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Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

jayzWhen Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.
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A Steven Spielberg-Ed Burns Project, Public Morals, Is Shooting in the East Village

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Public Morals — a TV pilot about police in the ’60s from executive producer Steven Spielberg — is filming today in the East Village. Star Ed Burns wrote the script and is directing the episode.

According to Deadline, Burns plays Terry Muldoon, a cop and father of four who is in a moral bind: he wants to raise law-abiding sons, but much of his daily grind involves ne’er-do-wells. Parenthood actress Lyndon Smith has been cast as Mrs. Muldoon. Additional cast members include Wass Stevens (The Wrestler, House of Cards) and Elizabeth Masucci (Shame).
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Sam Grittner and Abbi Crutchfield On Girls: ‘Relapsing Looks Like Fun!’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Sam Grittner and Abbi CrutchfieldThe text in gray belongs to Sam Grittner, a stand-up comedian and writer currently residing in Bed-Stuy. He created and writes @TonightonGirls and performs Tuesday nights at the free Manifesto! show at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.

The text in blue belongs to fellow stand-up comedian Abbi Crutchfield, who appears in lots of commercials and lives in Park Slope when not touring across the country.
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Celebrate the Release of Outdoor Gallery at This Indoor Gallery Done Up By Street Artists

Mural by El Sol 25 outside of 17 Frost (Photo: Yoav-Litvin)

Mural by El Sol 25 outside of 17 Frost (All photos: Yoav Litvin)

Tomorrow night there’ll be a party in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of Outdoor Gallery, a book of photographs that author Yoav Litvin hopes will be viewed for decades to come as a historical document of the city’s street art. Most of the 46 street artists Litvin spotlights have contributed works to an exhibit he curated at 17 Frost.
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Liza Dye's Fundraiser Has Netted $50K, and There's Another Stand-Up Benefit Tonight

Supporters of the comedian who was hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station a week ago have upped their fundraising goal after bring in over $53,000 — and there’ll be another benefit in the East Village tonight.
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Look For the Topless Wallflower at Emma Hack’s Opening Tonight

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(Photos courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery)

Talk about an impressive body of work.

Emma Hack, who painted singers Goyte and Kimbra for their “Somebody That I Used to Know” video, spent eight hours at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery today painting a naked woman in her signature blend-into-the-backdrop style. (See the not-entirely-safe-for-work transformation below.)
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‘Rihanna Stalking Rihanna’ and More From Joey LaBeija’s Saturday Night Set

Welcome to Last Night’s Playlist, in which our favorite DJs share the tunes they played last night. 

(Photo: Joey LaBeija)

(Photo: Joey LaBeija)

Bronx native and resident Joey LaBeija got his start as a DJ about a year ago when his boss, nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch, put him on during her weekly at Le Bain. Since then he’s done shows on three continents (he travelled to Barcelona for the Vogue Ball in April and headlined the notorious FancyHIM in Tokyo). This month he and Ian Isiah opened for Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) at a sold-out show at Webster Hall, plus he and Junglepussy opened for Theophilus London at his Milk Studios EP release party. LaBeija told us what he spun in the earliest hours of Sunday morning at Baby’s All Right. (Like LaBeija himself, many of these folks are fixtures of the Bushwick trap rave scene).
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Katie Heaney and Chiara Atik On Girls: ‘I Hate It When Marnie Reminds Me of Me’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Katie Heaney (L) and Chiara Atik

Katie Heaney (L) and Chiara Atik

The text in gray belongs Katie Heaney, the author of Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date and an editor at BuzzFeed.

The text in blue belongs to her roommate, Chiara Atik, author of the play “Women,” a mash-up of Little Women and Girls, which just completed a run at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. They live on the Lower East Side, and watched the latest episode of Girls together while communicating only through texts.
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They’ve Been Struck By Queue-pid

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Almost two dozen guys (and one gal) were queued up to buy bouquets from Sunny’s Florist this afternoon, in what’s become an East Village rite of passage: between Feb. 13 and 14 last year, owner Sun Ja Hwang told NYU Local she sold $15,000 worth of flowers. One Yelper spent such a long time in this Valentine’s line that his cellphone battery died and his girlfriend thought he’d been hit by a car.
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