Marko Velk's masterly charcoal marks and Matt Blackwell's masticable textures in backwards march head up the roster in this round of art picks from our 2/3 issue.
Meet Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles. He's one of four independent, Brooklyn-based bike builders selected to design and assemble a bicycle inspired by the Jack Daniel’s family of fine whiskies as part of our program, Hand Crafted.
For more information on Hand Crafted and to RSVP to the March 6 Hand Crafted event, featuring all four final bikes and live performances by The Babies and Nude Beach, click here. Everyone who attends will be eligible for a chance to take home one of these custom built bicycles. Stay tuned to meet the rest of our Brooklyn-based builders.
Recently, I went on road trip across Florida with my oldest buds. Somewhere halfway down the Panhandle, I realized I'd had sex with most of them. Actually, we all participated in a very messy six-way in college. How do you have casual sex without any casualties? In this case the more the merrier got us all out alive.
This week we’ve learned that horse meat has snuck its way into Irish grocery-store burgers and IKEA meatballs. Now most of Europe suffers from a collective hangover, plagued by the thought of accidentally ingesting such a regal creature possibly full of hormones. They didn’t know! Well, most people can’t tell the difference between a beef burger and a horse burger just by looking at it.
And just like we don’t know what’s gone into those burgers and meatballs, there’s countless works of art that don’t specify the meat they use. Holy hell: We don’t know if Carolee Schneemann used beef or ham in Meat Joy!
In response to this, we’ve come up with “The Horse Meat or Meat in Art Quiz” to help suss out what we do know. The answers are in upside-down text, revealed after the multiple choice questions.
You're not totally burned on talking about Lena Dunham, are you? No? Well good. Because today, the Observer explored the hottest new trend sweeping New York, which it turns out is pretending to know (or sort of know) Lena Dunham. Ah.
The gospel choir outro is the biggest point of interest, clearly, a bit of tongue-in-cheek bombast cementing lyrics which are very definitely about having sex with a literal angel from heaven and feeling conflicted about it. "Fallen for a guy, fell down from the sky. Halo round his head. Feathers in a bed. In our bed." There's really no other way to read that.
Listen to "Sacrilege" here, and then we'll discuss:
Gut Renovation, a new documentary by filmmaker Su Friedrich, opens March 6 at Film Forum and takes a hard look at the changes that Williamsburg has undergone since the implementation of new zoning laws in 2005. Friedrich, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1989, has meticulously recorded all the changes happening in her neighborhood, from each new development that went up to all the small businesses that closed. The project is not only a personal one, but also one that has a wider scope, serving as a warning that what happened in Williamsburg could—and quite possibly will—happen to all of Brooklyn, and New York City at large. I had the chance to talk to Friedrich about this film, and about what she sees for the future of development in New York, and whether or not that future is impossibly grim.
Picture this. There’s a gang of cute, cuddly (and inexplicably British) primates on the loose, and they’re looking for their next meal. House by house, they’re roaming the neighborhood looking for the perfect fridge to raid. But not just any fridge will do; it’s got to be a Samsung. Why, you ask? With multiple, easy-to-slide drawers, even the tiniest hands can open and close the doors and slide the shelves with ease. Even a monkey can use the crisper drawer without a problem! And that’s great news for our crew of monkeys, but not so great for the unsuspecting homeowner. Click play on the video below to watch our gang of primates make their way into a kitchen and forage around for their next meal. You’ll find out pretty quickly that they have high-class taste. What’s on the menu for tonight? How about organic strawberries, frozen pizza, and a giant cucumber? Plus, some coriander too. If the monkeys have you convinced, be sure to check out the rest of the appliances that Samsung to offer.
And be sure to watch all the way to the end. One of our little guys finds his way into the coat closet and gets away with a certain piece of outerwear that should definitely look familiar. Want a hint? It’s the IKEA monkey’s outfit of choice. Enjoy!
You'll find the full video after the jump.
Ok, so that was a little sneaky, this actually took place in Brooklyn, Ohio. But I wanted an excuse to write about this mystical bird turd and by God, I found it. Really, it's quite a story.
Park Avenue is about to receive the gift of eyesores. Spindly, shiny eyesores that reach 20 feet into the sky. Beginning today, Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea will install mini-versions of New York landmarks including the Chrysler, Empire State, and Flatiron buildings along the six-lane roadway between 54th and 67th. They’re bound to be a distraction, so wayward drivers and pedestrians, you have been warned.
Last week, we brought you your Northside Music and NExT updates, but today we'd like to interrupt your Tuesday internet procrastinating with some Northside Film (June 17-20) news. Specifically, a quick introduction to our 2013 Northside DIY Film Competition jury members thus far. And well, we say "introduction," but we think some of these names might seem familiar.
