This week in Cheap Laughs, we have beloved transgender Puerto Ricans, animal tail butt plugs, nipple tassels, special siblings, and a musical based on stand-up comedy. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
There seems to be a lot of parallels between the worlds of freestyle rapping and improv comedy, so it shouldn't be that surprising that hip-hop improv troupe North Coast is thriving. Recently celebrating five years together, North Coast have spent their summer doing their brand of musical improv acr ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have smoldering SNL talent, organized labor, electro-disco, gay improv, slams, snark, anonymous dating shows, and just the nicest young man from Wisconsin. It's irresistible. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently pro ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have daytime talk show legends, charitable causes, lots of gays, lots of pizza, and Jar Jar Binks doing his best Ed McMahon impression. Confused? Don't be. All will be revealed in our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Living with your significant other can be nice and cozy...now and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back ... More >>
Jerry Delakas has sat, with a cigarette dangling from his lips, like a sentinel inside the Astor Place newsstand for more than 25 years. He's watched the square transform around him; seen people come and go. Sculptures too -- when the Astor Place cube mysteriously disappeared 2001, sparking a minor ... More >>
Ryan O'Donovan and Colby Barr, the owners of Verve Coffee Roasters, met in college at Chico State. They both played vintage keyboards, often in the same bands (but never at the same time). You'd think that would be enough to bond over, but Barr says it was coffee that brought them together. O'Don ... More >>
There are few sure paths to peace and happiness, but a remarkable group of Rwandan women have found one that seems to be working: music and ice cream. Sweet Dreams, a documentary that follows Rwanda's first and only all-women's drumming troupe and ice cream shop, tells the story of the Hutu and Tuts ... More >>
"Some people are cool and collected. I'm cool and embarrassed," says Norwegian singer/songwriter Jenny Hval, referring to her notoriously explicit lyrics. "The key is to write something that will never stop being embarrassing." Cases in point: The opening line of her 2011 full-length debut, Viscera, ... More >>
The thin veil between life and death was ripped apart earlier this week with the release of Eminem's music video for "Berzerk." The highly anticipated visual debut for the first single from Marshall Mathers LP 2 (to be released November 5th) features old-school graphics, Detroit, and a pixilated "So ... More >>
In 2012, the Voice doled out honors to David Earl Buddin, tabbing him New York's Best Composer for very good reason: he's a beer-swillin', chain-smokin', gloriously prolific pioneer of electronic music and ringleader of the honky tonkin' trio of high rolling drunkards, American Liberty League. As ... More >>
Michael Quattlebaum Jr. takes rap beyond pronouns
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How do New York's modern delis stack up against their old-school predecessors? Oy, what a tough question! Food journalists Josh Ozersky and David Sax work through their thoughts on smoked meat and nostalgia in "Debating the Deli" for the Jewish Daily Forward. The two discuss how places like Mile En ... More >>
Last week, everyone was excited about a fork that helped curb eating habits by flickering based on the speed of bites. Now, smarty pants product designer, Dhairya Dand, has invented "Cheers", glow-in-the-dark "ice" cubes that change colors based on a person's alcohol consumption.
