News broke last week that, after a twelve-year run, all the rumors circulating about the closing of Galapagos turned out to be true — sort of. On June 17th, the Williamsburg institution will basically shut its doors, operating only on weekends and for special events until June of 2008, when they will move their entire operation over to Dumbo, due to a proposed rent increase of $10,000 per month at their current location. If you’re looking for a positive in all of this, consider their plans to make the new location at 16 Main Street the first LEED certified “green” cultural venue in the city. You’ve got to wonder, of course, how long it will be able to last in Dumbo, another neighborhood that only looks like an affordable place for artists to live. In time, there’s every reason to fear it will become a neighborhood that only looks like the kind of place in which a forward-thinking, expertly programmed venue can survive.
Noteworthy shows: 6/6 Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza
The prevailing wisdom is that Dinosaur Jr. shows are worth your money because of J. Mascis’ crazy guitar playing, but Lou Barlow ain’t too shabby on the bass either.
6/8 Radio 4 and Jesse Malin at Highline Ballroom
I know, I know… but it’s for charity!!!
6/11 Feist at Town Hall
I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict lots and lots of special guests for this one. And choreographed dance moves.
6/15 Voxtrot at Webster Hall
While I might not so much care, I figured some of you would. And I want nothing if not your happiness.