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This Queer Performance Festival Wants to Mend Our Generational ‘Disconnect’

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Banjela Davis (Photo courtesy of La MaMa’s Squirts)

Nowadays, it’s common to see one generation insisting that the other will never understand them, whether its Jerry Seinfeld lamenting that college kids are “too PC,” the drag performer Lady Bunny balking at “crybabies” and new pronouns, or tweens making memes decrying the whole bootstraps thing (every Boomer’s favorite piece of outdated advice).

Given this disconnect, it’s not everyday that you see a generational cross section of people in the same room together, let alone actually listening to each other. This rings especially true for people in the queer community, who experience generational differences in even starker terms because of the gaping hole that the AIDS epidemic left behind. But bridging this gap is exactly what La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance seeks to do.

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3 Ways to Lend a Small but Helping Hand to those Impacted by Oakland Fire

Fire that killed dozens of people trapped inside the Ghost Ship, a DIY art space in Oakland December 3 2016 (Photo: Julianna Brown, via Wikipedia Commons, Flickr)

Fire that killed dozens of people trapped inside the Ghost Ship, a DIY art space in Oakland December 3 2016 (Photo: Julianna Brown, via Wikipedia Commons, Flickr)

Whenever someone compares Brooklyn to Oakland, an angel loses its wings, and is sent plunging straight down to hell where the sexless being is reborn as an enormous phallus– imagine, like, a hedge fund manager or,  in some cases, a real-estate developer.

That’s because the observation usually has to do with the proximity of a relatively much more prosperous place like Manhattan or San Fransisco (actually those are mostly just super fancy places no matter how you slice it) and based on dumb facts like that you can take a train between the two (the BART, the MTA respectively). Oh, and there’s also that whole gentrification thing– like parts of Brooklyn, Oakland has been declared fabulously “up-and-coming” (barf).

The truth is that, aside from stupid comparisons like these–usually found in real-estate ads, or grunted between high-five’ing bros–Oakland and our beloved borough actually do have some real stuff in common.

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New Tape Label Has Scented Cassingles, Ready to Mingle

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

One recent X-Mas, three, maybe four years ago, my then-BF/now very much ex-BF, and I were out gift shopping (aka escaping family time), and making our way through every thrift shop we could find in our hometown. I can’t remember the exact year this all went down, but I can say with certainty that it was long before rumors of a Twin Peaks remake were circulating. I distinctly remember this BF grabbing something off a dusty bookshelf and clutching it close to his chest like he’d come across a $1.99 bowling bag full of hundo stacks. Actually, it was beat-up old cassette tape, though not just any U2 or Bon Jovi piece of trash, but the soundtrack to Twin Peaks.

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‘Tis The Season For Shopping Local: This Year’s Most Fab Holiday Markets

Dreading the crush at the Union Square Holiday Market? These indie alternatives will be right up your alley/down your chimney.  

Greenpointers holiday market.

Greenpointers holiday market.

Morbid Anatomy Holiday Flea Market
Sunday, December 11 at The Bell House, 12-6 pm

What says “Happy Holidays” better than gifts of taxidermy, osteology, and diaphonized specimens? The Morbid Anatomy Holiday Market will feature vendors with the best vintage and one-of-a-kind gifts for that Wednesday Addams on your list. This time around, there’ll be medicinal curiosities from Ryan Matthew Cohn, odd antiques from Evan Michelson, Mexican folk art and vintage jewelry from Daisy Tainton, natural history specimens from Wilder Duncan, handcrafted printed goods and wet specimens from Mark Moritat Splatter, ceramics and vintage books from Elizabeth New, diaphonized specimens from Adam Hutter, and more.

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These Holiday Nostalgia Trains Will Totally Sleigh You

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

Between the looming Metrocard fare hike and the L-pocalypse, your feelings about the MTA are probably pretty grinchy right now. But let this serve as a cheery reminder that the Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Trains are back on the rails for the holiday season. They made their debut on Saturday, as you can see from the ‘gram below, and will creak back to life December 4, 11, and 18. The train cars, which were in service from the ’30s through the ’70s, will leave from Second Avenue F stop at 10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm on those Sundays, and make all stops to Queens Plaza.

