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Yes, Gentrification (and Polyamory) Came Up at TEDxBushwick

Like the people of Bushwick themselves, the speakers at the first ever TEDxBushwick on Saturday were a diverse bunch, ranging from Emmy nominated TV news reporter Debra Alfarone, who shared her journey from high school dropout to professional journalist, to Leon Feingold, who talked about his life-changing discovery of polyamory. “Translating Transformation” was theme of the day at the Livestream Public, and that specific brand of change known as gentrification was the focus for several speakers, including Bushwick poet Emanuel Xavier.

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Patti Smith, Miley Cyrus, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry Shared a Stage For Tibet House

It doesn’t get more New York than this: Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and Miley Cyrus (?!) singing “People Have the Power” at Carnegie Hall along with Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Dev Hynes and the Flaming Lips, among others. It happened last night to close out the 25th annual Tibet House benefit.

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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Kim Gordon On Avoiding the Audience, and 9 More Musings Form Her BAM Talk

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.

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Consensus: 16th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Was Totally Nuts

Claude Debris, winner of the Mr. Lower East Side pageant (Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Facebook)

Claude Debris, winner of the Mr. Lower East Side pageant (Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Facebook)

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out to the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant last night in Gowanus, which is seriously regrettable not only because it was the annual man fest’s very first year in Brooklyn, but also because it sounds like people went buck at this thing. We got in touch with “Rev” Jen Miller to make sure no “bro douchebags” showed up, but all social media indicators pointed to the pageant being a wild success. “The showing was enormous,” Rev Jen wrote in an email to B+B today. “You build it and they will come although at least 45 minutes late due to the R train.”

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Glenn Branca Premiered 'Orgasm,' His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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David Cross at Hits Premiere: Baby Boomers Are ‘The Worst Generation’

David Cross, Amy Sedaris and Amy Carlson (photo: Angelica Frey)

David Cross, Amy Sedaris and Amy Carlson (photo: Angelica Frey)

Before screening his directorial debut last night, David Cross warned the audience at Nitehawk Cinema not to expect any slapstick (or, presumably, cut-off shorts –hello, nevernudes). Hits, the comedian stressed, is a dark comedy that follows 45-year-old Dave Stuben (played by Louis CK lookalike Matt Walsh), a dump worker prone to political tirades at town-hall meetings, as he ascends to fame with the help of YouTube and some Brooklyn hipsters.
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Photos + Video: The Idiotarod’s Wild, Wacky Run Through Brooklyn

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

For eleven years now teams of be-costumed Idiots have gone out in the middle of winter, grabbed hold of their tricked-out shopping cart, and gone tearing through the streets of Brooklyn in a manic, often-drunken race for fame, glory, cool-looking trophies and, just maybe, a handful of cold, hard cash.
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So, How Was Courtney Love’s Experimental Opera Debut?

Almond and Love. (Photos: Cory Weaver, Courtesy Prototype Festival)

Almond and Love. (Photos: Cory Weaver, Courtesy Prototype Festival)

I can’t say I’m as lucky as the friend who claims he was the only other person in the store when Courtney Love was shopping for lingerie at Agent Provocateur this one time – but I have seen the former Hole frontwoman in an intimate setting before. Namely, at a surprise show at Plaid in 2004, when she ended up getting arrested for heaving a microphone into the crowd.
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Photos: Everyone Had a Ball at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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Rebel Rave at Verboten (All photos: Daniel Leinweber/Razberry Photography)

While half of Brooklyn packed into Dumbo’s Festival of Light over the weekend, the lasers were beaming over in Williamsburg as well, as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival stormed venues such as Cameo, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, Glasslands, Output, and Verboten. Among the highlights: Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow spinning vinyl from Afrika Bambaata’s personal 40,000-record-strong collection.
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