When Marc Maron’s show at BAM sold out, I had no choice but to go see him in Huntingon, Long Island – something I figured might’ve been a mistake when I looked over the crowd of about 1,500 at the Paramount and saw just one skinny bearded guy. Just one recognizable hipster for Marc Maron, the ultimate alt comic? Even the opening act, Brooklyn’s own Mike Lawrence, seemed to know this could get ugly. After describing Florida as the “Ellis Island of awful people,” including Juggalos and Fred Durst, he said, “In the green room there was a Limp Bizkit poster. Fuck it, looking at it gave me the strength to do that joke even more.”
The annual New York City Drag March took place Friday, as drag queens and individuals of various sexual identities marched with pride from Tompkins Square Park to the celebrations at Stonewall Inn. Occurring on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, this year’s march was especially joyous. Watch our video and see for yourself.
“Ladies and gentlemen, America has changed,” David Byrne said Saturday as he introduced “I Was Changed” at the American debut of Contemporary Color at Barclays Center. And yes, what a week it was. Thoughts turned to diversity and understanding as Quebec color-guard troupe Les Eclipses formed a diagonal line and hugged one another for the opening of the song, performed by Byrne, St. Vincent and Lucius.
A scattering of camera-wielding press members sat in a darkened Upright Citizens Brigade theater last Friday, awaiting the arrival of the UCB 4 (founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh) and the start of the 17th Del Close Marathon “press conference.” This was, of course, a rather loose term for what unfolded, as minutes prior to the start, an improv-enthused audience flooded the theater, swallowing the “press” whole.
It was kind of surreal watching Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny, and Harmony Korine walk the red carpet at BAM last night, before the 20th anniversary screening of Kids. Sure, they’re all part of the Hollywood establishment at this point (when I rolled up to the Peter Jay Sharp Building, Sevigny was signing DVDs of her films), but you can’t help but think of them as, well, the kids that Larry Clark plucked out of obscurity over two decades ago for his controversial work of cinema verite.
It’s 2015 and Marty McFly’s hoverboard is nowhere in sight. With each passing year, as more Hollywood predictions fall short of the mark, it seems increasingly unlikely that Skynet doth approacheth. Undeterred, though, we continue to occupy our imaginations with predictions of the advent of Artificial Intelligence. Torn by the possibilities of AI, yet terrified by its actual arrival (I’m still regularly haunted by Bina the robot), I attended Friday’s Northside Innovation Expo panel discussion, “Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents” to seek some answers.
Run The Jewels brought Queens to Williamsburg via Nas last night, closing out Northside Festival on an Illmatic note. At 50 Kent, Nas performed “Made You Look” off his 2002 album God’s Son, joining RTJ on stage for the first time since he debuted The Season last year at the RTJ2 release party at Nitehawk. (Remember that screening of The Warriors?) They’re basically fam now, what with El-P and Killer Mike’s last two albums released on Nasty Nas’s Mass Appeal Records and a third still to come next year.
This weekend was packed with parades and festivals, but some sought a more relaxed vibe at LES DayLife’s Lower EAT Side yesterday afternoon. On Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston there were swarms of strolling couples, chubby-cheeked kids covered in glitter and face paint, and groups of friends with their skin bared to soak in that vitamin D.
The street fair took place from noon until 5 pm with live music, big blow-up chairs, a holistic wellness lounge, kid-friendly activities (when is the last time you hula hooped?), and a line of inviting food stands (if you consider winking shouts of “The best balls in Manhattan!” inviting). Check it all out by clicking through our slideshow below.
Instead of espresso, how about a shot of comedy? If you have to go to a panel discussion around 10 a.m., let it be one in which Brooklyn’s own Sasheer Zamata, of Saturday Night Live, and Ben Warheit, writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, play clips from their Above Average shows. That’s what we were treated to yesterday at “Building Comedy and Growing America’s Best Comedy,” one in a series of Northside Festival talks continuing today at Kinfolk 94.
Queer fashionistas crowded into the basement of the Ace Hotel this past Sunday, hoping to get their shot at a runway spot for a gender nonconforming fashion show called VERGE that will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum during New York Fashion Week 2015. VERGE will be produced by four organizations—dapperQ, bklyn boihood, Die Young Die Happy (DYDH) Productions, and Posture Magazine—each of which chose two independent designers to showcase at the fall event. Sunday’s open casting call aimed to offer a diverse selection of models for the designers to choose from and to give an opportunity for those in the New York queer community who are interested in fashion but not necessarily professional models to be a part of the show.
As expected, Friday night’s Africa’s Out! benefit was a grand old time. There was a room filled with donated artworks, auctioned off in support of UHAI EASHRI; acclaimed Kenyan novelist Binyavanga Wainaina was honored for his work and courage in publicly coming out as a gay; and more generally, awareness was raised around the challenges faced by the East African LGBTQI community. We even managed to photobomb David Schwimmer, who stepped outside of the Schwimmer mansion for the occasion.