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VR Meditation, A Day to Combat Rape Culture, and More Art Affairs This Week

(flyer via Babycastles / Facebook)

Mind Portals
Opening Thursday, April 27 at Babycastles, 8 pm: $10-15 sliding scale. On view through May 12.

Babycastles has done a pretty good job framing itself as the place to be when it comes to wacky tech-driven art and indie games. This Thursday’s opening will be no exception, as they will be unveiling a host of new video games, VR experiences, and multimedia installations. You can “follow an aries goat on an herb walk” (whatever that means, I’m intrigued) in Young Ascension Hypnosis’s VR video, relax and kick back in Avalon’s sound and flower installation “The Garden,” and find yourself in a flurry of disembodied hands and techno music through Palgal’s cleverly named video game “Palmystery.”

If this opening wasn’t internet-centric enough, net artist Molly Soda will be DJ-ing for the night as well, in addition to sets by Good DJ with High Speed Music, Neo Edo, and A Pigeon Is Born. Keep Reading »

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Shadowman Sheds Light On Richard Hambleton, Banksy of the ’80s East Village

(Photo: Ben Buchanan, courtesy of Storyville Films and Motto Pictures)

During a recent trip to Denver, I noticed that the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art was hosting two exhibits celebrating downtown New York: a solo show dedicated to Lit fixture Ryan McGinley and a retrospective of the art Basquiat made at his East 12th Street studio in 1979 and 1980.

To find a Basquiat exhibit in those snow climes wasn’t surprising, given he’s one of the most ubiquitous artists of all-time. But Richard Hambleton, a contemporary of his who in the ‘80s was on track to achieve a similar level of fame, remains comparatively unknown, even though he’s still creating striking paintings in the East Village. A documentary that premiered Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Oren Jacoby’s Shadowman, seeks to revive interest in the artist, and it looks like that may actually happen. His works are currently on display at Woodward Gallery, on the Lower East Side, and on Sunday at Shop Studios there was a one-night pop-up exhibit of works that Hambleton created during the past year. Could he finally get his due as a precursor to Banksy, who has admitted to being influenced by Hambleton? Keep Reading »

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Hell Square Squabble; Domino Park’s Projected Reopening

Satish Patel, owner of the weeks-old JuiceGo on E. 9th Street, died on April 10.
[EV Grieve]

Multiple people were involved in a violent, post-concert altercation that was captured on video last night outside The DL on Ludlow Street, which came nearly a year after a similar fight made headlines. [Bowery Boogie]

Friday night a pedestrian on Henry Street suffered left arm and leg injuries when he was struck by a vehicle. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Help Chinatown Favorite Spicy Village Celebrate Its New T-Shirt Line

Despite being one of the lone neighborhoods in Manhattan to preserve its heritage and verve, Chinatown sometimes seems unaware of its cultural cachet. Whether it’s because it has shunned the branding that raises rents or because of the anti-curb appeal of hanging carcasses and crates of seafood along the streets, the hood has maintained status as a lowkey downtown enclave for creatives and families alike.

At the same time, there’s been an uptick in uptown influence, most notably André Saraiva’s Café Hernie on Forsyth Street, as well as several boutique businesses. Despite the abundance of new options, local creatives Alberto Chapa and Riley Metcalf flock to Chinatown’s authenticity, specifically the place named the second most essential restaurant in New York by Eater.

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In Flames, a Failed Couple Airs ‘The Dirtiest of Dirty Laundry’

You know you’re not at a typical post-screening Q&A when someone in the audience asks the filmmakers, “Do you still love each other?”

Zefrey Throwell and Josephine Decker had just premiered Flames, a nakedly honest (and I do mean nakedly honest) portrait of their nearly one-year relationship, and the question could have just as easily been, “Do you still hate each other?”

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Could More Be Done to Stop All the Suicides at the George Washington Bridge?

