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October 1, 2013


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)

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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September 17, 2013

by Bill Pearis


Coming about a year later than expected, record store Rough Trade NYC is finally set to open in Williamsburg on November 25, reports Billboard. That's the Monday before Thanksgiving, opening just in time for the crucial Black Friday and holiday shopping. The space is a "15,000 square foot repurposed film prop warehouse" at 64 N. 9th St. which is between Wythe and Kent, the first for the UK retailers, and will also be a music venue booked by Bowery Presents. More from the Billboard article:

"New York and London are similar in many ways -- they're kaleidoscopic celebrations of global differences and similarities," Rough Trade co-president Stephen Godfroy tells Billboard of expanding across the Atlantic. "They enjoy an open-mindedness, a deep respect for the past, a voracious appetite for the future, which all combines to produce a climate that suits our individual approach to music retail."

The Williamsburg store was originally announced in April of 2012, with plans to open its doors at an unspecified date later that year. But what Godfroy describes as "numerous obstacles in the construction planning and building process" left those plans in limbo until now.

Rough Trade N.Y.C. will sell all new music -- no used -- in multiple formats in addition to serving as a "healthy-sized place to hang out" for music lovers. A portion of the space has been sectioned off as a performance venue for free in-stores as well as after-hours ticketed concerts booked by The Bowery Presents.

In other Brooklyn record store news, Captured Tracks' new retail space is now open at 195 Calyer in Greenpoint. Academy Records will close its N. 6th space by the end of the month and be moving to Greenpoint too.

You can watch an animated announce video for the Rough Trade NYC store below.

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September 16, 2013

by Bill Pearis


Not so long ago, North 6th Street in Williamsburg was home to a long line of meat processing facilities, Tops grocery store, punk bar Sweetwater, Coyote Recording Studio, and not much else. These days, it's kind of become/becoming the new Meatpacking District, with a glut of foot traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, and bars and clubs opening left and right. (And a few good music venues too.) Retail chains too, with a planned multi-story Urban Outfitters opening at 98 N. 6th, right next to where Coyote used to be. The NY Daily News reports that in addition to fashion and furnishings for young folks, Urban Outfitters wants to sell booze there too:

The chic threads shop is one of a whopping 37 new applicants for a liquor license in North Brooklyn. A total of 106 spirit-slinging establishments were before the community board Monday, most to renew existing permits.

But the head-turner was Urban Outfitters, which many residents don't even want to open.

"The whole point of bars in this neighborhood is that they are owned by people who live here, they are small local businesses," said Alicia Cantor-Palm, 29. "It doesn't make sense for (Urban Outfitters) to be here anyway."

The store's corporate offices did not respond to repeated requests for comment

Doesn't it risk wine stains from sloppy shoppers?


As mentioned, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade will be back for its 40th Anniversary this year and is in need of some financial help due to last year's 11th hour cancellation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their Kickstarter went live today which has until October 21 to meet their $50k goal. You can watch the parade's Kickstarter video and read a little bit more about where the money will be going below.

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September 12, 2013

Zombie Shari Lewis & Zombie Lambchop at 2011 's parade (more by Chris La Putt)

It was canceled, then it was maybe still happening and then finally canceled for real. The 2012 Village Halloween Parade was among the many event casualties of Hurricane Sandy. The parade will be back this year to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately last year's last-minute cancelation took a financial toll on the parade which will launch a Kickstarter to help fund things this year. That launches September 19, so stay tuned for the link when it's live. If you just want to donate to the parade outside of Kickstarter, you can do that too.

Meanwhile, lets all cross our fingers for no hurricane this year.

September 11, 2013

Baby DJ

It's never too soon to teach your child to match beats. Baby DJ School is real and, believe it or not, is not happening in Williamsburg or Bushwick:

Baby DJ School, an eight-week early childhood music program led by acclaimed DJ and musician Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, will soon make its anticipated debut. On September 18, original songs such as "Makin' Our Favorite Beat Drop" and "That's Why Daddy Loves Disco" will transform the ordinary Mommy-and-me sing-along experience into an educational escapade into the wonderful worlds of electro, hip-hop, and house! Through singing, movement and interactive technology, little ones will be introduced to playing and handling records, mixing and matching beats and creating fun and funky samples using modern DJ equipment.Baby DJ Schoolwill encourage babies to love dance music and appreciate the way it's made in a family-friendly, positive environment! Baby DJ School is presented by Cool Pony Crown Heights, Brooklyn's premiere music venue, vinyl haven and vintage clothing store
The eight-week course, which again is a real thing that is happening, for ages 0-3 begins September 18 at Cool Pony in Crown Heights.

Flyer for the class below...

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September 5, 2013

New Yorker Line-Up

As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.

On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.

Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive;  and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.

There is, of course, lots more. The full list of events is in this post and head to the New Yorker Fest's website for dates and details.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...

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August 30, 2013

Sunny outside Sunny's last night (via @jwgates)

Ten months after Hurricane Sandy swamped the place, much-loved Red Hook watering hole Sunny's finally reopened last (8/29) after friends, patrons, and neighbors helped raise over $100,000 to repair it. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony and then the party began (they also celebrated co-owner Sunny Balzano's 79th birthday). which featured a performance from swing band Smokey's Round‑Up and The Secret Family.

Tonight at the bar, you can catch The Xylophone People. Welcome back, Sunny's!

August 27, 2013


In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.

Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.