AHDM4U ❤ NY Never mind that the housemates at my respectable Park Slope sublet may think I’m a vampire, this trip to Brooklyn to gear up for AHDM4U’s jaunt through this weekend’s Afropunk Festival has been cute, intimidating thigh bruise from falling down the WestGay DJ booth stairs and all.
I’ve browsed girl zines and Born in Flames graphic novels at Chelsea’s Printed Matter, blazed with college roommates in Prospect Park, made a trip to Spanish Harlem trip where our phenomenal muralist babe LNY is painting an ode to interracial love and IMF mind control for the New York City edition of Los Muros Hablan. I dodged the hordes of children at the MOMA and tried to be happy that the next generation is getting exposed to art.
My to-do’s for the weekend? There’s an exhibition of dick pics going down in Brooklyn, thank Gaia. Tonight I’m hitting up a fashion opening that reimagines the common T-shirt, and an event hosted by M1 of Dead Prez and Celia of Les Nubians, who are encouraging a dress code of patterned clothes so everyone looks cute while they shoot the video for their new song “Camouflage.” There’s a Black Weirdo party on Friday. Obviously, the Afropunk lineup of free concerts — Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Jean Grae, Rye Rye, and more.
But I’m just a tourist, y’know? So to make our first AHDM4U Wknd Update outside SF, we tapped our beautiful friends. You’re in good hands, babies. Stay with us this year for word on what the cool kids are up to in Mexico City, Oakland, Miami, and beeeeyond. (Caitlin)
RAMDASHA BIKCEEM // DJ DESIGNER IMPOSTER
DJ, vintage retailer, stylist, ’90s punk zinemaker
1) Since I am a vegan and always hungry, I’m always on the search for the perfect place to get a sweet treat. This is also a good casual meet up date place, although its really small. It’s great for those who are lactose intolerant or if you just really love nut/coconut-based ice cream. They even have gluten-free ice cream cones. I would tell you the name of it but apparently there was some drama with the owner. It used to be called Lula’s Sweet Apothecary and they have since changed the name cuz of a legal dispute. Couldn’t find the new name anywhere online but it is officially reopened at the address below. Check it out!
516 East 6th St., East Store, NY
2) I have loved About Glamour for years. Its kind of off the beaten path of Williamsburg, which has pretty much become a cesspool of a of hipster hell and yuppie take over. However this remains. Its a Japanese thrift store and it has some really amazing pieces you really won’t find anyway else. The prices are pretty reasonable. They also carry new items like awesome crazy Japanese socks, stationary and Vivienne Westwood items. Tons of cool jewelry and sunglasses. I have found some of my favorite pieces here. There is also an art gallery in the back room too and the staff are super sweet and helpful.
107A North 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY // aboutglamour.blogspot.com
3) Lots of people even in NYC don’t know it’s there. But up the hill on the east side of Central Park is Cleopatra’s Needle, an ancient Egyptian obelisk. You can even read the hieroglyphics, they are translated! It’s 71 feet tall, a gift offered by an Egyptian khedive to America in exchange for funds to modernize his country. My suggestion: take some mushrooms and roam around the park ’til you find it, and have your mind blown.
4) BAD GRAMMAR is a newish cool zine out of NYC. They periodically throw awesome events and are overall tastemasters and culture connoisseurs. In their own words: “Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BAD GRAMMAR provides a platform for queer artists of color to document and discuss the artwork of their peers on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture.”
Limited edition zines available at BGSQD @ Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St, NY // bdgrmmr.tumblr.com // for event info email firstname.lastname@example.org
1) How does one describe something as magical and experiential as the City Reliquary and Civic Organization? The Reliquary is run by a host of volunteers that dedicate their time to bringing you the history of New York that you won’t find in places like the Historical Society. A part of the community long before the current wave of gentrification in Williamsburg, the City Reliquary takes in a lot of artifacts from local businesses as they are priced out of the area: old cakes that have sat in bakery windows, a vitrine of barbershop paraphernalia. In addition to preserving the area’s past, the museum also does fantastic community events geared towards the new wave of residents, including regular movie screenings and concerts in its backyard.
