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Thu Jul 19
If you're The New York Times, you can apparently obtain a copy of the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series from a shady bookstore (and yes, that link has spoilers), but the rest of us are waiting for its scheduled release on Saturday at 12:01am. TONY's resident Harry Potter geek—and by that I mean me—will be at the Barnes & Noble on 86th Street and Third Avenue, counting down the minutes (obviously) until I can get my grubby little hands on it. Expect a full report on the festivities as early as possible Saturday morning. No spoilers, because I'm nice...and I can't read that fast. Stay tuned! (And by the way: Yes, I know I'm a dork.)
Garfield and rainbows at MoMA, oh my!
Thu Jul 19
Cory Arcangel revels in obsolete technology. Is it nostalgia? Just short of 30, he hardly seems old enough to yearn for the good ol' days. The artist, who first made waves at Deitch Projects in 2005 with Super Mario Movie (a video played live off of an altered Nintendo Entertainment system), is now showing at MoMA. In celebration of his quick rise to exaltation, the king of the '90s will be joined by his court (well, friends), the impish Paper Rad kids, to host PopRally, MoMA's late-night art/music/performance extravaganza on July 24 from 8 to 11pm. MoMA calls it an opportunity to "reflect on the ways in which the 'new-media era' of the recent past has changed the way we comprehend art, music and culture." A more apt description might be simply "a raucous good time." Tickets are available at MoMA and online at TicketWeb.
News from Smoke Joint: a (not so) general store
Thu Jul 19
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Little Piggy (Market) to the stage. The drawling baby porker from Brooklyn 'cue bosses Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman is set to open next door to Smoke Joint (pictured) before August 1. Described by Samuel as a reimagining of a country market, Little Piggy (Market) will feature simple Southern fare like cheesy grits, homemade biscuits and a range of artisanal hams. Lemon and pecan squares, cupcakes and penny candies fill Smoke Joint's dessert void. The tiny, 320-square-foot space will also feature a retail element, with items like Anson Mill grits, Kentucky ham and produce from the Fort Greene Park and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets available. Welcome back, boys. Little Piggy (Market), 64 Lafayette Ave at South Elliott Pl, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-797-1011
Wed Jul 18
My disdain for oversimplifed and in-your-face slogans is only matched by my burning desire for the "Next Big Thing." I would never, for example, wear anything with the moronic phrase "War Is Not My Word" emblazoned on it—unless Marc Jacobs made it, of course. So I'm ambivalent about accessories queen Anya Hindmarch's new "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" carryall, going on sale at tristate-area Whole Foods today for $15. On the one hand, a reusable bag is a good thing—especially considering Americans tear through 100 billion of the plastic kind each year. On the other hand, I just want to strangle the self-righteous snits who think waving their canvas tote in everyone's face makes up for a lifetime of conspicuous consumerism. Fortunately, the damn things go on sale at 8am, so by the time I get my sorry ass into the city they'll be long sold out. I love it when things take care of themselves. Hindmarch will be on hand at the Whole Foods on Bowery today. For real ways to...
More wine science than you ever wanted to know
Tue Jul 17
If you've been reading along with the Homebrew Project, you know that the wine was an utter disaster. This was personally heartbreaking for me, as I started with excellent, tasty grapes and ruined them strictly by my own inattention. Just because I was neglectful doesn't mean I didn't care. Once I saw my fruit going south, I made every effort to salvage it. I consulted Alan at Karp's Homebrew (an endlessly willing and patient adviser). I consulted a professor. I called a professional winemaker. I did not, ultimately, determine any way to reverse the wine's downward course, but I did learn a lot about winemaking science that you might be interested to read. When I crushed the grapes, I knew they were on the brink of badness. I went online and combed through winemaking articles, trying to find any information on handling or resurrecting grapes that are ... overripe, shall we say. (As I write this, it seems ridiculous to think that decomposition—however mild—could somehow be...