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Tips for Today: Mirah + "I Heart BOMB" + Doveman and Tom Kalin

mirahjpg-2b8cfaed909e9493_large.jpgMirah at Glasslands

If you're bummed that you didn't score tickets to tonight's sold-out Jay-Z, Gotye or Bjork shows, turn that frown upside down, because you have a chance to catch Portland folk phenom Mirah do her thing at the intimate Glasslands gallery this evening. She'll be playing alongside Blair, Wrest and DJ Emoticon.

Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8:30 p.m. $15.

"I Heart BOMB" at powerHouse Arena

Get in the Valentine's Day spirit a bit early this year, with literary journal BOMB. They'll be hosting a love-themed evening of readings, (free) wine and music featuring readings and performances by the likes of Tina Chang, Alexander Chee, Robin Beth Schaer, Alina Simone and Myla Goldberg. 

powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn. 7-9 p.m. Free.

An Evening With Tom Kalin and Doveman at MoMA

Filmmaker Tom Kalin and musician Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) first teamed up back in 2009, when Kalin began making short films inspired by Doveman's 2009 album The Conformist. Since then, the two have gone on to collaborate on projects that "explore the intersection of live music and projected film." The two discuss (and show) their collaboration this evening at MoMA as part of the museum's Modern Mondays series.

The Museum of Modern Art, The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, 11 W. 53rd St. 7 p.m. $12.

Dinos and Dark-Wave: Soft Moon + The Light Asylum at LA's Natural History Museum

Friday night, the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History held another edition of their "First Fridays" event. While we feel a major cultural institution could get a little more creative with the series name (the appellation is so common it gets its own wiki entry), it's hard to complain about a party where bands play amongst dinosaur bones and dioramas. San Francisco's Soft Moon and Brooklyn's own Light Asylum brought their dark-wave sounds to the live stage for a sold-out crowd, which included more than one toddler. At one point, a congratulatory "Good job, Dad!" emitted from a little voice next to us in the photo pit, directed at Soft Moon's synth player. We clapped in wholehearted agreement. Check out our pics from the evening.

The Morning Funnies: Tom Brady's Hokey Promos + Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey

bradypose3-600x337.jpg1. How totally weird and hokey was NBC's Tom Brady montage that they ran during last night's Super Bowl?

2. In case you missed it, here's M.I.A. flashing the middle finger during last night's Super Bowl half-time show with Madonna.


3. Of course, the folks at Buzzfeed have compiled a gallery of cats watching the Puppy Bowl.

4. Watch Will Ferrell's puzzling/amazing Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee that only ran only in Nebraska.

5. Kristen Wiig was amazing as Lana Del Rey on Saturday Night Live: "Based on the public reception, I must have clubbed a baby seal while singing the Taliban national anthem."

OK Go's "Needing/Getting" Is Our Music Video of the Day


The guys of OK Go are never ones to sit back, hire some babes and dance in front of a green screen in their music videos and their latest vid for "Needing/Getting," is no exception.  Reminiscent of their last Rube Goldberg-esque production, this new one features a souped up car playing the song's instrumentals by clanging and banging into pianos, cans and various other noisemakers scattered around a desolate road.   It's pretty fun to watch and you gotta hand it to the PAs them for the elaborate set up.

Chicken Wing Cupcakes + Babes of NPR = Eight Items or Less

Screen shot 2012-02-06 at 5.50.02 PM.png1. The next time you have to bring a hostess gift, why not try some chicken wing-topped cupcakesSold at Sam's Bakery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the confections come in buffalo chicken wing and chicken & waffle flavors. [Gothamist]

2. Karl Lagerfeld shares some strong opinions to the Paris edition of Metro.  To wit, "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly." Thank god he's in fashion and not foreign diplomacy.  [Styleite]

3. Graffiti artist David Choe, who stands to earn a bucketload of money once Facebook goes public (he created art for the company's walls and wisely chose stock options rather than a cash money payday) will be on Howard Stern tomorrow.  He may even get naked.