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Trump Got You Down? There’s a Mini Love-In Going On in Union Square

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

It’s impossible to ignore it—this is a weird, weird day in New York City. The Trump-fueled angst is palpable. Subway cars are eerily silent. Everyone is avoiding eye contact. Masses of people are moping around like their dog just died. But a few positive thinkers are channeling good vibes at an impromptu gathering that started this morning in Union Square. Keep Reading »

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Where to Drink in the Election Results On Tuesday Night

Because you probably aren’t going to be at Trump Tower, sipping on that $17 “Boardroom” cocktail, here’s where to watch on Tuesday. 

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Misery Loves Gin Results Party at The Shanty
79 Richardson Street, Williamsburg. 6 pm: FREE

Williamsburg distillery and bar The Shanty seems to really enjoy plying folks with free liquor, and tonight will be no exception. Thank God, as you’ll surely need it no matter what transpires. Sip on complimentary Pink Gin and Rock Rye while you bite your nails in anticipation, and when the end results are called, you’ll be able to soak up all that booze with some pizza. Keep your mouth occupied and maybe everything will be okay.

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A ‘Crazy, Vampire-Eating Insane Festival’ Is Coming to Bushwick

(Photo courtesy of Michael Alan)

(Photo courtesy of Michael Alan)

Not too long ago, Michael Alan, the multimedia artist of Nude Thrift Shop notoriety, hosted an event at Bowery venue Teatro IATI and “really fucked up,” in his own words. “There was cake everywhere and, like, a bunch of bugs for months after,” he recalled. “I turned every person into a cake, and there was fish and garbage, for like a whole month I collected garbage. There was this infestation. They were really nice– they didn’t kick me out, they were just like, ‘Let’s take a break.’”

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Our Guide to This Year’s Scary-Good Halloween Parties

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

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Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint; 7pm; free

The web’s best animators set out to prove that everything is scarier when it’s looped for all eternity at this contest from the folks at GIPHY and Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party. The coolest entries are being screened and measured up by celebrity judges at the Brooklyn Bazaar’s new four-story space — here’s hoping for lots of animated homages to the dancing pumpkin man. Plus, on Saturday BK Bazaar is doing their “Brooklyn Fright Bazaar,” with musical tributes to The Cramps and The Bee Gees, games, karaoke (guess they found a manager), a Halloween drinking game contest (yikes), food and more.

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The Final Debate: Where to Drink While You Watch

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

Tonight marks the third and (mercifully) final presidential debate in Las Vegas, meaning that the more socially minded among us will be looking to share in the democratic process with their fellow citizens and copious amounts of alcohol. 

Maybe you’re a diehard Donald Trump supporter drinking to distract yourself from what looks like an imminent landslide defeat, or a Hillary Clinton backer drowning away your sorrows at the indignities your candidate has endured. Perhaps you’re resigned to watching the world burn, but you’ve got some potentially lucrative prop bets riding on whether the candidates shake hands or how many times Trump says “tremendous.”

Whatever your motivation, if you’re looking to knock back a few while you take in the action, we’ve got you covered.  Keep Reading »

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Maeven Vintage Has Been Saving Up One Whole Year For This

(Photo: Maeven Vintage)

(Photo: Maeven Vintage)

It’s kinda hard to imagine that we’ll be wearing winter coats anytime soon, considering that it feels more like late August than almost-Halloween right now. Don’t be fooled, though–winter’s looming. Thankfully, there are ways to ease the shock and pain of the Ice Betch’s arrival, and not all of them involve a bottle of vodka and a death wish.

Actually, please don’t die. How could you possibly grip one of the super cool “statement coats” from the Maevan Vintage pop-up shop (coming to Greenpoint November 4 through 30) if you’re dead?

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Dog Days of Fall: 4 Tail-Wagging Events To Bring Your Pup To

(photo: Scott Lynch)

(photo: Scott Lynch)

Dogs, largely considered man’s best friend, will love you essentially no matter what you do. Instead of settling for the fact that a panting creature will be loyal to you just by existing, why not go the extra mile to celebrate pups everywhere at these October doggo gatherings. Whether you’re running around in parks with pooches or observing them from a distance, you’re sure to find something to make you bark with joy. Not so sure how thrilled your dog will be to prance around in a costume all day, but I’m not going to make that call for you.

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