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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Initial 2012 Northside Lineup Announced!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Here at Northside, we can't quite tell you just how excited we are to showcase the best of Brooklyn's music, art, film, and entrepreneurial spirit for the fourth year in a row. In fact, we're so overjoyed that we can't quite put it into words, so lets break it down into numbers, shall we? Mark your calendar for June 14th to the 21st. That's 8 days, over 300 bands, 45 films, 25 venues, and over 100 artists, all in your backyard. And now, if you'll excuse us, we'll just let the lineup speak for itself. Click here to check out the bands we've confirmed so far.

Check back for updates, as there are plenty coming. And of course, there are just as many ways to stay connected. You can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or add our blog to your RSS feed. We don't care how you do it, just stay tuned. We have a lot more to share before June rolls around.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Cheating Rat Loses Rematch of Legendary Chinese Zodiac Race

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM


Thousands of years ago, according to legend, the Rat and the Cat tricked the gullible Ox to carry them across the river in the race that would determine the order that the 12 animals would appear in the Shengxiao, the Chinese zodiac. The dirty Rat then pushed the Cat overboard and jumped off to cross the finish line first.

On Sunday night, Duke Riley, the Brooklyn-based artist who made headlines in 2007 for navigating a replica of a wooden Revolutionary War submarine within 200 feet of the Queen Mary II at the Red Hook cruise terminal, and two years later reenacted a Roman-era naval battle for the Queens Museum of Art, staged a rematch of sorts on a canal in Zhujiajiao, China, a water village on the outskirts of Shanghai. Twelve traditional gondolas, each powered by rowers from the community and carrying one of the 12 animals (with at least one stand-in: dragons are somewhat hard to come by) as well as a local opera singer performing songs praising their passenger, raced a short distance past the arches of the town’s Fangsheng Bridge.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Photos: Miss LEZ Pageant Vajazzles The Knitting Factory

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Chocha Libre!
Sunday night, The Knitting Factory took a break from its usual programming to host the annual, radical, queer beauty extravaganza known as The Miss LEZ Pageant. "I haven't seen so much poon since I was born—and some of them even shaved," wrote the Voice's Mikey Musto, judge of this year's performances. Six contestants were drawn "from thousands of Twitter nominations," and went on to display their skill in the following: Platform, Swimsuit, Evening Gown, Interview and Talent.

Of course, Miss LEZ isn't your typical pageant, the goal being to turn traditional pageantry on its head and instead celebrate all the wonderful things that lie queerly outside the bounds of normalcy, thrusting them crotch-first and au naturel into the audience while shouting, "Chocha Libré!" as this year's winning, Mexican wrestler-themed act did. Fortunately, L photographer Bex Wade was in the front row to capture the contestants in all their glory—Mary Wanna, "Miss Choice Cunts" Rebecca Macabre, Brown Meshugana, Bambi Galore, Lea Robinson, and, of course, the Chocha herself. Check out the bedazzling, vajazzling photo gallery here.

You can follow Sydney Brownstone on Twitter @sydbrownstone

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Win tickets to see Michael Ian Black at Symphony Space!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

We're teaming up with our friends at Symphony Space to give you the chance to win tickets to see Michael Ian Black perform Monday, March 12th in Uptown Showdown, a part of their ongoing Comedy Debate Series. Michael Showalter and Tom Cavanaugh will join him in going head-to-head against Elna Baker (This American Life) and Kevin Townley (Bambi) to debate the age old question that has plagued clothes-wearing people for decades: fashion or comfort? And while we're at it, we'll toss in a copy of his new book, You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

1. Follow @thelmagazine and @symphonyspace on Twitter.

2. Tweet at us and @symphonyspace to tell us why you want tickets to see Michael Ian Black.

3. Include the hashtag #uptownshowdown.

You have until Friday, March 9th at 3pm to enter. A winner will be announced at 5pm.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How Should You Spend Armory Week in Brooklyn?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Although a few significant art fairs appended to last year's Armory Week, including NADA, Verge and Pulse, have opted to calendrically migrate from March to May, all of you art lovers and fair-goers still have huge shows aplenty to choose from. Moreover, since it seems that all things fulfilling the criteria of 'arts related,' 'in New York City,' and 'occurring between March 8th and March 11th' somehow carry the tag of 'Official Armory Week Event' this year, you also have smaller shows aplenty to choose from, as well as plenty of variably opined must-see lists to tailor your visits. This one at ArtInfo should be thorough enough to leave you very well prepared, not to mention threaded with enough links to inform you further accordingly.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

