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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SummerStage Lineup: Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey, Charlie Parker Fest and More

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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Hallucinogens Help, According to a Mom’s Memoir and Son’s Documentary

Still from The Last Shaman (Courtesy of Raz Degan, Peace Productions)

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).

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Fight Your LCD Soundsystem FOMO With Four Horsemen’s Late-Night Yakitori

(Four Horsemen’s Instagram)

What? You thought the biggest news coming out of James Murphy’s world were those LCD Soundsystem shows launching East Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Steel? I mean, yeah, the band did debut three new songs last night, which was great for the people who managed to beat the bots and snag tickets (keeping an eye on the Bowery Presents Instagram page helps; last night, some last-minute tickets became available at Rough Trade). For those who didn’t get in on the instantly sold-out shows and don’t want to pay $210+ on Stubhub, there’s this tasty consolation prize: Murphy’s Williamsburg wine bar, The Four Horsemen, has launched a late-night yakitori menu.

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Alt-Rock Doc Will Explain How Jonathan Lethem Got Involved in Lee Ranaldo’s Next Album

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.

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Hot Totty Time Machine: Jupiter Disco’s New Happy Hour Traverses Cocktail History

(Photo: Nathan McCarley-O’Neill)

Jupiter Disco is already one of our favorite time warps, what with its Blade Runner-esque lighting, electronics that look like they were pilfered from a Soviet junkyard, and the 8-bit cocktail menu (and “safe space” disclaimer) scrolling on an old monitor behind the bar. Now they’re unleashing a retro happy hour to match.

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.

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Ferry Good News: Rockaway Service Launches May 1, East River Fare Drops

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.

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Flashback to This 19-Year-Old Article About Williamsburg Turning into Yuppadelphia

“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.

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