For such a terrible, terrible place, Times Square actually gets its fair share of art—some good, some god-awful—but it never lasts long because time is money, Times Square is money, and in Times Square time is... money... squared? Where was I? Oh! The folks from billboard takeover operation Public Ad Campaign and app geniuses The Heavy Projects recently tested their prototype for an augmented reality app that replaces ads with art in Times Square.
75 years ago, Joseph Cornell invented the fan edit. From a trivial adventure film, Cornell did away with narrative pretense, spinning that Hollywood yarn into an intricate and obsessive study, a loving portrait of the film’s female star, Rose Hobart. Sometimes stars endure, long after their movies have become démodé. As such, there’s an honesty of vision to Cornell’s film, which trims the large production to its luminous lead. On July 27th, Dirty Looks will host a rooftop screening of Cornell’s film, Rose Hobart, alongside works that take as their starting point stars, starlets and purveyors of the dream machine.
Does this mean he'll be packing up the electronica? Stevens, who's been alternately critiqued and lauded for the explosive, experimental Age of Adz album released earlier this year, stayed away from the synthesizers for this WNYC Soundcheck session, playing a couple of subdued acoustic tracks with the National's Bryce Dessner and friends. Stevens explained that the more traditionally Sufjan-sounding songs off his 2010 EP All Delighted People were written at the same time as Age of Adz, but he made the decision, based on aesthetics, to keep the projects separate. Stevens also emphasized (and performed) what he calls two folk "bookends" on Age of Adz, ("Futile Devices" and "Pleasure Principle,") telling WNYC that the tracks were intended to sandwich the "pop chaos" in between. "I'm still a folk songwriter," Stevens said.
Perhaps this highlights Stevens' two last Adz performances Aug. 2 and 3 in Prospect Park as the end of his own personal season of pop chaos, and a return to, well, folk normalcy. But keep in mind that normalcy for Stevens (even the folky kind) has always entailed singular beauty, ambitiousness and innovation. So, while it may be a little early to assume he's done with the neon lightshows, enjoy the new, old-school Sufjan in the meantime. He's still in there, even if he is wearing pants that glow in the dark.
The New Museum and Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art aren't the only institutions looking to transform the Lower East Side into an ultra-modern museum district: the Tenement Museum is expanding across the street from its longtime home on the southeast corner of Delancey and Orchard streets, but abandoning its trademark historicism for something much more modern.
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István Szabó’s Colonel Redl is the sturdy, compelling middle film of a Middle-European trilogy—falling after Mephisto and before Hanussen. In some ways, it is also a middling one, Cannes Jury Prize notwithstanding. The rise and fall of Redl, an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, can look very like a frame for some fine period dress, woven with all the requisite tasseled swords, excruciating society balls, court intrigues and conflicted loyalties. Too, the struggle of a man and the rotting system he loves, playing out between Redl and the Empire, has been treated more interestingly elsewhere (not least by Szabó himself)—there’s none of The Conformist’s bitter, beautiful satire here. Plenty of psychology, though: Klaus Maria Brandauer’s Redl—devoutly loyal and ambitious, until he isn’t—is a tragic wonder to behold. The perfect by-product of the Austro-Hungarian machine, Redl begins to slide toward the crashing, jagged gears as the machine wears down and begins to self-destruct, and over Brandauer’s narrowed eyes and set jaw settles a mask of desperation and rage. How could this have happened?
A month after the passing of the Marriage Equality Act back on June 24, the first same-sex marriages in the state's history were performed yesterday. After receiving over 2600 application for marriage licenses, the city used a lottery system to determine who would get the coveted spots. A record-setting 764 wedding ceremonies took place here in the city (though some are reporting that it was even more), and 112 of them were in Downtown Brooklyn. Photographer Sam Polcer was on hand outside the Municipal building to document it.
After the success of its inaugural one-week book sale extravaganza last summer, West 19th Street mega-gallery David Zwirner opens its second Annual Pop-Up Bookstore today, with lots of signed books, rare posters and limited edition goodies from its stellar stable of artists.
A stretch of 40th Street in Brooklyn, near Sunset Park, was renamed Finlandia Street in 1991, to honor a time when the neighborhood boasted a significant Finnish population (and part of the community was called "Finn Town"). When someone recently called 311 to report that the Finlandia Street sign had gone missing, the department of transportation set out to rectify the situation. Except they went to the wrong borough. And misspelled the name on the sign.
After two women began fighting on the L train earlier this week, one appeared to lose her hair while the other briefly lost her baby, who rolled out of the open car doors in a stroller. The fight started over a seat on a Jefferson-street bound train, escalating from loud n' annoying to kuh-razy when one woman crosses that line that separates the verbal from the physical. The brouhaha was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube, making the rounds on the Internet yesterday all the way up to the Daily News. The baby was unharmed, straphanger and witness Carolina Miranda told Animal New York.
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis are a creative power couple made in indie-heaven, or in this case, Forest Park, a 5,000 acre woodland near Portland Oregon, the place their new illustrated children's book, Wildwood, fictionalizes into a fantastic adventure-scape. Meloy and Ellis began working on the project in 2000, a few years after they met in college and a few years before The Decemberists would become an alternative-household name. Wildwood tells the story of 12 year-old Prue McKeel, whose baby brother is abducted by crows and taken to a place called the Impassable Wilderness, where Prue and her friend Curtis must venture to find him. The first four chapters are available to download from the website (just enter an email address or "like" on Facebook), which also features the interview (above) with Meloy and Ellis at their Portland home [via Consequence of Sound].
In preparation for Monday, and to give some indication of the shows we'd like to see added, let's take a trip through time, a whole 20 years back, and listen to some of the best Nickelodeon theme songs from the era.
It's too easy to draw parallels to the Blank Generation—what Richard Hell dubbed his creative cohorts from the late seventies/early eighties—from our own, but it's far more tiring to draw nuanced distinctions. The economic downturn, the increasingly astronomic income gap, the proliferation of semi-legal loft dwellings along the vanguards of gentrification, the reestablishment of New York City as a capitol of emergent culture and, lest it go without mention, the post-punk and lo-fi revival of the last decade all give us a great deal in common with that bygone era. But we should still entertain the irony of our unyielding reverence for the irreverent, of the thought that punk is so pop, pop is now punk.
YES! Let's all give ourselves a hearty pat on the back. After St. Vincent instructed her fans to tweet #strangemercy earlier this week in order to unlock a track off her upcoming album of the same name, she began to reveal hilarious, slightly tragic and macabre teaser videos at certain tweet milestones. But now, on this fine morning, it appears we've arrived at the social media finish line. So go down some vitamin water to restore all those electrolytes you lost tweeting in the heat and listen to "Surgeon," a new track off of St. Vincent's Strange Mercy, to be released in full September 13.
Finally a good break from hectic weekdays..
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