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There Was Cosplay, Cat Comics, and a Gigantic Charlie Brown at MoCCA Fest

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This past weekend, MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) teamed up with the Society of Illustrators at the 69th Regiment Armory for the 12th annual MoCCA Fest — a convention with artist booths and panel discussions celebrating the work of both amateur and established comic artists alike.
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Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

Not a day after dropping his new special on Comedy Central, Hannibal Buress celebrated his 31st birthday at the Knitting Factory last night. Sure, his actual birthday was last month — but whatever, it was an excuse to bring his weekly front-bar showcase into the Knit’s spacious back room for a proper rager promising a “VERY special” musical guest.
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The Purple Party Was a Colorful Scene

Mr. A on the wall of Chez André. Photo: Stephen Toner, editor in chief of EXIT magazine

Mr. A on the wall of Chez André. Photo: Stephen Toner, editor in chief of EXIT magazine

It would be ill advised to attend New York Fashion Week’s debauched Purple magazine party when you’re meant to be at the office at 10 a.m. the following morning. Against all my better judgment, that’s precisely what I did. This season, editor Olivier Zahm held his bash at André Saraiva’s Chez André in the basement of The Standard East Village. Save for a harrowing 5 minutes in which the sound cut out, it was yet another delightful champagne-doused evening for Zahm and his cronies.
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Lindsay Lohan Caught the Debut of ‘New York’s Hottest New Band’ Last Night

Public Access TV takes the stage at Niagara last night (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Public Access TV takes the stage at Niagara last night (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

“This is fun,” said John Eatherly midway through the first gig of the East Village’s newest indie darlings, Public Access TV, at Niagara yesterday evening. Of course it was fun – the tiny venue was slammed with it-girls (Tennessee Thomas and Alexa Chung, for example), journalists and British music execs eager to see the fellas NME called “New York’s Hottest New Band.” Even Lindsay Lohan was there.
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Kids These Days: Who’s Worthy of Larry Clark’s Lens?

The birthday boy. (Photos: Tim Pioppo)

The birthday boy. (Photos: Tim Pioppo)

As expected, Larry Clark celebrated his 71st birthday at Baby’s All Right on Friday. Considering the free beer and sliders, it was a pretty chill affair. Clark spent most of his time on stage with reVolt, cracking jokes. He did some off-stage mingling as well, but it wasn’t till the end of the night, when he stepped out for a smoke, that the filmmaker got swarmed by admirers wanting selfies with him. We asked some of Clark’s well-wishers how old they were when they first saw Kids, and which of today’s NYC kids are worthy of the legendary photographer’s lens.
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Wasted Again: Max Fish Returned to the LES Last Night

With the overambitious lighting, lack of personal space and countless familiar faces (including the affable Shannon Moore, who along with other former Max Fish bartenders divulged his current whereabouts to us just last week), the Max Fish pop-up party at 203 Houston last night felt a helluva lot like the real deal. The folks who brought you the Lower East Side fixture teamed up with Klughaus gallery and Converse (who were responsible for providing guests with free booze, hoorah!), to pull off the event. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus — who last week told us there wasn’t a set date for the Williamsburg reopening — was all smiles, surrounded by her loyal staff and regulars. Here are some of the choice Instagrams from the evening.
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Caveman Played a ‘Super Secret’ Show Last Night

Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery's Instagram

Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram

Local favorites Caveman played a “super secret” free show at R Bar yesterday evening, largely to bid farewell to their pals before heading out on tour with Phosphorescent. It was, in the words of Caveman guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti, “great vibes” all around… perhaps because members of the band had indulged in their invented beverage, The Gauntlet.
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We’d Say These Cat Paintings Are Cute, But That’s Just Scratching the Surface

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

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Last night, we braved the frigid weather to preserve for posterity the first-ever Cat Painting Takedown at The Active Space in Bushwick. Nearly two dozen lucky individuals (including yours truly) went home with priceless, one-of-a-kind cat-centric artwork. With the ever frisky Matt Timms emceeing, more than 20 volunteer artists painted a surprisingly diverse set of feline portraits while an eager crowd of onlookers peered over their shoulders. All work was auctioned to benefit the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition and in the end Timms & Co. raised $2,800 for the no-kill shelter. Here, a look at the brilliantly bizarre night.

At the Vine Film Festival, They Were Showing Vines and Feeling Fine

Much as we love the handiwork of Nicholas Megalis, he isn’t the only Master of Vine Arts. Last week, Melanie Schnitzlein and Karly Snajczuk brought the first Vine Film Festival to the Bat Haus in Bushwick. Watch our video to see 6-second masterpieces from folks like Chanice White, winner of the Best How-To Vine, and Bill Stiteler, comedian and inventor of the flip-phone chip clip. (And don’t even think of stealing the chip clip; you will get called out.)

Nine Greenpoint Coffee Shops Stayed Up Past Their Bedtimes

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tar-Pit/213736618637163><b>Tar Pit</b></a> (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. <a href=http://www.reverbnation.com/jessecohen>Jesse Cohen</a> played an acoustic set.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.

<a href=http://www.charlottepatisserie.com/><b>Charlotte Patisserie</b></a> (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, <a href=http://greenpointers.com/2013/11/05/coffees-night-out-cultural-events-map-1110/'In%20Carrie's%20Closet'>In Carrie’s Closet</a>, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, In Carrie’s Closet, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Edna/489543887788991><b>Café Edna</b></a><strong> </strong>(195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

<a href=http://www.adelinasbk.com/><b>Adelina’s</b></a> (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

<a href=http://cargocollective.com/propellercoffee><b>Propeller Coffee</b></a> (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

<a href=http://spinanyc.tumblr.com/><b>Spina</b></a> (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to <a href=http://gordonkenny.tumblr.com/>Gordon Kenny</a> rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as

Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."

<a href=http://www.cafecitobogota.com/><b>Cafecito Bogotá</b></a> (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

 <a href=http://www.championcoffee.net/><b>Champion</b></a> (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

 Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

<a href=http://cafegrumpy.com/><b>Café Grumpy</b></a><strong> </strong>(193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/>Nick Demopoulus</a> playing the <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/smomid.html> Smomid</a>, a musical device he created.

Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.The menu at Cafe Edna.Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances. Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

This past weekend, nine coffee shops curated by Greenpointers offered special menus, treats, and live performances during the neighborhood’s first-ever celebration of its local cafés. It all happened around (where else?) Java Street. Click through our slideshow to relive Coffee’s Night Out.

Photos by Melissa Kravitz