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A 4-Hour Hug and More Art to Embrace This Week

(image courtesy of Michael Alan)

Mind Body Sound
Opening Saturday, December 9 at Khorasheh + Grunert, 8 pm to midnight. On view December 6 – 9.

One wouldn’t normally associate an art opening with instances of prolonged hugging. Unless it’s the mouths of eager wine consumers hugging the rim of that little plastic cup they always give you at art openings. But at artist Michael Alan’s opening reception, there will be one very literal hug that will last for a whopping four hours. The participants will be Alan himself and his partner Jadda Cat, who will be doing the deed (hugging, that is) while covered in Alan’s visual artwork, stationed in the unmissable center of the gallery. This exhibition and performance is part of a long-running (17 years, to be exact) project of Alan’s entitled “The Living Installation,” a series of small performance-based art happenings, such as his recent glow-in-the-dark paint party. An array of his works on paper will also be on view, including new large-format abstract works and 96 baseball cards the artist created from childhood until the present day. Sometimes art, like life, works best with a little added affection. Just remember to ask for consent! Keep Reading »

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David Bowie Sang For Devo, and Mark Mothersbaugh Might Have the Tapes

Mark Mothersbaugh (Photo courtesy of Sonos)

Next month will mark the second anniversary of David Bowie’s unexpected passing, so it feels like an apt time for friends and fans to share their memories of Bowie and his work. Last night at the Sonos Store in Soho, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe, Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy and MTV, photographer Mick Rock, and Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh all took turns doing just that. Each rocker’s story was paired with their favorite Bowie song. But it was the revelation of some unreleased material that really got the crowd’s attention.

Before telling everyone about it, Mothersbaugh recalled the night in the summer of 1977 when Bowie approached Devo after a set at Max’s Kansas City: “David Bowie came up and he said, ‘I’d like to produce you guys.’ And we said, ‘Well, we don’t have a record deal.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll pay for it.'”

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Fear of Death? Psychedelics Can Help!

Tricia Eastman (Photo: Dana Jonas)

The answer to the universal fear of death, Tricia Eastman says, may be in using psychedelics to hold a mirror up to the inner psyche.

Eastman, a medicine woman trained in facilitating Iboga and DMT experiences, will give a talk tomorrow on death and psychedelics at East Village herb store The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

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Amy Sedaris and Todd Oldham Are Ready to Wrap Your Gifts

When Amy Sedaris appeared at the Tribeca TV Fest to promote her new show At Home With Amy Sedaris, she spent a lot of time talking about her side gig, making quirky crafts that she sells at events. For instance: the Dum Dums lighters that she sold at Greenwich Letter Press, where she once filled out Valentine’s Day cards for total strangers (the Village gift shop still carries her V-Day greeting card).

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Video: Meet Ooti the Uterus at Renegade Crafts Fair

Over the next two weekends, the Renegade Crafts Fair will bring handcrafted works from 150 makers and a handful of food and beverage vendors to Industry City in Sunset Park. This past weekend, we checked out the first installment of the season and watched as holiday shoppers swarmed the glass works, ceramics, custom leather, jewelry, and a general panoply of knick-knacks. Play our video to hear more about the highlight of the fair, an “expressive uterus” that has caught the attention of the alt right.

Want to meet Ooti yourself? The Renegade Crafts Fair will return to Industry City (274 36th St., Sunset Park) on December 9-10 and 16-17 from 11am to 6pm. Brooklyn Flea will be in the same building. 

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This Brooklyn Artist’s ‘Human Weeble Wobble’ Ride Is Going Viral

David Henry Brown, Jr. rides an earlier version of the Human Weeble Wobble. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

This is one way around those hoverboard bans. A Brooklyn artist has created the “human weeble wobble,” a bonkers caveman version of the self-balancing scooter.

David Henry Brown, Jr. posted footage of himself trying out his new creation on the streets of Bushwick and in just two days the Instagram video has gotten over 1.5 million views. He’s planning to debut the interactive sculpture to the public at parties in the coming weeks, if he can find a space that’s big enough.

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Rachel Brosnahan On Playing a ‘Type A’ Downtown Comic in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan (Photo: Natalia Winkelman)

The opening scene of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the new Amazon show starring Rachel Brosnahan as a ’50s Upper West Side housewife turned downtown stand-up comedienne, finds Midge Maisel delivering a giddy, champagne-tipsy toast at her own wedding. We soon learn that lack of inhibition is one of Midge’s defining traits, along with a talent for cooking brisket and a motormouth with a witty bite.

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Top Toque Opens Baar Baar, an ‘Indian Gastro Bar’ in the East Village

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

This week one of Italy’s buzziest chefs came to the East Village, via Sorbillo, and now the neighborhood is getting one of India’s top toques. Baar Baar, an “Indian gastro bar,” opens today in the old L’Apicio space on East 1st Street, with the acclaimed Sujan Sarkar at the helm.

In India, Sarkar opened EkBar, named Dehli’s Best Bar For Cocktails, and in 2016 got Chef of the Year honors at the Times Food Guide Awards. Earlier this year, he helped open Rooh in San Francisco. The Chronicle gave it a three-star review and praised the “contemporary Indian cuisine at the hands of a master.”

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