Lady Circus performs at LESFF. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).
We didn’t see Mike Love of the Beach Boys or any of the Lower East Side Film Festival’s judges at last night’s awards party, but Drom was filled with plenty of fantastic humans with golden wings and furry tails. Not to mention, filmmakers who traveled from across the country to hear who took home awards.
While the platinum blonde sisters who make up the duo Chaos Chaos rocked out on drums and synthesizer, we chatted up attendees like Eleanor Wilson. The co-producer of Blunderbus, which screened at the festival’s Secret Biergarten, said she enjoyed tracking down clues to an ice cream truck — much like one stolen in the film — where she found her entrance ticket.
A couple of weeks ago we checked in with the Coney Art Walls as they neared completion. Now here are the latest offerings from the big-name artists curated by Jeffrey Deitch, including fresh works by Retna, Sheryo & the Yok, and more. The Walls officially open this Wednesday with a private party. In the meantime, Thor Equities — which owns the sprawling outdoor lot at 1320 Bowery Street, next to the Thunderbolt — just kicked off Summer Sundays, a weekly jam with DJs programmed by longtime PS1 Warm Up curator Jason Drummond of Rong Music.
Rockaway just keeps getting more bells and whistles. A couple of weeks ago we told you about the $18,000 skate bowl that Patrick Smith of Coda Skateboards and others were planning to install in the skate park at Beach 91st Street. It was supposed to be up and running before the Rockstock and Barrels Festival on June 27, but lo and behold, it’s already in place.
After several months without gas service in their apartments, a group of rent stabilized tenants living in 128 Second Avenue have banded together to sue their landlord, Icon Realty Management. During a rally yesterday outside of New York City Housing Court, residents and elected officials pointed to a number of other “potentially life-threatening” issues that Council Member Rosie Mendez said should land the building owners in jail.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to this summer when it comes to film, we’re rather pleased to hear about a couple of serious outdoor film fests spotlighting movies for film heads. But if rain does hit or you get sick of sunning it up in favor of a cold, dark, refrigerator-like vacation from people and sun-fun and this most jolly of seasons, you’ve always got our humble lil list to tap for ways to escape. This week, we’ve got a film about the whirlwind romp that was one French DJ’s life, one very important wig, and the cray cray life of a Beach Boy.
David Chang’s new delivery service, Maple, has yet to make it up to the chef’s stomping grounds (it’s currently available only in the FiDi), but the Bedford + Bowery zone just got a few new delivery options that could give services like Seamless and Delivery.com a run for their money (or if not a run, a maniacal wrong-way bike ride). This week, Caviar added a service, called Fastbite, that promises to deliver restaurant meals to you within 15 minutes. It goes head-to-head with the recently launched Uber Eats, which promises meals in 10 minutes or less. Yet another new service, Munchery, gives you the option of ordering from chefs rather than restaurants, up to a week in advance. In short, there’s never been a better time to be lazy and hungry. We tried all three services to see how they compare.
Catching an outdoor movie needn’t mean having to watch Ghostbusters or Jurassic Park for the 50th time (no offense to Bryant Park or SummerScreen). A couple of film series are taking over local parks with some more sophisticated, multiculti cinema, so skip the phrosties and pack a respectable bottle of Montepulciano in that picnic basket. Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer (if you’ve never seen his “Manly Games”, watch it now). And the seventh annual Films on the Green festival will bring French classics to Tompkins Square Park tonight and next week before moving on to Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park on July 24 and 31.
While you slept soundly last night, a computer sat in the corner of the Denny Gallery on the Lower East Side, silently uploading the entire contents of Wikipedia onto Lulu.com, a print-on-demand website. The process is estimated to take the next two weeks. Why, you ask? As a “poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data,” reads the press statement from the exhibit “From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!”, a performance of the upload of Michael Mandiberg’s Print Wikipedia series. Understood another way, perhaps while passing the dutchie pon the left hand side: like, how big is the Internet, man?
We’ve told you about the El Dorado Yacht Club in Williamsburg and of course there’s always the Frying Pan, but what if you want to party on a boat that actually sails? Don’t worry, you won’t have to get on some midtown lobster cruise — we’ve got you covered with these parties that’ll have you dancing on deck.
An unidentified man from the Netherlands, 24, was found dead yesterday inside the tunnel at the 3rd Avenue L train station. [NY Daily News]
On Wednesday night, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan did a set at Good Room in Greenpoint. [Gothamist]
James Taylor will sign copies of his new album, Before This World, today at 3:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Union Square. And tonight at The Cornelia Street Cafe, local literati will partake in a reading of Patti Smith’s work (6 p.m., $8 admission includes one drink). [The Skint]
Officials say Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman in last night’s massacre in Charleston, is the latest in a long list of racially motivated killers. That the 21-year-old recently received a handgun for his birthday makes clear that poor gun control remains intrinsically tied to the perpetuation of violence against black lives. It’s especially timely, then, that the film 3 ½ minutes, 10 bullets and a photographic exhibit, “It Takes Us,” are both having their New York debuts this week.