In the News: James Franco

By Amy Sussman for the Wall Street Journal

••• “On June 23, [actor James] Franco will open his first solo art show at the Clocktower Gallery [108 Leonard], a nonprofit exhibition space in a municipal building on Leonard Street. ‘The Dangerous Book Four Boys,” which includes sculpture, photography and drawing, as well as film and video, will be curated by Alanna Heiss, the founder and former director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. […] ‘The Dangerous Book Four Boys’ addresses boyhood and the ‘sexual confusion’ of adolescence, as Ms. Heiss put it. Short films focus on demolition, showing burning or bullet-riddled structures like a plastic toy home or a large wooden rocket (the exhibition contains originals or replicas of these). Another work explores a romantic encounter between ‘Star Trek’ characters Spock and James T. Kirk.” (Wall Street Journal) [Note: I originally wrote “Jim Franco” not because we’re close but because I know someone named that.]

••• Buildings back from the dead: 240 West Broadway (at N. Moore) and 471 Washington (at Canal). With renderings to remind you of what might be coming. (Curbed)

••• While fake-shopping for locally made items, designer Ron Gilad admired the 1952 TG10 chair at Karkula. (The New York Times)

••• “Community Board 1 has received threatening phone calls since members backed a controversial plan to build a mosque near the World Trade Center. Shortly after the board voiced support for the Cordoba House, a 13-story mosque and community center two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, the community board office and at least one board member received menacing calls, and notified the NYPD. “They were just extremely angry and in some instances used abusive language,” said Noah Pfefferblit, CB1 district manager. ‘They said, You should die a miserable death.’” (DNAinfo) According to Downtown Express, one person to receive a threat actually abstained on the vote. From here on out, I’m ignoring these folks (the protestors, not CB1).

••• Yankees manager Joe Girardi unveiled a plaque on lower Broadway commemorating the team’s 2009 World Series win. (DNAinfo)

••• Paper magazine organized a concert by Drake and Hanson at the Seaport, word got out, and there was a near riot. Most exciting thing to happen at the Seaport in years! (DNAinfo)

••• “BPC ground rent reform negotiations enter new phase.” (Broadsheet Daily)


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