Marijuana activists marched from West 31st Street to Union Square Park on Saturday, celebrating cannabis culture and rallying for an end to criminalization. Once at the park, Global Marijuana March founder Dana Beal and former High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick took to the stage and regaled the crowd with stories of how far the movement has come. Since Beal thinks Hillary Clinton will be elected in the fall and not Bernie Sanders, whose posters made an appearance at the event, he urged attendees to make “a movement in the streets” and ensure their progress doesn’t go to pot (in a bad way).
After you’re done casting your citizenly duty, you could head to a bar to watch the results roll in, or sit around the apartment refreshing your iPhone every five minutes. What we recommend, however, is to celebrate the finale of New York primary season by hightailing it over to The Debates: New York Primary Performance, presented by Theater in Asylum at The Kraine Theatre. Whether you’re a political junkie, a theater freak, or just kind of curious what all the fuss is about, the show is the perfect capsule of our surreal political culture.
Sprung on us just last week, LCD Soundsystem’s instantly sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Sunday and Monday were warmups for their much-hyped reunion appearances at festivals like Coachella, Bonnarroo, and Panorama. But last night, the band didn’t warm up so much as it blazed through crowdpleasers like “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” and “Us v Them.” Frontman James Murphy announced in January that a new record was forthcoming “sometime this year,” but they didn’t play anything off of it, instead choosing to, well, shut up and play the hits.
Despite the rumors a couple of weeks ago, Beetlejuice 2 isn’t happening anytime soon. But that didn’t stop Bushwick from saying, “It’s showtime!” this past weekend.
At Bizarre on Saturday, local drag king Lee VaLone, aka Lela Graham, turned on the juice and shook loose at the Sinner’s Ball, lip-syncing and dancing to a mash up of Nirvana’s “Breed” and Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line.”
Things always get interesting at the Mr. Lower East Side pageant, a raucous beauty contest for men (last year, in Brooklyn, the winner held up three computers with his penis). But they got really interesting last night, when the pageant returned to its namesake neighborhood for its 17th annual installment.
Anyone who’s ever heard Marc Maron’s WTF podcast knows that comedians are as good at navel gazing as they are at getting belly laughs. It’s pretty much a given that a sad clown lurks inside of every happy one. Listen to enough of those angst-ridden podcasts and, trust me, you’ll get tired of the stories about aloof parents, high school bullies, the loneliness of the road… But here’s one you haven’t heard before: Neal Brennan, the self-described “invisible white one” who co-created and co-wrote Chappelle’s Show, is merging the bellyaching and the belly laughs in a new one man show, 3 Mics, currently playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.
Last time we saw Noah Baumbach in the East Village, he was doing a q&a for his film While We’re Young. Today he returns to the hood to film a project that’s being called Yen Din Ka Kissa. According to a flyer posted near the corner of East 5th and Cooper Square, the feature, written and directed by Baumbach, “tells the story of an estranged New York family coming together in preparation of artist and patriarch Harold’s career retrospective.” Sounds like Baumbach is returning, to some degree, to the territory he explored in The Squid and the Whale, a domestic drama inspired by his troubled childhood as the son of Brooklyn novelist Jonathan Baumbach.
When you see a saxophone on stage at Brooklyn Bowl and know Bill Clinton is moments away from walking on, you have to wonder whether he’s going to go full Arsenio. Sadly, he did not jump in with the Wailers as they performed a couple of Marley hits, “One Love” and “Could You Be Loved,” at last night’s fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. But it’s still safe to say everyone who forked over $250 and up got their money’s worth.
The New York City Ballet drew a decidedly downtown crowd to Thursday’s performance of The Most Incredible Thing, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story featuring a score by Bryce Dessner (guitarist for The National) and costumes and sets by cult artist Marcel Dzama. And boy did the NYCB do everything it could to extend a valentine to that crowd: before the latest installment in its Art Series, it was announced that there’d be a surprise after-party with an unlimited flow of free beer and a DJ set by Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean.
New York City is known for its assortment of quirky and oddly specific museums, whether it’s gems like the Morbid Anatomy Museum, the cabinet of curiosities that is the City Reliquary, or the sheer weirdness of the Torah Animal World (a collection of taxidermied critters from the Old Testament, all lovingly arranged in a Hasidic rabbi’s home). And yet, somehow, until a friend invited me to “an evening of mathemagical mystique,” I had never heard of the Museum of Mathematics. Even though it’s billed as “the coolest thing that ever happened to math!”
What is there to say other than, ‘Where’s our park?’ and, ‘The promise was made,’ and, ‘Do it’?” State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Sunday at the CitiStorage site, on the anniversary of a seven-alarm fire that renewed calls for the greening of the eight-acre plot on the Williamsburg waterfront. Turns out, there was more to say: the state senator was joined by Council Member Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and other elected officials and activists who once again called on Mayor de Blasio to acquire the land and make good on a promise made by his predecessor. So how many ways are there to say “Where’s our park?” Play the video to find out.
Last week, we gave you the heads up about Exponential Festival, a cavalcade of local productions that are “all experimental and strange in nature, but in a way that’s experimenting with the idea of experimental theater,” according to founder Theresa Buchheister. With the fest continuing through Sunday, we checked in to see how it’s going. Watch our video for a taste of the shows at The Brick, Cloud City, The Silent Barn and The Bushwick Starr.