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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


(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 »

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Sesame Street Films in Tompkins Square Park While Oscar Slums on St. Marks

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last time I saw a shoot in Tompkins Square Park, Alia Shawkat and Rosie Perez were doing a scene for Search Party. How can you beat Alia and Rosie? Well, with Ernie and Bert, that’s how. As I type this, Chrysler is filming an ad for its Pacifica minivan and the stars of Sesame Street are on the scene. They just shot a scene where Ernie and Bert are in the cab, talking to Elmo in the back. Elmo is getting stage instructions like: “You can do it, Elmo!”

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This Woman Is Lying in a Coffin For 24 Hours to Protest the Repeal of Obamacare

(Photo: Shannon Barbour)

For the next 24 long, hot hours Rosary Solimanto will lie lifeless in a coffin outside of the offices of senators Kirsten Gellibrand and Chuck Schumer, to protest the “fast tracking” of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“If I don’t get proper medical care in the near future, that coffin’s going to be for real,” Solimanto said during an interview explaining why she was planning the performance protest.

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Paul Major of Endless Boogie Saw Some ‘Crazy Stuff’ as a Record Store Clerk in ’70s NYC

L to R: Stephen Malkmus and Paul Major. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Record collecting isn’t what it used to be, now that the only way to experience Other Music is on the big screen. But Paul Major, the frontman of Brooklyn band Endless Boogie, was lucky enough to experience its glory days. He built such a reputation acquiring obscure vinyl that he’s now released a book about his life as a collector and rocker. On June 2, he and Stephen Malkmus, frontman of Pavement, got together at Bowery Ballroom to chat about Feel the Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major.

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Brooklyn Welcomes Katz’s Deli Friday, W-Burg’s Beer ATM

Five tenement buildings on E. 11th Street were leveled to make room for the forthcoming Moxy Hotel, set to rise across from Webster Hall. [EV Grieve]

A group of real estate firms purchased the corner tenement at 101-103 Stanton Street for nearly $13 million, netting its former owner a nearly $10 million profit. [Bowery Boogie]

On Friday, the Dekalb Market Hall outpost of Katz’s Deli will start serving pastrami to the masses. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Bowery Wall Tagged After Getting Mural By Controversial Pick, David Choe

(Photo courtesy of Shannon Barbour)

Taggers wasted no time marking up the Bowery wall’s newest mural.

The wall, on Houston Street and Bowery, has featured work by artists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf in the past and is now host to David Choe’s mural, completed last week.

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