Screen shot 2012-02-06 at 5.54.11 PM.png4. An authentic reproduction of Mona Lisa, likely painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci's assistants, was discovered in Madrid's Prado Museum.  The Prado had had the painting for many years but only discovered its authenticity after restorers found a backdrop identical to da Vinci's, hidden behind a layer of black paint. [History Channel]

5. Oh no!  Paz de la Huerta is reportedly not returning to Boardwalk Empire next season.  Guess Kelly Macdonald will have to step up and help maintain the nudity quotient in Paz's absence. [Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-02-06 at 6.01.56 PM.png6. David LaChapelle's upcoming show at Fred Torres features modern-day representations of Dutch Masters' still life paintings.  When looked closely, exploding bunches of flowers reveal spooky (and sometimes gross) objects nestled in their midst like headless dolls, canned sausages and cheetos.  Yum.  [Animal New York]

7. There's a blog called "Babes of NPR" that shows the hotties behind those soporific, liberal voices.  Ben Bergman: call me.  [The Observer]

8. Vogue's Emmanuelle Alt did a cover of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" along with some of her model pals. [Refinery 29]

Tips for Today: Dum Dum Girls + Tea Obreht + Erroll Morris

dum-dum-girls-600x600.jpgDum Dum Girls + Widowspeak + Punk on Mars at Music Hall of Williamsburg

One of the most exciting indie rock groups to come out of L.A. in recent years, Dee Dee and her Dum Dum Girls play woozy, fuzzy, girl-group harmony-filled, punky pop. They play tonight alongside Brooklyn '90s-rock trio Widowspeak and glam-rocker Punk on Marks, aka Ryan Howe, formerly known as Luke Perry.

Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $15.

Tea Obreht at St. Mark's Bookshop

The Huffington Post's Book Club kicked off back in January, selecting literary phenom Tea Obreht's debut novel The Tiger's Wife (about a young daughter investigating her father's death in an unnamed Balkan nation) as the first book. Now comes the book club's first event, a reading at St. Mark's Bookshop, featuring the young author herself.

St. Mark's Bookshop, 31 Third Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

Gates of Heaven at the Film Society at Lincoln Center with Erroll Morris

Documentary filmmaker Erroll Morris's 1978 film sheds light on the strange, strange world of people who have their furry friends buried in pet cemeteries. Apparently Werner Herzog claimed he would eat his shoe if this film ever made it to the theaters -- when it did, Herzog ate his shoe, an act which was obviously documented in a film called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. Morris himself will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A.

The Film Society at Lincoln Center, 144 W. 65th St. 6:15 p.m. $13.

The Morning Funnies: Big Ang on Jimmy Kimmel + A Confused Cat


1. The best four minutes from Big Ang's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night, wherein, among other things, she recalls dumping 40 glasses on her ex-boyfriend at a nightclub. [via BuzzFeed]


2. A step-by-step guide to the Elaine Dance. [via Videogum]

3. A very cute, very confused cat made its way onto the filed at a Liverpool-Tottenham soccer game. [via The Daily What]


4. An XO Jane writer reveals why she finds Gotye's messed up, crooked teeth so sexy. 


5. The perfect breast-feeding baby hat. [via Jezebel]

MyBlockNYC's Video of the Week: "Wall Dogs"


The fine folks at MyBlockNYC, a new interactive mapping project, are picking their favorite MyBlock videos to show on PAPERMAG every Tuesday. Here's this week's.

Also! Don't forget to enter MyBlockNYC's awesome Valentine's video contest. Prizes include two nights at the Standard Hotel as well as a custom-designed I Heart New York t-shirt by Milton Glaser. Details here.

