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Lawsuit: Owner of Will Ferrell Theme Bar Should Stay Classy and Pay Back $120K

It’s a story worthy of five-time Emmy-Award-winning anchor Ron Burgundy and Tits McGee. An investor who teamed up with the owners of Will Ferrell-themed bar Stay Classy New York claims he’s owed $120,000. By the beard of Zeus!

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Michael Galkovich alleges that the owners of the Lower East Side bar, Zachary Hosier and Brian Link, agreed to make him a managing partner and a 70-percent owner of the bar’s parent company if he paid them $120,000 and won approval from the State Liquor Authority. Galkovich put in $60,000 up front, but he never got the chance to become an owner, the suit alleges.

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Zomething Different Has Come to Brooklyn

You’ll have to book a flight to Tokyo if you want to hit one of the last remaining outlets of Tower Records, but you’ll no longer have to do the same to experience another throwback to the ’90s: the sickly sweet taste of Zima. The sparkling lemon-lime cooler, which was discontinued here in 2008 but remains popular over in Nippon, has returned to the states just for the summer. MillerCoors is bringing it back, complete with a website that screams GeoCities running on Netscape.

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New Store from a Trash and Vaudeville Vet; David Chang’s Kicks for Nike

I Need More Rock & Roll, a new shop from Trash and Vaudeville manager Jimmy Webb, will replace Dressing Room on Orchard Street. [Bowery Boogie]

Chef David Chang partnered with Nike for a $110, limited-edition shoe that will be available Thursday morning at one of his East Village eateries, Fuku, the day before it arrives arrives at the footwear purveyor’s outposts. [Eater NY]

Renderings were releases of a six-story, 95-unit residence planned for part the former Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick. [Brownstoner] Keep Reading »

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Free (Yep, Free) Midnight Screenings Coming to the Relaunched Roxy Cinema

Roxy Cinema. Credit: Roxy Hotel.

Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel has re-launched its much-loved cellar theater Roxy Cinema with new concessions and a big slate of summer programming — including free midnight screenings and events with indie acts like TV Baby and Beach Fossils.

The cinema, which specializes in “first-run, independent, classic, art-house and foreign film, both played on digital and 35mm,” is one of the few locations in New York where you can enjoy good beer, wine, and even champagne during a movie. Cocktails are also reportedly on the way. They’re also beefing up their snacks-and-candy concessions.

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Max Fish’s New T-Shirt Depicts a Real New Yorker

(Photo: Max Fish’s Instagram)

We’ve always loved artist Andrew Kuo’s cheeky Max Fish shirts, with their slumming-down of brands like Ralph Lauren Polo and Harvard. But this one really takes the urinal cake. Kuo has turned New Yorker mascot Eustace Tilley into a beer-funneling reprobate worthy of the Lower East Side dive. The iconic cover image’s butterfly has been replaced with a fly straight out of the Fish’s bathrooms. The shirts are selling for $30 at the bar. They’re long-sleeved, which isn’t ideal for summer– but they will protect you against skateboarding scrapes.

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How the Hare Krishna Movement Started 51 Years Ago in the East Village

A kirtan (collective chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra) at Washington Square Park.(© Kasper van Laarhoven)

If you’ve ever been to Union Square, you’ve seen them: They chant, drum; sometimes they even give you a free copy of their scripture. Hare Krishnas are often shrugged off as an urban oddity on par with clipboard people, but what lies behind those orange robes and endless mantras?

This Friday, June 16, Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It will premiere at Village East Cinema. The documentary tells the story of Srila Prabhupada, a disheveled 70-year-old Hindu who boarded a freighter to the U.S. in August 1965 with little more than three self-translated religious texts and instructions from his guru to “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world.”

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At the NY Asian Film Festival, There’ll Be Retro Japanese Softcore Porn and So Much More

Credit: NYAFF17.

Cinephiles, take note: the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) opens June 30, and this year’s roster has just been announced. With “just shy of 60 films,” including feature films and documentaries from seven countries, there’s a diverse lineup of films in every genre, from gangster flicks to romantic dramas to experimental stream-of-consciousness softcore porn. Truly, something for everyone.

China and Hong Kong are particularly well-represented, with a slate of popcorn-friendly thrillers, dramas, and crime flicks. Battle of Memories (2017, dir. Leste Chen) follows a novelist who wakes from an experimental medical procedure to discover he has acquired the memories of a serial killer. In Blood of Youth (2016), directed by “self-trained fireman-turned-filmmaker Yang Shupeng,” police and criminals alike race to hunt down a computer hacker.

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Mayoral Town Hall on Bowery; Returns of the Bushwick Arts Festival and Pizza Fest

Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a town hall this Wednesday at 273 Bowery. To RSVP, call 212-748-0281. [Bowery Boogie]

Backed by local politicians, ShareBetter has established a hotline (646-979-4117) to report negative Airbnb experiences. [NY Daily News]

Nine months after he helped christen his son’s Greenpoint restaurant, Bill Murray unexpectedly dropped by the Dumbo opening of Cecconi’s in Dumbo on Tuesday night. [Page Six] Keep Reading »

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Hookup App Etiquette, QueerCom, and More Performance Picks

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(photo: Maria Baranova, via Abrons Arts Center)

Raw Bacon From Poland
Now through June 17 at Abrons Arts Center, 8 pm: $25 

I would say that most of us agree that war is bad. I would also say that most of us are able to state that opinion without having directly experienced the horrors of war ourselves. Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti’s new play, currently running at Lower East Side’s Abrons Arts Center, revolves around a veteran who has been forever altered by a tour in Iraq. Through attempts to sedate his PTSD with pills, he finds himself sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court due to a domestic violence incident.

Theater is rarely free to attend, and often costs a pretty penny. So when the genre tells the stories of people typically cast aside by society, it can be difficult for these very people being portrayed to actually witness the work being staged. In an effort to make this play more accessible, the theater has set aside two free tickets per night specifically for veterans. Keep Reading »

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Inside the Historic Building That’s Quietly Home to Disgraced Televangelist Trinity Broadcasting

TBN’s building at 111 E. 15th St., near Union Square.

Spreading the word of God has been extremely lucrative for Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest Christian broadcasting company. The organization’s late founders, evangelical power couple Paul and Jan Crouch, were renowned for extravagant lifestyles notably lacking in Christian asceticism or self-denial – his-and-hers mega-mansions in Newport Beach, chauffeured Bentleys, and $57 million in private jets. Jan maintained an air-conditioned trailer just for her snow-white Maltese dogs.

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Morgan Miller’s Twisted Tales Embrace the All-Too-Human Element of Animation

Morgan Miller has coffee stains on the sleeve of his shirt, on his briefcase, and even on his most recent animated work, There’s Too Many of These Crows.

“Coffee stains don’t bother me,” he says. Not even a tiny drop in the middle of the screen. “I mean, the audience ultimately knows they are watching a drawing so you can only fool them so much,” he says.

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Greenpoint Library Checks Out for 12 Months; $20 Tattoos in Bushwick

According to the state’s Department of Health, most parts of blue crabs found in the Gowanus Canal (an EPA-declared Superfund Site) are safe for certain demographics to eat. [Pardon Me For Asking]

The team behind Avenue A’s Boulton & Watts were approved to take over one Ludlow Street and one Rivington Street establishment currently owned by Rob Shamlian. [Bowery Boogie]

Lower East Side Italian spot Bacaro will welcome a sibling this week when it’s chef/owner, Frank DeCarlo, debuts Barba Bianca on Long Island. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »