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- 03/01/13--14:05: Only One More Oscars GIF
- 03/01/13--14:15: Mark Russ Federman on His New Russ & Daughters Memoir
- 03/01/13--14:30: The Bond Girl who Never Was
- 03/05/13--09:00: What We Want to Get Our Paws On This Spring
- 03/05/13--10:15: Behold: The First Totally 3D-Printed Dress
- 03/05/13--10:20: Midnight Juggernauts' Psychedelic Soviet Humor
- 03/05/13--10:45: Taylor Swift Has a "Tim Burton"-Style Apartment
- 03/05/13--11:30: Guitar Hero Marnie Stern On Her Bonkers New LP
- 03/05/13--12:30: Diplo, 2 Chainz and Tyga Remixed "Gangnam Style"
- 03/05/13--14:10: Social Media Haaaated the Saint Laurent Show
- 03/05/13--14:28: Amy Poehler's Response to Taylor Swift Is So Good
- 03/06/13--05:30: Morning Funnies: Nicolas Cage Roulette
- 03/06/13--09:00: New Artist TECLA Hits the Nail on the Head
- 03/06/13--09:08: Meanwhile Courtney Love Looooved Saint Laurent
- 03/06/13--11:02: Mickey's Paris Fashion Week Diary: Days 3, 4 + 5
- 03/06/13--13:45: Your Guide to Armory Arts Week 2013
- 03/06/13--14:30: Copenhagen's Music and Nightlife Through the Eyes of a Local
- 03/06/13--14:48: A Lot of Cool/Weird Art Stuff Happened Today
- 03/07/13--09:10: Vivienne Westwood Hates Michelle Obama's Style
- 03/07/13--10:00: 10 Etsy Finds: Sad Girls and Pop-Tart Phones
One Oscars GIF. One. (@ryanpbroderick)
Thank you for that, Sandra Bullock. Thank you.
This is not an Oscars GIF. This is Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars made better. (@BuzzFeed)
Sorry, that was definitely an Oscars GIF. This isn't. This is One Direction's Harry Styles getting hit the balls MADE EVEN BETTER. (ibid.)
This is just the saddest thing I saw this week. (The Best Fun Site)
An EVEN EVEN BETTER version of Harry Styles getting hit in the balls. (itsgottabelou)
This doesn't count as an Oscars GIF, this is just Anne Hathaway with weird mouth. (topherchris)
...I feel like this attempt at a GIF round-up with only a single Oscars GIF was annoying.
Mark Russ Federman, the grandson of Russ & Daughters founder Joel Russ, ceded his celebrated lox and herring business to his daughter and nephew in 2009. Soon after, he started spinning tales in a book, capturing the 100-year history of his family on the Lower East Side. Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built will be released by Random House on March 5th. This morning he took some time to schmooze over the telephone.
You got some great blurbs for your book, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, Oliver Sacks -- and Calvin Trillin writing the foreward.
The book has a lot of buzz, much to my surprise, from all the people I've waited on all these years. I didn't sleep last night because I got a review in the New York Times. Oh, my God, I can't get my head around it. Why did I do this?
I bet you're going to be all over the place promoting it.
When I used to be behind the counter I knew everybody's names, their kids' names, their pets, their dates of birth, but as soon as I retired I don't remember anything anymore. I'm having a book launch party next week and there are going to be people there I've known all my life and I'm not going to be able to remember any of their names. If I was good at anything but slicing fish and schmoozing, it was remembering names. It's an oncoming disaster.
So why did you do it?
For a number of reasons. I was no longer going to be Mr. Russ, slicing, dicing, wiping knives, taking orders, giving orders, presiding over my little realm on the Lower East Side. My daughter Niki and nephew Josh were going to be the new Mr. Russ. There was a time when my grandpa Russ and his three daughters and their three husbands all worked in the store together. I asked my mother how that worked out. 'We were at each other's throats,' she said. So I taught Niki and Josh the difference between a good piece of fish and a bad piece of fish and got out of the way. I thought: I'll write a book. We had plenty of writers coming into the store. They looked relaxed and I said, how hard can this be? What the hell? Only to find out writing is harder than retail. It's an awful struggle. I made the mistake of getting an agent and a publisher who put some money in front of me and gave me deadlines. They're not giving you money without expecting something in return. The difficulty of getting words on paper, crafting a sentence and turning it into a paragraph and then a story....Besides that, it's sort of lonely. I'm from a life that's full of people all the time. But I'm a man who likes challenges. The mission became to finish it so the family -- Russes dead and alive -- are proud of it.
