On a recent Thursday evening in Washington Square Park, a blonde woman who had been twirling in the air was interrupted by a girl who wanted to know how it was done. The blonde woman came down to the ground, extended her legs in the air, and the child, dressed in a pink dress, sat on her feet. She flashed a big grin as she got her first lesson in AcroYoga (acrobatics + yoga).
Sure, there’s such a thing as too many Lenas — but, come on: what would drive someone to say, “I want to kill Lena Dunham?”
That’s the provocative title of one of the pop-culture-inspired productions at this year’s Fringe Festival. The ominous threat serves as a canary in the coalmine of modern American culture — an attempt at an artistic antidote to the whimsical Williamsburg of Dunham’s Girls.
A day after Brooklyn protesters marked the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Art in Odd Places has announced that signs like the one above are coming to 14th Street. The “Black Lives Matter Street Signs” will be part of the annual public art festival, which this year will bring 40 artists back to reprise versions of their previously featured work. Among the returning pieces are Leah Harper’s compliment vending machine and Tim Thyzel’s “tumbleweed” made from some 50 umbrellas.
While Williamsburg got an outpost of Davey’s Ice Cream last week, the Lower East Side got a self-described “classy gelato joint.” Polpo Gelato has popped up in LESspace, the Allen Street nook that previously housed Michael Alig’s paintings and before that, Los Perros Locos. The store, opened by Harrison Geller, a 17-year-old LaGuardia High School grad who spent some time in Italy, offers gelato in flavors like spicy celery and ricotta stracciatella. Check out Saturday’s offerings below.
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Williamsburg police officer Sergeant Joel Doseau was arrested Wednesday morning at his apartment for assorted sex-abuse crimes, including instigating a relationship with a 15-year-old girl in 2008. [Brooklyn Paper]
Three donors claiming to be victims of false advertising are suing Home of the Sages of Israel, a Lower East Side charity. [Forward]
Eco-friendly boutique Sustainable NYC has shuttered after seven years in Alphabet City. [EV Grieve]
In his two-room art studio in Chinatown, The Sucklord toils away in his toy factory, making handcrafted action figures in the non-air conditioned swelter of a summer afternoon. Best known as one of the most memorably eccentric contestants on the 2011 season of the Bravo show “Work of Art,” he’s still at it, shipping his Suckadelic creations to fans across the country. He’ll be selling a limited edition Darth Vader Godfather action figure at the LoMan Art Festival this weekend. Get them while they’re hot, because with a video series and an upcoming podcast, The Sucklord aspires to create an empire and hightail it to L.A.
Before you buy a Whopcorn ice cream cone at the new Davey’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg and have it melt onto your shirt, stop a few blocks away at I Love You Bedford Ave – a high fashion clothing and art object store that opened last month. The name of the store, on Bedford Avenue, also refers to owner Alisha Trimble’s more humble beginnings. A womenswear designer for 10 years, Trimble opened the first store in an apartment sporting the address of 143. For the millennials who don’t know what a pager is, much less how to use one, 1-4-3 was also the way to page “I love you.”
New York isn’t all ice cream scoops and Wes Anderson art. These two upcoming events promise to take you back to the East Village’s edgier days of yore. You don’t have to walk across a sea of crack vials to get to them — one of them is even on a boat.
Funny we were just talking about Alex Ross Perry. Videology just announced that it’s doing a free midnight screening of his new one, which won’t be in theaters until August 26. Queen of Earth, his follow-up to Listen Up Philip, uses that classic indie/mumblecore trope: some friends retreat to an isolated house (in this case it’s a beach house rather than the usual cabin in the woods) and conversation and mind games ensue.
Margot’s mascara-laden stare hit me from every angle of the Joseph Gross Gallery last night. Maybe it’s because we’re in New York – home of the Tenenbaums – that Gwyneth Paltrow’s doe-eyed enfant terrible is the face of this weekend’s sixth annual “Bad Dads” pop-up exhibit hosted by Spoke Art. Although, perhaps the more pertinent question is, why have there already been five Wes Anderson-inspired art exhibits to begin with?
With the recent 20th anniversary of Kids, we’ve been talking about Lower East Side fixture Leo Fitzpatrick quite a bit lately. Just one more thing: you’re going to want to catch his coke-snorting cameo in The Mend, a new comedic drama out August 21.
Listen to Jack + Eliza and you might imagine yourself picnicking in the park with a nice glass of champers. Their plush melodies, perky vocals and youthful lyrics make you feel, well, bubbly. Young, pretty, with a laidback vibe, New York City natives Jack Staffen and Eliza Callahan are what the youth would call #goals. They met around age 13, when Jack briefly drummed for Eliza’s garage band; now he attends NYU’s Gallatin School and she goes to Columbia.