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The Hunt Brings Stuffed Bears, Miley’s Pig, and Other Oddities to Canal Street

As its name implies, it takes some effort to discover the new storefront of Lower East Side’s enigmatic purveyors with panache, The Hunt. Framed under an electronics store sign belonging to an old tenant, The Hunt’s cryptic entrance acts as a sort of portal into the world contained within – part store, part museum – where the line between old and new is a bit uncertain.

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This Weekend, Hit a Coffee Expo and Take the Edge Off at a Beer Fest

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Coffee and beer — one wakes us and the other sends us to our slumber. Oh, how we’d suffer without these dark elixirs. This weekend the two lifebloods upon which modern civilization hath been built receive their due celebration in the form of the New York Coffee Festival, taking place at The 69th Regiment Armory, and the 5th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

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European Food Importer Brings a Wine Bar and Cafe to Bedford Ave

The University Place location. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The University Place location. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Given the newest wave of European migration to Williamsburg, it was only a matter of time before the continent’s food followed suit. Which is why we were unsurprised to discover that 156 Bedford Avenue will be the future home of Gunz. For those unfamiliar, Gunz is an Austrian-based importer of European fine foods that, for the past couple of years, has operated a shop on University Place.

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Go Hear Kevin Beasley Heighten the Sounds of the High Line

Kevin Beasley

Kevin Beasley

At 6pm this evening, tomorrow, and Thursday on the 12th Avenue Overlook of the High Line, sculptural artist Kevin Beasley wants you to stop and smell the roses — and while you’re at it, give them a good listen, too. To assist you with this sensory challenge, Beasley spent his summer months traversing the old West Side Line track, recording sounds – “natural, human, and machine” – that he’ll present tonight as “Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site.”

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New York Pizza Project Searches For a Slice of Authenticity

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If there are two constants we face as New Yorkers, one is change and the other, our hunger for pizza. It was only a matter of time then before someone combined the two — in this case, five friends who over the past four years documented a changing New York through the time-weathered eyes of 120 of the “most authentic slice joints.” The result of there efforts: The New York Pizza Project book, which launched last week. In the excitement of the long-awaited release, we caught up with project member Ian Manheimer to find out more about the project, his thoughts on the precarious concept that is authenticity, and what makes the perfect pizzeria.

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See the Work of Top Street Artists Without Getting Sunburned

UR New York (Photo: Rob Scher)

UR New York (Photo: Rob Scher)

Beginning today and running through October 10, the One Art Space gallery in Tribeca will be holding an exhibit titled Attack the Block – “a concise survey of contemporary street art in America.” With many of the featured artists having already had their work exhibited in museums and galleries like MoMA, the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum, the show is what Daniel Giella, owner of One Art Space, describes as an “all-star game” of the street art world. But is the show also an oxymoron?

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Tiger + Man Merge Electronic and Acoustic For ‘That Awesome Mix of Grit and Power’

Tiger + Man (Photo: Nir Arieli)

Tiger + Man (Photo: Nir Arieli)

For several hours last night, New York-based singer/songwriter Tiger Darrow, covered in a thick layer of latex, sat statuesque in an inflatable splash pool placed atop a mechanically rotating chair. Why? Some might call it madness, others a vision. “You look like a cross between the robot in Ex Machina and something out of a Guillermo Del Toro movie,” said director Mike Donaghey.

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9 Types of Love You’ll Encounter at the 2015 Bushwick Film Festival

BFF_8_940x470“It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all” always struck me as a pretty shitty consolation. I guess it depends on who’s doing the losing part, right? Love looks a lot rosier from the side of the jilter than the jilt-ee. I guess the point being that at some stage you get a taste of both. Which is likely why, among the recently announced lineup for the upcoming eighth annual Bushwick Film Festival (Oct 1 to 4), the topic of love pops up so frequently. For this reason, I propose as a counter statement: it’s better to have neither loved nor lost, but rather watched the entire shitshow go down from the comfort of a theater chair. In honor of this newfound epithet, we’ve compiled our list of the films at this year’s BFF featuring the character of love in all her forms.

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Will the New Sheen Center Be the Catholic 92nd Street Y?

Historically, arts and the Roman Catholic Church have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship. Good branding, divine inspiration – whatever you wanna call it, most will agree that the church’s patronage ranks as one of the nobler pursuits done in the name of a higher being. Today, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York continues this fine tradition with the grand opening of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Greenwich Village.

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A Guide to the Most Affordable Art at the ‘Affordable Art Fair’

Eric Guo, $400

Eric Guo, $400

There could be no better statement on the status-driven nature of collecting art than use of the term “affordable’ in describing the art for sale at the 20th annual Affordable Art Fair, running this weekend at The Metropolitan Pavilion. Affordable is defined as something “reasonably priced.” In this particular instance, that means art with a price tag ranging between $100 and $10,000, which begs the question (as it pertains to contemporary art), what the fuck even is “reasonable”?

Is it the price tag in relation to the cost of the materials (srsly, there ain’t enough gold leaf in the world)? Perhaps, it relates to the creative originality of the work, which is a whole different kettle of fish. More likely, it’s something closer to the economic value attached to an artist’s name. This is nothing new. The intersection of art and commerce has long been a topic of heated debate. Yet still, adding insult to injury, this word – affordable.

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Aussie Invasion: 7 Acts to See at CMJ While They’re Up From Down Under

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The Babe Rainbow (Photo: thebaberainbow.tumblr.com)

Nowadays, you can’t swing a dead wallaby by its tail without hitting an exciting new band from Australia. Are they putting something in the water down under, or is it some sort of universal karmic balancing act for housing all those convicts back in the day? Whatever the story is, for now at least, Oz seems a country worth looking to for notable emerging acts. Case in point, CMJ’s recently revealed lineup, littered with the languid sounds of beach-dwelling crooners, rockers and rappers alike from the real Deep South. To bring you up to speed, we’ve compiled seven acts from the lineup worthy of the nation that brought you such cultural gems as Mad Max and Waltzing Matilda.

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Big Trouble in Little China Meets Coney Island at the New Tropical 128

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

It’s hard not to get misty-eyed, reminiscing over New York’s party days of yore. In some ways it’s the blessing and curse of this city, forever trapped in a glow of its former self. Rather than indulge the nostalgia, though, Tammany Hall owner and general party starter Dave Delzio has decided to take matters into his own hands with his re-launch of Little Chitaly tiki bar/pool hall Tropical 128.

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