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Girl Gangs, Dildo Nunchucks and More at the East Village Queer Film Festival

Who will win the Golden Raspberry?

The answer will be determined at the inaugural East Village Queer Film Festival, coming to The Wild Project Aug 21 to 26. The fest, put on in association with the New York No Limits film series, features dozens of shorts and a handful of features that “explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde.”

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Confederate Flags Draw Ire in EV; Bushwick Lot Sells for $23 Million

Police guarded E. 8th Street and Avenue D on Wednesday, where a man had thrown rocks at apartment windows festooned with Confederate flags. [DNA Info]

A Williamsburg real estate firm paid $23.4 million for the empty Bushwick lot at 115 Stanwix Street, where a 136-unit building will rise. [The Real Deal]

Take a final look inside Schiller’s Liquor Bar, which ended its 14-year Lower East Side run Sunday. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Carlina Rivera Is a ‘Shero,’ and Now She Wants to Be East Village and LES Council Rep

(Photo: Carlina Rivera on Instagram)

Lifelong Lower East Side resident Carlina Rivera is a frontrunner to be a City Council member representing District 2, where her current boss Rosie Mendez is on the way out. She’s racked up at least $176,000 in fundraising and she received praise and promises of votes when she attended an anti-Starbucks rally in the East Village last month. If Rivera wins the primary election on September 12, she’ll continue her campaign to represent the East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill. We met with her at Alphabet City’s Ninth Street Espresso to talk about her campaign, local issues, and her sheroes.

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Lemon Is Not Just Another Film About a ‘White Guy Who Everything Works Out For’

In Lemon, opening Aug. 25, Brett Gelman plays a man every bit as broken as the film’s title implies. Isaac is a failed actor whose agent (Jeff Garland) can only get him auditions for adult-diaper ads. As a small-time theater director, he sadistically belittles a bright-eyed actor (Gillian Jacobs) who reminds him of his ex, while desperately trying to befriend another one half his age (Michael Cera). Isaac’s cheating girlfriend (Judy Greer) is leaving him, and his clumsy attempts to rebound into the arms of a black woman are sabotaged by his utter cluelessness about race. On top of it all, his seder with his doubly neurotic relatives (Fred Melamed, Martin Starr) proves to be the most horrific family dinner scene since Get Out.

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Stop Clowning Around and Check Out These Brooklyn Horror Festivals

It’s not yet September, but it already feels like Halloween, thanks to the release of Darren Aronofksy’s Mother! and a remake of Stephen King’s It. And Pennywise isn’t the only scary clown on the loose– Insane Clown Posse is coming to (gasp!) Williamsburg (“Williamsburg Psych Ward” is going to kill). Now there’s even more scare in the air, thanks to these two film festivals– the first of which was announced today.

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New Wythe Avenue Tower; Cup & Saucer Mulls Return

On Wythe Avenue, a proposed 19-story building that would dwarf most of Williamsburg secured a $35.5 million financing package. [The Real Deal]

This past Monday on a Greenpoint sidewalk, a local resident spotted a business card for a Milwaukee-based, neo-Nazi hate group. [Bklyner]

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill recently filmed part of their new movie, Maniac, inside the Canal Street storefront that, until July, housed generations-old Cup & Saucer. The diner’s co-owner, John Vasilopoulos, is said to be garnering for a lease to reopen the restaurant on Grand Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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PMS Got You Down? This Masseuse Wants to Give You a ‘Moon Cycle Massage’

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Rachel Beider, owner of Massage Williamsburg and Massage Greenpoint, is making your monthly visit from Aunt Flo a whole lot easier. Yesterday Beider and her massage studios rolled out a new service, her first in nine years, specifically to help ease period pain, which nearly all women experience

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Performance Picks: Demystifying Sex, Activist Storytelling, Adolescent Witchcraft

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The Sex Myth: A Devised Play
August 16-20 at HERE Arts Center, 8:30 pm (Sunday at 4 pm): $35

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to state that most of America had either an awful sex ed or none at all. Sure, you can take to the internet in all its glory to learn a thing or two, but formal sex education programs are notoriously lacking. This has created a hush-hush attitude around carnal matters, which leads to shame, misinformation, sensationalism, and a whole host of other not-so-great stuff. A new devised show, The Sex Myth, uses real stories and experiences to expand conceptions of what is “normal” in bedrooms and bodies alike.

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Tribeca Launches a TV Festival With Louis C.K., Amy Sedaris and a Will & Grace Reunion

The people who used to brag about not owning a TV set are the same ones who now complain that there are too many shows– or so it was observed on a recent episode of Difficult People. Obviously, orange is the new black and the small screen is the new big screen, but up until a few years ago, New York City didn’t have a festival dedicated to what used to be called the idiot box. That changed in 2013, when we finally got a version of Los Angeles’s PaleyFest. That returns next month with some free screenings of shows like The Mindy Project and Fuller House. And now the folks behind the Tribeca Film Festival have announced a Tribeca TV Festival, also coming next month.

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Photos: The Wild, Wonderful Elements Festival Banged On in the Bronx

DJ Dirty Looks (center) with Bang On! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) and Thomas Murphy (right) of The Golden Pony with their audience as they spun at the Water stage. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.

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Photos: Last Night at Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Now Closed After 14 Years

Manager Michael Reynolds (right) with his girlfriend Sam outside Schiller’s on its final night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.

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