Hate to break it to you but the band to see this week, Royal Headache (Mark E. Smith and Morrissey moved to Australia and had a baby, basically) has sold out two freaking shows, one at Palisades and another at Rough Trade. What a royal… pain in the ass these guys are, coming all the way from Upside Down America only to play a couple of shows in what is inarguably the center of the goddamn universe! You’re officially counted as #tragic if you don’t have a ticket, but don’t go plotting any public beheadings just yet, there are plenty of worthy alternatives to wrap your ears around.
While Jesse Malin expands his portfolio by opening Berlin underneath 2A, another East Village proprietor, Darin Rubell, is making moves a couple of blocks away. This Wednesday, Rubell (owner of Boulton & Watt and, more recently, Forrest Point) will replace his old spot, Ella, with Drexler’s, a cocktail bar serving meats, cheeses and spreads.
As if the advent of 4DX wasn’t exciting enough, downtown film-goers are getting a new art-house cinema as well. Alexander Olch, the filmmaker-designer who owns an eponymous tie shop on Orchard Street, is bringing Metrograph to nearby 7 Ludlow Street. The theater will open in February, according to an announcement that went out today.
It’s hard to fit AfroPunk into a box, which is kind of the point. The annual two-day music festival at Barry Commodore Park in Brooklyn is simply a concert, to some. For many others, though, “AfroPunk” is a noun, verb and adjective that describes the broader community and ethos this festival has come to represent over time. We caught up with a few of the thousands in attendance and asked them what exactly “AfroPunk” means to them.
If Girls at Night on the Internet is a pool full of multicolored Jell-O, then the digi-only gallery known as Art Baby, founded by 26-year-old artist and curator Grace Miceli, is the diving board. “Being a girl at night on the internet is where I personally found the confidence to share my work and to create this really supportive community of artists,” explained Miceli, who also curated this show. “For me, it’s an identity and a space I wanted to celebrate. Being a girl at night on the internet is where I met all these artists and, in a very basic way, it’s just a description of where this all comes from. And this show has just been partially about bringing this world that already exists to a broader audience.”
Mika Tarkela and Danielle Conant began their journey like so many others before them. When they made the decision to move into a camper together, they agreed to do a trial run first. Tarkela, 40, a musician and graphic designer, told Conant, 27, a design assistant, they’d “do it for a year, and see how it went, just to prove that we could.” When the year was up, neither wanted to stop. This past June marked their two-year anniversary of living in a camper.
For the last couple months, the free Monday night show Broken Comedy – in the dark and dingy back room at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint – has really been hitting its stride. Lately in particular, Broken has drawn solid crowds with consistently strong talent. That’s impressive as the show (which was created in 2011) has been re-upping with the absence of favored host Michael Che.
Police say a Bushwick man shot and killed his 33-year-old girlfriend in their bed on Saturday morning, then ran into a Knickerbocker Avenue deli, where he was taken into custody. [NY Daily News]
Sasha Petraske, the 42-year-old cocktail pioneer and owner of the former Milk & Honey bar on the Lower East Side, was found dead Friday morning at his home in Upstate New York. [NY Times]
A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot on Cooper Street in Bushwick yesterday around 3 a.m. [ABC 7 NY]
One need only read the comments on our post-prison interview with Michael Alig to know he has his haters, but the former King of the Club Kids believes one of them has gone too far. Upon hearing that Alig’s talk show would be taking up residency at Lovegun, an editor at Next magazine pulled his own party from the Williamsburg gay bar. Now Alig is accusing the editor of trying to sabotage his comeback.
It’s not easy to find good Nordic food and, truthfully, most people wouldn’t even know what they’re looking for, but Chef Fredrik Berselius hopes that will change when he reopens Aska under a different name, in a larger space, at 47 South 5th Street. The restaurant inside of Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg closed over a year ago, after Food & Wine named it one of the 10 best new restaurants in America and New York gave it Best Bar Food honors. We caught up with Berselius Wednesday when he successfully obtained support for a liquor license at a meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 3’s SLA Committee.
Actually, the future is still a few months away. But get ready anyway coz both of these fests are expected to sell out. Almost any fool with a smartphone and a computer can make a movie nowadays, and as the medium has grown more accessible, communities of niche filmmakers and cinema fans have flourished as well. As to be expected, the rewards for seekers of bizarre and innovative films are endless. While we haven’t yet been able to load cameras onto the Magic School Bus and capture photosynthesis or something, science and tech nerds can still rejoice at the nearly-as-rad achievements at these approaching film fests.
There’s a new face on the Brooklyn graffiti scene – literally. Jorit Agoch, a street artist known for his hyperrealist paintings depicting the human face, has a new mural in Williamsburg. His portrait of a boy named Camillo can be seen on North 10th Street, between Bedford Avenue and Driggs.