Here. Follow the instructions for walk-in or (express at this point) mail-in registration here. If you know anybody who is not registered to vote, send them this link, and walk them down to the registration place before end-of-day Friday.
Or, sayeth the L's Nightlife Editor Zachary Palmer, take them to Le Royale tonight, where the nice people running a "Barack the Vote" party will be registering new voters, and collecting suggested donations (on top of the cover at the door) for to benefit the Obama campaign. There'll be a silent auction, also to benefit the campaign; there'll and DJs and dancing to benefit you, and an open bar for an hour starting at 8pm, to benefit the whole debate-watching process when 9pm rolls around.
Oh, right, the debate tonight. Enjoy that, everyone. This is the Town Hall debate featuring undecided voters, right? God, I hate average Americans, especially ones who don't know who they're going to vote for. Who's excited to watch Obama spout platitudinous talking points as his way of holding ground while questioners hammer McCain on the economy? Good times, good times.
Register to vote if you haven't.
Lately, I can't seem to throw a Vitamin Water without hitting a blogger recounting the latest episode of Gossip Girl or The Hills (including those on the other side of my office). The Monday night parade of excesses has become escapism central for New York's creative underclass. In depressing times, it's comforting to know that somewhere out there, boys and girls with whimsical surnames like "Van Der Woodsen" and "Patridge" are frequenting nightclubs with whimsical names like "Pink Elephant" or "Opera," enjoying most expensive liquors and raddest Bruce Jenner spawn our great country has to offer.
In reality, conspicuous consumption in New York nightlife has been sidelined for the bulk of this decade's countrywide recession.
Well, kids, it's time to slather yourselves in body glitter and fill your heart with love for fabulous people you wouldn't recognize in the deli under natural light: it's The L Magazine's second annual Nightlife Awards party, at Touch, for which the winners and judges and voters of the eponymous recognition of Nightlife Excellence will celebrate their, um, Nightlife Excellence, by having excellent nightlife together. (That means like music and performances and dancing and all that stuff. And who knows what else.)
Oh, right, the L Magazine's actual Nightlife Awards will be the focus of the issue of the L out tomorrow, after being announced tonight. (I lost the nose-game and will have to type out the blank part of all 105,000 copies of the new issue tonight, as they're announced and then sent to me here, at the office, from Mike Conklin's iPhone. So, I won't see you there tonight, sorry.)
It's time, once again, for the L Magazine's annual Nightlife Awards. For the second time, Zachary Palmer, our man-about-downtown, has gotten party promoters, DJs, photographers, venue managers and more to hold forth on the best the city has to offer in terms of dancing, live music, art, scenes, people, amenities, things, ideas, et cetera et cetera. It's sort of like a Zagat's for people covered in body glitter.
The issue comes out next Wednesday, the 17th; we're also celebrating the release of the issue with our second annual Nightlife Awards Party, a week from today (so, Tuesday 9/16) at Touch, on the West Side. It should be an... interesting party, if last year's is anything to go on.
Tomorrow night, six bands take the stage, prizes will be given, and fun will be had at Dogs of Brooklyn, a live show to benefit awesome animal rescue center BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition--I challenge you to spend less than 10 minutes on that website).
The show is at the titanic Supreme Trading in Williamsburg (pool room, smoking garden, giant music and bar spaces), and the live playlist comes courtesy The Nasties, Lady Magma, Rejouissance, Electric Umbilical Cord, Girl To Gorilla and The Supernatural.
It's $7 (all of which goes to BARC), and it starts at 8pm. Great cause.
-Flosstradamus at Santos Pary House, $15Tuesday 8/5
-The National and Yeasayer at Summerstage, 6:30-10
-Lifeboat at Bryant Park, begins at sunset
-Twelve Ophelias at McCarren Park Pool, free
-Erykah Badu, 7:30 PM at Wingate Field, free
-28 Days Later @ Summerscreen, McCarren Park Pool, free, live music begins at 7Wednesday 8/6
-Captured (Clayton Patterson film) @ Webster Hall, $10 , 7 P.M.
