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Do You Wanna Dance? Marky Ramone Helps de Blasio Sign Pro-Nightlife Bill

Mayor De Blasio and Marky Ramone. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Before Mayor de Blasio signed a new law establishing an Office of Nightlife yesterday evening, Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of House of Yes, remarked on how strange it was to be hosting government officials and police officers at her notoriously risqué East Williamsburg venue. But then she asked, “Why should it be so surreal to have the arts and culture capital of the world be in support of the spaces that make this kind of arts and culture happen?”

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Market Hotel Returns With Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz and More

The Market Hotel has had a rough ride, to say the least. The DIY space was shut down in 2010. After undergoing a major renovation that birthed a celebrity pillar, it made a glorious comeback with a Sleater-Kinney show last year, only to be shut down again in October for “warehousing” booze without a permit (owner Todd Patrick told Brooklyn Vegan the snafu occurred while the space was exercising its right, as a non-profit, to apply for 15 or so Special Event liquor permits per month). Now it looks like the beloved Bushwick venue is back, as AdHoc has announced upcoming shows from Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, Royal Trux, and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.

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New York Burlesque Festival Will Leave a Trail of Glitter Across Williamsburg

(Photos courtesy of the NYBF and featured performers)

The New York Burlesque Festival blows into town this weekend for the amazing 15th year in a row. Did festival producers and co-founders Angie Pontani and Jen Gapay ever think it would survive this long? “I don’t think I ever even thought about it!” says Pontani. “In the beginning we were lucky to go year to year. Looking back, I can’t believe it’s been 15 years and how much burlesque has grown and changed. It’s been an amazing evolution to have a front row seat to.” Gapay adds, “I remember joking with Angie about the festival’s 20th Anniversary during the fourth or fifth year, and I don’t think either of us were expecting the scene to last this long, but I’m sure glad it has!”

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Wastedland 2 Is an Art Show of Post-Apocalyptic Proportions

Wastedland 2’s opening mural featuring (from left to right) artist Russell Murphy, organizer Andrew Shirley, photographers Austin Pinon and Marris Mielnick, 9/17/16. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Wastedland 2, an immersive film exhibition that’s been touring the country for the past year, rolls into Maspeth’s Knockdown Center tonight and pays homage to the hottest graffiti artists painting New York today. The exhibition premiered in Detroit a year ago; with most of its artists based out New York, this show will be a homecoming. 

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Anti-Dance Law Repeal Supported By Everyone From de Blasio to Duke Ellington’s Family

the crowd on Thursday (photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

On August 24, the City Council passed Council Member Rafael Espinal’s Office of Nightlife bill, which would establish a “night mayor” and nightlife task force to mediate between residents, the government, and the nightlife industry. This was good news for the city’s nightlife operators, particularly smaller DIY spaces that currently have to wade through a web of complicated regulations with little to no assistance or funding. However, the Nightlife Office on its own would not solve everything. Not when dancing still remains largely illegal in New York City. Keep Reading »

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Photoville Returns to Dumbo With a Focus On Global Flashpoints

(Photos: Emma Russell)

“Last year someone described the festival as a country fair, only for photography,” said Tim Raphael in the fairy-lit Beer Garden of Photoville, which opened on Wednesday evening. “Only this country fair is under the Brooklyn Bridge and instead of pigs on parade with the biggest ball of string in the country, you get to see the work of some of the greatest photographers in the world.”

Returning to Dumbo for its sixth year, Photoville features more than 500 artists and 75 exhibitions in a pop-up village of shipping containers. “We really want to show how powerful photography is,” said Laura Roumanos, the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit United Photo Industries, which organizes the annual show.

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Polaroid Unveils New Retro Camera and Partners With Ryan McGinley

Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy and Polaroid Originals CEO Oskar Smolokowski (third and fifth from left) with photographer Ryan McGinley (second from right) joined the companies’ representaives, 9/13/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The story of Polaroid film’s rebirth came full circle Wednesday night at Bowery gallery The Hole for the launch of Polaroid Originals, a re-branding of the instant film that The Impossible Project made for the classic cameras. Polaroid also unveiled its new OneStep2 camera, a 21st century update of the ’70s version.

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Two Chances to Bug Out On Nordic Food, Insect-Eating and All

In case you didn’t hear, Nordic food is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, because of its associations with hoity-toity Noma, it’s often quite expensive. A meal at the wonderful Aska in Williamsburg will run you $175 and up. That’s why my experience of Nordic food is mostly limited to doing the vodka shots with herring chasers they serve at North Pole Pub, near the Barclays Center. TOTALLY worth the pickled fish breath. Anyway, embrace these upcoming opportunities to experience Nordic cuisine without blowing so much money that you have to shop at Ikea for the rest of your life.

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