Wall Dogs
LOCATION: Park Avenue South and 23rd St
DESCRIPTION FROM THE USER: This is time-lapse footage of a group of "wall dogs" (i.e., commercial billboard artists who paint on the sides of buildings) painting an advertisement for the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The location is in New York City near the corner of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street. The view is from our dining room window, and it seems like they change the advertisement about every other month or so. This footage was shot over 5 days, and you can estimate the time of day by watching the shadows move across the buildings. Enjoy!

Anna Wintour and Clint Eastwood Anger Republicans

Things are going so well for the Democrats and Barack Obama that the Republicans are now finding cause to complain about Anna Wintour and Clint Eastwood.

Vogue editor Wintour, a known Democrat fund raiser, has come up with the wonderful idea of rallying her designer community in the service of raising money for the Obama campaign by having the likes of Marc JacobsThakoon Panichgul and Derek Lam design relatively inexpensive t-shirts and bags that will go on sale next week (see some of the items above). Here the Republicans, who are all up in allowing corporations to donate as much as they want via Super Pacs, are nitpicking the rules about whether these t-shirts violate guidelines for political donations. Thank you once again Republicans for drawing attention to Wintour's initiative and giving it the kind of publicity that guarantees sales galore.

"Half Time in America" was the refrain of the much-discussed two-minute Super Bowl ad for Chrysler narrated and starring Clint Eastwood. Seeing conspiracies every which way they look, Republicans (aka FOX-TV's Karl Rove) have jumped on this as an illegal payback of a quasi political ad for Obama who bailed out Chrysler and basically saved the auto industry. The fact that Eastwood himself has never been a raging Democrat and opposed the bailout seems to have been lost in the ether. Also, I don't remember anyone complaining last year (when the election was two years in the offing) when a similar pro-America/pro-Detroit ad ran with Eminem delivering the message. Will every report on the improving economic situation be deemed pro Obama and subject to Republican whining? Probably.

Dinner By a Naked Chef: Ty-Lör Boring's Epic Dinner at City Grit

As guests made their way inside supper club City Grit, it was immediately apparent that the TBD dinner (which, depending on how you looked at it, could be "Ty-Lör Boring Dinner" or "To Be Determined") was to be communal and convivial.  Seated at long tables, one could not help but introduce him/herself to their dinner companions for the night.  Some were veterans of City Grit's frequent chef-hosted dinners, others, like myself, were first timers.  Whatever the case may have been, it's safe to say no one was disappointed by the treats that Top Chef contestant Ty-Lör Boring sent out from the kitchen. Starting with a hothouse melon amuse bouche seasoned with saffron, vanilla bean honey and green olive oil, the delicate inter-mingling of flavors was apparent from the very start and continued throughout the evening.

While tablemates struck up conversation servers nimbly darted between tables, re-filling water glasses, presenting wine pairings and serving the subsequent courses.  As the dinner got under way, the first course that came out was a halibut crudo with a surprisingly fitting oyster coriander puree that neither overpowered the fish nor shrank into the background. 

ty-lor4.jpgPerhaps the best dish of the night was the follow-up: a plate of buckwheat noodles with cherrystone crowns (which, as Boring explained, is the meatiest center part of a clam), kale and miso panko.  The herbacious flavors and greens scattered in the dish seemed to portend spring's arrival--the meal certainly did not feel like a heavy winter feast despite the use of seasonal and local ingredients throughout. 


As we were twirling the last of our noodles, City Grit partners Sarah McSimmons and Jeremie Kittredge said a few words about the meal and their dining philosophy.  Neither a pop-up (City Grit is always open) nor a normal restaurant, the space plays hosts to a combination of revolving chefs who throw week-long dinners and meals cooked by McSimmons herself.  Perhaps the best explanation of their venue concept came from Kittredge who said it's "kinda like a concert hall for indie rocker chefs."  And, with that, the real rock star of the evening, Boring, came out to introduce himself. Though the former Top Chef contestant has been in the news lately for his unapologetically naked photos that surfaced recently, the whacky character some may have been expecting was not to be found last night.  Instead, Boring could not have come off as more sincere, thoughtful and gracious. He spent time walking guests through the meal, explaining his choice of ingredients, and sharing news about his plans for a future restaurant.   

