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Northern Spy’s Kale Salad Is Pulling an LCD Soundsystem at This Burger Pop-Up

(Photo: Nick Solares)

(Photo: Nick Solares)

It’s been a month and a half since Northern Spy Food Co. left the East Village and took its coffee seltzer with it (luckily, we snagged the recipe). Now, its lovely space on East 12th Street is coming back from the dead one last time. Fleishers Craft Butchery, the other company co-owned by Christophe Hille, is doing a pop-up burger joint there next weekend. And just like LCD Soundsystem, Northern Spy’s beloved kale salad is making an unexpectedly swift return.

Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, Fleishers will be cooking up patties made with its local, sustainable, pasture-raised meats, which you know and love from burgers like the one at Red Hook’s Grindhaus, named best in the city by Village Voice readers. The menu, below, will feature three varieties of burgers (including a bacon, egg and cheese number) as well as beef-fat fries and Northern Spy’s kale salad. (You know, to cut all the beef fat.) Beer, wine, and brunch bevies will also be served.

You’ll want to bring friends to this: for every burger downed at the pop-up, Trinity Lower East Side‘s soup kitchen gets six ounces of pasture-raised beef.

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Classic American Burger – $12
Classic blend of NY State pasture-raised beef with American cheese, special sauce, red onion and lettuce

100% Grass-fed Burger – $13
NY State grass-fed beef with lettuce, tomato and onion

The Bacon Egg & Cheeseburger – $15
Made from NY State pasture-raised beef & bacon blend, sunny fried egg, American cheese

Beef Fat Fries – $6

Northern Spy’s Famous Kale Salad – $12

Fleishers Burger Pop-up, 511 East 12th Street, April 15 to April 17; Friday from 5:30pm to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 11pm, Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

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Get Slayed at Speed Metal Dating, This Weekend at Saint Vitus

(Flyer via Dave Hill and Trish Nelson)

(Flyer via Dave Hill and Trish Nelson)

“It might just be crazy enough to work,” mused Dave Hill, the comedian and author who’s now embarking on his second venture in “alt” romantic encounters. It’s Speed Metal Dating, happening this weekend at Saint Vitus!

It’s likely that you know Hill from his Monday night WFMU show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or perhaps you recognize him from his Comedy Central appearances and brief bits on Inside Amy Schumer (Hill also has a new book coming out May 10, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). But it’s also A-OK to admit that you recognize Dave Hill from Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, the comedian’s original North Brooklyn dating event at the Black Rabbit aimed at rabid fans of the Smiths and Morrissey.

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It’s the Kardashian-Themed Cats Parody American Needs Right Now

download (1)OMG OMG OMG. The creators of Full House! The Musical! and Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical! may have outdone themselves(!). Today they announced their new one, a Kardashian-themed take on Cats. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but will it be better than Kim’s sex tape?

Katdashians: Break the Musical might have an awkward af title, but this “story of a clan of internet famous cats torn apart by Fame, Family, and Friskies” promises to be the most delightfully surreal take on a Kardashian since, well, David Schwimmer played Daddy Robert. Just read the promo copy for the sneak peek coming to Theatre 80, May 31 through June 3.
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Wear Your Abercrombie Cologne to Lake Homo High, A Gay Comedy Serial

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Welcome to Lake Homo High, a high school full of drama with one teacher (Mr. SubBottom), one coach (Coach DomTop), and four students. It’s a school where you can network your way to good grades, audition for America’s Next Top Quarterback, and even earn an H&M gift card during an oral quiz if you can correctly identify the worst way to die (Answer: “Over 30”). Oh, and shocker: everyone is gay.

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There’s a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Beer Brawl Brewing

Bridge and Tunnel BreweryLet’s get ready to rumble!!! (And stumble…) Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is gearing up to give new meaning to “liver shot.” The nano-scale microbrewery, located near the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, will host its first annual Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots tournament to launch its new oak-aged golden ale.

On April 30, up to 100 people will compete in the miniature boxing game, with five pairs of Red Rockers and Blue Bombers on hand. The purse? A belt that will be kept there until the next tournament takes place in 2017, so that every time the winner visits they can “sling it over their shoulder and be the envy of everybody in the taproom,” says brewer/proprietor Richard Castagna.

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No Bull: Hear Glenn Branca’s Symphonies in a Masonic Hall, at RBMA Festival

Glenn Branca leading his ensemble at The Kitchen in February. (Photo: Paula Court)

Glenn Branca leading his ensemble at The Kitchen in February. (Photo: Paula Court)

Tickets for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival went on sale today– among the highlights are a conversation with Spike Lee, a set from the Sun Ra Arkestra featuring saxman-of-the-moment Kamasi Washington and the legendary Pharoah Sanders, and performances by blood-curdling avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galás at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem. In keeping with RBMA’s dedication to modern composers like La Monte Young, the real treat promises to be an “all-star” performance of Glenn Branca’s symphonies.

