Roberta’s owners in bitter fight – try to have one partner arrested

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Our friends over at Roberta’s aren’t playing nice. The restaurant, which has a net worth in the millions, is looking to expand and one of its three partners Chris Parachini isn’t happy. With a “pending deal” in Asia and plans to open a restaurant on the premises of a new Ace Hotel on the Lower East Side,  partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi tried to buy Parachini out last year over financial disagreements. It didn’t go well:

The food fight started in December when partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi fired the co-founder of the Bushwick pizza mecca, Chris Parachini, over disagreements about expansion that led to buyout negotiations.

The talks broke down when Parachini turned his nose up at a $2 million offer to purchase his 25 percent share in the company. Parachini’s counter-offer was $2.9 million for Roberta’s and its spinoffs including a restaurant in the Rockaways and another $2.5 million for intellectual property. [Read more...]

Northside Festival releases 2015 lineup including Run The Jewels and Best Coast

northsideWilliamsburg’s own Northside Festival will feature Run The Jewels, Best Coast, Built to Spill, Neko Case and many more in the music portion of the fest which runs from June 11th-14th. Grab badges and more info HERE.

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Ticket Giveaway: Bob Wills tribute tonight at NY Society For Ethical Culture

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Get a little relief from the slush and winter dreariness with some Western Swing. Tonight Asleep at the Wheel will be performing the music of the Bob Wills, aka King of Western Swing, at the New York Society For Ethical Culture. Their new record, Still the King, features front man Ray Benson and cameos by country royalty including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Avett Brothers, and George Strait.

We’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to tonight’s show. Tell us you want to go in comments below or like this post on Facebook to enter. We’ll pick a winner at 1:00pm.

Here’s a taste of The King to whet your palette:

Put A Little Spring In Your Step: March’s Must See Shows

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Well guys, holy sh@t, I survived Holy Ship. I mean, at least I think I did? I haven’t really settled back into the whole “reality” thing, which is why I’m typing this from a hotel bed in New Orleans, because WHY NOT? Life is for living right? And what better way to shirk responsibility and continue to live freely than by surrounding yourself with the best beats this month. Let’s face it – New York has been, well, kinda sucky lately. It’s cold, it’s wet and everyone is hella pissed off. But guys, hang in there – Spring’s so close, and there’s plenty of reasons that New York is still the best place on earth to be, even when it’s cold as balls. Let’s shake away those winter blues with some top notch tunes. Here are my must see shows for this month:

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Sannhet---Revisionist-Front-Cover-Final-1500x1500This week we have instrumental opuses, powerviolence pits, black metal bands playing death metal, and some geographic drama all writhing, copulating, and cross breeding in this gaping, colorless void we call a column. It’s the end of days, as it is every Tuesday, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Vice Media to be levitated into the East River this afternoon

viceVice Media’s headquarters on North 11th street in Brooklyn are in danger of being levitated into the East River this afternoon at 3:35pm by a music collective known as Talibam!. From [Read more...]

Williamsburg getting its own Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan museum

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Because, of course it is!

The whack heard ’round the world is set to be immortalized in a tiny museum in a Williamsburg apartment.

A pair of comedians are opening the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in the hallway of their abode. The museum is meant to focus on a media machine that hones in on one scandal after the next, and the two athletes that got caught up in it, according to the museum curators, who were both seven when one of figure skater Tonya Harding’s associates attacked rival skater Nancy Kerrigan with a police baton.

“We want to focus on the cultural reaction and the media,” said Viviana Olen, who lives in the Williamsburg apartment with her friend Matt Harkins. “I had a sense of it as a child and then to revisit it as an adult, you realize how much the media left out.”

The pair first launched the museum concept as a joke Kickstarter fund-raiser with a goal of $75, but it garnered so much attention that they decided to really go for it, she said. The level of interest shows just how much the Harding-Kerrigan scandal resonated with Americans, Olen said. [Read more...]

BAM presents Unbound with Kim Gordon

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Photo by Rebecca Greenfield

 

“To see a seamless performance is kind of boring. I like to see things kind of fall apart.”

These are the words of Kim Gordon, after watching clip after clip of live performances gone wrong. As part of the “Unbound” series, last week BAM and Greenlight Books hosted Kim Gordon to talk about her new memoir, Girl in a Band with longtime friend Margaret Bodde, although not much was actually uttered about the book the whole night. At the start, Bodde and Gordon reminisced a few minutes about the early 80s and (possibly) meeting each other for the first time at CBGBs. Bodde showered Gordon with accolades for her various works, then dived in to questions, starting with one about Gordon’s relationship to an audience. Gordon talked about how music is different than other mediums of art and admitted feeling self-conscious at times. [Read more...]