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The Knockdown Center Is Gearing Up For Maspeth World of Wheels

(Photo courtesy of Knockdown Center)

(Photo courtesy of Knockdown Center)

The hilarious video teaser for Maspeth World of Wheels left us with more questions than answers, so we got in touch with the organizers to ask them what, exactly, to expect from the deranged-looking car show. They were nice enough to send us some preview pics. Michael Merck, artistic director of the Knockdown, told us how this display of “100 carcentricties” came to be: before Hurricane Sandy kiboshed their plans, artists Grayson Cox and Pete Watts were planning to park some cars at a local McDonald’s and turn them into mini galleries on wheels (think Empire Drive-In, but with art instead of movies). Keep Reading »

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Reel Psyched: Marquis de Sade, Dutch Horror, and a Double Dose of Franco

Stop pretending you like the World Cup, fill your flask with Jack Daniels, and get thee to your local cinema. There’s plenty going on in the next week that’s worth a gander.

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Roman Polanski’s latest film is an adaptation of an adaptation– de Sade via David Ives– featuring his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner (who is a serious babe at 47) as Vanda.
Friday, June 20 thru Thursday, June 26 at IFC Center323 Avenue of the Americas; $14.
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This Free Outdoor Music Fest Will Turn La Plaza Cultural Into a Sound Garden

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Photo: Courtesy La Plaza Cultural

Last May, Vic Murdaca moved from Melbourne to New York with nothing but a suitcase and a reference. The musician picked up some shifts at the now shuttered Sunburnt Cow, and now he’s truly weaving himself into the fabric of Alphabet City, by organizing a concert series in La Plaza Cultural community garden.
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The Internet Is a Scary Place, Even For Net Artist Giselle Zatonyl

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Giselle Zatonyl at TRANSFER.

“I don’t spend too much time on the Internet, because it just makes me anxious to have two separate lives,” explained Giselle Zatonyl, whose immersive net art installation, Discrete Systems, is now showing at East Williamsburg’s TRANSFER gallery.

For a net artist, Zatonyl is surprisingly resistant to the rules that govern the Internet. “I have so much social network anxiety, and it stems from this rigidity, which no one ever discusses,” she says. “I’m really into more fluid ideas.” Which is why her work brings gallery-goers face-to-face with a blissful and arguably more poetic vision of the Internet.
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Antiques Garage (the Brooklyn Flea of Its Day) Will Close Next Week

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

Thirfters, here’s some sad news from the west side: after 20 years in Chelsea, The Antiques Garage sends word that next weekend will be its last. The parking garage at 112 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, is being redeveloped into a hotel tower, and the venerable flea, which has been on a month-to-month lease since 2011, has announced that its finals days will be June 28 and 29.
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Treehouse Grows in Brooklyn, Becoming a Local Designer 'Super Store'

(Photo courtesy of Treehouse)

(Photo courtesy of Treehouse)

Take this, Space Ninety 8! Six Brooklyn-based jewelry and clothing designers are combing their talents to co-run a “super store” in Williamsburg. Treehouse, which celebrates its eighth anniversary this year, will serve as the brick-and-mortar location for the collaboration, which will feature the wares of , Glove Notes by Feather, Species by the Thousands, Kiki and Gazelle, and Sodafine.
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After a Dark Period, the Dashing Lads of Apostrophe Are Ready to Kick Some Colon

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

It was nine months ago that Apostrophe, a Bushwick , was shut down after cops busted its anniversary celebration. Undeterred by a night in jail and a lengthy probation, brothers Ki and Sei Smith are vaulting back into the saddle with a party Friday night and the launch of a Kickstarter campaign designed to revive the Apostrophe universe.
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Calling All Bicycle Fetishists, Car Crazies, and Subway Nostalgics

Listen up, transportation nation! The next few months are going to be a trip, no matter what your preferred mode of hitting the road. 

Maspeth World of Wheels
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
The above video teaser alone is worth the price of admission ($5) to this auto show curated by artists including Grayson Cox, Elizabeth Ferry, Jeff Degolier and Michael Merck, who was last seen producing the Knockdown Center’s flea marketAmong the “100 carcentricities” promised are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting the “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Our Favorite Gnome Is Getting His Own Festival (Oh, and Titus Andronicus)

At first glance the most exciting thing about the latest update from Brooklyn Night Bazaar is the announcement that local titans Titus Andronicus are playing a July 11 show put on by Mailchimp (the service we use for our handy Bedford + Bowery newsletter, hint hint).
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