Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brooklyn's Miss Norway Tells Us What She Really Thinks of Sweden

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Egenberg, left, with Miss Norway 2010
  • Egenberg, left, with Miss Norway 2010
Jennifer Egenberg was crowned Miss Norway last week at the 56th Annual Miss Norway Pageant, held in Dyker Heights. The Staten Island native, currently studying elementary education at the University of Connecticut (with a concentration in History), "impressed the judges with her knowledge of Norwegian history and her interest in her heritage," the Brooklyn Paper reported. "This isn’t just a beauty contest," the pageant's chairwoman told the paper. "We look at the over-all person.” We caught up with Egenberg to figure out what her new position entails, and whether Norway's really as great as the Miss Norway pageant makes it out to be. She took a few extra days to respond: "we had 15 relatives from Norway with my family and I for the Easter weekend," she wrote in an email, "so it was a little busy!"

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You Can Watch Porn at the Brooklyn Public Library

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM

If you have a library card and are over the age of 17, you can use the computer terminals at your local public library to view pornography—at least in New York City. This isn't a new policy, but New Yorkers found out only recently, after two men were arrested in Manhattan: 38-year-old Santiago Real was looking at pornography while 25-year-old Durail Wright waited to use the terminal; Wright became irate, and a fight broke out.

Southern Brooklyn's state senator, Marty Golden—one of the borough's lone elected Republicans—is predictably pissed, after all the hard work he and others did to pass "initiatives aimed at protecting children and the public at large from being exposed to indecent, degrading and offensive pornographic material,” according to a statement. Golden wants stronger filtering programs and monitoring to block access to dirty pictures. “Libraries are for the community to enrich their educational pursuits, not be a place to go so to download pornography.” [that's an exact quote, by the way!]

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oh Hey Everyone, Tyler the Creator Said He's Not Homophobic, So He Definitely Must Not Be Homophobic

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 5:14 PM

During an interview in the current issue of NME, of-the-moment shock-rapper Tyler the Creator addressed the people who've expressed concern or just outright anger at his liberal use of the word "faggot," both in his music and on his unreadable Twitter feed. His defense is pretty much what you'd expect.

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More Traffic and Bike Improvements Planned for Washington Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Prosposed improvements to Washington Avenue near the intersection with Park Place and Grand Avenue.
  • Prosposed improvements to Washington Avenue near the intersection with Park Place and Grand Avenue.

With improvements already approved and beginning construction soon at the deadly intersection of Atlantic and Washington avenues, the Department of Transportation is turning its attention to the stretch of Washington between Atlantic and Eastern Parkway, with proposed improvements (PDF) including bike lanes and new pedestrian islands.

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Graffiti Artist Revok Arrested and Setenced to Six Months in Jail

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Revok MSK in New York

This sounds familiar because almost the exact same thing happened a year and a half ago: Los Angeles-based street artist and graffiti writer Revok—whose work is all over New York City, as above—was arrested last week at LAX and, the L.A. Times reports, has been handed a 180-day jail sentence.

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PEN World Voices Festival: Meet Ludovic Debeurme and Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Monday marked the start of the 7th annual PEN World Voices Festival, a weeklong readings and events series which celebrates international literature and the authors, translators, editors, journalists, and publishers creating it today. This year’s festival features 100 writers from 40 different nations and includes over 60 events—many free—all over Manhattan. A full schedule of events is available on the PEN website.

If there is anything that mars the experience of each year’s PEN World Voices Festival—besides the fact that an increasing number of panels are not free—it’s that so many interest-piquing events are scheduled during the workday, making attendance difficult if you don’t have a few spare sick days to burn. Luckily, this year there are a handful of events scheduled around the lunch hour, including the three-part “Lunchtime Literary Conversations” hosted at NYU’s La Maison Française. The first of these conversations featured two authors whose work is yet unknown to English language readers—Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, a Norwegian author whose first novel, The Faster I Run, the Smaller I Am has been sold to Dalkey Archive and is, hopefully, forthcoming, and Ludovic Debeurme, a French graphic novelist whose 500+ page autobiographically-inspired graphic novel Lucille—about two teenagers struggling with anorexia, alcoholism, and more mundane trials of adolescence—is forthcoming in English translation next month.

