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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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Three Chances to Live the Yacht Life, On Land or at Sea

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

After peeping this peculiar poster on Bowery, we can add another one to our list of parties in unusual locales. The poster points to a website for Cocaine Yacht Disorder, which afflicts 1 in 10,000 people, “everywhere from the shores of Australia to the West Side Highway.” Another click takes you to info about a boat party, on Sunday, that will raise funds for “victims of coke yacht and other drug related yacht catastrophes.” There’ll be “absolutely no cocaine” aboard the boat, but if you bring your own, we double the folks at RINSED will blame victims of this unfortunate disease.  
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The Gentlemen’s Vintage Show May Salve Your Sartorial Woes

(Courtesy of Manhattan Vintage)

(Courtesy of Manhattan Vintage)

Gentlemen have it tough when it comes to vintage shopping — sure, Beacon’s Closet and all the L Train Vintage spots offer an abundance of western shirts and ironic D.A.R.E. tees, but what if you’re in the market for some dapper duds and can’t for the life of you fit into the Euro/Japanese sizes at places like Rue St. Denis and Tokyo Joe? Pretty much your only option (aside from losing a little weight, which is clearly not going to happen in a world of dannolis and mac-and-cheese pizza) is to buy an exorbitantly priced used button-down from Tokio7 or INA, and what fun is there in that?
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WILLiFEST, the Williamsburg Film Fest With the SILLiNAME, Returns This Week

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Starting this Thursday WILLiFEST kicks off with dozens of film screenings and events happening all over Williamsburg for four days. The fest is nothing if not diverse in its selection. This year, WILLiFest’s lineup includes documentaries, independent feature-length films, music videos, and international, short, and student films.

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The Brooklyn Book Fest Is Set to Be a Stunner

Kristin Henderson reads a story with her son Griffin at a previous Brooklyn Book Fest (Photo: Meghan White)

Kristin Henderson reads a story with her son Griffin at a previous Brooklyn Book Fest (Photo: Meghan White)

Great news! Brooklyn Book Fest has now updated its website to include a comprehensive event calendar for the imminent 2014 fest, which means we at B+B are able to supplement our recent rundown of upcoming literary shindigs. Keep Reading »

Pig Out: New Orleans’s Cochon Is Coming to Momofuku

tumblr_nblshmlzNw1qdp3k1o1_1280As if the opening of Orleans wasn’t exciting enough for the New Orleans starved, one of the city’s finest restaurants, Cochon, is next up in Momofuku’s Late-Night Dinner series, which has been importing some of the nation’s top toques to Momofuku Ssäm Bar for limited, late-night stints.
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Journey to Jackson Heights Without Having to Hop On the 7 Train

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Audiences of the latest play to appear at The New Ohio Theater can relish the sweetly comedic absurdity of an Indian man handing an Ecuadorian woman a mango as if she might not know what it was, and of a Latino drag queen tenderly assuring his straight-laced, off-duty policeman one-night stand, “Being a cop is nothing to be ashamed of.”
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Bushwick’s Drag Festival Is Back — Hide the Kids! (Or, Heck, Bring ‘Em)

Macy Rodman performing at the inaugural Bushwig. (Photo: TheThinkTheater Queer Photography)

Macy Rodman performing at the inaugural Bushwig. (Photo: TheThinkTheater Queer Photography)

Bushwick’s vibrant drag community is gearing up for the third annual Bushwig Festival—a celebration of all things drag that has grown from a small, one-day affair with just 30 participants to a weekend-long extravaganza featuring over 160 acts.
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Partake in Literature and Libations at Lit Crawl Manhattan and Brooklyn Book Fest

Crawlers read their maps between phases of a previous Lit Crawl (Photo courtesy of Ky Huynh and Lit Crawl)

Crawlers read their maps between phases of a previous Lit Crawl (Photo courtesy of Ky Huynh and Lit Crawl)

If your dream evening revolves around a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pynchon novel—or your idea of getting ruckus involves regaling amigos with Ginsberg-ian incantations after a couple stiff drinks—these upcoming literary and libation-friendly events are sure to make your heart sing. Say hello to not one but two bookish extravaganzas: Lit Crawl Manhattan and the Brooklyn Book Festival.
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