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St. Mark’s Poetry Project Announces Lineup For Its 41st New Year’s Marathon

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(Photo: Ted Roeder for St. Mark’s Poetry Project)

In case you couldn’t tell from all those “best of” lists, 2014 is just about dunzo, which means it’s time to clear New Year’s Day for the St. Mark’s Poetry Project’s annual marathon reading. Now entering its 41st year, the self-described “untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility” has lured the likes of Eric Bogosian, William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Jim Carroll, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Suzanne Vega (who, by the way, did a song with Dev Hynes at Baby’s All Right earlier this week).
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Three More Holiday Shopping Hoo-Has (Two of ‘Em With Free Booze)

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Forma de Ser.

Been too busy drinking to get any holiday shopping done? You know you can combine those two things, right? And maybe you better, because you’re about a week away from making your loved ones feel very unloved. Here are the latest one-stop shopping experiences we’ve caught wind of.
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‘Starrs’ of Bushwick Collide For Some Literary-Musical Performance

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Roarke Menzies. (Photo: Benjamin Lehn)

For those of us who use “right off of the Jefferson L” to describe where we live, Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies are familiar faces at the very least. Rome manages and Menzies works at the Wyckoff Starr — a coffee shop that’s two doors down from the train’s entrance — and both are a part of a wave of artists that was beginning to put down roots in Bushwick in the early aughts.
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Shop For Chicken-Foot Charms and Magical Remedies at This Witchy Holiday Market

Katelan Foisy (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Vendor Katelan Foisy (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Leave it to Catland, our favorite Bushwick-based esoteric and occult bookstore to host a local vendor’s holiday market with a witchy twist. Feast of Fools, a local organization that hosts events on magic and spirituality, teamed up with the bookstore for its second annual holiday market, Yeast of Yules, which runs today until 10 pm. So if you’re getting sick of all this Judeo-Christian hullabaloo but are still in the mood for festivities, we suggest you head straight to Catland ASAP.
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Spawn of Parquet Courts & PC Worship Made A Book, Want You To Party With Them

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(Flyer by Andrew Savage)

Local garage punks Parquet Courts, AKA Parkay Quarts, did a really confusing thing recently and teamed up with another  band of similar musical tastes, PC Worship. Together these Brooklyn bands gave birth to PCPC, a bb that could play sick shows right out of the womb. But apparently music isn’t something the only thing these guys are keen to collaborate on. Tonight at Trans Pecos, AdHoc is throwing a party for the release of 2014, a book by A. Savage and Justin Frye.

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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

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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

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(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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