Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.
Although the driver who killed Neftaly Ramirez in a Greenpoint hit-and-run last month will not be charged, the case will remain open for the foreseeable future, per police. [Brooklyn Paper]
Pretty much exactly two years ago, we told you about L7: Pretend We’re Dead, the Kickstarter-funded documentary about the ’90s grunge band. The doc is being released on VOD and DVD on October 13, but first it’ll screen at Nitehawk on October 5. If the words “shitlist” or “wargasm” mean anything to you, you’ll want to watch this on the big screen, with a beer in hand, because it’s an awesome blast from the past.
In another installment of “the rent is too damn high,” Two Bridges residents are demanding that the city increase its oversight of the mega-towers coming to the Lower East Side waterfront, which are set to add thousands of luxury units to the lower-income and working-class community.
The Death By Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn got a lot of attention when it premiered in 2016—partly because the film’s stars and creator had some choice words for Vice, the media giant that infamously took over the DIY space’s home on Kent Avenue. But it wasn’t actually the first documentary about DBA. Back in November of 2007, John and Takako Tymkiw chronicled a year in the life of the two-and-a-half-year-old loft space and effects-pedal workshop as it started hosting shows. The result, You Were Here, will be screened at Lot 45 on Aug. 29 at 10pm, in what’s said to be the doc’s first public showing.
Back in January when Taco Bell introduced its Naked Chicken Chalupa, the Bell’s pop-up “Speakeasy” in Noho seemed like the toughest table in town. We caught wind of the place too late to get in on it, and experienced some 7-layer FOMO, but now we all have a chance to redeem ourselves: The Bell just announced a new breakfast creation, dubbed the Naked Egg Taco, and it’s going to be served at a brunch pop-up where mimosas will be flowing.
Nie’s Service Center—an East Village massage parlor located next to a school—was shutdown after employees attempted to prostitute themselves to undercover police officers this spring. [DNA Info]
Analog v. Digital
Opening Wednesday, August 16 at Foley Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 26.
Nowadays, it’s common to hear that film photography is dead and that anyone can be a photographer who has enough money to get the iPhone with that fancy Portrait Mode built-in. Nothing like automated depth of field to convey the illusion of skill and craft! However, this group show at Foley Gallery seeks to uplift both analog and digital forms of photographic art.
The gallery defines “analog” as “the photographer using light sensitive paper or film in the process” and “digital” as “using hardware requiring a digital component (point and shoot, cell phone or dSLR cameras) regardless of how it was printed.” Fifty artists in total, approximately 25 in each category, will demonstrate the wide range of photography that’s still out there. It’s one of the rare times that focusing on the merits of “both sides” isn’t a totally useless thing to do.
Representation matters. But unsurprisingly, it’s still lacking in nearly all fields. Especially in Hollywood. Casts, directors and producers are overwhelmingly white and male. So much so that in 2015 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated claims of systematic discrimination against female directors.
The last couple of times we saw Lee Ranaldo, he was out of town– first at an Inauguration Day show in DC where he and his former Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore let their feelings about Trump be known, and then in New Jersey at the Montclair Film Festival, after the premiere of Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim, a film that documents the making of the singer/guitarist’s next album.
Even Barbie is snapping out of her dream world and mobilizing against Trumpism. During the past several months, comedian and “World Champion” Judah Friedlander, of 30 Rock fame, has been taking this woke Barbie to protests. “If the only people protesting are the ones who are the direct victims of injustice,” Activist Barbie explains in her Insta bio, “then progress will either never happen or will take much longer.” She was back in action this weekend, during anti-Trump, anti-racism marches that took over the streets of Manhattan. Today, she’s at the UN and Trump World Tower, rallying against war with North Korea.