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16 Things John Waters Wants For Christmas

watersSantaCon wasn’t the only depraved holiday tradition to hit Manhattan this past weekend, thank goodness: John Waters brought his Christmas tour to Stage 48 on Friday. Sporting a jazzy, snazzy Comme des Garçons outfit that he wouldn’t let an audience member touch (she tried), the mini-mustachioed director of Female Trouble (playing at Nitehawk this week) jumped into stories about the late, great Divine, tackled hairy issues like the “pubic-hair generation gap” (“I went to court so you could see bush; now there isn’t any!”) and wasted no time crapping on one of his most oft-quoted lines (turns out Waters would fuck someone if they didn’t have books — as long as they were cute).
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Party With Videology’s Open Bar or Partake in Spectacle’s Favorites of 2013

We’re officially in end-of-year mode, which means reading endless year-end lists, working extra hours to pay for Christmas gifts, and hopefully going to Spectacle Theater night after night to catch their Best of Spectacle 2013 series. Their December program features some moments from 2013 you may have missed: it’s their “Now That’s What I Call Hits” but they call it “BoS2K13.” Highlights for this week include: The Embryo Hunts in Secret (12/16), Boxer (12/18), Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore (12/19), Marquis (12/20), and Anti-Clock (12/21). For a complete list go here!

Catch these and other trilogies, parties and X-mas movies we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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So, How’s That 24/7 Thing Going For Empire Biscuit?

A month and a half after Empire Biscuit opened to out-the-door lines and magazine write-ups galore, the biscuit buzz is still going strong: New York dropped two Underground Gourmet stars on the shop today. But that doesn’t mean the place is packed around the clock. It ain’t easy being 24/7 (right across Avenue A, BAD Burger had to give up the dream last year), so we decided to drop in at 6 a.m. and ask the shop’s owners how their “breakfast, lunch, dinner, drunk” business model is holding up.
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Red Alert: SantaCon Has Stormed Manhattan

Do we even have to tell you that hundreds of slurring Santas (on CitiBikes! in SantaTanks!) have hit the snowy streets of the East Village and Lower East Side? Love it or hate it, SantaCon has come to town, and this morning our photographer Scott Lynch braved the broball fights to document the Red Menace. Actually, not everyone wore boring ol’ red and white: we spotted Crazy Legs Conti in St. Patty’s get-up, for starters. Click through our slideshow to see that and all the rest.

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This Group Wants to Unite Bushwick’s Longtimers With… Can We Say ‘Hipsters’?

via Bridging Bushwick's Facebook page.

via Bridging Bushwick’s Facebook page.

No discussion of the state of things in Bushwick would be complete without a philosophical brainstorming session on what a “hipster” is, and whether the label applies to anybody or everybody around.  On Monday night, 22 people sat in folding chairs at The Living Gallery for a round-table discussion called Bridging Bushwick, an event meant to “erase stereotypes and negative energy that surround our community,” according to its Facebook page. Two friendly cats, one black and one gray, wandered around distracting everybody.
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Ferry Good News! Five More Years of East River Ferry Service

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 1.37.29 PMBefore he sails off into the sunset, Mayor Bloomberg is extending East River Ferry service, originally schedule to end next year.

According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
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Earwax’s Owner Says Rough Trade Is Welcome to Ride His Coattails

When Rough Trade opened in Williamsburg last month, we wondered how the neighborhood’s smaller record shops felt about the British invasion. Earwax Records, for one, describes itself as “the oldest standing record shop in Williamsburg — Since 1991! and still the most selective and quality oriented.” You can believe owner Fabio Roberti had some thoughts about the British behemoth opening up just a few blocks over from him on North 9th. Watch our video to hear what he had to say.

Video by Tamerra Griffin, Sara Afzal and Mel Bailey

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Help the Philippines By Seeing Philip Glass or Karaoking With Beauty Queens

David Byrne isn’t the only downtown demigod trying to stem the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (that’s him above, at a benefit performance of “Here Lies Love,” last month). Le Poisson Rouge just announced that Philip Glass will play a benefit show there next Thursday. And it isn’t your only chance to help the Philippines.
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Watch the New Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Video and Maybe See Them Live For Free

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MGMT surfs with the alien. (Photo: EVR’s Facebook)

Earlier today, East Village Radio gave away tickets to MGMT and Dinosaur Jr.’s Friday-night show at the Barclays Center. Fans got to ring the band’s 75-pound cowbell and were molested by the alien you see with the band above, then Andrew VanWyngarden endorsed The Pizza Underground and confessed that his friend stole a pylon from Rockaway for him.
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