Clearly, multi-talentedness runs in the family. Like his 37-year-old son, the elder Jodorowsky has composed music for films in which he has also acted— namely his cult masterpieces, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. At various times, he’s been a circus clown, a puppeteer, a mime, a novelist, a comic book artist, and a practitioner of his own brand of “shamanic psychotherapy,” called psychomagic.
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When Williamsburg longtimer Bliss Cafe closed at the end of last month, Free Williamsburg snarked that it “will be missed when it’s replaced by Zara, or whatever ends up there.” Well, it’s not a Zara, but a little further north, Bedford Avenue has suffered yet another corporate indignity. Currently lodged in the facade of the 101 Bedford luxury apartments, off of McCarren Park, is a VitaminWater vending machine/jukebox.
We warned you that Flying Lotus’s debut feature, Kuso, would be one of the grossest, weirdest movies in recent memory. Sure enough, after last night’s Rooftop Films screening an audience member had just one question for FlyLo.
If all that drama between Lena Dunham’s beloved Lamby and a Williamsburg dog shelter turned you into a cat person, we’ve got just the place to adopt one. Oh, but Meowmania!, coming to Pine Box Rock Shop in East Williamsburg on July 22, is more than just an adopt-a-thon. It’s billing itself as “A Cat Party in Brooklyn.” Basically, it seems like the place to be if you want to hang with felines but sipping a cup of sencha at your local cat cafe sounds a little too hygge.
It’s a great time for lovers of surrealist cinema, what with the recent release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch and Flying Lotus’s Kuso, screening as part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series tonight. The trippiest news of all: The master of the midnight movie, Alejandro Jodorwosky, is set to release his new one, Endless Poetry, and the 88-year-old Chilean auteur, who currently lives in Paris, is making some rare NYC appearances to promote it.
We’re going to go ahead and move you over to McCarren Park, because Office Space is screening there Wednesday, mmkay?
Back when we unveiled the posters for SummerScreen, we knew Office Space would be one of this year’s highlights, but the folks who program the outdoor movies in Williamsburg are really busting out the flair for this one. Among other things, there’ll be printer piñatas on hand so you can go HAM on them, hopefully while listening to Geto Boys. Here’s the rundown from SummerScreen. Damn, it feels good to be a hipster.
Before you keep telling everyone that Episode 8 of Twin Peaks was the trippiest visual spectacle in recent history, you might want to catch the Rooftop Films screening of Flying Lotus’s new movie, because Kuso is absolutely insane. And trust, you’ll want to attend the July 11 screening at House of Vans, in Greenpoint, because Flying Lotus himself (real name: Steve Ellison) will be there to explain what the hell you just saw.
According to IsItIcedCoffeeWeather.com, it is NOT iced coffee weather in the East Village today, but “things are looking better in 6 hours.” When the flood waters do part, you might want to know about the iced coffee float at Cafe Zaiya. The Japanese bakery and takeout spot on Cooper Square recently closed down for a quickie renovation and reopened yesterday with some rustic countertops and bento boxes from East Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Ball Factory. Among the new offerings is the coffee float you see up top. It’s the height of simplicity– iced drip coffee topped with some swirls of soft-serve ice cream– but if feels so good when it hits the lips. Is it iced coffee float weather yet?
Bring on the bocce!
Union Hall is reopening its upstairs bar with a party on July 21. The beloved Park Slope venue was forced to close after a fire broke out in the roof on March 24. No one was hurt and its basement was able to reopen in May, but the library-like upstairs has been on the mend. Now it’s set to reopen with “a few new couches but the same great vibe,” according to a statement by owner Jim Carden.
As East Villagers prepare to rally against a Starbucks coming to the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A, yet another chain is on the way. Washington, DC-based &pizza is opening its second Manhattan pizzeria, on the heals of a $25 million cash investment footing its expansion into the NYC market.
The shop at 740 Broadway, off of Astor Place, will open in fall of 2017 with a promotion offering free ampersand tattoos for the first 23 customers, according to a press release. It’s opening just a couple of doors down from another DC-based, feel-good chain, Sweetgreen, which opened at 10 Astor last August.
“I keep thinking it would be very funny if you and I just blew away,” Michael Showalter told the moderator last night during a gusty Rooftop Films screening of his new film, The Big Sick.
The director, who got his start in the Stella comedy troupe, imagined out loud what the crowd at the William Vale rooftop would think: “Thank god, this conversation is boring the fucking shit out of me. I thought Showalter was funny but he’s, like, all fucking serious, talking about himself as a filmmaker or whatever.”