As expected, Friday night’s Africa’s Out! benefit was a grand old time. There was a room filled with donated artworks, auctioned off in support of UHAI EASHRI; acclaimed Kenyan novelist Binyavanga Wainaina was honored for his work and courage in publicly coming out as a gay; and more generally, awareness was raised around the challenges faced by the East African LGBTQI community. We even managed to photobomb David Schwimmer, who stepped outside of the Schwimmer mansion for the occasion.
Just a couple months after Trash Bar (albeit a fictitious version of it) was called a “New York landmark” on network television, the Williamsburg dive has finally announced its closing date. Here’s the Facebook message that was posted over the weekend.
Robyn Renee Hasty is no stranger to outsiders, countercultures, and misfits. So it might feel a little strange for the artist to be in the midst of what’s becoming a mainstream social movement and media obsession to match, as embodied in the debut of Caitlyn Jenner. A new exhibition featuring Hasty’s most recent work, opening Thursday at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works, couldn’t be more timely. But even with a newfound frank (but still sometimes fraught) discussion of the transgender experience going mainstream, Hasty’s nude portraits of transgender, gender non-conforming, and cisgender people are still subversive.
We were in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in a soaring warehouse space looking out onto Wallabout Bay, but our minds were in the sewer, because that’s where our speaker wanted them to be. Steve Duncan, an urban explorer, was showing us photos shot in some of the great underground spaces he has visited, from the catacombs of Rome to the steam tunnels of Stockholm to Manhattan’s bygone waterways. He flashed on the spot where the original Spring Street met Canal—a New York City landmark, finally revealed.
Another Bushwick Open Studios has come and gone. In order to make sense of it all (though, let’s face it, there was no making sense of the above) we took some photos and talked to some artists whose work we dug. Click through our slideshow, below, to see this year’s highlights and lowlifes.
Kehinde Wiley’s donated artwork – After Pontormo’s ‘Two Men with a Passage from Cicero’s ‘On Friendship’, 2009
More often than not, the presence of a message or cause in art doesn’t carry far past the considered stares of gallery patrons, their necks made stiff from nodding. But when art truly intersects with social activism, the slow moving gears of change can be felt. A couple of cogs might just be set in motion tonight at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, with the launch of the Africa’s Out! campaign and a benefit in support of East African LGBTQI rights.
After watching two new films this weekend, you’ll never leave the door to your summer rental unlocked again, no matter how idyllic its environs. We’ve already told you about tonight’s theatrical premiere of Doomsdays, wherein a couple of ne’er-do-wells (Justin Rice of Bishop Allen and Leo Fitzpatrick of Kids) crash unoccupied Catskills cabins and help themselves to all the booze. As fantastical as that story may seem, a real-life version of it played out in Maine, where the so-called North Pond Hermit prayed on neighbors’ homes for 27 years. East Village filmmaker Lena Friedrich’s short documentary about him, The Hermit, will screen Saturday as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival.
Panelists from left to right: Kelly Anderson, Dexter Ciprian, Ton Angoti, Sherri Donovan, and Steve Null (Photo: Jaime Cone)
“Right now there are banners up all over the city that say ‘New York City: real estate capital of the world,’ and that pretty much sums up what the basic civic religion is in New York City,” said Tom Angotti, author or New York For Sale. The Hunter College professor of Urban Affairs and Planning was a panelist at a Take Back NYC public forum Thursday evening, where he and a diverse group of experts spoke on the subject of small businesses in New York and answered questions relating to a proposed bill that aims to help the city’s small businesses survive.
Yes, it’s National Donut Day, which means dough dealers everywhere are rolling out deals. Dough, for instance, is debuting its new matcha-sugar donut and offering a chance to get a year of free donuts to those who buy a box of six or more. Doughnut Plant is offering a one-day only pistachio donut, and giving out a mini cake doughnut with each order while supplies last. Buy a dozen or more donuts at Moe’s Doughs, in Greenpoint, and you’ll get four free, or you can just get a donut and a coffee for $2. And Dun-Well Doughnuts, in Bushwick, is offering a free donut with purchase of an espresso drink. But forget all that, because churro cups.
James Murphy’s wine bar, The Four Horsemen, has announced that it’s opening in Williamsburg this Sunday (we hear there’s a friends-and-family tasting happening tonight). If you’re still smarting from not being able to snag tickets to LCD Soundsystem’s final shows, at least there’s this: as of this posting (but probably not for long) there are still tables available for the LCD frontman’s debut as a restaurateur.
At 2:30am this past Tuesday, having just flown in from San Diego, Dan Hamburger pulled up to Cotton Candy Machine’s rain-soaked curb. With the Williamsburg gallery’s annual Tiny Trifecta art show just four short days away, Hamburger was taking no chances. Keep Reading »