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Nirbhaya Takes On Rape: ‘The Gift of This Play Is That It’s Not Fucking Palatable’

(Photo: Sinbad Phugra)

(Photo: Sinbad Phugra)

On its face, Nirbhaya, which had its American premier at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village last night, is about the 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi. Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was coming home with a friend from the movies, was brutally raped and beaten with an iron rod by six men aboard a bus, then left naked, for dead, by the side of the road. She died days later from internal injuries. The incident spurred angry protests across India, and a documentary about Jyoti’s assault, India’s Daughter, was released earlier this year, banned by an Indian court, and then watched by thousands.

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Queer Porn Film Festival Brings Porn, Pancakes, and ‘Meaning Beyond Getting Off’

Still from Graphic Depictions.

Still from Graphic Depictions.

The first-ever NYC Queer Porn Film Festival (QPFF) is coming to the Spectrum in Bushwick this Sunday, hot on the heels of February’s NYC Porn Film Festival, which was also held in Bushwick. Festival passes have sold out online, but pre-sales to individual events are still available and tickets will be sold at the door.

Frustration with various aspects of the NYC Porn Film Fest worked as a catalyst for queer pornographers Tobi Hill-Meyer, Jacqueline Mary and Courtney Trouble to come together and plan something they’d already been thinking about for years.

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The Wolfpack Documents a Band of Brothers Cloistered On the LES

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The Angulo brothers.

Last time Crystal Moselle ventured into a Lower East Side apartment and emerged with a documentary that showed at the Tribeca Film Festival, she was documenting a Warhol as the cinematographer and co-producer of Excavating Taylor Mead. The subjects of her latest Festival pick, The Wolfpack, are equally if not more eccentric, but you’ve almost certainly never heard of them. Even if you live in their building, you’ve probably never laid eyes on them. That’s because, until recently, the seven children of the Angulo family were almost never allowed to leave their apartment. Their friendless, cloistered lives were akin to Kimmy Schmidt’s time in the bunker, except their bunker happens to be inside of a housing project overlooking Delancey Street.

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This Electro Installation Will Be a ‘Futuristic-Psychedelic Version of the Past’

MetaphysCopsYesterday we stopped by D & F Contemporary, a new gallery located in a former discount lingerie store at the corner of Delancey and Orchard, to chat with Don Devore of New York hardcore band Sick Feeling. He’d been at the gallery for the past 30 hours, creating an immersive, one-night-only installation to coincide with the release of “Metaphysical Cops,” the new single and music video by his electro project Collapsing Scenery.

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Sheldon Silver at Schools Meeting: ‘I’m Confident That I’ll Be Vindicated’

Sheldon Silver (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver entered a cramped conference room late yesterday afternoon to a round of applause from about 50 constituents and proceeded to moderate his task force on overcrowding in the downtown schools with an eerie calm, showing no apparent signs of unease despite the arrest two days earlier of his son-in-law on federal charges of running a $7 million Ponzi scheme.

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These Construction Worker Paintings Give New Meaning to ‘Artistic Development’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

When walking into a luxury Manhattan highrise, most of us don’t normally stop to think of all the construction workers who lent their hard work and expertise to the project, and all too often we don’t stop to notice the art on the wall, either, or to consider the artist behind it. But Bushwick artist Paul Anthony Smith took the unlikely subject of construction workers and created bold paintings that are hard to miss, to be featured prominently in an elaborate new building in lower Manhattan.
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Louis CK’s ‘Only Fantasy’ Is Being One of ‘Those Dudes in Bushwick’

On the heels of his “crabby, epic love letter to NYC,” Louis CK went on The Howard Stern Show today to talk about everything from Bill Cosby and Brian Williams to his issues with “adorable” comics like Jimmy Fallon to why he quit Twitter. At some point, around the 11:30 mark of the recording above, Howard asked him about his early years in New York, and Louie confessed that the “only fantasy left” in his life is being one of those young, struggling comics whose jokes are all about life in Bushwick (which, yes, is the plot of While We’re Young). Later in the show, Howard told him it would be funny if he built a mansion in Bushwick and upped everyone’s rent (just what the neighborhood needs, right?). Here’s the transcript with the highlights in bold.

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Stage Diner Evicted Amid ‘Absurd’ Accusations of Covering Up Gas Siphoning

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An attorney for Icon Realty said this photo, taken by Icon realty, shows a shiny, apparently new round piece of equipment installed to replace an illegal siphoning device.

The photo at left is evidence that Stage Restaurant was illegally siphoning gas and attempted to cover it up in the wake of an explosion across the street, says an attorney for the landlord that’s punting the restaurant from its home of 35 years. But Stage’s owner calls the allegation “absurd,” and says he has evidence of his own to prove it.

The beloved East Village diner received a notice from its landlord Monday demanding that it vacate 128 Second Avenue by the end of the month. The notice, first posted by WNYC, came after Con Edison turned off the gas March 29 because, according to a Department of Buildings official, Con Ed found the line was “inappropriately accessed.”

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Via Della Pace Owners Worry That Without Help, Blast Site Will Be a ‘Ghost Corner’

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

“It’s been a long two and a half weeks,” City Council Member Rosie Mendez said today at a meeting with owners of East Village businesses affected by the gas explosion of March 26. Among those who’ve survived the aftermath of the tragedy are the owners of Italian restaurant Via Della Pace on East 7th Street, just across from the blast site.

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Talks and Readings: ‘Badass’ Novelist, Comic Books Club, and Trivia Tidbits

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Tonight
The Sellout, the latest novel by satirist Paul Beatty (The White Boy Shuffle), takes on some pretty big themes; it challenges “the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality–the black Chinese restaurant,” according to the blurb on the website for St. Mark’s Bookshop, where Beatty will read from his novel tonight. Evidently you don’t have to read much of The Sellout to be hooked; a New York Times review stated it contains “the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read in at least a decade.” April 14 at 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Bookshop, 136 East Third Street (East Village).

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Lower LES Gets Sri Lankan, Salvadoran, and Double the Dimes, But May Lose 169 Bar and Skal

(Photo: Dimes on Instagram

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The streets around Seward Park are changing faster than you can say “LoLoEaSi.” Hot on the heels of the opening of Kiki’s and Pies ‘n’ Thighs, here are still more developments on the Lower Lower East Side.
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