David Byrne isn’t the only downtown demigod trying to stem the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (that’s him above, at a benefit performance of “Here Lies Love,” last month). Le Poisson Rouge just announced that Philip Glass will play a benefit show there next Thursday. And it isn’t your only chance to help the Philippines. More →
MGMT surfs with the alien. (Photo: EVR’s Facebook)
Earlier today, East Village Radio gave away tickets to MGMT and Dinosaur Jr.’s Friday-night show at the Barclays Center. Fans got to ring the band’s 75-pound cowbell and were molested by the alien you see with the band above, then AndrewVanWyngarden endorsed The Pizza Underground and confessed that his friend stole a pylon from Rockaway for him. More →
If you missed Cheryl Dunn’s new documentary about New York City street photography when it played at Nitehawk last month, don’t worry: you can catch Everybody Street at the Apple Store in Soho for free. After the screening, Sunday at 7 p.m., there’ll be a q&a with Dunn and two of the 13 fellow photographers who are featured in the film: Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and Jill Freedman, best known for her black-and-white photos of gritty ’70s and ’80s NYC.
Reserve a spot here. Or if you can’t make it, rent or buy the film on Vimeo.
A jam is many things. It’s fun. Loose. Liberating. Social. But it’s also a chance to just make some music, no questions asked, and that was the prevailing vibe Monday as the Roots played the seventh annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl.
Okayplayer is a hip-hop website brought to life by Roots drummer Questlove in 1999. Its yearly invitation-only holiday event is notorious for drawing serious, unannounced talent (the only act advertised ahead of time is the Roots). More →
Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)
After a hearing that drew at least one celeb protester, the City Council has approved land use actions for several sections of the impending Greenpoint Landing development. The affected sites include a lot that has been donated by the developers for use as a pre-K-to-8th-grade public school. Greenpoint Landing Associates (GLA), the developers of the site, made several large modifications to their plan before the council approved it yesterday, due largely to negotiations with Greenpoint’s star Council member Stephen Levin. More →
Todd Patrick writes in to share some more details about Trans-Pecos, the venue now hosting a series of “preview events” at 915 Wycoff in Bushwick. He notes that the Silent Barn’s old home still has “quite a ways to go,” and the to-do list ranges from adding a state-of-the-art sound system to “painting over the bad murals / preserving the good murals.” See his message below for a list of some of the folks who will curate the space collaboratively, details on the espresso cafe run by the folks behind Fort Greene’s Red Lantern cafe and Fresh Till Death, and a little bit about the conversion of the Silent Barn’s old bedrooms into skylit studio spaces. More →
As SantaCon gets ready to pop off in the East Village this weekend and its organizers helpfully remind their ruddy-cheeked followers not to pee on things or, uh, rape people, the LES Dwellers have posted the above signs around the Lower East Side. We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed them. Redditors are opining about the humbuggy postings, and — as you can guess — there’s a whole toy bag of opinions about SantaCon. Where do you fall on this spectrum of lovers and haters? More →
Councilman Stephen Levin, last seen condemning a knockout punch on a Hasidic man, is now speaking out against an “appalling attack” in Williamsburg earlier this month. This time, it’s a case of Hasidic-on-black violence. More →