The answer will be determined at the inaugural East Village Queer Film Festival, coming to The Wild Project Aug 21 to 26. The fest, put on in association with the New York No Limits film series, features dozens of shorts and a handful of features that “explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde.”
Now that beachspreading is the new manspreading and you’re bound to get dirty looks (or, even worse, get dragged on Twitter) if you bring your trusty VW Camper Van tent to the shore, you’re going to need a better way to keep those harmful UV rays away. Luckily, sunscreen towers are coming to Rockaway, just in time for the Labor Day rush.
Lifelong Lower East Side resident Carlina Rivera is a frontrunner to be a City Council member representing District 2, where her current boss Rosie Mendez is on the way out. She’s racked up at least $176,000 in fundraising and she received praise and promises of votes when she attended an anti-Starbucks rally in the East Village last month. If Rivera wins the primary election on September 12, she’ll continue her campaign to represent the East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill. We met with her at Alphabet City’s Ninth Street Espresso to talk about her campaign, local issues, and her sheroes.
In Lemon, opening Aug. 25, Brett Gelman plays a man every bit as broken as the film’s title implies. Isaac is a failed actor whose agent (Jeff Garland) can only get him auditions for adult-diaper ads. As a small-time theater director, he sadistically belittles a bright-eyed actor (Gillian Jacobs) who reminds him of his ex, while desperately trying to befriend another one half his age (Michael Cera). Isaac’s cheating girlfriend (Judy Greer) is leaving him, and his clumsy attempts to rebound into the arms of a black woman are sabotaged by his utter cluelessness about race. On top of it all, his seder with his doubly neurotic relatives (Fred Melamed, Martin Starr) proves to be the most horrific family dinner scene since Get Out.
It’s not yet September, but it already feels like Halloween, thanks to the release of Darren Aronofksy’s Mother! and a remake of Stephen King’s It. And Pennywise isn’t the only scary clown on the loose– Insane Clown Posse is coming to (gasp!) Williamsburg (“Williamsburg Psych Ward” is going to kill). Now there’s even more scare in the air, thanks to these two film festivals– the first of which was announced today.
On Wythe Avenue, a proposed 19-story building that would dwarf most of Williamsburg secured a $35.5 million financing package. [The Real Deal]
This past Monday on a Greenpoint sidewalk, a local resident spotted a business card for a Milwaukee-based, neo-Nazi hate group. [Bklyner]
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill recently filmed part of their new movie, Maniac, inside the Canal Street storefront that, until July, housed generations-old Cup & Saucer. The diner’s co-owner, John Vasilopoulos, is said to be garnering for a lease to reopen the restaurant on Grand Street. [Bowery Boogie]
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The Sex Myth: A Devised Play August 16-20 at HERE Arts Center, 8:30 pm (Sunday at 4 pm): $35
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to state that most of America had either an awful sex ed or none at all. Sure, you can take to the internet in all its glory to learn a thing or two, but formal sex education programs are notoriously lacking. This has created a hush-hush attitude around carnal matters, which leads to shame, misinformation, sensationalism, and a whole host of other not-so-great stuff. A new devised show, The Sex Myth, uses real stories and experiences to expand conceptions of what is “normal” in bedrooms and bodies alike.
The people who used to brag about not owning a TV set are the same ones who now complain that there are too many shows– or so it was observed on a recent episode of Difficult People. Obviously, orange is the new black and the small screen is the new big screen, but up until a few years ago, New York City didn’t have a festival dedicated to what used to be called the idiot box. That changed in 2013, when we finally got a version of Los Angeles’s PaleyFest. That returns next month with some free screenings of shows like The Mindy Project and Fuller House. And now the folks behind the Tribeca Film Festival have announced a Tribeca TV Festival, also coming next month.
Manager Michael Reynolds (right) with his girlfriend Sam outside Schiller’s on its final night. (Photo: Nick McManus)
Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.