-Brazillian Girls @ the Apple Store in SoHo, 7 PM, free
-River Flicks presents Saturday Night Fever, Pier 54, 8 PM. freeThursday 8/7
-Rooftop Films presents Trouble the Water, Harlem Meer in Central Park, 110th St. between 5th and Lennox
-Alvin Ailey at Celebrate Brooklyn, 8 P.M.Friday 8/8
-Movies with A View presents Pleasantville, 6-11, free
-Tapes n' Tapes (unplugged set and official afterparty) @ Soundfix,
7:30 PM10:30 PM
-Terence Blanchard, Castle Clinton, 7 PM, free
-Mates of State @ Highline Ballroom
-Lila Downs at Celebrate Brooklyn, 7 PM
-All Points West music festival (if you're lucky and have tickets), Liberty State Park 1:30 PM
-River Flicks for Kids presents The Goonies, Pier 46, 8 PM, free
-Metric @ Highline Ballroom
Tomorrow, July 31st, Rififi, the grungy and lovable East Village party-and-comedy mainstay, closes its doors forever. Bye!
There's a big rap and dub party at the Chelsea Art Museum this Thursday, July 31st: it's Summer Soiree II: Rapalicious! Rap and dub stars from all over the planet come together for one night of big music and hot dancing. Featuring:
It's $30 to enter, but that buys you 3 drinks and museum admission, if you care to peep around. Should be hot and steamy. Suuuummmmmerrrrr paaarrrtttyyy.
So there's this thing called Taco Tuesdays, where every Tuesday people from two posh organizations (usually a magazine and a fashion company) go head to head in a bartending competition. I think the rules are you buy a drink from whoever's best, or whoever's hottest, and whichever organization has the most money at the end is the winner. And the money they raise/you spend goes toward the charity of the organization's choice. So, alternately, you just drink for whichever charity you think is better. Which is some kind of drunken Sophie's Choice thing, I guess.
Last week it was Roberto Cavalli vs. Blackbook (Blackbook won by $50), and tonight it's Betsey Johnson vs. Saks Fifth Avenue (Betsey reps the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Saks goes to bat for Charitywater.org). They arrange for fancy DJs to play music, and the drinks are all cheap ($4 margaritas, $4 well drinks, and a mystery "Fun-nizle" that they'll explain once you get there). If you're hungry, yes there are tacos--$2 each (chicken, carne asada, and veggie). Tonight they've also got a bonus Kissing Booth selling kisses from "Betsey Johnson girls", so if you're a creep that's probably the place for you.
At Rewind in the LES, at 7pm.
Follow the jump for the future summer/fall lineup:
July 29th - Diane von Furstenberg vs. Cosmopolitan
Aug 5th - Kenneth Cole vs. PMK/HBH
Aug 12th - J.Crew
Aug 19th - Marie Claire vs. ????
Aug 26th - US Weekly vs. ????
Sept 2nd - City Magazine vs. Exposure
Sept 9th - (TBA)
Sept 16th - Cole Haan vs. Lucky Magazine
Sept 23rd - Harrison Shiftman
Sept 30th - CK vs. ????
If you think you have what it takes to guest bartend, email
It's time for the Wurst Boat Party, that ocean-spraying disco danceparty on the East River, brought to you by People Don't Dance No More. Picture this: you're on a boat, strings of lights are twinkling on the poop deck--and in your eyes--as you move to the sound of DJed music from My Cousin Roy, Lee Douglas and a bunch of others. You look great!
Get on board the Half Moon Cruise Ship at midnight tonight (tickets are $20 in advance aka NOW, or $25 when you show up) at E 23rd Street and the West Side Highway, party and drink (cash bar on board--go to the ATM beforehand) until the boat gets back at 3:30am. It's the weekend, you know. (Click here for pics from past years.)
