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February 29th, 2008

INTERVIEW: DJ’S STONEROKK + GRAHAM FUNKE.

by John Coakley

at the club
StoneRokk (left) and Graham Funke (right)

DJs StoneRokk and Graham Funke (his real name – seriously) are busy guys, working regular parties in LA and Las Vegas while doing special events for everyone from Marilyn Manson to George Clooney. But they don’t let all of that Hollywood glitter get in their eyes. Their focus is the music, whether it’s the latest pop hit or your favorite classic rock tune. It all works if you know how to work it, which Stone and Graham certainly do. I spoke with them in the bar at the Hudson Hotel, which doesn’t have iced tea and will make you check your coat whether you want to or not.

SJ: Folks in NY and LA tend to forget that nightlife exists in other American cities. As DJs who have been all over, what other cities have stood out for you?

GF: The trend is: you have a number of nightlife meccas – NY, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco. People from places not usually associated with nightlife come to visit these places and figure out what they want to do in their cities. So the clubs we’re playing at in places like Kansas City, Oklahoma City, or cities in Texas have elements of the clubs in the (bigger) cities – they have bottle service, they have a door policy. It’s not like the other cities are so isolated that you can’t figure out what works and deliver it to your smaller town. The places we’re playing are really high end, and those cities have people who have a ton of money, so if you associate some of these places with the backwoods, two dollar Pabst kind of thing – it’s not even like that. People are popping magnums of Dom like crazy; people are wildin’ out in these places. There’s a place called Sweet in Dallas that’s handled beautifully, it’s an amazing club, I love that one. Tomorrow we’re at Blonde in Kansas City, another place we’ve been playing at a long time…I mean that club could be anywhere, Chicago, New York.

SJ: Sure.

SR: And most of these people accept it as, like, their taste of the big city. In Kansas City for example they have the $2 beer sports bar thing where I’m gonna get drunk for $22 and, you know, I’m gonna go home with this girl and maybe get laid, maybe not. Then this new place comes in and it’s $12 for a drink, $400 for a $20 bottle of booze…and people aren’t scared of it. They feel like they’re getting their fix of the New York’s, the LA’s, the Miami’s of the world.

SJ: You’re originally from Queens, right?

SR: Yes.

SJ: So you grew up here in New York?

SR: I moved when I was 13. Most of my family moved out west and my mom was like, “let’s ship out.” Which was kind of a bummer to me, but you know, it is what it is.

SJ: Fair enough. I was about to ask you what parties you were into here in New York when you were growing up. But unless you were, like, full-on Larry Clark’s Kids… Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Arts & Leisure | Interview | New York

February 27th, 2008

LAST CHANCE TO SEE STARSHINE BURLESQUE @ RIFIFI: THURSDAY, 2/28/8 @ 10:15PM

by John Coakley

where it belongs
RiFiFi’ beloved marquee.

So far the rumors that Rififi is closing have been exaggerated – it is true that noise complaints from curmudgeonly neighbors who should really just move to Staten Island have made the future uncertain, but uncertain means that RiFiFi could be in business for another 50 years. You just don’t know – it’s uncertain.

Having said that, the ladies of Starshine Burlesque will be packin’ the pasties and boxin’ the body glitter and moving down to Lucky Cheng’s next week. So this is your last chance to see them perform where it all began six years ago. Jo Boobs, Delirium Tremens, Creamy Stevens (my favorite – I swear, burlesque performers are like Beatles) and others will all be doing their thing in a cozy, performer-friendly bar, the kind that is getting harder and harder to find in Manhattan. The future is uncertain, so you should go. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

February 27th, 2008

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MTA’S PROPOSED ‘EMERGENCY VENTILATION PLANT’ AT MULRY SQUARE: THURSDAY, 2/28/8, 6-8PM

by John Coakley

911
9/11 memorial at Mulry Square

Thanks to the good folks at the GVSHP for keeping us apprised.

