After announcing its closure in March, Silent Barn said goodbye on Sunday night with a concert aptly named Last Rites. The all-night event included a line-up of house favorites and a back-room dance party where the partitioned workspaces had been demolished ahead of the collectively-run Bushwick venue’s departure. Though it survived the loss of its previous space, a fire in the new one and constant financial issues, Silent Barn had soldiered on inside its bright, muraled collection of buildings on a tiny trianglular city block. Local youth community group Educated Little Monsters, which was housed there, had hoped to take over the lease with the help of a recent fundraiser but as ELM founder Yazmine “Jazo Brooklyn” Colon told us, “the landlord would not negotiate even though were under the impression he would.”
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Bell House Brings Summer Concert and Comedy Series to Industry City: Guided By Voices, Luna, and More
After getting a courtyard tugboat bar from the Frying Pan last year, Sunset Park work-play complex Industry City is upgrading with an outdoor bar from the folks behind two of Brooklyn’s hippest venues, The Bell House and Union Hall. The so-called Bell House Outpost will launch June 1 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday through the summer. What’s more, a new Bell House Summer Series will bring performances by indie darlings Guided By Voices, Luna, and lots more.
Meryl Meisler, the New York-based photographer known for her images of the city in the ’70s and ’80s, will show previously unseen photos of the Lower East Side during those years in an upcoming exhibition. Opening May 3 at The Storefront Project, “LES YES!” focuses on the rich cultural history of the neighborhood and takes an unflinching look at the daily lives of the working-class people and immigrants who lived there.
“New Yorkers don’t wait on line for anything, except for David Bowie,” said a woman waiting in line this afternoon for the MTA’s new David Bowie MetroCards.
Available at the booths and most kiosks at both Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker Street stations, the 250,000 cards feature five images of Bowie from across his entire career, and are in general pretty groovy.
If it’s finally rooftop party season, the summer music festivals can’t be far behind. Today, two of the biggies, Northside and Governor’s Ball, made some lineup reveals.
First off, Northside returns June 7-10, and it just dropped its initial lineup of shows at clubs like Brooklyn Bazaar and Music Hall of Williamsburg. In the mix are Liz Phair, whose box set Girly-Sound to Guyville comes out May 4; model-turned-rapper Chynna; Mogwai-esque instrumentalists Caspian; indie darlings Deerhoof; woke free jazz outfit Irreversible Entanglements; “post-punk’s most surprising success story,” Protomartyr; Brooklyn neo-punk soul duo Oshun; viral subway musicians Too Many Zooz, and many more. Entry for the club shows will be free with a badge (currently $75 and up) or can be purchased a la carte. Northside also revealed its initial lineup of speakers and panelists, which include a host of reps from media and tech companies. You can see that list below.
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Gone are the days of the humble coffee shop a la Central Perk in Friends— in our current era of Instagram, many cafes moonlight as bars or performance venues during off-hours, featuring trendy, eye-catching drinks and a strong social media presence as well.
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Ice cream weather is so close we can taste it (preferably at the new OddFellows) and with warmer temperatures come rooftop hangs. To that end, two of our favorite Brooklyn spots, Output and Our Wicked Lady, released their summer lineups today.
Output’s Saturday afternoon series will feature local house legends Louie Vega, Victor Calderone, David Morales and Danny Krivit, plus summer party fixtures Tiki Disco. The Sundays on the Roof series will include DJs and producers from all over the world, including Berlin’s Move D, Romania’s SIT, and Brooklyn’s own Ray Zuniga, proprietor of Touch of Class Records, and Lauren Ritter. The Friday Night Live series will kick off with a live performance by acid jazz legend Roy Ayers. You can scoop up tickets here, or just roll into one of the weekday sessions for free, from 5pm to 10pm. Check out the full rundown at the bottom of the page.
Two forthcoming venues in hallowed spaces have announced their initial lineups. Asbury Lanes, the Bowery Presents reboot of the 57-year-old bowling-and-music dive in Asbury Park, will open May 25 with a Cold Seas show, and Coney Island Baby, the new incarnation of the former Brownies and HiFi space in the East Village, opens April 26 with hardcore legends Murphy’s Law.
Avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Cecil Taylor died at his Brooklyn home Thursday evening. He was 89. A polarizing figure during the jazz heyday of the 50s and 60s due to his frenzied and untraditional playing style, Taylor helped to pioneer the free jazz genre along with Ornette Coleman. His avant-garde style has influenced countless musicians and left an indelible mark on the jazz as a whole.
Tavi Gevinson caused quite a stir among Donna Tartt fans last week when she posted an Instagram photo of a custom-made jacket inspired by Tartt’s 1992 novel The Secret History. Designed and sewn by Stephanie Marano, a Brooklynite and fellow book lover whom Gevinson, the Rookie founder and influencer par excellence, happened to meet on a subway platform, the jacket is equal parts awe-inspiring and allusive. The response on Instagram was enormous, and now Marano’s exclusive “book jackets” have become the must-have piece for any bibliophile worth their salt.
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The opening of the mammoth “David Bowie is” exhibit last week at the Brooklyn Museum left a lot of people nostalgic for the late Starman. Lucky for all the Ziggy Stardust acolytes out there, the Bowie love continues with a slew of new record releases in April and a batch of themed cocktails at Crown Heights bar and restaurant. So take your protein pills, put your helmet on and let the Bowie mania begin.
Motherless Brooklyn, the Edward Norton-penned adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel, took over Washington Square Park today, transforming the public space into a scene straight out of the 1950s.
Norton, who also directs and acts in the film, plays a lonely private investigator with Tourette’s searching for his only friend and mentor’s killer. Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, among others, are set to join the cast. The film, set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, will be released next year.