About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Cancel the TV Party, New Museum Is Having a Raymond Pettibon Retrospective

"Raymond Pettibon, No Title (This feeling is), 2011. Pen and ink on paper, 37 ¼ x 49 ½ in (94.6 x 125.7 cm). Private collection. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles."

“Raymond Pettibon, No Title (This feeling is), 2011. Pen and ink on paper, 37 ¼ x 49 ½ in (94.6 x 125.7 cm). Private collection. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.”

It’s been two years since Raymond Pettibon’s surfer art went on display on the Upper East Side. Wait, wha? The artist who did the anarchic drawings that graced the cover of Black Flag albums and concert posters? On the Upper East Side? If that seemed weird, this makes more sense: downtown’s own New Museum has announced that, in February, it will put on the city’s first major museum survey of Pettibon’s work, featuring more than 700 drawings across three floors.

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Richard Kern Warps Back to ’80s East Village For an Exhibit That Promises to Be Polarizing

EvolLast year, when Richard Kern was revisiting his series New York Girls for a gallery show, he told us of the photography: “It was so long ago, almost seems like somebody else did it. It was definitely a different time period.” Much has changed since he snapped his dark, drug-drenched nudes of downtown hipsters– so much so that he told us he feels “a little pervy” doing the same these days. But that isn’t stopping him from rifling through the vault again for a new show of old work.

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Still No Date For Alamo Drafthouse’s NYC Debut, But Here’s a Look Inside

(Photo: Alamo's FB)

Alamo NYC’s lobby mural. (Photo: Alamo’s FB)

Ever since Tim League revealed that he was opening an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this summer, we’ve been waiting for an exact opening date with baited breath, with only some enticing details about the menu to tide us over. But wait, what’s this? On the Fandango app right now, it says that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is screening there on September 1. Could it be that Alamo will finally be open by then? After all, the Fandango listing even lets you reserve seats, offering a glimpse into the layout of one of the theaters.

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Don’t Bother Telling Me About Your Weekend Unless You Partied On Shroom Beach

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

One of NYC’s wildest summer throwdowns happens to happen outside of NYC, at a place called Mushroom Park. Before you get any ideas, no, this isn’t exactly like the shroom-infused full moon party you went to while backpacking Thailand, though if anyone can channel that vibe it’s the art ravers at JunXion.

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Watch the JT LeRoy Doc on a Roof and Try Not to Get Blown Away

As ’90s “it” author JT Leroy once put it in a book title, the heart is deceitful above all things. But not as deceitful as LeRoy himself ended up being. Embraced as a hard-living, gender-bending literary wunderkind by everyone from Bruce Benderson to Bono, the troubled teen author was famously outed as a fabrication of Laura Albert, a somewhat less troubled 40-year-old woman. A new documentary about this bizarro episode in literary history, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, recently premiered at BAMcinemaFest– if you missed it there, Rooftop Films is offering another chance to see it, Aug. 18, with Albert and filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig in attendance.

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This Trump-as-Beetlejuice Window Display Is So Good Your Head Will Spin

This election has been a real horrorshow, and East Village costume store Halloween Adventure has made the most of it with some amazing Trump-Clinton window displays. Their latest is really a doozy. Perhaps inspired by the Tim Burton theme bar nearby, they’ve put everyone’s favorite human orange alert into the netherworld waiting room from Beetlejuice.

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Astor Place Is Your New Chill Zone

With the redesign and reconstruction of Astor Place inching toward completion, Alamo Plaza just got some new furniture. Hey, it ain’t the cube (that’s expected to return sometime this month) but it’s no doubt a welcome development for “Midtown South” office dwellers looking for a place to gobble down one of those new Alidoro sandwiches during lunch break. According to the Village Alliance, parasols are also on the way.

Around the corner, Cooper Square is looking a touch greener, as the new sidewalk potters now boast trees and plants. 