This project would involve significant digging, underground construction, and the possible building of a 4-6 story permanent ‘ventilation shaft’ in or around the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues and 11th street. The MTA seems pretty intent on pushing this project through, yet it hasn’t been made clear to the public exactly why it is needed. It is expected to take years to complete, which is bad news for anyone who lives or works in an area that will already be facing 8 years of demolition and construction at St. Vincent’s hospital. Come to this meeting and learn what you can, then voice your concerns. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | News | Take Action

February 26th, 2008

DJS STONEROKK + GRAHAM FUNKE @ MARQUEE: 2/27/8 @ 10:30PM

by John Coakley

feelin it.
DJs StoneRokk and Graham Funke are huge on the West Coast, with weekly engagements in LA, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. They’ve played private events for everyone from Christina Aguilera to George Clooney and are known for mixing genres with the greatest of ease. StoneRokk and Graham Funke are on tour in support of their new mix CD Trabajo, and they are exactly the kind of musical omnivores we need right now in clubland. So cancel that morning meeting and check them out.

Wednesday, 2/27/8 @ 10:30pm, $20
Marquee
289 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(646) 473-0202

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 25th, 2008

HEARING ON ST. VINCENT’S AND RUDIN LUXURY CONDO/ NEW HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: MONDAY, 2/25/8 @ 6:30PM.

by You the Reader

As always, thanks to Andrew Berman of the GVSHP for keeping us informed.

More than 800 people came to the last hearing, sending a strong message that the current plan was NOT acceptable, and must be substantially changed, because:

it involved unnecessary and precedent-setting demolition of landmarked historic buildings,

the two very large new proposed buildings were totally out-of-scale for the neighborhood,

it involved an unacceptable upzoning and increase in density, and

there are alternatives for building a new hospital that are compatible with the character of our neighborhood. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action

February 25th, 2008

COME SUPPORT THE LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST THE TRUMP SOHO ‘CONDO-HOTEL:’ WEDNESDAY, 2/27/8, @ 10AM

by John Coakley

sham right.
As always, thanks to Andrew Berman of the GVSHP for the heads up.

There are many, many reasons to dislike the Trump building going up on the corner of Varick and Spring – the obnoxious height that will dwarf everything else in the neighborhood, the tragic fact that someone has already died while building it, the Trump name blustering its way downtown and the effect that will have. Unfortunately, the height is legal, tragic accidents and tall buildings have always gone hand in hand, and Trump is going to go wherever he feels tacky gold faucets are needed. The one thing about this building that can be challenged is the zoning. It’s a ‘condo-hotel,’ the first in the city to be allowed in an area that prohibits residential hotels. The SoHo Alliance and a host of other organizations will be making this case against Trump’s building on Wednesday. You are invited to join them and testify. You can also send a letter to the Board of Standards and Appeals (click here for a sample). That letter will also give you clear examples of talking points if you decide to come on Wednesday – it’s important to stay on topic in these hearings.

Let’s do what we can to preserve what’s left of SoHo’s character.

Wednesday, February 27, at 10 am
NYC Board of Standards and Appeals
40 Rector Street, 6th floor, room E
between Washington and West Streets
(Take the 1 or the R/W to Rector Street, or the 4,5 to Wall Street
– bring photo ID to enter building)

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | News | Politics | Take Action

February 24th, 2008

CINEKINK NYC 2008: 2/26/8 – 3/2/8

by John Coakley

ouch.
As you watch the Oscars tonight, you may notice the distinct lack of a crucial awards category: Best Sex Scene. Wouldn’t it be great if the Academy would just loosen up and acknowledge this vital aspect of cinema? The line between ‘serious’ cinema and porn would get blurred, which could only be a good thing. My pick for this year’s winner would be Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, by the way. Discuss.

Cinekink NYC is an annual festival that celebrates sexuality in all of its diversity and experimental film in all of its non-silicone, socks-off glory. First up: A gala opening night event, featuring a silent auction, music, and a screening of Schwarzwald, a modern take on Druidic ritual and Medeival gallantry starring Buck Angel, everyone’s favorite female to male transperson. Should be a hoot. And Shortbus, the undisputed winner of 2006’s Best Sex Scene award, is screening the next day. Mmm hmm.

Cinekink Opening night Gala
Tuesday, 2/26/8 @ 8PM
Taj Lounge
48 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
212/620-303

Click here for tickets.

