You wake up in a hospital. There is a doctor standing over you in scrubs, running his hand down a clipboard, a mask pulled tight across his face. There’s a vague beeping behind you and the sounds of miserable sobbing coming from somewhere. The beeping grows longer and louder until, all of a sudden, it flat-lines and your consciousness (soul? being?) rises up out of your body. “Let me tell you a secret. . .” a calm, female, British voice says from somewhere as your consciousness floats into a cosmic, hallucinogenic light show on the way to your alien afterlife.
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One of the three rules of A Day Without a Woman is to avoid spending money with the exception of small, female-owned businesses. If you’re looking for one, look no further. Williamsburg resident Julia Small O’Kelly opened Smallhome in the neighborhood three years ago as a way to sell her own pieces, such as her “tiny taxidermy” lamps and maps on cork board. The store has since flourished into a place where you can find a variety of small creations from mostly local, mostly female artists.
It’s International Women’s Day. As expected, restaurants and other businesses around town are participating in the #ADayWithoutaWoman strike. Even the Statue of Liberty took last night off in solidarity. To find out how you can join in, see our roundup of today’s events. We’ll have more coverage later; in the meantime, here’s what’s happening on social media.
This Wednesday, International Women’s Day also happens to be #adaywithoutawoman. Last month, the folks behind the Women’s March on Washington announced plans for a nationwide women’s strike. Although there’s been some criticism of the march, it’s soldiering forth in defending reproductive rights, LBGTQIA rights, the rights of people with disabilities, and immigrant rights, among many others. Organizers are calling on women to 1) take the day off from work if possible, 2) wear red, and 3) refrain from spending money unless the business is small or female-owned. Here in New York, there are a number of ways to show solidarity.
Boba Guys, the San Fransisco-born bubble tea shop, is opening its second New York location this Friday, February 24. The Greenwich Village location, on Waverly Place, looks similar to the Lower East Side one, with the same anteater logo and Spock-inspired catchphrase: “Drink well and prosper.”
Despite the chilly, grey weather, masses of people lined the streets of Chinatown yesterday as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade wound its way down Mott, under the Manhattan Bridge and up Eldridge to eventually land outside of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
New York City is saturated with coffee places, so how does one separate themselves from the pack? Well, one way is to invent your own brewing element. Extraction Lab has done just that with an original craft brewer called Steampunk. The device, which looks like a cross between a French press and a draft beer tap, is so ultra modern it’s operated by an iPad app and designed to combine all the elements of drip, French press, and espresso brewing. The whole process is like watching a coffee dance– I recommend checking the whole mesmerizing thing out here.
Last week, two films set in Bushwick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the early word.
The Incredible Jessica James
Directed by Jim Strouse (New York, I Love You), this is a meandering profile on youth starring Jessica Williams. Jessica is a struggling playwright living in Bushwick who is between relationships and attempting to get a play off the ground. She meets Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd, and after an awkward first date the two slowly fall for each other. Critics seem to agree that Jessica Williams single-handedly carried this movie, which has already been purchased by Netflix.
A little after noon on Saturday, a string of firecrackers sent off loud crackles and smoke billowed over several thousand people in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. After the climactic event, some traditional Chinese performances continued with tai chi, folk songs, dancing, and more.
This Saturday, January 28, is the first day of the Lunar New Year. We’re about to move from the year of the Monkey to the year of the Rooster so it’s time to contact your loved ones, clean your house, and buy some new clothes. When you’re finished with all that, hit up some of these cool (and mostly free) Chinese New Year celebrations over the next three weekends.
Finding it difficult to get things done while your roommate head-bangs to Beyonce? Drowning under a pile of your own dirty laundry? Pourt is hoping to help.