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Pour One Out For Pourt

(Photos: Matthew Silver)

Pourt, an upscale java joint at 35 Cooper Square, got a bit of attention (including from B+B) when it opened in late January, for using a business model that incorporates a pay-to-stay work area. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Its windows have been papered over, and a message on its website quells any hope that the shop is undergoing upgrades.

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David Bowie Sang For Devo, and Mark Mothersbaugh Might Have the Tapes

Mark Mothersbaugh (Photo courtesy of Sonos)

Next month will mark the second anniversary of David Bowie’s unexpected passing, so it feels like an apt time for friends and fans to share their memories of Bowie and his work. Last night at the Sonos Store in Soho, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe, Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy and MTV, photographer Mick Rock, and Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh all took turns doing just that. Each rocker’s story was paired with their favorite Bowie song. But it was the revelation of some unreleased material that really got the crowd’s attention.

Before telling everyone about it, Mothersbaugh recalled the night in the summer of 1977 when Bowie approached Devo after a set at Max’s Kansas City: “David Bowie came up and he said, ‘I’d like to produce you guys.’ And we said, ‘Well, we don’t have a record deal.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll pay for it.'”

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Fear of Death? Psychedelics Can Help!

Tricia Eastman (Photo: Dana Jonas)

The answer to the universal fear of death, Tricia Eastman says, may be in using psychedelics to hold a mirror up to the inner psyche.

Eastman, a medicine woman trained in facilitating Iboga and DMT experiences, will give a talk tomorrow on death and psychedelics at East Village herb store The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

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Amy Sedaris and Todd Oldham Are Ready to Wrap Your Gifts

When Amy Sedaris appeared at the Tribeca TV Fest to promote her new show At Home With Amy Sedaris, she spent a lot of time talking about her side gig, making quirky crafts that she sells at events. For instance: the Dum Dums lighters that she sold at Greenwich Letter Press, where she once filled out Valentine’s Day cards for total strangers (the Village gift shop still carries her V-Day greeting card).

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This Brooklyn Artist’s ‘Human Weeble Wobble’ Ride Is Going Viral

David Henry Brown, Jr. rides an earlier version of the Human Weeble Wobble. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

This is one way around those hoverboard bans. A Brooklyn artist has created the “human weeble wobble,” a bonkers caveman version of the self-balancing scooter.

David Henry Brown, Jr. posted footage of himself trying out his new creation on the streets of Bushwick and in just two days the Instagram video has gotten over 1.5 million views. He’s planning to debut the interactive sculpture to the public at parties in the coming weeks, if he can find a space that’s big enough.

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Top Toque Opens Baar Baar, an ‘Indian Gastro Bar’ in the East Village

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

This week one of Italy’s buzziest chefs came to the East Village, via Sorbillo, and now the neighborhood is getting one of India’s top toques. Baar Baar, an “Indian gastro bar,” opens today in the old L’Apicio space on East 1st Street, with the acclaimed Sujan Sarkar at the helm.

In India, Sarkar opened EkBar, named Dehli’s Best Bar For Cocktails, and in 2016 got Chef of the Year honors at the Times Food Guide Awards. Earlier this year, he helped open Rooh in San Francisco. The Chronicle gave it a three-star review and praised the “contemporary Indian cuisine at the hands of a master.”

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This Blows: Tourists Are Snapping Sexy Selfies With Bali’s Deadly Volcano

Over 100,000 residents of the island of Bali are evacuating after Indonesia’s disaster agency issued its highest-level warning on Monday, in response to the ash which has been spewing from Mount Agung. All of which apparently has some people asking: Does this natural disaster make my butt look big?

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See This La La Land Parody, Even if the Poster Is ‘Slightly Alarming’

You might have seen Jimmy Fowlie, the star of So Long Boulder City, on a poster in Greenwich Village. He’s standing high above the midnight Los Angeles cityscape, wearing high heels and an elegant yellow dress, the Hollywood sign small but distinctive in the distance. The poster is an obvious parody of La La Land (a lamp post is officially synonymous with a movie), the Oscar-gobbling musical drama that had Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling waltzing through the streets.

“I think for some tourists, seeing my poster is slightly alarming,” said Fowlie, a writer/actor/comedian based in LA. “I’ve been told that in drag I actually look kind of upsetting.”

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