Rooftop Films Summer Series May 19 to TBA, various locations.
Rooftop Films had already released its preliminary lineup of more than 45 outdoor screenings around the city (among the highlights: Desiree Akhavan’s gay conversion film The Miseducation of Cameron Post); and now it drops the details of its short films programs, starting with the fest’s opening night on May 19 at Green-Wood Cemetery. Of note are Michael Sugarman’s documentary about Anthology Film Archives founder Jonas Mekas; SXSW winnerCharlie Tyrell’s My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, in case you missed it over at the Times; and pizza-porn film Slice Thing. Closing night will feature modern-ruins photographer Nathan Kensinger’s documentary Managed Retreat, about the city’s post-Sandy efforts to return three Staten Island coastal communities to the wild. The shorts will be presented in 10 installments, grouped by themes including “eerie existential thrillers,”dark cartoons, romance, love and lust, “dangerous” documentaries, New York docs, bold women, and Sundance picks. Al fresco venues include Industry City’s courtyards in Sunset Park, the roof of the New Design High School on the Lower East Side, and the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus.
Manhattan’s floating bars reopened late last month, but– to paraphrase the title of that great sailing movie, What About Bob?— what about Brooklyn? The wait’s over, folks. After being towed back into town by a tugboat last month, the Brooklyn Barge is once again up and running on the Greenpoint waterfront.
The former Chase bank building is the future home of Printed Matter. (Photo: Google Maps)
This is going to blow the minds of East Villagers who complain about banks taking over every corner: An art bookstore is moving into the former home of a Chase bank. And not just any art bookstore: Chelsea tastemaker Printed Matter will open its second shop at 38 St. Marks Place this summer. For the many who are still mourning the loss of the St. Mark’s Bookshop, this is very good news indeed.
Nineteen years after he died just days after screening a final cut of Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick is making a comeback. Actually, don’t call it a comeback. After all, films like A Clockwork Orange and The Shining are already the bread and butter of art-house theaters (so much so that the Alamo Drafthouse’s carpeting is a reproduction of the Overlook Hotel’s). But Kubrick looms especially large these days.
Looks like Williamsburg is getting a new rooftop hang. The William Vale, where the Mister Dips burgers and ice cream truck just reopened on the elevated park, is opening a weekend rooftop lounge called The Turf Club.
With Summerstage, Northside, Governors Ball, Electric Zoo, and Basilica Soundscape having recently announced their lineups, it’s time for another fixture of the outdoor concert scene, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, to show us what it has in store. As usual, the programmers are offering a dizzyingly diverse gamut of free concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell, from The Breeders to Antibalas to Kronos Quartet. There will also be ticketed shows from The Decembrists (June 13), Grizzly Bear (June 20), and Courtney Barnett (July 25).
On the brink of Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, Richard Prince caused a stir when he disavowed the portrait he had made for Ivanka Trump, one of his (in)famous Instagram-on-canvas works. At the time, it was uncertain if Prince’s disavowal really meant anything, since Ivanka reportedly declined to take back the $36,000 she had paid him and it’s possible the notoriously meta artist’s publicity-grabbing antics only raised the piece’s value. Now, however, Prince is putting his money where his mouth is; last night he raised $150,000 for an anti-Trump PAC by selling versions of his latest work, “18 & Stormy,” a composite of photos of Stormy Daniels and 18 women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.
Funny that we recently mentioned “Range Life” after noting that Parquet Courts is the closest thing we’ll get to a new Pavement album. Today, Parquet Courts drops a video for a new song off the forthcoming album, Wide Awake, that at first heavily evokes “Range Life” and ends up being a great little number in its own right.
Hot on the heels of rooftop programming announcements from Output and Our Wicked Lady, East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere just dropped the lineup for its own rooftop, which will open for the first time on Memorial Day weekend. The club, which opened in November and may or may not have an orgasmic stage, is promising rooftop “happy hours, frozen drinks, local DJs, art programming, weekend food pop-ups, and much more.”
Luxury apartment amenities tend toward the ridiculous, as if a wine tasting room is going to justify paying $3,000 for a studio. (And what exactly is an “arts and crafts atelier,” anyway?) But this one is admittedly pretty sweet. Residents of Williamsburg’s Level bk tower are getting access to e-cars. Hey, at least someone will survive the impending L-pocalypse.
How many times have you had to keep from laughing as a Brooklyn server unloaded a mouthful of pretentious banter about some overpriced specials? Well, feel free to LOL as Jaassoon the Williamsburg waiter tell you about tonight’s “appie speshiez.” The psyched server is the creation of Gary DeNoia, an improv and sketch comic who does a hilarious impression of Adam Driver trying to shop for Doc Martens at Two Boots Pizza (get it? Two Boots?). Jaassoon seems like he’s high on his own supply as he tells you about the Car Key Bump Lime Pie.