You must have been relieved when you finished it.
I had no idea how good it was. By the hundredth time you're looking at it you're nauseated by it. What an embarrassment. I can't show this to anybody. A week or so ago I was down in Florida visiting my mother, who's 92, and my aunt Hattie, who's almost 100 [the middle Russ daughter, Ida, died at 86], and Random House was kind enough to FedEx them copies of the book. I know what I'm going to hear from them: 'What did you have to tell them that for?' But I see them reading it with their magnifying glasses and they're kvelling. It made them proud of the life they had lived. They didn't do it by choice, they were conscripted. Grandpa Russ had no sons. They worked in awful, smelly conditions during the Depression and when I would talk to them about the old days they never called them the 'good old days.' Now Russ & Daughters is celebrated.
You took over the store in 1978 when the Lower East Side was not a nice place to be.
It was a dangerous time to have a business and got even worse in the '80s and early '90s. I'd gotten an English literature degree and gone to law school and left a law practice to work in the store. My first day this fancy lady from the Upper East Side comes in. She's used to my mother waiting on her and she wanted the sturgeon the way my mother did it. She started giving me the most difficult time. I was about to tell her, 'I don't need to do this. I'm a lawyer.' I was about to deliver an oral argument and I looked up at her -- a big mistake when I'm holding a knife -- and I cut myself really badly. I had to slink out and get my hand stitched up. It was a clear message to me on my first day. They don't care if you're a lawyer. They want their fish done their way.
Being a trial lawyer didn't help you win arguments with customers?
Whatever education I had was absolutely of no value in the store. Arguing in court is quite different from some little old lady beating you up over the piece of fish you're giving her. It was a war every day getting fish from the smokers, nasty, dirty, cursing people. My real education was what I got in the store and from the suppliers. It's probably not until now that I can reflect on this. Writing the book gave me the opportunity to reflect instead of react.
What's a good customer versus a bad customer?
We have very few bad customers. Some who haven't come in before have a chip on their shoulder, think they can take it out on the counterman. With Grandpa Russ, if a lady looked at him wrong he'd say, 'Lady, do me a favor. Lose my address.' The three Russ daughters were better at charming people.
I read that your father, Mark Federman, was called the Sheik of Brooklyn, he was so handsome.
Maybe he was called that once -- by his mother. She was a customer in the store, as wide as she was tall, a real tank. She marched into the store and sees these three pretty Russ girls behind the counter. 'Which one isn't married?' she said. 'My son is the sheik of Brooklyn.' My mother said, 'I'd like to meet the sheik of Brooklyn.' They met and fell in love and got married. All three daughters married for love, but Grandpa Russ had to make sure first they were good working stock.
You wrote that your grandfather called your grandmother 'Zug,' which means 'Hey, you' in Yiddish.
And she called him 'Russ,' his last name. There was never any display of affection that I could tell in the 50 years they were married. It was an arranged marriage. But when she died two years before him he was lost.
What do you remember about your grandfather?
I was 16 or 17 when he died. He was not a warm, fuzzy guy. He was tough, typical Eastern European, uneducated, self-taught, no time and no patience. He was going to build a business and make it better. If you asked him where he came from he said the Austro-Hungarian empire. But he came from a shtetl in Poland, basically poor Jews.
He must have been trying to forget his past.
He left that past at Ellis Island.
When the whole family worked in the fish business all day I wonder if everybody smelled like fish.
We all smelled normal to each other. It turns out it's not so bad. I like to say now, 'Our business is less fishy than most.' We have an honest business. It's hard work but it feels good. At the end of the day we make people happy. How many professions does that happen in? There's a generation behind me that thinks the same way. My daughter and nephew are educated and they decided on their own to come in and do this.
I read that the original title of your book was going to be 'From Pushcart to Posh.'
The title was always going to be "The House that Herring Built." I also loved the title "A Business Less Fishy," but everyone thought that stunk.
In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
Shirley Bassey served the Oscars. Well, she certainly saved the Oscars. Couched between your run-of-the-mill sexist jokes and your average warlock chic sound editor, this 76-year-old diva proved that she could still blow. The James Bond anniversary tribute got me thinking about another diva, who was destined to sing a theme song and act in the movie but sadly died too soon. In honor of the Bond Girl who never was, this Five 'n' Five pairs the best of Bond with the songs of Aaliyah.
