Arcade Fire is playing Madison Square Garden tonight, but in the spirit of infinite content, that isn’t the only place you’ll find them. After the show, frontman Will Butler is hosting a Disco Town Hall meant to get people politically motivated. Whether you’re feeling guilty that you totally blanked on Primary Day or you just want to watch members of Arcade Fire play a relatively tiny club (Nublu in the East Village), you’ll want to jump on this $5 ticket.
Butler’s Disco Town Halls, occurring after select shows during this tour, are meant to “engage Arcade Fire fans (and others!) with local organizations, activists, and politicians engaged in helping the vulnerable and empowering communities.” Tonight Melody Lee of the Katal Center and City Council member Brad Lander will talk about closing the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
A pioneer in lo-fi weirdo cinema– Spectacle Theatre aptly calls it “psychedelic splatterpunk”– Charles Pinion is in the grand tradition of opportunistic exploitation filmmakers. An artist with a personal vision, Pinion has spent the last three decades sharing his fascinations by whatever means available. Be it the guise of a shot-on-video horror/skateboarding mashup (1988’s TwistedIssues), a wonderfully incomprehensible porno (CornholeArmageddon), or his latest, the long-delayed 3-D goopfest American Mummy, one finds an oddly charmed career to be admired and repulsed by. This week, the cult comes alive in New York for “Pinion Armageddon,” a three-date event spanning the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, Cinema Village, and Superchief Gallery in Ridgewood, celebrating Pinion’s past and present. AmericanMummy is Pinion’s return to cinema, so the series’ curators are hoping to welcome him back with a bang.
Lucian K.Truscott IV (right). (Photo: Mary Reinholz)
It seemed more like a wake than a party for Village Voice alums at the renovated 19th century firehouse on 87 Lafayette Street that’s known as the Downtown Community Television Center. At least 300 people showed up Saturday night for the event, including famed cartoonist Jules Feiffer by video. None of those we spoke to believe that the legendary 62-year-old alt weekly– expected to end its print edition this month– will ever rise to its former glory, even as an online venue.
People watching the TV screens outside a small electronics store between Times Sq. and Herald Sq. just before 12p. (Photos: Nick McManus)
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was sophomore at Hunter College. In the first hours after the attack, I walked roughly 80 blocks to Ground Zero. I left an acting seminar in which a classmate worried about her mother, who worked at the World Trade Center, and went to Hunter’s North Lobby, where students crowded under televisions broadcasting the towers’ collapse.
If you’re a Lethem lover, get ready for a jolt of Jonathan. As you’d expect, the Motherless Brooklyn writer is appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival next week — on a panel about music writing and also alongside his fellow “literary lions,” Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson. Not only that, but the novelist and essayist is also featured in two new documentaries– and he’ll be appearing at a screening of one of them, to talk about all things Lethem.
Ice cream season ain’t over yet. Van Leeuwen, the artisanal ice cream brand that started out of a truck and now has stores in almost every neighborhood B+B covers (LES coming soon), is grand-opening its South Street Seaport outpost on Saturday with a cheap-scoop deal.
Three years after the St. Mark’s Bookshop left its longtime home on the corner of Third Avenue and Stuyvesant Street, The Bean has opened up its newest location inside of the bookstore’s once hallowed halls.
“Whiskey Pants: the Mayor of Williamsburg” (Photo: Ze’ Castle Photography)
Since we first told you about Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg a couple of years ago, Williamsburg has gotten a little less whiskey-soaked. Trash Bar is now a boxing gym, and other healthful endeavors like FlyWheel and Equinox have made a home in the neighborhood where rock-n-roll bowling used to be the primary form of recreation.
Owning a bar isn’t rocket science, but it doesn’t hurt to be a high-energy particle physicist who once worked on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Ben Lillie did just that before going on to co-found The Story Collider, a podcast dedicated to personal stories about science. Last night, he took the quantum leap into bar ownership and opened Caveat, a Lower East Side venue where thinkers like himself will mingle with comedians, musicians, and the completely unclassifiable.
BK Wildlife founder Chris Carr (top, first left) with his performers and attendees of his Summer Festival opener at Paper Box, 9/2/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)
Brooklyn Wildlife kicked off its biggest summer festival yet at The Paper Box in East Williamsburg on Saturday, and it continues throughout the week. The opening show for the fifth annual fest featured over 60 performers spread over three stages for a 12-hour showcase as diverse musically as it was culturally.
Citi Bikes are multiplying like bunnies. (Photo: Scott Lynch)
Citi Bike revealed details of its latest expansion today, announcing that it’ll bring 2,000 new bikes and 140 new stations to Harlem, Astoria, Long Island City, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Installation of the big blue bikes begins September 12.