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In case you missed last night:
more information at www.apwfestival.com
The Brooklyn-based theatre company, Woodshed Collective, presents the premiere of Caridad Svich’s Twelve Ophelias, directed by Teddy Bergman, as a free event at McCarren Park Pool.
Twelve Ophelias centers on Hamlet’s Ophelia coming back to life, out of the water, to try to overcome her history and forge a new destiny for herself. She finds herself in an Appalachian Elsinore, Denmark by way of Deliverance — where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet and Horatio slum it, and nothing is what it seems. In this squarely American and gritty interpretation of the Hamlet myth, Twelve Ophelias asks how it is possible to break old cycles and start afresh when the past so completely permeates your life. Twelve Ophelias features a live and local roots/bluegrass band, The Jones Street Boys, performing new original music.
by Damon Ginandes
Art Break Gallery, 195 Grand Street, 2nd floor
This is a great show that opened last weekend. (We forgot to post about it).
Gallery Hours: everyday, except Tuesdays, from 1 to 7pm, Cost: Free
more information at www.artbreakgallery.com
The Yard’s rapidly becoming the go-to venue for summer ragers — this afternoon, it plays host to a grip of live bands and DJs in celebration of BK’s neon splendor. Get your bounce on with Venezuelan booty-ravers Todosantos, check the onstage gymnastics of Purple Crush, gawk at Aussie duo Lismore’s blond-bombshell frontwoman and brooding beatsmith, and thrash to Plant Music’s digital-era rockers the Glass. Selectors Treasure Fingers, Cobra Krames, and Finger on the Pulse provide a few more opportunities to put your back into it. With giveaways from Ableton, Miller, and Local Tourist and a bike-wash benefit for the raucous DIY Showpaper kids, this tech-o-thon makes for a perfect Saturday on the Gowanus Canal.
Time: noon‚Äì9pm, Price: $15 / $10 advance
more information at the http://brooklynemf.com/.
While it’s unusual for a band to set up an impromptu performance in Bryant Park in the midst of the weekday lunch rush, alt-folk threesome Langhorne Slim have a history of popping up in unexpected places. The bluesy, freewheeling band from Brooklyn recently made appearances on NPR and Letterman in support of its new self-titled album on Kemado. Some of Langhorne’s lovelorn, banjo-laced melodies celebrate infatuation’s all-consuming effects, while others sardonically confront life’s rocky road. Whatever the mood, each song is arranged expertly while maintaining the foot-stompin’ delivery of a hoedown on Ma and Pa’s front porch. Sunday’s Pool Party hootenanny also features the Felice Brothers, and likeminded country rockers Deer Tick.
Time: 2‚Äì8pm, Price: FREE
more information at mccarrenpark.com
We’re still bummed that Tom Waits doesn’t have any NY dates scheduled, but All Songs Considered has a great concert available for podcast from July 5. From All Songs Considered:
For his Atlanta stop, recorded at the city’s historic Fox Theater on July 5, Waits delivered a stunning and epic two-and-a-half-hour performance, including songs he says he’s never attempted outside of the studio before. Backing Waits is a five-piece group featuring Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion). “They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers,” Waits says. “They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men.”
You can grab the podcast here. [Thanks Alan Parsons]
On top of the Koons exhibit already on display, the college group at the Met invites you to a whimsical evening of toys blown up to fantastic proportions and pianos the size of football fields. Stretch your perception of reality with the Metropolitan Museum’s installation of sculptures by artist Jeff Koons on the Museum’s roof and a screening of Dr. Seuss’ only live-action feature film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. You don’t need a college ID, but priority seating will be given to college students. The event is free with museum admission, which they will tell you is $20, but last we checked it was just a suggested donation.
