Posted in music | venues on April 29, 2008

Vagina Panther

FACT: Tonight's VAGINA PANTHER show at Luna Lounge is cancelled.

ASSUMPTION: Luna Lounge is still not allowed to open.

RUMOR: Knitting Factory bought Luna Lounge.

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Comments (39)

nope.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:10 PM

can someone tell me how knitting factory makes money?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:14 PM

nope.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:16 PM

Dammit Vagina Panther is canceled! Guess I will have to find other plans for tonight.

Posted by Bao | April 29, 2008 1:23 PM

Vagina Panther: 60% of the time, it works, every time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:31 PM

and why is there a neon green box over here boobs?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:36 PM

you can find the NSFW version of that picture at their MySpace.

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 29, 2008 1:38 PM

word on the street is that Bosco Baracus and H.M. Murdock purchased the space to do tactical training opts after their bid for this establishment fell through.

http://www.cliffhangerproductions.com/

We will have more bouncy castles.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 1:48 PM

Maybe it was bought by Spuyten Duyvil to expand?
Knitting Factory is moving to East 14th Street according to community board records.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:03 PM

CB records might indicate a move to 14th street
but I've even heard the rumor that KF is looking to move to Brooklyn from people who work at KF...
so we shall see

Posted by MC | April 29, 2008 2:08 PM

>can someone tell me how knitting factory makes money?

The Knitting Factory never made money at all. At least, it never used to when it was the true Knit. Back then, Michael Dorf went broke. Of course, the music they featured was cream of the crop and the main home of people like Zorn, Horvitz, Frisell, etc. The good ol' days of when NYC had a home for all its styles of music. The Knit these days is a far cry from that. They play host to indie rock shows, more or less. Not that it's a bad thing, but certainly a different thing from when the club started out as having no alcohol and food, just music that pushed boundaries. I guess the Tap Bar there still kinda sorta does that now a little bit. But not really. They're still broke though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:09 PM

"CB records might indicate a move to 14th street"

Maybe Knititng Factory is looking to have a Manhattan and Brooklyn prescence

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:28 PM

Things haven't been the same since they took out the sewing machines.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:37 PM

> no alcohol and food, just music that pushed boundaries.

Sad but true... Unfortunately, that can only happen when rents are dirt cheap. Door money largely goes to bands. Venues need bar and food to pay rent and staff. That's why small venues are disappearing from NY. Luna's problems show W'burg may not be far behind....

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:42 PM

> Maybe Knititng Factory is looking to have a Manhattan and Brooklyn prescence

to complement their Spokane & Boise presence ? : )
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/04/knitting_factor_9.html

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:47 PM

^^> no alcohol and food, just music that pushed boundaries.

^^Sad but true... Unfortunately, that can only happen when rents are dirt cheap.


indeed. there are still places like that, the stone for example, but they're running very far and few. it would be nice to think that people reading blogs like this still get out to support diverse acts along those lines. the kitchen and roulette too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:51 PM

The old Knitting Factory, under Dorf, actually made a lot of money, but then he would blow it all on other ventures: the record label, KF Berlin, KF LA, and god knows what else. It definitely didn't go to the people who worked at the Knit, who had a hard time getting paid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 3:05 PM

Anon 2:51 - Is it the music blog enthusiast's role to get out and "support" diverse acts in the sake of 'keepin' the music alive, man'...?

Or do we just go out and see bands that rock us the right way in the sake of beers and entertainment?

Jes askin'...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 3:13 PM

Word from the inside of the Knitting Factory (friends of mine are employees) is that they will be closing come August - so it would be interesting if they bought Luna Lounge, trying to start a transition over to Brooklyn sooner rather than later.

Posted by spiritross | April 29, 2008 3:52 PM

maybe if KF buys LL they'll put in a wall between the bar and the performance area so if you don't want to listen to the band, there's a place to go... which is what makes me not want to go there now.

Posted by bill p | April 29, 2008 4:03 PM

and then the can have AC DC play the new KF, which used to be LL, and we'll all live happily ever after. barf.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:04 PM

"and why is there a neon green box over here boobs?!"

No boobs, that's a pre-hormone-therapy transsexual.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:27 PM

>> they will be closing come August

er.. pretty sure that's next August. It's been oft reported - the KF's lease runs through July of 2009 - and the building they lease space in is being sold and converted to condos - so unlikely that they will be invited to stay.

The Knitting Factory is not closing *this* August.

- one who knows

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:31 PM

I give it five years before a majority of NYC's premiere live music establishments are owned by Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:38 PM

but that's a whole 'nother shell game

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 5:22 PM

i miss the luna lounge on the LES... saw a bunch of friends' bands there back in the day, and the staff was nice. they had elliott smith on the juke. ah, the olden days of indie...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 5:31 PM

I'm still trying to figure out why Luna would be closed by the DOH in the first place.

Whuza? dirty taps?

Posted by Matt | April 29, 2008 8:09 PM

"The old Knitting Factory, under Dorf, actually made a lot of money, but then he would blow it all on other ventures: the record label, KF Berlin, KF LA, and god knows what else. It definitely didn't go to the people who worked at the Knit, who had a hard time getting paid."

Right, Dorf ripped off his employees AND the musicians who played there

Posted by oldpunk | April 29, 2008 8:39 PM

DOH regulates all food and beverage use - monitoring cleanliness, vermin, maintenance, etc of all operations where f&b are handled. All facilities require DOH licenses and certified staff must be present at all times. They warn you first, then they close you. No real surprises here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 9:22 PM

THEY SELL FOOD AT THE KNIT!
SAY WORD?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:42 AM

NO. Drinks, alcohol.... that's the 'beverage' in 'food and beverage', the 'b' in 'f&b'. Wake the fuck up!

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:10 AM

hey bill p. @ 4:03, great idea! if you ask me, not enough music venues have places where i can drink while not watching the show i paid to see!

jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2008 11:23 AM

can we agreee that it is nice to have both...?

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Posted by Generic Medications | November 6, 2009 3:00 PM

Very informative post about Luna Lounge still closed. was it bought by Knitting Factory??! Keep the nice job. We would love to see more.

Posted by nasal congestion | March 29, 2010 11:45 AM

No idea what this is about, but it sounds like it should be closed. Perhaps a bouncy castle would make for a better entertainment event!

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