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XXX Meets DIY: Porn Film Festival Seeks Local, Artisanal Smut

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If “porn fest” sounds like what happens every time your roommate leaves for work, rest assured the one happening in Bushwick later this winter will be different: the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival will present strictly indie, experimental and low-budget filth, with an emphasis on sci-fi futurism. It’s less YouPorn and more DoItYourselfPorn.
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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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Hunt For Hermes and Help the Homeless Tonight at Rockwood

(Photo: Communion Music)

(Photo: Communion Music)

Tonight, kick off the season of giving by getting some pretty cool stuff.

L.E.S. Amis, in conjunction with Communion Music, is hosting a pop-up thrift store in order to support the Bowery Mission, whose shelves were almost entirely bare when we visited in September. The Mission is determined to serve 8,000 meals to the city’s homeless on Thanksgiving Day.
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Get to Know Walt Whitman’s Drinking Buddies Next Week

Whitman at Pfaff's.

Whitman at Pfaff’s.

A couple of weeks ago we told you what we’d learned from one of two new books about Walt Whitman and the crew of eccentrics who spent time at Pfaff’s, the beer cellar that may well have been the city’s first hipster bar. Now we’re delighted to hear that Justin Martin, the author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, will be appearing at the Strand to share more. 
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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Don’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

You already know where to catch Nirvana, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys on Halloween. But if you’re just too creeped out by the thought of zombie Kurt, there are plenty of other places to do the monster mash. Hit one of the parties, tours, plays below and you won’t spend the night on your couch eating Reese’s (though that’s a perfectly acceptable pre-partying option).
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McGolrick Park’s Gritty Playground Is Getting a Million-Dollar Makeover

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

As the Mayor’s office allocates $130 million to improving neglected parks, one Greenpoint mother on a mission is celebrating the $1.3 million that will go toward a playground that has long made her worry about her daughter’s safety.
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Brooklyn Artists Take Over the Brooklyn Museum

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

There’s stuff to blow your mind for days on end at Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyondwhich opens to the public at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, October 3, and will be open and accompanied by tons of related programs and performances until January 3.
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D’ja See Jason Schwartzman On East 9th Today?

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

A day after Jared Leto graced Bushwick with his presence yesterday, another actor/rocker, Jason Schwartzman, was in the East Village today. A source spotted the indie moppet on the set of Mozart in the Jungle, the Amazon original series he’s co-producing with Roman Coppola.
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Castle Of Spices: Music, Photography, and Brooklyn’s Most Terrifying Wolf Person

Famous Swords, a Brooklyn-based art collective founded by Alyse Lamb (of EULA) and Chris Mulligan, is gathering a regular army of mostly Brooklyn-based musicians, performance artists, and visual artists that will descend upon Glasslands tomorrow. Castle of Spices features a varied lineup including Short Nerve (a weird jammy outfit featuring Greg Saunier of Deerfhoof on drums), Adam Schatz (also of NYC indie poppers Landlady), Andra (singer-songwriter), and EULA.
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This Roving Vintage Shop Is Back In NoHo For The Fall

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hoping to catch some NYU students on their way to and from class, the Nomad Truck has spent at least one day a week parked at the corner of West 4th Street and Broadway since the first day of school, and will continue showing up at different spots around the area in the coming weeks. If you’re close by, just hop on the gangplank and make your way inside the boxy mobile retail biz that’s packed to the brim with women’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

We spoke with store manager Chastity Mahoney about what Nomad has to offer. Prices hover under $100, while most of the new clothing pieces occupy the $40 range, jackets and outerwear creep up to the higher mark. Everything looks polished and vaguely “on trend”: leather jackets, acid wash jeans, marled sweaters, and necklaces with bones and power crystals are all available. Mahoney said the store sources the majority of its clothing from Los Angeles because of the number of manufacturers located there, but also because “LA is our style.”

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