Posts Tagged ‘New York City’


Monday’s Suggestion

In Matt,Monday's Suggestion,Periodicals on November 22, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lapham’s Quarterly

…is kind of a potpourri of historical literary and visual nuggets strung together on one thematic subject, such as education, nature, money, travel, war, sports, medicine, religion, or, as is the most recent Fall 2010 issue, cities.

To ratchet down a little more tightly on the modus operandi, it’s beaded by the more elemental aspects of each subject.

Taken from this Fall 2010 volume on cities, the pieces, which are on average 3 pages long and are woven with pictures: artwork, drawings, topography, and photos; and quotes, don’t really go beyond simple reflections on certain functions from cities throughout history and geography. So what it’s attempting is basically to distill its own conversational offerings to one locus made of many parts, kind of like a city which is one place representing many parts of a region. This is not to say every issue would hit the same kind of high-railed parallel, since ‘The City’, as a subject happens to provide advantageous material, but its obvious that they are all meant to be compiled in this stew-like format.

The nuggets also come from a seeming comprehensive spectrum of voices such as Plutarch, Woody Allen, Dostoevsky, anonymous, Michelangelo, Marco Polo, Groucho Marx, Salmon Rushdie, Gershwin, Pericles, Camus, Virgil, Flaubert, Wallace Stevens, Frank Lloyd Wright, Joyce, James, Hernán Cortés, Lyndon Johnson, and, of course, E.B. White, who you might guess would be the writer they started the issue with…but on second thought it’s really top-heavy with, almost completely European and American writers, and so should really be looked at as a traditional, Western-academic (male) fueled treatment. There are so few Asian and Middle Eastern guys, not to mention women, and no Africans.

You know what it’s sort of like, altogether? One of those commercials for celebrity causes like the ONE campaign. You’re bowled over pretty much immediately with the sudden urge to be as totally involved and connected with all civilization, throughout the past and present, as all the people displayed in this piece or promo, joined with the sudden reminder of the vastness, and abundance, of your ignorance to it to the point where you feel, simultaneously, inspired and deflated, like you have a ticket to Willy Wonka’s glass elevator but no time to get to it before it takes off.

But that doesn’t mean it’s ultimately daunting to read. It fits in well with a work week. The pieces are short and reflective so that they can be read incrementally. The really brilliant thing about it is that they can be educational while soothing.


This is the 2nd installment of Periodicals. Sorry for the total lack of concrete information on the publication, but here’s a link to its website and the thing it, the best way to get a feel for what the magazine is, like in some minor ontological way, would be to flip through and read it for a bit at a book store.



What To Do This Weekend (11-18-10)

In Art,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 18, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum



While my initial inclination was to suggest seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I decided that the majority of the people interested enough in doing so that they would read about it already have tickets for the midnight showing tonight.  Myself included.

Instead I suggest checking out the “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum in the Bowery section of the Lower East Side this weekend.  “Free” uses different artistic mediums to explore how the internet has changed our concept of public spaces as well as how we relate to each other socially.

The project description says it best:

““Free” explores how the internet has fundamentally changed our landscape of information and our notion of public space. Today, our shared space has expanded beyond streets and schools to more distributed forms of collectivity. What constitutes this expanded public is not only greater social connectedness but a highly visual, hybrid commons of information.”

This exhibit is at once a history lesson, art exhibit and prediction for our society’s future.  You can go for a casual afternoon and check out some beautiful work, but you will undoubtedly leave contemplating how life has changed over the past 100 years, and how far it will go in the next 100.

Trust me, I advocate checking out Deathly Hallows, as I said I’m going tonight at midnight.  However, when you return from the Battle of Hogwarts, make the trip into the Bowery to check out this exhibit and get a fascinating dose of realism.

But still, do this as well…

– Rich





What To Do This Weekend (11-04-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 4, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Gabriel The Marine/ Hotel Of The Laughing Tree/ Republic of Wolves @ Party Expo in Brooklyn *(Friday Nov. 5th [NOT Saturday the 6th!])

If you were to take a quick look at my previous weekend suggestions a few trends would arise in terms of what I find entertaining.  One of the most common would be DIY shows in dungeon-esque basements or seedy warehouses and another would be Gabriel The Marine.

This saturday at Party Expo in Bushwick, you can experience both.  Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.

The Music – Gabriel The Marine is an indie rock act in the vein of Ra Ra Riot.  I’ve noted several times that I hold them atop my list of bands restoring my faith in the Long Island music scene.  They will be joined by three other awesome bands currently breaking out of Long Island.

The Venue – Party Expo is a Wu Tang approved DIY spot in Bushwick that seems to have as many visits from the cops as it does concert goers.  However, despite having nights occasionally shut down the venue still manages a steady stream of awesome shows. I would most compare Party Expo to Death By Audio in Williamsburg, however DBA does have a major one up on Party Expo; a liquor license.  Don’t let the fact that Party Expo shows are dry for the time being stop you from going Saturday though, Beauty Bar is two doors down, and the venue allows re-entry.  This makes it pretty easy to slip out between bands for a beer and a shot…or two.

Conclusion – If it’s good enough for Raekwon, it’s good enough for me.  Let’s go!

– Rich


What To Do This Weekend (10-28-10)

In Holiday Stuff,Rich,Uncategorized,What To Do This Weekend on October 28, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New York’s Village Halloween Parade

This Sunday will mark the 38th incarnation of The Village’s annual Halloween parade.  The event started in 1973 as a house to house walk through a small section of Greenwich Village by a local mask-maker in an attempt to entertain his children and neighbors.  It has since evolved into the biggest grassroots event in the country.

