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Pushy by Discovery

Everyone has certain music that immediately brings them back to a particular place and time. On New Year’s Eve 2009 K and I found ourselves, somewhat by accident and somewhat by design, listening to a band we had never heard of in Cameo Gallery in Wburg. The singer was wearing these absurd sequin covered pants (or was it a dress? I’ll admit parts of the evening are blurry) and she was rocking them. I mean this woman had serious style and the music was exactly right for that moment. We felt energized and empowered. My photos of that show are even blurrier than my memories but when I hear Broke by Discovery I instantly get that rush of excitement.

I have got to find some peace

I can’t afford to go

but I can’t afford to love you anymore…

Can I walk the night alone?

Discovery recently released a new record, Pushy, (available on iTunes), and it’s full of Kathleen Cholewka’s intense personal style, together with the impressive musical additions of her bandmates. I particularly enjoy Lex Marsh’s sax. It’s the sort of sound that makes you want to be in a crowd of people, toasting to new experiences with your very closest friends. You can check them out in June at Goodbye Blue Monday.


July 29 + 30 Additions!

What is happening with the weather?! I just had lunch in Midtown with P and got soaked walking back to the train- blech! Well, luckily there are some inside activities to add to the spread for today and tomorrow. First, tonight there are three (indoor) concerts worth checking out:

Dallin Applebaum is playing at Rockwood Music Hall; her sultry tunes haven’t been heard live in ages so don’t miss your chance!

You can see The French Exit up close and personal at Local 269– a bar that usually doesn’t host live shows. Their sound will be easier to appreciate in a more intimate venue so check them out here while you can!
The French Exit – “To Term” – at Goodbye Blue Monday 6/21/09

Finally, for those of you who still haven’t made it out to see my favorite hot girl group Heliotropes, you have another chance tonight- they’ll be playing at Death by Audio!



If you want something a bit more unusual to help you forget all the rain head over to the Daniel Reich Gallery for the latest work from the men who brought you American Dick; Scott and Tyson Reeder are keeping the nature of their latest collaboration secret until tonight- be there to be the first to be surprised/shocked/etc.

American Dick by Scott Reeder

American Dick by Scott Reeder

If you’re willing to run from one boutique to another there will be exciting deals all through Brooklyn today and tomorrow; Brooklyn Boutique Fashion Nights will feature discounts, refreshments and special events (try to convince your boyfriend that it’s worth it for the free eats!).

Stay dry and stay tuned for my weekend post!

June 2-8 Additions

In addition to the extensive list of events I’ve already given you for the next 7 days, there are a number of events that have recently come to my attention.

Tonight, and several other nights this week, Art Brut is playing at Mercury Lounge. Gothamist calls them “wildly entertaining,” which is probably why every show is currently listed as sold out. If you’re in the mood for a high energy concert exert your cunning and find a way through the door!

If you need to save up your cunning for other shenanigans you can still buy tickets for an awesome show at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday- Emilie Simon will satisfy your francophile needs and get you dancing into the bargain!

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon

On Wednesday Clubbed Thumb will be celebrating the start of Summerworks 2009 with a grand (free!) party entitled O*H*I*O! featuring Susan Bernfield, David Herskovits, Melanie Joseph, Robert Lyons, Kristin Marting.

Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange, and provocative new plays by living American writers. Since its founding in 1996, the company has earned 4 OBIES and presented plays in every form of development, including over 70 full productions. Clubbed Thumb is an incubator for artists and their work, staging plays to critical acclaim while supporting an ever-growing creative community.

If you can’t make the shindig on Wednesday be sure to check out the first Summerworks play- punkplay by Gregory Moss, running from June 7-13 at the Ohio Theatre.

On Friday there’s an even more questionable production opening at P.S.122; the Amoralists Theater Company is presenting The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side. The plot summary is as follows:

An extraordinary gathering of young idealists live as a modern day urban tribe above a vegan restaurant in NYC. Billy, Dawn, Dear and Wyatt are an extended sexual family battling their fears and addictions in order to live their utopian dream.

I believe that is the most hipster thing I have heard all week! It sounds absurd and marvelous- enjoy!


For more cutting edge hipster fun this weekend take a stroll through Bushwick; the Bushwick Open Studios event gives you access to hundreds of artists’ garrets as well as a chance to experience all sorts of performance art! Some of the hot spots are venues I’ve mentioned in the past, such as 3rd Ward and Goodbye Blue Monday. There will be art for sale and munchies up for grabs, (both details conveniently marked on the maps), so you can add some pizazz to your apartment and be a freegan for the day!

On Friday Black Taxi is playing at the Bowery Ballroom. G and I have recently become huge fans of theirs (I’ve mentioned them before) and if you just see one concert this week this would be my pick.

Black Taxi

Black Taxi

On Monday, while I am recovering from the trauma of the LSAT, you can enjoy Mike Daisey’s newest bit of madness- Mysteries of the Unexplained- BACON! at Joe’s Pub:

Mike Daisey returns to Joe’s Pub with a one-night orgy of all things bacon: from sizzling fat to swine flu, from baco-bits to Hasids to Charlotte’s. In one delicious hour we’ll explore bacon in all its filthy, gorgeous deliciousness.

Have a great week/weekend and I will be back and better than ever as of next Tuesday!

May 5-7 Additions

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! If you are looking for good places to drink tonight check out this list from Gothamist!

For those of you who are not of the tequila persuasion I also have two events to add to this week’s roster.

Tonight the Bushwick Book Club is mulling over the meaning, or lack of meaning, in Kundera’s novel ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being.’ The last time I mentioned this lovely gathering they were discussing ‘James and the Giant Peach.’ If you missed that event you should definitely head over to Goodbye Blue Monday tonight!


On Thursday my friend C will demonstrate yet another facet of her creative talents; I told you all about her burlesque career and now you can see her reincarnated as 1/3 of the awesome new band Heliotropes. They’ll be playing at Matchless along with Astrid Pierce, Beloved Rouge and Himalaya– HOT.



Enjoy your week and stay tuned for even more additions!

April 7 Additions

I’d like to add a couple of events I’ve just come across to my earlier post. Tonight at the Tenement Museum Stephen Wolf, editor of  I Speak of the City: Poems of New York, hosts a celebration of National Poetry Month; a group of writers and actors will read from classics by Whitman, Hughes, Ginsberg, and more.

“Poems about New York have their own restless rhythm and ever-changing style, much like the city itself. They capture the major moments and daily doings of New York, from immigrant experiences at Ellis Island to the rush and pull of Broadway.”

Also tonight the Bushwick Bookclub challenges local musicians to create and perform songs about James and the Giant Peach. Head out to Goodbye Blue Monday and have some pie with your Tuesday (unless you’re Jewish and celebrating Passover like me, in which case enjoy the music and pout over absurd traditions).

Bushwick Book Club

Bushwick Book Club

 Stay tuned for more additions!