Will it be as uplifting as the impromptu tributes across New York City or the Purple Rain Day second line in New Orleans? It remains to be seen, but Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has announced that he’ll host a celebration of Prince this Friday at Fort Greene Park. A press release promises three hours of his music, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Purple Rain.
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Coming your way faster than you can say “wayward seed deluge,” it’s the second iteration of what’s indisputably the artiest smut fest the world over. The NYC Porn Film Festival is returning June 4 and 5), uniting an actually-smart postmodern exploration of porn with an earnest, non-binary, non-heteronormative, super sex-posi celebration of sex on film.
This year, the organizers say they’re once again dedicated to “exploring human sexuality through art, audience participation, parties, live performance, film, virtual reality, and sex technology.” Even if it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be seeing Miley Cyrus on the bill again this year, there will be plenty else to set fire to your loins.
While Bushwick Open Studios is fighting back against the bro-vasion of a festival that started out, anyway, as a means of celebrating local artists and the neighborhood where they live and work, Greenpoint Open Studios has remained the nerdy (not actually related) little sister that never had to tell corporate bandits and party promoter tagalongs to beat it. We’re guessing this has something to do with the G train– whatever it is that’s holding back a heavy influx of too many non-art and non-Greenpoint related interests, keep doing what you’re doing.
OK, so there are a fewwww sponsored things going on this year at GOS, but the greedy capitalist overlords in this case are, like, a potato chip maker and Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (oh, and one advertising interest, but we’ll get to that later). We’d be crazy to hate on free salty snacks and local beer! But remember: it’s all about the art and more than 300 local artists and their often pretty cool studio spaces.
The last time we saw Nasa Hadizadeh of Alt Space– the IRL art and fashion hub of Alt Citizen– it was January and she and her crew were so, so ready to cram their stuff inside a baby blue short bus and escape winter early by way of an enviable jaunt across the country. That’s exactly what Alt Space did after closing down its Montrose Avenue incarnation. Now, after a few months and some bumps along the way (including a broke-down bus), they’ve returned to Brooklyn with a whole new lease on pop-up life.
Its awning says Second Time Around is a thrift shop, but it doesn’t have all that much clothing on its shelves, and this weekend there won’t be any on its staff, either. On Saturday night, workers at the Bushwick store will actually be figure models, performing naked as part of artist Michael Alan’s Nude Thrift Shop. They’ll be painted by the artist until the place becomes a “naked, oozing painted weirdo shop” — and to top it all off, the backyard will host “a kiddie-pool naked dance party.”
“Have you been to one of our shows lately?” Reverend Billy asked me. The answer was– no, I have not. Not ever. In my chat with the eco-activist, author, and radical preacher who “prays to life on earth,” I was curious to know what in heaven’s name a Reverend was doing on the calendar at a Bushwick DIY venue like Market Hotel. But Billy’s explanation brought everything together for me. “They’re a little like mosh pits,” he explained. “It’s a punk gospel for life. It’s a laboratory for getting going again.”
A teaser like that is hard to turn your back on, and so is the Reverend’s larger environmental message: consumerism and “nation-state allegiances” stand in the way of our relationship with the Earth. As the effects of climate change become increasingly apparent, there’s a new kind of urgency to changing our ways, and Reverend Billy believes that calls for physical, direct action are the only way to foment radical change. But when he’s not putting his body on the line to preach against the further slaughter of the earth, the Reverend is hosting shows like the one happening this weekend at the Market Hotel. “I’m trying to preach here,” he said, exasperated. “And along with the choir, we’re trying to inspire activism in our audience.”
It’s been a month and a half since Northern Spy Food Co. left the East Village and took its coffee seltzer with it (luckily, we snagged the recipe). Now, its lovely space on East 12th Street is coming back from the dead one last time. Fleishers Craft Butchery, the other company co-owned by Christophe Hille, is doing a pop-up burger joint there next weekend. And just like LCD Soundsystem, Northern Spy’s beloved kale salad is making an unexpectedly swift return.
Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, Fleishers will be cooking up patties made with its local, sustainable, pasture-raised meats, which you know and love from burgers like the one at Red Hook’s Grindhaus, named best in the city by Village Voice readers. The menu, below, will feature three varieties of burgers (including a bacon, egg and cheese number) as well as beef-fat fries and Northern Spy’s kale salad. (You know, to cut all the beef fat.) Beer, wine, and brunch bevies will also be served.
You’ll want to bring friends to this: for every burger downed at the pop-up, Trinity Lower East Side‘s soup kitchen gets six ounces of pasture-raised beef.
Classic American Burger – $12
Classic blend of NY State pasture-raised beef with American cheese, special sauce, red onion and lettuce
100% Grass-fed Burger – $13
NY State grass-fed beef with lettuce, tomato and onion
The Bacon Egg & Cheeseburger – $15
Made from NY State pasture-raised beef & bacon blend, sunny fried egg, American cheese
Beef Fat Fries – $6
Northern Spy’s Famous Kale Salad – $12
Fleishers Burger Pop-up, 511 East 12th Street, April 15 to April 17; Friday from 5:30pm to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 11pm, Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
“It might just be crazy enough to work,” mused Dave Hill, the comedian and author who’s now embarking on his second venture in “alt” romantic encounters. It’s Speed Metal Dating, happening this weekend at Saint Vitus!
It’s likely that you know Hill from his Monday night WFMU show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or perhaps you recognize him from his Comedy Central appearances and brief bits on Inside Amy Schumer (Hill also has a new book coming out May 10, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). But it’s also A-OK to admit that you recognize Dave Hill from Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, the comedian’s original North Brooklyn dating event at the Black Rabbit aimed at rabid fans of the Smiths and Morrissey.
OMG OMG OMG. The creators of Full House! The Musical! and Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical! may have outdone themselves(!). Today they announced their new one, a Kardashian-themed take on Cats. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but will it be better than Kim’s sex tape?
Katdashians: Break the Musical might have an awkward af title, but this “story of a clan of internet famous cats torn apart by Fame, Family, and Friskies” promises to be the most delightfully surreal take on a Kardashian since, well, David Schwimmer played Daddy Robert. Just read the promo copy for the sneak peek coming to Theatre 80, May 31 through June 3.
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Welcome to Lake Homo High, a high school full of drama with one teacher (Mr. SubBottom), one coach (Coach DomTop), and four students. It’s a school where you can network your way to good grades, audition for America’s Next Top Quarterback, and even earn an H&M gift card during an oral quiz if you can correctly identify the worst way to die (Answer: “Over 30”). Oh, and shocker: everyone is gay.
Let’s get ready to rumble!!! (And stumble…) Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is gearing up to give new meaning to “liver shot.” The nano-scale microbrewery, located near the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, will host its first annual Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots tournament to launch its new oak-aged golden ale.
On April 30, up to 100 people will compete in the miniature boxing game, with five pairs of Red Rockers and Blue Bombers on hand. The purse? A belt that will be kept there until the next tournament takes place in 2017, so that every time the winner visits they can “sling it over their shoulder and be the envy of everybody in the taproom,” says brewer/proprietor Richard Castagna.
Tickets for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival went on sale today– among the highlights are a conversation with Spike Lee, a set from the Sun Ra Arkestra featuring saxman-of-the-moment Kamasi Washington and the legendary Pharoah Sanders, and performances by blood-curdling avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galás at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem. In keeping with RBMA’s dedication to modern composers like La Monte Young, the real treat promises to be an “all-star” performance of Glenn Branca’s symphonies.