After Boring went back to the kitchen, the main course came out: a bass with dashi broth. The fish was light and mild, accompanied with scallop-like mushrooms and apricot slices, but not quite as much of a knockout as the preceding courses.

ty-lor 2.jpg To round out the experience, Boring sent out delicious pandan chocolate finaciers with the most interestingly flavored candied coconut one could find this side of the Maldives. The dark chocolate-y cake was a nice change of pace from the milder, more delicate dishes that had arrived previously.  More than one person could be seen licking the goo off their spoon.  As if that weren't enough, as parting gifts Ty-Lör and the City Grit crew presented every guest with "to-go-skis": bags of popcorn flavored with truffle, saffron and vanilla bean.  I took two.  


Sundance Video Interviews Galore -- Check out Ice-T, Paul Giamatti, Aaron Paul and More


What do William H. Macy, Aaron Paul, Ice-T, Lou Diamond Phillips, Paul Giamatti, Marina Abramovic, Ira Sachs and China Machado all have in common? Sundance! Check out these interviews by Nicolas Jenkins with some of the diverse array of actors, artists, and directors who turned up in Park City this year. Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of Nicolas' interviews as well as celebrity portraits from photographer Henny Garfunkel.

Michelle Williams and Ed Ruscha in New Band of Outsiders Campaign

Band of Outsiders has a dreamy, 70s-vibe campaign starring Michelle Williams and Ed Ruscha.  We love the washed out, vintage polaroid images and the ever gamine Williams  pulls off looking impish and beautiful at the same time.  Ruscha, meanwhile, alternates between badass motorcyle poses and at-home grandfatherly moments (the photos were shot at his L.A. studio).  Scroll down and take a look at the rest of the campaign.

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Top 10 Specialized Bars to Hit Up in NYC

Screen shot 2012-02-07 at 3.53.02 PM.pngNew York is the poster-child for highly specialized boutique businesses. Whether serving only gluten-free baked goods or variations of just mac 'n' cheese, our city takes the sugar-free, local, organic (cup) cake. More and more bars are catching the one-ingredient wave and stocking their shelves heavy with one or two spirit categories. Whether gin, tequila, or rum, your tastes can probably be suited somewhere in this super-niched-out city.

The Bar: Viktor and Spoils
The Spirit: Tequila and Mezcal
The Cocktail: Sweet, sour, and piquant all at the same time the La Grita De Dolores is strong and stirred with Crema De Mezcal, Tanqueray 10, Bittermans Chocolate Mole Bitters, garnished with a grapefruit peel.

The Bar: Noorman's Kil
The Spirit: Whiskey
The Cocktail: Anything, neat. Why mess with a good thing?

The Bar: Cienfuegos
The Spirit: Rum
The Cocktail: Rum cocktails can sometimes slide toward overly sweet, so go for a classic daiquiri taken to the next level with a high grade rum like Zacapa XO or Flor de Caña 15.

The Bar: Whitehall
The Spirit: Gin
The Cocktail: West Village newcomer gets the classic Eastside right with gin, mint, lime juice, and cucumber.

The Bar: Maison Premiere
The Spirit: Absinthe
The Cocktail: With a one-year birthday this week, Maison Premiere started out with a small collection of absinthes that has grown to a shelf of dozens, and a seasonally rotating cocktail list including the Bachelor, Meletti Amaro, Diplomatico Rum, St. George Absinthe and Angostura Bitters.

The Bar: Pravda
The Spirit: Vodka
The Cocktail: A New York mainstay, Pravda cornered the vodka market early on with house-infused versions like the Vladimir martini with fig-soaked vodka and Russian tea syrup.

