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by Bill Pearis

EVR

As we learned last night at a meeting for all their radio hosts (our metal blog Invisible Oranges has a show on the station), East Village Radio will be shutting down after 11 years of online programming. The online station signs off for good on Friday, May 23. EV Grieve broke the news publicly this morning. They write:

Popularity hasn't been an issue with East Village Radio, who counted more than 1 million listeners worldwide a month (this after starting as a short-lived 10-watt FM radio station in April 2003). However, under the Congressional Digital Music Copyright Act of 1998, Internet broadcasters must pay a digital performance royalty for every listener.

"We pay a higher rate for royalties and licensing than Pandora pays. We live in a world where these behemouth music-streaming services keep going in for more capital," said Peter Ferraro, the general manager/head of programming at East Village Radio. "It's almost like we are being penalized for our growth.

"It's very difficult for an independent medium music company to survive in a world where Apple is paying $3.2 billion for Beats by Dre."

I guest hosted more than a few times for DJ Pledge's show and there was something special about having the booth on right there on 1st Ave, having passers-by peering into the tiny room. Invisible Oranges' final show on EVR will be Tuesday, May 20 from 10 PM - Midnight (you can listen to archives now).

East Village Radio is/was founded and owned by restaurant owner Frank Prisinzano (Frank, Lil Frankie's, Supper & Sauce). Frank himself held the meeting where we found out last night, at Lil Frankie's right before our 2nd to last Invisible Oranges show.

East Village Radio, you'll be missed.

Odessa

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.

Whole Earth Vegan Bakery

Back in 2007 we were worried that Whole Earth Vegan Bakery on St. Marks was facing eviction, but the East Village landmark survived, for almost another six years at least. We were bummed to just read the following on EV Grieve:

Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen, which had been at 130 St. Mark's Place since 1991 (34 years in business total), closed for good on Dec. 29, as we first reported.

Aside from rising rents, business had been down... and, of course, Sandy didn't help matters.

Yesterday, a worker at the store told Bill the libertarian anarchist that the space will become an Italian restaurant.

The bakery and Kate's Joint in the same year.

Oh, but speaking of Italian restaurants and East Village vegan establishments, I highly recommend you check out the vegan menu at John's on East 12th Street! (right next door to Angelica Kitchen which is also a great place to go.)

Kates Joint

I told you I didn't make it there very often anymore. Thanks PP for sending in the above, but extremely sad picture which first fully brought to my attention the current state of legendary NYC vegetarian restaurant Kate's Joint which was apparently seized by the marshal about 10 days ago (the exact day I was last asking about it actually), after a multi-month, unsuccessful struggle to make things work. R.I.P. Kate's

(let's not let Cake Shop be next!)

Lakeside Lounge

NYMD reports:

"Lakeside Lounge has been sold and will be closing at the end of April. After just over fifteen years in business, the bar that defined oldschool East Village cool will be replaced by a gentrifier whiskey joint, no doubt with $19 artisanal cocktails and hedge fund nebbishes trying to pick up on sorostitutes when their boyfriends are puking in the bathroom - or out of it."
EV Grieve points out that this news comes just eight months after the closing of East Village bar Banjo Jim's. (which reminds me, what's up with Kate's Joint?)

Meanwhile, stop by Lakeside Lounge, not to be confused with Parkside one more time. Check out their final two-week schedule below...

Continue reading "Lakeside Lounge closing"

Save Kates

Admittedly I don't go there very often anymore (and partially because the service can be sooooooo slow), but I have eaten there many times in my life, and so I'm sad to hear that East Village vegan institution/diner Kate's Joint is in danger of closing! (though it's not that surprising given that everywhere cool closes eventually in the new East Village).

Luckily there's a campaign running to Save Kate's. They write:

Kate's Joint, vegetarian restaurant and bar, has been a staple in New York City's East Village since 1996. Solely owned and operated by neighborhood native Kate Halpern, who dreamt to create an affordable restaurant to serve the community she grew up in. Kate's Joint has grown to become much more than just a business, it is a home for locals and travelers a like, a place to bring family and friends, and to meet new ones.

Unfortunately, with the changing neighborhood and economic recession Kate's Joint has seen a fall in business and rise in costs. Kate is currently in arrears with the landlord. Eviction notices have been sent, court appearances have been made, and if a substantial amount of money is not raised by April 11th, the next court date, the doors will shut permanently at Kate's Joint. The East Village will lose another neighborhood landmark.

Anyone who has ever met Kate knows how hard she has worked over the past 15 years, and how dedicated she is to this business. She has many plans to increase business, including transforming a section of the restaurant in to a bakery featuring vegan and gluten free baked goods, reaching a new market of morning commuters who would be able to grab a cup of coffee and a vegan muffin on their way to work. That being said, first thing is first, fighting off this eviction!

Please help save Kate's Joint, a little bit of the East Village preserved on the corner of 4th Street and Avenue B.

If you're reading this on Wednesday (3/28) between the hours of 7pm-midnight, then immediately drop everything and head over there now because they're having a party, sort of (or just go tomorrow, or soon).

Joe Strummer

Close up, via EV Grieve, swastika included, below...