Click here for schedule.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

February 23rd, 2008

LUSTRE: A MID-WINTER TRANS-FEST @ PS 122: THROUGH 3/9/8.

by John Coakley

Not Uncle Milty.
Justin Bond is not your parent’s transvestite. Number one, transperson is a more acceptable – and more accurate – term for Justin and the folks joining him for Lustre. This is not Milton Berle going for cheap laughs, and it isn’t RuPaul doing her thing either. It’s a little more subtle and complicated, a little more to do with challenging the audience’s definitions of gender than over the top parody. Which is not to say that Bond can’t do over the top – he was part of the cabaret duo Kiki and Herb, after all. But this show looks like it could be an appealing mix of the bawdy, the tittilating, and the thought provoking. Are you man, woman, or other enough to go?

Featuring: Our Lady J, Glenn Marla, Nathan Carrera …and The Pixie Harlots;
Plus special surprise guests nightly, including Taylor Mac and M. Lamar

Lustre: A Mid-Winter Trans-Fest
Wednesday, February 20th-Sunday, March 9th
Wednesday-Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Additional shows Saturday at 11 p.m.
Tickets from $25, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (P.S. 122 members)

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 22nd, 2008

THE 3RD ANNUAL ALT.OSCAR AWARDS @ KISS AND FLY: 2/24/8 FROM 6PM – ?

by You the Reader

Shiny...
Please join MC Christopher, Action Arts League, Kostume Kult and other famous people for…

The 3rd Annual Alt.Oscar Awards
Where YOU are the Celebrity!

Sunday, February 24, 2008
6:00pm til 12:00 midnight+

Kiss and Fly
409 W 13th St, near 9th Ave, NYC

$20 presale/in costume
$25 door/streetwear
Drink specials all night

Dress: Film character, pop culture icon or creative black tie

Music: House, groovy techno and danceable film themes

Alty Awards for Best Celebrity (real or imagined), Best Costume, Life Achievement, Acts of Brilliance… Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 18th, 2008

THE PERCEPTIONISTS @ THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM: 2/19/8 @ 9PM.

by John Coakley

Mr. Lif
A lot of people who grew up loving the music of RUN DMC, Public Enemy, and De la Soul have since given up on hip hop. They miss the feeling of possibility, of a potential for change both musical and cultural, that the music was once able to provide. Most of these folks were turned off by the crass commercialism of Diddy etc. and the empty thuggery of Dr. Dre etc. and started to ignore the rap side of their musical menu.

But you can’t eat the same food every day and you can’t consistently skip one of the major musical food groups. Go to the Highline Ballroom tonight and check out The Perceptionists, aka Akrobatik and Mr. Lif. Lif is from Boston and his album, Mo’ Mega, is one of the best hip hop albums out there right now. The music is sharp and compelling, the flow is impressive, and the lyrics tackle family and politics with admirable clarity and candor. The lack of fathers, or at least father figures, is one of the top 10 800 pound gorillas sitting in hip hop’s living room, but how many MC’s actually take the time to discuss it, let alone think about how that lack may have affected them? Mr. Lif has done both and the resulting song, Looking In…, will get you choked up. He also has a great song about going down on one’s ladyfriend, so clearly the man has some serious range. This is not a show to miss, folks. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 18th, 2008

MUSEUM OF SEX: BETTER THAN FAKE TV THERAPISTS.

by John Coakley

Origasmic.
Oops. All of those old textbooks you were planning to peruse in hopes of gaining historical perspective and inspiration from Presidents Washington and Lincoln are missing, probably sold for subway fare back in your early twenties. You could spend all day at the Strand trying to track them down, if it’ll make you feel more of a citizen.

Or you could go to the Museum of Sex and enjoy their sex in design/design in sex show and check out the antique vibrators and erotic juicers. They also have one hell of a gift shop, featuring the origami project pictured above. Sure beats staying in and watching Dr. Phil. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York

February 15th, 2008

SHANNON + NATALIE: 2/15/8 IN RIVERHEAD, 2/16/8 IN NYC.

by John Coakley

Shannon+Natalie
Shannon and Natalie are an acoustic duo with a sound suitable for cafes, places like The Sunset Cafe in Westhampton Beach (where Natalie works) that provide an atmosphere conducive to reading, quiet conversation, listening to the music, or a mix of all three. You’ll want to stick to listening when these two take the stage and sing their often sharp and witty songs about bad relationships and being afraid to leave the house. Remember The Murmurs? That duo featuring Leisha Hailey, who now plays Alice on The L Word? That’s an apt comparison. Except The Murmurs no longer exist, while Shannon and Natalie are very much alive and are playing two shows this weekend – one in Manhattan and another in Long Island. So either way, you really have no excuse not to go.

