Rashaad Newsome's Hip Hop Heraldry

As the Festival of Ideas for the New City continues in New York with its program of symposia, performances, exhibitions and a street festival, Rashaad Newsome’s performance Herald during Nuit Blanche New York’s Flash:Light stands out as the event of the weekend. Not only is it within the Midnight Organ Program at St. Patrick’s Basilica, part of an all-night string of events in SoHo, but it also features Newsome conducting the second ceremony in a series of rituals he is undertaking to attain the status of King of Arms. Newsome takes to the altar to conduct a haunting musical performance, with hoodie monks, juxtaposing hip-hop culture with religious space and featuring the church’s choir and organ, while a video collage is projected overhead. Here, we caught up with Newsome and take a look at some of his work that explores the connection between the system of heraldry, hip hop culture, and his work at large, to give you a primer for Herald. … Read More

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Cultural Stuff to Do with Mom on Mother's Day

This time of year, we all want to dazzle our mothers by planning something fun for her special day. And no matter where you live, there’s bound to be something more than just brunch going on — like brunch on a 444-acre estate with an archeological preserve perhaps? How about an exhibit by the Degenerative Art Ensemble, a walk through a Kara Walker show with the artist and a New Yorker art critic, or an interactive screening of Mommie Dearest? For puckish mothers who like that extra special effort, we have some suggestions for things to do in each of the Flavorpill cities. … Read More

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Savage Beauty: A Look at Alexander McQueen’s Best Moments

On May 4th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a new exhibit at the Costume Institute featuring the work of the late fashion designer. McQueen’s shows have featured an insane asylum theme, women wrapped in plastic, and fake electrocutions. His “Highland Rape” show featured disheveled models in ripped clothes. In another show, a double amputee model with custom carved wooden legs strutted down the catwalk. Because of his predilection for dark and controversial subject matter, McQueen has been known alternately as the hooligan of English fashion and l’enfant terrible. But while he thrived on being provocative, McQueen was also a shrewd businessman who transformed catwalk shows into blockbuster events with heavy social and political undertones. In homage to the show at the Costume Institute, following is a selection of our favorite moments from his career. … Read More

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Take a Cross-Country Public Art Road Trip

With Rob Pruitt’s sleek monument to Andy Warhol recently unveiled in Union Square and Sol Lewitt’s modular structures being installed in City Hall Park (both installations are presented by New York’s Public Art Fund), we’ve been contemplating innovative art that’s accessible outside the traditional context of museums and galleries. In the coming weeks as you take to city streets, benches, park lawns, (and garages!) keep an eye out for what’s going up around you. That skeletal advertising billboard may not be an actual advertising billboard but one of three works by artist Kim Beck. In celebration of Beck, Lewitt, Pruitt and other artists whose work is on public display this spring, take a virtual road trip with us from New York to Seattle to explore some of the most exciting works, both recently unveiled or well-renowned, in some Flavorpill cities. … Read More

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Philip Monaghan’s Take on ‘Gilligan’s Island’

At Moments Like These He Feels Farthest Away, a collaboration between painter Philip Monaghan and poet Tim Dlugos, is currently on view at New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections; the exhibit, which includes 54 works of oil, watercolor, and digital prints on canvas, is based on Dlugos’ poem “Gilligan’s Island,” a graphic depiction of which is presented on the gallery walls. While the exhibit was initially commissioned in 1983, Dlugos died of AIDS in 1990 before the project was completed. In 2007, Monaghan — who received his MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in 1979 — revisited the unfinished project and finished a series of watercolors and oil paintings interpreting the paintings. … Read More

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Exploring the Best ‘Secret’ Gardens in the US

While over at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, over a dozen cherry trees began to bloom this week and held their blossoms despite the rain (and just in time for Hanami!), we got in the mood to do a little exploring of gardens you may be less familiar with, but which are worth going out of your way for. Some may require a short trip outside the city, others are infrequently open to the public, and still others are open at odd hours for the spring season to let you enjoy their splendor under moonlight. Take a stroll through this slideshow of some of the best hidden gardens in Flavorpill cities. … Read More

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The Most Beautiful Dead and Repurposed Movie Theaters in the US

With the Tribeca Film Festival right around the corner, we have movies and movie houses on the brain. And with BuzzFeed’s recent compilation of defunct theaters, we thought we’d present a small selection of our own favorite venues, whether dead or repurposed, in a few Flavorpill cities and beyond, where you could have once seen film. … Read More

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The Rise of the Pop-Up Restaurant and Supper Club

“Wait. You have to pose,” said Erica Schwartzberg, the host of the High Society Dining Club as her guest was leaving the dinner. The woman, a young owner of a food-truck business picked up a faux female breast and pretended to lick it while seated in a hot pink velvet chair. Erica snapped a picture. This was one episode of the supper club that Schwartzberg runs out of her loft in Williamsburg with Aimee Hunter. Meanwhile at the Chelsea Market, the James Beard Foundation has set up JBF LTD: 27 Days, a pop-up restaurant that presents a series of world-class chefs who will take up residence at a specially-designed space in the Chelsea Market. From the high-end to the DIY, it seems everyone these days is tired of the institutional dining experience and wants their culinary variables fluffed. Below, we take a look at a selection of purveyors of unique culinary experiences who have inspired our imaginations and, we hope, will inspire yours. … Read More

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Coolhaus and Our Favorite Artisanal Food Trucks Across the US

“You can eat the wrapper,” said Natasha Case, co-owner of Coolhaus, the food truck purveyors of the architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwich. We were at a supper club and Case was discussing a company she started in Los Angeles in 2009 with her friend Freya Estreller. The ice cream sandwiches, which are sold from various trucks in Los Angeles and Austin, are coming to New York this month. “We want this to be our North East American truck.” … Read More

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Image Gallery: Marilyn Minter’s Paintings from the ’80s [NSFW]

Appropriation, commodification, and the body are some themes from the ’80s art-world discourse that artist Marilyn Minter embraced in her paintings from that time period, a selection of which comprise a new exhibit at New York’s Team Gallery. The pieces on display are taken from two bodies of work, Minter’s Big Girls/Little Girls series and her Porn Grids, a representation of “money shots” from porn flicks. Minter’s ben-day dot images on enamel and metal surfaces of glamorous women, prim girls, and erect penises are suffused with an undercurrent of dark optimism. While her images were controversial when first shown in the mid-to-late ’80s, her intent was to explore the pro-sex feminism that was just beginning to take shape earlier in the decade. Click through for a slideshow of some of her best raunchy, glam, and always rigorous output. … Read More

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