Chinatown kicked off the Lunar New Year today with the 20th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival, hosted at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.
Over the weekend, Hank’s Saloon welcomed live music to its new location upstairs from Hill Country BBQ’s Food Park in Downtown Brooklyn. The spacious new venue at 345 Adams St., which soft-opened last Monday, brought out a full house of regulars on Saturday for performances from Hank’s mainstays The Cameramen and The New York Fowl Harmonic. Keep Reading »
The Year of the Pig hasn’t even officially started yet—that’d be tomorrow—but, sorry everyone who wasn’t there, we may have already seen its best party. On Friday night the gorgeous, wildly creative “Slaysians” of Bubble_T threw another jam-packed Lunar New Year celebration at MoMA PS1, taking over most of the entire museum and, especially, filling the Bobadome (as it was called for the night) with dancing and drag shows.
Even Super Bowl Sunday could not keep Donald Trump from dominating the discussion at the Political Memorabilia Show at Seward Park High School. The school’s alumni association partnered with the Big Apple Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors to feature buttons and posters that championed political heroes and hacks, pop culture icons and social causes of the past.
Emma Thompson plays a veteran late-night talk show host in this broadly appealing comedy—think The Devil Wears Prada meets The Mindy Project—written by Mindy Kaling and helmed by Transparent director Nisha Ganatra. Kaling also stars as Molly, a comically earnest aspiring writer and zealous comedy fan who scores a job in the show’s midtown writer’s room, which until then had been comprised of only white men. The movie is based around an array of hot-button topics: sexism, representation, workplace dynamics. But the story never gets heavy. It’s fizzy and bright, existing in a kind of exaggerated rom-com reality where women are less interested in love affairs than career drive. It was nabbed by Amazon for $13 million.
At the Sundance Film Festival, you expect to see artful indies and quirky dramas — the next Little Miss Sunshine or Mudbound or Precious. What you’re less expecting is a broadly accessible comedy in the vein of Trainwreck or I Feel Pretty, the kind of unabashedly populist laugh-out-loud entertainment you would feel perfectly fine recommending to both your midwestern grandma and your Brooklyn bartender. And yet, that’s exactly what this year’s Sundance has delivered in the sweet, sincere Brittany Runs a Marathon, which stars funny lady Jillian Bell as a 27-year-old hot mess New Yorker who decides to get her life in order.
A lot is happening uptown at Hudson Yards, the so-called “neighborhood of the future.” This week alone, developers unveiled the installations by Frank Stella and other artists that will be displayed across the site’s building lobbies, and it was announced that restaurateur Danny Meyer would open a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat all-day cafe on the ground floor of The Shed, the arts center and concert hall due to open this spring with productions by Björk, Steve Reich and others. The Danny Meyer project joins others by A-list chefs like David Chang, Thomas Keller, and José Andrés.
After dropping an album of Trump dis tracks last year, Tim Heidecker is still fighting that good fight and turning our president’s verbal poop slurry into killer tunes. Today the musician-comedian, best known as half of Tim and Eric, is releasing a new EP, Another Year In Hell: Collected Songs from 2018. Up above, you’ll find a new video, created by “perfect satirist for the Trump era” Vic Berger, for the song “The Ballad of ICE Agent Ray,” a country-western tune documenting the not-so-happy trails of family separation.
I first met Laundry Day in October. That morning, the band had hit a million streams on Spotify. With around 50,000 monthly listeners, they’ve been steadily rising in popularity since the release of their first album, Trumpet Boy, in March of last year. All of this before they graduated high school.
Chelsea lost its Cheers on Sunday morning as The Half King closed up shop after 18 years. Some knew the bar for its journalist owners– Sebastian Junger, Nanette Burstein, and Scott Anderson— but those who came to bid it farewell during its final week constituted a mix of media types, local workers, Chelsea Piers athletes, gallery visitors, and lots of fresh faces from the West Side’s new residential skyline.
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