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José Gonzalez' Tortured Artistry Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:07 PM

The date has yet to be confirmed, but Brooklyn Vegan shared today that Rooftop Films will be screening The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José Gonzalez, a documentary on the brilliant Swedish guitarist, for their Summer Series. Now in its 14th annual run, the "Underground Movies Outdoors" Summer Series shows run every weekend (May 13-August 15) in venues throughout the boroughs, and usually come with a Q&A or live performance. Nothing's been announced about a Gonzalez show, so it's best to keep a weather eye out for more news.

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More Metal Shutter Murals Underway and Finished on Bowery

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Lawrence Weiner down near Grand.
  • Lawrence Weiner down near Grand.

Yesterday afternoon we got our first look at a couple of the metal shutter murals being installed along Bowery for After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, part of the New Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New City (which kicks off a week from today), and during a bike stroll along Bowery last night it looked as though just over half of the 17 murals were finished—and a pair of painters were just starting work on a shutter at the northeast corner of Broome. Photos of all the finished murals after the jump.

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Watch this video of MNDR dancing, New Villager rocking, at AUDIOPHILE at The Brooklyn Museum

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

It's been almost a fortnight since we hosted the first Audiophile, round 1 of our spring-fever'd concert series at The Brooklyn Museum. Guests sipped on Brooklyn Republic Vodka, bobbed their heads to New Villager, then crushed hard on MNDR. When you watch the video, you're going to see how fun it was, and you're going to ask your computer screen when the next concert is at this magical Prospect Heights venue. Well you're in luck, because this computer screen has answers; come on down to our next Audiophile on May 13th to see MEN and Savoir Adore then again on June 10 for a performance from Theophilius London. Check out our facebook for more updates and maybe you'll be in our next video. Dreams can come true.

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Spring Booze News: Van Horn Backyard and Gowanus Yacht Club to Open Soon

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM


Did we just skip spring and go directly into summer? It certainly felt like that yesterday when it hit a whopping 80 degrees. Like any good food writer, the first thing I thought of was grabbing a drink outside. So, whats new in the world of getting sauced in the sun?

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Tribeca 2011: The Bleeding House Finds Nothing But Sociopaths in America

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Would-be thriller The Bleeding House centers on a peculiar family, The Smiths, who bear spooky suggestions of bygone infamy: their knife drawer is padlocked; they have a strict, panic-provoking rule against pets; and, when the father sees his wife in an apron splashed with red stains, he freaks. "It's just paint," she assures him. This is a family haunted by its tragedy-marked past—denied, like other American lives, that coveted second act. Too bad this compellingly cryptic imagery is neutralized by writer-director Philip Gelatt's on-the-nose dialogue, delivered by a cast seemingly recruited from a regional theater company in the boondocks in which the movie was shot.

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Northside Adds Surfer Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Theophilus London, Mount Eerie and More to Lineup

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The time has come for another update to this year's Northside Festival lineup, which already included Guided by Voices, Beirut, Wavves, Javelin and more. We are pleased to announce an official opening night party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 16th, featuring Theophilus London, a performance by the brilliant Phil Elverum as Mount Eerie at St. Cecilia's Church in Greenpoint, the first-ever U.S. performance by teenage Danish punk band Iceage, and Florida's indie rock darlings Surfer Blood lending support to the Guided By Voices/Wavves bill, as well as headlining a much more intimate affair as part of Kanine Record's showcase at the Knitting Factory. There are still more than a hundred names to be announced, so check back often. In the meantime, the complete list and some additional info...

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City Opera Finally Scores with Riveting, Heartbreaking Seance

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM


Seance on a Wet Afternoon, City Opera's last production of the season, is that all too rare thing: an exciting new work of musical theater. Composer and librettist Stephen Schwartz has proven adept at contemporary styles, from Godspell's infectious 70s rock to Wicked's dreadfully bland proto-Glee pop. So here, when he writes in the ultimate old-fashioned style, he can't help but wind up with something pitched between old and new; his opera, commissioned by Granada Theatre of Opera Santa Barbara and debuted in 2009, channels Rodgers and Hammerstein's post-operettas, with hints of Alan Menken updating (plus operatic grandeur). With sophisticated polyphonic compositions and lush, romantic swells of strings, Schwartz composes here in a stage idiom writ large. It's a truly American opera.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LOVE STREAMS: DP Christopher Doyle on Underwater Love at Tribeca

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM

The visual conjurer behind Wong Kar Wai’s memory magic, not to mention Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control and Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, has taken the natural next step—shooting a musical entry in Japan’s notorious soft-core pinku eiga genre! The result, Underwater Love (directed by Shinji Imaoka, screening at Tribeca this Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 28, at 11:30 p.m), features dancing fish-factory workers and sex with well-endowed kappas (enchanted turtle people from swamps, of course).

