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October 28, 2013

Danto

Arthur C. Danto, a philosopher who became one of the most widely read art critics of the Postmodern era, championing avant-garde artists like Andy Warhol and proclaiming the end of art history, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.

The cause was heart failure, his daughter Ginger Danto said.

The author of some 30 books including "Beyond the Brillo Box," and "After the End of Art," Mr. Danto was the art critic for The Nation magazine from 1984 to 2009 and a longtime philosophy professor at Columbia.

"His project, really, was to tell us what art is, and he did that by looking at the art of his time," said Lydia Goehr, a Columbia University philosophy professor who has written extensively about Mr. Danto. "And he loved the art of his time, for its openness, and its freedom to look any way it wanted to."

Mr. Danto was pursuing a successful career in academic philosophy when he had a life-defining moment. As he recalled in numerous essays, it happened in 1964 when he encountered a sculpture by Andy Warhol in a New York gallery. It was "Brillo Box," an object that seemed to Mr. Danto to differ in no discernible way from the real cardboard soap-pad container it copied. - [NY Times]

That's two Warhol-related deaths this weekend. Rest in peace, Arthur. Your thoughts on art are still relevant today.

You can read Danto's 2009 book on Andy Warhol in its entirety via Google Books.

October 7, 2013

David Byrne @ Wellmont Theatre in June (more by Greg Cristman)
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The city is a body and a mind--a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information. Knowledge and creativity are resources. If the physical (and financial) parts are functional, then the flow of ideas, creativity and information are facilitated. The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it. Unfortunately, we're getting to a point where many of New York's citizens have been excluded from this equation for too long. The physical part of our city--the body--has been improved immeasurably. I'm a huge supporter of the bike lanes and the bike-share program, the new public plazas, the waterfront parks and the functional public transportation system. But the cultural part of the city--the mind--has been usurped by the top 1 percent...

...This real estate situation - a topic New Yorkers love to complain about over dinner - doesn't help the future health of the city. If young, emerging talent of all types can't find a foothold in this city, then it will be a city closer to Hong Kong or Abu Dhabi than to the rich fertile place it has historically been. Those places might have museums, but they don't have culture. Ugh. If New York goes there - more than it already has - I'm leaving.

Like most of us who live in NYC, David Byrne has a bit of a love-hate relationship with the city, which he muses on in a new editorial written for Creative Time Reports' Summit Series -- read the whole thing either at The Guardian or Creative Time.

October 4, 2013

Brooklyn Flea Record Faire

The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is back on Saturday (10/5) at Smorgasburg. There are 50 vendors -- a mix of labels, record stores and independent dealers -- including DFA, Domino, Other Music, Academy Records, Captured Tracks, HPRS, Warp, Partisan, Cake Shop and more. Some of the labels are offering rare product and a few exclusive items, and be on the lookout for Minimal Wave's cupcakes. The fair goes from 11 AM - 6 PM and is free.

A full list of vendors and exclusive items below...

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NO ALCOHOL

It looks like some people's dreams of being able to shop for vintage leather jackets and throw rugs while soused will probably have to happen somewhere besides the planned new Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg. The chain's liquor license request was denied by the local community board's liquor license committee last night (10/3), reports DNA info:

The chain store, which is proposing a three-story center in a converted North Sixth Street warehouse, was denied its liquor license by the local community board's liquor license committee Thursday night after an hour-long exchange between impassioned Urban Outfitters staff and perturbed local residents.

The staff insisted the booze was part of a way to become "an integral part of the community" with a restaurant, pop-up booths and a rooftop space, but the committee didn't buy their pitch.

"I get the kumbaya moment, but why do you have to be blasted to do that?" asked board member Rob Solano. "I go to Ikea and have a sandwich with meatballs, and I don't need a drink. I have no idea where the alcohol fits in." - [DNA Info]

It still comes down to a full board vote next week but they almost always follow committee recommendations. The State Liquor Authority makes the actual decision.

October 3, 2013

GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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This may not come as a giant surprise after a rainy, not-so-sucessful 2013 event (and big lines in 2012) and myriad complaints from nearby residents, but music and food fest, Great GoogaMooga, will not return to Brooklyn's Prospect Park in 2014. Reports A Walk in the Park (via Gothamist):

The Great Googa Mooga event will not be returning to Prospect Park after a disastrous two-year run according to a Parks Department official...

...The news was revealed this afternoon, ironically by Michael Bloomberg family friend Besty Smith, head of revenue and marketing for the Parks Department at a City Council oversight hearing entitled, The Private Use of Public Parkland: Do Large Scale Events Benefit Parks.

AWITP also reports Smith saying GoogaMooga organizers are looking for a new location.

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Here's something you can see at CBGB Festival next week that you may not have expected: the inside of the club itself. When the legendary Lower East Side club closed back in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release.

So, the original CBGB walls and the original sound system will be reconstructed - no, not at the Varvatos store, but at Landmark Sunshine Theatre on October 10 for the CBGB Fest keynote address which will be given by MTV President, Van Toffler and Duff McKagan whose band, Duff McKagan's Loaded, played the fest last year in Times Square. You can't make this stuff up.

Two days earlier (10/8) at Sunshine, CBGB: The Movie will make its NYC premiere. Tickets are still available. You can also win tickets to CBGB Film Fest screenings at the Wythe Hotel.

Other CBGB Fest events: My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square; Judge will be at Saint Vitus, and many BV photographers (and others) have work in a free photo exhibit.

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The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

October 1, 2013

Drafthouse

Bad news for NYC folks who were looking forward to the Alamo Drafthouse's planned Upper West Side "Metro" theater -- it isn't happening:

An often-stated priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York City. While that still stands true, the reality of the upper west side Metro is that too much has changed since we initially began work on the location. Construction costs have risen tremendously since engaging in the project back in early 2012 (due in some measure to ongoing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts) and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us. We would love to make the upper west side location our next neighborhood theater in New York, but we cannot see this particular location as sustainable under current conditions.
Well that's a bummer. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is still planning to open a location in downtown Brooklyn in 2015 and the Yonkers branch opened in August.

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It is curtains for New York City Opera. The 70-year-old company, long a star in the city's cultural firmament, announced on Tuesday morning that its emergency fund-raising appeal had fallen short, and that it would begin the process of dissolving itself and filing for bankruptcy.

"New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal," Risa B. Heller, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. "Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process." - [NY Times]

The NYC Opera had needed to raise $7 million by the end of September (including a $1 was to have been via Kickstarter) to stay open. Saturday night's performance (9/28) of Anna Nicole at BAM looks to have been its last. The fat lady has sung, so saying goes, and it's a sad day.

September 25, 2013

Fredia onstage / twerkin' granny (photos via @nonformat & @weineversleeps)
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As you may have heard, today in Herald Square, Fuse helped Big Freedia set out to break the World Record for Most People Simultaneously Twerking and needed at least 250 participants to do so. She broke the record with Guinness officials on hand counting 358 people shaking their booty for two minutes straight -- including at least one septuagenarian.

We'll have more pictures from the record-breaking/shaking event soon (UPDATE: Here they are), but there are a few videos via instagram, plus the rules for breaking the record, below.

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