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There’ll Be a Memorial For DBA’s Dennis Zentek Next Month

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DBA has announced that April 16 will be the date of a memorial service celebrating the life of Dennis Zentek, the co-founder of the the beer bar with locations in the East Village and Williamsburg. Zentek’s death was announced Monday, prompting an outpouring of tributes from friends, family, employees and customers. Yesterday on Facebook, his brother Ron shared details about the circumstances of his death.
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More About That ‘Small Explosion’ That Left a Man ‘Engulfed in Flames’ On Ave C

Scene of the underground fire. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Scene of the underground fire. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It seems a manhole fire is what sent a person on Avenue C to the hospital with serious burns Monday, but the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

A security guard at Village East Towers, the Mitchell-Lama complex at 170 Avenue C, confirmed that two men had been working at a manhole outside of the 21-story towers when one suffered burns “over 40 percent of his body.”

Deirdre Sinnott, who lives across the street, posted a comment on our initial story about the fire and said she heard an “explosion” and “screams which drew me to the window.”
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Sound Pieces, Scrabble and an ‘Interactive Ritual Cleansing’ at a 150-Year-Old Church

logoThis weekend, a London-based theater troupe will tap into Williamsburg’s history.

ONE OF US, formed in March 2013, puts on site-specific, immersive performances related to the history of its venues. In this case: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Williamsburg. The church was founded by a group of German Lutherans in 1853, making it one of the oldest churches in north Brooklyn. If you’ve ever walked near the Montrose stop, you know its brick and terra cotta spire.
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Brooklyn Flea Expands Outdoors, Though Not in East River State Park Sundays

The line at Mighty Quinn's.

The line at Mighty Quinn’s.

The team behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg have a whole lot to throw at you as they move into their outdoor season. First off, the Sunday flea market, as expected, won’t be returning to East River State Park in Williamsburg, though Smorgasburg is sticking around on Saturdays and adding 20 new vendors. Plus, there are new endeavors in Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Washington, DC. There’s a lot to digest here, so we’re just going to turn it over to the press release.
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Would You Pay $100 to Watch Woody Allen Pimp?

Would you drop a hundo to see Woody Allen’s new movie?

Actually, Fading Gigolo is directed by John Turturro. But the Woodman — in a rare case of starring in a movie he hasn’t directed — plays a pimp who tricks Turturro out. The , April 13 at Crosby Street Hotel, is a benefit for the Classic Stage Company, the East Village theater where Turturro has been known to take the stage. The cost of admission ain’t cheap, but it’s still cheaper than watching Woody play clarinet.
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Gazing at Wasabassco Burlesque’s Debut at Verboten

Mr. Gorgeous (All photos: Melody Mudd)

Mr. Gorgeous (All photos: Melody Mudd)

Sydni Deveraux and Amanda Whip

Sydni Deveraux and Amanda Whip

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

Trixie Little

Trixie Little

Sydni Deveraux

Sydni Deveraux

Doc Wasabassco

Doc Wasabassco

Stormy Leather

Stormy Leather

Peekaboo Pointe

Peekaboo Pointe

Evelyn Vinyl

Evelyn Vinyl

The crowd at Verboten

The crowd at Verboten

A couple of weeks ago we revealed that Williamsburg dance club Verboten was finally set to open. That Saturday night, we dropped into the massive new venue to check out the first edition of Wasabassco Burlesque, hosted by recent Seattle transplant Sydni Deveraux.
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In Honor of Oderus, Watch GWAR Play an Early Show at Pyramid Club

We’ll never forget seeing GWAR and the Misfits (with Marky Ramone) play a Halloween show at Roseland Ballroom sometime in the late ’90s. After the spectacle of splatter, we ordered a burger at McDonald’s and were surprised by the cashier’s look of bewilderment. Apparently, our face was still bright red from the fake blood shed by the victims of Oderus Urungus (everyone from Marilyn Manson to JonBenet Ramsey to Elvis were fed to his toilet bowl).
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Virage Is Trying On a New Visage

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Xi’an Famous Foods and This Little Piggy aren’t the only East Village eateries taking a lil’ break. Over on Second Avenue earlier today, Virage was doing some spring cleaning. A sign on the window says the neighborhood longtimer is “closed for renovations until April 15.”

A call to the Mediterranean wine bar — frequented mostly for its happy hour and sidewalk seating — went unanswered.

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David Schwimmer’s and Dennis Leary’s New TV Shows Filmed Today

At Beauty & Essex, filming took place today for the new ABC series  Irreversible (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

At Beauty & Essex, filming took place today for the new ABC series Irreversible (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Before production on the new Richard Gere film rolls into the East Village, a pair of TV comedy pilots shot interior scenes nearby today.

Over at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side, filming is underway for the David Schwimmer vehicle Irreversible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friends actor and Sixth Street resident will produce and star in the semi-improvised series on ABC, a reworking of Bilti Hafich, the most-watched original comedy on Israeli TV. Here is the trade magazine’s breakdown of Schwimmer’s character.
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‘Small Explosion’ on Avenue C Leaves Victim With Serious Burns

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

A man was seriously burned earlier today following what a bystander described as a “small explosion.” According to the bystander’s second-hand account, “a guy engulfed in flames” ran out of the building located at 170 Avenue C before emergency vehicles arrived. The victim’s charred clothes were left behind at the scene and have since been removed.
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