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Six Films Worth Ducking Inside For

Hate the sun? Are you… a vampire? Even if the answer to both those questions is no (whatever…) you should still check out these films playing this week.

The Dance of Reality
Legendary weirdo, avant-garde hero, and occultist extraordinaire Alejandro Jodorowsky returns after a 14-year filmmaking hiatus with an autobiographical film about his childhood growing up in a small Chilean town. Jodorowsky’s films are psychedelic experiences that are only fully realized on the big screen– so definitely don’t miss this one.
Now playing at Sunshine Cinema at 143 E Houston St., Lower East Side.
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These Brooklyn Literary Zine Publishers Take a Page From the Net

Gabby Bess at her workspace (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Gabby Bess at her workspace (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Two new issues of established zines from Brooklyn-based writers and curators of the printed word are out and available as of the past few weeks. These aren’t your traditional, black-and-white Xerox zines of yore: their creators, Kristen Felicetti and Gabby Bess, are steeped in net culture and cross pollinate with others in the very with-it Alt Lit scene.
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This LES-Bushwick Designer Channels Anna Karina and Lolita

Giordano at the studio with an item from her Fall 2014 collection. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Giordano at the studio with an item from her Fall 2014 collection. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Earlier this week, we sat down with bi-borough based fashion designer Samantha Giordano to talk about her line, Dolores Haze (℅ Lolita). Giordano lives in the Lower East Side but for the past year she’s worked out of the Bushwick studio space that she’ll open to visitors for Bushwick Open Studios this weekend. From Friday to Sunday between noon and 9 p.m. you can check out her designs in the flesh and purchase t-shirts and sweatshirts she made for the occasion. But before that, preview them while reading the B+B Q+A.
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Tonight at Bushwick’s Newest Gallery, High-Tech Art and Bottom-Shelf Beer

Get ready for Michael Potvin’s next Bushwick project. The light installation and video artist behind the recently shuttered Steel Drums warehouse is opening Stream Gallery tonight. The premiere exhibition is a pop-up project called PowrPlnt that will occupy the space for the next two months. PowrPlnt’s first iteration will feature the work of several new media artists, and an evening of music and (rumor has it) free beer left over from Steel Drums.
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You Won’t Have to Bang Your Head Against the Wall to See These Punishing Shows

Now here's a tape your mom would hate.

Now here’s a tape your mom would hate.

If you’re anything like me you’re sick to death of the overwhelming amount of washed out, bland electronic music coming out of the Brooklyn music scene, and have horrible luck when it comes to planning ahead for the moments when officially cool bands roll in to town. I don’t even want to tell you how much I paid for a ticket to see Parquet Courts and Protomartyr on June 11 at their sold out show.
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Bushwick Open Studios Guide: How to Do BOS Like a Boss

Tim Kent's home studio at last year's BOS. (Photo: Alexandria Glorioso)

Tim Kent’s home studio at last year’s BOS. (Photo: Alexandria Glorioso)

Bushwick Open Studios is happening this weekend and once again local artists will open their private studio doors to the public for a few days of art consumption, mingling, and performances. This year’s 600 related events stretch all the way from Decatur Street to just north of Grand. But don’t freak out just yet, because we’ve planned a pretty solid weekend for you below.
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The Verdict on Phrosties: ‘Try This Psycho Juice While It Is Still Legal’

(Photos: Nicole Disser)

(Photos: Nicole Disser)

Oh, the places social media can take you– close to the edge of insanity in the case of “24/7” delivery Phrosties, or “the best tasting fruit slushies in NYC.” The concept is simple. Request to follow the Phrostie man on Instagram, wait for approval, and text your borough’s corresponding number to order your choice of a variety of colorful, frozen pints of slushy goodness.
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At a 100th Birthday Reading of Sun Ra's Lost Works, Space Was the Place

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

William S. Burroughs isn’t the only counterculture deity being feted with a centenial. The late Sun Ra would have been about a month shy of 100 years old, but his presence permeated St. Mark’s Church on Friday night.
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DIY or Die! Surveying the Post-285 Future of Brooklyn’s Underground(-ish) Venues

(Courtesy of Death by Audio)

(Photo: Dylan Johnson, @giantclick)

It seems the dust has finally settled over at 285 Kent following a farewell weekend packed with frothy debauchery, nostalgia-tinged obituaries and, of course, jaded shoulder shrugs. Emerging from the haze is a consensus that the Man, in all its frightening manifestations — aka the police, stroller-pushing Williamsburg yuppies, the city’s ever increasing wealth gap, and what’s known as the Bottle Club Law — can’t kill the spirit of the underground, after-hours, and DIY that inspired 285 Kent.

So what’s next?

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