Friday, Feb. 15
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Eastenders Coffee House
40 East Main St.
Riverhead, NY 11901

Saturday, Feb. 16
8:00-8:45 p.m.
The Alphabet Lounge
104 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York | the Hamptons

February 14th, 2008

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY PLAN: FILM BUFF VERSION

by John Coakley

H+M
Start at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater at 7:30 for a screening of Harold and Maude, one of the best romantic comedies ever filmed. The May/really freakin’ late December romance is depicted with warmth, smarts, and zero schmaltz, and the Cat Stevens will tickle the inner hippie that you thought was long, long dead.
MMMMM.
Meander uptown to the Gray’s Papaya on 72nd Street and get the recession special – two franks and the fruit juice of your choice for $3.75. Two of those and some fries, and you’ve got an unforgettably New York Valentine’s Dinner for less than ten bucks. Damn, you’re good.
Uh, yeah dude, she's cute. Really!
Meander back to Lincoln Center to the opening of the Film Comment Selects Festival, an intriguing mix of the challenging and overlooked. It kicks off with George Romero’s Diary of the Dead, which features a group of film students trying to simultaneously document the inexplicable rise of the undead while fleeing to safety. Advance word has it that Romero has corrected the over-budget, action movie bloat of Land of the Dead and made this one lean and mean.

Meander back home with your sweetie and be grateful that your age difference isn’t 50+, that the dead have yet to return to life in search of your tasty brains, and that bargains can still be found in culinary Manhattan.

Lincoln Center map here.

Gray’s Papaya is on the corner of Broadway and 72nd. Couldn’t miss it if you wanted to.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 13th, 2008

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY @ TRIBECA CINEMAS: 2/13/8 @ 7:30PM

by John Coakley

Not good.
West Hampton Dunes is a small beach front community on the south shore of Long Island, New York. It is located entirely on a barrier island system that provides critical hurricane and storm protection to the mainland.

Natural disasters, poor design and execution from the Army Corp of Engineers (the same folks responsible for the Levees in New Orleans) and political power plays have all conspired against this community, yet its residents continue to fight for its very existence. Incredible Journey is the story of their struggle, and it just may offer lessons and inspiration to anyone who cares about preserving the integrity of the little waterside town we call Manhattan.

Incredible Journey: The Story of West Hampton Dunes
A documentary produced and directed by Yale Nelson
Sponsored by Save Our NY Beaches
TONIGHT ONLY
Wednesday, 2/13/8 @ 7:30PM
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street @ Laight Street
$25
Send an email to info@saveournybeaches.org to reserve seats.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York | News | Politics | Take Action | the Hamptons

February 11th, 2008

THE GREAT URBAN PARADIGM SHIFT: ROBERT MOSES, JANE JACOBS, AND WEST VILLAGE HOUSES. A LECTURE BY WARREN SHAW.

by You the Reader

West Village Houses
As always, thanks to the good people at the GVSHP for keeping us informed.

Tuesday, February 12
Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Demo Hall
25 Carmine Street (at Bleecker)
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Free. Reservations required.
Please call 212.475.9585 x35 or e-mail rsvp@gvshp.org for reservations.

The development of the West Village Houses has typified many of the diverse challenges facing preservationists in an ever-expanding city like New York. Warren Shaw, Asst. Corporation Counsel in the Real Estate Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department will examine the creation of the West Village Houses as an outgrowth of the epochal battle between Robert Moses (the Urban Renewal Czar) and Jane Jacobs (the champion of traditional urbanism). Now a partially privatized co-op, the West Village Houses is an exceptional symbol of a community both shaped and challenged by evolving attitudes toward city planning, conservation, and Urban Renewal.

