$15, 3pm til fireworks with a rooftop fireworks view.
with live performances by:
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The Times is typically late to the story, but their feature on the McCarren Park Pool is worth a read nonetheless:
Dive In, the Music’s Fine: New York Rock Shows Move Outdoors
By BEN SISARIO
THE McCARREN PARK POOL in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is surely one of the last places in New York you would expect to see a concert. Shuttered by the city 22 years ago, it is a 50,000-square-foot void, its floor specked with decades-old turquoise paint and its walls blanketed by layers of graffiti. It lacks electricity and lights, and its bathrooms have long been boarded up. And it is a pool. As in splish-splash.
But in the strange logic of the New York summer concert season ‚Äî when a pier on the Hudson River and the boardwalk of the South Street Seaport play host to loud indie rock, and the empty courtyard of a Queens museum becomes a dancing and people-watching nexus ‚Äî this all makes the McCarren Park Pool an ideal performance space. It’s enormous, it’s a blank slate, and it’s available: three uncommon and highly prized attributes.
“It’s just been sitting there, like the monolith in ’2001,’ ” said Sam Kinken, who books concerts throughout the New York region for Live Nation, the giant promoter. He has programmed six nights at the pool, beginning July 29 with the British band Bloc Party.
TV on the Radio
So much to do tonight, we’re torn:
TV on the Radio: Live and FREE at Prospect Park. Friday July 30 at 6:30 pm
From Celebrate Brooklyn Website: Brooklyn’s TV ON THE RADIO leads a triple bill that will get you in touch with your inner indie rock aficionado. With singer Tunde Adebimpe at the helm and a dizzying arsenal of influences that ranges from post-punk to classic soul in their back pocket, TVOTR “elegantly pursues their quest to sound like nothing they recognize” (Mojo) and comes across “like Kanye West producing a punkabilly space-rock troupe” (Spin) They might be America’s most original band. With the dashing Philly-to-Brooklyn transplants MATT POND PA and, here all the way from Austin to rock your pants off, VOXTROT. Click here for more information.
And at McCarren Park, there’s the Billyburg Short Film Festival, featuring Japanther and lots of great local film and video in New York’s coolest venue.
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NPR has provided a handy interactive map where you can track anti-gay marriage initiatives state by state. Check it out here.
UPDATE: All vouchers at all locations are gone
As you may already know, Belle & Sebastian are playing a free show at Battery park on July 4th. There are a limited amount of tix, so here’s where you need to be to pick them up: (after the jump)
Guess it’s time to throw out our Europe ’72 disk. Ann Coulter confesses to being a Deadhead. [From the most retarded site known to man, Jambands.com]
Jambands: When and how was your last Dead show?
AC: I have no recollection of it whatsoever, other than that it was awesome…
Jambands: It’s time to name names. Who are the other Deadheads who have infiltrated the conservative movement?
AC: As a Deadhead and a freedom-lover, I am wounded to the bone that you think the two do not naturally go hand in hand. The Deadheads I just met casually and not through conservative politics were almost always right-thinking, whatever they called themselves. Deadheads believe in freedom ‚Äì not a government telling people how much water they can have in their toilets or where they can smoke or whether they should be allowed to own a gun. (Remember the photos of Jerry testifying before some Congressional committee while chain smoking? Yeah, he’d really bond with Henry Waxman.)
One of my Dead friends I met at Vail made candles for Grateful Dead merchandizing. His daily routine consisted of waking up, smoking a bowl, and turning on the Rush Limbaugh radio show while he made his candles. (It’s true. He’s so far out there he practices this weird, freaky ritual known as ‚”commerce.” Don’t try telling me pot is harmless!)
Also there was a big Deadhead Christian group that handed out terrific pamphlets at Dead shows. Admittedly, many of them found God staring into a puddle while high on LSD, but whatever the path, they were very serious Christians ‚Äì they made Jerry Falwell sound like a secularist.
Predictably, Coulter doesn’t just like the Dead (a respectable band in their prime), she’s a jamband aficionado:
Jambands: Are there any other jambands you like?
AC: All the usual — String Cheese Incident, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, New Potato Caboose.
Now we understand the root of Coulter’s insanity. If our iPod was filled with Widespread Panic, Sugar Ray, and fifteen gigs of jamband bullshit, we’d lose our minds too. Read the whole interview here. [Thanks Kevin.]
Muslim Gays Seek Lesbians For Wives
On a Web site for gay South Asians, 27-year-old Syed Mansoor uploaded the following message last summer:
“Hi, I am looking for a lesbian girl for marriage. I am gay but I would like to get married because of pressure from parents and society. I would like this marriage to be a ‘normal’ marriage except for the sex part, please don’t expect any sexual relationship from me.
“Being an Indian gay person, I believe it is so much worth it to give up sex and have a nice otherwise normal family. We can be good friends and don’t have to repent all our life for being gay/lesbian.”
Across the globe and especially in America, hundreds of other gay Muslims have started to pursue marriages of convenience–or MOC, as they are known– in which gay Muslims seek out lesbian Muslims, and vice versa, for appearances’ sake.
Mansoor works as an accountant in New York and is a devout Muslim. He abstains from drinking alcohol or eating pork and is particular about offering early morning prayers.
To his friends on Wall Street, he is a financial whiz; to his parents, a devoted son. But Mansoor is also part of a burgeoning trend of gay Muslims adopting marriages of convenience. Hard statistics are hard to come by, but on a single Web site for South Asian gays and lesbians seeking such marriages, almost 400 requests had been uploaded.
This story hit the wires 2 weeks ago, but hasn’t gotten much coverage. Further proof that our media has its collective head up its own ass. Or at least up Angelina Jolie’s “more newsworthy” ass. [thanks for the reminder Pete]
The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office. [Read the whole article here]