It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the Mermaid Parade, but alas, summer is just about gone and it’s time to turn our attention to fall festivities. To that end, the organizers of the Village Halloween Parade have informed us that this year’s theme will be “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.” The 44th installment of the legendary walk down Sixth Avenue will celebrate “the hybrids, mash-ups, and frisson of crossed identities,” according to a letter from Jeanne Fleming, the parade’s artistic and producing director.
Lanza’s Italian restaurant opened in 1904 at 168 First Ave., an East Village favorite until it closed in 2016. A regular customer, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, was Carmine “Lilo” Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family. Lanza’s had a reputation as a mob hangout since the Bonanno and Columbo families dined there.
For perhaps the entire life of Lanza’s, all its customers passed under a turn of the century ad for PN Corsets. The sign was there in 1993 when Woody Allen used Lanza’s for a restaurant scene in Manhattan Murder Mystery. In 2015 we featured the PN ad, painted on the adjoining building, in a collection of neighborhood ghost signs.
Clown Night Wednesday, September 13 at The Glove, 8 pm: $7
Clowns have been a big news item recently. Recall last year, when there were stories about creepy clowns roaming the streets and congregating by way of Facebook. In the past few months, there have been Juggalos allying with leftists and the latest film version of Stephen King’s IT. If you’re not big on Faygo or horror films but still want to get down with the clown, tonight’s the night, my friends. It’s Clown Night at The Glove, and clowns of all shapes, sizes, and sensibilities will be coming out of the woodwork to show you what they can do. Expect burlesque dancer clowns, Bushwick clowns, clown-filled cinematography by Julie Orlick, clowns in cartoons and on canvas, and much more oddity-filled merriment. Keep Reading »
Bluestockings bookstore quickly filled to capacity last night for Mark Bray, a former Occupy Wall Street organizer turned Dartmouth history lecturer who is making waves with the publication of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
Soon after its release last month, the president of Dartmouth rebuked him in a strongly worded statement after Bray, appearing on “Meet the Press,” expressed support for the sometimes violent tactics of Antifa, that mysterious network of masked anarchists, socialists, communists and varied others who have clashed with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, tragically in Charlottesville.
Back in April, Page Six brought word that actor and man-about-town Alan Cumming was teaming up with the owners of East Village gay bar Eastern Bloc (including Anderson Cooper’s boif, Ben Maisani) to relaunch the beloved bar as Club Cumming. The mini cabaret, which had promised a “very quiet” opening, is soft-launching Wednesday, and the folks behind Club Cumming have revealed the initial lineup, which includes a smattering of appearances by some local nightlife legends.
When Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Oct. 1, we all be glad to see Larry David back on TV for the first time since he played Bernie Sanders. Still, for some, Larry David isn’t the hero of Seinfeld. Nor is Steve Bannon, for that matter. For those who worship at an altogether different altar, Elaine Benes Appreciation Night is coming to the Lower East Side on Thursday.
Arcade Fire is playing Madison Square Garden tonight, but in the spirit of infinite content, that isn’t the only place you’ll find them. After the show, frontman Will Butler is hosting a Disco Town Hall meant to get people politically motivated. Whether you’re feeling guilty that you totally blanked on Primary Day or you just want to watch members of Arcade Fire play a relatively tiny club (Nublu in the East Village), you’ll want to jump on this $5 ticket.
Butler’s Disco Town Halls, occurring after select shows during this tour, are meant to “engage Arcade Fire fans (and others!) with local organizations, activists, and politicians engaged in helping the vulnerable and empowering communities.” Tonight Melody Lee of the Katal Center and City Council member Brad Lander will talk about closing the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
At the New York Pizza Festival in Bushwick Saturday, attendees who paid up to $75 each complained that very little food was actually served, prompting an inquiry from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. [Eater NY]
Barnes & Noble Union Square began distributing wristbands at 7 a.m. today for a Hillary Clinton book signing happening later this morning.
A pioneer in lo-fi weirdo cinema– Spectacle Theatre aptly calls it “psychedelic splatterpunk”– Charles Pinion is in the grand tradition of opportunistic exploitation filmmakers. An artist with a personal vision, Pinion has spent the last three decades sharing his fascinations by whatever means available. Be it the guise of a shot-on-video horror/skateboarding mashup (1988’s TwistedIssues), a wonderfully incomprehensible porno (CornholeArmageddon), or his latest, the long-delayed 3-D goopfest American Mummy, one finds an oddly charmed career to be admired and repulsed by. This week, the cult comes alive in New York for “Pinion Armageddon,” a three-date event spanning the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, Cinema Village, and Superchief Gallery in Ridgewood, celebrating Pinion’s past and present. AmericanMummy is Pinion’s return to cinema, so the series’ curators are hoping to welcome him back with a bang.