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Help Pinc Louds Go From the Garbage to the Studio (Then Probably Back To the Garbage)

(image courtesy of Pinc Louds)

(image courtesy of Pinc Louds)

Pinc Louds may describe themselves as an “imaginary band,” but the type of imagination to dream such a group up is one that is incredibly memorable. Formed about one year ago, the trio consists of Claudi Ausbury, Ofer Bear, and Rai Mundo, and together they play songs that are a magical, whimsical blend of anti-folk, rock, punk, and something wild and theatrical. Though their rather outlandish and colorful appearance could lead some to see them as just a fun concept, their “hardcore acoustic doowop” music is equally transformative, seamlessly going from kind falsetto ballads to a shrieking, raucous number and back again, all while providing fantastical lyrics, and interesting stories.

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Art Show ‘Fatter IRL’ Embraces Big Work By Fat Creators

Jacqueline Mary (image courtesy of Annie Rose)

Jacqueline Mary (image courtesy of Annie Rose)

The former Pfizer plant at 630 Flushing Avenue on the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy/Williamsburg border is odd and massive, a veritable maze sporting a slew of office culture flyers and a strange sterile smell. No longer a biopharmaceutical plant, the building still mostly looks that way, making it a unique and sometimes strange home for local food companies, office workers, and also, art. Last week, the Re:Art show opened, transforming the fifth floor of the building into a massive art display. Some work was spread out over large hallways or slyly hidden among machinery, but in one mighty room was the vibrant “Fatter IRL” show, showcasing only work by artists who identify as fat.

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Get in the Loup at This Womenswear Label’s LES Pop-Up

(image courtesy of loup)

(image courtesy of loup)

Contemporary women’s fashion label loup, previously only sold online and through retailers like NastyGal and Anthropologie, is opening its very first pop-up shop on Rivington Street. It will be a brief affair, starting on October 19 and wrapping up October 24.

The NYC-based label, helmed by designer Danielle Ribner, will be selling its Fall/Winter 2016 line, which features items like wide-leg “culotte jeans” and jumpsuits, boxy blazers, colorful sweaters, and plenty of denim, twill, and suede. As an exclusive to the pop-up shop, cozy crewneck loup sweatshirts will also be for sale, available in mostly grays and blues.

Though the buzz about buying local generally focuses on food, this time it rings true for the fabrics that adorn those sentient sacs of flesh we call bodies. The brand is Parisian-inspired (loup is French for wolf), but its production is genuinely local. According to its website, Ribner works “solely” with factories in the Garment District to produce the label’s clothes, so essentially every step of the process happens in the city.

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Art This Week: Selfie Voyeuring, Searching For Terry, Reduced ‘Crapitalism’

Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly, Couple – Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2014 © Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly (image via NY Artists Equity Association)

Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly, Couple – Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2014 © Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly (image via NY Artists Equity Association)

Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Sightseers
Opening Tuesday, October 18 at Equity Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through October 29.

Arielle de Saint Phalle curates a show of work by Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, founders of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show among other projects, curatorial and otherwise. For the first time, the two artists will be showing a series of collaborative photographs they’ve taken over the course of five years. The photos are described as a chronicle of “the self-portraiture practice of travelers and tourists,” which is essentially a fancy way to say you’re taking pix of people taking selfies in various locations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As selfies have become more and more ubiquitous throughout the world, a documentation of how people take them, especially in international travel hubs and beyond, sounds certainly intriguing. Sure, it’s definitely a little weird and voyeuristic to be showing them in a fine art space, but I suppose it’s just a more permanent form of people-watching. In stark constrast to the high-tech smartphone, which is prime vehicle for selfies, all of the photos on display were taken with 20th Century prosumer film cameras. So no, that’s not just a vintage Instagram filter.

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Dog Days of Fall: 4 Tail-Wagging Events To Bring Your Pup To

(photo: Scott Lynch)

(photo: Scott Lynch)

Dogs, largely considered man’s best friend, will love you essentially no matter what you do. Instead of settling for the fact that a panting creature will be loyal to you just by existing, why not go the extra mile to celebrate pups everywhere at these October doggo gatherings. Whether you’re running around in parks with pooches or observing them from a distance, you’re sure to find something to make you bark with joy. Not so sure how thrilled your dog will be to prance around in a costume all day, but I’m not going to make that call for you.

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This Friday, Partying Literally Becomes A Science at House of Yes

Treetops explore the scientific inquiry "How do you make enormous rainbows form?" (photo: Daniel Montuoro)

Treetops explore the scientific inquiry “How do you make enormous rainbows form?” (photo: Daniel Montuoro)

Sometimes, when you go to a party, you want to leave your brain behind (the practical parts, at least) and just dance. Others like a bit more cerebral engagement. But just because a party makes you think, doesn’t mean it’ll also be stuffy or boring. Enter Treetops, whose parties have a proclivity toward wacky, interactive themes and quality music to keep you movin’. This Friday, the group is bringing its First Annual Mad Science Fair to House of Yes.

