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October 9, 2014

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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe dropped out of the University of Georgia (he was an art major) when R.E.M. took off, but has been focusing once again on art since the band split in 2011. He's back at a different college, NYU, where he's an artist and teacher in residence, and is behind a new exhibition titled NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE which is running at 80 WSE Gallery (80 Washington Sq. East @ W4) now through November 8, 2014. Stipe has repurposed the space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory "that will exist in a constant state of flux for the duration of the exhibition." More on those three components:

Stipe will establish a fully functioning studio in 80WSE's front gallery, where he will work for the duration of the exhibition on a series of new projects, across a wide range of media, during the hours that the gallery is closed to the public. While the gallery is open, visitors will be able to see the state in which the studio has been left after each of Stipe's work sessions, making processes that are normally private public and offering a window into his remarkably prolific, varied, and non-hierarchical way of seeing, thinking and making.

In addition, the project will expand Stipe's perspective and approach into the format of an undergraduate studio art course, which he will teach in NYU's Department of Art and Art Professions. For each of the six weeks of the exhibition Stipe, collaboratively with a guest artist or cultural figure that he has invited, will pose a question or prompt to the class. In response, each student along with Stipe and the guest will generate 100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website.

Finally, the remaining four connected gallery spaces, which constitute 80WSE, will consist of 15 independent projections, in various configurations, the content of which will be sourced from the class's website. The selection of images and gifs - their composition and layout - as well as the way they are situated via the projectors in the exhibition, will be changed throughout each day by a rotating pre-scheduled series of curators, including Stipe, each of the special guests, and the 18 students in the class.

Guest curators include Douglas Coupland, Peaches, Jefferson Hack, Dean Sameshima, Jerry Seguin, and Taryn Simon. Read more about it at REM HQ. The 80 WSE Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30AM-6PM.

October 8, 2014

subway-inn

As you may know, iconic midtown NYC dive bar Subway Inn has been fighting to stay open despite landlords who want them out. Bad news / good news: they're leaving their current space (after 77 years of slinging cheap booze), but are moving two blocks nearby, looking to stay exactly the same. The owners posted this on Subway Inn's facebook:

On December 2nd, 2014-- the Subway Inn will close at its current location on 60th and Lexington Ave. to begin its relocation and REPLICATION (EXACTLY AS IT IS NOW) less than 2 blocks away on the same side of the street --at 60th and Second Avenue. Our move and REPLICATION is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

We had requested to remain in our current home til the end of the year so that none of our family members or employees would be without a job over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the landlord denied or plea.

We are excited about this development and have put the right team in place to make certain that every piece of furniture, including our famous neon signs, the current bar, every bar stool, even the original bar booths--(that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio sat in) will make their way a stone's throw down 60th Street and be set back up exactly as you see it today.

And, it won't just be the contents that will be the same. The space will look exactly the same. Colors, floor and all! In fact, our replication architect is hard at work making sure our new home will be nearly identical. Also, our prices will not change.

See you in your new spot in 2015, Subway Inn.

Related: Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills NYC but aiming to stay the same otherwise.

October 2, 2014

(photo via Yaffa Cafe)
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East Village / St. Marks institution Yaffa Cafe, which served veggie-friendly food "all nite" to drunk NYU students and others, officially closed yesterday after Department of Health problems and losing the permit for their backyard garden earlier this year. (Via EV Grieve.) The place, which opened in 1982, announced in September they were closing for three months for renovations. For those who loved their hummus, fries, salads, breakfast and other affordable fare, their recipes have been passed over to the Simone Martini Bar next door (same owners).

September 30, 2014

Shamir's dance-friendly set at Muchmore's during Northside (@brooklynvegan)
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Enacted in 1926, ​the New York City's ​cabaret laws were originally to put the kibosh on illegal booze. After the repeal of prohibition, the law -- which requires clubs and bars to get an expensive permit for dancing -- went largely unenforced until the Giuliani administration and his efforts to clean up the city. Williamsburg club/coffee shop/venue Muchmore's is taking a stand against cabaret laws, suing the city:

Andrew Muchmore​, owner of ​Muchmore's Cafe ​in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York's ​cabaret laws ​- which prohibit danci​​ng ​by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license.

In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against patrons shaking their money makers have forced him to play ​sedate if not ​dreary tunes at his nightspot​ and coffeehouse.

The real estate attorney argues the stricture prevents him from cranking beats that might actually tempt patrons to ​want to dance ​- and thus break the law, according to his s​​uit.

To avoid any potential skirmish with code enforcement officers, Muchmore avoids hosting acts that "involve dancing or would tend to elicit dancing," the suit states.

Instead, Muchmore plays ​safe ​wallflower genres including "folk music, rock music, experimental electronic music, jazz and other forms of music that are not conducive to dancing," the suit states. - [NY Post]

!!!'s 2003 dancepunk touchstone "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" confronted cabaret laws and NYC powers-that-be in its own funky way. Stream it below...

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September 26, 2014

by PSquared

NYFF

Well fall is here, and movie-lovers know what time it is -- when the heavy hitter slate of films start to roll out. Many of the most anticipated will be shown at the More exciting than all of these films is the fact that tonight begins the 52nd NY Film Festival which starts today (9/26) at Lincoln Center. Always an exciting and vibrant festival which is loaded with great films this year both large and small. For our first part of coverage, I'll give you the skinny on the films that have been shown to the press up to now. Many of the biggest films we have yet to see, so reviews of those will come later. Reminder as well, while most of the films are sold out, there are always stand by tickets day of and always people selling extras outside. You can get in!

