Last month, we noted that a mighty Wurlitzer organ that belonged to the Brooklyn Paramount before it was converted into a gym would be played one last time before the building’s conversion back to a theater. After writing about “The Beast,” we just had to see the thing for ourselves. So we stopped by Saturday as Los Angeles-based organist Mark Herman rehearsed for his once-in-a-lifetime performance.
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Wastedland 2, an immersive film exhibition that’s been touring the country for the past year, rolls into Maspeth’s Knockdown Center tonight and pays homage to the hottest graffiti artists painting New York today. The exhibition premiered in Detroit a year ago; with most of its artists based out New York, this show will be a homecoming.
The story of Polaroid film’s rebirth came full circle Wednesday night at Bowery gallery The Hole for the launch of Polaroid Originals, a re-branding of the instant film that The Impossible Project made for the classic cameras. Polaroid also unveiled its new OneStep2 camera, a 21st century update of the ’70s version.
Circus of Dreams, BIZARRE bar’s performance art showcase where anything goes, returns tonight after being preempted from its usual slot– the first Wednesday of the month– by last week’s Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival. Originally produced by party organizers House of Screwball, the show is now helmed by longtime performer Lindsee ‘Lonesome’ Lopez, who still takes the stage every month.
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was sophomore at Hunter College. In the first hours after the attack, I walked roughly 80 blocks to Ground Zero. I left an acting seminar in which a classmate worried about her mother, who worked at the World Trade Center, and went to Hunter’s North Lobby, where students crowded under televisions broadcasting the towers’ collapse.
Brooklyn Wildlife kicked off its biggest summer festival yet at The Paper Box in East Williamsburg on Saturday, and it continues throughout the week. The opening show for the fifth annual fest featured over 60 performers spread over three stages for a 12-hour showcase as diverse musically as it was culturally.
Greenpoint was awash in red last month as Death Match V, the latest installment of Tender Trap’s no-ring wrestling series, smashed its way though the nightclub. Pro wrestler “The Ultra Violent Beast” Masada took an “art exhibition” victory over “The Hipster Heartthrob” Casanova Valentine in a battle that shattered both wood and glass. As the show’s organizer, Valentine also featured his MC Death Bear street art and a performance by the band Tight Fright.
Sunday morning, 50 guests boarded the M14D bus to witness the wedding of Lower East Side locals Kara Mullins and Osvaldo “O.J.” Jimenez. The couple, who met on a bus 13 years ago, were overjoyed to the share the birthplace of their love with their family and friends, who literally hung on for a wild ride across town. Johnny, the bus’s driver, pulled double duty for the wedding as he not only provided the setting but also transported everyone to the reception at Le Bain atop The Standard hotel, down the block from his West 14th Street stop.
Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.
This year’s Battle For Mau Mau Island, the annual art-raft extravaganza that raged last month in the Rockaways, was as crazy as we showed you last year and the “combatants” had wonderful weather to enjoy it. Nary a cloud could be found in the sky all day as rafts were built and launched into the calm waters of Jamaica Bay. By mid-afternoon enough of them were lashed together to make the Island of Mau Mau, where jousting, swimming races and flag stealing had each team on their pruney toes.