Okay, we were just kidding about that new Garbage Pail Kids card being the height of Abbi Jacobson’s fame. As much as we love GPK, it doesn’t take some pun-happy Art Spiegelman wannabe to immortalize the Broad City co-creator– she’s actually a capable illustrator herself, and she has a nifty new book coming out. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, she and her Broad City co-star, Ilana Glazer, will talk about it at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg. Consider it an off-season reunion while you wait for Season 4 to drop.
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“Last night was—pardon my French—batshit crazy,” said Jon Vanco of IFC Center, referring to the surprise premiere of Michael Moore in Trumpland on Tuesday. “It was the most circusy, bizarre night on Sixth Avenue that I think we’ve ever had here.”
Finally, the American public got an October surprise that didn’t involve forcible fondling or 400-pound hackers. Monday night, Michael Moore basically dropped some balloons on everyone by announcing that his new movie, Michael Moore in Trumpland, would be premiering Tuesday at IFC Center. Little was known about what promised to be the Beyoncé of agitprop cinema, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from storming the theater like they had decided where to invade next.
It was back in March that Tim League told us his Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse chain would be opening its first Brooklyn theater this summer. Naturally, there were delays, and then more delays. A luxury dine-in chain went and beat Alamo to the punch by opening in the South Street Seaport. But it’s finally happening: The seven-screen, two-floor Alamo Drafthouse NYC has has announced that it’s opening Friday, October 28.
Sure, it’s mid-October, but it’s also pushing 80 degrees today, so we’re not completely insane to give you a heads up about a beachside restaurant. Over the weekend, Whit’s End grand-opened its new spot in Jacob Riis Park.
Our love of geodesic domes is such that we’re willing to travel uptown for them, so imagine our excitement when we noticed a trio of them being erected at the corner of Varick and Canal, near the Holland Tunnel. OMG, could these be the orgy domes of the future? A new pied–à–terre for Jack White’s brother? The latest iteration of PS1’s art dome? A long-overdue Buckminster Fuller museum?
As you know, we’re about to get two new dine-in cinemas via the soon-to-open Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and the forthcoming Nitehawk Prospect Park. But wait, make that three new dine-ins: iPic, a Florida-based chain, just opened a location at the South Street Seaport, right next to Smorgasburg.
By now you’ve heard that the folks at Williamsburg’s beloved Nitehawk Cinema are giving a $10 million makeover to Park Slope’s ratty Pavilion theater. Which is good news to anyone who has ever gone to Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and thought, “Oh, I’d like to see Snowden but I forgot my bed bug detector.” Still, there are likely some nostalgics who will miss the Pavilion and bitch about the hipsters taking it over and ruining everything with Werner Herzog-themed cocktails like the Even Dewar’s Started Small. (Hey, at least tickets won’t cost $32, like they do for VIP seats at South Street Seaport’s new dine-in theater.)
If you thought Lena Dunham reached the pinnacle of fame when she became a surrogate for Hillary Clinton, and Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer did the same when the presidential frontrunner went on Broad City, think again. This, dear readers, is the ne plus ultra: They’ve all been immortalized as Garbage Pail Kids. That’s right, not only has GPK released a new election-themed Disgrace to the White House series, but they’ve unleashed a series of sticker cards making fun of everything on TV that isn’t Desperado Donald.
Yesterday Dave Eggers announced a new project, “30 Days, 30 Songs,” aimed at defeating Donald Trump. (The writer must’ve been seriously scarred by the rally he attended in Sacramento.) Each day from now till the election or the apocalypse, whichever comes first, an anti-Trump band or artist will release a new track or previously unheard material. The first, Death Cab For Cutie’s “Million Dollar Loan,” dropped yesterday, complete with a video mocking Trump for the “small” loan he took from his dad back in the day. Aimee Mann chimed in today with “Can’t You Tell,” a song in which Trump confesses he doesn’t really want to win, and we’re told this week will also bring a “never-before-released live song by R.E.M.”
Halloween came early this weekend as New York Comic Con took over the Javits Center and surrounding area. I stopped in briefly to see if the Topps stand was selling the new Garbage Pail Kids series, “Disgrace to the White House”, and faced a crush of humanity as I tried to make my way to the Drippy Donald cards. Best thing I saw on the way there was probably the dude dressed as Barf the mog (half man, half dog– he’s his own best friend). Until the Spaceballs sequel actually happens, it’s the only thing we’ve got. Click through our slideshow to see who else made the scene, and then check out scenes from the cosplay cruise that served as an after-party.
A Circle Line boat looked like something closer to Cobra’s hydrofoil on Saturday Friday night as the annual CEG Cosplay Cruise departed from midtown, a stone’s throw from Comic Con. The fact that G.I. Joe is pretty much the only comic-book reference I’m capable of should tell you exactly why I didn’t dare board this three-hour booze cruise. Instead, I sent my avatar, photographer Daniel Leinweber, to brave seasickness and scope out the scene. I’m going to be doubly honest: deadmau5 is pretty much the only costume I recognize in our slideshow, but maybe you’ll have more luck when you click through. Rest assured, this cruise was mercifully free of Jack Sparrows.