L TV: How To Twirl a Nipple Tassel with Jo "Boobs" Weldon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM


Jo "Boobs" Weldon is one woman at the helm of the New York burlesque scene. After years spent honing her craft in strip joints, Jo Boobs eventually founded The New York School of Burlesque in 2003, where today one can take classes ranging from a "Crash Course in Bump N' Grind" to "Bombshell Hair." For our current issue, which features a set of Brooklyn How To's, Jo Boobs was kind enough to give The L a lesson for free: the art of the nipple tassel twirl. Surprisingly, you don't even really need boobs to do it. Watch Jo teach tittie-less "Scary" Ben (of Bushwick Burlesque) and Eric Schmalenberger (of the House of Yes) to tassel twirl, despite their potential, erm, biological disadvantages. Areolas after the jump.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Submissions for Northside DIY Film Competition Now Open

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The Nighthawk (fancy)
  • The Nighthawk (fancy)
We’re pleased to announce that submissions are now officially open for the Northside Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Film Competition, one of the components to Northside Film. You can check out the guidelines to submit your film here. Last year, the Williamsburg micro-cinema UnionDocs packed the house with screenings of short films and features by some fantastic, as-yet-unknown local and international artists. This year, it could be you.

The winning feature film will be awarded a $500 cash prize, while the winning short film will be awarded a $250 cash prize. The feature and short will be screened together at a premiere engagement at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, followed by a party celebrating our award-winning filmmakers and their crew. Both films will also receive a redeemable certificate to be used on any DCTV services that can be used for anything from equipment rentals to their stellar post-production facilities and workshops. If you would like to get your passion project up on the screen, follow the submission guidelines for your chance to show your film before our illustrious jury. Submissions can be sent via mail or through Vimeo.

The deadline for the open call is April 15, so make those final edits asap!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Kicks Off Tonight: There Will Be Bands to See, Gifts to Buy, Foods to Eat, Attractive People to Admire

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Here we have a holiday craft market for the cool kids, one that doesn't shut down until the wee hours of the morning (1am to be exact) and features shows by the likes of everyone's favorite hardcore punk band (that being Fucked Up) and a DJ set by everyone's favorite quasi-retired frontman (that being James Murphy), amidst the 100 or so local merchants offering you delicious foods and one-of-a-kind gifts to buy. (Check out a list of the vendors here.) The nomadic Brooklyn Night Bazaar, which first visited the Dekalb Market in October, sees its second opening at a 40,000 square feet warehouse at 149 Kent Avenue (between N5th and N6th) in Williamsburg tonight, spreading itself out over Friday and Saturday from 5pm-1am.

Can't forget about the locally sourced beer and wine garden (this starts at 5pm for a reason, right?) or the artist films, projections and installations giving the space a distinct feel. Admission is free, except for the ticketed, all-ages performance space; details on that below. For general info, check out bkbazaar.com.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

BUST Magazine's Annual Craftacular Is Happening This Weekend for All Your Silkscreened, Découpaged and Knitted Holiday Needs

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

BUST Magazine's annual Craftacular is happening this weekend, an event that corrals over 200 DIY vendors peddling their handmade jewelry, art, houseware, clothing, food, toys, etc. into a warehouse in Soho. It's Etsy, but in 3-D. The shindig has expanded into two days this year (Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm) and includes how-to classes on projects featured in the BUST DIY Guide to Life for those inept with crafts but whose hearts are in the right place.

Fair warning, last year I went to buy something for my sister; ended up with a wallet silkscreened with a picture of a rabbit, a charm bracelet, and two découpaged light switch plates for myself. I don't even know how it happened. There was so much to look at, and so many things had pictures of birds on them, and there was a DJ playing a bunch of Grizzly Bear songs, and I just sorta got caught up in the moment — the point being if you have a habit of buying stuff for yourself while Christmas shopping for others, this is a double-edged sword, but, ugh, so worth it. Admission is $3 and the first 300 shoppers each day get a free goodie bag. Check here for more info.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fred Armisen's Playlist, Coming Live to Other Music

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM

"We know Fred will be performing songs from perennial favorites including the Clash, Devo, the Stranglers, the Damned and Husker Du, and truly, that's all we know," so goes the latest Other Music newsletter in regards to the just-announced "Fred Armisen Playlist" event happening there this Sunday. Apparently the store received a "somewhat mysterious request" to host the performance, so your guess is as good as theirs as to what it'll all entail, though odds look good Portlandia will at least get a mention. Armisen seems to be diligently promoting the new season on local turf before he and C. Brownstein take it on the road in January with a live show — Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg dates included. As for Sunday, you're looking at 8pm, all ages, limited capacity, first-come, first-served. (Keep in mind, the Pretty Good Friends' holiday party at The Bell House that night with Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney is not a bad set of steak knives.)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 100 Proof Project: A Call for Mixologists

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Attention all mixologists, we've teamed up with Southern Comfort to bring you THE 100 PROOF PROJECT, a dynamic art and mixology competition inspired by Southern Comfort 100 Proof.

