In an effort to create a dialogue about the impending L train shutdown, the MTA recently announced that it will partner with the city’s Department of Transportation for a series of informal town hall-style meetings this January and February. The meetings are scheduled to take place in Manhattan and Brooklyn communities where the shutdown will be felt the most; the first open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24 in East Williamsburg.
After six years in exile, PS122 has returned to the East Village in time to kick off its annual Coil festival. The avant-garde performance space’s home, a former school building on First Avenue, just underwent a $37 million renovation that resulted in a larger lobby, a new elevator, upgraded restrooms, and two brand-new theaters.
Opening Thursday, January 25 at Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through April 7.
Some abstract art is indeed just blotches of color, shape, and brushstroke. But some art that looks abstract, such as the works of Zhang Enli, could in fact be a version of hyperrealism. The subjects of Enli’s paintings are often recognizable landscapes, such as the gardens peppered throughout Shanghai, zoomed in far enough to become unrecognizable and in doing so, take on a new type of beauty. However, there’s only the partial presence of hyperrealism in Enil’s works, as they’re modeled off of real imagery but imbued with his own personal interpretation. Is that swirl green because it was originally green, or does it look that way because the artist made it so? You can give your best guess, but not knowing is part of the fun.
Bizarre Bushwick celebrated its fifth anniversary last Saturday with an eight-hour performance marathon that spanned its entire repertoire. Venue co-owners Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and Greg Baubeau welcomed longtime performers Madam Vivian V, Lee Valone, Darlinda Just Darlinda and countless others for a night that literally went out in a ball of flames. The thrills were true to Bizarre Bushwick’s motto of “assorted madness and the unexpected.”
If you’re a Taco Bell fan, this is a fine time to make a pilgrimage to California. Not only can you visit the 50-year-old Taco Bell in Laguna Beach that was once the unofficial center of the psychedelics trade around the time that the Brotherhood of Eternal Love was located across the street, but you can also see the Bell of the future in the form of the newly opened Taco Bell Cantina in Newport Beach.
Unlike the former Fillmore East two blocks north, there is no plaque at 66 Second Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets to honor the Anderson Theater. The forgotten Anderson kicked off with a series of rock concerts sponsored by Crawdaddy magazine on February 2, 1968 with Country Joe and the Fish, Jim Kweskin and Soft White Underbelly, predecessor to Blue Oyster Cult. Notable bands followed in the months ahead: the Yardbirds, Traffic, Procol Harum, Moby Grape and Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin. Big Brother’s Feb. 17 show introduced Joplin to many New York rock fans.
Over 200,000 people took to the streets of New York City yesterday afternoon for the second annual Women’s March, all expressing their disgust with President Trump, sexual predators, wage inequality, the GOP, racists, guns, capitalism, lack of health care, attacks on abortion rights… a whole litany of the evils that seem to dominate the American landscape these days.
Don’t think that just because Neal Medlyn, aka Champagne Jerry, is chilling in giant champagne jacuzzis and is besties with a Beastie that he’s on a Cardi B “million dollar wedding” level. In his new song, the video for which is out today, the novelty rapper (confesses? brags?) that he makes “30K a year as an artist,” or “$18K after expenses (mostly champagne).”
A couple of months ago, we told you that Erik Foss, owner of legendary downtown dive Lit and its East Williamsburg torch-carrier Tilt, would get someone’s name tattooed on him if they contributed $10,000 to his Kickstarter. We’re now told that, in the end, the generous patron in question declined the tat, but the Kickstarter did get funded, and Foss will be signing copies of If These Were Songs These Would Be Sad Songs tonight.
This weekend, there will be hundreds of events in the U.S. marking the first anniversary of the massive women’s marches around the country and the world, among them a Manhattan rally starting a day ahead of time on Saturday Jan. 20 at 11:30am at Central Park West. It was organized by a group called Women’s Alliance March.
The theme this year is “Power to the Polls,” aimed at educating people to register and vote. That will make the events decidedly different from the demonstrations by more than 5 million people who marched a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, many wearing pink pussy hats to protest his recorded boasts that he could grab women by the genitals with impunity because of his stardom.
“We need to talk to men about a much bigger picture– we need to bring men to the table,” said Linda Sarsour, the controversial Palestinian American activist from Bay Ridge, as she spoke at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Tuesday night during a launch for Together We Rise, a coffee-table book on the first march. That event began with spirited protest songs by the Resistance Revival Chorus, dressed all in white. Members posed with the book, which is handsomely photographed and contains oral histories from participants, among them Roxanne Gay, Ashley Judd, Gloria Steinem, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Sarsour, born in 1980, drew chuckles from a crowd of about 200 when she said, “I wasn’t inspired by Bernie Sanders, a 75-year-old white man,” alluding to her role as a Sanders surrogate during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign. Sarsour added, however, that she shared his political agenda, also noting of her group, “We’re interested in the issues that come from the communities that we care about.”
During a question and answer period from the audience, Sarsour grew visibly agitated when discussing a recent New York Times report of splits in the women’s march movement.
“There are no conflicts,” she insisted. “Irresponsible journalists are trying to take us back. That story is trying to pit women against each other, trying to show we can’t work together.” Her rapid-fire remarks were greeted with applause and she got more of it when she said: “We are intelligent, brilliant and mature women!”
With our president reportedly griping about “shithole” countries and life-long US residents being ripped from their wife and kids and deported, it’s hard to think of a more timely message: “One People One World” is the title song off of Femi Kuti’s new album, out next month from Brooklyn’s own Knitting Factory Records.