1. ART: As far as the cool factor goes, Mika Rottenberg's interactive installation piece cum video montage, Cheese (pictured), not only surpasses any limitations set by the term "multimedia" but, really, it's like the coolest thing ever. Accompanied by a cacophony of barnyard squeals and the constant tinkering of lactating cows, Rottenberg's plywood chicken coop invariably demanded the majority of the gallery's floor space at the Whitney Biennial this year—in addition to the majority of viewers' attention. But what did it mean? Beats me. If you want some resolution, or to strengthen your visual analysis skills, or to just pass a lovely evening in the company of art aficionados, head to MoMA tonight for PopRally's Artist Talk with Mika Rottenberg. You'll enjoy cocktails, a screening of her video work and the satisfaction of 100% contemporary art comprehension. Maybe.
7pm, Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
The Cullman Education and Research Building is located at 4 West 54 St
2. THEATER: Bad news, folks, if you haven't seen Shakespeare in the Park already: you're not going to get another chance until 2009 because performances of Hamlet ended on Friday. But don't worry if you feel lacking on your soliloquy fill, you've got two more nights to see Oph3lia, a revisioning of Hamlet's gal done in three parts. The play explores the lives and times of three modern women, who, like Ophelia, are disconnected from and simultaneously subject to the ominous realms they inhabit. But in this play "To be or not to be" is not the question. Instead, Oph3lia raises questions about loneliness and isolation, and explores how words can both succeed and fail to dispel these feelings. Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?
7:30pm, $18 at HERE Theater, 145 6th Avenue (between Spring and Broome)
3. PARTYING: Who ever thought the World Financial Center would throw at Dance Party? Um, not me. But who cares how stuffy the WFC seems or how fragile and unfit for a DJed house and hip-hop rave the glass hall of the Winter Garden Theater is. Given how much of ruckus DJ duels are wont to rouse, tonight's Dub Wars could be the Winter Garden's first and last dance party. Head to the Financial District for some booty-shaking, floor-thumping, disk-scratching, glass-shattering fun. And in the spirit of general mayhem, the event is free to the public and begins at 9pm. Remember to loosen your tie.
Still in town? Me too. And if you're still around tonight, and not going to your magazine's holiday party, there's another party you should consider. It's called The Long Weekend, and it benefits City Harvest, a great organization that takes excess food from grocery stores/restaurants and delivers it to people who are hungry. It's a crazy danceparty with Professor Rockwell and DJ Knomad, and although there's no open bar, the drinks are cheaply: $5 well drinks, $4 all beer, $4 well shots. You're encouraged to bring non-perishable food to donate. I would, but I ONLY buy organic, local food from the Greenmarket that I carry home in a hemp bag embroidered with strings of manure that has dissolved into my body by the time I get home. It's at Uncle Ming's, its all night, from 9pm until they close, and there's no cover. If I recall correctly, this is the place with very attractive bartenders.
Great event tonight of fine foods and carpet-cutting: it's called, elegantly, SHUTDAFUKUP & EAT and is billed as a gourmet funk party of gluttony and intense dancing. First, chef Tony Ricco will feed you this menu:
Korean BBQ steamed buns
- Scallion, chili and lime
Sesame roasted mushroom salad
- Cilantro crÃ¨me fraiche
- Guest inspired garnish
- Prosciutto sundried tomatoes and basil
Cedar plank salmon
-Green tea and lemongrass, pickled beets
The official party for Daft Punk's newest album, Alive, is tonight at Studio B, and it should be lots of loud fun. Plus Faux Punk, the only Daft Punk cover "band," will be playing their music all night for you to dance to. Lots of good people agree that it's a great album. Have I heard the album all the way through? Is it bigger than a breadbox? Is it a breadbox? But I do love dancing. Yesterday I was thinking that there should be more free-form party-dancing competitions. Dance-offs, for money. Studio B would be a good venue for this.
The Daft Punk party starts at 10 and never stops. I think it might sell out, so buy your tickets online ahead of time--they're $8 on this website--or you can just go there and pay $10 at the door. Also, in case this was at all misleading, only the fake Daft Punk will be there, not the real ones. But there will be prizes.
