It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help: and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More →
The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present. More →
Williamsburg definitely isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think Super Bowl, but as evidenced by Grub Street’s rundown of non-douchey places to watch, there are sports bars in the neighborhood — and they will be going hard. We popped into three of them — Whiskey Brooklyn, Mulholland’s, and Roebling Sporting Club — to ask their bartenders and owners what they’re planning, and whether Williamsburgers care about pigskin when it’s not inside of artisanal tacos. Watch the video above.
And if buckets of beer and wings-n-things isn’t really your scene, Grub Street also has a guide to ordering up the ultimate hipster feast.
A week before a 100th birthday concert for William S. Burroughs, Barry Miles, author of the new biography Call Me Burroughs, dropped by The Strand to talk about his time with the Beat legend, starting in 1964 when Miles asked him to contribute to an anthology. The Strand has kindly posted the entire discussion online — without even cutting it up and rearranging it! Below are some interesting little morsels about the Invisible Man. More →
Tina Rossner in her studio apartment. (Photo: Scott Lynch)
The plastered on a lobby door of the historic Hotel Chelsea could be lifted any day now, allowing for a new round of renovations in rooms once occupied by the likes of William Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and any number of wannabes drawn for decades to the old brick building with wrought iron balconies on West 23rd Street. More →
Skateboarding in NYC isn’t exactly as glamorous as it is in skate videos once the streets are covered in a mix of rock salt, snow and sand, but Williamsburg’s KCDC Skate Shop and Zoo York have teamed up to offer a weekly alternative to dodging debris and puddles of urine under the BQE. Hosted by The Space at 99 Attorney Street and backed by several sponsors, Skate Night debuted last Thursday and provided the NY skate scene with a perfect mini ramp and unlimited PBR, both free of charge. With the shop going strong for over 10 years and Zoo just turning 20, the duo have played a huge part in the local scene. More →
If readin’ bout Pete Seeger has inspired you to buy a banjo or a 12-string, you better move fast: East Village instrument purveyor A-1 Music is closing for good tonight at 7 p.m. The store’s co-owner told us a specialty candy/chocolate shop is taking over the lease on February 1. More →
The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Before Pete Seeger, “father of American folk music,” died Monday at the age of 94, he had lived in Beacon, N.Y. since 1949. But before that, he was a denizen of the East Village. In what was then known as the Lower East Side, he encountered musical mentors like Lead Belly, ran with a relative unknown named Woody Guthrie, became an activist, and started his career as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved musicians. More →