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A Zine Fest, a Torture Talk, and Mommy’s Dating Life in Graphic Novel Form

From zines to graphic novels, poetry to ethical treatises on torture, this week’s talks and readings have you covered.

Friday, July 25

pete copyPete’s Mini Zine Fest 2014
If you love zines and alcoholic beverages and eclectic chit-chat, then this is the event for you. This weekend, Pete’s Candy Store will yet again be hosting “the longest running zine fest in Brooklyn.” On Friday, the Fest kicks off with a reading to celebrate the latest issue of We’ll Never Have Paris, a zine of nonfiction memoir that’s been around since 2007. Curator and editor Andria Alefhi will be reading from the issue, as will other contributors. The festival proper will be held on Saturday, bringing together an array of zinesters, comic artists, publishers, and “amazing delicious snacks.”
7-8:30pm (also Saturday, 2pm-7pm), Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn), FREE. 

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JJ Brine Will Let You Into His Back Room, But the Price Is Your Soul

JJ Brine at Vector Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

JJ Brine at Vector Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

JJ Brine, founder of the Lower East Side’s only Satanic art gallery, is not your typical interview subject. Straightforward questions simply do not work on the curator and artist-in-residence of “the Official Art Gallery of SATAN.” There were several times during our talk when Brine stared back at me — amidst imagery of Charles Manson and Baphomet the Sabbatic Goat — as if to say, “What the hell are you talking about?”
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BONDST’s Jonathan Morr Opens Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg Tonight

(Photo courtesy of Cherry)

(Photo: Rebecca Fondren, courtesy of Cherry)

Tonight Jonathan Morr of BONDST will bring a Brooklyn outpost of his other sushi den, Cherry, to Williamsburg. That may cause some to worry about the upscaling of the neighborhood’s dining scene (a cherry that was already popped by The Elm). After all, Cherry’s meatpacking-esque location in the Dream Hotel looks like a place where the girls from Sex and the City would get a drink, not the girls from Girls.
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‘Babe Magnet Pad’ in Williamsburg; Citi Bike Getting a Boost?

Red & Gold Crab Shack is replacing Japadog on St. Marks Place.

Red & Gold Crab Shack is replacing Japadog on St. Marks Place.

At an apartment near Meserole Street and Bushwick Avenue, a 26-year-old woman was pinned to the ground by one man while his partner in crime stole her computer. No arrests have been made. [DNA Info]

Citi Bike is reportedly poised to sign a multi-million dollar deal that will double the number of vehicles in NYC, from around 6,000 to 12,000. [Wall Street Journal]

Business at Katz’s Deli has yet to bounce back from the days pre-water main break. [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Uber Wants to Give You Some ‘F.U., G’ Money

An earlier advisory. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

An earlier advisory. What once were weekend shutdowns will now be the daily norm. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

With the G train’s dreaded five-week shutdown set to go into effect tomorrow night, DNA Info has published a handy rundown of alternative ways of getting from Greenpoint to Long Island City. But they left this one out: the folks at Uber just e-mailed to tell us they’re offering free rides along the stretch of the G train that will be closed till Sept. 2.
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Ride Your Bike From LES to Rockaway to Protest Pipeline, Ride the Ferry Before It’s Gone

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fireboat showed off for ferry passengers earlier this week. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While weekenders enjoy vegan corn dogs and masa festivals, Rockaway locals are engaged in a couple of increasingly fierce political fights. Yesterday, DNA Info confirmed that — despite an ad that advocates placed on an Italian news site while Mayor De Blasio was vacationing there — the weekday ferry service that was instituted post-Sandy will be discontinued after October.
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Nublu’s Owner Opens a Nu Spot Harkening to the East Village’s ‘Glory Days’

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Studio 151 (Photo courtesy of Ilhan Ersahin)

Last week Ilhan Ersahin opened a new club just a few blocks up from Nublu, the East Village institution he launched back in 2002, and tonight he’s celebrating with a party. The second-floor space is called Studio 151, which, yes, is meant to invoke Studio 54. “There’s a little word play of course, because it’s also going to be a great hangout place,” Ersahin says. “It’s inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory and the glory days of the ’70s.”
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Lauryn Hill Killing Us Softly With Her Ticket Prices; Can’t Fight Veruca Salt

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Take a trip back to the ’90s with grunge-rock babes Veruca Salt. The band has reunited to tour for the first time since 1995, but just because they’ve been off the map doesn’t mean they’re out of energy. They’re still wrecking eardrums left and right. Music Hall of Williamsburg, Friday, July 25 at 9 p.m., tickets $25
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Billykirk Is Bringing Natty Amish-Made Leather Goods to Orchard Street

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just weeks after the opening of Georgia caused us to remark on Orchard Street’s “increasingly stylish” southernmost block, Billykirk is opening its first brick-and-mortar store across the street.

Back when Gargyle was at 16 Orchard Street, it consistently reordered vintage-industrial-inspired leather goods and accessories from Billykirk. So when Gargyle closed and moved to DUMBO, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray figured the vacant storefront was a good location for the brand they started in Los Angeles in 1999.
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Wanna Be Our 5,000th?

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.40.05 PMIf you’re not following Bedford + Bowery on Twitter, you’re really missing out. Hells, yesterday Natasha Lyonne favorited one of our tweets (yo Nicky, can we get a RT?). Rest assured, you don’t have to be a celeb to follow @bedbow — and if you do it right this second you’ll be number 5,000. Exciting! (For us, anyway.)

While you’re at it, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, too. We’ve got an exciting announcement coming up that you won’t want to snooze on.

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A Midsummer Night’s Rave, With Williamsburg Hipsters as the Mechanicals

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Quirky Productions)

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Cohen)

This outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returning to the East Village Friday for a final three-day run, won’t remind you at all of eighth grade English. Maybe because the fairies are all drugged out and the forest has become a rave den, or because the lovers are Park Slope trust-fund kids, and the Wall is a spoken-word performer. Whichever way you squint at it, like the unfortunate Bottom, the entire play has been “translated”—in this case into a contemporary New York City setting.
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