“A night at Danceteria,” pictured are Ethyl Eichelberger, Keith Haring, Cookie Mueller & John Sex Danceteria, New York City 1984 (Photograph by Joseph Modica)
A new exhibition at La MaMa brings together the various threads of New York City nightlife, art, and HIV/AIDS activism. The close ties were always there but curators, gallerists, and artists seem to be reassessing spaces that are thought to be reserved for escapism and debauchery. Osman Can Yerebakan and Emily Colucci (who has contributed to this blog in the past) are the curatorial team behind Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism Since 1980. The show has been in the works for two years, so Colucci and her curatorial partner have been able to compile an incredible array of archival materials, photographs, and work by artists who are long gone and contemporary artists and activists who are ensuring the party rages on.
There was cause for alarm (literally and figuratively) today, around 4 p.m., when we received a report that a firehouse on Second Street between Avenues B and C was dealing with a bomb threat. After all, tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11. Turns out, it was just the work of a 34-year-old local man whom police know to be emotionally unstable. The man dropped off a suspicious looking suitcase with wires hanging out of it in front of the firehouse just before 2 p.m., according to an NYPD spokesperson. More →
The Babe Rainbow (Photo: thebaberainbow.tumblr.com)
Nowadays, you can’t swing a dead wallaby by its tail without hitting an exciting new band from Australia. Are they putting something in the water down under, or is it some sort of universal karmic balancing act for housing all those convicts back in the day? Whatever the story is, for now at least, Oz seems a country worth looking to for notable emerging acts. Case in point, CMJ’s recently revealed lineup, littered with the languid sounds of beach-dwelling crooners, rockers and rappers alike from the real Deep South. To bring you up to speed, we’ve compiled seven acts from the lineup worthy of the nation that brought you such cultural gems as Mad Max and Waltzing Matilda. More →
Get ready this week for films that are at once fantastical and grounded in sometimes harsh reality. Our top picks include an art-house sci-fi film that says more about immigration than extra-terrestrials, one werewolf flick that proves the Scandinavians are masters of mixing the banality of small town life and horror, and more. Peep on.
Saul Williams — the well-known poet, musician and actor who got his start at dark, intimate open mics throughout Brooklyn in the ’90s, rose to prominence at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and recently starred on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me — will release a new collection of poetry, US (a.), on Sept. 15. Beyond the book, he’s also in the midst of creating his multi-media project MartyrLoserKing (MLK). Earlier this summer, Williams finished a nation-wide tour to promote the album, which will drop in early 2016. Now he’s writing the script for the MLK film — a deviation from the play he originally envisioned. The third leg of the project is the same-titled graphic novel, which will also be released in 2016. More →
First Flight Music will close later this month after two decades on First Avenue. [EV Grieve]
Paperwork was submitted for a 19-story, 234-unit residential building on Greenpoint’s West Street. [The Real Deal]
After a summer hiatus, Delancey Street bar Moscow 57 is back in business tonight with a new sobriquet: Kapowski’s. [Bowery Boogie]
Bodine and Alexis Boling had their first date at Cinema Village in 2014. Next week, they’ll head back there for the theatrical release of their award winning “casual science-fiction film” Movement + Location. The Bed-Stuy filmmakers shot the film in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the course of 18 chilly winter days, and the hustling paid off: The film picked up awards for Best Screenplay and Best Original Score and won the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival last year. More →
Thirty years after the Guerrilla Girls put on their masks and started conducting “weenie counts,” women are still at a disadvantage in the art world. But — as we were reminded by “Girls at Night on the Internet,” a recent show highlighting female net and digi-artists — women are establishing their own, parallel structures of artistic legitimacy and supporting each other now more than ever. Three upcoming all-female art shows demonstrate that women (and female-identifying) artists are connecting across disciplines and taking charge of their own depiction possibly now more than ever. More →
Welcome back to reality. Now that summer’s officially over (the days seem shorter already, don’t they?) you’re going to need a serious hangover remedy for those months of self-abuse. If that sounds painful, it doesn’t have to be. Good shows will help get you back on your feet and distract you from the literal spiral into darkness happening right before our eyes. This week, see what a Kiwi guitar-pop legend is up to these days and don’t miss a certain Tropicália squad’s reunion. More →
Police released surveillance footage of two men punching and slashing a third with a box cutter around 2 a.m. yesterday at the One Stop Deli on the Lower East Side’s Madison Street. [CBS NY]
Early Friday morning, four women in Williamsburg robbed a subway rider as he waited to board the G train. [Brooklyn Paper]
That same day, one of three suspects was arrested for previously pulling a woman to the ground by her hair and nabbing her cell phone in Greenpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]