On paper, Hello, My Name Is Doris reads like a screwball comedy: directed and co-written by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, The State), it’s about a hoarding spinster who works at a hip clothing company called Northeastern Apparel (get it?) and gets embraced by Williamsburg hipsters in much the same way the hero of David Cross’s new movie, Hits, does.
Benjamin Dickinson in Creative Control (Courtesy of Ghost Robot)
If last year’s SXSW darling Fort Tilden was an Instagram snapshot of Williamsburg as it was present-day, this year’s oft-listed Creative Control shows us Williamsburg five minutes in the future, in crystalline black and white.
There’s a scene in Breaking a Monster, the new documentary about Brooklyn tween metal sensation Unlocking the Truth, where the band is recording its first single following a $1.8 million record deal. Manager Alan Sacks refuses to give frontman (er, frontkid) Malcolm Brickhouse more Coca-Cola and is eventually forced to pour a two-liter bottle out on the street as if flushing heroin down the toilet.
A whole pile o’ pies at The Blue Stove. (Photo: Lindsey Smith)
It’s been a while since high school, when I could eat a whole pint of ice cream while waiting for my mom to get home, but I still get excited for Pi(e) Day. This year, 3.14 is particularly special because it’s 3.14.15 — the first five digits of Pi. To celebrate this holiest of holy days, I decided to eat my way across Brooklyn, sampling all the pie I could.
Nicki Ishmael, curator of “RIP DIY” exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)
You might remember a show space in Williamsburg called Dead Herring. It was around for six years — practically decades in DIY years — before it closed in 2013. “I knew it wouldn’t last forever,” Nicki Ishmael admitted. “It’s that whole DIY has-an-expiration-date thing.” But it’s a wonder Nicki can keep it together when reminiscing. DIY’s the only home she’s ever had in New York City. From the moment she arrived here Ishmael has been deeply involved in the underground music scene. “I immediately moved into a DIY space when I moved here back in 2006,” she recalled. So it’s only natural that Ishmael and others from Dead Herring refused to let their own closure, and dozens more around them, get them down.
Oh hi, did you forget SXSW was happening this week? Of course you did. It’s not like you actually would have wanted to go anyway. Austin is, like sooooo over anyway you say? Uh huh, yup. Cool your jets, kids, we’ve seen this act before. It’s OK, you’ve just got a wicked case of the FOMOs. But don’t prepare your death mask just yet– there is hope. A cure comes in the form of a bunch of great shows happening this week and beyond. Sure, some of these bands are picking up and heading south to Slackerville as soon as they wrap up their shows here, but you know what’s cool about that? You get to tell your holidaying friends in Texas (aka the jerks that freaking left you behind to wallow in loserdom) that you already saw most of the bands they’re going to see and that you’re just positive they’ll be worn out by the time they hit Austin. Then you can do that little kissy emoji or maybe even the hairflip one if you’re feeling extra, extra sassy.
Here’s a fun drinking option if you’re heading to the Pixies/TV on the Radio show or anything else in Asbury Park this summer — Andy Ivanov, a founder of Williamsburg’s Radegast Beer Hall, has converted a former Lerner’s department store into a massive beer garden.
“The City promised us a park, instead we got a burning warehouse,” shouted Nick Rizzo, District Leader for Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to the crowd that gathered outside City Hall this lunchtime. The North Brooklyn community was out in full force: approximately 300 people took part in today’s Bushwick Inlet Park rally, a move to put pressure on the city to fulfill its promise of a 28-acre plot of greenspace on the Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront. The turnout was so large that many marchers were restricted access to the steps of City Hall. Unwavering in their enthusiasm, they showed their support from the neighboring streets. Members of the Hispanic and Hasidic communities of North Brooklyn held flowers, flags and banners alongside local parents and their young children who were missing school for an important lesson in civil action. In unison the crowd broke frequently into the chant: “WHERE’S OUR PARK, A PROMISE IS A PROMISE.”
In response to complaints that illegal hotels, including Airbnb rentals that violate the law, are worsening New York City’s lack of affordable housing, undermining the city’s hotel market, and causing safety issues in apartment buildings, New York City Council members have announced a comprehensive plan to double the city department responsible for investigating violations.