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Watch Robert De Niro Do Standup

In The King of Comedy.

In The King of Comedy.

Every hack comedian has a De Niro impression. Question is, will Robert De Niro do his when he does standup tomorrow night? Last week the actor was spotted shooting his new film, The Comedian, outside of the Comedy Cellar, and this week his character will actually be yucking it up inside of the club’s West 3rd Street outpost at the Village Underground. His jokes were written by Comedy Cellar fixture Jeffrey Ross, so they won’t be as cheesy as the ones De Niro told in The King of Comedy. And they won’t be wasted on a bunch of extras– the club is actually inviting you to join.

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It’s the Firkin Weekend, Baby, I’m About to Have Me Some Cask Ales

Photo by Chris Prout

A firkin hanging out (Photo by Chris Prout)

Think you’ve got some craft beer chops? Here’s a pop quiz for ya: What’s a firkin?

If you don’t know, Greenpoint Beer & Ale aims to teach you this Saturday with a firkin cask festival. And if you do already know, stop looking down your nose at all of us beer-swilling dilettantes, alright?

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Sip Free Bubbly and Become One With Hat Girl at This LES Pop-Up

(Flyer courtesy of Shahla Karimi)

(Flyer courtesy of Shahla Karimi)

Very few of us are actually hat girls. They’re the manicured, mimosa-sipping waifs who have soldered to their skulls decadent sun hats. (You know, those enviable, woman-of-leisure hats that look weird worn around cubicles, and are way better suited for yachts and brunch.) Hat girls also count as part of the .05 percent of the population that can rock a maxi dress without looking like a berobed Ewok. Believe me, the only time I tried on a maxi, I was one walking stick away from someone addressing me in Ewokese: “Are you lost, fair creature?” I might have known what street I was on, but actually I was very, very lost. What I needed was a solid hat, not a technicolor muumuu.

And now that the warm season has returned I and you, womens- fashion-wearing readers, have one more chance to make it right and perhaps redefine this hat girl. Enter the Spring Fling Pop-Up, an ephemeral clothing and accessories shopping experience coming to the LES next weekend brought to you by a cohort of local designers.

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Stay Woke With New Gentrification Podcast from WNYC and The Nation

via WNYC

via WNYC

If you’ve lived here more than a second, you know the drill: A bodega closes up, a cocktail bar goes in– you roll your eyes, shrug your shoulders. “Gentrification,” you sigh, staring bleakly into your $10 cocktail.

But Rebecca Carroll, a producer at WNYC and co-creator of a new podcast examining that very phenomenon, says that the bougie coffee shop or new chocolate artisan isn’t exactly worth fixating on– they’re only symbols of the last stage of the process. “At that point, when those markers arrive, that ship has kind of sailed,” she said.  “I think that’s one of the things that people don’t realize. [Gentrification] is a multi-pronged-beast kind of process, that involves a lot of moving parts.”

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Northside Lineup: Brian Wilson Plays Pet Sounds, Free Wolf Parade Show and More

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Sure, you’re busy practicing your O-face for Obama’s ever-so-controversial appearance at SXSW this week, but that other music, film, and innovation festival wants some attention, too. Northside just announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition, taking place June 6-12. Among the highlights are a free Wolf Parade show on June 9 and a Brian Wilson show where everyone’s favorite Beach Boy (even if Mike Love did grant us an interview) will play Pet Sounds in its entirety.

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New Queer Arts Magazine Posture is Trampling ‘Trashy’

Issue #2 Posture Mag launches this weekend (Courtesy of Posture)

Issue #2 Posture Mag launches this weekend (Courtesy of Posture)

Winter Mendelson couldn’t wait to get the hell out of Georgia. “I graduated college and moved here, like, the very next day,” laughed the founder and editor-in-chief of Posture, a fresh-faced queer-centric magazine dedicated to gender, identity, and the arts. “I didn’t have a community there at all– it was like three lesbians and they were all dating each other, so it was kind of torturous.”

Arriving in New York City, she immediately realized things were going to be different. “I was so relieved and excited that there were people like me, like, everywhere. I was like, ‘This is a dream!”  And yet, she realized there was something missing from the scene. “I just felt like there really needed to be a platform that showed all kinds of voices and aesthetics,” she said.

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