The New Museum was packed last night for the opening of the fourth Triennial, the Bowery institution’s sprawling, every-three-years gathering of young, emerging artists from around the world. The theme of this edition of the Triennial is Songs of Sabotage, and the museum-wide exhibition fills the space with paintings, videos, and sculptural pieces by some 30 artists from 19 different countries.
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Ray Alvarez, the East Village hall-of-famer who has made generations of neighborhood kids and late-night revelers happy with his fried Snickers, chili dogs, and soft serve cones, turned 85 yesterday. As has become the tradition, Ray’s eponymous Candy Store on Avenue A was transformed by his friends and groupies into a burlesque house, as dozens of locals packed inside the tiny shop and a string of dancers got (tastefully) raunchy up on the old, sagging counter.
On Saturday afternoon this past weekend about a dozen teams of intrepid idiots went careening through the streets of Brooklyn for the 14th annual running of that ridiculous race for no reason, the Idiotarod.
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Over 200,000 people took to the streets of New York City yesterday afternoon for the second annual Women’s March, all expressing their disgust with President Trump, sexual predators, wage inequality, the GOP, racists, guns, capitalism, lack of health care, attacks on abortion rights… a whole litany of the evils that seem to dominate the American landscape these days.
The temperature yesterday afternoon was squarely in the mid-teens, but the prospect of discomfort, goosebumps, and shrinkage couldn’t dissuade hundreds of people from getting on the subway at various locations around the city and promptly taking off their pants.
It was 15 degrees at 1pm yesterday, when dozens of nearly naked men and women tore down the long, sandy beach at Coney Island and jumped into the Atlantic Ocean. “Other groups canceled their swims this year because of the cold,” megaphoned the Polar Bear Plunge emcee more than a few times. “But here at Coney Island we always go in the water!”
The joyous delight/pestilent scourge that is SantaCon brightened/darkened our city once again on Saturday, as thousands of red-suited revelers were disgorged from Penn Station into what happened to be a wet, glorious snow globe of an afternoon.
Dozens of people assembled in Washington Square Park last night to express their anger and disgust with both the Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s Muslim Ban and the Senate’s passage of “Tax Scam” legislation. After more than an hour of speeches delivered before Ai Weiwei’s sculptural portrait of refugees, “Fences,” the crowd marched down Broadway to 26 Federal Plaza, and staged a die-in before the imposing, heavily guarded home of, among other things, Immigration Court and the New York City district field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
An army of Juggalos descended on Bushwick last night as Insane Clown Posse performed their legendary album The Great Milenko in its entirety as part of the rap duo’s current American tour. The setting was the large back lot at the Well, so it was an outdoor show, and though Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope made the crowd wait for over an hour before finally hitting the stage, once they appeared all Faygo-spraying hell broke loose.
The fifth annual Bushwig festival turned the Knockdown Center into a rowdy two-day celebration of “Drag, Music & Love” this weekend, as nearly 150 queens and kings performed for thousands of fans of all things cheeky, flirty, pretty, raw, and/or raunchy. This was the biggest Bushwig yet, with two stages–one in the venue’s cavernous main hall, and another out in the rambling backyard–plus several first-rate food vendors, plenty of access to booze, and a whole separate room devoted to “Bushswag!”
Back-to-back demonstrations in support of Planned Parenthood brought thousands to the Village on Saturday, with some 200 Pro-Choice advocates squaring off against a scattering of abortion foes outside the Margaret Sanger Center on Bleecker Street, followed by a much larger rally in Washington Square Park.