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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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The L.I.S.A. Project Turned a Little Italy Parking Lot Into a Tagger’s Delight

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The week didn’t start out great for Wayne Rada and the L.I.S.A. Project, his non-profit outfit that has brought a ton of world-class street art to Little Italy (of all places) and beyond over the past couple of years. Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Queen Andrea, Lister, Crash and Daze, Stikman, Michael de Feo (aka The Flower Guy), Tristan Eaton… the list of L.I.S.A.-backed artists is long.
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Scahill, Greenwald, and Poitras On Obama, ISIS and New Snowden Doc CITIZENFOUR

Scahill, Pointras and Greenwald. (Photos: Sam Blum)

Scahill, Poitras and Greenwald. (Photos: Sam Blum)

We don’t often see Pulitzer-winning cavaliers of press freedom infiltrate the depths of Bushwick, but last night the infamous trio behind The Intercept – Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald — were at Mayday space to promote the paperback edition of Scahill’s New York Times bestseller, Dirty Wars.
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Stephin Merritt, Al Jaffee, Simon Rich Got Grilled; Tom Colicchio Got Grilled Cheesed

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Last night at Joe’s Pub, Catie Lazarus bestowed “Employee of the Month” honors — while taping her podcast of the same name — on humorist Simon Rich, musician Stephin Merritt, Mad magazine legend Al Jaffee, and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, who was literally forced to admit that he preferred another restaurant’s grilled cheese to his own.
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Pierogi Lovers of the World United For Veselka’s Throwback Prices

Y'all are cray, it's sweltering out here. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Y’all are cray, it’s sweltering out here. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday East Village OG diner Veselka set the clock back to 1954, when the restaurant was first opened by Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochawa, Ukrainian World War II refugees. To celebrate the restaurant’s 60th birthday, Veselka resurrected historical prices, including 10 cent coffee, $1.50 pierogi, egg creams for a quarter, and a bowl of borscht for just 50 cents.
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Cockroach Legs, Fantasy Pez, and Dick Pins: It’s Collector’s Night!

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Amber Maykut, an artist in residence at Morbid Anatomy, is both a taxidermist and collector of stuffed creatures. She first began collecting butterflies in high school. (Photo: Nicole Disser) (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Williamsburg’s City Reliquary teamed up with the Brooklyn Historical Society for Collector’s Night 2014, held at the latter’s home base in Downtown Brooklyn.
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Watch It: James Franco, Michael Stipe and Patti Smith Kick Off ‘Rockaway!’

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

Outrage over the weekend shutdown of Rockaway’s city beaches made the cover of the Daily News (excuse to put a bikinied hardbody on the front page, much?), but fans of Patti Smith and James Franco found more welcoming sands over at Fort Tilden during the kickoff of the “Rockaway!” art festival.
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