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See Biggie as a Faberge Egg and Slick Rick as a European Noble in This ‘History of Hip Hop’

Biggie (Faberge egg)

Biggie Faberge egg. (Photo courtesy Amar Stewart)

Back in 2014 we told you about British painter Amar Stewart’s “Hip-Hop Royalty” series at the Cotton Candy Machine in Bushwick, a display of “Golden Age”-inspired oil paintings of influential hip hop artists like Rick Ross, Action Bronson, and 10 other rap royals. As of June 2, he’ll be back at it again in Bushwick, with a six-week (maybe longer, depending upon popularity) exhibition and residency at Sweet Science.

His new exhibition, titled “The History of Hip Hop” has all-new work, including more than 20 new portraits of major New York hip hop artists in place of European nobles, as originally portrayed by your Rembrandts and Van Dykes, two recreated “Imperial” Faberge eggs (originally crafted for the last Russian Czar Nicholas II) on canvas, and Stewart’s first-ever sculpture, a collaboration with Russian sculptor Anton Tishchenko. (Check out our photo gallery for a sneak peek, courtesy of Stewart.)

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Performance Picks: Office Wellness Seminar, Prom in 2003, A Permanent Caterpillar

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(photo via Kelly Cooper)

(photo via Kelly Cooper)

DTF Presents: Mandatory Seminar
Continues weekly through June 2 at The Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9pm. Tickets are $10. More info here
Have you ever been a part of an office wellness seminar? I personally have not, but they sound truly absurd. Get a taste of one too outrageous for words tonight and next week in the hallowed halls of The Annoyance, where The Dingleberry Theater Foundation tries their very best to stage their own wellness seminar featuring a cast of characters who don’t seem at all suited for that sort of workplace, much less any workplace. Will there be meditative breathing exercises and miniature bottles of water or will there only be disaster? Only one way to find out.

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Sauvage, ‘Wild’ Sister Resto to Maison Premiere, Opens in Greenpoint

Maison Premiere's new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere’s new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere has been the Belle of the Brooklyn Ball since it opened in 2011– the Williamsburg oyster bar is perpetually brimming with enraptured guests and hovering, perspiring would-bes waiting for a seat at the horseshoe bar. Earlier this month, their off-the-chain booze operation earned them the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” I mean, where else can you find a classy, non-diabetes-forming answer to the tiki trend, an unrivaled selection of absinthe drips, and a $20 martini that looks worthy of Macaulay Culkin’s character in a sorely needed Richie Rich Redux?

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Beth Israel Hospital Downsizing to 14th Street; Free Beer at Lobster Joint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Residents of 95 E. Seventh Street claim that they’ve been without cooking gas in their building for almost 200 days. [EV Grieve]

Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital will relocate from its Gramercy Park home of nearly nine decades to a smaller space on 14th Street. [Town & Village Blog]

Tomorrow on First Avenue, the free Lower East Side Festival of the Arts takes place at the Theater for the New City. [NY Observer]

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Todd Solondz, Werner Herzog, JT LeRoy? BAMcinemaFest Is a Malcontent’s Dream!

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

BAMcinemaFest, the summer series that last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kids, is back with some equally exciting offerings this year, and tickets go on sale tomorrow. If you thought the Anthony Weiner documentary would be hands-down the best Weiner movie of the year, note that it’ll have some competition when Todd Solondz’s long-awaited Welcome to the Dollhouse follow-up, Wiener-Dog, screens at BAM on June 17.

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Hit the Beach and Snoop Inside of an Art-Filled Garage at Backyard Rockaway

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

It’s difficult to predict the exact start date of yard sale season– or as I like to call it, “that time a stranger tried to haggle with my dad for the driveway basketball net that I was actively playing with.” As one Maine-based blogger Julie-Anne Baumer quips, “there seems to be a mysterious mathematical equation involving air temperature, the chance of precipitation, and square feet of house junk.” Looking at the weather forecast– and around my apartment– it would seem the season for distracted-er driving and voyeuristic perusal of neighbors’ undesirables is upon us. But for one “yard sale style display” in Rockaway, the start date is more than a month from now, on Independence Day.

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Watch The Teen Age Channel the Ramones and Go Back to Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

When I first locked eyes with The Teen Age, I wrote that once the band’s music “gets stuck in your head, you’re screwed.” And truly, the Brooklyn band’s concoction of vibey, stoned doo-wop, cut with surf-rock and steeped in pop, hasn’t left my innards since. Theirs is the kind of pop music that seeps into your bones, made up of individual ditties that, after your first dose, can cause foot spasms and whistle symphonies for months on end.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Comes to Bushwick, Starting With Prince and Bowie Screenings

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.41.22 PMWith the Rooftop Films Summer Series off to an albeit soggy start and Galaxy Quest playing at the McCarren Park Pool tomorrow, May 26, as part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series, al fresco flicks season is official in full swing. The latest series to announce its slate is Rooftop Cinema Club, the British export that sets up atop the Yotel in midtown.

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Wanna Be a Pinhead? Here’s Your Chance to Snag Some Fresh, Artist-Made Pins

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via Con Artist Collective

What’s in a pin? Con Artist Collective, the scrappy community of creative hustlers always busy dreaming up crazy stuff on Ludlow Street, believes it’s just another way for artists to express themselves and the rest of us to have fun sticking funky doodads all over our jackets.

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Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Board Action on Push to Limit Building Heights

I’m here to tell the CB, please take a stand to support us, to be on our side, not on extell’s side not on the developer’s side

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and their friends–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments, marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.

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L Train Riders Prefer Complete Shutdown; Cuddling Conman Picks Pocket

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]

Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]

Employees of Babeland—the sex shop with a Lower East Side location plus two more in NYC—have joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. [NY Times]

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Four Films: Cyber Punks, Parker Posy in Braces, Singles Not Exactly Ready to Mingle,


Best in Show
Friday, May 27, 7:30 pm at Fort Greene Park: FREE
To promote the impending opening of the first NYC Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, the boozy Austin-based cinema (and direct competitor of our beloved Nitehawk, we might add) is hosting three free screenings at Fort Greene Park starting this week. They’re all family-friendly, for sure (which means you’ll have to get your R-rated full-frontal and cigarette-smoking kicks elsewhere), but actually only two of the screenings are worth going to– that is, if you have a dignified hair left on your body. You’re guaranteed to literally never get laid again if you go see the third screening, Finding Nemo– but if you’re willing to take that risk anyway, it’s happening Friday, June 10, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and I wish you the best of luck.

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