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Watch Jim Jarmusch Play Music From His New Vampire Flick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When we spotted Jim Jarmusch on Delancey Street the other day with a guitar strapped to his back and a gig bag in tow (a Lower East Side tableau if ever there was one), we knew something must be up. Sure enough, yesterday an advance screening of the director’s new vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, brought a crowd (Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Glenn O’Brien, etc.) out to Sunshine Cinema and then over to Santos Party House where musicians who scored the film — including Jarmusch himself — took the stage.
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It’s Settled: ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’ Is the Best Simpsons Episode of All-Time

Last month, while Simpsons Club counted down the show’s top 17 episodes at Nitehawk, we asked a Simpsons superfan to pick his own favorites, so we could compare the two lists and name the best episode of all-time. Chris O. Cook gave us his list a couple of weeks ago and now Kris King of Simpsons Club has posted his list minus the #1 episode, which he reveals to us right here, right now.
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Remembering Bushwick Musician, Artist, and Bartender Christo Buffam

Christo Facebook Photo

(Buffam’s FB profile photo)

Last night, friends and family members of Christo Buffam gathered at Cheap Storage to commemorate the life of the musician and artist who, last Wednesday, died in his apartment of unknown causes at the age of 31.

The Bushwick venue filled quickly, leaving no question that Buffam — who played guitar with The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo — was loved. “There are people from Iceland, Switzerland, San Antonio, the UK,” said Eric Ervin, manager of the Vandelles and the event’s DJ. 
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Begin Again Is the Gazillionth Movie to Slum It at 7B

Here’s the newly released trailer for Begin Again, about an ex-record exec (Mark Ruffalo) who takes up with a singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) who’s just been dumped by her rocker boyfriend (Adam Levine). After he gets canned, Ruffalo’s character (who lives above Congee Village) does what any fictional schmuck would do: he ties one on at 7B, aka Vazac’s. Which makes this rom-com (premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and going wide in July) the latest in a long line of movies and tv shows to have filmed at the East Village corner spot.
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Watch Richard Hell Read From His Memoir and Then Chat About It

Richard Hell’s talk at The Strand has finally hit the store’s YouTube channel. You can watch it in its entirety above. The punk legend starts off by reading chapter two of his memoir, I Was a Very Clean Tramp, which he originally penned for Vice. “For a minute or two there, I was thinking, ‘I’m going to write this entire book for Vice — for the Vice demographic — because it felt so good,” he confesses. “It felt really natural to just be cold and sick.”
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Richard Gere Is On the Streets: 6 Things Homeless NYers Want His Film to Show

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

We found Richard Gere this morning huddled between two trash containers on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where the actor is filming Time Out of Mind, a movie about a homeless man in New York.

Just blocks away, near Tompkins Square Park, a handful of actual homeless New Yorkers pushed carts filled with bottles and cans they had collected for resale. Over on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, a group of “travelers” sat outside the shuttered May Chan restaurant. We asked both groups of people to share a little bit about their daily life. Here are six things they said the film should portray about homelessness in New York City.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta's Project

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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Hear Gary Shteyngart Talk ‘Immigrants, Tenements, Failure, All That Good Stuff’

Little FailureIf you paid $85 to listen to New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart read from his memoir at Calliope, you might want to stop reading here. Tonight at The Tenement Museum, admission is free to hear the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story discuss his confessional book, Little Failure, in a Q&A with Suketu Mehta, Pulitzer-nominated author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
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You’ll Want to Hit Hannibal Buress’s Birthday Party Sunday

Hannibal Buress really is the man of the hour: not just because he’s celebrating his 31st birthday Sunday, but also because he’s coming off a first season of Broad City that was so great it got name-dropped in a New Yorker cartoon, Seth Rogen just called him “the Jay-Z of stand-up comedy” in a hilarious interview over at Vulture, and his pilot just got picked up. (Actually, his tweet about that last one wasn’t quite true, as he recently explained to Conan). Oh, and his latest hour, “Live From Chicago,” drops Saturday at midnight on Comedy Central.
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