It’s now been pretty much exactly two years since Death By Audio held its last show and left its digs at Kent and South 2nd Street in Williamsburg. Vice Media has made itself right at home in the DIY venue’s old building, complete with its own beer on tap. That’s just the way the vegan, gluten-free Whole Foods cookie crumbles. But Matthew Conboy, co-founder of Death By Audio and director of Goodnight Brooklyn, hasn’t forgotten it all. In fact, he’ll be at Alamo Drafthouse tonight when his film opens there for a week-long run. If you missed the sweat-drenched documentation of the venue’s final days when it screened at SXSW and then at Rooftop Films Summer Series, this is your chance to pop in some earplugs and check it out.
Williamsburg resident Moshe Weiner, 21, was killed yesterday when he was hit by a tractor trailer, which proceeded to drag him down Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]
According to a report by Cleanup North Brooklyn, many Bushwick children suffer from asthma owed to a diesel fuel pollutant emitted by the private waste transfer station Brooklyn Transfer LLC. [Gothamist]
This week the three business partners behind Bushwick’s most beloved pizza, Roberta’s, are in court hammering out their “conscious uncoupling.” [NY Post] Meanwhile, yesterday Roberta’s debated a two-month pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. [Eater LA] Keep Reading »
Thursday, December 1 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $10.
Surely many of you have taken a crack at reading David Foster Wallace’s behemoth of a novel Infinite Jest; perhaps some have even gotten through the entire thing. Or maybe the idea of parsing through a book so large it could double as a weapon seems daunting, and you’d rather sit in a basement watching a comedy show that vaguely riffs on the novel but is set in a vaguely dystopian future where the NFL is in cahoots with the government. In that case, Brian Pisano and Sam Taffe’s sketch comedy play Infinite Jets may be the thing for you. Our current future prospects aren’t looking too hot, so might as well laugh at a made-up future before ours becomes all too real. The show comes as a double feature with Deep Space Live, a late night talk show set in space hosted by a man whose only friend is a robot.
Videofilia (And Other Viral Syndromes)
Friday December 2 through Thursday December 8 at Spectacle, $5
As we’re constantly reminded these days, technological progress is hurdling faster and faster toward the speed of light. These days, we don’t even have to get off our asses and schlep it to the dollar store for toilet paper– we can simply press a button and the butt paper shows up like magic, encased in an obscenely large cardboard box. Then again, there are times when you’re riding the subway and you’re overwhelmed by an apocalyptic dread, having realized that every single human on board is playing Candy Crush. These things serve to remind us that End Times are nigh, and these phone zombies will be the beginning of a very dark, totally uncool end.
Police released a photo of the teenage boy who threatened to shoot or stab three people on the Lower East Side between November 14 and 17, making off with a combined $21 cash. [DNA Info]
A 79-year-old saxophonist claims his landlord planted bedbugs in his $380/month East Village apartment. [NY Post]
According to a study by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, only about 40 percent of New Yorkers have three months worth of household expenses saved in case of an emergency. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »
Around 2am Sunday at the Lower East Side Coffee Shop on E. 14th Street, a loud Mike Pence supporter launched into racist and sexist invectives against two Chinese-American women who asked him to quiet down (and eventually threw glasses of water in his face), before he pepper sprayed a Latino man who came to their defense. [Mic News] The Pence supporter, a 56-year-old white man, was arrested for assault and harassment. [Gothamist]
Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti (interspersed with the words “Trump” and “KKK”) found in the public housing developments at both 85 Taylor Street and 99 Wilson Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]
Next year, thanks to a partnership with the Lower East Side non-profit University Settlement, NYU students will have the chance to live with local senior citizens who have space for rent, potentially slashing their room and board costs by half. [NBC NY] Keep Reading »
After over a decade of uncertainty, the city has struck a deal to acquire the final 11 acres needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park. The parcel of land on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, a subject of controversy for years, will be purchased for $160 million, according to announcement from the mayor’s office.
The Doulas NYC Launch Party
Monday, November 21 at Bluestockings, 7 pm: FREE.
Bookstore, cafe, and activist space Bluestockings is fittingly the space for the NYC release event of The Doulas: Radical Care For Pregnant People. The book was written by Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell, founders of The Doula Project, a NYC-based organization founded in 2007 that works to provide care and support to pregnant people “across the spectrum of choice,” meaning they will be there for pregnant individuals “whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.” Their new book acts as a history of the organization’s work thus far through individual anecdotes chronicling the decision-making that typically goes on behind closed doors, as well as a “guidebook for the future.” The event will feature readings from the book by the authors, and is co-sponsored by a variety of women’s and reproductive health organizations based in New York and elsewhere. Such an evening is unfortunately timely as the future of reproductive choice and health becomes more and more unclear, so there is no time like the present to familiarize yourself with workers and organizations such as this, while you still can.
Ereptile Destruction, Growler, Shitkill
Tuesday November 22, 9 pm at Union Pool: $8
Once in a while, it helps to forget everything that’s happened to metal since nu metal hit, and take a trip back to our roots. Growler, a Brooklyn-based act that describes itself simply as “hard and loud” helps get us there, mainly by defying the trend toward increasingly humorless, doomed and/or blackened what-have-you. Lately, it feels like we’re so chin-deep in sludgy muck that it’s easy to forget where we started. Growler’s throwback sound plops us back in the early ’80s, with their high-pitched, falsetto, bordering on operatic vocals that recall Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Kwauhuru Govan, a 38-year-old man from Florida, was indicted Thursday for the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Bushwick teenager Sharabia Thomas, thanks to DNA found under the victim’s fingernails. [DNA Info]
On November 10, a woman witnessed a man fondling himself in front of Delancey Street’s P.S. 142 elementary school, which she reported to police. [DNA Info]
About an hour ago, Williamsburg bar and performance space Over the Eight announced on Facebook that it’ll be closing its doors at the end of next month.
“We’ve had a fantastic three and a half year, slinging cheap drinks and treasured times,” the venue wrote. “We’re honored to have hosted some incredible performers in our back room, and appreciate getting to know all of you a little better.”