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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Watch Glenn Branca Hold Forth On Bowie, Byrne, CBGB, Sonic Youth + His Own Bad Self

As excited as we were to celebrate Glenn Branca’s 65th birthday at the B+B Newsroom last week, we didn’t expect our discussion with the trailblazing composer to be as epic as, say, the time in 2001 that we were blown away by his 100-guitar symphony beneath the Twin Towers, and (more recently, in 2010) the debut of his 15th symphony at Le Poisson Rouge. How wrong we were: the master rolled into 155 Grand with a bottle of whiskey and, just like when New York spoke to him in 2004, immediately lit up a cig. We weren’t about to tell him to put it out.
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Watch the House Videographers at CBGB Call Richard Hell a Crybaby

As you may have read over at Rolling Stone, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong — in what’s sure to be one of the highlights of the CBGB Festival — are screening some of their rare late-70s and early-80s concert footage at Bowery Electric tonight, between performances by Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls, and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. We were lucky enough to have the authors of our weekly Nightclubbing column into the B+B Newsroom last Friday, along with Richard Boch, who’s working on a memoir of his time manning the door of the Mudd Club, and Pat Irwin, the guitarist for the Raybeats, 8 Eyed Spy and the B-52s, who spoke about his recently unearthed collaboration with Philip Glass.

If you missed Friday’s discussion, watch the replay above. Here’s what the gang had to say about Suicide (we spoke to Martin Rev of that band back in June) and the evolution of the Ramones.
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Greg Barris and Dennis McKenna Will Drop Some, Er, Knowledge About Psychedelics Tomorrow

311152011_640The Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference kicks off Friday at Judson Memorial Church in the Village, but what about Brooklynites who don’t want to take the, er, trip into Manhattan to hear about the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and just plain feeling groovy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, man: tomorrow evening at the B+B Newsroom, East Village comedian Greg Barris interviews scientist and psychedelic journeyman Dennis McKenna.
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Watch Sock Puppets Down Booze and Pills in ‘Psycho’ By The Shining Twins

If you caught our screening of How to Act Bad last week, then you know some of the documentary’s most memorable moments were Adam Green’s steamy liaisons with The Shining Twins, Alex Weiss and Marisa Kreiss. The punk-pop duo just put out a video for their old song “Pyscho,” originally recorded by Loren “Ted” Humphrey (of Guards) at his studio in Bushwick. The depiction of the rock-n-roll life, by puppet maker Amber B Dianda and filmmaker Kirk Dianda, is short and sweet, and features a disturbing amount of spaghetti vom. Enjoy!

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The Country’s Finest Chefs Are Stinting in the East Village This Next Month

Sean Brock (Courtesy of Husk)

Sean Brock (Courtesy of Husk)

Between Wylie Dufresne, Michael White, and David Chang you’d think East Villagers had more than enough Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chefs to choose from, but the neighborhood is now importing them just for giggles.

First Grub Street brought word that Alex Stupak was bringing Grant Achatz of Alinea (one of the top 15 restaurants in the world) to Empellon Cocina for a one-night-only 12-course meal. And now the folks at Hearth tell Bedford + Bowery that chef Marco Canora is teaming up with esteemed out-of-town chefs Sean Brock (of Charleston’s seriously awesome Husk and McCrady’s), Michael Tusk (of San Francisco’s Quince), and Hugh Acheson (of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia) for a series of epic dinners celebrating Hearth’s 10th anniversary. Not only that, but Canora is bringing some local giants — like the aforementioned David Chang — into his kitchen as well. Here are the details from team Hearth.
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A Year After the Fire, East Yoga Is Back On Its Feet (er, Hands?)

286You can’t keep a good yoga studio downward.

Almost a year to the day that a fire tore through it, East Yoga has announced that it’ll reopen Sunday, October 13. “A lot of hard work, perseverance, and relying on the support of our community has all paid off!” the popular East Village studio writes in its newsletter, referring to the benefits it held after it lost its space at 212 Avenue B.
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Katz’s Delicatessen Is Opening a Pop-Up

(Courtesy of Katz's)

(Courtesy of Katz’s)

Not to be outdone by the forthcoming Russ & Daughters Cafe, that other East Houston Street institution, Katz’s Delicatessen, has just announced its own plans for an expansion — albeit a temporary one. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Katz’s is moving into the adjacent storefront it usually rents out (it was last occupied by Tim Horton’s) and opening The Space, a two-month-long pop-up that will “celebrate all the local artists and designers that live and work and create art down here on the Lower East Side,” per owner Jake Dell.
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Bushwick’s Newest Restaurant Wants to Feed You Free Wings

The Rookery opened quietly a couple of weeks ago (last week, Bushwick Daily spoke to Jamie Schmitz, who, along with his wife Shana Bellot, built the handsome British-West Indian gastropub in a former warehouse on Troutman Street). But it’s only now celebrating it’s grand opening, and it’s doing so in style. By “in style” we, of course, mean with free food: Bellot tells B+B that starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday they’ll be offering complimentary sweet-and-spicy chicken wings (a new menu item) along with drink specials: $4 rum punch, $4 well drinks, and $1 off all cans and bottles. Plus, North Brooklyn dub legend Dr. Israel will be preforming in the front yard and then spinning all night.

For a look at the place, check out the promo video above as well as its Facebook page.

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Fuse Gallery Is Dunzo, But Lit’s Back Room Is Ready to Rock & Roll Again

Ivory Serra's photos

Ivory Serra's photos

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Bast's wall

Bast's wall

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Back in August we broke word that Fuse Gallery, the art space behind Lit Lounge in the East Village, was set to close on September 11. That date has come and gone, and owner Erik Foss has been keeping busy retooling the space for its reopening as a rec room, and also lending his paintings to an upcoming art exhibit featuring a slew of downtown fixtures.
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