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics

February 10th, 2008

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE: 2/10/8 @ 1PM IN CHINATOWN.

by You the Reader

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9th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Time: 1-5 pm, Sunday, February 10, 2008
Place: Canal Street South
The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and processions by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Worth Street. The parade is expected to conclude at 3:00 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

February 9th, 2008

UNIBOUZU TAKES ALL COMERS! TONIGHT, 2/9/8 @ WEBSTER HALL!

by John Coakley

REEAARRGGHHAAH! EEEYYYAAAARRGGHHHAAAHH!
Kaiju Big Battel is what happens when you take pro wrestling and 60’s Toho Studio Godzilla movies – two of the most beloved, despised, lowest forms of popular culure – and combine them in such a way as to create a highly elevated form of satire that allows one to indulge in the pleasures of things looked down upon because you’re really making fun of them. But we know the truth. Go ahead. Laugh. Mock the monsters’ ridiculous names. All the while secretly thrilling at the sight of men in monster suits throwing themselves around a ring littered with cardboard buildings and cityscapes. Your inner child will make you breakfast in bed for a month.

Kaiju Big Battel: New York Blackout
When: Saturday, February 9th 2008. 7PM doors. 8PM show.
Where: Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St., Manhattan, NY
Tickets: All Ticketmaster locations and ticketmaster.com. $20. This is a 16+ event.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 8th, 2008

DEMIMONDE: THE ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE @ ARENA: OPENING TONIGHT, 2/8/8 @ 7PM.

by C.B. Coakley

The Show.
Arena Studios presents Demimonde: The Art of Molly Crabapple, curated by Audacia Ray.

In the 19th century, the term ‘Demimonde’ referred to the world of the theatre, of bohemia and of high-end sex-work: where style was traded for money and class transgression was possible – though often at great personal cost.

Molly Crabapple’s ‘Demimonde’ explores this half-world of sex, ambition and artifice. It also marks the debut of her new series of large scale works. Featuring Dr. Sketchy’s burlesque drawing in the back room, so bring your sketch pads!

Public Opening Friday, February 8th, from 7-10 pm
Work on view from February 8 to April 4
@ Arena Studios
407 Broome St, Suite 7A

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 7th, 2008

VALENTINE’S DAY W/ THE KIDS @ CMA: SUNDAY, 2/10/8.

by You the Reader

Awwwww.
Join the good folks at the Children’s Museum of the Arts this Sunday, February 10th from noon to 5pm as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart-filled projects for all ages. Plus, don’t miss the in-demand Chocolatier workshop, taking place from 12 – 1pm, 1:30 – 2:30pm, and 3 – 4pm, with 18 children per workshop. Pre-registration is required for the Chocolatier workshop.

To RSVP for the Member’s Party (10am – noon) or the Chocolatier workshop, please contact Lori Feren at 212.274.0986 x113 or valentine@cmany.org.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette Street, between Broome and Grand
Sunday, 2/10/8, noon-5pm

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

February 5th, 2008

COUNCIL MEMBERS TO CONSIDER RESOLUTION ON “9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT” 2/6/8 @ 10AM, CITY HALL.

by You the Reader

From the good folks at 9/11 Environmental Action:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) will attend and testify at a New York City Council hearing on Wednesday, February 6, at 10 A.M. At the hearing, the Council will consider Res. 1058, a resolution calling upon the House of Representatives to pass, and the United States Senate to introduce and pass, H.R. 3543, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Reps. Nadler and Maloney, along with Rep. Vito Fossella (NY-13), are the principal authors of H.R. 3543.

Who: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)

What: New York City Council Hearing on Res. 1058, a “Resolution calling upon the United States House of Representatives to
pass and the United States Senate to introduce and pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 3543)”

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 — 10 A.M.

Where: Council Chambers
City Hall
New York, NY

Filed Under: Community | Events | News | Politics

February 5th, 2008

THE (SELF)PROMOTION SHOW @ APEXART, THROUGH 2/16/8.

by John Coakley

You're on TV.
The apexart gallery had the ingenious idea of holding an open call competition to create a 30 second commercial for them. Then visitors can either view the entries on the couch in the gallery or check them out online. Either way, people get to vote on their favorite and the winner gets his commercial shown on television. Some people might not like this mixing of art and commerce, but then others may see it as a way for the public to have more of a say over what kind of art gets shown. Discuss.