The Parade draws its influence from the flamboyant expressionism that has always been the defining characteristic of the Village, but in my opinion feels much more New Orleanian.  The procession of huge puppets and surrounding helter-skelter reminds me of Mardi Gras meeting the graveyard scene in Easy Riders.

This year’s event will feature an eclectic selection of 53 bands, as well as dance troupes, artist’s contributions and a glimpse into the creative minds of tens of thousands of casually participating New Yorkers.  Of special interest will be Haitian Carnival Artist and Painter Didier Civil, who will be making traditional Haitian Parade puppets (including Baron Samedi and Gran Brigitte) and leading a traditional dance to Gede accompanied by Brooklyn-based Haitian roots band Dja-Rara.  As a thank you to Mr. Civil for his participation, the Parade will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to rebuilding the Art School in Jacmel, Haiti which was destroyed in the earthquake earlier this year.

This is about as authentic of a Halloween celebration as one is going to come across.  On top of that, you are not likely to come across anything like this anywhere else either.  Even if you’ve been to the parade in past years, each parade is so decidedly unique that another visit will be as fresh to you as your first time.

I recommend visiting the event’s website here sometime between now and Sunday.  If you aren’t 100% sure you want to experience the parade, seeing what the event is all about and learning its history should give you a pretty certain idea of whether or not it’s for you.



Someone is actually paying Rich to write about music!

In Imrpomptu Post,Rich on October 25, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well.  I was recently hired as a NYC Local Music correspondent for  My first review was posted today, and I would really appreciate it if you would come check it out.  If you like it, please subscribe to my posts, it’ll help get me paid more!

Here’s the link to my first article about my friends in Aunt Ange:

Thanks guys!  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you all some good suggestions for new tunes!





What To Do This Weekend (10-21-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on October 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2010 CMJ Festival

Every October, the music industry descends on Manhattan and Brooklyn to determine who’s going to be the next big thing.  It’s about that time of the year again, and this weekend’s ‘What To Do’ post will give you a heads up on some performances that will be worth checking out.


  • Me First and the Gimme GimmesA collaboration of pop punk legends covering ridiculous songs in a deceptively appropriate pop-punk fashion. (7 PM – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series).
  • This ConditionInfectious pop rock in the vein of the All American Rejects.  You’re guaranteed to leave this show with a smile on your face and a slightly more positive outlook then you walked in with. (7:50 PM – The Delancey).
  • Bad RabbitsBoston Hip Hop funksters.  I caught these guys in Hoboken last year and have been spinning their Stick-Up kids EP ever since.  Parliament Funkadelics meets Travie McCoy. (8 Pm – Purevolume House).
  • Atomic Tom – Watch this video.  Enough said. (10 PM – Arlene’s Grocery).
  • Bear Hands – Brooklyn hipsters that are more concerned with writing catchy tunes than being cooler than you (which in turn probably makes them cooler than you).  Been diggin’ on these guys for a couple of years now.  (12 AM – Bowery Electric).
  • Nada Surf – Indie rock royalty that somehow managed to keep their street cred despite how popular they got. (1 AM – Mercury Lounge).  Forgive that pun please…


  • HelmetRemember these guys? (8 PM – Gramercy Theatre).
  • The KickDrums – Rza approved indie kids from B(c)rooklyn.  A lot better than that description makes them out to sound. (9:40 PM – Le Poisson Lounge).
  • The TweesEqual parts The Strokes and The Walkmen.  This is currently one of my favorite bands (mostly because they remind me of sneaking into the city to go see those bands 10 years ago). (10:15 PM – The Charleston).
  • Surfer Blood – Florida low-fi kids make a stop in NY before heading to Europe.  Great way to end your CMJ weekend (1 AM – Bowery Ballroom).

– Rich


What To Do This Weekend (09-30-10)

In Quirky Stuff,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on September 30, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Three years in a row my friend Sean has sent me an email about a “No Pants Subway Ride” he was going to partake in, and three years in a row I flaked on him.  Each time I’ve ended up watching the resulting video from Improv Everywhere, and vowed next year I’m actually going to make it out to the event.  I may have missed the opportunity again this past winter, but luckily this weekend is going to offer me at least a partial shot at redemption.

Improv Everywhere is a New York based comedy troupe that specializes in public displays using participants (often fans of the site who answer open casting calls) doing outrageous things in otherwise pedestrian situations.  Some of my favorite videos they’ve done include “Frozen Grand Central“, “Food Court Musical” and “Star Wars Subway Car” (and “Tourist Lane“, I wanted to stop at three but I couldn’t leave this one out!).  What it comes down to is they’ve created a youtube page that is essentially my go to procrastination tool (and there are a lot of great ones out there!), and the millions of hits their videos receive prove I’m not the only one.

This weekend, Improv Everywhere is going to be doing another large scale event similar to their “No Pants Subway Ride” called the MP3 Experiment (see above video).  This is the 6th time they’ve done this annual prank and the crowd that shows up each year seems to grow exponentially.  The basic premise is that people are given a track to upload on their ipods with instructions on what to do.  Everybody meets at the same place (this year it’s Roosevelt Island) and starts their instructional track at the same time.  The tape gives them tasks to undertake such as giving as many high fives as you can to random strangers or following one non-participating person mimicking their every move.  The result is a lot of uncomfortable non-participants and a youtube video that’s sure to be circulating around your office soon after.

This event will be a blast.  It’s an exercise in spontaneity, and is pretty unique to this experience.  When else are you going to get the chance to work with a thousand strangers simultaneously without actually communicating with any of them?

Go for the uniqueness of the situation, go to have a few laughs, go to get the hell out of the apartment.  Just make sure you go!  Don’t get caught in the trap of vowing to make the next one!