The new protected two-way Furman Street bike lane that debuted this summer along a desolate stretch under the BQE and behind the new Brooklyn Bridge Park just got a little less dreary. Over the weekend artist Debra Hampton and a team of volunteers applied her stencil portrait onto the concrete barriers that separate cyclists from the highway-speeding motorists shuttling between Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. I stopped by this morning to get a closer look. More views after the jump.
What's your background? When, and why, did you decide to start a small poetry press here in Brooklyn?
Like nearly all publishers of poetry in the outer edges of the small press world, I am a poet myself. After nearly 30 years in New York of hectic poetry reading attending, writing, prior publishing projects including the last books of poetry printed on a mimeo machine—that was Prospect Books with Mitch Highfill—and as a kind of contributing editor to Joe Elliot’s Situations Press, and all sorts of interlaced happenings quintessential to this world, I thought to give back to the poets. It was time. I was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out a way to persuade some press to take a look at manuscripts by these poets and then: aha! Do it yourself.
In honor of what will be the 30th anniversary of his death next month, PBS airs LennonNYC at 9pm tonight, a look into John Lennon's life after moving to New York in 1971. The latest in PBS' American Masters series, the documentary features never-before-seen outtakes from concerts and home movies, archival footage, and interviews with the likes of Elton John, photographer Bob Gruen (the guy behind the iconic "New York City" t-shirt photo) and Yoko, who, according to PBS, "cooperated extensively with the production and offers an unprecedented level of access." Check out the preview above. Pitchfork probably would've given this guy a 10.0 too, you know. Or, actually, maybe they wouldn't have. They've been known to make a bad call or two.
The L: When did you find out that you were nominated in the "Blogger or Critic of the Year" category? Were you given any insight into the nomination process, or who else might have been contending for the four nominations? If you could add a fifth nominee, who would it be?
Paddy: I heard a rumor about it the first week of September, but I didn't find out until three weeks ago. I found out who the other nominees were when they released the list, though of course, it wasn't exactly a surprise that Jerry Saltz was nominated in the "Critic of the Year" category, or that Marina Abromovic is nominated in both "Solo Show of the Year, Museum" and "Artist of the Year." The Guggenheim asks professionals in the field to vote on nominees and winners, so it's a fairly democratic process as far as I can tell.
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! A peek in to Richard Harrow’s subconscious reveals a longing for a lost love and the missing half of his face. He opens his one eye to find Margaret’s terrified daughter screaming bloody murder after discovering him sleeping without his mask. Margaret is uncomfortable with the new living situation, but when she suggests to Nucky that he might consider an alternative, he brushes her off, insisting that Harrow is there for everyone’s protection. Later, Harrow takes a cue from The Wizard of Oz and cleverly tells the children he is the Tin Woodsman. Everyone is convinced, and Harrow settles comfortably in the role of Manny. For now…
Well... EDITH'S BEEN FOUND! I've yet to get full details, but apparently lots of credit is due to NYPD Detectives Vega and Randazzo who, according to BARC co-founder Vinny Spinola, "are wonderful, and went above and beyond the line of duty."
Or, such was the theory I was working on Thursday while waiting for the Paul Auster reading at Book Court to begin. As the clock approached the advertised starting-time and passed it, I noticed the SRO crowd of 60 or so—at least one of whom brought his own wine—was overwhelmingly in their 20s, just like the heroes of the just-published Sunset Park. Maybe there was a different lesson: write about your demographic, or who you want that demographic to be.
As previously reported, two of J-Pop art superstar Takashi Murakami's trademark anime-inspired characters, Kaikai and Kiki (seen above at far right, below the ogre, next to the panda), will be floating through Midtown during this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. But ANIMAL points out that all the floats are identified in the above ad from today's amNewYork, except Murakami's pair, which are by far the most intriguing and in need of captioning. The proof is after the jump.
Though the angelic vocals and delicate harp-strumming of these former choir boys are more Strauss’ style, Active Child’s 80’s synths turned the theater into a hopping after-hours spot. Partygoers enjoyed free cocktails as they lounged, shmoozed, and jammed out to some awesome harp-rock.
Unfortunately for you, this was the last Act 4 event of the decade. So if you missed this year’s events and love freebies (you already know we do), be sure to mark your calendars for March 24th, 2011, when the third installment will feature Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love followed by a special guest performance.
ACT 4 with Active Child
The Legend of Pale Male, which opens in New York next Wednesday, is a documentary about quirky Manhattan history, conservation, and real estate. It retells the saga of Pale Male, the local-legend Red-tailed Hawk of Central Park, who prefers to nest in the facade of tony apartment buildings uptown. In late 2004, the co-op board of 927 Fifth Avenue (at East 74th) had the hawk's nest removed from its masonry, leading to a swarm of protests (including building resident—but not co-op board member, apparently—Mary Tyler Moore), as documented in this advance clip:
For more on the film, see thelegendofpalemale.com.
On Wednesday the White House announced 15 new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the Commander in Chief can bestow on civilians, including Modernist painter Jasper Johns (also, George H.W. Bush...). Obama will pin medals on lapels during a ceremony early next year, but in the meantime, let's look at five Johns works that seem well-suited for presidential approval, starting with his stately "Map" (1961, above, from MoMA).
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