Fri 24 One Step Beyond American Museum of Natural History; 9pm; $25, at the door $30 Join DJs Classixx, Lloydski and Alex Behnke as they take over this wild, sweaty dance party at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. If you get tired from all the dancing, take a break and head to the Hayden Big Bang Theater for a quick trip through the cosmos, narrated by Liam Neeson. North Coast 8th Anniversary Show Littlefield; 9pm; $10–$12 Hosted by World Beatbox Champion Kaila Mullady, this stellar improv crew delivers a new "hip-hopera" at every show, rapping and beat-boxing an unscripted original play based off a suggestion from the audience. At this eighth anniversary show, the troupe invites Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000) and Liza Treyger (Late Night with Seth Meyers) to share in the quick-tongued comedy. Thug Passion The Creek and the Cave; 6pm; free Hosts Shalewa Sharpe and Courtney Fearrington bring together a night of heavy drinking and raw, unpredictable open-mic stand-up sets, all in honor of Tupac. Sat 25 Springtime Self-Love Summit Floating Lotus; 10am; $80, $45 for Camaraderie Members Spring has sprung! As the greenery in NYC begins to bloom and the weather begins to warm-up, it’s safe to say these seasonal changes affect not only our climate but our attitudes. Now’s the perfect time to let new inspiration take flight, work on finding your inner-happiness and partake in some much-needed “me” time. Luckily, The Camaraderie NYC (an
If you've ever attended an immersive theater show in NYC and thought: "I wish I were more wasted," then you're in luck. Brooklyn Brewery is about to unleash a beer-fueled fantasy on Williamsburg in April. At Brooklyn Brewery MASH Presents Beer Mansion, you'll have the chance to wander through five themed rooms, each packed with unlimited tastings: Tart of the Tropics (ales, citrus IPAs), The Forest (brown ales, black IPAs), The Darkness (Kolschs, pilsners), The Stoop (blondes and table beers) and Anatomy of a Beer (Kiwi's Playhouse sour ale). While live bands get down, you can try bites from chef Andrew Gerson and enjoy vendor classics from Roberta's, Bunker and Frankel's, along with a Bloody Mary bar from McClure's Pickles and tortilla chips from garden of Eatin'. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver will be there alongside Brooklyn Brewery resident chef, Andrew Gerson, who will prepare surprise bites (it involves spin art!), and Eater is bringing in some of their favorite local food vendors in each city to offer food for purchase. In NYC, it’s Roberta’s, Bunker and Frankel’s. The Beer Mansion will rise on April 21–22 at The Well. Tickets are $60. You can learn more and register here.
With weather this chilly, you’re probably dreaming of the summer. Well Lincoln Center Festival wants to add to your warm-and-sunny reveries: The New York institution just revealed details on this year’s international lineup of exotic theater, dance, music and other events. In terms of theater, this year has a distinct Middle Eastern flavor. Shows hail from Syria (While I Was Waiting) and Israel (Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination and To the End of the Land). Mohammad Al Attar's While I Was Waiting tells the true, horrific story of a man stopped at a Damascus checkpoint who ended up comatose in the hospital. David Grossman’s acclaimed novel is the basis of To the End of the Land, the story of a grief-stricken mother in war-torn Israel. English experimental theater will be represented by Opening Skinner’s Box (pictured above) by the devised-theater troupe Improbable. Co-directed by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, the piece examines human nature as studied by trailblazing behaviorist B.F. Skinner. Musically, the diverse offerings include a posthumous tribute to jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman; Chinese vocalist Gong Linna premieres a new work written for her by Lao Luo and the Bang on a Can collective; a 50th-anniversary landmark performance of composer Morton Subotnick’s milestone electronica album Silver Apples of the Moon (1967) and a lot more. Dance fans will kick up their heels upon hearing that the Bolshoi Ballet returns with a 50th-anniversary performance of Ge
Here's a quick way to gain some perspective. This time-lapse video shows what NYC looked like from space from 1982 until present day. Just think about everything our alien overlords have witnessed over those 35 years. Madonna when she was poor! The original Times Square Elmo! Low rent prices! You can clearly make out the expansion of green space in the city and the enormous amount of real-estate development in North Brooklyn and Queens in the video. There also appears to have been some cloudy days since then. Check it out below. h/t Reddit
Celebrated for atmospheric installations like his 2003 artificial “sun” at London’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall (not to mention mechanical waterfalls for New York Harbor in 2008), Olafur Eliasson mixes aesthetics, science and architecture to achieve results that are, in a word, magical. Born in Denmark to Icelandic parents, Eliasson grew up with a profound love of nature. Recently, the artist, who lives in Berlin and is opening a new show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea, discussed his stance on climate change and the improvisational approach he takes to his work. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York You’re best known for ephemeral works that employ the effects of light, water and space. Why go in that direction, instead of permanent objects?I’ve always been more interested in engaging viewers in the whole experience of art than in just making something to look at. My way of using light, for example, is based on the fact that it draws the attention of your eyes. With my work, I’m not just trying to make you see a particular thing but also to contemplate the very act of seeing itself. But to create such evanescent work, you employ something like 90 people in your studio, including architects and researchers. How do you manage such a large crew?To start, I brief everyone on why we’re involved in a certain project instead of immediately trying to tackle it. Once that’s established, we improvise and experiment. There’s maybe a sketch and a mo
One of the best NYC parks is celebrating an important birthday next week! Brooklyn's backyard—Prospect Park—turns 150 this year, and it goes without saying that this green space has been serving New Yorkers and Brooklynites extremely well since 1867. In honor of this major milestone, Prospect Park Alliance is hosting a massive party the weekend of April 1st, including a wide-range of free programs, a parade, Smorgasburg vendors and more. (Read about it here.) We got in-touch with the Alliance and they so kindly shared their vintage photo archive with us (and now you!). So check out this blast from the past and enjoy looking back at this beloved landmark over the last 150 years. Can't get enough Prospect Park content? Here are eight surprising secrets you didn't know about the gorgeous Brooklyn attraction.
