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Coming Up in Comedy: Roasts, Absurdity, the Olympics and Marnie the Dog

(Photo: Jewel Frankel)

(Photo: Jewel Frankel)

MONDAY

The Open Mic Roast of Riley Soloner
August 1 at Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Brooklyn. This show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m. More info on the event page.
Comedian Riley Soloner is hosting an open mic in which he will let anyone in the audience—including complete strangers—roast him in any way they want. Soloner is an improviser and comedian probably best known for his appearances on The Chris Gethard Show, but if you’re unfamiliar with him, that’s fine. He still would like you to roast him. In what the event page describes as “a truly bold and stupid move,” Soloner crowd-sourced this show via Facebook, where people requested that it be “a roast” and “sad.” Please don’t let him down—say something vile to his face.

WEDNESDAY

(Photo via Facebook)

(Photo via Facebook)

Connor Ratliff’s Olympic Send-Off Spectacular! 

August 3, 8 p.m. at UCB Chelsea, 307 W. 26th St. Tickets are $5 and available online. 
Connor Ratliff—an out-of-shape, 40-year-old improviser, best known as a member of the UCB weekend group The Stepfathers—has been trying to get into the Olympics since they were last in London. He doesn’t play a sport professionally and, from the looks of it, he doesn’t go to the gym too often. And yet, he’s hungry for gold. After four years of stepping up to the plate, he hopes 2016 is finally his year. To celebrate his impending victory, Ratliff is hosting a show at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday night where he’ll finally make the grade and get into the Zika-infested games at Rio. No word on whether or not he’s chosen a sport to compete in yet.

FRIDAY

(Photo courtesy of Brett Davis)

(Photo courtesy of Brett Davis)

The Bad to Good Show
August 5, 8 p.m. at the Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn. Tickets are $10 and available on the Annoyance’s website.

Comedian Brett Davis—confusingly of The Special Without Brett Davis—is hosting a comedy show that runs the gamut from dark and offensive to light-hearted and fun. As he puts it, “This show will be the worst and best comedy show your will ever see simultaneously. Also a famous dog is on it.” To make good on that promise, Davis has collected some of the meanest and the nicest comedians in New York for a show that will feature sets that start off awful and eventually get nicer and nicer as things progress. The show is filled with Annoyance regulars, like Andrew Tisher (The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour) and Christi Chiello (Actors). It all starts with J.D. Amato—whose past bits have included a sadistic mime who forces audience members to do and say awful things—and ends with a set from Marnie the Dog. Yes, that famous dog.

SATURDAY

(Photo via Absurd Comedy Collective)

(Photo via Absurd Comedy Collective)

Absurd Comedy Collective Presents: Let It Out BB 
August 6, 8 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., LES. This show is free and more info can be found here. 
This show is the latest student showcase from the newly formed Absurd Comedy Collective, a group that provides workshops and performance opportunities for “women-identifying people of color, and all genderqueer, nonbinary and trans people.” It also happens to include some incredibly funny performers, including Absurd Comedy Collective workshop instructors Mitra Jouhari (of the Three Busy Debras) and Eliza Cossio (of The Daily Show). Also on the bill are Joel Kim Booster and Sam Taggart as well as several students of the collective. In addition, the show also has an open mic portion, which the collective’s founder and show’s host, Rachel Kaly, hopes will encourage people to “bring your queer friends, your friends who are women of color,” and give them a chance to be heard.

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Gucci Mane’s Post-Clink Ice Cream Dream Rolled into Soho Today

(Photo via Gucci Mane/ Twitter)

(Photo via Gucci Mane/ Twitter)

Gucci Mane came out of prison almost the same way he went in– engulfed in a flurry of productivity. That means new track, an autobiography, and of course, dollar bills. “Gucci got more money than all these rappers,” he declares on on “All My Children.” Indeed. But it’s not just stacks of paper and rhymes that make Gucci, the bad boy with a heart of gold, one of the most recognizable rappers of his generation. It’s his ice-cream cone face tattoo.

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Coming Up: Nacho Cheese in a Chocolate Fountain and 3 Other Things in Unexpected Places

Sometimes it can get a little old going to the same bars, galleries, shows, knowing the kind of stuff you’ll see there. So, shake it up with…

A live band at karaoke:

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

Be Yourself Karaoke!
Saturday, July 30 at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. $10. More info here.
Karaoke is always a fun choice (I’m aware many would disagree) but karaoke backing tracks can often be in weird keys and sound like an early 2000s MIDI version of the song you actually wanted to sing. That’s all about to change with Be Yourself Karaoke, a live band that specifically plays ’90s/early 2000s emo and pop-punk songs with audience members as the lead singer. The setlist of songs to choose from is much less overwhelming than those huge karaoke binders and includes hits from Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, Say Anything, Good Charlotte, and more. Yes, that means you too can relive that dream of bopping around your bedroom yelling to MCR while wearing too much eyeliner, only this time you’ll have a microphone and a stage.

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The Ol’ Ultraviolence: Disco Boxing, Jello Wrestling, and Backyard Brawling

The conventions have passed and the first presidential debate isn’t till September, so where’s a voyeur to turn for a circus-style bloodfight? We’ve got some possibilities for you and your droogs right here.

Dances of Vice: Disco Fight Club
Sat., Jul. 30, 10:30pm, at Church Street Boxing Gym, 25 Park Pl.; $25, minus a $5 discount with the code FEVER.
The folks behind some of the city’s most elaborate underground parties, Dances of Vice, are staging their latest one inside of a Financial District boxing gym, and they promise “babes and boogie in ’70s style,” along with burlesque, disco DJs, and “deliciously strong drinks.” Think of it as Fight Night meets Saturday Night Fever.