The unstoppable Doyle explained it all in a recent email volley (CAPS or not preserved as originally written).

How did it happen that you’re shooting a pink musical?

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Brooklyn Subway Station Falls Apart On Top Of Two Children

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Over the weekend, two children at the Brooklyn Museum station on the 2 and 3 lines were hospitalized by falling chunks of debris, the Prospect Heights Patch reports. The boys, aged 11 and 12, were headed for the library on Saturday with the 11-year-old's mother (the 12-year-old is her boyfriend's son) when the woman "heard the boys cry out and something heavy hit the Manhattan-bound platform." She turned to see two bloodied pre-teens; the eldest boy required three stitches to his head, while the younger suffered bruising on his shoulder. They were treated at Kings County Hospital.

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New (Non-Manditory) Window Decals Warn Passengers Exiting Cabs to Watch for Cyclists

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Close that door!
  • Close that door!

Getting doored is probably the most common and certainly one of the most painful/deadly types of car-bicycle collisions, and common sense or any cyclist, myself included, will tell you that most doorings are caused by passengers exiting cabs without looking. But one conscientious Brooklyn taxi fleet operator's effort to avoid accidents (and the insurance and repairs costs that come with them) has earned the support of cabbie colleagues and the city.

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Art Star Liz Magic Laser to Direct Famous Filmic Staircase Chases on Broadway

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Wendy, gimme the bat. Give me the bat. Stop swinging the bat. Weeeeendy. Give me the bat.
  • "Wendy, gimme the bat. Give me the bat. Stop swinging the bat. Weeeeendy. Give me the bat."

Last year, as part of MoMA PS1's quintennial local survey show Greater New York, rising art star Liz Magic Laser directed a series of performances entitled Flight—in which an ensemble of actors performed scenes from classic and recent movies in which characters are chased up or down stairs—on the front steps of the former public school. And next week she'll be reprising the piece in Times Square.

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With Festival of Ideas Approaching, Bowery Businesses' Metal Shutters Get Murals

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Unknown artist at left (Ligon?), Deborah Kass and pulp, ink. at right.
  • Unknown artist at left (Ligon?), Deborah Kass and pulp, ink. at right.

The Festival of Ideas for the New City, that massive conference/exhibition/party/street fair/incubator project that, beginning next Wednesday, will bring virtually every Downtown arts group or institution together around the theme of sustainable urbanism, is making its presence felt on Bowery—and the worms haven't even crawled out yet!

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The L Mag Questionnaire for Writer Types: Tom Hopkins

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Once upon a time, the L's Summer Fiction Issue published "A Note About This Business with the Bear," a short story, by Thomas Hopkins, about marriage, tenure, tapas, and the things we hide in our vaginas. Tonight, Tom Hopkins will appear at 2A, in the East Village, for the inaugural edition of the 2A Reading series (so new it doesn't even have a website yet). It starts at 8pm in the upstairs bar, and also features Benjamin Hale, among others.

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
My thesis advisor at NYU once told me that he felt like I was “working the same side of the street” as George Saunders and Aimee Bender. Which I worry might make all three of us women of the night—which isn’t exactly the career I was aiming for. Sorry, Dad!

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Photos: Anthony Caro's Lightweight Steel Lands on the Met Rooftop

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Anthony Caros After Summer (1968, at right) and Blazon (1987-1990, at left).
  • Anthony Caro's "After Summer" (1968, at right) and "Blazon" (1987-1990, at left).

Today Anthony Caro's mini sculpture retrospective opens on the Metropolitan Museum rooftop, with five sculptures spanning five decades. It's certainly nothing as spectacular as Jeff Koons, Big Bambu or Roxy Paine, but despite my apprehensions it's a very strong (and much more engaging) exhibition.

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