Ariel Palitz will be the city’s first “night mayor,” it was announced today. The former Community Board 3 member and onetime owner of East Village nightclub Sutra will officially be known as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife, and will act as a liaison between City agencies, the nightlife industry, and local residents. The goal is to “promote a safe and vibrant nightlife scene that benefits businesses and residents alike,” per the City’s announcement.
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There was some irony when David Byrne played his new single, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” last night for a crowd in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The former Talking Heads frontman had, in fact, come to their house— a handsome Art Deco theater, the F.M. Kirby Center— for the second show of his first solo tour since 2009. He’ll sing “home is where I want to be” many times before he returns to New York to play the Panorama festival on July 29. [Update, March 6: Byrne just added shows at Forest Hills Stadium on 9/15 and Kings Theatre on 9/17.]
Dr. Octagon, everyone’s favorite time-traveling, extraterrestrial OBGYN, returned to the operating theater last month with a new single, “Octagon Octagon.” Today Octagon, the alterego of rapper Kool Keith, is releasing another track off of Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation, his long-awaited follow-up to Dr. Octagonecologyst. Plus, there’ll be a Dr. Octagon show at Brooklyn Bowl on April 5, a day before the album drops.
“I have now changed Davie’s name to David Bowie.”
So wrote David Bowie’s manager, Ralph Norton, in a typewritten letter on display at the fantastic “David Bowie is” exhibit, opening today at the Brooklyn Museum.
Just a month after releasing the first single off of their forthcoming album, A Place to Bury Strangers is back with another video, for their new single “There’s Only One of Us.” This one highlights new drummer Lia Simone Braswell, who plays the drums while standing up and helps her bandmates build a tower of instruments, amps, and wires in keeping with the song’s message of resistance through unity.
July 1 will be the Continental’s last day after 26 years of pouring shots in the East Village, the bar has announced.
The long-standing dive announced in November that it would be forced to close within a year, as its landlord had plans to redevelop the corner of Third Avenue and St. Marks Place. A couple of adjacent businesses, Papaya King and the McDonald’s, had already closed to make way for a proposed seven-story office building.
Now that it’s been a little over a year since Roberta’s got sucked into the Pizzagate conspiracy, fans of the East Williamsburg pizzeria can look back and laugh– while pounding a Pizzagate beer. The new pale ale will launch at Roberta’s this Friday, March 2, with a party at their tiki tent.
The batshit brew is a collaboration with LIC Beer Project, and contains “enormous amounts of Citra, Cascade, a touch of Chinook and Columbus,” according to the Queens-based brewers. It’s 5.5% ABV– so, just alcoholic enough to chill you out when you start losing it because “Roberta’s” is an anagram for “aborters.”
Two destination festivals announced initial lineups today, so go on and fire up ye old Google Flights. First up, the Pitchfork Music Festival, taking over Chicago’s Union Park from July 20 to 22, has been slowly revealing its first batch of performers via a hand-painted mural in Wicker Park.
It’s been about a year since Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has filmed in New York City, but the Netflix comedy just started filming season 4, and it’s coming to the East Village tomorrow. Signs posted in the neighborhood indicate the shoot starts early Thursday morning.
Crossroads of the Weird?
Times Square is always a trek, but tonight and tomorrow, it’ll be really far out. Some of the best live acts of the avant garde, Lightning Bolt and the Sun Ra Arkestra, are taking over the AMC Empire theater for a truly trippy audiovisual festival. Best part: Aside from the subway fare it’ll cost you to get up to 42nd Street, it’s free.
Earth people! Dr. Octagon has descended from Jupiter, armed with seven rounds of space doo-doo pistols, to announce a new album, Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation. The new LP, out April 6, is being billed as the follow-up to the cult 1996 concept album Dr. Octagonecologyst, and the first in 22 years to team Kool Keith with beats maven Dan the Automator and scratch-master DJ Qbert.