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Alexander Jordan

03/25/15 11:17am
Noah Baumbach's new film, 'While We're Young,' opens this weekend, providing ample opportunity to ogle Adam Driver. Image: A24 Films

Noah Baumbach’s new film, ‘While We’re Young,’ opens this weekend, providing ample opportunity to ogle Adam Driver. Image: A24 Films

As one of our Ideal Week writers, Alexander Jordan, put it, Neil “fucking” Diamond is playing Barclay’s tomorrow, and tickets are still available to see the man who can make an entire bar sing “Sweet Caroline” (DAH DAH DAHHHH). A far cheaper night of music you know and love will be at The Bell House tonight for our wedding band showcase, words that may trigger your cheesiness meter, except that this is NYC, and the bands we’re featuring are filled with awesome musicians like Joe McGinty, former keyboardist for the Psychedelic Furs and now the piano-playing leader of the city’s most popular tribute band, Loser’s Lounge. The tickets, which include snacks from Red Table Catering, are $12 at the door but you can get em for $5 until 6pm, here.

In strange animal news, that rabbit-hoarding woman in Gowanus is suing to get her 237 syphilitic bunnies back from the ASPCA and Animal Care & Control of NYC. The plight of her animals pales in comparison to the roughly 2.4 million humans who serve time in prison, and there is an event this Saturday that deals seriously with incarceration and its effect upon the psyche, when Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman speaks with Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Further out into the calendar, RadioLoveFest is returning to BAM in May, and there are already shows with single-digit tickets left, like Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. So get on it quick if you a public radio lover, then check out all the good times to be had this week that are not in danger of selling out.

Thursday, March 26: Why is Noah Baumbach’s new movie not opening in Brooklyn? It seems a crime not to give his prime audience first dibs on While We’re Young, a movie featuring “Brooklyn hipsters” Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. The two inject a little verve back into the lives of a middle-aged couple played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, until they realize Driver is using them to bolster his career. Everyone 40 and above will be a little reluctant to watch this, but wisdom and experience seem to win out in the end. As The New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane put it, “one of the rare benefits of age” is that “you can start, at last, to tell the difference between a life style and a life.” The film opens Thursday at Regal Cinemas Union Square, then adds screenings at Lincoln Square over the weekend, until it arrives in Brooklyn on April 2 at BAM.—N.D.

Friday, March 27: No great revolution started without a lot of talking about how great the revolution was going to be. Such is the case with this weekend’s Bad Assery: A Women & Comedy Conference, which will not only include lots of discussion about the state of women in comedy, but a lot of laughter as well. Co-hosted by The Bell House, Littlefield, and ?What If!, comedy enthusiasts are invited to come together for three days of events, including panels—like “Breaking Out” with Brooke Van Poppelen—sketch shows and standup from big names like Aparna Nancherla and Michelle Wolf, music, and much more with some of the funniest ladies in the city. For those simply hoping to stop by for a show or two, tickets are $15 for shows and $20 for panels at the door, or if you’re in it for the long haul, purchase $40 1-day passes and $75 three-day passes here. Head to the Bad Assery website for the full schedule.–N.R. (more…)

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03/02/15 2:20pm

BenLillie

The impact of science in our daily lives seems obvious at first–we all walk around with a palm-sized computer in our pocket more advanced than the delivery truck-sized computers used to put Neil Armstrong on the moon just 45 years ago. But science covers a lot more ground than gadgets from Apple; it affects everyone in a very personal way, and Story Collider: Stories About Science is a New York-based storytelling series and podcast that investigates the ways it impacts our lives. On the podcast and at their live shows, which they’ve performed in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and London, you’ll hear from those who work in a specific scientific field as well as everyday people who suddenly find they are faced with a problem that they need science to overcome. The podcast is hosted by Ben Lillie, a particle physicist (above, right), and Erin Barker, a two-time winner of the Moth’s GrandSLAM Storytelling competition (on the left), who will be performing at The Bell House tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2 at 8pm. The best part? You can RSVP to gain free entry at thebellhouseny.com/calendar.