On January 18th we will be holding a grand thunderdome of Brooklyn's finest cocktail artists (one of whom should be you!) competing to create the perfect SoCo 100 cocktail. The best and the brightest will come out to try your original concoctions alongside a panel of the industry's top professionals who will ultimately select a single champion.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Announcing The 100 Proof Project, an Open Call for Artists

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The L Magazine and Southern Comfort have teamed up to bring you "The 100 Proof Project," an art competition comprised of three phases: An open call to artists working in various mediums including painting, photography, drawing and sculpture; a website documenting the process of artists creating an original piece of artwork commissioned and inspired by Southern Comfort 100 Proof with rigorous participation from the art community via social networks, reviews, blogging, and video; and an exhibition showcasing the works with a one night reception that will serve as judgement day with a panel of art critics, curators, and artists. One work will be voted and chosen to be on the face of a painted billboard in Williamsburg and the pages of Brooklyn Magazine. Each artist will receive a $200 commission for their work, and the final selected artist will receive a free trip to New Orleans.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

What Are Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore Going to Be for Halloween? A Parting Thought Before the Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Managing editor Mike Conklin brought this video to my attention, fully aware that my guiding principle in life is What Would Mandy Moore Do? He, meanwhile, appreciates the second track on every Ryan Adams album more than is deemed acceptable by trend-chasing music critics of the day (hi, Mike!). Here's a Halloween-appropriate video that we can both enjoy, its highlights being three-fold: (1) Ryan telling the paparazzi that they'e a bunch of assholes while they hound the couple about their Halloween costumes, (2) Mandy chiming in with "Aww, it's all good!" and other chirpy sentiments throughout the exchanage, (3) Ryan and Mandy being the most underrated celebrity couple in the best-dressed, well-coifed department. In conclusion, you and your friends should be Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore for Halloween, not a bunch of assholes.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Happenings (in the Form of Bands Playing as Other Bands)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

It's the time of the year for bite-sized Butterfingers, shrunken Snickers bars, mini boxes of Junior Mints and parades, made all the better by what has become somewhat of a tradition for bands around the city: special Halloween cover shows. The premise is simple: a band you like (i.e. Titus Andronicus) plays a cover set of another band you like (i.e. Weezer, as Titus did at that fateful VICE party a few years ago), typically embracing the Halloween spirit by dressing up as said band in addition to playing their songs. It's a lot of fun and a way to cleanse your palate after last week's flood of CMJ shows. For whatever reason, this year doesn't seem to have as many in store as in recent memory, but not to worry, there are still a few happening in the coming days that we'd like to draw your attention to. Here we go:

Death by Audio: Feminist arts collective Permanent Wave curates a riot grrrl cover show, featuring ever-smiling ex-Titus member Amy Klein and band taking on Springsteen, Care Bears on Fire-offshoot Claire's Diary doing Le Tigre, Mindtroll covering the one and only Salt-n-Pepa (a dance team is also involved), WOJICK doing the The Cramps, EULA doing Blondie, and Delta Hotel doing their best impression of That Dog. More info here, $7 at the door.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The 10 Dumbest Halloween-Related Items on Sale at UrbanOutfitters.com

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Hipster Halloween
  • Hipster Halloween, hahaha
I'll be the first to admit that I shop at Urban Outfitters. I love Urban Outfitters, actually. Especially this dress and these boots. But I think we can all agree that its copping of the "Brooklyn aesthetic" can be extreme and, god knows, mixing that with Halloween is a recipe for ridiculousness, which of course makes for blogging gold. Did you know that mustaches were still funny? Are you aware that hair bows made out of faux hair can be considered a costume? Are you looking to put an ironic twist on the oversexed French maid thing? Oh, the things you'll learn scrolling through the 10 most ridiculous Halloween-related items currently on sale at Urban Outs:

