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Michael C. Hall Is in a Band, and They’re Showing Off Their Musical Dexterity in Ridgewood

(Photo: Daniel Pagan)

Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, who will be giving their third-ever live show next Tuesday at Trans-Pecos, has such little online presence, it almost feels like they’re trying to keep their existence a secret. But for a pretty new band you’ve probably never heard of, their members might surprise you: they’re Matt Katz-Bohen, who since 2008 has toured with Blondie; Peter Yanowitz, of The Wallflowers and Morningwood; and Michael C. Hall, who you might remember from your nightmares, in the years Dexter was on.

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They’ve Already Played With David Byrne, Can This After-School Band Be the Next Blue Man Group?

(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn United)

Clad in smart-looking white blazers and spotless black leather shoes, a group of Brooklyn schoolkids beat on marching drums in synchronized choreography at the Apollo Theater. The stage lights flash blue as dancers run down the aisles, performing almost acrobatic moves. The audience is enraptured, enthusiastically clapping along to the beat of the drums. The students range in age from five to 17, but this isn’t their first big gig. The troupe, Brooklyn United, performed alongside David Byrne at the Talking Heads tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, and has even made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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L Stations Get Elevators, But Critics Say MTA Still Too Slow On Accessibility

(Photos: Clarrie Feinstein)

Susan Scheer lives in the East Village and her daughter lives just across the river. But jumping on the L train to visit her isn’t an option. Scheer uses a wheelchair, and there’s no elevator at the First Avenue stop. “What would be a five-minute commute for most people, isn’t even possible for me,” says Scheer. Oftentimes, her daughter must make the commute to see her.

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Last Days of Antifolk: Scenes From the Final Winter Antifolk Fest at Sidewalk Cafe

Saturday open mic host Jon Berger (in white) with his performers outside Sidewalk Cafe, 2/16/19 at 3pm.

Saturday open mic host Jon Berger (in white) with his performers outside Sidewalk Cafe, 2/16/19 at 3pm.

Phoebe Novak with her fellow performers and audience after her set at the Winter Antifolk Fest, 2/13/19 at 11pm.

Phoebe Novak with her fellow performers and audience after her set at the Winter Antifolk Fest, 2/13/19 at 11pm.

Preeminent antifolk artist Ray Brown with friends (far right) after his performance, 2/15/19.

Preeminent antifolk artist Ray Brown with friends (far right) after his performance, 2/15/19.

Sidewalk Cafe's booker and MNR PLSR front-woman Somer Bingham celebrating her birthday during her performance, 2/15/19.

Sidewalk Cafe's booker and MNR PLSR front-woman Somer Bingham celebrating her birthday during her performance, 2/15/19.

Sidewalk Cafe mainstays Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons (left photo) with author Anthony Haden-Guest (far right) after their performances, 2/15/19.

Sidewalk Cafe mainstays Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons (left photo) with author Anthony Haden-Guest (far right) after their performances, 2/15/19.

Mem Paul closing out Winter Antifolk Fest's third night, 2/15/19.

Mem Paul closing out Winter Antifolk Fest's third night, 2/15/19.

Antifolk fixture Debe Dalton with poet Daniel Adam Saftler (1st and 2nd left), 2/15/19.

Antifolk fixture Debe Dalton with poet Daniel Adam Saftler (1st and 2nd left), 2/15/19.

Kung Fu Crimewave at the conclusion of their performance, 2/16/19.

Kung Fu Crimewave at the conclusion of their performance, 2/16/19.

Kung Fu Crimewave closing the last night of Bushwick venue Goodbye Blue Monday, 11/31/14.

Kung Fu Crimewave closing the last night of Bushwick venue Goodbye Blue Monday, 11/31/14.

Dan and Rachel at the conclusion of their performance, 2/16/19.

Dan and Rachel at the conclusion of their performance, 2/16/19.

Dirty Pete Band featuring Charles Mansfield (right) at the conclusion of their performance.

Dirty Pete Band featuring Charles Mansfield (right) at the conclusion of their performance.

Lewis Mason (right) with his band at the conclusion of their performance.

