If there is any recurring theme in New York's art world, it's that New York's art world is decidedly anti-theme. With galleries featuring eclectic mixes of art, artists, and media, this October has something for everyone. Join the Culture Club on its monthly art walk as Joonbug previews its top picks.
Sculpture: David Smith (The Whitney)
The Whitney will open its retrospective of American sculptor David Smith on Thursday. The work of Smith (1906-1965) is often described as “geometric,” and it’s easy to see why. But the artist’s work changed over time, ranging from early surreal sculptures to his large-scale pieces in the 1960’s that earned him a spot in the Smithsonian’s sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will cover it all, complete with sculptures, sketches, and photographs of Smith at work.
Fall premieres aren't just for television. It's also the official kickoff season for the New York theater scene. Last month, we previewed the Broadway's top newcomers. But in October, focus shifts across the river, where Brooklyn is hosting a full slate of touring companies, solo acts, and local artists. And with fewer big-name venues than her glamorous sister borough, the BK's events are selling out quickly. Here are some quick hits to get you caught up.
If you forgot your smuggling supplies, and you don't know how you're going to survive the newest Bradley Cooper rom-com, fear no more. You might just be able to numb the pain by tossing back a beer.
A new state law will allow movie theaters to serve alcohol -- as long they "have table seating and a full restaurant menu selection."
The law will allow more venues to offer dinner and a movie with a legitimate alcohol license, and will allow theaters like Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema and Greenwich Village's Angelika Film Center to add alcohol to their cafe menus. But big name cinemas like AMC are also tapping the keg -- they already serve alcohol in New Jersey, and are quickly readying themselves to make their New York locations booze-friendly.
Listen. We love culture as much as the next guy. The editors here at Joonbug enjoy rolling out of bed at noon on a Saturday (or one, or two) and heading to our favorite fine art institution. But we are not about to waste our hard-earned weekends on New York tourist traps. And as it turns out, staring at paintings is a favorite activity of the Times Square-loving, Ray's Famous Pizza-eating, crisp white tennis shoe-wearing museumgoers...so the MoMA and Guggenheim will have to wait. Rather than shelling out to bump shoulders with a stroller-toting family of four, consider some of these exhibits that have been happily forgotten by the fannypack crowd:
A Muchich beer tent is an intense experience. Drinkers from around the world gather to chat about football, eat bratwurst, and most importantly, drink top-notch beer out of absurdly large vessels. Musical acts keep the crowd entertained, ranging from polka to punk. And there's always some Australian kid off in a corner getting drunker than he should. Fortunately, there are plenty of New York establishments willing to provide a similar experience. As Oktoberfest rolls on, check out these authentic outdoor bierhauses.
This looks to be the best deal in the city. This weekend, the Queens garden will be transformed into an Oktoberfest extravaganza, featuring 6 seasonal brews, including German staples Spaten and Radeberger. Best of all, in the spirit of a European beer garden, you can put your wallet away after walking in the door. Unlimited beer tasting, along with an all-you-can-eat menu, are yours for $65. Ticket sales close Friday.
Sitting at home, drinking a half-gone bottle of bourbon, an idea popped into the head of failed pop star Poppy Chaos. With a brilliant new viral video, she could steal the spotlight back from longtime rival, and onetime classmate, Stephani Germanotta. The plan: wear some weird stuff, and sing about it.
At least, that was the plan.
Jenny Jaffe, who created Poppy and her music video, thought it would be fun to pretend to be a pop star and goof off by making a parody. Now, after posts on Buzzfeed and Gather, the 21 year-old NYU student is starting to wonder if people get the joke.
If you hate making choices, you should stop reading. If your hands get clammy when deciding between Bud Light and Coors Light at your local watering hole, slowly back away. And if your idea of a fine beer is a Rolling Rock splashed with a bit of Pabst Blue Ribbon to "give it some teeth," perhaps you should take the next few plays off.
But if you're looking for an alcoholic adventure, look no further. Joonbug has been on the prowl for the best beer drinker's bar in New York, and we've uncovered some gems. From European classics to modern microbrews, these taprooms have selections of the world's finest. Welcome to your personal suds safari.
Last night, some big names were at the O'Neill Theatre on 49th Street -- and for one night only, they weren't there to see Book of Mormon.
A staged reading of "8," Dustin Lance Black's compelling story of California's gay marriage ban, was presented as a staged reading. It starred the likes of Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban, John Lithgow, Rob Reiner, Matt Bomer, and Bradley Whitford. It was directed by Angels in America muse Joe Mantello.
The script, which is based on the real-life courtroom drama, was produced by the American Foundation for Equal Rights. It draws on trial transcripts, interviews with the players involved, and the Academy Award-winner Black's first-hand accounts.
You feel that tingle down your spine? It could just be the chill in the air. Either way, horror fans are gearing up for Halloween, and preparations for New York's scariest haunted houses are underway. Wait times (and annoying high schoolers) only increase throughout October, so start planning early. If you're not sure where to get your gore on, don't lose your head. We've compiled the top terrors of 2011.
Forget New York. This one-of-a-kind experience is routinely listed as the scariest Halloween event in the country. There's a good reason, too: the creative team (led by Off-Broadway director Tim Haskell) conducts annual surveys, asking New Yorkers to reveal their deepest fears, and creates rooms based on their nightmares. Incorporating a theatrical sensibility, along with their desire to truly terrify -- Haskell says he's not above making you jump, but he'd rather haunt you -- the Nightmare staff creates a stage show (dubbed "The Experiment") to prime you for the haunted walk itself. Past themes have included vampires, superstitions, and ghost stories. This year, it's creepy fairy tales. Something tells us your trail of bread crumbs won't lead you back to safety.
"There are four things I refuse to pay for in this city: parking, publicity, and p---y. The other thing is alcohol," Justin Ross Lee told the New York Post last month.
The free ride is over.
The Post is now reporting that while the club crasher is a shameless self-promoter, he's a shamefully bad businessman. His pocket square business -- yes, he's selling pocket squares -- is flat broke.