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The Pieman at Roberta’s Scored a Car That Costs a Lot of Dough

Though he was a semifinalist, Carlo Mirarchi won’t be in the final running for a Beard Foundation Award when they’re doled out on Monday (Maison Premiere and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery ended up being the only North Brooklynites in the mix). But the esteemed chef-owner at Roberta’s and Blanca has something better coming his way: a new car!
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Tori Amos Fans Experienced ‘Bliss’ at Rough Trade Last Night

Tori Amos lifers lined up in front of Rough Trade in Williamsburg yesterday morning starting at 6 a.m. to be certain they’d have a chance of seeing the iconic songstress perform a rare in-store that night at 7 p.m. Wristbands to the show were being given out to those who pre-ordered Tori’s fourteenth release, Unrepentant Geraldines, which is due out on May 13.
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Tonight: Drink Up As Columbia and NYU Profs Drop Some Knowledge

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 2.09.12 PMIf you’ve ever snuck a flask into a college lecture, this may be the event for you.

For tonight’s first annual Raising The Bar, Columbia and NYU professors will be stationed at 50 bars around Manhattan and Brooklyn, delivering free lectures on topics ranging from “Understanding How North Koreans Think” to “The Rise of Geek Culture.” Seats are still available at the following nine talks; click here to view the full line-up and RSVP.
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At a 100th Birthday Reading of Sun Ra's Lost Works, Space Was the Place

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

William S. Burroughs isn’t the only counterculture deity being feted with a centenial. The late Sun Ra would have been about a month shy of 100 years old, but his presence permeated St. Mark’s Church on Friday night.
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Liza Dye Is Out of the Hospital and Doing Stand-Up About Getting Hit By a Train

Comedian Liza Dye, who earlier this month told us about getting hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station in mid-February, was released from Bellevue Hospital on Friday, having undergone nine surgeries since the incident. As promised, she quickly scheduled her first post-accident stand-up (“sit-down”) appearance.
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Dan Savage Did It at The Vatican, Has an Amazeballs Story About a Sex Party

Last night, before screening 20 of the best shorts that have been submitted to his Hump! Film Festival since it launched in Seattle in 2005, Dan Savage warned against documenting the amateur porn flicks, which ranged from a vignette about a Dungeons & Dragons orgy to a celebration of Mormon masturbation to a NSFW trailer for a sequel to ET.
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Get Up Close and Personal With Chuck Close

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Last time we saw Chuck Close, the photorealist painter was rocking an unreal outfit at the Brooklyn Artists Ball. If you didn’t have the $1,000 to hobnob with him there, you can do it for a lot less May 1, when he appears in The Strand’s Rare Book Room to celebrate the re-release of Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.
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