This year's illustrious jury chair will be Scott Macaulay, the editor-in-chief of Filmmaker Magazine. By his side will be Alex Karpovsky, the Brooklyn-based independent director, writer and, of course, star of HBO’s Girls. Rounding out the initial trio is Miriam Bale, a Brooklyn-based writer and the founder of the La Di Da Film Festival (and, ahem, former L Magazine contributor). We'll be adding two more judges to the jury before the ground thaws, so follow @Northsidefest on Twitter for the latest Northside Film updates and announcements.
If you're a filmmaker, there's still time to get your film in front of our distinguished judges, but make those final edits ASAP! The deadline to enter the Northside DIY Film Competition is March 1. For more information on how to enter, click here. And if you're interested in a Northside Film badge, take advantage of our low, low (low) Early Bird prices. From now until April 30, a Northside Film badge will only set you back a slim $25. That's about the cost of two movies at your local megaplex, thank you very much. Click here to pick up one of your very own. See you in June!
Between tonight’s sex talk at The Kitchen and this weekend’s hack-a-thon in Bushwick, we’re marking our calendars for every single art event this week. We know. We’re surprised, too.
Whether you're super into it or bury your emotions in pharmaceuticals in order to cope with it, we are officially living in the future. Ipso facto, Twitter! People love to use that thing during big, relevant public events like the Academy Awards. It's like they don't know we all die alone regardless, or something!
Anyway, while some people correctly spent time complaining about Seth MacFarlane and others offering armchair commentary on dresses and things, lots of other people on Twitter got pretty weird. And weird in sort of unexpected ways! In all honesty, seeing people barrage social media with a bunch of inappropriate updates was one of the night's bigger highlights once the show got boring, which was early on. So, here is a slice of humanity in 2013. Make of it what you will.
So we're in the woods with this one. Hannah and Jessa have taken the Metro North upstate to visit Jessa's father and let's just say that he does not live in Valhalla. He lives in Manitou with his wife Petula and her turtleneck-wearing, center-part having, camel toe-sporting son, Frank. And a lot of bunnies. But before we meet Mr. Johanssen or the rest of the menagerie, we see Hannah and Jessa while they wait at the train station. Hannah doesn't like to wait. Hannah still seems to think that she's the star of this story. But not this week. Hannah complains about waiting and about never wanting her parents to be late when she was a child. Jessa thinks Hannah is still a child. Jessa is not wrong. Jessa always had to wait. Jessa does not like Hannah making her feel bad about her parents and says that waiting is only ever really bad if "you get molested by the weird sub." Hannah asks Jessa if she was ever molested by a weird substitute teacher. Jessa replies, "Yeah. No. I don't know. Maybe. Probably." And the truth is, it doesn't really matter anymore what happened or didn't happen with that weird sub. Jessa was fucked the moment she was born, and she doesn't like being reminded of it. In the meantime, Hannah has a UTI and has to pee. Jessa advises her to pee by the train tracks, telling Hannah that what she really ought to do is "stick garlic in her pussy...like a whole clove" but that isn't an option right now. So Hannah goes to pee and asks Jessa to make sure no one can see her. Jessa tells her the coast is clear, even as we see an elderly, upstate couple walking on the platform, taken aback by the site of Hannah's indiscreet squat-and-release. Jessa smiles. She smiles because she knows she's fucked and she might as well amuse herself on the way to wherever she's going.
What neighborhood do you work in?
"Mondays at Racine" was started while I lived and ran a production company in Park Slope. I originally moved to Park Slope in 1990, when my dad and stepmother were living there. I am no stranger to Brooklyn—my grandmother, the first child of Young & Rubicam's cofounder John Orr Young, was born in Brooklyn Hospital in 1918; my husband's grandfather Harold Syrett was born on President Street and in the late 1960s became President of Brooklyn College; my father was remarried and lived in Park Slope in the 80s and 90s. I currently have two brother-in-laws and a slew of nieces and nephews in the borough.
So, here's the thing. When I was heading out to interview Alex Karpovsky about his two films—Red Flag and Rubberneck—which are premiering together courtesy of Tribeca Film, I thought to myself, "I'm not even going to ask him about Girls. That isn't what this interview is even about." Then I made the mistake of saying that out loud, in my office. "You have to ask him about Girls." I was told. "You would be stupid not to." Which, yes. That's true. I would have been stupid not to. And so I did ask, but only after getting the chance to talk extensively to Karpovksy about his experiences as an actor/writer/director in the New York independent film scene, his commitment issues as they pertain to relationships, movie-making and death, and what was the inspiration behind a scene in Red Flag—the funniest suicide note-writing scene since Heathers. And then, yes, I broached the topic of Ray and Shoshanna. But, really, there was so much more to talk about.
Merry Muthafuckin' Christmas - Eazy-E is def my favorite These two dudes hanging Christmas lights…
In my defense, it works either way, & I love your stuff...
Ha - never mind, just re-read it properly for the 1st time (LOL)