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Bowery Mission Residents Will See Their Art in New Museum, a Couple Doors Down

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“Draftsmen’s Congress,” a collective painting currently on display. (Photo courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley)

Andres Serrano isn’t the only artist to have recently worked with homeless New Yorkers. Polish sculptor Pawel Althamer, whose running New Museum show “The Neighbors” includes three floors of his own work and one floor for visitors and community groups to paint, draw and tag themselves, now has some new collaborators: residents of the Bowery Mission, a homeless shelter a couple of doors down from the museum.
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Andres Serrano’s Portraits of Homeless New Yorkers Will Live On the Streets

unnamedAndres Serrano, the photographer and artist best known for his controversial 1987 photograph, “Piss Christ,” has turned his attention to the homeless of New York City in a new public art project on display around Washington Square Park next month.

Opening May 19, “Residents of New York” will include portraits of 35 homeless people, and will be on display at the West 4th Street subway station, the Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square, LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village, and on public phone booths.
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Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim Were Actually in Food Club Before Food Club

Yesterday when Grub Street turned us on to Food Club, the new JASH show from Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner, we figured it was something along the lines of Tim’s Kitchen Tips — the absurd mustard-sponsored cooking show Wareheim did with his Tim and Eric co-creator, Tim Heidecker. But while there is no such thing as Pissman’s Mustard, there actually is a Food Club, and there has been for some time.
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An East Village Woman Woke Up to Find a Rapist in Her Apartment, Police Say

unnamedThis one is truly nightmarish: police say that around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, an East Village woman woke up to someone resembling this man standing on her bed.

The man sexually assaulted her but fled after a struggle, according to a request for media attention. Police didn’t say how, exactly, he got into his victim’s apartment.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, 5’4″, 160 lbs. He’s wanted for attempted rape.

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell Is a ‘Big Fan of Awkward Conversations As a Way to Promote Change’

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W. Kamau Bell, the political comedian whose show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, ran on FXX, is back in the standup circuit. Tonight, his Oh, Everything! tour, comes to The Bell House in Brooklyn. We caught up with him to talk about everything from his act, to being mentored by Chris Rock, to his recent controversial appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.
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Walks, Talks, and Chalk: 80 Things to Do During Lower East Side History Month

Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.
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Is It Called Street Art When It’s On a Rooftop?

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Saturday’s perfect spring weather coincided nicely with the first rooftop party of the season at The 407 Bushwick, an outdoor gallery and party space above Johnson Avenue in, obviously, Bushwick.
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Bob Holman Fetes Steve Cannon, Announces a Hiccup in HOWL! Festival

Bob Holman at Howl! Festival in 2012. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

This was already going to be a wistful week for Bob Holman, owner of the Bowery Poetry Club. Tonight and tomorrow, he’s hosting a farewell party for A Gathering of Tribes and its founder Steve Cannon, who are being forced to leave their home of 24 years on East Third Street. On top of that, Holman took to his blog yesterday to make an unexpected announcement: this year’s HOWL! Festival will no longer happen as planned.
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Mike Doughty On Downtown Nostalgia: ‘This Disease Is Omnipresent’

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Last week, Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing launched a crowd-funding campaign for his next two solo albums. Yesterday, as part of “Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues” at the Downtown Literary Festival, the Lower East Sider turned Brooklynite took the stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, just around the corner from where he once worked the door at the original Knitting Factory, and spoke about his career, the folly of nostalgia, and the extreme changes he’s seen during his 25 years in NYC. Here’s what he said.
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