The (Self)Promotion Show
created and curated by you, the public
with an accompanying essay by Carlo McCormick

apexart
291 Church Street
(between Walker and White)
New York, NY 10013 USA
212 431 5270
tue – sat 11 – 6 pm

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

February 4th, 2008

JOHN WOLFINGTON @ THE LIVING ROOM, TONIGHT, 2/4/8 @ 9:30PM.

by John Coakley

John Wolfington
There is no reason why acoustic music should stay stuck in the aesthetic confines of its past innovators. If you’ve gone to a folk open mic then you have seen this happen – lots of folks trying way too hard to sound just like Dylan, Mitchell or Cohen. That won’t be a problem tonight. All four of these singers have their own sound, particularly John Wolfington. He has one song that perfectly captures the bitterness felt towards a selfish lover who puts themselves first and follows it with another song that gorgeously conveys the relief that a good walk can provide after having wasted too much time inside stewing over said lover. It’s beautiful, bracing stuff. Click on the names below to hear his work and that of the other acts, who are all worthy of your attention.

Monday, 2/4/8
7:30 Tim Foljhan (of Two Dollar Guitar)
8:30 Alexa Wilding
9:30 John Wolfington
10:30 Rebecca Schiffman

The Living Room
Upstairs in Googie’s Lounge:
154 Ludlow btw/ Stanton and Rivington
No Cover, 1 drink minimum, tip jar will be passed so don’t be a jerk and not fill it.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 3rd, 2008

HAL HARTLEY’S THE BOOK OF LIFE: TONIGHT @ MOMA, 6PM.

by John Coakley

Mmm. Jesus sure knows how to pick 'em.
Don’t care for football? Looking for something to do this evening while the rest of the city is gathered around televisions at friend’s homes or sports bars? Why not go to a movie at the Museum of Modern Art? Tonight they’re showing The Book of Life, largely considered to be Hal Hartley‘s last great film. Martin Donovan stars as Jesus, who is sent back to earth on the eve of the millenium to open the Book of Life – a Mac Powerbook, in this case – and get the whole Revelation/Judgement ball rolling. Thomas Jay Ryan (Henry Fool) is marvelous as Satan, and PJ Harvey does her best smolder as Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ personal assistant. This is a story of compassion that atheists and believers can both enjoy, and Hartley’s vision of Manhattan will make you pine for the days before banks, chain drug stores, and Starbucks ruled our streets. Look for Yo la Tengo as a Salvation Army band.

The Museum of Modern Art
(212) 708-9400
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

Adults $10
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $8
Students (full-time with current ID) $6
Children (sixteen and under) Free, but a ticket is required

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

February 2nd, 2008

NEW YORK MODERN @ THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM: THROUGH APRIL, 2008.

by John Coakley

Dirigibles, man. Dirigibles.
The Skyscraper Museum is currently running an exhibition called New York Modern which documents and displays early 20th Century visions of New York’s future. People back then were by turns inspired and disgusted by the city’s increasingly tall buildings, so this is a fascinating way to learn about what made us tick in the Jazz era. The gorgeous, art deco buildings presented here certainly make one think twice about the bland glass slabs sprouting up all around us today. There are two other reasons to go:

1. How cool is it that we live in a city that has a museum devoted to skyscrapers? Could any other American city really qualify for such a distinction?

2. Dirigibles. When people complain about the disconnect between childhood visions of the future and what we have now, they often say, “Where are the flying cars? Where are the jet packs?” I say, where are all the dirigibles that are supposed to be tied to the spires of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings? Maybe that’s just me.

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday
General admission is $5, $2.50 for students and seniors

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York

February 1st, 2008

S-S-S-SPECTRES K-K-K-KICK B-B-B-BUTT.

by John Coakley

Nicer than the average Druids.
S-S-S-Spectres are a band from Brooklyn that plays songs about ghosts and werewolves and ex-lovers. The music is spastic and herky-jerky in a “This makes me want to jump around a 6 year old on crack” kind of a way, rather than a “this is boring, self-indulgent junk” kind of way. An important distinction, to be sure. The spelling of their name is meant to evoke fright as opposed to ridicule of those who stutter – like me. They are way too nice to do that. And if you sign their mailing list you will be rewarded with the funniest emails ever. Check them out.

Saturday, February 2nd @ 8pm
at Dead Herring House
141 S. 5th st. Brooklyn, ny 11211 #1E
$5

1st: Sam Buck Rosen
2nd: Andy D
3rd S-S-S-Spectres
4th: Yoko Homo [Chicago]
5th: Dance Party until infinity with Brenmar & the Avant Trill DJs

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Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

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