On January 1, Artie Shepherd and David Castillo--co-owner and events director, respectively, of Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus--announced the founding of their new record label: Sacrament Recordings and Merchandise. Huh? A bar with a record label? Naturally, we wondered how that works. So we asked Cas ... More >>
With the passing of avant-garde visionary behemoth David S. Ware this past October at 62 years too young, a monumental crater was forever ingrained in the jazz lexicon. Ware, in supreme alliance with fellow trailblazers like pianist colossus Matthew Shipp and bassist/composer extraordinaire William ... More >>
The Exxon Mobil station on 2nd Street and Avenue C became an impromptu movie theater last night, as a coalition of climate-change activists projected a short film about Hurricane Sandy recovery onto the wall above it. Josh Fox, one of the filmmakers behind the anti-fracking film Gasland, shot the 2 ... More >>
The earth is about to be recycled and only those who hate this world strongly enough will pass on to the Next Level. Or so Marshall Applewhite and his 38 Heaven's Gate followers believed when they attempted to hitch a ride on a spaceship they believed was trailing the Hale-Bopp comet. Dressed in an ... More >>
This past summer we wrote about Legacy Russell, an artist embarking on a year-long project that in its different phases (called "rites") explores the nature of memory in the East Village and the Lower East Side. When we first met Russell she was working on the first "rite" -- the "Rite of Remembranc ... More >>
In this week's Voice cover story, Michaelangelo Matos profiles Daniel Martin-McCormick, the Brooklyn musician currently making waves under the name Ital. In the video for "Culture Clubs," shot live in Cleveland last November by Aurora Halal and premiering on Sound of the City, Martin-McCormick's app ... More >>
Rugged Maniacs mud race: Brooklyn, NY 2011 from Village Voice Media on Vimeo. The Village Voice's art director John Dixon, who regularly kills it with his covers, is a man of many talents. The video above is of a 5K "adventure race and music festival" called Rugged Maniac that took place in Floyd Be ... More >>
I Heart M15 from Paddle Productions on Vimeo. This adorable video (h/t: Gothamist) shows SVA MFA design students Lizzy Showman and Kathleen Fitzgerald passing out customized bus seat cushions to surprised bus drivers on the M15 line in mid-November. This was part of a course called "Can Design Touch ... More >>
Artist Norman Kirby's sculpture, "Figure Sleeping on the Ground," depicts a body curled up beneath a blanket. It now lives in Zuccotti Park with the hundreds of flesh and blood Occupy Wall Street protesters, and Kirby says he was inspired to make it after spending one night in the park. "It w ... More >>
Ode to Mama from Housing is a Human Right on Vimeo. Mary Ward, the 82-year-old Bed-Stuy resident facing eviction following a predatory loan debacle, has been granted a meeting with the investigation team of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office next week, her lawyer Karen Gargamelli tells us.
Remember how part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building is being turned into a mall? The anchor of the new retail space is going to be an upscale restaurant. Sounds fine, even if Brooklyn doesn't necessarily need more restaurants. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has other ideas for th ... More >>
Last November, two Columbia students launched DateMySchool, an online dating service exclusively for college students. Columbia University Business School students Balazs Alexa, 28, and Jean Meyer, 29, came up with the idea for the site when they were discussing the "lack of dateable women" i ... More >>
Knowledge Report: RPF and Other Abuses from Mark Bunker on Vimeo. One of the people who made the Scientology's Enemies List, which we wrote about yesterday, is Mark Bunker, dubbed "Wise Beard Man" by the Anonymous movement. I sent him an e-mail to make sure he saw it. Today, I received this reply f ... More >>
Duty, Heart & Korean Soul in a Jar: Arirang Kimchi from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. In her latest Food Curated video, Liza de Guia trains her lens on Arirang Kimchi, the 30-year-old kimchi company whose jars of fermented vegetables are a staple of Korean markets all along the East Coast. Arirang, which me ... More >>
"It was really hot at Siren Fest, but I didn't really wanna have my boobs out. People might think it was sexual." photo by Rebecca SmeyneWilly Siegel at Siren Fest 2010 When Baltimore art-rock group Ponytail played the Voice's Siren Festival last summer, people noticed two things: That Ponytail is ... More >>
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce CostBruce Cost, of Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost, is also Bruce Cost, Chinese food expert and founder of Big Bowl Restaurants, a fast-casual Chinese and Thai mini-chain in the Midwest. He started bottling the housemade ginger ale from his restaurants, ... More >>