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Monday, October 17, 2011

The L Magazine & Northside Festival Present: A Very Unofficial CMJ Party

Posted By and on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Carve out a spot on your CMJ to-do list... and brainstorm your alibi for skipping work on Friday because this is going to be so much better than spreadsheets. On October 21, we're getting in on the CMJ action, albeit unofficially, with a free afternoon show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg, nestled snuggly amid the N 6th Street hubbub. "WHO WILL I SEE AT THIS FREE AFTERNOON SHOW?" you ask (you shout because you're excited). Just a few of our favorite Brooklyn bands — some loud, some soft, all slightly demented — capped off with the ultimate afternoon-sliding-into-Friday-evening party band from Nashville. Let's do this, yes, but first let's learn:

If it's good enough for Jack White, well then it's more than good enough for the rest of us — we're pretty sure that's how the saying goes. Daniel Pujol and cohorts capitalize on what White's Third Man Records, who released their debut 7'', thrives on: Southern-fried, whiskey-soaked garage rock. A new EP, Nasty, Brutish, and Short, comes out this week on Saddle Creek: think Deer Tick covering the Black Lips.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Save the Date: Northside Festival 2012

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Lets do this again.
  • Let's do this again.
Here we go: June 14-17. Mark it down on your calendar, tattoo it on your arm, enter it in your iPhone, hang a note on your refrigerator, like it's a picture of us frolicking around Williamsburg with the guys in Shark? on one of those cute "save the dates" for a wedding with the words "Northside and Brooklyn bands, together forever" scrolled along the bottom.

We're beaming proudly at the thought: What began as an harebrained idea in 2009 has blossomed into a festival set to make its return to the streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint for a fourth year of music, film, art, ideas and more... and we do mean "more," as there are already some really exciting things in the works that we can't quite tell you about yet. Hang tight, though. Why don't you take a look here at some of this summer's highlights to hold you over? You might want to bookmark northsidefestival.com while you're at it, as that will become your one-stop source for all things Northside-related in the coming months. It'll be June before you know it.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

L TV: How To Get a Brooklyn Tattoo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM

You're hip. You live in Brooklyn. You've got just the right amount of swagger, dollars in your checking account and semi-reasonable taste to invest in a permanent marking on your body.

Do you, dear reader, want to get a tattoo? Do you need a short, knowingly inane and altogether hilarious instructional video to tell you how?

Welcome to a new L Magazine video series, How To Brooklyn. In our first episode, we follow Jonny Diamond, editor-in-chief of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine, as he gets his knuckles tattooed by Mike Lucena at Williamsburg's Flyrite Tattoo. See Jonny squirm. See Jonny shave his knuckle hair. See Jonny ask Mike if it's OK to take his pants off.

We'll be posting more of the How To Brooklyn series regularly, so stay tuned for more. Our topics will span the practical to the wholly ridiculous, so we invite you to send us any and all of your suggestions on how to properly Brooklyn (yes, we're making it a verb) at howtobrooklyn@thelmagazine.com.

In the meantime, check out our first effort. This has been an episode of How To Brooklyn, and from Brooklyn, with love, we invite you to sit back, enjoy, and maybe even take your pants off.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brooklyn Night at The Cyclones Game Featuring Us, Brooklyn Magazine

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Last night, Brooklynites of all fames and sizes came together to celebrate Brooklyn Night at MCU Park in Coney Island. Celebrities present included Roseanna Scotto of Good Day New York, Marty Markowitz of the government, and L Mag and Brooklyn Magazine president Daniel Stedman (not to name drop but we know him personally) were there to throw the first pitches of the game. You can still catch a Brooklyn Cyclones game while this summer is winding down. Buy your tickets here.

Brooklyn Night at The Cyclones Game featuring Us, Brooklyn Magazine
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Brooklyn Night at The Cyclones Game featuring Us, Brooklyn Magazine

August 17, 2011 - Photos by Cody Swanson

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Photos: Eugene Mirman, They Might Be Giants, Lots of Umbrellas (and Pretty Good Friends) at Williamsburg Waterfront

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM


On an extremely rainy Friday, July 29, Eugene Mirman brought his Pretty Good Friends gang to a crowded Williamsburg Waterfront for a free show. This included comedians Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt (who stole the show with his lengthy jokes that always had a killer punch line, one involving Jerry Maguire, obviously, and another, a crackhead getting a blowjob from another crackhead), and headlining musicians, Brooklyn’s very own They Might Be Giants.

Nearly 30 years after they formed, TMBG’s John’s — Flansburgh and Linnell — are still making whip-smart, tightly composed pop music. Though the group played many of the tracks from their new album Join Us (including “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” and “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”), they delved into their catalogue for set-opener “Birdhouse In Your Soul,” “Ana Ng,” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a song I first heard on Tiny Toon Adventures, thank you very much.

Let's take a look at how the night (and rain) went down, courtesy of photographer Nadia Chaudhury:

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