Silent Barn is closing after 12 years at the forefront of New York City’s avant-garde music and art scenes. The collectively run venue– once named Best DIY Art Space by New York magazine– will pull the plug at the end of April, according to a message on its Facebook page.
We still don’t know when Broad City will return for its fifth season, but rest assured Abbi and Ilana are keeping busy in the writers room and out of it. First off, Ilana Glazer is teaming up with comic Phoebe Robinson to bring a leg of their YQY tour to New York City. (YQY = Yaaas Queen Yaaas, if you couldn’t guess.) They’ll be performing at Union Hall on April 24, 25, and 26, followed by a couple of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 29 and 30. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Glazer and Robinson have teamed up. Glazer executive produces and appears on WNYC’s Soo Many White Guys podcast, where Robinson, perhaps best known as co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast with Jessica Williams, interviews “all kinds of artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes.” Judging by a review of one of their previous stage shows, in Chicago, it’ll consist of the duo warming up the crowd for 10 minutes, flipping a coin to see who goes first, and then each doing 40-minute standup sets.
At the Chicago show, they spoke “in detail about their sex lives, their current partners (Glazer is married and Robinson has been dating the same man for three months) and their self-grooming habits,” the Tribune wrote.
Meanwhile, Abbi Jacobson recently made her dramatic debut at SXSW with Marja-Lewis Ryan’s 6 Balloons, and appeared on Drunk History as Gloria Steinem going undercover as a Playboy bunny. Next week, she’ll be coming back to The Chris Gethard Show when it returns to truTV with 10 new episodes. She’ll appear alongside Gethard, her fellow UCB alum, on the season premiere Tuesday, March 20 at 11pm. Last time she was a guest on the gonzo talk show, she drew a stranger’s genitals based on a mere verbal description and declared herself a “genital wizard.” You can watch that right above.
Fresh off of his tour kickoff in Trumpland, David Byrne was back in his hometown yesterday to make an appearance at the Sonos Store in Soho, where he talked about how Brian Eno propelled his new album, American Utopia. Eno also has an album on the horizon: His Music For Installations box set is due out May 4, it was announced today.
Between touring The Room and promoting James Franco’s making-of-The-Room movie, The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau probably hasn’t had much time to toss the ol’ football around. The international man of mystery is just days away from releasing his second feature, Best F(r)iends, out March 30. And yet, not content to be a cult hero with the “How Did This Get Made?” crowd, he has somehow found the time to audition for the next Batman spinoff.
Environmental and community groups gathered outside New York University’s Kimmel Center this morning, rallying against a natural gas pipeline proposed by the Williams energy company. Meanwhile, inside, Governor Cuomo announced a $1.4 billion commitment to renewable energy programs. It’s said to be the biggest by any state in US history, but some protesters continue to say that Cuomo isn’t doing enough to stop fracking off the coast of New York City and elsewhere. Keep Reading »
You might think an adult dodgeball league is merely a Hollywood fantasy, like in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. But NYC Social has created a league that combines your passion for weeknight binge-drinking and throwing objects at your enemies. It’s not for anyone taking the game too seriously though, says Frank Del Cervo, a representative of NYC Social.
“We want people of every experience and skill level to feel comfortable in the league, even if you’ve never seen a dodgeball before,” says Del Cervo.
Ariel Palitz will be the city’s first “night mayor,” it was announced today. The former Community Board 3 member and onetime owner of East Village nightclub Sutra will officially be known as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife, and will act as a liaison between City agencies, the nightlife industry, and local residents. The goal is to “promote a safe and vibrant nightlife scene that benefits businesses and residents alike,” per the City’s announcement.
The opening of the mammoth “David Bowie is” exhibit last week at the Brooklyn Museum left a lot of people nostalgic for the late Starman. Lucky for all the Ziggy Stardust acolytes out there, the Bowie love continues with a slew of new record releases in April and a batch of themed cocktails at Crown Heights bar and restaurant. So take your protein pills, put your helmet on and let the Bowie mania begin.
Shakaru, a reliable East Village destination for reasonably-priced sushi and Japanese fare for more than 20 years, has been temporarily shuttered by the health department.
There was some irony when David Byrne played his new single, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” last night for a crowd in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The former Talking Heads frontman had, in fact, come to their house— a handsome Art Deco theater, the F.M. Kirby Center— for the second show of his first solo tour since 2009. He’ll sing “home is where I want to be” many times before he returns to New York to play the Panorama festival on July 29. [Update, March 6: Byrne just added shows at Forest Hills Stadium on 9/15 and Kings Theatre on 9/17.]
A woman with a shock of wild red hair and oversized sunglasses approached me outside of Flower Power Herbs and Roots as I stood waiting for Lata Chettri-Kennedy, the East Village shop’s herbalist.
“Are you…” she trailed off, her gaze caught by two leather stools at the entrance of her door. “Chair karma! We have been having very good chair karma lately.” Without missing a beat, she picked up the stools and walked them inside.
The walls of Flower Power were filled with loose herbs and teas, herbal extracts and oils, flower essences, local honey, ritual herbs, and a library of herbal healing books. Hanging from the ceiling were dried flowers, wreaths made by local artisans, strings of lights, and arrangements of branches and leaves, which made one feel as though they had left the streets of New York and walked into a store of C.S. Lewis’s making.