Continue reading "someone gave Joe Strummer a moustache..."

Mars Bar

Back in January, we mentioned that legendary East Village dive bar Mars Bar was set to close. Yesterday the venue reportedly closed for good....

Earlier this afternoon, word spread that Mars Bar, the beloved and soon to be leveled dive on 2nd Avenue, was closed by the Health Department and would be opening up soon. Not the case. An EV Grieve tipster just stopped by and says it's finally time to close for good. Grieve writes "George is frantically taking down art. So -- if you have stuff here, now would be a good time to stop by and collect it."

The owner Hank Penza plans on reopening the bar once the shiny, new replacement condo building project is completed. [Eater]

The above chalk drawing is one of a few pics that Slum Goddess posted from the bar's final night. RIP Mars Bar.

fire

"One top-floor resident said he was fixing a window in his apartment about 5:30 p.m. when he looked outside and saw people on the sidewalk pointing toward the roof.

The man, who identified himself only as a bar owner named Trigger, said he ran out into the hall and saw the doorway leading to the roof consumed by flames. There are about four other apartments on the top floor.

"I was pounding on the doors," he said. "I don't know what I lost, but I'm just happy to be alive."" [NY TIMES]

The fire happened at 240 Houston St which is diagonal from Mercury Lounge which you can see make a cameo in the video of the fire below...

Continue reading "Trigger (and everyone) safe after East Village fire"

by Andrew Frisicano

Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey, one of the "Five Drummers Whose Time Is Now" according to the NY Times, will be curating the month of August at, NYC music venue, The Stone. He'll also be releasing a new CD, Koan, on September 29th on 482 Music. On the disc, Sorey leads an ensemble of guitarist Todd Neufeld and bassist Thomas Morgan. That trio will play a set of compositions from the album in a sort of CD release show at the Stone on August 5th, but that's far from your only chance to catch the drummer and his crew. All three play at various times with guests and solo throughout the month.

Other upcoming shows at the venue include a special Monday night show (usually the venue is closed Mondays) with Laurie Anderson and saxist Colin Stetson on August 3rd. Alto player Tim Berne, who played at the Stone on July 30th with Nels Cline, will appear as part of Terrence McManus' "The Wealthy Industrialists" ensemble on August 11th. Artistic director John Zorn's regular Improv Night benefit will take place on August 23th, and will feature Sorey and variety of guests.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "August 2009 @ The Stone -- curated by Tyshawn Sorey"

Etherea

Etherea is was an independent retail record store operating since 1995. We are located at 66 Avenue A, between 4th and 5th Streets.
Etherea as we know it is now closed. Etherea employee Brion still plans on reopening the store (with a new name), but at the moment he and his partner in the new venture are stuck in negotiations with the landlord. Etherea posted this official statement on February 27th:
Many of you have been bewildered by the blogging that has been going on about the closing of Etherea (specifically the Brooklyn Vegan post about Etherea being "saved"). Well, here's the real story. My lease here on Avenue A is ending and I intend to move on from 13.5 years of the music retail biz to pursue a new career. That is still happening, and Etherea is now officially closed, but one of my employees, namely DJ Brion, decided he wanted to buy out my store when I told him I was closing and start his own record shop in same location with a new partner. They have been hard at work trying to hammer out a new lease with the landlord. They plan to re-brand the store, and will have a different slant on music tailored to their tastes and aesthetics. I have been supportive of their efforts, and I hope to report good news very soon...
I spoke to Brion today, and his version of the story is very similar. Though the new record store is no longer as definitive as he made it seem before, he is still very optimistic. Former owner Rich Kim is all for Brion's new venture, and, as stated above, it is now up to the landlord. If they can get a new lease, they will open the new store immediately. Brion said he will "carry on the tradition of ETHEREA", while moving forward "with a personal new idea, featuring tons of in stores and personalized service." He also said, "This is going to happen with the continued positive assistance of multiple parties. The new store will be a split partnership between myself and Jose Luis Pardo of Los Amigos Invisibles."

I sincerely hope that works out for them.

In related news, the Virgin Megastore in Union Square will be gone in May.

And Los Amigos Invisibles are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 6th. Tickets are still on sale. One of their videos below...

Continue reading "Etherea is closed, but Brion still hoping for new record store"

Etherea

Like many NYC record stores before it, Etherea was unfortunately set to close for good at the end of February. According to their website, they still are. In a February 19th message entitled "LAST CHANCE!!", they write:

This will be the final weekend of Etherea, so please stop in, say hello and take advantage of our closing sale. Everything will be on sale at 30% off. This includes new releases, new and used cds and vinyl, accessories, and magazines. There is a fixture list for those interested in purchasing cabinets, listening stations, lighting and more. During the last week of February, we will be closed to pack and clear out the space, so now is the time to do your last-minute shopping!
Well, according to an email I received on Saturday from Etherea customer Patrick G, he "went there today to say bye (and take advantage of the 30% off). the owner guy (who's name I never knew) said he's 'going to save it' and they're not closing...good news." Definitely good news! And it is further corroborated by a thread on Rhythimism.com where Etherea's (manager?) Brion is participating. Relevant passages confirming the store's March 1st REOPENING, below...

