In the modern era of Black Thursday Walmart sales (shudder) and Amazon holiday wish lists, I often wonder what happened to the old-timey traditions that used to define Christmas. You know, the Dickensian stuff: carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, figgy pudding and Yule logs that aren’t broadcast in HD. Has anyone actually ever encountered a Christmas goose? I haven’t, and that’s one reason I’m intrigued by the upcoming Holiday Dinner put on by slow food supper club I Was Really, Very Hungry. The menu features items that I’ve heard about my whole life but never actually seen like wassail, oyster pie, Yorkshire pudding, and, of course, goose–all accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings. The event takes place on Saturday at 8pm at Vinegar Hill Sound, a recording studio that promises to be a an impressive space. Tickets are available here for $100, but keep in mind that almost all of the proceeds will go directly toward another feast that the supper club will prepare next week for over 200 Far Rockaway residents devastated by Sandy. In short, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a memorable holiday meal and to ensure that others in our city who are in need of support right now can do the same. And that, at least in my estimation, is what Christmas is really supposed to be about. – K.H.
Jessica Lea Mayfield will be performing Saturday, April 26 at Rough Trade, 64 N. 9th st., Brooklyn, 8pm, $15; and Monday, April 28 at the Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., Manhattan, 6:30pm, $15. The first thing you might think when listening to Jessica Lea Mayfield’s music for the first time, especially her new album, Make My Head […]
Industrial films, how-to videos, birthday parties and piano recitals, public access television shows and exercise routines from pretty much every B-list celebrity–when you look at American culture through the lens of discarded VHS tapes what emerges is a vision of an ever-aerobicizing tribe clad in high-cut leotards, hellbent on learning how to do everything from […]
Already mourning the impending retirement of Carl Kasell from Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me? Obsessed with RadioLab, Brooke Gladstone’s voice, or tune into Brian Lehrer every morning? You should get tickets to RadioLoveFest now. From June 4-8, the people behind the best shows on public radio will be on stage at BAM–including a live taping of Wait Wait with Mo Rocca and Jessi Klein. […]
Wed April 23, 2014Half the beauty of street art is stumbling upon it in an unexpected place, on the wall of an old factory, or the corrugated curves of a metal gate. Joseph Carini has moved street art to an even more surprising spot–underfoot, in carpets he designed. Like another creative rug designer we featured this […]
Thu April 24, 2014Get ready for a good laugh on Thursday night. Rather, get ready to spend an hour or two solid timing your sips of beers so that you don’t immediately spit them out because you’re cracking up. We have five, count ‘em FIVE great storytellers, comics and weirdos, plus the top weirdo of […]