Recently, Greenpoint has gained a handful of restaurants opened by alums from notable Manhattan spots like Babbo (Naked Dog) and the Lambs Club (Le Fond). The latest one, opening tonight, is Cherry Point, where the chef is Julian Calcott, a veteran of critical darlings Corton and Spotted Pig. It replaces Polish restaurnat CinaMoon on gradually upscaling Manhattan Avenue.
Diamanda Galas: Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes
Thursday May 12 and Saturday May 14 at Red Bull Music Academy at 258 W 118th Street
Believe me when I tell you that this one is worth the trip uptown. The Red Bull Music Academy Festival is back, and as usual their title isn’t the only thing that’s a bit of a mouth full. They always seem to be asking a lot of their guests, most of whom probably don’t wanna take some class on the anatomy of so-and-so and would just like to please hear some dang music. If you count among the purists, here’s at least one show on the month-long list of festival happenings (through May 22) that qualifies as required listening.
Even as Urban Outfitters continues to market fresh new record players to the masses, record shops seem to be on their way out (RIP, Other Music). So, like everything else, it’s to the digital world we turn: curated record subscription services are moving in with bells and whistles to “disrupt” old-fashioned crate-digging. For example, every month the good folks over at Vinyl Me, Please dig up an often forgotten-about classic, like The Fugees’ The Score, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid or Wilco’s AM, and reissue it with exclusive artwork–for about $23 a month, it’s almost like a fancy, slow-moving Pandora for your record player.
The long-gestating Allen Street Hotel sold for $30.75 million in an auction yesterday. [The Real Deal]
If developers move forward with plans for a Walkabout Channel power plant, a public hearing will take place so locals can voice their concerns in person. [Brooklyn Paper]
By now you’re probably past the denial stage of grief and it has started to sink in that Other Music is closing at the end of June. New Yorkers began posting teary-eyed tributes to the beloved East Village record shop as soon as it announced yesterday that it was shuttering after two decades in business.
Book Launch: Rich Cohen’s The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones
May 10 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Rich Cohen seems to have his mind plugged into the tempos of the past–a co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl and a Vanity Fair contributor, his new book reconsiders the history and impact of one of the greatest bands to ever shake up the music scene. His telling of the ups and downs of the Rolling Stones benefits from his close relationship with the band since the 1990s. The story charts their course from their beginnings in 1961 to their golden run through the 70s, drawing readers into the defining moments that left a lasting imprint on music and our culture. No, the Rolling Stones themselves won’t be on hand at the launch–but luckily there will be music in the form of the dance band argonaut&wasp.
While low-income tenants at 83-85 Bowery have been fighting tooth and nail to stay put in their rent-stabilized tenements, just up the street it’s easy to see why pressure to evict them is at a fever pitch.
Landlords are on notice–yesterday Steve Croman was charged with 20 felony counts and using illegal tactics to push tenants out of his buildings. Today Public Advocate Letitia James and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez kept up the heat, using their clout to influence the outcome of a prominent tenant-landlord dispute in Chinatown. Standing outside the state supreme courthouse, the two railed against landlord Joseph Betesh (also owner of the Dr. Jays streetwear brand), accusing him of using “illegal practices” to evict 27 families at 83 and 85 Bowery.
On May 20, the 50,000-square-foot Knockdown Center will become the site of a bold new experiment in live performance. Authority Figure, directed by performance/dance/sound artists Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw, is an immersive and participatory experience exploring themes of surveillance, authority, and obedience. Appropriately vast in scale, it features over 150 performers (including a child and a pregnant woman), and has been created with six choreographers, seven installation artists, and six musicians, including local faves Pictureplane, SOPHIE, and Hot Sugar.
It’s pretty screwy that here, now, in the year 2016 many people still have a hard time grasping that Africa is an incredibly diverse continent home to vastly different cultures, languages, landscapes, and art traditions. Thankfully, we have things like the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (held May 6 through 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook) at our fingertips to keep us in the know about the incredible (and, ahem, marketable) art work coming out of the 54 countries on the African continent.
Summer is really coming together, folks. Especially since two of the season’s highlights, for music lurvers, just announced their lineups.
Vans House Parties Summer Series
May 19 to July 6 at 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint; free with www.houseofvans.com
This series has brought bands like the Melvins and Dinosaur, Jr. to a massive industrial space equipped with a skate ramp and state-of-the-art stage. This time around, acts will include ’90s NYC post-hardcore band Quicksand; local rockers Dive; Atlanta hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; Helmet/Don Caballero offspring Battles; jazzy hip-hop reimaginers BadBadNotGood; and festival favorites Neon Indian. There will also be a ton of art from local artists, including a massive collage of punk flyers collected by Scott Ewalt, the DJ and artist who is Kenny Scharf’s collaborator in the Cosmic Cavern.
A thief punched a Williamsburg liquor store employee in the face last Monday evening. [Brooklyn Paper]
If a recently revived plan gains traction, Williamsburg neighborhoods separated by the BQE may be reconnected with an above-ground park. [Gothamist]
East Village restauranteurs have joined forces in the Eastville Restaurant Collective, an group which shares information and support for surviving in the food business. [Eater NY]