Yep, it’s official. New York has once again become an urban swamp, with the muggy, mosquito-filled realities of the tropics blending seamlessly with the stinking sidewalks of the city. It’s like a caipirinha with no cachaça. But fear not, for the key ingredient arrives tomorrow in the form of Brasil SummerFest.
Now in its fifth year, Brasil SummerFest claims to be the “largest and most important international Brazilian music festival in the world.” With last year’s attendance peaking at 22,000 and this year’s event extended to 10 days and spread out across the city from Lincoln Center to the South Street Seaport, it’s become a hard fact to argue.
As if those Rockaway film fests weren’t exciting enough, the good news for al-fresco cinephiles keeps coming. Films in Tompkins sends word that it’s hosting its first ever “food fair” at Thursday’s screening of Chinatown.
We’re not quite ready to say the city’s festival season is wrapping up, but we’re not gonna hold back from advising that you get your shit in beer-gear as soon as humanly possible and start really packing it in for the tail end of summer. This weekend Out in the Streets convenes in Ridgewood for the third year in a row and they’ve been holding out on announcing their headliner until this past weekend. So in case you missed it, ogle the top of that lil flyer there and you’ll notice that Mr Twin Sister (the band formerly known as Twin Sister) has joined the pack of some of the best indie acts the area has to offer.
Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or the aughts, your film heroes will come to life at these tributes to Ferris Bueller and Harry Potter. Get ready to don your wizard hat, mullet, or both.
PotterCon Aug. 1, 2 until 8 pm at The Bell House: $8 at the door
Sorry, little muggles, this event is 21+. While there will be the requisite costumes of black robes and wands, there will also be drinks of the knock-you-off-your-broom variety (think Firewhiskey and Butterbeer). Beyond witches and wizards, expect to see magical creatures, squibs and muggles competing to win the costume contest (you may have a chance unless the lovely Fleur shows up). You can also see if you’re as smart as Hermione during trivia. Or take your turn in the sorting ceremony and try on the dusty hat. Overall, this is the perfect time to let out your inner Potterhead and practice your shoddy British accent with no shame. In keeping with Harry’s defeat of You-Know-Who through love and friendship, part of the PotterCon proceeds will go to the Harry Potter Alliance.
First the stars of Kids revealed that they weren’t nearly as sexually experienced as their characters made them seem, and now our illusions about another hallmark of transgressive teen cinema, Gregg Araki’s Doom Generation, have been shattered.
Who likes a Potty Mouth? That’s not just a line your mom says before grabbing the soap: it’s the name of one of the much buzzed about bands performing at Gigawatts Festival this Saturday. We rang up Abby Weems and Ally Einbinder to learn more about the punk-pop trio’s upcoming show and to find out if they’re ready to spring the follow-up to their well received last album, Hell Bent, released in 2013 by North Brooklyn’s own Old Flame Records. They were tight-lipped (rather than potty-mouthed) about that, but we did talk about their band crushes, translating life into lyrics, and mansplaining. Yes, they know how much that pedal costs and, yes, they know how to use it.
It’s July 21, 2015: do you know where the members of Sonic Youth are? Alas, there’s still no sign of a “fare thee well” show with a giant SY blimp and fireworks (paging Peter Shapiro), but here’s the next best thing: Thurston, Kim, and Lee have a bunch of local shows coming up, some of them freeeee.
Rachel Mason (Photo: courtesy of The Lives of Hamilton Fish)
Multidisciplinary artist Rachel Mason’s album turned surreal rock-opera film The Lives of Hamilton Fish owes its life to coincidence. In January 1936, two men from upstate New York named Hamilton Fish — one a sadistic serial killer, the other a minor statesman — died a day apart. Decades later, while volunteering as an art teacher at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (where killer Fish was executed), Mason discovered their side-by-side obituaries in a newspaper clipping that would spark her self-admitted “obsession” with the Fish men.
Like the rest of Bushwick, Black & White Project Space is making a weekend escape to Rockaway Beach. On Aug. 1, the studio (part of Black & White Gallery) will launch a contemporary dance series on the sand at Beach 81st Street. During Beach Sessions, four local choreographers will make use of a 360-degree stage and channel the surrounding seascape into dance.
You used to be able to see Keith Haring’s art just by ducking into the subway — now all you have to do is catch a ferry to Governors Island. Not only are photos of the East Village legend’s subway squiggles on display at an exhibit of downtown public art, but you can also peep this Haring hologram.