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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Go Watch Seth Meyers Have a Frank Discussion With Franken

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If you missed Al Franken shaking his damn head at Trump’s “stupid” budget a few weeks ago at Barnes & Noble Union Square, don’t worry: The Strand is having the gentleman from Minnesota back for an appearance at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. It’s just been announced that the moderator for the August 1 discussion will be Seth Meyers, who is no stranger to the East Village bookstore– we saw him at the recent Meet Me in the Bathroom event (no, we did not meet him in the bathroom.)

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The VW Traffic Jam Is Gonna Be Absolutely Vantastic

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Today Volkswagen agreed to pay California another $154 million in its dieselgate scandal, but the German carmaker wasn’t always the face of pure evil. Fifty years ago it was the Summer of Love, and the VW bug and bus were symbols of everything groovy. Whether you’re an old hippie pining for the good ol’ days or you’re a social-media influencer living the #Vanlife, you’ll want to get out to the VW Traffic Jam on Governor’s Island next month.

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These Restaurant Collabos Are Very x-citing

“Restaurant Tweak” dinner at Dos Toros.

Restaurant Week usually means hum-drum prix fixes that may or may not even be a bargain. But this year a couple of local favorites have decided to make an occasion of it by teaming up with some other local favorites. Like Bruce Springsteen once said, two restaurants beat better than one.

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The Bean Is Expanding Into the Former St. Mark’s Bookshop Space

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As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”

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Alejandro Jodorowsky On Poetry, Psychomagic, and How to Get Free of Trump

Endless Poetry

When surrealist auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky makes a rare trip to New York City— to promote his new autobiographical film, Endless Poetry— you know it’s an occasion. During a MoMA discussion on Wednesday, the spry 88-year-old gave a tarot reading to Daniel Craig; the next evening on the Bowery, there was a party celebrating the release of the film’s soundtrack, composed by Alejandro’s son Adan Jodorowsky, who also stars in it.

Clearly, multi-talentedness runs in the family. Like his 37-year-old son, the elder Jodorowsky has composed music for films in which he has also acted— namely his cult masterpieces, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. At various times, he’s been a circus clown, a puppeteer, a mime, a novelist, a comic book artist, and a practitioner of his own brand of “shamanic psychotherapy,” called psychomagic.

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Can We Talk About the VitaminWater Jukebox On Bedford Avenue?

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When Williamsburg longtimer Bliss Cafe closed at the end of last month, Free Williamsburg snarked that it “will be missed when it’s replaced by Zara, or whatever ends up there.” Well, it’s not a Zara, but a little further north, Bedford Avenue has suffered yet another corporate indignity. Currently lodged in the facade of the 101 Bedford luxury apartments, off of McCarren Park, is a VitaminWater vending machine/jukebox.

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George Clinton On His Role in Flying Lotus’s Kuso: ‘I Thought I Was On Drugs Again’

Flying Lotus with mic, George Clinton in hat. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We warned you that Flying Lotus’s debut feature, Kuso, would be one of the grossest, weirdest movies in recent memory. Sure enough, after last night’s Rooftop Films screening an audience member had just one question for FlyLo.

Why?”

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Hightail It to Meowmania, a ‘Cat Party in Brooklyn’

If all that drama between Lena Dunham’s beloved Lamby and a Williamsburg dog shelter turned you into a cat person, we’ve got just the place to adopt one. Oh, but Meowmania!, coming to Pine Box Rock Shop in East Williamsburg on July 22, is more than just an adopt-a-thon. It’s billing itself as “A Cat Party in Brooklyn.” Basically, it seems like the place to be if you want to hang with felines but sipping a cup of sencha at your local cat cafe sounds a little too hygge.

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Go See Endless Poetry and Alejandro Jodorowsky Himself Will Make It Worth the Trip

It’s a great time for lovers of surrealist cinema, what with the recent release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch and Flying Lotus’s Kuso, screening as part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series tonight. The trippiest news of all: The master of the midnight movie, Alejandro Jodorwosky, is set to release his new one, Endless Poetry, and the 88-year-old Chilean auteur, who currently lives in Paris, is making some rare NYC appearances to promote it.

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Bash a Printer Piñata at SummerScreen’s Showing of Office Space

We’re going to go ahead and move you over to McCarren Park, because Office Space is screening there Wednesday, mmkay?

Back when we unveiled the posters for SummerScreen, we knew Office Space would be one of this year’s highlights, but the folks who program the outdoor movies in Williamsburg are really busting out the flair for this one. Among other things, there’ll be printer piñatas on hand so you can go HAM on them, hopefully while listening to Geto Boys. Here’s the rundown from SummerScreen. Damn, it feels good to be a hipster.

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Watch Flying Lotus’s Kuso and Then Ask the Filmmaker WTF

Still from Kuso.

Before you keep telling everyone that Episode 8 of Twin Peaks was the trippiest visual spectacle in recent history, you might want to catch the Rooftop Films screening of Flying Lotus’s new movie, because Kuso is absolutely insane. And trust, you’ll want to attend the July 11 screening at House of Vans, in Greenpoint, because Flying Lotus himself (real name: Steve Ellison) will be there to explain what the hell you just saw.

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