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Talking Dating and Drama With the Writer and Director of ‘Get Me a Guy’

Elizabeth Galalis and Paul Romano in Get Me a Guy (Photo courtesy of Alexander Fabozzi)

Elizabeth Galalis and Paul Romano in Get Me a Guy (Photo courtesy of Alexander Fabozzi)

New Yorkers are not only constantly dramatizing their own already rather dramatic love lives, but also adore consuming dramatizations of other such love lives: see Sex and the City, Girls, Hitch, Gossip Girl, Forty Days of Dating, and so on and so forth. Now, Horse Trade Theater Group brings you the rare opportunity to see some disastrous romantic escapades (not your own!) LIVE, at their production of Get Me a Guy—currently playing at Under St Marks Theater in the East Village.
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Rocker-Writer Elizabeth Cline of Mortals Shreds Axe and Pen Alike

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Brooklyn metal band, Mortals (Photo: Fred Pessaro)

The Brooklyn metal scene is thriving. “It’s really cool to see how many bands have done well coming out of Brooklyn in recent years,” metal guitarist Elizabeth Cline tells us. And her band, Mortals, is no exception.
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Backstage at Shea Stadium With Adam Reich of Titus Andronicus and So So Glos

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Shea Stadium, the DIY music venue in Bushwick, celebrates its fifth anniversary on July 4, thanks in large part to co-founder Adam Reich. Reich is Brooklyn born and raised, and started Shea in ’09 with childhood friends and current bandmates The So So Glos. Besides running a business and playing in the Glos, Reich is also a music producer and plays guitar in Titus Andronicus (releasing a 7″ and playing Shea Stadium July 7). Reich sat down with me on one of Shea’s signature ratty old couches and told B+B a little about himself.
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‘It’s Such an Intense Social Scene’: Talking Bushwick Nightz With Ms. Bushwick Daily

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Bushwick Nightz on Knickerbocker Ave (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

When Dallas Athent, fashion and shopping editor of Bushwick Daily, approached editor-in-chief Katarina Hybenova with the idea of putting together a collection of Bushwick short stories, Hybenova didn’t hesitate. “I was totally psyched,” she recalls. “I said yes in like three seconds.” Now that dream of a couple months back has come to fruition, in the form of a slim, attractive volume entitled Bushwick Nightz. Released by Bushwick Daily and Catopolis (Athent’s publishing venture), the book promises to introduce the reader to “the famed neighborhood that everyone’s been talking about.”
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Hausfrau, a New Comedy Rag, Absorbs Grape Juice 95% Faster Than iPads

Stephen Kosloff in London for Issue 4. (Photo: Caroline Tobin)

Stephen Kosloff in London for Issue 4. (Photo: Caroline Tobin)

Sometime last week, supposedly in the dead of night, a few hundred copies of a new free magazine were quietly “made available” in select areas of Williamsburg and downtown Manhattan. It was an inscrutable, auspicious beginning, kind of like a plague of raspberry scones. No, we’re not stroking out, we’re just responding to the offbeat humor—like, way past syncopated—of this first issue of Hausfrau we’ve been reading.
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The Author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street Shopped On the LES Before It Was Cool

Susan Jane Gilman (Photo: François Bourru)

Susan Jane Gilman (Photo: François Bourru)

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street opens in 1913 on a spunky young girl fleeing Russia for New York with her family. Crippled and abandoned on the Lower East Side, she hustles her way into the Italian-ice peddling racket and travels across America in an ice cream truck, building an ice cream empire in a story that spans 70 years. The book examines the immigrant experience, particularly on the Lower East side, and themes of independence and appearance, as the protagonist remains a hard-drinking woman even as she becomes the wholesome “Ice Cream Queen of America.”

Susan Jane Gilman, also the author of best-selling memoir Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, will read at Barnes & Noble UWS tonight at 7 p.m. We spoke to her about childhood shopping treks to the LES, her mentor Frank McCourt, and her favorite places for an ice cream fix.

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New Doc: Has a Bushwick Man Served 29 Years For a Murder He Didn’t Commit?

Ray Klonsky first encountered David McCallum nine years ago, when Klonsky (now 29) was in college and McCallum (now 44) was 19 long years into a life sentence. Then as now, McCallum was languishing in Otisville Correctional Facility—incarcerated for a crime he claims he did not commit.
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Watch Bishop Allen’s New Video and Read About Justin Rice’s Post-Brooklyn Life

Justin Rice was called the “first heartthrob of the mumblecore era” in Marc Spitz’s new book, Twee, and indeed the last time we enjoyed his work it was on screen, starring alongside Leo Fitzpatrick in Doomsdays. But before Rice played the fictional frontman of the Bumblebees in Mutual Appreciation (“the first time the new, young, Indie Brooklyn was captured on film”) he was the driving force behind Bishop Allen, an actual Brooklyn band that won acclaim with its three LPs and its many EPs, and scored a soundtrack hit with “Click, Click, Click, Click.”
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Novelist Brando Skyhorse Wrote a Memoir That’s Truly Stranger Than Fiction

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Brando Skyhorse at home. (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If you’re always complaining about your messed-up childhood and your wacko family, then you might want to read Brando Skyhorse’s memoir, Take this Manfor some perspective. Skyhorse, whose novel The Madonnas of Echo Park earned him the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, grew up in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although entirely Mexican-American by descent, he was raised by his compulsively colorful mother (assisted by his grandmother and five successive eccentric stepfathers) to believe that he was a Native American.
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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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At His Record Release, Lee Fields Will Put Some ‘Healthy Stuff in Your Mind’

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Lee Fields brings a certain versatility to the genre of soul that’s been lost in the deluge of modern R&B and hip-hop. The song “Faithful Man” delivers a seething dose of intense vocal arrangements and frantic rhythm, whereas a song like “Magnolia” taps into a more introspective and lovelorn mindset.
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