Earth people! Dr. Octagon has descended from Jupiter, armed with seven rounds of space doo-doo pistols, to announce a new album, Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation. The new LP, out April 6, is being billed as the follow-up to the cult 1996 concept album Dr. Octagonecologyst, and the first in 22 years to team Kool Keith with beats maven Dan the Automator and scratch-master DJ Qbert.
Sick of playing the same old Konami games at Barcade? Till March 3, East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere is hosting an arcade of indie games created by local developers. So go on, stop pumping quarters into the Contra machine and try out some Witchball.
Ashley Rose Couture’s collections have always been a mix of the bizarre and the Harper’s Bazaar, but on Tuesday the Massachusetts-based designer really outdid herself by debuting a new line based on the medical specimens at Alamo Drafthouse’s creepy House of Wax.
Just a week after SummerStage announced its first headliner, another one of the city’s summer staples, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, has announced Common as its season opener. The rapper, actor and activist will play a free show on June 5 at Prospect Park. The event kicks off a year long celebration of 40 years of BRIC, an arts and media organization dedicated to free cultural programming in Brooklyn.
Last year, Common won an Emmy for his track on Ava Duvernay’s Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH. After collaborating on the 2016 album Black America Again, Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins have formed the group August Greene and will be releasing their first joint album on March 9.
The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival draws an audience of 200,000 each season and has featured a diverse roster of more than 2,000 artists such as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Chaka Khan, David Byrne, Jimmy Cliff, and Janelle Monáe.
Although the lack of entry price is a strong part of the festival’s appeal, season memberships are available starting at $60. These are perfect for those who don’t appreciate a nice wait in line, and like to sit in chairs while they eat, as it offers express entry, access to member tents with food, seats and beverage service.
The Diamond has so much going on that it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t actually have a full bar. When the New Yorker wrote about the Greenpoint fixture’s loyal following,” it mentioned the beer bar’s shuffleboard games, slot-car races, Mario Kart tournaments, film nights, and more. But one thing it hasn’t had until now is hard likker.
Okay, it’s not quite a Scratch N Sniff art exhibit, but it’s close. On a Tipped Chair, an olfactory-visual show at the Gallery at The Sheen Center, features a dozen oil paintings and drawings by Canadian-born Jared Boechler; half of them are accompanied by scents in the form of leather straps placed under tiny bell jars. Many of Boechler’s paintings are inspired by emotions triggered by a particular scent, from burnt durum to lemongrass.
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.
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra shook the historic floor of Chelsea’s Norwood Club during his eighth annual Sweetheart Soiree this past Saturday. After we bid Michael farewell at the close of his Jazz Age Lawn Party last August, he invited us this Valentine’s season to see Norwood Club’s five floors of classic decadence. Many in attendance embraced the soiree’s roaring-twenties mise-en-scene
Michael’s orchestra held court against the tall windows of the main parlor at the Norwood, a private club opened in 2007 in what had been the landmarked Norwood House, a fully intact Chelsea mansion. The dancers on the floor had gotten lessons from jazz choreographer Roddy Caravella, whose group The Canarsie Warblers are a Jazz Age Lawn Party highlight.
As the soiree’s guests went up the townhouse stairs, they found a second floor where winding tables gave couples plenty of places to canoodle. Ascending further to the red-lit third-floor parlor, they were stopped in their tracks by the wrought vocals of Queen Esther.
For those in the mood to toast their valentine with champagne, an intimate room at the top of the mansion served little bottles of bubbly to go along with the soft strings of flamenco guitarist Maria Benjumeda.
Michael’s full orchestra won’t be taking the stage again until his first Lawn Party on the weekend of June 16, but in the meantime you can catch his small ensemble every Wednesday night from 8:30pm to 11pm at the Clover Club in Carroll Gardens. During a recent visit, I saw Michael’s friends dancing along the bar. Their footwork was phenomenal considering the quaint space and low light.
“Wellness has become another way to display wealth,” holistic healer Rachelle Robinett recently wrote. In the piece, Robinett wryly points out the aspirational nature of the health trend, where stylized breakfast bowls “are the new handbags” and “instead of planning fashion shows, we produce cacao ceremonies at Saks Fifth Avenue.” The golden ticket? “An ayahuasca experience in a Soho loft.” A few weeks after her health world takedown was published, she opened the doors for her wellness cafe Supernatural, at the Woom Center, an “avant-garde yoga studio” on Bowery offering “4-D multi-sensory yoga” and sound healing sessions.
Brooklyn Academy of Music has named David Binder as its creative director. The Tony Award-winning theater and festival producer’s credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, De La Guarda, and A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad.
The floating pool project known as +POOL has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Which is good news for anyone who has ever dreamed of riding an inflatable mechanical bull in the middle of the East River.