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The Directors of Fort Tilden Traveled From Williamsburg to Rockaway to SXSW

(Photo courtesy of "Fort Tilden")

(Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott in Fort Tilden.

It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.
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Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via RSVP@powerHouseArena.com.

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.

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Steve Buscemi Chilled With Anthony Weiner, Is King of Mardi Gras

680Former Lower East Sider Steve Buscemi has been bouncing around town lately — and we’re not even talking about Big Lebowski burlesque. Last week he dropped into Greenpoint’s Over the Eight to participate in what was apparently a “surreal” talk with actor Kevin Corrigan, comic Janeane Garofalo, and surprise guest Anthony Weiner. And tonight, he’ll be crowned King of Mardis Gras at the fifth annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
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Down-to-the-Wire Drama as Domino Developers Are Asked to Refine Their Plan

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Opponents of the plan to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery are speaking out again as Mayor de Blasio asks for additional affordable housing just days before a make-or-break City Planning Commission vote.
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Watch the Oscars at One of These 13 Spots and You’ll Be Golden

1926908_10152255670215930_215930380_nAt last year’s Oscars, Seth MacFarlane hosted, Jennifer Lawrence tripped, and Ben Affleck called his marriage to Jennifer Garner “work.” Movie musicals and James Bond were celebrated, because nobody — except 40 million viewers — wants a short ceremony, and the producers had to bookend some very expensive commercial time.

This weekend, we found a smattering of places where you can share eye rolls (it’s the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and the theme of the night is “heroes”) or memorial toasts (Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis).
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Tomorrow Is Your Last Chance to Drink at Barramundi As You Know It

The exterior of Barramundi as we know it

The exterior of Barramundi as we know it

Much like the fish from which it takes its name, classic LES bar Barramundi is going through some changes. “The barramundi fish goes through these mutations occasionally,” says owner Tony Powe. “It changes its sex halfway through its life – it goes from male to female.”
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St. Mark’s Bookshop Is Raising Funds For an Early Summer Move

(Dave Ratzlow, NYMag.com)

St. Mark’s Bookshop launched another fundraiser this week, this time aiming to draw $50,000 via Indiegogo. So what’s the latest with the bookshop’s attempt to relocate? Co-owner Bob Contant doesn’t want to say until he has a lease in hand, but he did reveal that the Bookshop has seen three previous deals fall through.
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Police, Pols Call For More Safety at ‘Most Dangerous Intersections’ and Beyond

The most dangerous intersections in the East Village and LES, according to information submitted by CBs 2 and 3 to the Manhattan Borough President's office.

The most dangerous intersections in the East Village and LES, according to information submitted by CBs 2 and 3 to the Manhattan Borough President’s office.

It happened again this morning: around 7 a.m., a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Bowery and Hester. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor cuts to the hand and face, according to a fire department spokesperson.
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Screech! Dustin Diamond Is Doing the Saved By the Bell Musical

ScreechAs Mr. Belding might’ve said, what is going on here?

First Bayside! The Musical! — the raunchy Saved by the Bell parody playing at Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place — got a cameo from the actor who played Belding, and now they’ve one-upped themselves by roping in Dustin Diamond, who, of course, played Screech. Yes, the Screech who finished fifth in an ALF lookalike contest.
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Stop And Frisk Complaints Are Declining — But They Haven’t Disappeared Yet

As New York City looks set to settle with civil liberties groups over the Police Department’s long-standing and contentious policy of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street, new data shows that complaints of stop and frisk have declined in recent months — but they haven’t gone away just yet.
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For Karneval, Zum Schneider's Owner Has Turned His Head Into a Soccer Ball

(Photo courtesy Zum Schneider)

(Photo courtesy Zum Schneider)

You’ll get a kick out of this.

The proprietor of Zum Schneider will be sporting a new look when Karneval festivities kick off tonight. As you can see from the photo at left, Sylvester Schneider has dyed his hair to resemble a soccer ball.

This year the Avenue C beer hall is merging Karneval, known as Fasching in Germany, with the upcoming World Cup. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up in outfits representing their country of choice, team up, and join restaurant staffers outfitted by Angela Wendt (award-winning costume designer for Rent) as they sing and dance to the music of Benjamin Ickies, Ambitious Orchestra, Oh! You Pretty Things, and DJ Volka Racho.
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A Tree Falls In Brooklyn

The apocalypse may just be upon us: first a cab bursts into flames on its way to Brooklyn and today a tree went and fell over on Havemeyer, near Metropolitan. Keenan O’Meara, who works the front desk at Persons of Interest said the tree almost took out the barber shop/cafe’s awning (which would’ve been a little bit ironic, since the place sells delightful tree-scented incense).
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