The Bar: Char No. 4
The Spirit: Bourbon and American whiskey
The Cocktail: The walls are lined with proof (pun intended) that Char has one of the city's most impressive whiskey collections and cocktails to go alongside including the spice sweet Bourbon Bonnet, bourbon, pineapple, cherry, habanero, and brown sugar.

The Bar: Amor y Amargo
The Spirit: Amaros and bitters
The Cocktail: The Alpine Afternoon is a good, esoterically-minded, mid-winter warmer with Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur, Beckerovka, Killepitsch, Angostura Bitters and Bittermens Boston Bittahs.

The Bar: The Jake Walk
The Spirit: Brandy
The Cocktail: Though it's not specifically a cognac bar, this neighborhood mainstay has an incredible wealth of whiskey, wine and brandy. Ask for a flight to work your way around the category all at once.

The Bar: Nuela
The Spirit: Pisco
The Cocktail: This restaurant specializes in all things Latino including pisco, Peru's national spirit. The Espumosa Sour (strawberry-infused Piscó Porton, citrus, lemon-basil foam and Angostura Bitters) is delightfully girly, but just tangy enough to attract the un-fair sex if they deign to ignore the bright pink hue.

Above: A Tequila cocktail at Viktor and Spoils

Le Baron's Encore Nights Kick Off With HEARTSREVOLUTION

You couldn't walk very far inside André Saraiva's newly-opened Le Baron before hearing snippets of French.  The New York outpost of Saraiva's popular Parisian club seemed to be a haven for French transplants (or at the very least, Francophones and Francophiles).  That said, whether from New York by way of Paris or New York by way of Jersey, everyone came out not only to scope out the new "it spot" but also to hear HEARTSREVOLUTION

From the get-go, the electro duo commanded the small space with their spirited performance.  Singer Lo worked the crowd like a pro, riling the group squeezed up against the stage into a frenzy with her punky, "take no prisoners" 'tude, left over from her riot grrrl days.  Towards the end of the set, Harlem rapper Esso joined them onstage and added a little bit of hip-hop into the mix.

Though most people there jostled for better sight lines in the narrow ground-level space, a crowd serenely looked down at the scene from an upstairs section where tables and bottles were the order of the day.  And beneath the main level, in a subterranean area so sound-proof and cozy that you could quite forget that a concert was happening a mere 10 feet above, a crowd danced and chatted, oblivious to the ruckus going on above their heads.

The party was the first of Le Baron's Encore nights, a weekly Monday shindig presented by Absolut Vodka and co-sponsored by Spin.  


St. Vincent's "Cheerleader" Is Our Music Video of the Day


St. Vincent's woozy, languorous lyrics in "Cheerleader" accompany a cool (but kinda startling!) video of the songstress as a gigantic piece of art.  The track is off of the singer's Strange Mercy album, which was released in September; she'll kick off her U.S. tour at Coachella and will be on the road through the end of May.

Rudi Gernreich's Bright, Bold Fashion at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

Saturday night, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles held a fashion show featuring bright, timeless pieces from the '60s and '70s by iconic designer Rudi Gernreich. The show was tied to the closing of DEPOSITO, an exhibit featuring works from Galleria del Deposito, which was founded by influential L.A. art dealer and Gernreich supporter Eugenia Butler. Check out photographer Douglas Neill's photo from the evening above.

Metallica Music Fest + Scrumptious Food and Fashion = Eight Items or Less

1.  PAPER's Carlo McCormick will be moderating a conversation tonight at New York's Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert with artists/activists Zefrey Throwell, Clark Winter and Sam Gould on the topic Ocularpation: Wall Street and other illuminating Acts of Art.

2. Check out this cool, 1950s-style "peep show" video for "Faint & Shaky" by Teddy Blanks, a young musician who scored Lena Dunham's film Tiny Furniture.  The vid was directed by Sundance Breakout Ry Russo-Young.

