Jim Gaffigan, last seen being pious on the streets of Nolita, filmed on the Lower East Side with Adam Goldberg this morning, as you can see from the below Instagram video. It’s not the first time the comic has stopped into Katz’s — just check out the new extended version of the above teaser for The Jim Gaffigan Show, a full episode of which will go up on JimGaffigan.com on May 15. “I eat before I do standup, after I do standup,” he tells Goldberg while knocking down some pastrami. “Still trying to figure out a way to eat while I do standup.”
Stephin Merritt, last seen getting the Katie Lazarus treatment at Joe’s Pub, kicked off a rare solo tour in Philadelphia on Saturday. Since the Magnetic Fields frontman and onetime Luckiest Boy on the Lower East Side doesn’t yet have an NYC show slated, we traipsed down to Union Transfer, the Bowery Presents venue inside of a former train depot in Philly, to see what he had up his sleeve. Or, under his pageboy cap.
After tearing through St. Vitus on Tuesday, John Lydon settled into one of the Strand’s big leather chairs to rap about his new memoir, Anger Is an Energy, with Buzzfeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald. First things first, he announced that Public Image Ltd. is putting out a new album titled What the World Needs Now… and will tour in October and November. Then he explained the chef’s outfit he was wearing: “We were on our way to an interview and I seen the store that said ‘Uniforms Going Cheap’ — not kidding: $30.”
Businesses and homeowners impacted by the March 26 East Village explosion are eligible for low-interest loans, Governor Cuomo said. [NY1]
State Senator Dean Skelos is expected to be arrested imminently on corruption charges. [NY Times]
Drool over pics of the dishes being served up at Virginia’s, a restaurant opening today at 647 E. 11th Street. [Grub Street]
An estimated 1,000 protesters rallied in Union Square Friday afternoon for a May Day rally for worker and immigrant rights. People gathered in support of issues from raising the minimum wage to fair and equal pay for women, but this year May Day meant a lot more to many people-with the death of Freddie Gray, the subsequent violent protests in Baltimore, Maryland, and the indictment today of six police officers in connection to Gray’s death, racism among the police was one of the main messages, if not the most prevalent issue, taken up by the protesters.
For most kids across the world, pursuing a career in skateboarding can begin in and end in Southern California, but for Creation Skateboards pro Kenny Reed, that’s just a few pins on his world map. Reed’s career took him to California, but his path hasn’t been about pursuing corporate sponsorships or winning contests–his passion for skateboarding is his language.
Having been around for over 100 years, the subway system in New York is replete with ghost stations, abandoned platforms, and tunnels to nowhere. There’s so much of it that the MTA’s neglected property has become something of a fascination, and while projects like the Lowline seek to transform abandoned platforms into pleasant public spaces, mostly these unused areas become depressing garbage pits. But artist Andrew Diemer, a graphic design student at Pratt, has transformed one of these phantom spots with a simple installation.
Saws aren’t just for Texas chainsaw massacres — they can also be put to use by musicians, as the New York City Musical Saw Festival will show. Now in its eleventh edition, the event, presented by Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz, will gather about 50 saw players from all over the world, from a 95-year-old who’s been playing for 75 years to a saw savant who’ll join the Astoria Symphonic Choir for a rendition of Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus.”
Composer Scott Munson, who wrote the soundtrack of Another Earth, will present a new arrangement of his work, where the saw will be accompanied by bells. There’ll be an orchestra of 20 players from Japan and, for the first time, a British “invasion,” with six participants coming from the United Kingdom.
“These are gluten-free, vegan pancakes,” Jacqueline Mary called out as she brought out a new stack of flapjacks, against the backdrop of a transexual man masturbating. “If you are not vegan or gluten free, don’t fuckin’ eat them. Because we don’t have that many. More will be coming out.”
Rift Among Socialists Over Former Presidential Hopeful’s ‘Potentially Racist’ Comments About Michael Brown
East Village pacifist David McReynolds has been arrested at least 15 times in pursuit of his varied causes, once for organizing and leading a 1967 sit-in during the Vietnam war at the downtown Whitehall Military induction center. Arrested with him were leftwing luminaries like Allen Ginsberg, Grace Paley and Dr. Benjamin Spock.
McReynolds, who was on the editorial board of the now defunct Liberation magazine, was arrested two years earlier for burning his draft card in Union Square. Along the way, he visited Hanoi before the fall of Saigon to the communist North Vietnamese — or, as he would put it, “the liberation of Saigon” that occurred just before May Day 40 years ago.
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Remember that scientist whose lab found 637 known species of bacteria in NYC’s subways? Well, that guy, geneticist Chris Mason, will be strolling around the Lower East Side Sunday spouting what will surely be the most fascinating/gag-inducing spiel one is likely to hear on a walking tour. Not into viruses and fungi? That’s okay – “The Artist and the Scientist: Microbial Maps” is just one of more than 200-plus free walking tours hitting the street this weekend as part of Jane’s Walk.
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When we asked Brett Morgen whether there were any still-unreleased gems amidst the 200 hours of audio he combed through in order to create his new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, he gave us the most exciting answer imaginable: “We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question.” The album of home recordings, Morgen said, “will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people. Just to be clear, it’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”