Honey Ryder/Ursula Andress (Dr. No) - "More Than A Woman"
The moment Ursula Andress walked out of the ocean in a white bikini the bar was set for what a Bond Girl should be: gorgeous, near naked and dripping wet. Her performance and the iconic image she created won her a Golden Globe and the cover of Playboy in 1965. When asked why she posed she replied, "Because I'm beautiful." Duh.
Pussy Galore/Honor Blackman (Goldfinger) - "Are You That Somebody"
The most famous of the group with the most ridiculous name. 37-year-old Blackman was the oldest woman to ever play opposite Bond. Galore is the head pilot of the flying circus, an all-female air force with the most amazing uniforms ever. "Boy, I been watching you like a hawk in the sky that flies and you were my prey."
Fun Fact: In the book Goldfinger Pussy Galore is actually a lesbian (again, the name).
Solitaire/Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die) - "One in a Million"
Before she took perhaps the unsexy-est role of all time, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Seymour killed as Solitaire in Roger Moore's first Bond film. In Live and Let Die she loses her psychic powers when Bond takes her virginity. This role is paired with "One in a Million," possibly the hottest virginity-losing song of all time.
Fun Fact: Jane Seymour breaks out her Solitaire during the seduction scene in Wedding Crashers.
Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson/Halle Berry (Die Another Day) - "Rock the Boat"
Boasting the least sexual chemistry ever, Berry and Brosnan are hopelessly miscast against each other in this forgettable film. However, Halle Berry was so hot at the time of production that she is credited with much of the film's commercial success, making her one of the most powerful Bond Girls ever. Her look coming out of the water is so insanely flawless that it, alone, is deserving of this über sexy jam.
Holly Goodhead/Lois Chiles (Moonraker) - "Try Again"
In the wake of the Star Wars phenomenon, in James Bond is enlisted to stop the destruction of the human race with the help of space scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead. (Groan.) The two find and lose each other a number of times throughout the film, hence the theme song. Incidentally, Moonraker was the highest grossing Bond film until the resurgence of the brand in 1995.
Fun Fact: Chiles got the role when she coincidentally sat next to the director on an airplane.
Limited-edition 8-litre applicator by Krink and weekend tote by Krink x Coach. $1,000 and $798 at krink.com and coach.com
Photograph by Jon Shireman
Gold eyeglasses by MYKITA x Damir Doma. $1,850 at Punto Ottico, 994 Madison Avenue, New York.
Plastic tambourine bag by Proenza Schouler. $4,695 at proenzaschouler.com
Hand-sewn tote designed by Cassie McGettigan. $120 at gravelandgold.com
Photographed by Mariko Reed.
Silk scarf by Hermès x Comme des Garçons. $720 at Comme des Garçons, 520 W. 22nd Street, New York.
Lavender eye pillows by Merideth Hillbrand. $20 each at oogaboogastore.com
Photo courtesy of Ooga Booga.
Wagon by WELCOMECOMPANIONS. $450 at welcomecompanions.com
The Best of Punk Magazine by John Holmstrom. $30 at harpercollins.com
Hat by Marc by Marc Jacobs x Kangol. $68 at Marc by Marc Jacobs, 403 Bleecker Street, New York.
Alphabet factory blocks designed by House Industries. $70 at houseind.com
Penny loafers by Alejandro Ingelmo. $585 at alejandroingelmo.com
Style Assistant: Sebastian Perlman.
Photo by Albert Sanchez.
Midnight Juggernauts' latest video enlivens familiar lo-fi nostalgia with a psychedelic sense of humor straight out of Magical Mystery Tour. We open on a parody of Soviet propaganda, complete with Cyrillic chyron and tacky exotic-mode soundtrack. Fade to a warehouse where three hirsute dudes in uniform parade around a variety of props and re-enact the last supper to the trippy harmonies and phased organ of "Ballad of the War Machine."
