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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Stephen Malkmus and Kim Gordon Team Up For a Country Song About Infidelity

Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus just released a new one from his forthcoming album with The Jicks, out May 18. “Refute,” a duet with Kim Gordon, is a country ditty about infidelity. But rather than being the victim of it, as she notoriously was in her marriage with Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore, Gordon narrates the role of “a woman who dared to fall head first for her young au pair.” Malkmus, meanwhile, sings about a “man who dared to fall head over heels for a woman” even though “the world was telling him love is dead.”

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Ahoy! Some of New York’s Boat Bars Are Back on the Waters

(Photo: grandbanksnyc on Instagram)

We had a hell of a winter, and now it’s going to be a hull of a spring. That’s because two of our favorite floating bars, the Frying Pan and the Grand Banks, have opened for the season.

The folks at the Frying Pan recently shared an old photo taken many years ago, before the former lightship was pulled out of the water and rehabbed. As of this past weekend, she’s back in service at Pier 66 Maritime, at West 26th St and the West Side Highway, and open from noon to sunset on Memorial Day. You can expect the usual long lines after work and on the weekends; photos from the opening weekend festivities show a packed ship o’ fools.

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This Man Will Iron Your Spring Wardrobe For Free at a Brooklyn Bar Tonight

“Iron Man” Jeremy Hook.

He… is… Iron Man. And he’s coming to a Greenpoint bar tonight.

James Hook, the Greenpoint resident who’s gotten a ton of press by pressing clothing, is bringing his Brooklyn Ironers’ Union, Local 278, to Troost Cafe tonight from 9pm to midnight. So gather up the spring outfits that’ve been pathetically packed into a tupperware container all winter and get them lovingly smoothed over for free.

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Donald Trump Was Inevitably Compared to Tony Montana at the Scarface Reunion

(Photo: Tribeca Film Festival on Instagram)

After the 35th anniversary screening of Scarface at Beacon Theatre last night, director Brian De Palma told the packed house why he decided to remake the 1932 film: “I’ve always been interested in making movies about people that start rather humbly and then acquire a great deal of power and then ultimately isolate themselves and sort of live in their own world. Could that be anything we’re experiencing now?”

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You Talkin’ to Paul Schrader? Your Chance to Ask the Director About Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

Paul Schrader will be back in movie theaters May 18 with First Reformed, a new one starring Ethan Hawke as a conflicted upstate priest who’s “cut from the same holy cloth as Yukio Mishima or Travis Bickle,” in the words of one review. But let’s face it, it’s Bickle, the mohawked madman from Taxi Driver, that will likely remain Schrader’s most enduring character. Starting May 4, Lower East Side arthouse Metrograph will screen four Schrader films that explore what the director calls the “man in a room” premise, in which a man faces his inner demons and asks the tough questions. Like: “You talkin’ to me?” Schrader himself will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening of Taxi Driver on May 5, and tickets are now on sale. If you go, ask him about filming in the East Village, on a block that, back in 1975, had “developed somewhat of a notorious reputation for seediness and crime.”

Here’s the rest of the “Paul Schrader x 4″ program, direct from Metrograph.

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LES Scores City’s First Public Squash Court

(Photo: Daniel Avila)

When NYU shuttered its Coles Sports Center, we mourned the loss of its squash courts– one of the only downtown places where you could reenact the racquetball scene from Manhattan. Problem solved: The Parks Department today opened a public squash court in Hamilton Fish Park– said to be the first of its kind in the world.

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Listen Up, Maggots: 3 Chances to See the Late R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket

R. Lee Ermey died of pneumonia complications on Sunday at the age of 74. The former Marine Corps drill instructor started his acting career as an uncredited helicopter pilot during the famous “Ride of the Valkyries” strike in Apocalypse Now!, but it was another seminal Vietnam war movie, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, that brought him fame. If you pukes want to reacquaint yourself with his tough-talking character, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, you’ll have no less than three opportunities to enter a world of shit in the coming weeks.

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Anthology Unveils Basquiat-Inspired Film Series Curated By Jarmusch, Fab 5 Freddy, and More

Downtown 81.

A while back we revealed that East Village cultural space Howl! Happening would be presenting an exhibition to coincide with the release of Sara Driver’s new Basquait documentary, Boom For Real: The Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Now Howl!’s neighbor, Anthology Film Archives, sends over the lineup for the film series that will coincide with the exhibit. The cinema is going all out for this one, dividing the series into a two parts. One is dedicated to films by or about Basquiat, as well as some contemporary films; the other features overlooked or personally influential films of the era picked by Driver, hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, street art pioneer Lee Quinones, author and Lower East Side historian Luc Sante, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and other Basquiat associates who appeared in the Boom For Real. 

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Market Watch: Get Your Totes Ready For Hester Street Fair and Greenpointers Spring Market

Hester Street Fair
April 14, 11am to 6pm at Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side.
The Lower East Side’s favorite foodie flea market kicks off this weekend and the lineup looks pretty sick. No, seriously, Pretty Sick, the band led by wunderkind model-musician-Insta-phenom Sabrina Fuentes will be doing a set, as will electro-soul trio JIL. Vendors highlights this season include lightweight shoe designer Rollie; Punto Verde Ceramics, which makes cool constellation dishes; designer/tastemaker Liz Olko; and more. On the food front, there’ll be tacos from LES cafe/ceramics-studio hybrid L’estudio, Chinese bao from C Bao; and, for the first time, free-flowing beer, in the form of Vice’s brew, Old Blew Last.

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Northside, Governors Ball Festivals Make Lineup Announcements

If it’s finally rooftop party season, the summer music festivals can’t be far behind. Today, two of the biggies, Northside and Governor’s Ball, made some lineup reveals.

First off, Northside returns June 7-10, and it just dropped its initial lineup of shows at clubs like Brooklyn Bazaar and Music Hall of Williamsburg. In the mix are Liz Phair, whose box set Girly-Sound to Guyville comes out May 4; model-turned-rapper Chynna; Mogwai-esque instrumentalists Caspian; indie darlings Deerhoof; woke free jazz outfit Irreversible Entanglements; “post-punk’s most surprising success story,” Protomartyr; Brooklyn neo-punk soul duo Oshun; viral subway musicians Too Many Zooz, and many more. Entry for the club shows will be free with a badge (currently $75 and up) or can be purchased a la carte. Northside also revealed its initial lineup of speakers and panelists, which include a host of reps from media and tech companies. You can see that list below.
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