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3. PAPER's Peter Davis is the Editor in Chief at new Jared Kushner-helmed magazine, SceneWe're told the first issue will include a "semifictionalized account of Davis' days growing up on the private school circuit in New York," among other features.  PAPER'S Luigi Tadini will also contribute along with Kristian Laliberte, sometime PAPERMAG blogger Hannah Bronfman and Arden Wohl.  [WWD]

4. Metallica announced that they've created a new annual music and arts festival, Orion, which they will also headline.  Other acts already on the roster include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, Avenged Sevenfold and more.  The fest will be held at New Jersey's Bader Field.  Tickets go on sale February 11th.

5.  Awww.  Jay-Z played "Glory," his song for daughter Blue Ivy, live for the first time last night at his Carnegie Hall concert. [Gothamist]

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6.  Calling all foodie fashionistas (and, yes, they do exist)!  Check out these scrumptious photos of amazing-looking food alongside amazing-looking outfits. [Miss Moss]

7. Apparently Joan Rivers has undergone 739 different plastic surgeriesSheesh.  We knew she went under the knife a lot but not this much. [The Daily Telegraph]

Screen shot 2012-02-07 at 6.01.58 PM.png8. Check out these meat leggings from label Black Milk.  Whadya think?  Cute or gross? [Buzzfeed]

Sundance Video Interviews Galore -- Check out Ice-T, Paul Giamatti, Aaron Paul and More


What do William H. Macy, Aaron Paul, Ice-T, Lou Diamond Phillips, Paul Giamatti, Marina Abramovic, Ira Sachs and China Machado all have in common? Sundance! Check out these interviews by Nicolas Jenkins with some of the diverse array of actors, artists, and directors who turned up in Park City this year. Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of Nicolas' interviews as well as celebrity portraits from photographer Henny Garfunkel.

Vice Puppy Fashion Show Kicks Off New York Fashion Week

Last night our friends at Vice threw a rager at The Westway where the main attraction was a puppy fashion show.  The canine models, escorted down the runway by a patent-leather bondage jacket-wearing handler (soo Vice), looked pretty fierce in S&M gear, red ruffles and lots of black leather.  The crowd was your eclectic mix of beautiful people and Bushwick denizens, there was Budweiser aplenty, and some nice bangers to set the mood including Die Antwoord, old school M.I.A's "Bamboo Banga," and Azealia Banks' "212." Also, say tuned for a follow up piece by Maggie Dolan in which party-goers reveal their dog counterparts as well as an interview with the evening's "puppy handler."


Tim Coppens: Three Reasons to Love His F/W '12 Collection

You've got to hand it to Belgian-born designer Tim Coppens. With his background in sportswear, this Ecco Domani Fashion Fund award-winner knows how to build a collection, and not just because of the architecture so omnipresent in his latest work. Here's a rundown of the reasons why he's one of our favorites.

Camel coats
If we were to wax philosophically about one part of Coppens' fall/winter 2012 collection, we'd be waxing over the camel mackintoshes and trench coats that he so masterfully crafts. A measured balance of lines and proportion, the triple-breasted camel trench, pictured above, with its belted side and fur collar, might be entering our list of all-time outerwear favorites. There were also his takes on the varsity jacket and bomber jacket, as well as a hooded duffel jacket -- a particularly handsome number in the fall/winter lineup.

Stripes and Gloves
This season, the designer played on themes from the movie Drive, and so, to accent his black, maroon, and tan palette, many of the models wore gloves. There were also striped bursts of color -- neon orange, fluorescent blue and earthy maroon -- gave the collection measure hints of vibrance. The striped theme also carried over full force into the multi-colored harness, worn over a simple white grosgrain shirt.

Jogging Pants
With his mastery of form and functionality, Coppens toys with the notion of athletic-wear in many of the pieces he presented. But what most caught our attention were some of the pants. To be sure, they are jogging pants. But with perforated nappa lamb and rich blue lining, these are anything but run-of-the-mill running wear.