Let's start with the films I absolutely loved. My favorite film so far and one of the best I've seen this year is '71. (Saturday, Sep. 27 @ Alice Tully Hall, 6 PM.) British TV director Yann Demange, helms his first feature and it's a doozy. A thriller set in 1971 Belfast, it stars Jack O' Connell, fresh from a starring role in the very good prison drama Starred Up. Here he plays a young British soldier who gets separated from his unit in hostile territory on some pretty mean streets. From there, he has to navigate his way out being chased by the IRA as well as secret thugs from his own side with an agenda all their own. No side is clean in this battle. With a perfect mix of tension and relief, Demange makes all the right directorial choices. The timing in some of the set pieces are so perfect, it's hard to believe this is his first feature. I noted a bunch of audible gasps during the screening and when you can get that from a jaded room of critics, well you are doing something right. Simply put, it is sensational.

We'll have more NYFF coverage to come. The trailer for '71, and capsule reviews of more films playing (including Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind, David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and more) below...

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September 24, 2014

The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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After four years of being closed, The Rainbow Room, located on 30 Rock's 65th floor, is set to reopen next month with dining, dancing and entertainment -- all with one of the most famous views in Manhattan. As to the latter, the space is known for cabaret-type performers but will host big names in a series called First Mondays:

First Mondays will feature an intimate concert with top name entertainment from rock to opera the first Monday of each month. The following Mondays will be reserved for dinner and dancing on the revolving dance floor which overlooks New York City.
The first First Monday (October 6) will be with The Roots who'll probably be in the building already as part of The Tonight Show's house band. To go you'll need to make dinner reservations ("only be accepted at 5:30pm and 6:00pm to ensure everyone has completed eating prior to the performance which will start at 8pm") and keep in mind the Rainbow Room's pre-fix menu is "$200 per person and will vary based on entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price." Call 212.632.5000.

November's "First Mondays" show (11/3) is a little more typical Rainbow Room fare: Broadway star Christine Ebersole. There will be entertainment every Monday, though, and current Rainbow Room performance schedule is below.

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September 12, 2014

artist rendering of Diamond-designed 242 Pacific St. house
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While Ad Roc stays busy making music with Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett, Beastie Boy Mike "D" Diamond is trading rhymes for blueprints. He's crafty! You may remember the New York Times story last year on his townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn -- where he lives with his wife Tamara Davis and their two kids -- that he helped design with architects John and Jill Bouratoglou. It is something else. Curbed reports that Diamond enjoyed the creative experience so much he's now offering his services to others. He and the Bouratoglous worked together on a new four-bedroom, four-bath single-family dwelling at 242 Pacific St with "a dramatic double height living room, custom built chef's kitchen, as well as a finished recreation room with twelve foot ceilings and plenty of natural light."

It's also got a garage and can be yours for a mere $4.98 million. And a quick trip to The Bell House where his old pals Luscious Jackson are playing.

August 28, 2014

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Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?

Sad Vine video below...

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Permanent Records

As you may remember, Greenpoint's Permanent Records lost their lease and have to be out of their current Franklin St. locale by the the end of September. The store has found a new location, they're going South (Slope that is). From their Facebook:

New digs will be housed within the swanky spaces of our equally fancy new friends, BrooklynWorks at 159, who selected us to be their only retail establishment. The new space, located at 159 20th St. in ______, -- Hmm, what IS that area called this week? South Slope? Greenwood Heights? Gowanus-lite? -- will offer up a unique and non-traditional retail experience. We hope you'll embrace its unconventionality with us.

Our Timeline:
8/25 - 9/15 - Business as usual at 181 Franklin St., regular store hours: 12-8, 7 days

9/16 - 9/30 - Transition time! We'll keep you posted as to the official last day on Franklin.

October 1 - OPEN FOR BUSINESS: 159 20th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232 (3rd & 4th Ave)

Greenpoint record buyers will have to hit the G Train to get to Permanent Records now, or maybe they'll just make do with Academy Annex, Captured Tracks, and Record Grouch. However, this is very good news for music lovers in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, and South Brooklyn in general (maybe not great news for one of the last hold outs in the same area, Music Matters). We look forward to checking out the new location.

August 26, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Time to Smell the Glove at NYFF 2014
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This year's New York Film Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The festival scored not one but three major coups in the programming department, snagging premieres of perhaps the three most-anticipated films of the fall and winter season: David Fincher's Gone Girl, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. With these extremely well-pedigreed films, NYFF has vaulted itself to the top of the North American fall festival heap above the likes of Telluride and Toronto. It also features Cannes favorite Foxcatcher, Life of Riley, the final film by the late Alain Resnais, and Mike Leigh's biopic of the English painter J.M.W. Turner Mr. Turner, among many other exciting titles. The festival runs from September 26 - October 12, and Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon (if you're a Film Society of Lincoln Center member, you probably already know that tickets are already available).

There are a number of cool music-related films screening during the festival, perhaps the most exciting of which is a 30th anniversary screening of arguably the greatest rock 'n' roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Nigel Tufnel himself, in attendance. The fest will also feature Damian Chazelle's New York set drumming drama Whiplash, which got rave reviews out of Sundance, and features Miles Teller doing all his own jazz drumming and JK Simmons as a drill-sergeant of a drum teacher. In addition, Mia Hansen-Love (who's married to Olivier Assayas, who also has a film at the fest) will be showing her new film Eden, which chronicles the French electronic music scene in the 90s and will premiere at Toronto earlier in September.

This is all in addition to the other cool film stuff coming up, like the James Brown series at Lincoln Center and this week's BV-presented City Gardens documentary.

You can check out the full NYFF main slate lineup below.

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