Before Mayor de Blasio signed a new law establishing an Office of Nightlife yesterday evening, Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of House of Yes, remarked on how strange it was to be hosting government officials and police officers at her notoriously risqué East Williamsburg venue. But then she asked, “Why should it be so surreal to have the arts and culture capital of the world be in support of the spaces that make this kind of arts and culture happen?”
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The Bowery Market, the cluster of outdoor food stalls on the corner of Bowery and Great Jones, is getting a couple of new vendors. The first, Dosa Royale, is already serving South Indian grub, and the second, Kokus, will start serving coconut soft-serve out of a pop-up location next month.
The Market Hotel has had a rough ride, to say the least. The DIY space was shut down in 2010. After undergoing a major renovation that birthed a celebrity pillar, it made a glorious comeback with a Sleater-Kinney show last year, only to be shut down again in October for “warehousing” booze without a permit (owner Todd Patrick told Brooklyn Vegan the snafu occurred while the space was exercising its right, as a non-profit, to apply for 15 or so Special Event liquor permits per month). Now it looks like the beloved Bushwick venue is back, as AdHoc has announced upcoming shows from Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, Royal Trux, and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.
In case you didn’t hear, Nordic food is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, because of its associations with hoity-toity Noma, it’s often quite expensive. A meal at the wonderful Aska in Williamsburg will run you $175 and up. That’s why my experience of Nordic food is mostly limited to doing the vodka shots with herring chasers they serve at North Pole Pub, near the Barclays Center. TOTALLY worth the pickled fish breath. Anyway, embrace these upcoming opportunities to experience Nordic cuisine without blowing so much money that you have to shop at Ikea for the rest of your life.
It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the Mermaid Parade, but alas, summer is just about gone and it’s time to turn our attention to fall festivities. To that end, the organizers of the Village Halloween Parade have informed us that this year’s theme will be “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.” The 44th installment of the legendary walk down Sixth Avenue will celebrate “the hybrids, mash-ups, and frisson of crossed identities,” according to a letter from Jeanne Fleming, the parade’s artistic and producing director.
When Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Oct. 1, we all be glad to see Larry David back on TV for the first time since he played Bernie Sanders. Still, for some, Larry David isn’t the hero of Seinfeld. Nor is Steve Bannon, for that matter. For those who worship at an altogether different altar, Elaine Benes Appreciation Night is coming to the Lower East Side on Thursday.
Arcade Fire is playing Madison Square Garden tonight, but in the spirit of infinite content, that isn’t the only place you’ll find them. After the show, frontman Will Butler is hosting a Disco Town Hall meant to get people politically motivated. Whether you’re feeling guilty that you totally blanked on Primary Day or you just want to watch members of Arcade Fire play a relatively tiny club (Nublu in the East Village), you’ll want to jump on this $5 ticket.
Butler’s Disco Town Halls, occurring after select shows during this tour, are meant to “engage Arcade Fire fans (and others!) with local organizations, activists, and politicians engaged in helping the vulnerable and empowering communities.” Tonight Melody Lee of the Katal Center and City Council member Brad Lander will talk about closing the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
Even after trying to sort out all of those “Teen” bands, we still don’t know the difference between TEEN and The Teen Age. But this much is certain: Our new favorite, Teen Commandments, is playing the rooftop of Our Wicked Lady on Friday, and we’re super psyched to be premiering the new music video for “Party Talk,” off of their forthcoming EP.
If you’re a Lethem lover, get ready for a jolt of Jonathan. As you’d expect, the Motherless Brooklyn writer is appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival next week — on a panel about music writing and also alongside his fellow “literary lions,” Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson. Not only that, but the novelist and essayist is also featured in two new documentaries– and he’ll be appearing at a screening of one of them, to talk about all things Lethem.