Can’t get your landlord to fix your sink? Is there a nebulous blob of black mold festering on your bedroom ceiling? Well maybe you and your roommates can pick up some hot tips on how to stick it to your slumlord from a new exhibition at Interference Archive which focuses on collective action organized by tenants in a city that often seems to choose development over preservation. “We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City” opens tonight (7-10 pm) at the Gowanus archive and event space dedicated to social movements, labor history, and activism.
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Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”
If you’re still feeling like a dummy for missing last week’s panel on punk and feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, listen up because this weekend starts out with a similar bang: on Friday Pervasive Feminisms, a multi-faceted night of talks, cocktails, visual art, music, and performances is being held at–wait for it– a church in Greenpoint. And before you bail based on the venue, let me reiterate: people, it’s confirmed there will be alcohol and rad ladies on hand including Kristen Korvette (editor at Slutist), performance art collaborative Fluct, and artist-activist, musician Viva Ruiz of the Crystal Ark. Don’t miss it for fear of holy water, because according to the schedule Pastor Amy will make a speech following the panel, booze hour, and performances. All things considered, sounds like Pastor Amy is probably down for a good time.
Buzzfeed’s Books Editor will be on hand at Johnny Rotten’s talk April 30 about his latest memoir, Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. We’re hoping the discussion will lend itself to a more accurate “Which Punk Icon Are You?” quiz because I haven’t quite gotten over finding out I’m more Kathleen Hannah than John Lydon. But if you’re simply hoping to see if Mr. Rotten can top his excellent 1994 memoir, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, head to the Strand bookstore on April 30.
Consider this your last chance to get creepy for a good long while because Friday the 13th ain’t happening again until November kids, which means (depending on your persuasion) we’ll be facing eight straight months of horrible luck. If you’re more inclined to associate Friday the 13th with Jason or unfortunate circumstances then, by all means, stay inside your depressing apartment and order delivery tacos. We’re guessing you’re also the type of person who would blame the forces of evil for finding you’ve received soggy tacos— the horror! Like, how else could that happen? Mayonnaise just doesn’t move itself. But hey, if you’re not a turd, check out our list of fun ways to celebrate this lucky day.
Good news, Brooklyn record hounds — you won’t have to venture into Manhattan, much less above 14th Street, for WFMU’s annual record fair, which was held at the Armory and the Metropolitan Pavilion in previous years. This year’s installment, May 1 to 3, will be held at the brand spanking new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The dealer list has yet to be announced, but last year’s lineup featured local vendors like Record Grouch as well as dozens of out-of-towners like Ecstatic Yod Collective, the Massachusetts-based label/shop co-run by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.
A couple of fun developments in the world of Billet & Bellows, the Williamsburg bar opened by local blacksmith Kristina Kozak. First off, the bar just added food in the way of dishes like the Ploughman’s Plate (cured meats, cheese, cornichons, radish and bread), Deviled Eggs Benedict with ham and English muffin crumbs; potato skins with cheddar, pork cracklins, cream and scallions; marinated olives; a jumbo soft pretzel; mac and cheese; and chicken liver toast. The kitchen is open from 5pm to 11:30pm nightly, and the full menu is below.
The greenfingered of Greenpoint can get their hands on a free tree this Saturday. At the Brooklyn Public Library’s Greenpoint branch, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 100 trees of four different species will be given new homes as part of New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) Tree Giveaway initiative.
Three years ago, Elvis B. and Kate Angell started a zine fest that was “more focused on all the cool feminist topics out there,” per Elvis B. “In the first year, we were just like, ‘Oh, I hope people come to our little zine fest!’ But we got a huge response. We had it at the Brooklyn Commons and it was completely packed and crazy.” This year’s festival has five nonhierarchical, all-volunteer co-organizers, and is focused on making “an atmosphere where everyone is accepted and can have a good time,” said one of the co-organizers, Emma Caterine.
Feel that warm thing on your face? That’s called “the sun” and thank God, there’s more of it where that came from because it’ll soon be festival season. By “festival season” we, of course, mean Northside Festival because, let’s face it, you’re too old to trek out to Randall’s Island for some rave and not old enough to wheel a stroller to Prospect Park for Chaka Khan (though Modest Mouse? Maybe). Northside Festival, which lets you see a bunch of bands and listen to maddeningly abstract conversations about the Future of Now* without having to pay $200 to crash on some Texan’s couch, announced its lineup this week and put some of its outdoor shows on sale today.
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This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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