There's a book called A Field Guide to the North American Family, although it's more of an illustrated novella, about how two families unravel after the death of a patriarch. Secrets, lies, sex, dreams, sex dreams. The book is basically 63 entries, each of which is a combination of art and words telling a story about one family member. Or, as the site says, "each comprising a chapter of text and a visual artist's response to the entry's title: Adolescence, Boredom, Chemistry..." et cetera.
That's the book. And then there's a website, afieldguide.com, that encourages people everywhere to create their own text-and-art works to explain an episode or some aspect of the North American Family. You know what? I'm actually not so clear on which came first, the website or the book, or if the book's images came from the website, or if the chicken ate its own egg. Visit this website to make your own answers.
But it sounds good, and there's an art exhibition of the words-and-images family stories that people have made so far, and it's up at Gallery Bar in the Lower East Side tonight, where there will be free wine from 7 to 8pm, and then drink specials until midnight.
For instance, this picture represents "Resignation." Follow the link for my favorite, divorce.
There's a fun party tonight, and its theme is children, like Alice in Wonderland. There's lots of dancing and I can't do better than this description:
It's a participatory spectacle of sensory engagement, theatrical Uroboros and disorganized assembly. BurrowWell that doesn't make any sense, but I think that's the point. Wear your pinafores, it's Wednesday night! Aka lump night. Is it cancerous? I hope not. Dancing, drinking, outfits, music, clapping, surprises. It's at the Theater at 45 Bleecker, go to this link for information about tickets. You can get in for free between 6 and 9pm, or it's $5-$10 thereafter depending on your ticket.
through the black-lit spiral staircase into an evening of immersive audio-visual synergy, light-pulsating latex,
rabbits and holes, madness and hatters. Somewhere between the bar and the dancefloor, stumble upon other
members of the gin induced tea-party and abandon all reticence for a seat, a quick sip and a spin into the story.
Thank goodness the weekend is over, yuck! Why not go to the Gabe &
Jenny show at Rififi tonight? Their lineup is locked in and strapped to
Chelsea Peretti (her videos were number 9 in New York Magazine's list of the 20 funniest YouTube videos of 2007, I pasted one in "down there")
Sean O'Connor (funny)
Adam Cole-Kelly (funny)
A.D. Miles (movie star)
and Gabe & Jenny, who are attractive, and successful.
It's at Rififi, which is on 11th Street between 1st and 2nd Aves, and it costs $5. Hang out afterward, have a beer, hang out. I might be there too, I'll be the one in the jacket.
Here's that video by Chelsea Peretti that I mentioned.
There's also Diplo tonight at Studio B with Surkin, South Rakkas Crew, Drums of Death, and Trouble & Bass DJs. Studio B is always a good time with lots of space for great dancing. The show starts at 10pm and costs $12 if you buy in advance from this website.
Diplodocuses had small, peg-like teeth and very small brains. Many of them lived in Wyoming. Here's a picture of me and Mark with one.
Tonight is the PopRally event where MoMA turns into a big party with open bar and live music. I went to one of these last year, it was lots of fun and there were so many terrific people to look at. The party tonight celebrates the installation that German/Transylvanian twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias just put up last night, Projects 86. The theme of the party is German Beer Hall, and it's open bar all night, with special German beer and infinite soft pretzels. The music comes from the guitar and cello of Lewis & Clarke, as well as DJ Doug Mosurok. I'm told it will be a "chill" and fairly intimate event, not rowdy or screamy, and that at the end you get to take home a special gift that Gert and Uwe made for all the guests. I wonder what it will be! Fingers crossed for this.
The installation looks a little creepy, or kind of grimly lighthearted, like a laughing goblin clown trapped in a computer. You know, from the two small pictures I clicked on on the internet. Don't worry, I am an art professional.
Tickets were $8 if you bought them already (a very few still available online), and it's $10 if you don't have a computer. It starts at 8:30 and goes to 11:30pm. If you go, please let me know what the special present surprise was.
I like how most of the review is basically "It's not as good as Pervert's…
I don't know man - Dip > 25 Bucks
Ludicrous overreach!! How did this make it past an editor??