Though the online excerpt from Vanity Fair's fothcoming Taylor Swift cover story has several interesting tidbits -- like that she's "dated exactly two people" since 2010 (Harry Styles and Conor Kennedy), that Styles pursued her for a year and that she essentially thinks there's a "special place in hell" for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler after they mocked her at the Globes -- in my humble opinion, the most interesting revelation about T. Swift is this:
"As she sits drinking lavender lemonade in her 'Tim Burton-Alice in Wonderland-pirate ship-Peter Pan' apartment"
No, it's not even a full sentence and no, it's more of what journalists refer to as "color" in a piece but dammit if it's not intriguing that the singer lives in a bachelorette pad whose description reminds me of an awful nursery a hip Clinton Hill couple in my nightmares built for their son, Milo.
Also, where can I find lavender lemonade?
[Note: This is NOT a real photo of Swift's apartment.]
With the new year barely underway, indie-rock guitar hero Marnie Stern has already narrowly avoided a tragedy. "I'm in Florida visiting my mother, and her dog attacked my dog," Stern, 36, says. "She had three crazy bites and there was blood everywhere. It was really scary, but she's alive and she's good." Fans of Stern's ebullient, virtuostic, guitar-shredding anthems are familiar with her pint-sized pooch, Fig, who has appeared in her past LP's artwork, and who's featured prominently on the cover of her new album, Chronicles of Marnia.
The title of your new LP is bonkers. How did it come about, and what were the first reactions?
I'm always saying goofy stuff. I was probably joking around with someone. Then I told a friend of mine who said it was horrible, that it was the worst title he ever heard. Then I told another person who loved it. So I just went for it. I usually act before I think, which may not be the best way to do things.
If you're always saying goofy stuff, how is it that your lyrics tend to be so uplifting?
I try to put my best foot forward when I'm writing stuff. In regular life, I'm silly. In the lyrics, I'm always trying really hard to inspire myself. They're philosophical, almost unattainable phrases and ideas.
Have you written one song in particular that's inspired you more than others?
As I'm going, I use both the music and the lyrics to inspire me. Sometimes you'll be working on a record for a year. So it's to get me going in life. One follows the other. I'll be listening to a riff, and that will help push me to feel elated, and then I'll write a lyric about it. For this record, "The Immortal Song" had that effect. When I write, I'm either thinking of me, my best friends - how it'll make them feel.
You also teach guitar lessons in your Upper East Side apartment. Have you had any memorable experiences with students?
With a handful of people, it's amazing how they're sponges when they want to be. It's fun to watch people come in who are beginners and develop into real players over time. To see their excitement, it makes me excited.
Since Hedi Slimane's appointment as the creative director of Saint Laurent Paris, YSL shows have gone from buzzworthy to the first word on anyone's lips. Slimane's public ire towards critics and the gaffes of the his publicity department have made the show as much a speculation about where Slimane is emotionally as it is a showcasing of clothes. The Fall 2013 show
took place yesterday, the reviews are in, and most people dislike it.
While the editors at most magazines and newspapers seem to be holding back, the people of Facebook and Twitter have spoken. Save for kind words for the collection we've seen from Karen Elson and Man Repeller, most don't like what they see. Below are some of the choicest reactions to the latest Saint Laurent show -- and we didn't even have to leave Kim's wall for a lot of them!
"That's what happens when you take the Y out of YSL..."
"Poor Yves will be turning in his grave! Good collection, awful for Saint Laurent"
"Someone is definitely rolling around in their grave after that presentation...#RIPYSL"
"The samples never arrived and the girls wore their own clothes."
"Yves Is Turning Over In His Grave!"
"It was a cheap Melrose Avenue version of Anna Sui"
"YSL for young, seedy losers!"
"Maybe he thought the collection was for H&M? Ha!"
"Young people who weren't born when grunge hit us the first time will love it but can't afford the clothes, while the women who can afford them won't be buying them. What I'm curious about is what the collection that will finally end up in the stores will look like."
"It's 1993 all over again. Which is fine (I loved grunge then and love it now) but not at YSL and certainly not at YSL prices. That's just insulting."
