04/19/17 5:06pm
It's the anniversary of Prince's death on Friday. Photo: @brooklynbased

It’s the anniversary of Prince’s death on Friday. Photo: @brooklynbased

Hi everyone and welcome back from Easter/Passover/a weekend in which we had a totally random 90 degree day! It’s time for another Ideal Week roundup, and this week we’ve curated a well-rounded assortment of ways that you can spend your time eating, imbibing, and celebrating spring in and around Brooklyn. If you feel an extra bounce in your step (or shooting pain in your sinuses), that’s because spring really is here, and the ramp guy is at the farmers market to prove it! Why not celebrate the wonderful time before every day is 90+ degrees by treating yourself to a pedicure, a bike tune-up, or a leisurely outdoor rosé-drinking date with a friend? Or try something new on Friday, when Pioneer Works is hosting a new, experimental Groupmuse Massivemuse that is interactive and encourages audience movement. On Saturday or Sunday, you can eat, drink, and party to your heart’s content at Beer Mansion, a weekend-long beer fest brought to you by Brooklyn Brewery Mash, Eater, and a bunch of stellar local businesses. Saturday is Earth Day, which means that 30 blocks of Manhattan are being declared blissfully car-free from 10am-4pm, and it’s also time to join the March for Science, which has been garnering a lot of press of late, if you’re into public funding for science.

For those of us that are still mourning the untimely passing of Prince, the anniversary of his death on Friday is a tough reminder of the remarkable talent and personality that we lost. But it might be therapeutic to attend one of several events going on this week that commemorate the Purple One, including Questlove’s Purple Anniversary edition of Bowl Train on Thursday night, House of YES’ Dirty Thursday Prince party on the same night, or the Skint’s Celebration of Prince at Littlefield on Saturday night.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg on this Ideal Week in April–read on for many more potential plans and have a great week! (more…)

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09/05/14 12:00pm
Clockwise from the top left: Madonna, TK, Bono and Brian Eno. Photos by Deborah Feingold (Shore Fire)

Clockwise from the top left: Madonna, Sam Rivers, Bono and Brian Eno. Photos by Deborah Feingold (Shore Fire)

Deborah Feingold will be at Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. 9th St., Sept. 8, 7 p.m., for a Q&A discussion with Anthony DeCurtis, followed by a book signing for Music

Unless you move within photography circles, Deborah Feingold may not be a name you recognize. Her photos are another story. Over the past 35 years, Feingold has shot some of the most iconic portraits of performers including Prince, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Questlove, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, R.E.M., Tina Turner, Pharrell, and Alicia Keys for outlets including Rolling Stone and the now-defunct Musician. (more…)

09/20/13 11:00am

Cover of Toure's "I Would Die 4 u: Why Prince Became an Icon" (Atria Books)

Purple Reign: The Legacy and Significance of Prince will take place at the Main Stage (Borough Hall Plaza) of the Brooklyn Book Festival, 209 Joralemon Street, Sunday, 4 p.m., free.

The Purple One will making his presence felt at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday.

Okay–just to clarify–Prince will not actually be at the book fest. But the artist will be the subject of a panel discussion titled Purple Reign: The Legacy and Significance of Prince. It coincides with the recent release of a fascinating book, I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, written by journalist and MSNBC’s The Cycle co-host Touré. Also joining Toure at the panel, which is moderated by Parul Sehgal, will be MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and music writer Alan Light, (who recently wrote the wonderful book, The Holy or the Broken, about the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”).

We all know that Prince, who turned 55 this year (!), is an icon. This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s career accomplishments speak for themselves. But Prince is more than just a musical superstar famous for his prodigious, mind-boggling musical output and his eccentricities. According to Touré’s book, he’s also a key figure in the lives of Generation X-ers–a generation growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, made self-reliant by the high divorce rate at the time.

“I felt like I wanted to do something serious and thoughtful about Prince,” Touré, a Brooklyn resident, told me earlier this year when I interviewed him for a story that appeared on CBSNews.com, “because I think he’s one of the most important artists of our time and I wanted to explore why it is he became an icon for Generation X, even though he’s a baby boomer, because he had to fit with the generation in a way that they would make them respond to him.”
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