Speaking of drones, at least one tried to go AWOL at Internet Week. It happened when a group of seemingly innocent high schoolers from the Flatiron School programmed a couple of drones to do a special little dance to the theme song from Knight Rider.
After three years of hosting the Webbys, Patton Oswalt ceded the honors to Williamsburg comic Hannibal Buress last night. “I guess the Webbys wanted a new host that would acknowledge WorldStarHipHop,” Buress told the crowd of diners at Cipriani Wall Street. His monologue, which you can watch below, referenced everything from farty Uber rides to Kim Kardashian’s shiny posterior (“it was so shiny that when you looked at it you would just see a reflection of who you really are as a person”). At one point he brought up the Mad Men finale: “I’m still a little bitter that Jon Hamm beat me out for that role years ago. You don’t know the story? It was down to me, Jon Hamm, and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
It’s been a very Abbi Jacobson couple of days: Saturday at Irving Plaza we saw her sit in with Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas during a taping of their “How Did This Get Made” podcast (spoiler alert: they shredded Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hercules in the City), and this morning she and her Broad City co-creator Ilana Glazer kicked off Internet Week with a conversation with Marie Claire editor Anne Fulenwider.
When Vito Schnabel announced that he was hosting an art show in the iconic Germania Bank building at 190 Bowery, his invite made clear that it was a momentous occasion: “This is the first time this 1899 landmark building will be open to the public since the bank closed in 1966 and it became a private residence.” Needless to say, all hell broke loose.
The ninth annual Dance Parade rolled into the East Village this afternoon. Click through our slideshow to see what you missed, or head over to Tompkins Square Park, where DanceFest continues till 7pm.
Nevermind the 190+ international galleries showing — with food vendors like Roberta’s, Dimes, and Marlow & Sons, the trek to this year’s Frieze Art Fair is almost totally worth it. But let’s face it, trying to Uber it off of Randall’s Island is enough to drive you to the nearby psychiatric center. In fact, the experience can be so harrowing for art-world blue bloods that Korakrit Arunanondchai has installed massage chairs throughout the tent, as you can see above. But for those who just don’t have it in them to make the trip to Frieze when there are so many alternatives, we’ve rounded up this year’s most eye-grabbing pieces.
It’s not often you see Monty Python and John Lydon in the space of a week, but there was Britain’s other living legend at St. Vitus last night, chatting with Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly about his new autobiography Anger Is an Energy. The book, out this week, tells how a childhood bout with meningitis shaped his personality (“I’m a shy, sensitive kind of fellow,” he insisted to the incredulous crowd at St. Vitus) and then goes on to recount his trailblazing and troublemaking with the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd., and, of course, his later dalliances with reality tv (that time he showed off his “fried-egg breasts” in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!) and butter commercials (“the most anarchistic thing I’ve ever been presented with”).
Like the people of Bushwick themselves, the speakers at the first ever TEDxBushwick on Saturday were a diverse bunch, ranging from Emmy nominated TV news reporter Debra Alfarone, who shared her journey from high school dropout to professional journalist, to Leon Feingold, who talked about his life-changing discovery of polyamory. “Translating Transformation” was theme of the day at the Livestream Public, and that specific brand of change known as gentrification was the focus for several speakers, including Bushwick poet Emanuel Xavier.
It doesn’t get more New York than this: Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and Miley Cyrus (?!) singing “People Have the Power” at Carnegie Hall along with Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Dev Hynes and the Flaming Lips, among others. It happened last night to close out the 25th annual Tibet House benefit.
Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”
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Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.