Time to start getting your summer lined up. First order of business: SummerStage just announced this year’s lineup of (mostly) free shows in Central Park and all around the city, and we’re once again looking at a super eclectic mix of music heavyweights. Among other things, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will once again be bringing free top-tier jazz to Tompkins Square Park.
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There seems to be a growing consensus that conventional pharmaceuticals are not so great, as Cat Marnell makes clear in her recently published memoir, How to Murder Your Life. She describes how an Adderall prescription helped her ADD but also put her on a path that led to some serious Sid and Nancy and Girl, Interrupted scenarios (she also got to hang out with Courtney Love, but whatever).
There’s such an abundance of film fests coming up that it’s hard to imagine hopping aboard the plagued NJ Transit and heading to suburban New Jersey for one– even if Stephen Colbert did do a Talking Heads cover in support of it. But this seems like a pretty good excuse to check out the Montclair Film Festival next month: a documentary about the making of Lee Ranaldo’s next album will screen May 5 and 6, with tickets going on sale Friday. Best part: The former Sonic Youth singer/guitarist himself will be on hand to play a couple of songs, and for a Q&A with filmmaker Fred Riedel.
Next week, the East Williamsburg bar and DJ den is debuting the first in a series of Wormholes menus, each of which will offer $8 cocktails associated with a specific time and place. Al Sotack, the former Death + Co bartender who opened the place late last year with Maks Pazuniak, was still priming his flux capacitor when we called him today and didn’t want to reveal much. But he did say the bar would be “spinning the dial on our time machine pretty frequently,” so you can expect the theme menus to change several times during the coming months.
Sure, the first boat got stuck in the mud on its way up from the Gulf Coast, but it looks like the city’s new ferry service is really, actually happening. And, for once, sooner than expected: Mayor de Blasio announced today– via the delightful chiptune promo above– that the Rockaway route will launch May 1, meaning you’ll soon get to pay your respects to the washed-up whale that was buried on the beach this week. Or, less morbidly: tacos! Tacoway Beach reopens in less than 22 days, according to the countdown clock we’ve had our eye on all winter.
Looks like Brooklyn Mirage, the indoor-outdoor venue run by the embattled CityFox crew, has netted a liquor license and may actually, finally open in East Williamsburg this May or June. And there’s still more good news for those looking to raise the roof without an actual roof overhead.
“People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate,” a New York Post headline informed us Saturday. Some 1 million people have left the city since 2010, according to US Census data. And it’s not just because Mars Bar closed. It’s in part because the economy is good and there are “more people to buy your house if you’re a baby boomer looking to move to Boca Raton or Myrtle Beach,” says one Post source.
Who says you have to score a $5,000 VIP pass or wait hours in “rush” lines to get the full film festival experience? At these two mini fests, you’ll get the indie flicks and the Q&As with local filmmakers without having to fly to freezing-ass Park City, Utah, and crash on someone’s floor for a week.
The hybrid haters came out in full force when Smorgasburg announced that its new crop of vendors would include Pop Pasta, a specialist in “spaghetti donuts.” As you can imagine, that wasn’t going to stop trend-seekers from lining up for them when Smorgasburg returned to Williamsburg’s East River State Park on Saturday.