It’s been just a little over a week since the Continental revealed that it would close and now another scrappy holdover has announced that it’s not long for this world. Hank’s Saloon, the live-music dive in Boerum Hill, will close at the end of next year to make way for redevelopment, according to a Facebook post.
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In case you didn’t see the billboard, James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sistero’s tell-all book about the making of The Room opens Nov. 30 at Regal Union Square, and it promises to be the best movie ever made about the best worst movie ever made. The trailers are out, and Franco does a pretty decent job channeling Tommy Wiseau, the international man of mystery who poured millions of dollars of his own money into a film that ended up serving as target practice for spoon throwers.
It looks like the Brooklyn Flea’s West Soho location won’t be open year-round as originally planned. The Flea just announced that on Nov. 25 and 26, it’ll return to its old winter digs at Industry City. This’ll be the Flea’s final weekend of the season in Manhattan.
I cringed when I saw the cover of Taylor Swift’s new album soiling the pristine brown of a UPS truck this morning. But not all branding is evil. Take those trippy Stranger Things buses rolling around town. And this! Tuesday through Thursday of this week, there’ll be free, non-stop ferry service between Greenpoint and downtown Manhattan, with gratis coffee, donuts and popcorn to boot.
Doc NYC kicks off today, and there are still tickets left to one of the documentary festival’s highlights: the New York City premiere of a new doc about Sonic Youth singer-strummer Lee Ranaldo. The film, HELLO HELLO HELLO : LEE RANALDO : ELECTRIC TRIM, offers an eye into the recording of Ranaldo’s recently released solo album, Electric Trim, showing how Ranaldo collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem on some of the lyrics.
“They put them in the watches, little teeny gremlins,” a drunken Mr. Futterman warns in Joe Dante’s 1984 Christmas classic.
It looks like those wily foreigners also put one in Alamo Drafthouse’s website, because one of the “BUY NOW” links for the Brooklyn theater’s Gremlins parties is turning up an error message.
The East Village is already the dessert capital of New York, what with its donut ice cream sandwiches, marshmallows on a stick, egg-waffle ice cream cones, liquid-nitrogen ice cream, snow cream and all the rest. The latest: a wildly popular Taiwanese dessert chain is hitting Cooper Square.
Back in May, when Brooklyn filmmaker Onur Tukel showed his Bob Byington-directed Infinity Baby at the Montclair Film Festival, he said his next one would be about “two Trump supporters in a hotel room partying and celebrating on election night.” Which was definitely intriguing, given Tukel’s penchant for mordant dialogue. Now we have a teaser for The Misogynists. The director neglected to mention that his film is about Trump supporters in a hotel room with hookers and cocaine.
East 4th Street just got a neat little Easter egg: You wouldn’t know it, but a flag designed by Yoko Ono is now flying above the cultural district known as Fourth Arts Block, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Look above Creative Time’s headquarters and there it is: a white flag imploring passersby to “IMAGINE PEACE.” It’s the latest installment of Yoko’s same-titled campaign of billboards, pins, posters, and online messages.
It’s too late to etch your name on the bathroom walls of Lit Lounge (it closed in 2003), but Erik Foss, an owner of the legendary East Village rock dive, is willing to etch it onto his flesh. Yep: He’s promising to get a tattoo of your name, anywhere you want it, if you contribute $10,000 to his forthcoming art book’s Kickstarter.
Foss and Colab Projects are planning to release the monograph, If These Were Songs They Would Be Sad Songs, and they’re appealing to all of you slouches who never paid for drinks at Lit. As of now, they’ve raised about $10,250 of the $25,000 they’re attempting to scrounge up for a book tour, with 58 hours to go.
Last year, the team behind Glasslands, the show space that shuttered alongside 285 Kent when Vice Media took over their space on the Williamsburg waterfront, announced that they’d be moving a little bit east and investing $3 million in a new, 24,000-square-foot venue in a former warehouse. Elsewhere opened Tuesday with a Battles show that doubled as a Halloween blowout, and is already serving up a full slate of programming. We stopped by last night as ADULT. finished up their show and learned something interesting about the stage.