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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New Round of Tenement Talks: Richard Price, Andrew Kuo and More

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.08.03 PMThe Tenement Museum just unveiled the schedule for the upcoming season of Tenement Talks, its excellent series of readings, lectures, and panel discussions. We’re especially excited about Richard Price, who recently chatted with Vulture about his new urban thriller, The Whites. Read on for the entire schedule of taks, all of which go down at the museum’s Visitor Center at 103 Orchard Street.
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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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There’s a Knife-Wielding Boutique Bandit On the Loose in the East Village and Nolita

RMA 235-15  MRS robbery sketchThe man who robbed an East Village boutique last month may have also held up several other stylish stores in the area.

Last month, the police put out word that, on the afternoon of Jan. 23, a knife-wielding man entered Goldwater (aka AuH20), a used clothing store on East 7th Street, and demanded cash. He snagged $240 while an accomplice waited outside.
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Funny Business: Amy Shumer, Billy Eichner Taking Over the East Village Today

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Two comedy shows are taking this yucky weather and adding still more yucks. As in… laughs! Ok, fine, that was weak. What we’re trying to say is that Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s new show, Difficult People, has temporarily turned San Marzano, on the corner of East 7th, into D’s Cafe, as you can see here. Meanwhile, just a couple of blocks down Second Avenue, Inside Amy Schumer has returned to the East Village. If you’ve always wanted to be on one of her HBO Real Sex-style man-on-the-street segments, sorry, there’ll be no stopping and chatting in this frigid weather: they’re shooting indoors, at Kingston Hall.

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Ice Things

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

The Chinatown snowman has been tagged — and we don’t mean on Facebook. (Though, strangely enough, the creature does have a Facebook page.) A tipster who lives nearby sent us the above photo of the adorable snowman chilling at the corner of Essex and Canal, sporting his usual traffic cone and some fresh ink. It’s not the first time the big guy has tried something new — as you can see from these photos taken in 2011, he’s been known to sport some festive scarves.
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Glenn Branca Premiered ‘Orgasm,’ His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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Lit Is Throwing Itself a Sweet 16 Party

image1Lit, the onetime “place where the Strokes hang out” and the only place that was Lit before a hundred places were “the new Lit,” is turning 16. In New York City nightlife years, that’s about 95, so who can blame the East Village bar for entering its teenage/golden years with a killer b-day party. Sure, the den of depravity atop a cavern of chaos has seen some changes over the years, but as you can see from the Friday the 13th-themed flyer, it can still draw a virtual dream team of downtown scenesters, including Ben Cho (Dima Dubson’s right-hand man during Morrissey night at Sway), Eric Duncan of Rub N Tug, Lit owner Erik Foss, and many more. It all happens Monday, Feb. 23, from 10pm to 4am – if nothing else, go chat up Paul Sevigny so you have a chance in hell of getting into his new place.

Listen Up, Philanthropists: Alex Ross Perry’s Cat Needs Some Scratch

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We’ve all heard of directors crowdfunding their movies (see: David Cross), but this one’s new: Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, the ex-Kim’s Video clerk who went on to write and direct Listen Up Philip, has launched a fundraiser for his cat’s cancer treatments. Fluffy, the feline in question, actually appears in the movie as Gadzooks — Elisabeth Moss’s character takes him in when she breaks up with Philip, the narcissistic novelist played by Jason Schwartzman.
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Would You Pay $2,000 a Month For an ‘Online-Dating Concierge’?

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

You’d think meeting someone is easier than ever in this age of swiping, but a new startup wants you to pay $2,000 per month to outsource your online dating. And some New Yorkers are actually doing it.
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