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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It’s John Zorn Month, So Just Go Ahead and Clear Your Calendar

Cancel all plans for the rest of the month if you’re a fan/worshipper of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn: you may have missed his 60th birthday jam at his East Village venue, The Stone (see above video for 30 seconds of him performing with Fred Frith), but worry not: a cavalcade of events will celebrate the pillar of the downtown music scene, starting with a week and a half of movies he curated for Anthology Film Archives.
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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Wants YOU to Volunteer

St. Mark's owner Bob Contant wants YOU.

St. Mark’s owner Bob Contant wants YOU.

Like anyone who has to move, the St. Mark’s Bookshop has sent out an e-mail asking friends for help, though it isn’t promising free beer. The embattled shop, which is on the brink of relocating to a mystery space in the East Village, is calling for volunteers to help it create “a hybrid organization that would present nonprofit arts programming, including a comprehensive roster of author events, lectures and literary gatherings housed by a community-supported bookstore, a physical brick-and-mortar space where people meet, discuss ideas, browse, discover and enjoy non-electronic books and publications and listen to great writers present their work.” It’s uncertain whether you’ll also have to help it move its couch. If you want to be a part of the shop’s advisory committee, here’s the whole e-mail.
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The Folks From Chloe 81 Are Opening Kingsland Bar in Williamsburg Tonight

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

Remember back in 2009, when Chloe 81, the subterranean Lower East Side lounge, was the “new Beatrice”? (We do! It was one of the few times the author of this post has been a bold-faced name.) Well, now there’s a “new Chloe 81,” and it’s launching tonight. With free vodka.
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Tiki Disco Had One Last Epic Beach Bash

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

So, yeah, the loss of Odessa Bar put a damper on the weekend; luckily, Tiki Disco was there to blunt the pain with a rager at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club the next day. Downtown photographer Justin Jay, who has a bungalow nearby, dropped in and shot the photos above. Click through them to experience the torpid, dark-and-stormy-fueled madness of Tiki’s last installment of “Bushwick by the sea” and be glad you didn’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. The guys will be back in Brooklyn this Sunday, at Output’s rooftop Canopy Bar.

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Odessa Bar Is Gone, and Motor City Comes Back in a Music Video

Odessa's bathroom. (Photo: Bedford + Bowery's Instagram)

Odessa’s bathroom. (Photo: Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram)

After the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, we ended up stopping by Odessa Cafe Bar‘s last night after 48 years on Avenue A. Around 3 a.m. the place was buzzing with a very young crowd, though at least one member of the old guard had planned to pay his respects. Erik Foss, who was a bartender there before opening Lit and Fuse Gallery (the latter is also closing, on September 11), wrote on Instagram: “ODESSA , the bar I started out at in the east village is closing tonight for ever, so sad, and haden’t it been for this magical place LIT probably wouldn’t have existed.” Lauren Dillard (Lauren Flax‘s bandmate in CREEP) chimed in: “That’s where I would get perogies before I would Dj for the night at lit!”
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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Held Its ‘Last Party Ever,’ But Hey, Poetry Is Back!

If you missed Bob Holman’s reading at the St. Mark’s Bookshop (described as the soon-to-relocate shop’s “last party ever”), don’t worry, the whole thing is now on the Internet (you know, that thing that’s killing the bookstore?). Holman introduces his reading, accompanied by griot music, by reiterating the state of the “real live bookshop": “The word is, this is the last reading at this location,” he says. “But we have it from good source that the St. Mark’s Bookshop will reopen at a nearby location but it cannot be disclosed because it’s all fucking real estate and if you say it, it never happens, right?”
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Harry Styles of One Direction Was ‘Wilding’ at Lit Last Night

(Photo: Prince Terrence's )

(Photo: Prince Terrence’s )

Well, Jay Z didn’t show up in Bushwick, but here’s something that actually did happen: Harry Styles of One Direction was “wilding on the dance floor” at Lit last night, according to DJ Prince Terrence, who posted this Instagram shot of the teen idol presumably celebrating his win at the MTV Music Video Awards the night before.
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Levi’s Wants to Tune Your Bike, Treat You to Drinks, and Service Your Crotch

The folks at Levi’s will not rest until every fixie rider in Williamsburg is in a pair of their Commuter jeans. They just sent over the above video of Knox Robinson, publisher of First Run, tooling around town in them — passing plenty of street art, domino games and open fire hydrants, natch — and then leading folks at his Black Roses NYC running collective.
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All These People Showed Up For a Secret Jay Z Show That Never Happened

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough free shows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick.
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On Sunday There’ll Be Cool Jazz, Hot Jazz, and Jazz Poetry, You Dig?

This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery.
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Colin Quinn Thinks Todd Barry’s Building Ruins the Entire East Village

Todd Barry's fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Todd Barry’s fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.

On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.

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