If all of this seems like cause for celebrarion, the Village Alliance agrees. The area stewards announced yesterday that, from September 15 to 17, there will be an Astor! Alive Festival to celebrate the completion of the $16 million revamp this fall. The programming will feature a dedication to Jim “Mosaic Man” Power’s restored lightpoles; a parade with a marching band and puppets; cabaret from Joe’s Pub, La MaMa Café, and Theater for the New City; and still more open-air performances from Bowery Poetry Club, The Public Theater, Hetrik-Martin Institute, The Standard Hotel’s Sounds, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Peridance Capezio Center and Danspace Project. Tune in here to find out who the three-day fest’s headliner will be once it’s announced.

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Maeby You’re a Fan of Alia Shawkat? Prepare For a Double Dose

Maybe it’s because it stars Alia Shawkat, who famously played Maeby in Arrested Development, or maybe it’s because it plumbs narcissist millennials in Williamsburg (aka hits close to home), but it’s safe to say Search Party is the comedy we’re most anticipating now that the current seasons of BoJack Horseman and Vice Principals are out of the bag. Back in March, we saw the pilot at SXSW and heard from Shawkat about her character, an aimless post-grad who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to a classmate who went missing. Now the show has a new trailer and a release date of November 21.

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Eric Andre Ranched It Up on The LES

It’s been too long since the last season of The Eric Andre Show, which may well be the most gonzo show on tv (think Jackass splattered together with The Tom Green Show, with a touch of Tim and Eric). Happily, season 4 finally premieres on Adult Swim on Aug. 5 (watch the trailer above), and the show’s spazzed-out anti-host, a master of destroying sets and creeping out and confusing his own guests, is terrorizing city streets once again.

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The Ol’ Ultraviolence: Disco Boxing, Jello Wrestling, and Backyard Brawling

The conventions have passed and the first presidential debate isn’t till September, so where’s a voyeur to turn for a circus-style bloodfight? We’ve got some possibilities for you and your droogs right here.

Dances of Vice: Disco Fight Club
Sat., Jul. 30, 10:30pm, at Church Street Boxing Gym, 25 Park Pl.; $25, minus a $5 discount with the code FEVER.
The folks behind some of the city’s most elaborate underground parties, Dances of Vice, are staging their latest one inside of a Financial District boxing gym, and they promise “babes and boogie in ’70s style,” along with burlesque, disco DJs, and “deliciously strong drinks.” Think of it as Fight Night meets Saturday Night Fever.

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New York, I Love You and Panorama Festival Is a New Reason Why

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Arcade Fire’s Bowie tribute. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

After a fair amount of hype that included some surprise LCD Soundsystem shows at Webster Hall, the organizers of Coachella pulled off their first ever Panorama Festival in New York City. Among the many highlights: Brooklyn’s own Here We Go Magic opening one of the fest’s three stages, Major Lazer’s super high-energy set, Sufjan Stevens’s colorful stage show, a set from rising Brooklyn DJ Jai Wolf, and a performance by Sia during which Kristin Wiig, Paul Dano, Gaby Hoffmann, and other celebs pantomimed on massive screens wrapping the stage. Oh, and let’s not forget Arcade Fire’s tribute to David Bowie, involving a second-line through the crowd as the Preservation Hall Jazz Brand helped out with “Heroes,” “Suffragette City” and “Rebel Rebel.”

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Art Gangs Had Rifts on Rafts at the Battle For Mau Mau Island

Pugil-stick jousting, with organizer Orien McNeill in white coat. (All photos: Nick McManus)

One of the city’s most delightful and yet more obscure summer traditions popped off in Rockaway again this year, with the Battle for Mau Mau Island once again pitting teams of costumed “art gangs” against each other on a flotilla of makeshit rafts. Photographer Nick McManus, a member of team Squiggles, was on Jamaica Bay to capture the madness of the event’s fifth year, taking photos from a two-man kayak abreast of the action. He tells us, “Challenges such as the pictured pugil-stick jousting were held till sundown when everyuone went to a nearby campsite to party all night.”

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