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Rage Against the Patriarchy at This Party to Unseat the Stanford Rape Case Judge

(Photo: Courtesy of GRLCVLT)

(Photo: Courtesy of GRLCVLT)

GRLCVLT is back. After initiating a protest/party/girlpower bash back in June to unseat the judge in the now infamous Stanford rape case, the self-described “female secret society” has partnered up with the official campaign to Unseat Judge Aaron Persky, which is led by Michele Dauber, a law professor at Stanford University. Determined to smash the patriarchy one party at a time, these badass ladies are raising funds by hosting their first benefit show this Monday, August 1 at Baby’s All Right.

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Woman Punched By Groper; The Deep End Club Packs Up

A funeral was held Saturday for Al Orensanz, a sociologist, writer and art-producer co-credited with rescuing Norfolk Street’s Ansche Chesed synagogue. [Off the Grid]

On Saturday, a 37-year-old woman was repeatedly punched in the face after she confronted the man who grabbed her butt outside 208 First Avenue. [DNA Info]

Four days later, a 33-year-old woman was followed into her Alphabet City apartment building by a thief who claimed to have a gun and left her tied up. [Town & Village Blog]

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Yer Near Future in Film: Smashing Smithereens + One Pervy Crustacean

Multiple Maniacs
Friday August 5, 7:20 pm and 9:40 pm at IFC Center: $15
John Waters’s second full-length film, Multiple Maniacs, a black-and-white absurdist comedy that he shot in 1970 for just $5,000, might be his best film ever. But most of us wouldn’t know– the film never saw wide release beyond a 1994 VHS tape. Until now. Thanks be to the Criterion Collection for restoring this masterpiece to its former, er, glory’s not the right word exactly– unless of course we’re talking glory holes.

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Raise a Glass to Bushwick’s Pioneering Brewery KCBC as They Celebrate Their Launch Tonight

(Photo: Courtesy of The Well)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Well)

Way back in January, we met up with the three founders of the new Bushwick-based brewery Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC), who are aiming to restore the neighborhood’s former reputation as a brewery haven before it went bust in the late ’70s. While the founders are still finishing up construction on the 5,000-square-foot warehouse at 381 Troutman Street, which will serve as their brewery and taproom, they have finally begun production, which makes them Bushwick’s first brewery since the neighborhood’s fall from hoppy glory. In order to celebrate, KCBC will be hosting a launch party this evening at The Well, an East Williamsburg/Bushwick bar that will be the first place to serve their brews.

The beers on tap will be KCBC’s Robot Fish #1, which is described as a single malt and single hop IPA with “a smooth, slightly nutty malt backbone” and “flavors and aromas of orange, apricot, black tea, and pine,” and Sandcastles, a “perfect summer beer” with a malt base and Belgian-saison yeast that “lends a soft, silky mouthfeel,” as well as “fresh lemon zest added at whirlpool,” which gives an extra aromatic boost.

Starting at 7pm tonight, Tony Bellis, Pete Lengyel, and Zack Kinney, the founders of KCBC, will be present at The Well to celebrate their first drafts with other hops aficionados. “This is the first chance to taste their beer,” Ian Ljungquist, the bar manager at The Well said. “We are very friendly with those guys, and its a huge honor to pour their beer tonight.”

And if you happen to like the new brews so much you want to take some home, Ljungquist has you covered: “We are selling growlers of their beer, so you can take some with you if you want!”

The Well, 272 Meserole Street at Waterbury Street, East Williamsburg. 347-338-3612.

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Take a Blotter of Free Verse at the New York Poetry Fest On Governors Island

(photo: Robert Ramirez)

(photo: Robert Ramirez)

Get those snappin’ fingers ready:

the annual New York City Poetry Festival

is coming soon,

a wordy way

to spend an afternoon.

The festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday on Governors Island, a vibrant space for art and scenery that recently unveiled a 30-acre park with the longest slide in the city. Governors Island, home base for other sophisticated cultural events such as the Jazz Age Lawn Party, will welcome the event now for a 6th year.

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iGot a First Look at Williamsburg’s New Apple Store

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

For all the Williamsburgers out there who are worried about being cut off from Manhattan in 2019, here’s some good news: you now have one less reason to trudge into the city, because after much anticipation/consternation, Apple has finally built its first storefront in Brooklyn.

Days ahead of its opening this Saturday at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 3rd Street, press were given a chance to tour the new store earlier this morning.

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Alaska May Be Baked, But Wayward Social Is Taking Its Place

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

For a long time– well, starting four years ago, which feels like it was a different era in Bushwick years– Alaska was the after-midnight bar that guaranteed a good time and cheap drinks on the night ship to crazyville, and when it closed just a few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that some frou-frou cocktail place would replace it. The bar’s Facebook goodbye only seemed to confirm this suspicion: “Alaska, at least in its present form, is closing, forever,” it read. So what’ll it be this time? A lesson on cocktail “shrub” cultivation, perhaps? Bushwick’s first X-Files-themed alien bar? Or maybe I was walking into a trap set by the Tim Burton bar guy?

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Gavin McInnes and His ‘Proud Boys’ Want to Make Men Great Again

Gavin McInnes at Mile End Deli (Image via New York magazine)

Gavin McInnes at Mile End Deli (Image via New York magazine)

A friend of mine was passing by Tommy’s Tavern last Monday when he did a double take– for some reason Gavin McInnes, in all his bearded rad-dad glory, was bro-ing it up on the sidewalk out front. A quick check of social media revealed that McInnes– the co-founder of Vice and “godfather of hipsterdom,” who has recently come into his own as a far-right political pundit– had convened his local “Proud Boys” chapter for their first in-person meeting.

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