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Performance: Future in Puppetry, Internet in 1991, and Some Stuff in Between

(photo: Maria Baranova)

(photo: Maria Baranova)

WEDNESDAY

Steve of Tomorrow
Continues through March 19 at HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave., Tribeca. 7pm; tickets are $20. More info here. 
Steve of Tomorrow is a multimedia work of puppetry following a sci-fi fan who makes a blog post inviting any time travelers to greet him with their presence, but the only one to come by is lazy and not at all what he’d hope the progressive future to be. This piece questions technological advancement while utilizing the latest in video puppetry, created in the signature style of David Commander’s Toy Theater. Regardless of your feelings on tech or the capabilities of future-folk, it’s sure to be pretty cool.

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Bushwick Collective Doing Summer Art Fair; $494/Month Apartments in G’point

don33 Eagle Street, the second affordable building at Greenpoint Landing, boasts apartments renting for as low as $494/month. [Curbed NY]

Two mixed-use buildings sharing the lot at 760-764 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint were sold for $11 million. [Massey Knakel Reel]

Reuse America, a 6K-square-foot emporium of vintage goods, recently debuted at 387 Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily]

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It’s the Firkin Weekend, Baby, I’m About to Have Me Some Cask Ales

Photo by Chris Prout

A firkin hanging out (Photo by Chris Prout)

Think you’ve got some craft beer chops? Here’s a pop quiz for ya: What’s a firkin?

If you don’t know, Greenpoint Beer & Ale aims to teach you this Saturday with a firkin cask festival. And if you do already know, stop looking down your nose at all of us beer-swilling dilettantes, alright?

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Not Trolling: There’s a Bushwick Dungeons & Dragons Doc and It Is Amazing

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Take Marwencol, set it in Bushwick, replace World War II with Dungeons & Dragons, and you have The Dwarvenaut. The endearing documentary, directed by Josh Bishop, just made its world premiere at South by Southwest. It tells the story of Stefan Pokorny, a Bushwick-based maker of Dungeons & Dragons sets and gamepieces who initially seems to confirm all the stereotypes about D&Ders, but ends up making you feel guilty you ever had those snide prejudices.

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4 Talks: Learn Your Socialist History and Get A.O. Scott’s Take on Criticism

TUESDAY

singhRanbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini Islam in conversation
March 15 at 7 p.m. at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street
The immigrant narrative is a continually evolving touchstone to American fiction, gaining richness and depth. The debut novels from Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini Islam both attempt to re-invent the handling of that cross-cultural narrative using first-generation protagonists that defy stereotypes and expectations. In Sidhu’s Deep Singh Blue, a young man escapes his family by falling desperately in love with an older married woman. But things quickly spin out of his control, culminating in the devastating consequences of racism. Islam’s Bright Lines begins with an orphan’s move from Bangladesh to live with her family in Brooklyn, and follows the new family as they attempt to reckon with their secrets and past.

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Two Injured By Punches and Bottles During a Gang Assault Near Webster Hall

via NYPD

via NYPD

Two men in their twenties were assaulted near Webster Hall on East 11th Street at 2:20 a.m. last Friday. The New York Police Department is looking for four men in connection with the event, who allegedly attacked the two victims with bottles and punched them, but didn’t steal any property.

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Improv Nerd? Don’t Hesitate to See Mike Birbiglia’s New Film, Don’t Think Twice

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s a case of #improveverywhere this year at South by Southwest. Not only is Thank You, Del Close screening, but UCB is doing live shows: last night, Anthony Atamanuik dropped into one of them and just destroyed with his scarily spot-on impression of Donald Trump going after America’s new foe, Italian ISIS (say it out loud and you’ll get it). In addition to all that, Mike Birbiglia world-premiered his new dramedy about a UCB-esque New York City improv troupe on Sunday.

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So You’re Not at SXSW? Four Not-Festival Shows For the Restuvus

(Flyer via Silent Barn)

(Flyer via Silent Barn)

Modular Synthesizer Equinox: Antenes, David Lee Myers, Joe Bastardo + Mickey O’Hara + Seamus Williams, Matthew Regula + Jessee Egan, Ed Bear, Frank Spigner
Saturday March 19, 8 pm at the Silent Barn: $10

Spring is just about to get freakin’ sprung, and if you’re looking for a sound-centric way to celebrate, we highly recommend checking out the Modular Synthesizer Equinox party at the Silent Barn, which has been ongoing now for a handful of years (sometimes at the Solstices too) and has proven to be wildly successful and just plain awesome.

Besides heady synth sounds from old-school and DIY mods alike, show-goers will be treated with out-there visuals (you get a taste for what those will look like here). Of course the main attraction is the sheer variety of synth setups and the bajillions of possibilities presented by these incredible little sound machines. And trust, you don’t have to be a total machine nerd to enjoy the spoils.

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Actor Richard Mark Jordan Finds the Good Things About Texas at Skinny Dennis

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

With peanut shells littered on the floor beneath his boots, an American flag draped over a dirty tin wall to his right, and vintage country music flyers posted behind him, Richard Mark Jordan praises the authenticity and culture of Skinny Dennis. He calls the owners of this Williamsburg honky tonk bar “wizards” for their curatorial skills. And they must be, seeing as they cast a spell on Rich and got the Texas-born Brooklynite to appreciate the South as he never had before.

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Alamo Drafthouse Opens Brooklyn Location This Summer, With 30-Seat Auditoriums

Left to right: Leah Meyerhoff, Matt Grady, Tim League. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

From left: Leah Meyerhoff, Matt Grady, Tim League. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This week at South by Southwest, I got turned away from two films because of Alamo Drafthouse’s policy of not letting badge holders in if they’re so much as five minutes late, even if there are still empty seats. Gah!! So when Alamo’s founder, Tim League, conspicuously showed up seven minutes late to a panel discussion about “Indie Film and the Death of the Theatrical,” I was half hoping he’d get ba-ba-bounced. Justice, man! But let’s face it, it’s hard to stay mad at Alamo. They did the whole Nitehawk thing long before there was a Nitehawk. And I definitely had to forgive League when I noticed he was wearing a hilarious Bernie Sanders/Circle Jerks mash-up t-shirt. Plus, he came with news about Alamo’s forthcoming Brooklyn location.

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The Gutter Expands to LIC; Game of Thrones Conquers Union Square

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Early Sunday morning, the FDNY extinguished a kitchen fire at 595 Metropolitan Avenue, a five-story, mixed-use residence in Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily]

Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter will spinoff a Long Island City sibling this summer on 46th Avenue. [DNA Info]

Twelve bars will pour drinks at Cocktail Magic, a $125 event held at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank this Saturday evening. Pizza will be provided by Roberta’s. [Gothamist]

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