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How Bridget Everett Went From Face-Sitting at Joe’s Pub to Face Time With Seinfeld

(photo courtesy of New York Comedy Festival)

(photo courtesy of New York Comedy Festival)

Singer, cabaret artist, and comedian Bridget Everett has had quite a couple of years. The powerhouse performer is certainly memorable: her Chardonnay-soaked live act includes joyous, belted requests to raise one’s “titties” in the air and a catchy, matter-of-fact song that asks the universal inquiry: “What I gotta do to get that dick in my mouth?” There’s also plenty of audience engagement. Typical stuff, like sitting on crowd member’s faces. Brash though she may be, Everett has captivated America and become fast friends with comedian Amy Schumer, which has led to spots on Schumer’s television show, her film Trainwreck, and other screen appearances like a recurring role in Maria Bamford’s Netflix show Lady Dynamite, with more projects in the works for the future.

Though she’s appearing on bigger and bigger screens lately, she made a name for herself through shows at downtown staple Joe’s Pub on Lafayette Street. For the recurring “alt-cabaret” fixture Our Hit Parade, she put unique spins on pop songs alongside fellow out-there performers like Neal Medlyn, Erin Markey, Kenny Mellman, and even Billy Eichner. There were also solo nights with her band The Tender Moments. We sat down with Everett at Caroline’s On Broadway ahead of her show at New York Comedy Festival to talk touring, creating, and of course, fanny packs. Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Loons, Waiting For the Bathroom, Live Deterioration

(image via Tinder Live / Facebook)

(image via Tinder Live / Facebook)

WEDNESDAY

Tinder Live
Wednesday, October 15 at The Bell House, 8 pm: $15.

Lane Moore‘s celebrated show Tinder Live returns to Park Slope venue The Bell House for yet another amusing evening of dating mishaps and more. This time around, she’s joined by comedians and/or generally creative folk Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), New York Times bestselling author Mychal Smith, and writer Chloe Angyal, who genuinely has a PhD in romantic comedies. Moore is quite a multitasker herself. In addition to jokin’ and hostin’ her acclaimed comedy show, she also fronts the band It Was Romance (they garnered plenty of media attention for their Fiona Apple-inspired music video for queer song “Hooking Up With Girls”) and writes for a variety of publications. But enough about all that, this evening is all about Tinder. In a good and funny way, we swear. And in a real way: there will be live swiping. Maybe one day you’ll even end up as one of the folks Moore engages with onstage. There are many routes to stardom.

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Introducing Rebecca’s, A ‘Low-Key’ Bar From The Saucy Folk At Norbert’s

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

A bar called Rebecca’s has opened its doors on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Jefferson Street, replacing a sign printing store that recently relocated to a bigger location on Broadway. Rebecca’s is brought to you by the same collective behind Norbert’s Pizza, and they celebrated their opening Friday night with a bustling party, offering free pizza and dollar beers.

Rather than focusing on pizza and heroes, Rebecca’s is a true bar, boasting a full liquor license to boot—no soju tryhards here. For now they’ve just got cheap libations like $4 well shots, $6 mixed drinks, and beers as cheap as a bottle of Rolling Rock for $2. They plan on adding a small vegetarian food menu with appetizer-type fare like nuts and hummus plates, and possibly using the small back space for DJs, art shows, or movie nights. And “if you’re lucky,” Rebecca says, you might get some Norbert’s pizza, as they plan on offering it from time to time. Keep Reading »

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This Week’s Art: A Fish Market Repurposed and Many Types of ‘Graphic Art’

Mike Taylor (image via Idio Gallery)

Mike Taylor (image via Idio Gallery)

Mike Taylor: Condensed Flesh
Opening Thursday October 13 at Idio Gallery, 6 pm to 11 pm. On view through October 30.

East Williamsburg space Idio Gallery put out a call for crowdsourced financial support several months ago, which very well could have signaled that it was beginning to scale down. However, with a show at Bushwick Open Studios and another show opening shortly after, they don’t appear to be going anywhere. This one is a solo show, presenting works on paper and paintings by renowned graphic artist Mike Taylor, created between 2012 and now. Finished works won’t be the only thing on display in this show, as Idio’s downstairs basement space will be transformed into a showcase of the artist in-process, with drawings not yet done, prints, and “printmaking debris” on view as well. Taylor’s work is bold and bright, often utilizing neon colors and mixing abstract patterns with notes of realism and the human form filtered through the style of the illustrator and comic artist.

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New Play The Dudleys! Is An 8-Bit Game Come To Life

(photo: Charles Quittner)

(photo: Charles Quittner)

When Pokémon Go became splashed across the screens of America and eager video game players of all ages roamed the streets rather than took to the couch, it caused quite a stir. While that’s died down a fair bit, others have interpreted the combination of reality and video games differently.

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You Might Score Free Birkenstocks At This Unique Scandinavian Vintage Pop-up

Screen Shot 2016-10-06 at 3.18.43 PMThis afternoon, you’ll have the chance to head to South Williamsburg and score vintage clothes from hot brands like Acne, Birkenstock, and Alexander McQueen. Before you start to go on about how empty your wallet is and how high the prices must be, please refrain. All of these will be absolutely free of charge.

How is this possible, you ask? The pop-up is the product of Scandicandy, a group of students studying “experience and event design” at Oslo’s Westerdals school. The group’s mission is to “bring the lifestyle of Scandinavia to the streets of Brooklyn.”

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