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This Week In Film: Vampire Giggles, Larry Clark Is Back (Sort Of), And Spanking New Cronenberg

It’s Awards Season. Apparently. Which means we here at Reel Psyched are staying as far, far away from TV screens as is possible in this day and age, lest we’re tricked into watching the fashion police spew racist crap or pop stars we were 100 percent sure were dead until now jiggle impossibly across some seizure-inducing nightmare of a stage set. It’s all so demonic when you think about it, really. And all of this disturbing spectacle is in the name of… movies? Like, how? Rather than watch perfectly white teeth teetering on top of high heels, fight back against all the inanity and celebrate the movies for reals.
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NYC Porn Film Fest Begins; Bye Bye, Benny’s Burritos

Picnic

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The city closed Lower East Side lounge and taqueria Los Feliz on Wednesday night following a police raid due to numerous neighborhood complaints. [Bowery Boogie]

British model Lily Cole sold her 625-square-foot Nolita apartment for $920K. [NY Daily News]

Today the first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival begins at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick. A three-day weekend pass is, obviously, $69.

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Developing Story: Bushwick Community Darkroom Finds Bigger Digs

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Back in 2011, Lucia Rollow set up a small darkroom in the basement of her Bushwick apartment where she could process black-and-white film. Analogue photography isn’t a cheap undertaking– chemicals, photo paper, equipment, and running water can quickly become expensive. Eventually, she invited in other photographers and film hobbyists she knew around the neighborhood and ended up opening Brooklyn’s only community darkroom.
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Ryan Raftery Plays Anna Wintour ‘From the Waist Up’ in a One-Man Musical

Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion (Photo: Eva Sakellarides)

He’s She. He’s Anna.

Ryan Raftery’s pop-inspired one-man musical is a sassy, highly exaggerated take on the revered ice queen of fashion, Anna Wintour. Framing the show around Vogue‘s controversial “Kimye” cover, he takes the audience through a comical yet humanizing and emotional journey anticipating what seems like Anna’s looming dismissal from Condé Nast.
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New Round of Tenement Talks: Richard Price, Andrew Kuo and More

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.08.03 PMThe Tenement Museum just unveiled the schedule for the upcoming season of Tenement Talks, its excellent series of readings, lectures, and panel discussions. We’re especially excited about Richard Price, who recently chatted with Vulture about his new urban thriller, The Whites. Read on for the entire schedule of taks, all of which go down at the museum’s Visitor Center at 103 Orchard Street.
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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Umami Williamsburger Opens Next Month; Meet the LES ‘Party Killers’

Nike Shoebox line on Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

LA-based Umami Burger, which was supposed to land in Williamsburg back in 2013, will open its 3K-square-foot space on N. 4th Street next month. [Grub Street

Otto's Tacos on Second Avenue added fish tacos to their regular menu. [Eater NY]

Local upcoming food events include “More Than Maize and Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food” at City Lore Gallery Space (7 p.m. tonight, $10), Lithuanian Scouts St. Casimir Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Caramel in Williamsburg (Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free), and a Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West (Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) [Eating in Translation]
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As Community Boards Get Skewered On Film, Reform Is On the Agenda

(Ray loses it on Girls.)

(Ray loses it on Girls.)

Could the stereotypically grumpy face of Community Boards be changing? Sixteen-year-old Leila Eliot recently joined Manhattan Community Board 3, and last night at a meeting of the same board it was announced that 30 other Manhattan teens have applied for seats on their respective CBs, thanks to recent legislation that allows citizens 16 and up to run. Then last Sunday, on the Millennial-centric Girls, of all places, 34-year-old Ray (the old man of the Girls universe) showed up at a Brooklyn Community Board meeting with a handmade model of a traffic intersection in his hands and hopes of a quieter neighborhood in his heart.
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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Sheldon Silver Pleads Not Guilty; US Attorney Accused of Creating a ‘Firestorm’

Silver back in the good ol' days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Silver back in the good ol’ days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lower East Side assemblyman Sheldon Silver pled not guilty to federal corruption charges during his arraignment yesterday, proclaiming after the hearing that he expected to be vindicated in court.

His lawyers, meanwhile, claimed he had already been convicted in the press and accused U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of orchestrating a “media firestorm” against their client before a single witness had been called. They filed a motion to dismiss the indictment that was handed down by a grand jury last week, contending the proceedings may have been tainted by pre-trial publicity.
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