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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release of Outdoor Gallery, a book of photographs that author Yoav Litvin hopes will be viewed for decades to come as a historical document of the city’s street art.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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Maggie Estep Remembered: ‘She Was Vintage, Pure Old-School Punk-Art New York’

maggienewYesterday, we got the sad news that Maggie Estep, arguably the face of the ’90s East Village slam movement, died at 50. Today, we spoke to Bob Holman, who helped propel her to fame as co-director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Mark Pellington, who directed her classic “Hey Baby” video. Here’s what they had to say.

Bob Holman
Maggie came out at the Nuyorican Poets Café when the Nuyorican had just reopened. Slam had just emerged in Chicago and I imported it here – and it became their signature, where the multiculti voices found a home. Maggie’s punk-absurdist, angry-comic voice was a leading edge. I ran the slams, so I was the one who called her up and told her, “Oh, you really are good, you really do have to come back and let us hear some more.”
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The Sex and the City Guy’s New Project Filmed at Matchless Today

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Sex and the City creator Darren Star’s new project, Younger, a half-hour comedy pilot for TV Land, shot interiors today at Matchless in Greenpoint. Two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes) plays 40-ish Liza, who sees her kids off to school in the morning, then heads to the office, where her colleagues think that she’s — wait for it — younger than she actually is.
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Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black, and Ashley Williams Were Filming Gaffigan Today

Michael Ian Black (left) and Gaffigan (up top). (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Michael Ian Black (left) and Gaffigan (up top). (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Filming of Jim Gaffigan’s postponed CBS pilot is underway. The officially untitled sitcom — which crew members were referring to as Gaffigan — borrows liberally from the 47-year-old comedian’s life, in the same vein as Everybody Loves Raymond. On the show, Gaffigan will also be a New York dad with five kids. Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) has been cast as his wife.
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Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Work Out Their Roommate Issues, Circa 1997

Graphic by Lindsey Yadon

Graphic by Lindsey Yadon

Wish you’d been able to hang with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey back when they were broke 20-something improv nerds? You can do just that at Under St. Marks next week. Sort of.
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