantino, Almodovar, von Trier, Lee, Haneke, Resnais, Campion, Loach, Tsai, Lou, Noe, To, Bellocchio, Gondry, Gilliam, Raimi, Bong, Pen-ek, I could keep going a lot longer but you skipped ahead several lines ago already — converging in one fest (that no critic can afford to attend anymore). But nobody seems to have noticed that the competition features the most interesting jury makeup in quite some time. Let's take a look at the topline...
As reported on Billboard yesterday, everyone's favorite Mormon punching bags the Killers have acknowledged that, yes, they do plan to release that covers album they've been talking about on and off for a while now. No time frame has been set, because Brandon Flowers is busy shopping for ridiculous coats and sitting around just generally being really pleased with himself. So far they've already recorded an undisclosed Cyndi Lauper song ("Time After Time," obvs), "Four Winds" by Bright Eyes, and the Murray Head version of "One Night in Bangkok." And now, my predictions/fantasies for the remainder of the tracklist.
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders at VII Gallery, 20 Jay St (at Plymouth St), 6pm
Barbara Confino, Fumiko Toda and Joel Simpson at Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front St (between Washington and Adams Sts), 6-8pm
Spacebuster (pictured) in the Manhattan Bridge Archway (Water St at Anchorage Pl), 7pm
Did you know it's possible to go to a county fair — which is, of course, a veritable smorgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord — within the five boroughs? The lauded Queens County Farm Museum loves you and wants you to be happy, so please do mark your calendar for September 19th and 20th. And in the meantime...
Well, you ought to reserve a spot at their May Day fundraising dinner: it's a five-course locavore feast featuring lamb from Apple Pond, in the Catskills — whose Dick Riseling will give a presentation on renewable energy and farming — local vegetables, prepared by the new Hapa Kitchen supper club, and local wines from upstate. Plus, we're told there'll be a "maypole, garland weaving, a bonfire and more fun pagan-inspired rituals."
"So, Tribeca Film Festival." "Right."
"What do we have?" "Zoe Kazan." "Who?" "Actress. Moonfaced little girl DiCaprio gets drunk and takes advantage of in that Mad Men movie. About to blow up big." "Cover concept?" "She's in a movie called The Exploding Girl, so that pretty much wrote itself while we watched." "Art?" "Figured we'd take a lot of pictures of her, and then for the cover we'll just pick the one where she looks the most like Christina Applegate. People like Christina Applegate."
This morning on the F train, I sat beside two men, probably in their mid-20s, both wearing standard rock-dude garb: fancy jeans, pointy boots, leather bomber jackets, silly hats, etc. One was British and apparently in a band. His friend, whom I believe he'd run into on the train, was asking him a series of questions about an upcoming tour he was going on with his band. They got to talking about venues, and the guy in the band, the British one, said:
"I mean, it's not like I need champagne backstage, but if they can't even get it together enough to be able to provide it for us, then it makes us wonder if they'll be willing or able, even, to pay us for the show."
Maybe I'm naive, but it wouldn't make me wonder about that at all. Who could this have been? They had a record coming out in October, and that's pretty much all I know. Guesses?
The Smiths' "Jeane" covered by Sandie Shaw.
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
I need a sweet baby
Here's another good drinking song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1CULMYgUfc