Before the Sex Pistols, before the Clash and before Anarchy in the UK, there was Richard Hell. A seminal figure in the NYC punk scene, Hell played in the Neon Boys, Television, The Heartbreakers and eventually formed his own band Richard Hell and the Voidoids before he quit music and drugs in 1984. He was the impetus behind punk rock, from its ideals to its fashion statements (see his involvement with the punk exhibit at the Met). In his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, Hell recounts his life, from his time growing up in Lexington Kentucky to his days as a NYC punk rocker–it’s an absolute must read for anybody interested in punk rock or the NYC downtown scene of the ’70s and early ’80s in general. Hear Hell talk candidly tonight at BookCourt about his relationship to Malcolm McLaren, how he felt about the Sex Pistols copping his look, and punk rock overall.
“Should I be planning a funeral for my sense of humor?” I wondered during the second presidential debate, as Donald Trump loomed behind Hillary Clinton and then threatened to have her jailed. I should have been laughing at my friend’s Jaws jokes, but instead I climbed underneath the bar, hugging my wine and wishing for Xanax. Before I started sitting shiva for my laughter, however, I remembered that amid the steady stream of alt-right memes and clips of Trump telling Billy Bush exactly where he likes to grab women, the internet also provides escapes from the political melee swirling around us. Reductress is one of the best ports in the storm.
Wowie, would you get a load of this weather?! I don’t know whether to be happy or slightly alarmed that it’s late October and I had to run my AC for the past two nights, but I gotta admit that the sun feels good on my face this afternoon so I’m going with it! It’s sort […]
Walking into smallhome, a matchbox-sized storefront on Metropolitan near the Graham Avenue stop on the L train in Williamsburg, feels like spiriting through a portal to rural America. Cluttered with handcrafted wares that range from white sage body wash to the perfect red plaid handkerchief, the store’s displays feature creative props like a rusted ladder, and assortment of […]
A hotel can’t open in Williamsburg these days and not feature a rooftop bar and a whole host of chef-curated food and drink options. The trend is true across the river in Manhattan, too, but Brooklyn has the current edge on the hotel dining scene, with the recently opened William Vale Hotel, run by chef Andrew Carmellini. […]
There will be lots of great food to sample at One More Bite next weekend, from Umi’s homecooked meals to pickles from McClure’s and Rick’s Picks to delicious (really!) garbanzo-bean-based brownies from Pure Genius Provisions. But what if you have a picky eater in tow? But what if you have a picky eater in tow? […]