Listen up, sports fans! We got a look at the eats being offered at Citi Field this baseball season, and they are a delight. Not only are last year’s favorites Fuku and Papa Rosso Pizza back again along with classics Shake Shack and Box Frites, but there are several delectable new offerings. We’ll go straight to the best part: The hottest commodity there this year is going to be DŌ cookie dough. The safe-to-eat cookie dough tastes exactly like it’s supposed to, with flavors like Sugar Cookie and Cake Batter (insert “batter up” joke here). Whether you’re a Mets fan or just a food fan, you’ll want to head to Citi Field for a game this year—and pick up grub from these spots in the stadium: DŌ Photograph: Courtesy DO Nicoletta Josh Capon’s Bash Burger Box Frites Shake Shack Photograph: Liz Clayman El Verano Taquira Blue Smoke Papa Rosso Pat LaFrieda Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/ Julie M. Porsche Grille Catch of the Day Tribeca Grill Fuku Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Momofuku Milk Bar Rao’s Daruma of Tokyo Big Mozz Photograph: Courtesy Big Mozz Arancini Bros. Dan and John’s Wings Mama’s of Corona Baohaus Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/ Alex P. Two Boots Melissa’s Fruit Cart Hain Celestial Gluten-Free & Organic Stand Mister Softee
Last Sunday evening, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued an alert noting that roughly 100,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into the Hudson River near Albany, making one of the state's shittiest rivers even shittier. The discharge occurred as a result of a "snow melt event" when temperatures warmed up across the Northeast over the weekend. During last week's blizzard, the Albany area was hit by more than 17 inches of snow, which was much higher than the seven inches that got dumped on New York City. The ensuing thaw was too much for the local sewer systems to handle, and so for an estimated 75 minutes, poop water flowed into the river. The affected facility in Albany is one of 76 combined sewer systems in the entire state. Those systems are generally associated with older municipalities, and are set up to have water from storm drains pour into the sewer system. When there is simply too much water in the system, the excess sewage pours into the adjacent waterway. This phenomenon is called "combined sewer overflow," and the state has a handy graphic that shows exactly how it happens: The alert for the area is in effect until 11:20pm Thursday night, and the incident is not expected have any significant impact on New York City's waterways, according to the DEC. If you were considering taking a dip in the Hudson this weekend, a whole mess of poop being dumped into the river probably wouldn't deter you anyway.
What’s a Whitney Biennial without controversy? Actually, this year’s edition seemed too well behaved to generate one, but indeed it has, and the work at the center of the outrage is having a busy news day. The mishegas involves a painting by artist Dana Schutz titled Open Casket, which portrays Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for flirting with a white woman, one Carolyn Bryant Donham. (Just this February, she recanted the accusation that led to Till’s murder.) In addition to stringing up Till, his killers mutilated his body, a monstrous crime for which they were acquitted by an all-white jury. Schutz, who is white, portrays Till in his casket, focusing on his head and torso from directly overhead. Till is dressed in a suit and Schutz renders his disfigured features in abstract brushstrokes. The image has raised a hue and cry: A letter signed by 25 black artists has been sent to the Whitney demanding that the painting be taken down and destroyed for cashing in on the suffering of African-Americans. Protestors also attempted to block the painting from viewers during a demonstration at the museum. Schutz has defended the work by saying that it was meant to empathize with Till’s mother, and that, in any case, it wasn’t for sale (you have to wonder, though, whether or not that decision was made after the commotion). This morning, a letter purportedly by Schutz circulated on Facebook; in it, she writes that Open Caske
You won't have to trek downtown anymore to enjoy some of NYC’s best soft serve. Big Gay Ice Cream, which began as a single truck in 2009 and then expanded to brick-and-mortar in 2011, is now expanding, well, everywhere. You can pick up pints of six of their well-known sundaes, like Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip), American Globs (vanilla ice cream, sea salt, pretzels, chocolate dip) and even a new flavor with strawberry ice cream, peanut butter swirls and strawberry-filled peanut butter cups, dubbed Lunchbox. Currently, you can only purchase the packaged treats through Fresh Direct or Amazon. However, the pints are expected to be stocked at local bodegas in the near future. h/t Gothamist