New York State of Mind Amoeblog #28: NYC as TV Central, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, & Concert Picks

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2013 12:25pm | Post a Comment

Since the recent official confirmation by NBC folks here including City politicians have been talking excitedly about the return to New York City of The Tonight Show with new host Jimmy Fallon. The show, which will move cross country from Burbank CA to take up residency in NYC next year after NBC wraps up its coverage of 2014 Winter Olympics, will be yet another of many TV shows recorded and broadcast out of New York. As well as Fallon's current show (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC) other live studio TV shows made in New York City include Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart (John Oliver will take over this summer when Stewart takes a break) and Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dr Oz, The Early Show, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Rachael Ray Show - to name but some of the long list.

Then there are the numerous comedy and drama TV shows shot in NYC including NBC's long running popular series Law and Order SUV, CBS's Elementary and Person of Interest, HBO's Girls and Empire Boardwalk, and FX's The Americans - to name-check but a few.  Add to that the return of MTV's VMA's this year when it will be broadcast for the first time out of Brooklyn's Barclay Center on August 25th - after being held/broadcast out of LA the past two years. In short a lot of TV shows are already shot in New York and that number is exponentially growing. Part of the reason for the increasing number of TV shows being made in New York has to do with - you guessed it - money; namely the attractive tax breaks that the State and City of New York offer television producers. Couple that with ample facilities for TV (and film) producers, not to mention NYC's famous backdrops and locations, and you have a winning formula for New York as the perfect location for television shows.

Meanwhile not on network or cable TV but rather on the Internet only (for now) is the YouTube series Bros which is a Brooklyn based spoof on the aforementioned popular HBO series Girls. Below is the premiere episode of the Funny or Die presented series which, if you are already familiar with Girls, will resonate a lot more.

Bros: Episode 1 "Williamsburg" (2013)

This is the final week of the New Museum's cool retro NYC exhibit NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. This political and culture snapshot of a NYC of a different era, which takes its name from a Sonic Youth album title (released in '94 but recorded in late 1993 at Sear Sound, NYC), offers a time machine of sorts to transport visitors back two decades ago in New York City's history - in a look at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of the year 1993. "A time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics" - is what its curators call the era that was a cultural turning point both nationally and globally. The exhibition attempts to bring together a range of iconic and lesser-known artworks that "serve as both artifacts from a pivotal moment in the New York art world and as key markers in the cultural history of the city." This is mostly accomplished - although many critics have pointed out the numerous missing elements - but for an exhibit to be all encompassing it would have to be on display in a museum on a scale of the huge Metropolitan. NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star runs through April 26th at the New Museum located downtown Manhattan at 231 Bowery, NY, NY 10002. More info here.

Other events and concerts in NYC in the week ahead include a great show Friday night at the Bowery Ballroom (coincidentally not far from the New Museum) with Shabazz Palaces, whose 2011 SubPop release Black Up is still a popular item at Amoeba, and fellow WA area and SubPop act THEESatisfaction with opening act Malitia Malimob. This show is cheap by NYC standards: only $14 for advance tix or $16 at the door. Bowery Ballroom  is located at 6 Delancey St., New York, NY 10002  Show is April 26 at 9:00 pm. General venue info and Tx here. Over in Brooklyn at the Williamsburg Hall of Music there is a pretty good bill on Saturday night withThe Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder, and Primitive Weapons. Since the show is a free event - sponsored by Converse - all the tickets have gone but usually with these events you can cop tickets for free or cheap if you do a little online search on Craigslist or show up outside the event on Saturday. 8pm show. Venue info.
The weather is really  nice in New York City and that means the onslaught of the too many to catch them all street fairs all over the five boroughs all summer long and starting already with festivals like this Saturday's Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair which is one for the kids and their parents. Activities will include face painting and  performances from the casts of various Broadway shows, plus (this being Tribeca -home of the film fest) a free screening of The Smurfs (11am at BMCC Tribeca PAC) and a series of kid-friendly shorts and animations  will be screened at the Tribeca Film Center throughout the day. Saturday April 27th from 10am to 6pm on Greenwich Street (between Hubert and Chambers Streets.

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