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Inside DeKalb Market Hall’s New Music Venue and Cocktail Bar, Opening This Weekend

Understudy. (Photo: Liz Clayman)

Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.

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‘The Haunted Files’ Plunges You into the Dark, Enduring History of Racial Eugenics

Eugenics is often associated with Nazi Germany, but the pseudo-scientific movement is a dark and often-overlooked part of our national past. “The Nazis came to America to learn,” notes Judy Tate of the American Slavery Project. And the epicenter of American eugenics research was very closeby.

The Haunted Files, coming Wednesday to the Sheen Center, is a one-night immersive experience that draws on real files from the Eugenics Records Office, on Long Island’s North Shore. It will ask theatergoers to look deeply at some very difficult history in our backyard. Work conducted at the ERO helped to codify and provide “scientific” underpinning to many still-prevalent concepts: racial hierarchies, IQ testing, strict border divisions, and even the idea of “illegal” personhood.

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Greg Stone Taped His Standup Album at the Queens Bar Where He Once Poured Shots

“My mom says that when I was young, I used to walk around the house saying I was going to be a communist.” Greg Stone says. “Then she saw me watching Gallagher and realized I meant comedian, which I think hurt more.”

Greg Stone has a way of making his impressive career sound mediocre. Aside from his laundry list of appearances on Comedy Central and the like, he has written for The Break With Michelle Wolf and the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. You’d think that would merit some self-credit, but Stone won’t even answer a question about where he’s from without taking a carefully timed shot at himself. “I’m kind of from New York City–my dad lived in the Bronx and my mom lived in Bloomfield [New Jersey]. I officially moved to New York City when comedian Mike Vecchione told me I had to if I wanted to be good. So I did. I’m still not good, so Mike is a liar.”

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A Very Burlesque Valentine’s, and More Performance Picks

THURSDAY

(image via Jen Gapay / Facebook)

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular
Thursday, February 14 at Brooklyn Bowl, 7:30 pm: $25 

There are a staggering number of events of all stripes happening on Valentine’s Day, as show and party producers rush to appeal to the lovers, the lonely, and everyone in between. Some happenings are best enjoyed in a coupled sense, but others are fun for anyone. I wouldn’t say something called the Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is necessarily fun for the whole family, due to the large quantities of well, titties, but it’s an evening that can certainly be a good time for anyone regardless of relationship status. “Singing siren” Shelly Watson will welcome a stacked lineup that includes Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Darling Just Darlinda, and this year’s Miss Coney Island Pearls Daily, plus live rockabilly music. Keep Reading »

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After 50 Years, a Hidden Refuge For American Indians Faces a Funding Crisis

(Photos: Clarrie Feinstein)

One could easily pass the unassuming building at 39 Eldridge Street, on an uncommonly quiet side-street in Chinatown, without knowing it’s home to a New York institution. But take the tiny elevator to the fourth floor and you’ll find a bare-bones space with an L-shaped sofa, conference table and kitchen. A welcome sign greets newcomers and regulars to the American Indian Community House (AICH), a place to gather, educate and learn.

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The Hottest Valentine’s Dates in New York Are… Red Lobster and Applebee’s?

Valentine’s Day is, of course, when the city’s master toques spin sensuous tasting menus by pulling oysters, cocoa nibs, and other aphrodisiacs from their quiver. But are New Yorkers taking their lovers to Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse instead?

The folks over at Lyft have sent over a list of “the most popular Valentine’s spots in New York City,” according to their ride-share data from last year. And we’re not talking Le Bernardin. More like Benihana.

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Art This Week: Two V-Day Shows and Fruity Fellows

Vesuvius, Will You Be My Girlfriend?, 2018. 10 x 12½’ (image courtesy of Howl Happening)

Homo Eruptus
Opening Thursday, February 14 at HOWL! Happening, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 13. 

Scooter LaForge’s paintings, on view at East Village space Howl Happening starting on Valentine’s Day, are satisfyingly messy, so it’s only appropriate they are unveiled on a day classically associated with messy emotional feelings, whether they be good or bad. Similar feelings are articulated through LaForge’s brushstrokes, which create compelling and mind-boggling scenes featuring cartoon animals, bodily fluids, autofellatio, angels, and much more. He manages to fit a doe-eyed rabbit that looks straight out of a Disney movie in the same frame as angry black paint smears, a urinating brown bear with big black boots, and human(ish) figures that look almost like they’d be fit to adorn the ceiling of a church somewhere, provided that church was sufficiently strange. The longer you look, the more you’ll find. Keep Reading »

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Disco Discord: NYPD and Nightlife Owners Clash Over Party-Crashing ‘Raids’

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Brooklyn DIY staples Palisades and Silent Barn are just two of many nightlife spaces that have been subject to a Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots, or MARCH—a Giuliani-era creation that summons members of the NYPD, FDNY, State Liquor Authority, Department of Buildings, and more to an establishment that’s been deemed problematic, usually at peak weekend hours and usually without warning.

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For Your V-Day Pleasure, Piquant Poems About a Doomed Relationship

(Photos courtesy of Drew Pisarra)

If Thursday goes well, you can keep the Valentine’s Day love flowing at the Bowery Poetry Club. On Sunday, the venue will host a release party for Brooklynite Drew Pisarra’s collection of love sonnets, Infinity Standing Up. Just be aware that Pisarra, known for bringing haikus to the marquee of Nitehawk Prospect Park, may be suspicious of your newfound love.

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A Max Fish and Pianos Alum Aims For World Fame With Bushwick Bar

Jaleel Bunton, of TV on the Radio and PaloPalo fame, helps his brother Kareem out behind the bar. (Photos: Stephen Kosloff)

After decades of pouring drinks and managing bars in the city, Kareem Bunton, a gentle giant of New York nightlife, has opened his own place, nestled in the crotch of the J and M lines just east of Myrtle Avenue station. It’s called Bunton’s World Famous.

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Performance Picks: Electro-Opera, Kinky Dungeon, Experimental Comedy

FRIDAY

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Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)
February 7-9 and 13-16 at The Kitchen, 8 pm: $25 

One of the most common ways people encounter opera is when very old compositions from well-known classical greats like Mozart are revived. This opera at The Kitchen is also a revival of sorts, but a more modern one: it has “newly reconstructed” a work from 1985 by late experimental composer Robert Ashley, staging it with a chorus of live vocalists and an “electronic orchestra.” The opera centers less around the Don in the title, but around a woman named Linda. She embarks upon many types of ventures spanning many locations and historical periods throughout the opera, all with varying degrees of success—something that should spark some level of familiarity in us all. Keep Reading »