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Ready For a Shamanic Odyssey? This Film About Ayahuasca Should Do the Trick

Rak Razam’s ayahuasca-themed film, Aya: Awakenings, was scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. last night, but at 7:20 p.m., people were still filing into Anthology Film Archives. The audience members, who were all chatting with one another, were operating on their own time. As one woman squeezed her way through the narrow aisle, she stopped to ask a fellow attendee, “Didn’t we meet at the yoga retreat?”
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The 7 Train Is Closing For 22 Weekends and LICers are NOT On Board

Jimmy Van Bremer addresses crowd. (Photo: Natalie Shure)

Jimmy Van Bremer addresses crowd. (Photo: Natalie Shure)

For many of this morning’s seventy-odd demonstrators clumped outside of Dorian Cafe in Long Island City, the MTA’s latest onslaught of subway service disruptions is a life-altering blow. The 7 Train, which connects the Queens neighborhood to Manhattan, is slated for 22 full weekends of closure in 2014. Protesters say this leaves their community stranded, and that the MTA has ignored their concerns.
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Stanley Cohen Defends Himself One Month, Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law the Next

(Photo: Melvin Felix)

(Photo: Melvin Felix)

The judge was a little late getting to his 13th-floor courtroom in lower Manhattan, so Stanley L. Cohen, the controversial criminal defense lawyer from Avenue D, took a seat outside, resplendent in an impeccably tailored pinstriped suit. His graying ponytail was pulled back in a discreet bun.

Cohen, known for taking “pariah cases” like those espoused by the late civil liberties icon William Kunstler, was not at 500 Pearl Street to represent his own unpopular clients, who have included squatters, hackers, a political leader of Hamas, and accused terrorists such as Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who was arraigned last year across the street in another federal building on charges of conspiring to kill Americans.
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Alex Da Corte Sees the World Through a Piss-Filled Malt Liquor Bottle

Alex Da Corte, "April Fools," 2014: Rubber, anodized metal frames, VCT tile, wood, foam, garland, ceramic Hershey Kiss, latex witch nose, artificial mushroom, Coca-Cola can, Plexiglas 60.5 x 49 x 64 inches.

Alex Da Corte, “April Fools,” 2014: Rubber, anodized metal frames, VCT tile, wood, foam, garland, ceramic Hershey Kiss, latex witch nose, artificial mushroom, Coca-Cola can, Plexiglas 60.5 x 49 x 64 inches.

“Does the food we eat or the way we clean our toilet reflect if we’re obsessive compulsive or if we’re Virgos?” asked Alex Da Corte yesterday evening outside of American Contemporary gallery in the East Village. These are some of the questions Da Corte and five other artists address in “The Cardboard Lover,” which opened at said gallery yesterday evening. In a broader sense, the show explores the concept of “zaniness” as it applies to modern methods of production and consumerism. “It’s considering ways in which we organize domestic space and how it reflects if we’re cute or funny or serious,” Da Corte said.
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And Now, Watch Some Cardboard Robots Battle to the Death

The last time we were entertained by robots, they were crushing Led Zeppelin. Last Thursday, we watched them crush each other at the second annual Cardboard Robot Battle. The event took place at Standard ToyKraft, a sweatshop-turned-theater on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. Watch a cardboard WALL-E get short circuited in the video above.

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Naked Girls Gave This Man an Award and Will Read From His Book Tonight

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It’s hard out there for a first-time novelist, but this one’s naked ambition paid off. Bradley Spinelli recently snagged the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors for Killing Williamsburg, and tonight naked girls will read from his noir novel about a rash of mysterious deaths in early-aughts Billyburg. It’s not Questlove performing a “suicide set” but we’re sure Spinelli will take it.
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Do You Know More About The Pixies Than the Shitty Pixies Do?

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Ezra Selove, Jesse Ministero, Evan Flath, Lisha Nadkarni of The Shitty Pixies (photo: Frank Grecco)

An instrumental factor in the success of any cover band (aside from their ability to actually sound like the artists they’re emulating) is their name, and no cover band name is quite as spectacular as The Shitty Pixies. As a bonus, they’re not even shitty! The product of a Pixies obsession shared between friends Evan Flath and Ezra Selove (who take the roles of Shitty Black Francis and Shitty Joey Santiago, respectively), the group is rounded out with Lisha Nadkarni as Shitty Kim Deal and Jesse Ministero as Shitty David Lovering.
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Jerry's Newsstand Reopens; Tenement Museum Expands; Domino Refinery Gets Artsy

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With a little help from Mayor de Blasio, Jerry Delakas is back at his Astor Place newsstand after the Department of Consumer of affairs dropped his fines from $37,000 to $9,000. [NY1, NY Times]

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved an $8 million expansion of the Tenement Museum, two doors down from its current location. [Crain’s]

Kara Walker will create an art installation inside of the Domino Sugar refinery in May. [Gothamist]
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