When it debuted in Washington, D.C. last fall, The Future of Sports drew 20,000 visitors in 45 days and got a bunch of media attention for being so Instagram-worthy. Following its success, Nicole Pinedo decided to take her enterprise across the country, starting with New York City.
If Popcorn for the People had a kernel, it was 24-year-old Samuel Bier.
Bier, who is autistic, wanted to work, travel, and live like everyone else. Three years ago, he applied for jobs, but was constantly rejected. The unemployment rate for people with autism is 80 to 90%, and it was clear that the system was working against him. That was until his parents, two doctors, saw him joyfully eating popcorn while watching Monty Python.
Over 5,000 people raised hell in Union Square last night to protest the firing of Jeff Sessions and demand that Donald Trump’s new attorney general recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
The ‘SUP Show
Thursday, November 8 at Caveat, 9 pm: $8 advance, $10 doors
Once again, this recurring comedic showcase of women, queer, and gender non-conforming performers comes to Caveat to give you the best bits n’ jokes found at their open mic of the same name, which recently moved to The Footlight Bar in Ridgewood. The whole affair is hosted by Juliet Prather, Maddie Fischer, Fareeha Khan, Jesse Roth, and Stephanie Pace, which I always find to be an impressive amount of hosts. The lineup for this particular shindig is TBD, but the fact that you’re going in not knowing the lineup, but still knowing it’s going to be free of racist white dudes complaining about how everyone is offended makes me feel a lot more confident recommending it. Keep Reading »
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist designed his half of the gun with the Rangers’ jersey colors, his number 30 in red and white on the blue handle. On the barrel of the gun: The New York City skyline at sunset. Lundqvist’s twin brother, Joel, designed the other side of the Colt Python 357 Magnum revolver. He’s a hockey player too, in his native Sweden, so he also had his team colors painted on the gun’s handle.
You know that feeling of entering a store and wanting to buy everything, but you can’t quite reason with yourself that you actually need anything in there? Imagine that feeling, but then realizing maybe you really do need every single thing you see.
This past weekend, Bushwick occult store Catland put yet another hex on Brett Kavanaugh. If you’re wondering whether it’ll work, consider this: JJ Brine, founder of the “Official Art Gallery of Satan,” is taking credit for the defeat of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to marry same-sex couples.
This weekend pop star Ariana Grande released a track thanking all of her exes for the impact they’ve left on her, ultimately saying she’s better off alone, which, true.
Flash of the Spirit
Opening Friday, November 9 at Salon Bowery 94, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 21.
Lyle Ashton Harris’s photos, on view at Salon 94 Bowery starting this Friday, contain much colorful, vivid imagery, but few human faces. Instead, the faces in the bodies he captures are covered by elaborate, striking masks sourced from a variety of places, including several African masks from his uncle’s collection. These images are actually self-portraits, but you might not know it. And that’s kind of the point: throughout history, people putting on masks has been equated with them transforming into someone (or something) else, whether that be an improved version of oneself or a way to avoid accountability. Harris has been making work dealing with queerness, Blackness, and the self in the context of diaspora for decades, and this is a chance to see what he’s up to now. Keep Reading »
Andy Warhol once called New York the best place in the world, and Warhol was the patron saint of the alternative East Village culture that today’s NYU students both mourn and gradually cannibalize. Head to the Whitney Museum of American Art next week to pay homage to the artist who pioneered loving stuff ironically, from selfies and celebs to fake news.
If you thought the line for a last-minute Halloween costume was as bad as it got, you may have learned otherwise when you headed to the polls this morning. As if the soggy weather wasn’t bad enough, New Yorkers reported downed scanners and waits of up to four hours. (Gonna need those free drinks!) Even Mayor de Blasio had to wait in line; he emerged from his Brooklyn polling location calling for voting reform and saying “NYC deserves so much better.” The state Attorney General’s office announced that as of 3:30pm, it had received roughly 100 complaints about New York City poll sites with broken scanners. Here’s a look at this morning’s carnage in the B+B area.
On your way to the polls, grab a leftist polemic or a dystopic novel from the guerrilla mini-libraries that started popping up in old newspaper boxes around Manhattan yesterday.
“Books are weapons in the war of ideas,” a sticker on the newsrack-turned-mini-library on the corner of Reade Street and Centre Street reads, paraphrasing a Franklin D. Roosevelt quote. “Arm yourself.”