Williamsburg’s preeminent multimedia restaurant, MonkeyTown, reopens tonight after nearly two months of renovations. To celebrate its grand re-opening, MT is partnering with Vice Records for a screening and DVD release party in honor of Daft Punk’s Electroma. The film, written and directed by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, follows two robots on a mission to become human; unlike previous films D.A.F.T. and Interstella 5555, however, the French duo didn’t write any of the music — instead, they left the soundtrack up to the likes of Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, and Curtis Mayfield
more information at Monkey Town’s website.
also on Friday:
The Vice Photo Show opens. More information here.
Slideluck Potshow at McCarren Park Pool
Time: 6‚Äì11pm, Cost: FREE w/ RSVP
Some of us are wizards in the kitchen; some of us are skilled in the arts. We’re hoping that the artists convening for tonight’s Slideluck Potshow have a bit of both column A and column B. Focusing on a theme of “change,” contributed slides showcase the work of up-and-coming artists, photographers, editors, and curators, who share their culinary creations alongside five-minute masterpieces. Guests can enjoy photographic essays alongside pork shoulder, or high-fashion shots to complement their squash. Flavorpill’s own cultural picks for the upcoming week are even on display — though you’ll likely have to make do with PB & J made (with love!) by our NYC editors
more information at slideluckpotshow.com
David Byrne Music Building
also on Saturday
It’s been open for a while, but we’re finally going to go see the David Byrne Music Building.
Black Lips (6pm), Deerhunter (5pm), King Khan & the Shrines (4pm), and Tall Firs (3pm)
at McCarren Park Pool
time: 2pm-8pm, cost: free
In 1971, Lester Bangs published an essay called “James Taylor Marked for Death,” in which he heralded the Troggs as the raw libido of rock ‘n roll. “Wild Thing” was the artless, “pure id” rock song ideal. Cue Black Lips: Seemingly ignorant of 40 years of musical evolution, they rip through song after song of merciless, riotous rock. You won’t hear anything especially new in it, but you won’t be complaining either, especially after their notoriously debauched live shows. Tonight, they play the Pool with art-punk geniuses Deerhunter, psych-soulsters King Khan & the Shrines, and Tall Firs.
more information at mccarrenpark.com
New bars and venues open constantly in this neighborhood–it almost feels like the community board consists of a solitary robot with a giant rubber “Approved” stamp for liquor license applications. To which I say “Huzzah!” because papa needs his sweet, sweet booze.
Anyway, today we take a look at a new music venue in Bushwick called Bodega (1089 Broadway), which is run by those hip souls over at Chiefmag. The space holds 300 people and used to be an actual bodega–one which used to sell crack I am told, which goes great with beef patties and Boar’s Head turkey sandwiches.
Most bands they host are of the Todd P variety, including Japanther, The Death Set, Ninjasonik, etc. Shows are usually in the $5-$6 range, perfect for the club’s young, eight-people-to-a-loft crowd.
In related news, I was perusing an interview that Chief did with The Teenagers and I read this:
Where in Brooklyn did you check out?
Quentin: We walked through Williamsburg, down Bedford. Everyone looked like they were out of a video or something. It was weird. I felt really uncomfortable because everyone was so hot.
Keep it up, you sexy ass Williamsburgers.
Photo by Aaron Cansler
Photo by Agaton Strom
Sunday’s McCarren Park Pool Party was the scene to end all scenes. Seriously, the press line was down the block and from most accounts the regular line ended somewhere in Dumbo. Hipsters, twelve-year-olds, Kirsten Dunst–everyone and their mother was there. Even the rain couldn’t stop the event from being filled to capacity.
The Ting Tings got the crowd jumping, causing even diehard concertgoers to throw their usual Williamsburg concert etiquette to the wind. Black Moth Super Rainbow, not so much. Then came the main event. MGMT played a solid set of cosmic Bowie-esque pop, which was appreciated by the hordes of latecomers standing dejectedly outside of the pool’s fences.
Hopefully next week’s free show with the Black Lips, Deerhunter and Tall Firs won’t be such an overcrowded zoo. Also, hopefully I won’t be hung over from free Dewar’s when I write that day’s post.
Plenty of photos after the jump …