Continue reading "Etherea Records saved, not closing after all"

Aziz Ansari (Ulysses) @ UCB Theatre, NYC (by Edwina Hay)
Aziz Ansari

The Upright Citizens Brigade is exploring an opportunity to open an additional venue in the East Village and we can use your help. If you currently reside in the East Village and would be willing to support the effort please sign the petition linked below.

The Theatre is hoping to move into the Pioneer Theatre at Avenue A and 3rd Street, next to Two Boots Pizza. While we're still a long way from making this happen the first step is to see if we can get enough support from within the community. To continue offering the same brand of comedy at the same affordable prices we'll need to get a Beer/Wine license.

If you or anyone you know live within Community Board 3 (the area of NYC from the East River westward to 4th Avenue, and from 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge) and support this effort please take a moment and sign the online petition, or stop by Two Boots this weekend and sign a live petition. If you do not live in the neighborhood, we appreciate your support but it will not be helpful to us for you to sign the petition.

Thank You and we appreciate your help and continued support,

Matt, Matt, Amy, Ian

UCB regular Aziz Ansari performs two shows at Comix this weekend (Friday and Saturday).

Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at UCB's current location.

Catch Bill Hader and Seth Meyers from SNL at UCB Wednesday January 14th.

For more SNL, ASSSSCAT 3000 happens every Sunday night.

"Let's Have a Ball" describes itself as "Writers and Performers from the Emmy-award winning '30 Rock', 'The Colbert Report', 'Late Night w/Conan O'Brien', and the UCB Theatre come together to play for your entertainment in this Star-Studded, Long-Form Improvised Show."

Dave Hill will be telling stories on January 30th as part of "The Shits of Our Lives".

Dave Hill, A.C. Newman, Carl Arnheiter (elf) & Brett Gelman @ UCBNY (via)
Newman

"Exciting news for the East Village -- we've discovered that the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has designs on the former Two Boots Pioneer Theater space at 155 East 3rd Street. Alex Sidtis, directing manager of the UCB's current location in Chelsea, revealed to [NY Magazine] that the troupe is hoping to open an East Village outpost, depending on whether it can secure a tavern wine license (the theater will plead its case at a January 12 meeting of Community Board 3's licensing committee). The location will mean more stage time for its performers...

Sidtis loves the fact that the 99-seat theater has a lobby, and says of the layout, "It's a little different [than that of the Chelsea location]. The shows will be more presentational and less theatrical in nature." Phil Hartman, who built the theater a decade ago and still owns the adjacent Two Boots pizza parlor and video store, tells us "I love the theater and I'm pleased to think that it would stay alive as a theater and not get gutted and turned into something else."..."
[NY Magazine]

The current NYC UCB Theatre is located at 307 W. 26th St. It's there that you can catch Leo Allen's weekly Whiplash show on Monday nights at 11pm...for free. This week (tonight) (11/5), Reggie Watts and Marc Maron will be two of his guests.

Leo Allen's Monday night spot used to be held by Aziz Ansari and the Human Giant crew doing a similar type of comedy show with the same types of guests. Don't miss Aziz when he does a much bigger type of show January 9th and 10th at Comix. All dates HERE.

The above photo was taken at the UCB Theatre in NYC, on December 18th.

an actual pizza box
Pizza Shop

The East Village rocker boys behind Bowery Electric, Jesse Malin and Johnny T, along with Kevin Cole (of Two Boots fame), have teamed up, all in the name of pizza. The rock 'n' roll trio is the force behind The Pizza Shop, located on Avenue A and 7th Street, which officially has its grand opening tonight [June 25, 2008]. The spot has been serving pizza since the 1960s, but the new owners decided to gussy up the space a bit......All the pizza boxes are limited edition prints. According to a press release we received: "Around 1500 of each box style is made and then never reproduced. The first one being a photo of The Clash from 1979 taken by world famous rock photographer Bob Gruen. Each box will have a different image created by well known and local artists featuring their particular style and medium and these boxes are free with a purchase of any pizza." As we mentioned earlier, tonight's the opening, so if you're in the hood, stop by for your very own signed Bob Gruen pizza box!" [PAPER]
Pizza Shop (an actual pizza place, not a club or bar) is right next door to Niagara, a bar that Jesse Malin also owns, and where you'll find the famous mural of The Clash's Joe Strummer on the outside wall.

P.S. for amazing vegan pizza check out Vinnies on Bedford.

Arrow Bar, 85 Avenue A (basement), betw 5 & 6
Arrow Bar

I found this out last night...

First-time bar owner Zachary Waldman, a talent booker at Lower East Side nightspot Pianos, tries his luck at the booze biz in the space that briefly housed the Rook. Here, cocktails are the specialty: Concoctions include the Wysteria (champagne with lavender liqueur and peach bitters) and the potent Vesper (gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc and Cointreau). Drinks are two for one during happy hour, from 4 to 9pm daily, and DJs spin most nights; upcoming artists include Sweatshop Labor and Lauren Flax. [Time Out]
Support bars with cool owners (who are also in bands)!