Posts Tagged ‘Galapagos’

Well, sort of. We sort of talked to some sort of famous people. Okay fine, we barely spoke to some people you have probably never heard of. In any case, it was a hoot.

Last night we were invited to attend the IFC Downfront Party (look out for another post about IFC’s upcoming programming from recklesley) at Manahatta. Still a little confused as to why we had even been invited to the event (high school made most of us a little insecure), we arrived at Bowery to find a short line, a velvet rope and a bouncer with a clipboard. And guess what? We were on the list! They let us in!

Everyone at the bar was insanely attractive and fashionable. Momentarily mesmerized, we eventually moved on to what had originally brought us to the event: free beer and food. We did both of these things, and quietly sat in the back room only talking with each other while the hot people talked about hot things that hot people do when they’re super hot.

A few beers later we had a visit from a San Francisco comedian named Mary Van Note. We were incredibly excited that someone was talking with us, and we decided to give her a quick interview. She was visiting for the week and doing a few shows, but unfortunately she leaves today so you can’t see any of them. What you should do is check out her website and look her up if you’re ever headed to the west coast. She was very friendly, and talked about her first experience in Williamsburg and going to both Galapagos and Hugs. She compared the neighborhood to the Mission in San Francisco in that both are heavy on irony, skinny jeans and skinny ties. We were quick to inform her that not all of Brooklyn is like that.

After she left, we decided we were just drunk enough to try and get another interview. Our target this time was Justin Rice, guitarist for the band Bishop Allen and star of the film Mutual Appreciation. We tracked Rice down outside and asked him a quick three questions. Rice lives in Greenpoint and we asked him to name his favorite bars. He said he was a fan of more old fashioned bars, and named Radegast Beer Hall. When pressed he also said that he enjoyed drinking at Peter Luger’s. He was at the IFC party with his friend Joe Swanberg, who made the film Hannah Takes the Stairs and is acting with Rice in the new film The Mountain, The River and the Road. We asked him one final question which was “what’s your favorite movie?” He responded that it was Dazed and Confused.

And that was Brooklyn Skeptic’s dance with very minor celebrities (but not minor personalities). At this point, there were fewer hot people there (they went on to the next place they could get free drinks) so we finished up our beers and headed back to Brooklyn. I think we all sincerely hope that this catches on, and we can get drunk for free and look at hot people more often.

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Here’s some news that was good to me, but probably bad for Williamsburg (which really just makes it better for me): Galapagos Art Space is moving!

Galapagos has been in Williamsburg for twelve years, during which time the space hosted such notables as Monster Eiffel Tower. They were there when everyone had payos instead of asymmetrical haircuts and kippahs instead of skinny jeans. But it looks like Galapagos gave up on Billysburg, blanching at their landlord’s requested 30% rent increase. Apparently they can’t handle the gentle peaks and troughs of the “radically chic, chicly radical” neighborhood’s real estate market. Pussies.

So, keep an eye out for Galapagos moving into a huge space in DUMBO and making real estate speculators shriek with glee as another incredibly cool, expensive neighborhood grows up around the club.

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Marilyn Manson’s video for his new single “Heart Shaped Glasses,” (which was inspired by his new barely legal girlfriend…I guess she wears glasses in the shape of hearts) is somewhat disturbing. I was originally going to post the video on here, but decided that might be dangerous territory since it’s basically pornography. But you can find it on youtube. Just type in: “Marilyn Manson + Heart Shaped Glasses.” (It’s a very complicated procedure.)

Now, initially after screening “Heart Shaped Glasses,” I felt compelled to write a post about how crude and inappropriate I found the video to be. And how I was convinced it was produced by the devil. (On a side note : Rumor has it the video’s initial sex scene between Manson and his 19 year-old girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, was not simulated– meaning actual sex was had and filmed. Thoughts?) But then, just as I was about to cross over into the “New Document” tab, I looked over at youtube.com’s “related” clips and noticed a “Henry Rollins Interviews Marilyn Manson (Part 1 of 2)”. Intrigued. I was intrigued. So intrigued I watched both parts of the interview.

For those of you who have seen “Bowling for Columbine,” you know just how articulate and intelligent Marilyn Manson is. But if you’re at all adjusted to social norms, you’ve most likely forgotten exactly how engaging you found him to be in the film, and in most recent months, have been focusing your “Manson” judgments towards his smudged lipstick and the fact that he’s dating a very young, impressionable girl who, in his latest video, he makes out with in a pool of blood.

But after this Henry Rollins interview, my opinion of Manson has been altered back to the state it was in after first viewing “Columbine.” I’m not saying I would date Manson, but I am saying I can understand why someone would/might. Pretty crazy turnaround, huh? But before you label me as someone with a warped sense of who’s hot and who’s not, I suggest clicking the “play” button below and watching the interview yourself. You might find it enlightening.



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