On Twitter (where a bunch of fashion heavyweights also called out the collection in a big way):
1. Amy Poehler's response to Taylor Swift saying that "there's a special place in hell" for her: "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff." [ via Hollywood Reporter]
2. Yeah, we'd give money to this Kickstarter campaign to make a robot bartender.
3. The Bronx Museum of the Arts got good news today: they received a gift which will allow patrons to go for free for three years. We'll definitely be going soon! [via Art in America]
4. The results of the annual VIDA Women in Literary Arts survey -- which compares the number of female and male authors featured in major literary publications -- are out. Unfortunately the study found that male authors still got a lot more coverage in 2012. The New York Review of Books (89 reviews of female authors in 2012 to 316 of male authors), the London Review of Books (74 female authors to 203 male) and the Times Literary Supplement (314 female authors to 924 male authors) had some of the highest male-to-female ratios. [via NPR; Image via Salon]
5. In honor of Kenny Scharf's upcoming exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Scharf is building a fun looking installation in the plaza at the Standard, High Line. The installation will be at the plaza from March 15th-April 1 before it's moved into the Paul Kasmin gallery, so check it out while it's outdoors. [via Press Release; Image Chris Mosier, courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York.]
6. Malia Obama had a party at Chelsea restaurant Buddakan over the weekend and someone was overheard at the table saying "This place is so hip." Aw. [via Eater]
7. Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails, whose music goes oddly well with "Call Me Maybe") was doing an AMA on Reddit when someone asked, "As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album?" His response: "Sorry, the wifi on our yacht is having issues, we can't get your full question to load. Try sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org." Sassy! [via Pitchfork]
Behold: Nicolas Cage Roulette -- a website that randomly streams Nicolas Cage Netflix films for you based on your taste in Cage (are you into "All Movies" Cage or "Action Movies" Cage?). We got Bringing Out the Dead. [Mashable]
This is why dogs are the best. A cat would scratch the shit out of you and bounce like two seconds in. [TheClearlyDope]
Speaking of: a compilation of cats being jerks. [TastefullyOffensive]
"Actor, director, poet and model" James Franco was on the Colbert Report last night. All the questions you've ever had about James Franco are confirmed between the 1:30 and 2:00 marks. [Gawker]
You stay classy, Terrence Howard. [TMZ]
Baby George Clooney with a fire extinguisher. [NotPorn]
Gym GPOY. [TheClearlyDope]
In Spanish, the word "tecla" means "musical instrument key" and "dar en la tecla" translates as "to hit the nail on the head." And, after coming across the New York-based singer-songwriter of the same name, the idiom seems to befit her music. TECLA deftly blends electro-pop with tropicalia, hip-hop, funk and R&B, creating an awesome stew of dance music fresher and more original than much of what we've heard lately. The daughter of Italian and Haitian immigrants who grew up in Hell's Kitchen, TECLA (who also happens to be the sister of actor Giancarlo Esposito) got her start collaborating and playing shows with Chairlift, Gordon Voidwell and her fellow Wesleyan alums, Das Racist. And, on March 19th, she's breaking out on her own with her debut album, We Are the Lucky Ones.
Ahead of the record release, we're excited to premiere the video for her single, "Fake Tears," co-directed by TECLA and photographer Bek Andersen (and featuring a split-second cameo by former Das Racist member Kool A.D.). "The concept is 'Alice in African Wonderland,'" TECLA tells us. "The styling represents the Afro-Caribbean style of the 1950s with a modern-day flair. We wanted to represent myself visually the way I represent my music -- something reminiscent of the past, whether it be doo-wop, Haitian voodoo chant or Cuban percussion, and modernize it electronically and visually." To that end, look out for shots of cool chicks in high-waisted shorts and pin-up 'dos dancing in an alley and the singer falling down a wishing well where she's transported to the surreal "African wonderland" previously described. And, fun fact, the "oracle character" you see throughout the video (and riding in a boat with TECLA) is the artist's mom!
Celebrate the video's release with TECLA at a party tonight at NYC's Blind Barber from 7-10 and catch her live at BAMcafe on March 23 and at her album release party at Joe's Pub on March 26.
We Are The Lucky Ones is out March 19th via Mayimba Music
Courtney Love, who was an inspiration for Hedi Slimane's collection at Saint Laurent, loved the widely panned show: "Hedi is a genius," she told The Fashion Law's Julie Zerbo over a Facebook conversation. "No offense to MJ but he never got it right. This is what it really was. Hedi knows his shit. He got it accurate, and MJ and Anna did not."
