With over 200 companies clamoring for attention at New York International Fringe Festival, it can be super tough to decide which of the 1,200+ performances to attend. But one thing’s for sure: gimmicks help a production stand out, and there’s no better gimmick (or “plot device,” if you prefer) than using a celebrity, dead author, or an Austrian shrink or two as your subject matter. Here now are 15 people who are serving as fodder for some of this year’s standout productions — from deities to Wilhelm Reich to a singing Sigmund Freud. More →
If you missed The Birdman when it was part of the LES* Film Festival (it ended up winning the fest’s Neighborhood Award), here’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. Filmmaker Jessie Auritt just put the short doc online, and you can now do what you’ve never gotten up the nerve to do IRL: venture into the Birdman’s quirky First Avenue shop, packed floor-to-ceiling with cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes (it’s no surprise the proprietor refers to cell phones as “cellu-phones,” and doesn’t know how to use them). More →
“I can’t believe we’re here,”said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years. More →
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster who gave us bacon beer, so when Brooklyn Brewery releases a new limited-offer, draft-only concoction (as it does every three or four months) we get excited.
We like to imagine Oliver holed up in a windowless laboratory in Williamsburg, surrounded by spices from India and barley from Newfoundland, furiously scribbling chemical equations on a dry-erase board. But he got some help for this latest installment of the Brewmaster’s Reserve series. Cuvée La Boîte is a collaboration with Lior Lev Sercarz, the self-styled “spice whisperer” and proprietor of La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, in Hell’s Kitchen. More →
High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.
The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said. More →
Take From Dusk Till Dawn and National Lampoon’s Vacation; subtract Chevy Chase, John Candy, Quentin Tarantino and bloodthirsty vampires; add Jennifer Aniston as a stripper and Dodgeball director Marshall Rawson Thurber, and you’ve got We’re The Millers.
Since spring, the mostly anonymous crew of Lower East Siders who make up the Dwellers have campaigned heavily against Soho House’s plan to occupy three stories and a rooftop bar at 139 Ludlow. In late May, Community Board 3 recommended that the State Liquor Authority deny a liquor license application, and now the club will plead its case to the SLA at a “500 foot” hearing on Thursday. More →
If Greenpoint’s vinyl district hasn’t yielded any gems lately, you may want to make a pilgrimage to midtown later this week, because the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is selling off about 22,000 dupe LPs from its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. And they’re going “cheap. Like, real cheap.”
The way the NYPL , this is going to be one epic sale. More →
While gluttons for punishment — and just plain gluttons — lined up for ramen burgers in Williamsburg on Saturday, another foodie fiasco was playing out on the Lower East Side. East Village Filipino restaurants Jeepney and Maharlika hosted their second annual balut eating contest at the Hester Street Fair. More →