Alt Citizen, the Brooklyn-based music and arts blog-cum-zine, found permanence last year with the opening of their storefront and gallery Alt Space, a “very well-curated concept store,” as editor-in-chief and founder Nasa Hadizadeh told us last year, with sundry items such as zines, clothing, vinyl, tapes, art prints, and posters available for gawking and purchasing.
But when Nasa realized that a month’s worth rent at the brick-and-mortar could buy her a baby blue short bus and a road trip across the country, the Alt crew took off for greener, less wintery pastures. Now it seems Nasa’s got the travel itch again. The Alt kids are back on the move with “Sweet Like Honey,” a mini music and gallery tour which kicks off at IDIO Gallery in New York before moving on to LA.
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 →
“Unscrupulous landlords” beware. This morning Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force at a press conference in Downtown Brooklyn. More →
Dana Beal (left) and Joey Goodwin after last month’s “midgets and models” fundraiser.
From the looks of yet another “Looking for a Girlfriend” parody flyer, the boxing gym that took over the Yippie building on Bleecker Street is seeking “real fighters.” Maybe for another underground party?
Last month, a day after we spoke to owner Joey Goodwin, Overthrow set up a ring in the middle of a Broome Street loft and pitted “midgets and models” against each other in order to raise funds for Dana Beal’s ongoing efforts to bring an ibogaine clinic to Afghanistan. More →
Would you rather spend a short evening watching stuff in a bar or dedicate your whole day to the wildest and most visceral of performance art? This week, you can do both.
Where The Wild Things Are 8 At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here.
Party moguls Brooklyn Wildlife present the eighth edition of their evening variety show at Bizarre Bar, home to all shapes and sizes of variety show. At any given moment, you can catch “aggro” raps by Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, beats by Star Falcon and Rob Interface, performance art poetry by Terminal Intrusion (Nyssa Frank, owner of The Living Gallery), burlesque, and more. The event asks attendees to wear a costume from a childhood story, a mascot outfit, or just to come half naked. So, suit up. Or down. More →
Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot. More →