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Jack Ridley III of Drowners Premieres ‘Never Sleep,’ Off His New LP With Threats

(Courtesy of Threats)

(Courtesy of Threats)

When I meet Threats frontman Jack Ridley III at his practice space on Rivington, he is drinking a Corona and smoking a hand-rolled cig. It’s a derelict building, decorated with haphazard graffiti, located adjacent to Welcome to the Johnsons, where Jack tends bar a few nights a week.
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What to Eat at Bacchanal, Opening On the Bowery Next Week

Scottish salmon. (Courtesy: Bacchanal)

Octopus. (Courtesy: Bacchanal)

It’s surprising that there wasn’t already a wine and cocktail-focused restaurant in New York named after the debauchery surrounding the Greek god of the grape harvest (there is, unsurprisingly, one in New Orleans). That void will be filled when Bacchanal, a “casual fine dining restaurant,” opens its doors on Tuesday. Imagining a best of both worlds situation (a restaurant mullet of sorts) we decided to find out what casual fine dining means at a preview yesterday evening.
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Downtown Artist Dan Colen Buried a Couple of Semis in a Greenwich, CT Lawn

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen, the downtown artist best known for his charming antics with Ryan McGinley and the late Dash Snow, opened a solo show, Help!, at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Conn. yesterday. The pristine green lawns (with oversized pillows and blankets for, you know, lounging), decadent buffet (the burrata was delicious) and endless champagne were a far cry from Colen’s debauched legacy.
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The Brooklyn Artists Ball Had It All: Crocheted Skulls, Foam Butts, and Padma

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Olek's table

Olek's table

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Nina Katchadourian's table

Nina Katchadourian's table

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Oliver Clegg's table

Oliver Clegg's table

Steven Harrington and Olek

Steven Harrington and Olek

Adam Parker Smith's table

Adam Parker Smith's table

LE1f performs

LE1f performs

Amirah Kassem of  Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table

Ghost of a Dream's table

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Orly Genger's table

Orly Genger's table

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

“Doesn’t every day celebrate Brooklyn artists?” joked Manhattan-based artist John Gordon Gould at yesterday evening’s Brooklyn Artist Ball. Be that as it may, the decadent event truly put Brooklyn artists front and center (those that were invited, anyway), showcasing their works as table displays and decorations at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Is Adam Parker Smith Going to Bring It to the Brooklyn Artists Ball? Butt Of Course!

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As in previous years, the Brooklyn Museum has handpicked a stellar group of Brooklyn-based artists to create site-specific installations for the Brooklyn Artists Ball, which takes place at the museum April 16. The 17 artists were tasked with creating an “immersive, multi-sensory table environment,” or, as they are more casually described, centerpieces.
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Two LES Galleries Get Out of Dodge

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

The art world was infinitely bummed to find out LES’s DODGEgallery will be closing its doors next month, on its fourth anniversary. Founder Kristen Dodge made the announcement via e-mail on March 10th, expressing her gratitude to the gallery’s roster of artists, staff and supporters.
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‘Small Explosion’ on Avenue C Leaves Victim With Serious Burns

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

A man was seriously burned earlier today following what a bystander described as a “small explosion.” According to the bystander’s second-hand account, “a guy engulfed in flames” ran out of the building located at 170 Avenue C before emergency vehicles arrived. The victim’s charred clothes were left behind at the scene and have since been removed.
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The Definitive Guide to Ordering Weed Politely

(Illustration: Danica Novgorodoff)

(Illustration: Danica Novgorodoff)

Smoking weed is oft associated with “chilling” or “hanging out,” however there is a tendency to disregard the norms of social decency when obtaining it. This is likely due to the fact that weed is illegal and cannot be purchased at your local bodega.

There are innumerous ways in which both potheads and casual weed smokers act like total jerks on their quest to get stoned. We consulted with a weed dealer (who will remain anonymous for obvious reasons. We shall call him “Mr. Green”) to find out common weed ordering faux pas and how to rectify them.
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Location Revealed for St. Marks Bookshop’s Intended New Home

East 10th street. #eastvillage #nyc #newyorkcity #iheartny #imagesforyoursenses

(Photo: Bahramforoughi’s Flickr)

So this is creepy, but if you’re babysitting a child this coming Wednesday at noon, you can take them to the Sunshine Cinema to see Lars Von Trier’s Nymphonamiac: 1 for free. [Brokelyn]

A man attempting to rape a 51-year-old woman in Chinatown was, thankfully, stopped and arrested. [NY Post]

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Help These Guys Finish a Documentary About a Basketball Hero Who Overcame a Crack Addiction

Get a load of this story: The most promising college basketball recruit of his time gets nabbed for buying crack cocaine, then later gets shot in the chest THREE TIMES while attempting to buy more crack and still, after overcoming his addiction to crack, somehow makes it to the NBA.
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