The George Washington Bridge has been the site of dozens of suicides in recent years. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Around 4 a.m. on Oct. 5, Daniel Lomtevas slipped out of his Dyker Heights home. Eight minutes later, the 17-year-old hailed an Uber to take him to 2111 86th Street, Brooklyn and boarded the D train towards Manhattan.

At 7:16 a.m., according to photo metadata, Daniel had reached the George Washington Bridge, which connects Washington Heights and New Jersey. He took a picture around the start of southern pathway, overlooking the Hudson River. Less than 20 minutes later, his unconscious body was brought to New York-Presbyterian hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour after his arrival there.

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4/20 Show at Don Pedro Ends in a Blaze as Fire Sparks Up Next Door

The facade of Don Pedro underneath the smashed-out windows of the second floor. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The ceiling damage in Don Pedro’s back room. (Photo: Nick McManus)

A fire broke out next to Don Pedro last night, seriously harshing a 4/20 show scheduled at the Williamsburg venue.

The blaze started at the closed Lantingua’s Deli Market shortly after 6pm, as Don Pedro’s patrons were enjoying happy hour, and raged on the first and second floors of the building at 92 Manhattan Avenue for an hour and a half, according to the FDNY. Four firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Two More Women Assaulted in Subway Stations; Cheeto Fried Chicken Bao

Early Saturday evening, an 18-year-old woman was threatened with a knife and spat on (in the face) at the Essex Street-Delancey Street subway station. No arrests have been made.
[DNA Info]

According to police, on April 12 a female MTA clerk working at the East Broadway subway station, 46, was punched several times and maced by a disgruntled woman seeking a free ride. The perpetrator fled the scene. [DNA Info]

In the wake of a petition, the 28-story Public Hotel complied with local pleas to extinguish its bright lettering that read, “Public.” [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Get Decked Out in Parisian Denim at 13 Bonaparte’s First-Ever US Pop-Up

(image courtesy of 13 Bonaparte)

Paris-based contemporary clothing label 13 Bonaparte is bringing its unique collection of apparel to America for the first time. Its pop-up shop opened yesterday, in response to a heightened demand from American customers. The pop-up will sell the brand’s midseason wardrobe and premiere its expanded le denim collection, which includes pieces designed specifically for women. Keep Reading »

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Spanish Shoe Brand Is the Latest Camper on the Bowery

Even these days when art galleries and boutique hotels line the Bowery, homeless encampments aren’t hard to find there. But this is a decidedly different type of Camper. As of today, the Spanish shoe brand is selling $285 kicks at the first New York City outpost of CamperLab. The narrow store at 221 Bowery, right next to Bowery Mission, promises cutting-edge designs that aren’t available at Camper’s Soho, World Trade Center and Midtown shops. And we do mean cutting-edge– the soles of the $285 kicks in question were designed to resemble T Rex teeth. You can also get women’s heels that look like they were made from upcycled soft pretzels. Or maybe they were made by a balloon-art clown at a kids’ birthday party.

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Sasha Velour on 4/20, The Postmen Move to Bushwick, and More Performance Picks


(image via Sasha Velour / Facebook)

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns
Thursday, April 20 at National Sawdust, 8:30 pm doors, 10 pm show: $18 advance, $22 doors

If you live in Brooklyn and are watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re only a degree or two of separation from some of the queens competing. One of these hometown heroes is Sasha Velour, who has continued to host the unique drag variety show Nightgowns on a regular basis. The show is typically at Bizarre Bushwick, but is making the move to dear old Williamsburg and its funky, classy music hall National Sawdust.

Given that they’re moving to a bigger, swankier space, the lineup is pretty big too. You can see shows after fabulous show from Francesca, Hystée Lauder, Kandy Muse, Olive d’Nightlife, Pearl Harbor, Severely Mame, Scarlet Envy, Untitled Queen, and Vigor Mortis. And hey, it’s 4/20, so there’ll probably be some sort of relevant performance themes going on. Keep Reading »