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15 Respectable Reasons to Stay Local This Memorial Day Weekend

Trust us, the roads don't look anything like this right now.

Trust us, the roads don’t look anything like this right now. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? Count yourself lucky. Being stuck in the city is way better than being stuck in traffic, or — worse yet — in a Hamptons club, waiting for your friend to stop talking to that bro in the pink shirt so she can give you a ride back to the timeshare. Here’s over a dozen things you can do this weekend, starting with the next best thing to a cat cafe. Have a groovy weekend — we’ll be back here Tuesday.
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Hold On To Your Seats: Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono, and Pussy Riot Get Ionescoed

Stephen Hawking chair puppet, with Marit Sirgmets, Jane Catherine Shaw, and Jessica Smith. (Photo: Richard Termine)

Stephen Hawking chair puppet, with Marit Sirgmets, Jane Catherine Shaw, and Jessica Smith. (Photo: Richard Termine)

If your dream answer to “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is Pussy Riot, Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono and Gertrude Stein — or if you happen to be a furniture lover and a connoisseur of existential angst — then get thee to The Chairs, premiering this evening at La Mama in the East Village.  
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9 Comics Give Michael Che Their Two Cents On His New Daily Show Gig

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(All photos: Phil Provencio)

On Monday night, Broken Comedy celebrated co-founder Michael Che’s 31st birthday with a full-on blowout. Inside an extremely packed backroom at Matchless in Greenpoint, Che hosted the night alongside co-founder and regular host Nimesh Patel.
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Smorgasburg Is Bringing Oysters, Nachos, Beer and Ping-Pong to Jones Beach

Work in progress. (Photo courtesy of Smorgasburg)

Work in progress. (Photo courtesy of Smorgasburg)

Until now, culinary options at Jones Beach were mostly limited to that one food court that we used mostly for the bathrooms, but that’s about to change: ever-expanding Smorgasburg is bringing a semi-tented beer garden to the beach’s Central Mall, near the main entrance. They’re calling it SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach.
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Experience Duende (Or At Least Free Drinks) in an Artsy Schoolhouse Tonight

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 4.21.51 PMDuende is “the heightened state of emotion that we often experience as shivers [run] up and down our skin when we are moved by a song or performance,” says Benjamin Moe. It’s a feeling he’s experienced from time to time, and it’s the centerpiece of the inaugural issue of Table Talk, a journal of ideas that aims to “talk about these things that we all feel but don’t really talk about — the inexpressible!”

The biannual publication — which launches tonight in an old red schoolhouse turned loft space in Bushwick — aims to be “a magazine that goes past the borders of academia, that publishes both well-known and unknown thinkers.” Moe, who attended Reed College and hatched the concept while summering in Greece, imagined something “that’s unorthodox. That doesn’t follow the rules of a normal publication.”
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Deadly Beating a ‘Nasty’ Example of East Village Assault Spike

DSCN1792While crime is generally down by ten percent in the East Village this year, there’s been a 21 percent increase in felony assault with strangers, NYPD Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice revealed at a community meeting last night. The Ninth Precinct’s new commanding officer said the brutal May 9 beating of Wen Hui Ruan was a particularly “nasty” example of the trend. But it was also “an isolated incident where one individual went too far,” Venice insisted.
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30 Tweet-Worthy Moments From the Webby Awards, Hosted by Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.

Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments.
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