a long hiatus following her first self-titled visual album (see Beyoncé’s Late
Night Video Shoot at The Standard, High Line), the random
drop of "Formation" the day before the
Super Bowl, and a Formation Tour sans a confirmed album date during her Super Bowl performance, the debut
of Beyoncé’s second visual album Lemonade is certainly one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, and its reception is proving to be one of the more noteworthy releases of recent times.
Aside from the sheer brilliance of what has been dubbed as a "masterpiece of black feminism," over the course of a 57-minute long journey Queen B's album acts as a step-by-step guide through the stages of grief (intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption).
Bey’s timing couldn’t have been better. According to Facebook analytics, breakups peak from Valentine's Day to mid-March. Now that you've survived the hump, let Standard Culture guide you to redemption using Beyoncé’s album title motivation and the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Emmy’s Squared, 364 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY, 12-4pm, 6-12pm, $$
Balance Arts Center, 34 W. 28th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY, May 19, 7-9pm, $35
Vanity Projects, 99 Chrystie St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 12-8pm, Starting at $30+
Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424A 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY, May 6, 8pm, $8
10Below Ice Cream, 10 Mott St, New York, NY, 11am-10pm, $
The Truth Is I See You, MetroTech Commons, 1 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY
Reformation, 23 Howard St, New York, NY, 11am-8pm
Globus Chashitsu, 889 Broadway, New York, NY, See website for details
There's a $20 cover at the door, and with that comes complimentary Mombucha spritzers, fruit snacks, and "FREE TEA" all night.
Magick City, 37 Box Street Brooklyn, NY, April 30 and May 28, 10pm-late, $20
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY, April 28, 7:30pm, $5-8
Broadway Bodies at Chelsea Studios (151 W. 26th Street), Every Monday in May, 8-9pm, $20
Red Hook Criterium, 72 Bowne Street, April 30, 12pm-late