People love it when you shit talk versus posi-talk. Cattiness is a sign of mental flexing albeit in direct correlation with emotional insecurity. This cantankerousness seems to be weather inclined; dark days equal dark moods. Luckily spring is here (sometimes) and this extra Vitamin D makes me, and the rest of the city, much more pleasant and excited about all this living life thing.
Below are some recommendations for this week. There is so much one can do when the mood is right and the weather is on your side.
MOVIES - Spectacle Theater, 124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn NY 11211
I have remarked on this little theatre in Williamsburg briefly before but I have to again recommend it. It is a small space off of Bedford and it is charming in its collective feel and its love of off-the-grid cinema. It is like sitting in a friend’s slightly renovated living room but there are nice strangers and a sense of camaraderie with them. They show things that only the deep-deep cinephiles probably know of at a passing glance but it is not hoity-toity in this populace unknowing, instead it’s like an invitation of enthusiasm and sharing. Each week they have a program of movies at set times. This week I will be seeing Le Camion by Marguerite Duras, 1977. There is a love of film occurring here and anything that sincere is enjoyable to participate in. Films are five dollars, you are invited to BYOB and it is a perfect date place.
ART - Michael Manning, WILD FUSION: Vol. I – Total Collapse at American Contemporary, 4 East 2nd Street, NY 10003, Opening, Thursday April 24 6-8pm
Michael Manning makes paintings by using a touch screen and having them digitally printed on canvas and then having clear acrylic painted on top of them. They are abstractions. They are colorful. They are easy yet complicated. They are pretty. They look like they smell good. They are riffing on painting but are completely serious about painting. Some people will hate them right away. Some people will love them right away. Some people would think it is office art. Some people will think it is the best realized evolution of abstraction. Go see this show because Manning is a type of artist that you will keep seeing. You will keep seeing his name and his work and it doesn’t matter if you like it or hate it because you will keep seeing it regardless. I like it. I like Manning as a person very much as well. See this show. Buy something if you can afford it. It is a part of this next big thing happening without all the hoopla.
FOOD - Dimes, 143 Division Street, NY, 10002, M-F 8am-11pm, S+S 9am-11pm
This cute tucked away stop on Division Street in Chinatown-esq area is so healthy-yummy that it is surprising. Owned by very hip chefs, Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner, Dimes serves up veg heavy, clean and balanced meals for a very manageable price. I little while ago I remarked on LA and it’s healthy food and especially these bowl things they have. They have bowl things at Dimes! This restaurant is the most LA-ist I have ever been to in NYC and that is a compliment for sure. The portions are just right. You look at what everyone around you is ordering and your eyes get big and mouth wet and you ask, ‘what is that?’ It is small and it can get packed quickly but it is worth it. It is mildly too-cute-cool-trendy with its general vibe and selling ceramics and this and that but it feels honest for the place. I highly recommend you go with a friend or a date for brunch, lunch or a cozy dinner.
ART - Sam Lipp, My Hamster Cage at Bodega, 167 Rivington, NY 10002, Opening Sunday, April 27 6-8pm
This will be Bodega’s second exhibition at their new location and the first solo show. As remarked before, Bodega has good art taste and Sam Lipp is a measure of the vibe going on here. I have no idea what will be in the show. The press release is a story (love those) and there is only a vague teaser image, which doesn’t give you much to go on. I can’t wait to see it. It’s one of those things where you know it will be good but also don’t know why you feel that way.
CLOTHING - People of 2morrow, 65 Franklin Street, Brooklyn 11222, M-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12-7pm
I had to kill some time before a studio visit last week and I was in Greenpoint. I came upon a shop on Franklin and I popped in. It is an open nice feeling store. It has that succulents, rocks and candles decor which is a little too familiar these days but when I shuffled through the racks I was very surprised indeed. Instead of seeing dull, familiar vintage pieces that were way overpriced (as I was expecting), the racks had surprising and unique finds that were very reasonably priced. This is clean vintage. The clothes are pressed, clean and ready to wear. It is obviously well selected and with great care. I was in a flurry trying things on. It is a mix of vintage and designer. I purchased three things, including the best Burberry top I think ever created. I can’t wait to wear all of them and I spent less then a hundred dollars. Pop in if you are in the area; new clothes are always a deserved treat.