"I love it," she added. "It reminds me of Value Village." [via Fashionista]
The new Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster features Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in A/W '12 McQueen. [via T + L]
Barneys is either shutting down its Co-op stores or turning them into regular Barneys because Co-op costumers are becoming more designer driven. Sounds good to me -- if only because I find going to the giant Barneys uptown exhausting. [via The Cut]
Need these MIHARAYASUHIRO for PUMA kicks. [via HypeBeast]
That ridiculous "Jalouse editor's daughter slapping a Zac Posen publicist" suit has been settled. Thank god it's being put to rest -- we were tired of hearing about it before it even happened. [via The Cut]
Also need the entire upcoming William Anzevino capsule collection featuring quotes from Susan Sontag. [via High Snobette]
There's nothing more stylish than a little visit to the universe's undisputed capitale de la mode,
Paris, France. While in town for Paris Fashion Week, Mr. Mickey has
been taking photos of anything that catches his eye: runway looks, cute
kids or tasty snacks. Here's a peek at what he's been up to.
Chanel has the whole world in its hands. Ah, the glamour.
Oh hey Karl!
At Louis Vuitton, Kate Moss was cheered on by her baby daddy Jefferson Hack and her adorable daughter Lila Grace.
Stella McCartney was held at Palais Garnier. Fancy!
The cheap seats at Stella! I jest.
And Frank Ocean made an appearance in the front row at Valentino.
The Armory Show might be one of the most important art fairs in the world, but it can also be suffocatingly difficult to navigate. Lucky for you, Paper has gathered this week's best events and shows for you right here in one spot. Check out our picks at The Armory Show below:
Bushwick Armory Night at NURTUREart
NURTUREart Gallery will be open until 10 p.m. on March 9th in Bushwick. It will be the last night to see the Gallery's exhibition "Never While You're Sleeping..." by Siobhan McBride. Other galleries in the area will be staying up late as well and you can score drink specials at local bars with the secret password "Bushwick Galleries Late Night." Ooh, secret!
56 Bogart Street, Saturday, March 9th, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Aperture at The Armory Show
Mana Contemporary Honors Marina Abramović
Milk Studios, 450 West 15th St, March 7th.
There are are also a host of alternative art shows happening in addition to or in conjunction with The Armory Show. If the high-profile atmosphere of the Armory crowd isn't for you, check out some of the more independent shows below that are occurring around the same time:
The (Un)Fair Anti-Armory Show
Do you hate boring art booths and love free ice cream? Then you''ll love (UN)FAIR, a pop-up exhibition featuring a small group of artworks on display that shy away from the more traditional, commercialized art fair scene. The event is hosted by Ben and Jerry's, so that means awesome free ice cream for all as well.
500 West 52nd Street, March 6th-10th.
Volta NY 2013
Volta, an invitational show of up and coming artists and their solo projects. Through this innovative solo format, featuring artists and galleries of any age, Volta's take on contemporary at is far beyond the traditional art fair format.
82 Mercer Street, March 7th-10th
Occupy Art Free Art Exchange
Occupy Museums is having a free art for fair exchange event outside The Armory Show to celebrate a new kind of art market that breaks away from the capitalist commodification of art. Bring your art and your radical ideas.
Piers 92 & 94, March 10th-11th, 1-4pm
Personal Desire Propaganda
Curator Grayson Cox is putting on an art show as part of Brooklyn Armory that features $10 limited-edition posters designed by 27 different artists. Now everyone can walk away from The Armory Show with a piece of art!
Front Street Galleries, 111 Front Street Suite 208, March 7th-March 30th, 6pm-9pm.
The Tumblr Art Symposium
Art blog Hyperallergic and Tumblr are presenting the world's first Tumblr symposium for art in Bushwick. In addition to exhibitions featuring prominent artists who use Tumblr primarily as their medium the event will also have drinks and dancing. We can't wait to see our Tumblr dashboard favorites IRL.
319 Scholes Street, Brooklyn, March 9th, 6pm-1am.
Fountain Art Fair
Rooted in the Williamsburg art scene, the Fountain Art Fair celebrates smaller, independent galleries and aims to re-define the art fair experience from a more alternative and avant-garde position. This year Fountain's eclectic exhibitors include ART Collective, Uprise Art, iArt4 and more.
68 Lexington Avenue, March 8th-10th, opening reception March 8th at 7pm
Scope International Art Fair
Crossing creative disciplines and geographic boundaries, Scope is leading the show in international, emerging contemporary art.
312 West 33rd Street, March 6th-10th
Where do you live?
What do you do (profession or school)?
I study mediaology at Aalborg University Copenhagen
What Danish bands or DJs are you and your friends into these days that should be on our radars?