02/25/15 10:37am
Joyce Kozloff's nine-foot diameter, walk-in globe painted with aerial maps of sites involved in U.S. military warfare, on view at BRIC as part of the "Mapping Brooklyn" exhibit. Photo: Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff’s nine-foot diameter, walk-in globe painted with aerial maps of sites involved in U.S. military warfare, on view at BRIC as part of the “Mapping Brooklyn” exhibit. Photo: Joyce Kozloff

Sunday gave us a glimpse into the future—a decent day, where you could go out and not freeze your face off. So while it may still feel like the only thing worth exposing yourself to is a cozy couch and a good book–like the seven we reviewed last week–it’s about to get warm enough to venture out again. A perfect segue from curling up with a page-turner is eating out with your favorite authors and cooks. This is the first time in recent memory that the entire Eat, Drink and Be Literary season has not yet sold out—so it’s best to snatch up tickets now to the upcoming readings and dinners at BAM with Tiphanie Yanique, Michael Cunningham, Chris Ware, and Lydia Davis. Greenlight has also announced its own slate of author dinners—they’ve got a new series called Book Cooks at Berg’n featuring readings and appetizers with the Sussman Brothers (whose collective resumes includes stints at Mile End, Roberta’s and The Cleaveland) along with April Bloomfield, plus two new Book/Plate multi-course dinners at Peck’s, where owner Theo Peck is now serving Hamantashen, those traditional Jewish, fruit-filled cookies in anticipation of Purim. He’s calling it Hamantashen Time. We’re calling it a sign that spring is so close you can touch it.

Here are some other treats for you this week, from an LIC bar crawl to an exhibit that explores the borough’s nooks and crannies, whose opening reception is tonight. (more…)

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02/21/15 8:55am
We are placing our bets on Birdman winning best picture.

We are placing our bets on Birdman winning best picture. 

As Billy Crystal would croon if he were hosting yet again this year, “It’s a wonderful night for Oscar! Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”  No one wants to miss out on any of the glitz, glamour, triumphant wins, painful snubs, and emotional thanking of God, families, and agents, so if you’re one of those pragmatic “screw you, Time Warner” people who decided that a Netflix instant account and Mom’s HBO GO password was all you needed, you can relax– Brooklyn’s got you covered. Building on Bond, a low-key Boerum Hill hangout with a cozy industrial-chic design, will be screening the festivities and, as always, will have tasty snacks on hand and a full bar with some quality beers on tap. Meanwhile Videology, Williamsburg’s video rental store/bar mash-up, will be showing the 87th Academy Awards in their intimate screening room, so show up early to get a seat! While you’re there, you can peruse their comprehensive list of DVD titles available to take home with you. Finally, if the SNL 40th anniversary special renewed your excitement for the longest running comedy show in television history, then check out SNL Writers Unscripted: The Oscar Show at Union Hall. There will be trivia, prizes, and five current Saturday Night Live writers performing improvised comedy during the Oscars broadcast, which is sure to be funnier than your roommate’s Doogie Howser cracks and Joan Rivers-style fashion put-downs. Tickets are $8 if you buy them online.

02/18/15 8:52am

It’s Academy Awards time again, and it’s still ridiculously cold out, so it’s only fitting that there are lots of film-centric activities going on around town this week. Tonight, New York Magazine film critic, editor in chief of RogerEbert.com, and Wes Anderson expert Matt Zoller Seitz is at BookCourt discussing his one-volume supplement to 2013’s Wes Anderson Collection, which focuses exclusively on the Best Picture-nominated Grand Budapest HotelIf you’re up to hopping the East River, head to Brookfield Place this Thursday at 8pm for Silent Films/Live Music: New Sounds Live, a special event featuring a slate of silent films created by artist Man Ray and scored with original music by SQÜRL, the psychedelic music project that has morphed legendary director Jim Jarmusch into a rock star. BAM’s month-long John Carpenter retrospective continues, meaning you can catch a very young Kurt Russell on the big screen in both Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. on Saturday. Finally, if you need to unwind after Sunday’s main event, everyone’s favorite morning news anchor, Pat Kiernan, is hosting his second annual Red Carpet Trivia Night at The Bell House on Tuesday night.

We realize that there is more to life than movies, so we’ve rounded up activities for the week that run the entire gamut–check ’em out below: (more…)

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