San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the light-colored jacket, in the front row. Photo credit: Asian Americans for Equality.
Dignitaries such as U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Comptroller John Liu, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Council member Margaret Chin came to Chinatown last week to help Asian Americans for Equality celebrate its 38th anniversary. A fundraiser for more than one-thousand supporters was held at the Jing Fong restaurant on Elizabeth Street. The non-profit organization is focused on affordable housing and advocacy on behalf of immigrant communities.
Brian Zanisnik. Photo via Abrons Arts Center.
As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In the case of visual artist Bryan Zanisnik, that treasure would be the random assortment of junk he’s gathered from various Abrons’ storage spaces, combined with bits and pieces from his childhood home. The articles for this collection include: police costumes, hardware shelving, random pieces of cardboard, his collection of toys, comic books, baseball cards, and other icons of boyhood — combined to create Every Inch a Man, his expansively cluttered site-specific performance and installation.
Every Inch a Man centers around Zanisnik reading Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel while inside of a specially designed life-size Plexiglas container. Except for the intermittent breaks to eat lunch with his parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik, who are often incorporated into his work, and to tinker with his growing installation, the artist will “perform this incongruity day in and day out as an absurdly Freudian compulsion to relive adolescent, and familial trauma.” Five hours a day, four days a week, for five weeks.
The Doughnut Plant's newly expanded space on Grand Street.
Let’s catch up on Lower East Side food news:
- On Friday, the Doughnut Plant opened its spiffy new retail space and production facility on Grand Street. There are four tables available in the storefront if you absolutely must consume your purchases on the spot. You’ll also notice a new espresso machine and two very slick flat screens displaying the DP’s animated menus. Still to come: a revamp of the old space next door. There will be an official grand opening this coming Friday.
- Grub Street takes a look at Randolph Beer, opening at 343 Broome (Bowery) on Wednesday.
- FloFab previews Landbrot, the new German bakery on Orchard Street.
- Eater details the opening of Francesca, the Spanish small-plates spot replacing Frankies 17.
- Eater also has the scoop on La Montanara by Forcella, opening on Ludlow Street Wednesday. They’ll be specializing in fried pizza.
- Gothamist says beer nerds will be in heaven at One Mile House on Delancey Street.
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Say so long to the balmy weather for awhile. It will be sunny today with a high of 51 (not so bad for the end of March). It’s going to be windy, though.