HOBBY: James Gulliver Hancock, Drawing All Of the Buildings in NYC from Harvest on Vimeo.The culture blog Brain Pickings points us this morning to Australian, Brooklyn-based artist James Gulliver Hancock, whose precious undertaking to draw every building in New York City is actually going quite nice ... More >>
P&H Soda Co: Refreshing All Natural Syrups for Soda Lovers from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Have you ever watched someone make a giant, bubbling pot of organic soda syrup? Neither had we, until we watched Food Curated's latest project, a profile of Brooklyn's P&H Soda. Its owner, Anton Nocito, makes his s ... More >>
Is this how the power outage at Newark got started? Certainly not, but in any case, it's pretty excellent. Manhattan 4.33pm from Lizzie Oxby on Vimeo.[via Laughing Squid]
Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.Have you seen this subway art? Web designer Alexander Chen used the New York City subway's actual train schedule to plot this rather awesome musical piece, called "Conductor," which, he says, makes the system into "an interactive string instrument," ... More >>
Show PosterMaybe for some reason you forgot, but tonight, as in Monday, the 8th day of November, marks the New York City debut of the Los Angeles teenage hip-hop collective Odd Future, a.k.a. OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) at Webster Hall. The show is sold out and Craigslist is ... More >>
The Makings of a Good Fishmonger: The Lobster Place from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. The latest episode of Food.Curated is here: this time around, Liza de Guia has trained her camera on the Lobster Place, the wholesale and retail seafood market that sells, among other things, some of the best chowder we'v ... More >>
Once upon a time, there was an excellent hour-long music-video show on Bloomberg's city-television network called New York Noise. Dating back to 2002, the hour-long intern-spun idea predated YouTube, the music-vlog trend of filming bands playing in random locations, and nearly all MP3 blogs ... More >>
UMass breaks world record for longest California roll from Daily Collegian on Vimeo.Students at UMass Amherst broke UC Berkley's longest-California-roll record on Monday, assembling a 422-foot monster of imitation crab and avocado. But then they threw it away! Apparently they thought the 200 pounds ... More >>
The Mast Brothers from The Scout on Vimeo. Last summer, Sarah wrote about how there was something about the Mast Brothers that really bugged her. The above video (from The Scout) may help her put her finger on what that was, exactly. It details the hirsute Williamsburg chocolate artisans' plans to ... More >>
Here's a rather beautiful video of New York City by Andre Merilo, via NYC The Blog. Things move, people drink coffee, women wear sunglasses, day turns to night, and so on. It's entrancing, really. (It's also long, but it will make you proud to call New York your home.) Video after the jump.
The Secret to Surviving the Deli Business: Ben's Best Kosher Deli (food. curated.) from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Food Curated teams up with the intrepid Joe DiStefano for a journey into Rego Park, Queens, where one of the city's last kosher delicatessens still stands. Jay Parker, owner of Ben's Best Go ... More >>
The Self-Taught Chocolatiers: NuNu Chocolates from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. The latest local business to get its Food Curated close-up is NuNu Chocolates, Justine Pringle and Andy Laird's three-year-old Brooklyn chocolate shop. "With our chocolate, the checklist for me was that I had to immediately fee ... More >>
An Apple Store Grows in Brooklyn from Marty Markowitz on Vimeo. Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz really wants to see Apple set up camp in Brooklyn. What this being the epicenter of Mac worship and all, Marty thought it would be a swell idea to pitch the idea to Steve Jobs via this ridiculo ... More >>
Tactical Nuclear PenguinBrew Dog, the Scottish beer company that makes Sink the Bismark!, the highest alcohol beer in the world, is sending their second-strongest brew to New York City. It's called Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and it comes in at 32% alcohol-by-volume, almost as much as much as m ... More >>
Lehman Brothers weren't so happy about their whistleblowers. The "rock stars" of hedge funds aren't exactly proverbial Guitar Heroes. A 2.2 billion euro bonus went out to the "risk takers" of Deutsche Bank. CBS' March Madness ad money? Buzzer-beater quality stuff. And the new economic doomsda ... More >>
One Day One Destiny - Tom Cruise (FR English subs) from Sic Transit on Vimeo.A tip of the hat to Wise Beard Man, Mark Bunker, for bringing this French television documentary to our attention. "One Day One Destiny" is a fascinating look at Tom Cruise and his history in Scientology.Remember that video ... More >>