The Loser’s Lounge strayed from their stomping grounds of Joe’s Pub on Saturday to host an ’80s-themed fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, in New Jersey. Making a cameo as lead singer for the thinking man’s tribute band was none other than Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert, doing a pretty solid David Byrne. As he finished up “Once in a Lifetime” with an impressive split, it looked like Colbert would pull a Lady Gaga and do an apolitical show with some leg-spreading acrobatics thrown in, but at the end of the song, the Late Show host returned to the stage to announce that extra proceeds from the evening’s fundraiser would go to victims of the Bowling Green Massacre. Play our video to watch.
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By now you’ve seen the photos of the crowd of Yemeni business owners and supporters massed at Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. You’ve seen the signs of “BODEGA CATS GRAB BACK.” While all that went down, New Yorkers were leaving messages of solidarity on shuttered businesses.
Simone Tong, a former cook at Wylie Dufresne’s beloved and bygone Lower East Side restaurant wd~50, plans to open a Chinese noodle shop in the East Village. But it’s cold now, and we need to slurp those warming Yunnan-style noodles now. Problem solved: Little Tong Noodle Shop is doing a couple of preview pop-ups this month, and tickets are now on sale.
The first dinners will be on Feb. 12 and 13 at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, followed by a Feb. 19 stint at Azasu in the Lower East Side. According to Little Tong’s Instagram, some Williamsburg dates will follow.
Last night, a bunch of Glassholes (including Paul Simon, who was spotted ducking into the stage entrance) descended on Carnegie Hall to celebrate the birthday of East Village composer and living legend Philip Glass (yes, that guy on the wall of the 2nd Avenue subway station). Though Glass turned 80 yesterday, the audience was the one getting the gifts in the form of three pieces performed by the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the esteemed Austrian outfit that has premiered more of the Glass’s symphonies than anyone else.
Yemeni workers at a Bushwick bodega are fearful about Trump’s executive order on immigration. [DNAinfo]
Here’s a look at the history of protest in the Village. [Off the Grid]
A 180-year-old building on East Broadway has been demolished to make way for first-of-its-kind modular housing. [Bowery Boogie]
Hanksy’s Trump Dump mural had to come down, but there’s still a, well, shit-ton of anti-Trump graffiti, street art, and sign boards floating around the streets of NYC. In what we suspect will be a recurring feature, we’ve gathered just some of these pieces de resistance, spotted in recent days in B+B’s coverage area. Even your local egg and cheese guy is getting in on the action, as evidenced by the photo at left, snapped by Chris Stein of Blondie. Add links to your own favorites in the comments.
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Lately, just reading a newspaper can seem like an act of masochism, so why not sport S&M gear at that next rally. And here’s your new go-to accessory: the “NOT MY PRESIDENT” harness by New York designer Zana Bayne. According to the “post-fetish leather” brand’s Instagram, they were made for Bayne’s team to wear to the Women’s March (even her mom sported one) and are now being sold to the general public. At $375 you might have to be the silver ballgown type to afford one (Bayne’s designs have appeared on Beyonce, Gaga, you name it) but rest assured 50 percent of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, and they can be made in vegan PVC. You can snatch one up here.
That’s all she wrote, folks. Penn Station’s (relatively) beloved big board has departed the building. Removal started Tuesday. Throughout the week, as you can see above, workers meticulously disassembled the iconic departure board like Dave murdering Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Below is what the scene looked like today. In lieu of flowers, please send beer money to passengers who’ve just missed their train and need to drown their sorrows at Kabooz’s Bar & Grille.