In his two-room art studio in Chinatown, The Sucklord toils away in his toy factory, making handcrafted action figures in the non-air conditioned swelter of a summer afternoon. Best known as one of the most memorably eccentric contestants on the 2011 season of the Bravo show “Work of Art,” he’s still at it, shipping his Suckadelic creations to fans across the country. He’ll be selling a limited edition Darth Vader Godfather action figure at the LoMan Art Festival this weekend. Get them while they’re hot, because with a video series and an upcoming podcast, The Sucklord aspires to create an empire and hightail it to L.A.
Back in May, when Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was screening at IFC Center before its HBO release, director Brett Morgen revealed to Bedford + Bowery that an album of previously unreleased Cobain material was on the way. Now he tells Billboard a little more about it, saying that the as-yet untitled release, out in early November, will consist of everything “from thrash to ragtime and everything in between,” including audio montages and “a sketch comedy routine featuring Kurt voicing all of the characters.”
While you wait on tenterhooks for that, Morgen has a few more gifts for you. For one thing, he’ll be doing a q&a tomorrow, August 7, after a screening of Montage at IFC Center (that’s right: the film is back in theaters, and will be at IFC through August 13). Snag a ticket (still available) and ask him about the above outtake from the film, which he shared with Opie with Jim Norton today. In it, Cobain, in bed with a puke bucket, talks about his chronic stomach pain and jokes about heroin — “needles, needles, keep ’em coming!”
As if all of that isn’t enough for Cobain die-hards, a slew of recordings claiming to be Nirvana rarities surfaced online this week, including the demo that Cobain’s pre-Nirvana band Fecal Matter made in 1986 and alternate takes and demos from Nevermind and In Utero. Head over to Reddit to have a listen.
On Friday a tipster sent us this photo from the set of Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming HBO show, now titled Vinyl. As you can see, Marty meticulously recreated the legendary Max’s Kansas City on 19th Street, between Park and Broadway, just a couple of blocks from its former location on the corner of 18th and Park Avenue South (now home to a CVS). The clubhouse of Andy Warhol (who would’ve turned 87 today) was honored with a 50th anniversary reunion show at Bowery Electric in June.
Scorsese’s show about New York’s ’70s and ’80s rock and roll scene, which filmed in the East Village a couple of weeks ago, now has a teaser, below. And according to a sign we spotted at 56th Street and Seventh Avenue, it’ll be filming near that corner this Friday.
On Thursday, the evening before New York State made it legal for five organizations to grow and sell medical marijuana, a group of high-minded individuals filed into a spacious meeting room in Soho and gave their names to the perky girl at the door. They had paid $20 to attend a seminar called “Growing Cannabis,” the latest in a series of programs put on by the quickly growing High NY Meetup group.
“At what address do the Dursleys live when Harry is delivered at their doorstep?” demanded one of the guys from last year’s winning trivia team, the Remembralls. It was Saturday afternoon and they had come to host a Harry Potter trivia contest at PotterCon at The Bell House. “This is the missionary position of questions, people!”
The Standard, High Line — last seen getting a nifty rooftop paint job from Romon “Rostarr” Kimin — has teamed up with another one of our favorite artists, José Parlá.
Not only has Greta Gerwig unleashed a new clip from her forthcoming movie with Noah Baumbach, Mistress America (out Aug. 14), but she just unveiled the lineup of the outdoor film series she curated for The Palms in Rockaway. Among the flicks that will be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).
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.
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.
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.
Well, this is a bummer. One of our favorite Spanish spots, La Churreria, has called it a day. Just a month after we got all excited about a menu makeover that brought churro cups into the mix, the three-year-old sister restaurant of neighboring Socarrat has “closed for renovations,” per a Facebook message. But don’t get it twisted, heart-shaped churro fans: the Nolita cafe isn’t coming back. An inquiry reveals the ownership will be “launching a new concept,” with details coming soon.
Experimental filmmaker Joseph Gibbons was the focus of multiple camera lenses this afternoon — not as part of one his projects, but because he had been convicted of robbery in the third degree. Today in Manhattan Supreme Court, he was sentenced to a year in prison, with the many months he’s been confined to jail counting towards time served.
Last December Gibbons was arrested following his robbery of a bank in Chinatown in which he gave the teller a note demanding money. What makes the case a shade more interesting than your standard stick-up is that, according to the New York Post, the theft of the $1,002 was filmed as part of a future project.
Alas, Lit is closing, but could Mr. Fong’s keep hope alive for the downtown set? Lucas Moran, who just opened the neighborhood bar in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, wants his new place to be “like the way Max Fish used to be when I was a kid, but with better cocktails.”