Both Kashmir and Mew are quite original. Kashmir reminds me of Radiohead in many ways but I think it's difficult to say why. Their lead singer Kasper Eistrup has a really masculine voice. Mew, on the other hand, is way more emotional -- their lead singer Jonas Bjerre has a high-pitched, sometimes even girly voice. It's always exciting when When Saints Go Machine release a new album, you don't really know what to expect from them but somehow they always seem to hit it just right. Their latest album, Konkylie, is absolutely fascinating with its changing themes. They have a really unique sound that reminds me of eighties synths, deep house, funk and maybe a bit of opera? The album really expresses a certain state of feeling and I think everyone who's a little open-minded should give it a try.
As for the DJs, Lulu Rouge and Trentemøller are so experienced by now that they can get literally any crowd dancing. If you really want to experience these guys you should see them at a techno club or at the Distortion Festival (when Copenhagen is turned into something resembling a war zone for a week with the Distortion team jumping from one neighborhood to another every day). Mike Sheridan is a musical genius -- he produces blood-rocking techno tracks as little side projects but when you check out his albums you'll get a way more deep and personal feeling of who he really is. His latest album is a musical journey and you can hear his inspiration [ranging] from classic music to musical masterminds of our times such as Steve Reich and Scott Walker. Going out to one of his live concerts is always an experience -- he's not afraid of bringing an entire orchestra with him or some handpicked jazz musicians.
How did you discover these bands and DJs?
The bands I mentioned are quite well known in Denmark so they are often played on the better radio stations but I grew up with them because my father has an awesome taste in music.
Where are the cool places to see live music in your hometown?
The municipality of Copenhagen is doing a great job with allowing all sorts of musicians to play at the operas, churches, theatres and so on -- going to such places can be an experience in itself and combining it with good live music only makes it better.
Describe your perfect night out in Copenhagen.
I think I had my perfect night out a few months ago. I hooked up with a couple of my best friends around 5pm and visited some art galleries. Afterwards, we went to watch an amazing ballet ("La Bayadere"). After the ballet we went to a bar called Mikkeller, which specializes in all different sorts of beer. You'll find 20 taps and they get changed every two weeks or so. From Mikkeller we went to one of my favorite nightclubs called Culture Box -- they are without a doubt the most dedicated techno club here in Copenhagen and are also working together with the legendary Berghain in Berlin. At Culture Box, DJ Skudge delivered an awesome live set, playing tunes I never heard before all the time. Around six in the morning we left Culture Box to go to a "morning rave" at an empty warehouse in the meatpacking district where we met plenty of our friends by accident. The only bad thing I can say about that night is I fell asleep on the train and woke up in Sweden.
What's your favorite bar/nightclub in Copenhagen?
My favorite nightclub is Culture Box.They are doing an amazing job booking international artists and DJs and you can also feel that the crowd is dedicated to the music in a way you want to find at all places. Another nightclub I like to go to is called Simons. Normally it's quite posh and uninteresting, but there's always a party going on there. Once every month they have an event which is way different -- younger and dedicated to the music instead of the prepaid tables and champagne bottles.
Copenhagen is full of stunning bars, no matter if your want to go pay a small fortune for a cocktail or if you want to go out and drink cheap beers in a packed and smoke-filled place. One of my favorite places is called Rosengården. It's a small authentic pub/time capsule -- not much has changed there since it opened some ninety years ago. It's sort of a no bullshit place -- the true drunks go there, the fathers who had a long day at work go there and so do younger people like myself.
Bakken in the meatpacking district is also always a winner. If you've been lazy on your [tourism] research, you are guaranteed to have a good time there.
What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Copenhagen?
Damn there are many places. Countless bars and nightclubs seem to have one purpose only and that's to get people unbelievably drunk. They tend to play the crappiest remixes of last year's pop-music. Once every six months or so it can be quite an experience though. The worst clubs are in a historic courtyard called Boltens gård.
Check out Sebastian's band and DJ recs:
When Saints Go Machine -- "Mannequin"
Check out Sebastian's nightlife listings:
Mikkeller, Viktoriagade 8 1655 Copenhagen
Culture Box, Kronprinsessegade 54 1306 Copenhagen K
Simons, Store Strandstræde 14 1255, Copenhagen
Rosengården, Rosengården 11 1174, Copenhagen K
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