It’d be impossible for Bradley Spinelli to top the suicide-themed set that Questlove did for his debut novel, Killing Williamsburg, but the B+B contributor’s latest book launch should come close. Thursday’s party for The Painted Gun, a noir mystery published by Brooklyn’s own Akashic Books, will feature a raft of burlesque stars as well as tacos from ever-expanding Dos Toros.
It makes sense that the West Coast-inspired burrito joint is on food duty: The Painted Gun is set in the Williamsburg-based author’s former hometown of San Francisco, in the late ’90s– you know, when Yahoo! stock was booming. Its hard-bitten, hard-drinking hero is David “Itchy” Crane, a journalist-turned-PI on the hunt for the mysterious Ashley, a missing artist who has a creepy talent for painting scenes straight out of Crane’s sad-sack life. (If you want to make like Itchy during the party, suck down a half dozen Jamesons.) Don’t take it from me, since I’m his editor– Publishers Weekly says Spinelli is “definitely a talent to watch,” and his latest “deftly segues from one genre to another—from hard-boiled noir to paranoid thriller, puzzle mystery (with each and every riddle logically explained), spy caper, and ultimately to something evocative of Bogart and Bacall.”
Our friends at the Hester Street Fair kept busy over the winter with a Katz’s-themed pop-up in Miami and a new Project Space on Henry Street, but with the weather finally warming, it’s (almost, almost) time for the main event. Hester just posted the calendar for its eighth season, which starts April 15, and it looks like there’s some fun in store.
Free grub alert: Duncan’s Burgers, the burger joint inside of Dromedary Bar, is doling out 500 freebies on March 19.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Duncan’s was founded by Galen Duncan, who interned with Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and, in September of 2014, began using the butcher’s meat to serve burgers at various pop-up locations in, mostly, Williamsburg and Bushwick: Pinkerton Wine Bar, The Rookery, AP Cafe, Loosie Rouge, SHWICK Market, and even a cart parked at Mccarren Park and elsewhere.
When Onur Tukel unveiled Abbie Singer/Songwriter at the Brooklyn Film Festival, we noted that he’d premiered three features in two years, which pretty much made him the Woody Allen of Brooklyn. The comparison remains apt with Catfight, a metaphysical dark comedy that’s a distinctly Woodyesque meditation on karma and creativity. It opens today at Cinema Village 12th Street.
Samantha Elisofon as Sarah Silverstein and Brandon Polansky as David Cohen in KEEP THE CHANGE. (Photographer: Giacomo Belletti.)
Tribeca Film Festival has announced 82 of the 98 feature films that’ll show this year when the festival kicks off April 19. A good $160,000 of prize money will be up for grabs among the 32 films in the competition category, so folks, it’s time to stop worrying about the dopey Oscars and whether Moonlight or La La Land should’ve won.
Vape shops have become so ubiquitous that when Other Music closed, someone took its logo and morphed it into the above. Needless to say, in the past handful of years e-cigs have become a big business, so it’s not surprising that the industry just got its first New York trade show. Vapevent, which launched in Paris in 2013, wafted into New York today and continues at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint through tomorrow.
It’s hard out there for a dandy. With the exception of the occasional “man shop”, most boutiques cater to women, and in larger shops the men’s section is smaller than some of the dressing rooms. Add to which, the places that do cater to men are a) effing expensive, and/or b) painfully predictable: Whiskey stones! Beard oil! Herschel bags!
Dos Toros isn’t the only drunk-food chain adding a westside outpost to its downtown and Williamsburg locations. The Meatball Shop, which started on the Lower East Side six years ago, opens its seventh location in Hell’s Kitchen today. This one comes with a brighter, cleaner design and an adjacent bar. The bar as tastefully named as you’d expect from the guys whose mantra is “EAT MY BALLS” and who offer BALLS t-shirts. They’re calling the place Sidepiece.