As is traditional, Saturday’s St. Patrick’s festivities began in the East Village at McSorley’s, with people lining up outside as early as 5am to get one of the coveted tables up front in this, the oldest continuously operating saloon in NYC. Said tables were quickly blanketed in foamy mugs of ale, both dark and amber, with the occasional plate of corned beef, saltines, or raw onion providing some semblance of sustenance for the determined day-drinkers.
Mari Andrew is a fan of winding and convoluted roads. One of her illustrations, “Procrastination: The Videogame,” portrays the obstacles between ourselves and a productive day a la Snakes and Ladders (e.g. the “FOREST of New Spring Arrivals email”). So it makes sense that her debut book, out March 27, is titled Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood.
Nevermind the threat of yet another nor’easter, it’s time to start thinking spring thoughts, dammit. Which means it’s time to welcome the return of two of the city’s biggest outdoor food fests, Smorgasburg and Hester Street Fair. This year, the latter is bringing with it “the first ever ball-shaped food festival.”
But first: On March 31, Smorgasburg will end its winter sojourn in Sunset Park and return to Williamsburg’s East River State Park every Saturday. It’ll also be back at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sundays.
This doesn’t double our pleasure. Not one bit. What was once an ad for Wrigley’s Spearmint gum has been tagged, depriving the East Village of one of its great ghost signs. Frank Mastropolo wrote about the wall in 2015:
Fun fact: Boston’s planetarium holds regular Pink Floyd laser shows and the city is about to get legal weed. Unfortunately, our planetarium isn’t as cool and the Coney Island Laser Light Shows haven’t returned for the season, so we’re left scrambling for other ways to relive those high school stoner days. Luckily, two of them are on the horizon.
¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn
March 15-31 at Abrons Arts Center, various times: $20
It’s far too common to see comedians, storytellers, and other performance-based creative types make quips about living in Brooklyn, but usually these are predominantly white transplants talking about how quirky it is to live there, with all the cute cafes and niche boutiques and all that. I typically find this very grating, because living in a place is not a personality trait, particularly when you are a white person being all “Haha, how funny is Brooklyn” about what is almost always a gentrifying neighborhood. But if you’re looking for a different kind of love letter to the borough, look no further than Modesto Flako Jimenez and the Oye Group’s latest multimedia production, ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn. Using projections, bilingual storytelling, poetry, music, and more, Jimenez waxes quite literally poetic about his unique life, the multifaceted place he calls home, and all the complicated forces currently at work within it. Keep Reading »
Thousands of students in downtown Manhattan, North Brooklyn, and elsewhere in the city and around the country walked out of school this morning to demand stricter gun control a month after the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Participants in the National School Walkout ranged from elementary schoolers to high schoolers to teachers and administrators.
We still don’t know when Broad City will return for its fifth season, but rest assured Abbi and Ilana are keeping busy in the writers room and out of it. First off, Ilana Glazer is teaming up with comic Phoebe Robinson to bring a leg of their YQY tour to New York City. (YQY = Yaaas Queen Yaaas, if you couldn’t guess.) They’ll be performing at Union Hall on April 24, 25, and 26, followed by a couple of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 29 and 30. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Glazer and Robinson have teamed up. Glazer executive produces and appears on WNYC’s Soo Many White Guys podcast, where Robinson, perhaps best known as co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast with Jessica Williams, interviews “all kinds of artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes.” Judging by a review of one of their previous stage shows, in Chicago, it’ll consist of the duo warming up the crowd for 10 minutes, flipping a coin to see who goes first, and then each doing 40-minute standup sets.
At the Chicago show, they spoke “in detail about their sex lives, their current partners (Glazer is married and Robinson has been dating the same man for three months) and their self-grooming habits,” the Tribune wrote.
Meanwhile, Abbi Jacobson recently made her dramatic debut at SXSW with Marja-Lewis Ryan’s 6 Balloons, and appeared on Drunk History as Gloria Steinem going undercover as a Playboy bunny. Next week, she’ll be coming back to The Chris Gethard Show when it returns to truTV with 10 new episodes. She’ll appear alongside Gethard, her fellow UCB alum, on the season premiere Tuesday, March 20 at 11pm. Last time she was a guest on the gonzo talk show, she drew a stranger’s genitals based on a mere verbal description and declared herself a “genital wizard.” You can watch that right above.
Fresh off of his tour kickoff in Trumpland, David Byrne was back in his hometown yesterday to make an appearance at the Sonos Store in Soho, where he talked about how Brian Eno propelled his new album, American Utopia. Eno also has an album on the horizon: His Music For Installations box set is due out May 4, it was announced today.
Home Away From Home
Opening Wednesday, March 14 at Aperture Gallery, 7pm to 8:30 pm. On view through May 10.
For some people, home is the place they have lived for their entire lives. But for immigrants, it’s not always so clear-cut. Photographer Taysir Batniji is originally from Gaza, in Palestine, but he is also French and splits his time between the two places. Members of his family, on the other hand, have ended up in America, in places like California and Florida. Batniji paid these people a series of visits, photographing and interviewing them about their sense of home and experience living in America. His new solo exhibition at Aperture Gallery combines these new images with archival material, such as old photographs and sketches of their family home made from memory, creating a portrait of generational memory and history contrasted with current lives. Keep Reading »