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Hand Job Academy’s Uncle Meg Is Flying Solo, But Not Buggin’ Out

(Album cover via Uncle Meg)

(Album cover via Uncle Meg)

With the release of Uncle Meg’s first proper album, the Brooklyn-based rapper is officially flying solo. Having recently separated from Handjob Academy, a longtime collaboration with Ash Wednesday and Clara Bizna$$, Meg has not only found creative freedom but a newfound seriousness. “It’s a huge accomplishment, 15 tracks,” Meg said, reflecting on Bug. With its release this month, the artist’s music has become much more personal at the same time that Uncle Meg has become better acquainted with, well, Uncle Meg.

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Week in Art: Black Women Artists for BLM, Weaponized Art, and a ‘Gallery Intervention’

(image via The Kitchen)

(image via The Kitchen)

Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter: Holiday Screening & Reception
Monday, November 28 at The Kitchen, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Sondra Perry: Resident Evil on view through December 10.

Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, aka BWA for BLM, is a fairly self-explanatory “collective force underground” group formed in July 2016 in response to the continual systemic violence perpetuated against black bodies in America. This evening, the group is taking over experimental performance and art space The Kitchen to show a series of videos, both archives of past performances the group has done and videos created by members of the group, all while beats by DJ LotusMoon infiltrate your ears.

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Week in Music: Retail Finds Life After Dead, Bands Raise Dough for Planned Parenthood

(Flyer via Glass Gang/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Glass Gang/ Facebook)

The Range, Glass Gang, Sarah Kinlaw, IMAGIST, Kathleen Dycaico
Tuesday November 29, 8 pm at Elvis Guest House: $10 minimum donation

Prepare for some straightforward, vaguely uplifting dance music from the The Range aka James Hinton, a Brooklyn-based producer/ electronic musician with a penchant for sped-up, Chipmunks-style vocal samples and dreamy soundscapes. Glass Gang sounds like TV on the Radio shed any remaining remnants of rock n’ roll music and fully embraced their electronic pop music side.

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Stephin Merritt Tells East Villagers to ‘Be True to Your Bar,’ in a New Magnetic Fields Song

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This weekend, during the course of two nights at BAM, the Magnetic Fields will preview their next album, 50 Song Memoir, before its release in March. As the title implies, the album is a year-by-year recounting of frontman Stephen Merritt’s life and times up until his 50th birthday, when he started working on the opus. According to Merritt, the lyrics are “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).”

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These Holiday Nostalgia Trains Will Totally Sleigh You

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

Between the looming Metrocard fare hike and the L-pocalypse, your feelings about the MTA are probably pretty grinchy right now. But let this serve as a cheery reminder that the Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Trains are back on the rails for the holiday season. They made their debut on Saturday, as you can see from the ‘gram below, and will creak back to life December 4, 11, and 18. The train cars, which were in service from the ’30s through the ’70s, will leave from Second Avenue F stop at 10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm on those Sundays, and make all stops to Queens Plaza.

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Live in the Domino Sugar Factory For Cheap; ‘Nasty Women’ Art Show

Police released a photo of the teenage boy who threatened to shoot or stab three people on the Lower East Side between November 14 and 17, making off with a combined $21 cash. [DNA Info]

A 79-year-old saxophonist claims his landlord planted bedbugs in his $380/month East Village apartment. [NY Post]

According to a study by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, only about 40 percent of New Yorkers have three months worth of household expenses saved in case of an emergency. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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The Future of ’80/20′ Affordable Housing Hangs in the Balance: Can 421-A Be Fixed?

(Photo: C Ceres Merry)

(Photo: C Ceres Merry)

You may not have realized it, but the city has been in the midst of a “developocalypse” since January, when the state’s 421-a program expired. For decades, the program had fueled development by excusing building owners of property taxes for up to 25 years so long as they devoted at least 20 percent of their units to affordable housing. Earlier this month, it was announced that the stalemate that brought on the developocalpyse, or at least that’s how developers understood it, was over. As the state legislature now mulls over whether to approve the reauthorization of 421-a, City Council members are seeking ways to fix it, and make sure the program fulfills its original mission of creating affordable housing.

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Snag This Rick Ross Christmas Card at Hester Street Fair’s Holiday Market

il_570xN.900198098_hzsdThe Hester Street Fair folded up its tents last month, but this weekend it’ll pop back up near the South Street Seaport– with bells on! The folks behind the seasonal bazaar are opening their holiday market on Black Friday. Trust us, it’ll be way better than macing someone for a Nintendo Classic.

Here’s a rundown of what’ll be on offer, directly from the organizers.
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Latinx Comedy, Festival to ‘Improve the World,’ and Exposing Racist Fairy Tales

(image via The PIT)

(image via The PIT)

WEDNESDAY

Latinx
Wednesday, November 23 at The PIT Underground, 7:30 pm: $5

It seems like a sensible enough idea to ready your stomach for the inevitable large amounts of food you are going to funnel into it come Thursday. Some may do this through going to the gym or going for a brisk walk. If that’s not your style, consider stretching out the old gut with some hearty laughter at The PIT’s night of comedy by an all-Latinx (for the uninformed, a gender-neutral term for Latina/Latino) lineup. You’ll be treated to stand-up, improv, storytelling, and other ways of spinning words in a humorous fashion. Plus, the event hints at “perhaps some delicious treats.” Whether this means metaphorical treats in the form of comedy or actual snacks, it sounds like a good evening to me.

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KKK Graffiti at W’burg Housing Projects; NYU Students Shack Up With Seniors

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Around 2am Sunday at the Lower East Side Coffee Shop on E. 14th Street, a loud Mike Pence supporter launched into racist and sexist invectives against two Chinese-American women who asked him to quiet down (and eventually threw glasses of water in his face), before he pepper sprayed a Latino man who came to their defense. [Mic News] The Pence supporter, a 56-year-old white man, was arrested for assault and harassment. [Gothamist]

Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti (interspersed with the words “Trump” and “KKK”) found in the public housing developments at both 85 Taylor Street and 99 Wilson Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

Next year, thanks to a partnership with the Lower East Side non-profit University Settlement, NYU students will have the chance to live with local senior citizens who have space for rent, potentially slashing their room and board costs by half. [NBC NY] Keep Reading »

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Tenants Demand Cooking Gas, Say Their Landlord’s Response Is ‘Tough Turkey’

Brad Hoylman and Toledano Tenant Coalition.(Photo: Katherine Barner)

Brad Hoylman and Toledano Tenant Coalition.(Photo: Katherine Barner)

While many of us are prepping for a Thanksgiving feast, the tenants of 325 East 12th Street are stocking up on TV dinners. They won’t be able to cook a proper Thanksgiving meal in their own homes this year and haven’t been able to cook for quite a while. Their building has been without gas for over six months since demolition forced Con Ed to turn it off. With the holiday season upon them, they’re feeling the frustration more than ever.

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