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Smell the Magic: Inside Blaine’s Brain and a Chance to Snap a Levitating Selfie

Roll up for the magical mystery tour and steal some magicians’ secrets next week.

TimesTalks: David Blaine
Jan. 18, 7pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, tickets $40.
Okay, so you may have gotten douchechills when New York immortalized David Blaine as a member of Leo DiCaprio’s “pussy posse” back in 1998. But trust, his ABC special Beyond Magic, now on Netflix, is worth watching if only to see Woody Allen nearly upchuck as the musclebound magic bro swallows a live goldfish and spits it back up it into a bowl. Even better is Ricky Gervais’s reaction, above, when Blaine (seemingly?) runs a needle through his arm.

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Bushwick Fire Leaves Families Homeless; Hotel Rises on Bowery

An 85-year-old man was struck and killed yesterday near 584 Grand Street by a driver in a white truck who fled the scene. [Gothamist]

Seven families are homeless following a fire yesterday afternoon on Bushwick’s Evergreen Avenue, where two of the 150 responding firefighters sustained minor injuries. [NY1]

According to police, 38-year-old Henry Pacheco is a person of interest in last week’s strangulation death of an Alphabet City woman, 27. [ABC 7 NY] Keep Reading »

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Women Getting Lit, Plexiglas Playgrounds, and More Art

Kate Hush (image via Cooler Gallery)

Kate Hush (image via Cooler Gallery)

Female Behavior
Opening Tuesday January 10 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through January 31. 

Firstly, let’s discuss this gallery’s name. Sure, it sounds sort of pompous, in a cooler-than-you kind of way, and maybe that’s what they think of themselves. But the origin of this gallery is actually, well, cool. It exists within a “repurposed industrial icebox” in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, so it really is a cooler gallery. Plus, it seeks to display work that involves elements of manufacturing, so it’s aware of its roots. But enough about the gallery, let’s get to the show: artist Kate Hush makes massive sculptures of neon light, and what she is particularly trying to capture in her solo show, Female Behavior, are women and their so-called “wicked ways.” She writes of light being produced when bonds are broken, such as the cutting of a diamond, so she has crafted female silhouettes to portray those who are seen as cruel and conniving simply for being “sharp” or for cutting ties with a man who will then call her crazy. May women burn bright and powerful as much as they can, especially now.

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More than 700 Artists Say They are Nasty Women, and Proud of It

(Flyer via Nasty Women/ Knockdown Center)

(Flyer via Nasty Women/ Knockdown Center)

A new art show opening this week is just the sort of hopeful omen we need really, really need right now, just one week before this horror show of an election culminates in Donald Trump’s inauguration, when he’ll make history as the Free World’s very first Twitter Troll in Chief. Nasty Women is proof that, even though we can expect many, many more deeply ignorant, casually misogynist remarks (like the one that inspired this show) to drop like so many pigeon poos from the stratospheric heights of Trump Tower, there are an even greater number of people out there who are refusing to let this stuff slide.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Adds Six New Tenants to Food Manufacturing Hub

(Rendering courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard)

(Rendering courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard)

Back in April, the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced that Mast Brothers would join Brooklyn Brewery and Russ & Daughters as tenants of its forthcoming Food Manufacturing Hub. Now we’re told that six smaller Brooklyn-based operators will also be in the mix. Among them are Bed-Stuy eateries Rustik Tavern and Grandchamps, Crown Heights Caribbean joint The Food Sermon, Smorgasburg vets We Rub You, and Tiny Drumsticks, a commissary that will be offer cooking space for the Rockaway Beach concessionaires and others. In addition to those retail/manufacturing operations, it’s said that two previously named tenants, Mast Brothers and Brooklyn Roasting Company, will have kiosks at the food hub, opening next year in Building 77. Here’s a rundown of the newcomers, courtesy of the Navy Yard.

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Panorama Lineup: NIN, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, Tribe, and More

image006Perhaps a mental exercise will help you cope with this frigid Monday morning: Imagine you’re on an island, in a field of grass. The summer sun is shining and water is sparkling all around you. You’re holding an ice-cream-topped egg waffle and Trent Reznor is yelling, “Slave screams!”

Snap off the icicle tears. We’re just 199 days away from that reality, because Panorama is returning to the shores of Randall’s Island on July 28. The weekend festival, which debuted last year with an epic LCD Soundsystem comeback, just announced the lineup for its second edition, and headliners include R&B crooners Frank Ocean and Solange on Friday, commonwealth acts Tame Impala and Alt-J on Saturday, and Lollapalooza throwbacks Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest on Sunday. Others highlights include DJ Shadow, Future Islands, Belle & Sebastian, Sofi Tukker, and Cloud Nothings.

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McCarren Tennis Courts Go Indoors; Gowanus Garb at Anthropologie

Bushwick Economic Development Corp., the non-profit that oversaw the Bronx shelter where two young sisters were killed last month by a defective radiator, now faces a nearly $533K tax lien. [DNA Info]

fire broke out Friday morning on the upper floor of 13 Greenpoint Avenue, a two-story commercial building that houses The End recording studio. [Patch]

At 1 p.m. tomorrow, members of the National Organization for Women will protest outside a Greenpoint’s Meserole Avenue police station in response to Captain Peter Rose’s comments to DNA Info, where he made a distinction between rape by an acquaintance and “true” rape. [Gothamist] In 2016, the number of rapes reported in Greenpoint climbed 62 percent from the previous year, according to police.
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This Queer Performance Festival Wants to Mend Our Generational ‘Disconnect’

Banjela Davis

Banjela Davis (Photo courtesy of La MaMa’s Squirts)

Nowadays, it’s common to see one generation insisting that the other will never understand them, whether its Jerry Seinfeld lamenting that college kids are “too PC,” the drag performer Lady Bunny balking at “crybabies” and new pronouns, or tweens making memes decrying the whole bootstraps thing (every Boomer’s favorite piece of outdated advice).

Given this disconnect, it’s not everyday that you see a generational cross section of people in the same room together, let alone actually listening to each other. This rings especially true for people in the queer community, who experience generational differences in even starker terms because of the gaping hole that the AIDS epidemic left behind. But bridging this gap is exactly what La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance seeks to do.

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Anthology Film Archives Adding New Library and Café, With Help from Sparkly Art Auction

Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol (Courtesy Stephen Shore / Anthology Film Archives)

Jonas Mekas, co-founder of Anthology Film Archives with Andy Warhol (Courtesy Stephen Shore / Anthology Film Archives)

Yesterday, Anthology Film Archives announced that, for the first time in their 46-year history, big changes are coming to the institution in the form of an expansion to their East Village operations that will include a library and café.

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Rooftop Bar Nixed on Delancey Street; No ETA on ABC No Rio’s Redesign

Police say the 27-year-old woman who was found dead Wednesday in an Alphabet City housing project, Brooke Garcia, likely died of strangulation. [DNA Info]

A developer paid $27.5 million for a Williamsburg warehouse at 58 Gerry Street, the future home of an Orthodox Jewish community center. [The Real Deal]

Plans for a rooftop bar above Delancey Street’s Holiday Inn have been abandoned. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Bake Time is Up: Cake Shop Says Goodbye

(Photo: Nick McManus)

Later gator. Cake Shop closed on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Another venue spent New Year’s Eve saying their last goodbyes to regulars and anyone else with a drink in their hand. For the last few years, Cake Shop was running on borrowed time. Back in 2012, when the gritty bitty Lower East Side venue’s Ludlow Street neighbor, The Living Room, closed up shop after more than 15 years in business, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.

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