Lewis Mason (right) with his band at the conclusion of their performance.

Sidewalk's sound tech Mem Pahl (center) with her fellow performers, 2/15/19.

Sidewalk's sound tech Mem Pahl (center) with her fellow performers, 2/15/19.

Bartender John opening up the bar last Saturday afternoon, 2/16/19.

Bartender John opening up the bar last Saturday afternoon, 2/16/19.

Patrons in the main barroom, 2/15/19.

Patrons in the main barroom, 2/15/19.

Kung Fu Crimewave frontman Luke Kelly (center) with his fellow musicians in Sidewalk Cafe's basement, 2/15/19.

Kung Fu Crimewave frontman Luke Kelly (center) with his fellow musicians in Sidewalk Cafe's basement, 2/15/19.

Musician Dirty Pete (left) in Sidewalk Cafe's men's room, 2/15/19.

Musician Dirty Pete (left) in Sidewalk Cafe's men's room, 2/15/19.

The East Village’s Sidewalk Cafe is celebrating its final Winter Antifolk Fest ahead of the cafe’s closure this weekend due to new ownership after 33 years on Avenue A. Longtime antifolkers such as Ray Brown, Dan and Rachel, and Endless Arrows, whose style originated as an ’80s reaction to dated ’60s folk, have played for packed rooms since the Fest started last week. It continues on till Sidewalk’s final night on Saturday. Keep Reading »

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Meet the Drag Artist Who Quit the Fashion World, But Is Poised to Be Its Next Darling

(Photo: Tanner Abel)

West Dakota is sculptural. She often embraces angles: the blunt edges of bobbed wigs, the sleekly structured silhouettes she dons onstage. And then there are those sharp cheekbones. I wasn’t surprised to learn that her drag is influenced by visual artists—Cindy Sherman and Nadia Lee Cohen are among her favorites—and by the fashion world, where she once thought she’d make a living. “I worked a couple of jobs and was disillusioned by the whole thing,” she said. “It was bringing someone else’s vision to life. I wanted to bring my own vision to life.”
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Taco ‘Bout a Bummer: San Loco Is Closing Its Williamsburg Location

(Photo via San Loco’s Instagram)

Back in 2017, San Loco left the East Village after 30 years of serving tacos there, and last year it left Bushwick. Now the “gringo Mex” institution is closing up its Williamsburg shop, in part because of the L train “nightmare.” Its last day will be February 24, but the owners hope to reopen nearby and have launched a fundraiser in hopes that fans will, well, shell out.

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At Barbershop Bash, Espinal Aims to Make the Cut in Hairy Public Advocate Race

City Council member Rafael Espinal (center) getting a haircut at Astor Place Hairstylists during his Party at the Barbershop, 2/16/19. (Photos: Nick McManus)

You might say he’s a buzzworthy candidate.

City Council member Rafael Espinal hyped his bid for Public Advocate with a dance party at a barbershop on Saturday. Astor Place Hairstylists hosted the “Party at the Barbershop” in its spacious basement housing 40 stylists. “Rafael used to get his haircut here as kid,” said painter Michael Saviello, longtime manager of the 71-year-old Village institution. “It’s an honor to have him back here.”

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Inside DeKalb Market Hall’s New Music Venue and Cocktail Bar, Opening This Weekend

Understudy. (Photo: Liz Clayman)

Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.

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‘The Haunted Files’ Plunges You into the Dark, Enduring History of Racial Eugenics

Eugenics is often associated with Nazi Germany, but the pseudo-scientific movement is a dark and often-overlooked part of our national past. “The Nazis came to America to learn,” notes Judy Tate of the American Slavery Project. And the epicenter of American eugenics research was very closeby.

The Haunted Files, coming Wednesday to the Sheen Center, is a one-night immersive experience that draws on real files from the Eugenics Records Office, on Long Island’s North Shore. It will ask theatergoers to look deeply at some very difficult history in our backyard. Work conducted at the ERO helped to codify and provide “scientific” underpinning to many still-prevalent concepts: racial hierarchies, IQ testing, strict border divisions, and even the idea of “illegal” personhood.

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