Who likes a Potty Mouth? That’s not just a line your mom says before grabbing the soap: it’s the name of one of the much buzzed about bands performing at Gigawatts Festival this Saturday. We rang up Abby Weems and Ally Einbinder to learn more about the punk-pop trio’s upcoming show and to find out if they’re ready to spring the follow-up to their well received last album, Hell Bent, released in 2013 by North Brooklyn’s own Old Flame Records. They were tight-lipped (rather than potty-mouthed) about that, but we did talk about their band crushes, translating life into lyrics, and mansplaining. Yes, they know how much that pedal costs and, yes, they know how to use it.
What would you do if you were thrown into prison in a dystopian future, given a new identity, a new past, and were told you had to convince a group of strangers not to execute you? That’s the premise of The Prison, a live action role-playing game coming to The Brick this weekend as part of the theater’s Game Play Festival, taking place all this month.
Do you yearn to catch a street artist mid-mural? Tired of your ears being battered by the ground they’re close to? If only catching street art in the act of creation didn’t need to be a game of chance, mural makers lined the streets, and Instagram likes filled the air. Enter the LoMan Art Festival, New York’s first ever festival dedicated to the art of the spray can.
This week in film get ready for uber cheesy, ultra trashy Troma films and attractive teen murderesses. If documentaries are more your speed, don’t miss one that explores the so-called “gay voice” and another that takes a look at Williamsburg’s Southside (aka Los Sures) way back in 1984.
A fight is brewing between the City and the Doe Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping provide the homeless with shelter, temporary jobs, and vocational training. The Department of Homeless services has moved to place a number of sex offenders at the organization’s Bushwick facility, but the Doe Fund claims it lacks the resources for what it says is a fundamentally different type of homeless person. After filing a lawsuit against the city, the non-profit is now appealing to the community by way of a petition and a “town hall meeting” held yesterday at its Porter Avenue shelter. But City officials, including local Council Member Antionio Reynoso and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, are pushing back.
Shortly before Sonic Youth’s Dirty was released 23 years ago this week, their record label printed up T-shirts declaring it the “Sonic Summer” of 1992. That’s how confident Geffen was that the so-called “godfathers of grunge” were about to follow in the footsteps of Nirvana’s game-changing Nevermind. After all, Nirvana had just opened for Sonic Youth, as seen in Dave Markey’s awesome tour documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke. And Sonic Youth was overdue for a breakthrough, having cemented their indie-darling status with masterpieces like Daydream Nation and blipped on the pop-cultural radar with “Kool Thing.” After a solid decade of reinventing rock with ethereal, eccentrically tuned guitars and howling drumstick-on-strings mayhem, who deserved it more: Stone Temple Pilots?
A woman sitting on a bench outside the Riis Houses in the East Village on Wednesday night was shot in both feet as two men argued nearby. Police are searching for the shooter and the woman was treated at Bellevue Hospital. [NY Daily News]
Artist Bryan Osburn wound up with multiple lacerations and a shattered jaw when he was attacked by four men on his way home from his Greenpoint studio Friday evening. [NY Observer]
On July 14, a thief stole 11 laptops from VICE‘s office at S. Second Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
A new branch of 2nd Time Around will open at 55 East Houston Street at the end of this month, making it that much easier to play out your own version of Sex and the City.
Passing by Moishe’s Bake Shop this week, we were delighted to see that after a few months of going relatively incognito, the East Village institution has finally gotten a new sign. But we couldn’t help but wonder, as fans of such things, about its lovably dilapidated original signage. Is it now in safe keeping, a la Kim’s Video? We asked owner Moishe Perlmutter, who told us the last thing we wanted to hear.
Ludlow Studios was packed to the brim with people for the private one-night only event to celebrate and ogle Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s art work. The crowd included everyone from stylish hip kids furtively scanning the room for Barnett’s messy brown mane to appear somewhere in the crowd, loafers who weren’t sure exactly what all the hoopla and video cameras were all about but knew for certain there were infinite free mezcal cocktails to be guzzled, and the nearing-the-top-of-the-hills sponging around to see what the kids are into these days. I’m not old, but this event made me feel old, particularly because up until I heard word of this event, I had no idea who Courtney Barnett was.
Meet the faces behind some of your favorite TV shows at Real Characters, a regular series hosted by Andy Ross (contributor to The Onion and writer and performer of the one man show “Melancomedy”) featuring some of New York’s best humor writers, stand-ups and performers. This month’s lineup includes Bruce Eric Kaplan (Girls, The New Yorker, author of I Was a Child: A Memoir), Allison Silverman (The Colbert Report, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Issac Oliver (Ars Nova Theater, author of Intimacy Idiot) and Sandi Marx (The Moth).
Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers, 52 Prince Street (Soho).
She likes the nightlife, baby, so it’s no surprise that Caitlyn Jenner has inspired some new cocktails.
Have a look at the drinks menu that Williamsburg’s Trophy Bar launched this week and right under the Paris Is Byrrhning you’ll see a Call Me Caitlyn, consisting of gin, egg white, absinthe, and lemon juice.