Valentine’s Day is a beautiful, beloved celebration of life-affirming romance and no one would dare say otherwise, right? Well, get this: A group of Manhattan strip clubs are going out on the edge and totally thumbing their noses at this time-honored tradition by throwing an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party. Talk about tipping sacred cows!
Cassette closed (or got “mangled in the tape deck of Greenpoint,” as Eater put it in a headline) back in November, but we’re happy to report that Gowanus-based Threes Brewing is taking over the French-Catalonian spot’s handsome home for a pop-up that could just become permanent.
Lobby installation. (All art by Raymond Pettibon, all photos by Daniel Maurer)
As he introduced the new Raymond Pettibon retrospective, New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni admitted that he first became aware of the artist via his album covers for the Minutemen, Black Flag, and Sonic Youth. While we’re in confession mode: I still think of Pettibon mainly as the brother of Black Flag frontman Greg Ginn and the creator of the punk band’s iconic logo. But “A Pen of All Work,” which opens today, is further proof that the artist is far more than just a nihilistic doodler whose work has been “displayed” by skaters and punks sporting Six Pack t-shirts.
If you made it to the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender at Split Rock Resort back in November, then you know the Poconos still have some kick in them. I mean, jazz giant Kamasi Washington tearing up a ballroom, followed by a dance party at an indoor water park? Too bad that probably won’t become a regular thing, given what ended up going down. But they can’t take this away from us: Elsewhere in the Poconos, there’s a magical place where at least one of the rooms is equipped with a heart-shaped swimming pool and a seven-foot-tall Whirlpool shaped like a champagne flute.
OMG. When we dorked out about spotting that gentrification graffiti from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, we had no idea we’d actually get to meet Tituss Burgess, aka Titus Andromedon. But here is, coming to Bowery & Vine to sign bottles of his new wine, Pinot by Tituss Burgess. Wait a minute, they didn’t call it Peeno Noir?? What’s more, a description of the 2014 Santa Barbara County pinot doesn’t even say whether it goes with caviar, Myanmar, mid-sized car. Or whether it’s available at your local leather bar.