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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

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

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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Anthony Rapp Thinks If/Then Is Like a Grown-Up Version of Rent

Anthony Rapp in If/Then. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Anthony Rapp in If/Then. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Not long ago we joined Anthony Rapp for a post-Sunday-matinee snack in the Meatpacking District, and very soon thereafter his Broadway show, If/Then, was nominated for two Tonys (best score and best actress for his fellow Rent castmate Idina Menzel). When we found out that he lived on the Bowery we had to catch up with him to discuss the changes in his adopted neighborhood, and how that must feel for someone who originated a role in the groundbreaking musical Rent.
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Jennifer Esposito On Her Bakery, Her New Book, and Her Return(?) to Acting

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 1.14.41 PMActress and Bensonhurt native Jennifer Esposito’s first apartment was in the East Village when she was 18. A little more than a year ago, the former Blue Bloods star, now 41, returned to the neighborhood to open Jennifer’s Way, a haven for those suffering from food allergies. The catalyst for the bakery was her 2009 diagnosis with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune illness that prevents sufferers from properly digesting gluten. Last month, the bakery (which she runs with new fiancé Louis Dowler) opened a 13,000 square-foot production facility in Queens, and Esposito took her activism a step further, authoring Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease–What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again. Before her appearance tonight at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca, she spoke with B+B.
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Jackpot, Tiger On Their New Album: ‘It’s All Pop, It’s All Music, It’s All Awesome’

unnamed“Caught In Love” by Jackpot, Tiger is a humorous, if slightly cautionary, tale of lust gone wrong. Highlighted by a ’60s-style chorus, buoyant melodies, and a thoroughly desperate protagonist, the single fully represents what the band does so well: straight-up pop music.
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Jason Wishnow Did a Secret Sci-Fi Film With Ai Weiwei and Ended Up Near Bald

L to R: Weiwei and Wishnow.

L to R: Weiwei and Wishnow.

Jason Wishnow has told the story of Oedipus with vegetables and documented zombie yoga in Williamsburg. Now, fresh off a stint as TED’s director of film and video, the Lower East Side filmmaker is set to complete his most daunting production yet: a 10-minute short in which Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei will make his acting debut.
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