Suggested $5 admission fee. 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn. www.cityreliquary.org
2) With the season coming to an end in a few weeks, rush out to Coney Island Circus Sideshow to have your mind blown for an hour. The sideshow covers all the bases of your creepy desires: sword swallowing, fire blowing, glass dancing — all being preformed by goth hotties, of course. Aside from the spectacle itself, the cast of characters are engaging, employing audience participation and even sticking around after the show for a drink. With parts of Coney Island — like the Coney Island Museum — still rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, not only are you seeing some world class performers, you’re also supporting a great non-profit.
$10 admission. 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island. www.coneyisland.com/programs/coney-island-circus-sideshow
(PS — For a less family-friendly performance filled with nods to fellatio, staple guns and full frontal, visit the Mystic Circus Sideshow at Bizarre Bushwick on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. This shit is FREE!)
3) Heck, even Jerry Saltz declared that the gallery scene in NYC is dead, hinting at the emergence of DIY spaces as the alternative. The Schoolhouse, a refurbished incarnation of the 20th century-built PS 52, is part residence/part art space. The Schoolhouse has hosted art openings and concerts, most notably indie rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. Opening this Friday, August 23 from 6-10pm, the space will be home to a solo show by Argentinean visual artist Sonni, appropriately focused around the theme of childhood.
330 Ellery St., Brooklyn
4) Ambiance and affordable booze in Bushwick and I’m there. Gotham City Lounge is the best little bar in Brooklyn and I am sharing it with you, dear AHDM4U readers. Half of a Superman sculpture flies out of the front of the place — you have to buzz for entrance like you’re going for beers at the Bat Cave. Inside you will find not only all the comic memorabilia your little heart desires, but $3 PBR and whiskey shots ALL THE TIME. With comic book signings by local indie artists and your favorite superhero movies on loop, get ready to settle in and never leave.
1293 Myrtle, Brooklyn // myspace.com/gclny
Performer, House of Ladosha
If one is looking to turnup in NYC here are a few functions this weekend that are sure to be HAM.
1) WestGay Fire Island will be a turnup because [promotor and DJ] Frankie Sharp has assembled an army of bad lil booshes — featuring performances by SSION, House of Ladosha, with DJ sets by Dj Nita and Jon Jon Battles, hosted by #8thgradeprettygirls, the legendary Xander and a bunch of super sexy dancers on that Falcon Studios tip!
Fri/23, 10pm-5am, $10 before midnight, $15 after. Pines Pavilion, Fire Island. Facebook event
2) Another turnup will be Ladyfag’s party 11:11 hosted by everybody’s favorite alien supermodel scholar Juliana Huxtable and a rotating lineup of other gorgeous hosts. Featuring some of NYC’s hammest DJs like Michael Magnan, Honey Dijon, Will Automagic and surprise late night sets by Total Freedom. Plenty of room here since the venue features two floors for raging!
Fri/23, 11am-4am, free before midnight, $5 after. 244 E Houston, NY
3) The Afropunk festival happening this weekend also featuring performance by Le1f, Danny Brown and a bunch of other ham artists. This is a festival so the rage will last all day and night in the heart of Brooklyn, with all the beautiful black brown light white or whatever patrons. This event is def gonna be Team Too Cute.
Sat/24, noon-9:15pm; Sun/25, noon-9:30pm; free/$25 fast pass admission. Commodore Barry Park, Flushing and Navy, Brooklyn. www.afropunkfest.com
4) If you are looking for a cute chill moment after the rage, Tandem is def the turnup. Bomb-ass brunch and dinner rages with drink specials galore. The bartenders and servers are chill and the vibe is always cute. Tandem is def my favorite bar in Brooklyn, hands down. There is always something happening whether its DJs, movie screenings or queer nights and you can def find some cute trade and just ignore the bros and biddies on OkCupid dates #TURNUP
236 Troutman, Brooklyn. (718) 386-2369, www.tandembar.net