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Ketamine: The Musical Proves Much More Stimulating Than Expected

(photo: Kat Mareck)

(photo: Kat Mareck)

Admittedly, when I heard House of Yes was doing a show called Ketamine: The Musical, I wanted to roll my eyes. I imagined a glitzy spectacle full of drug jokes and little self-awareness, happily consumed by an audience of partiers. Or, like, an entire show where people sit there motionless? I don’t know. Something about it rubbed me the wrong way.

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Backyard Wrestling Has Come to Brooklyn

(Photos: Endrit Slaughter via The Sloodge's Facebook)

(Photos: Endrit Slaughter via The Sloodge’s Facebook)

If you were recently enjoying a peaceful night in your quiet apartment in Park Slope when, all of a sudden, a crowd of nearby 20-and-30-somethings start chanting “U.S.A” and beating each other up and ruining your evening, well, Matt Proctor might be the person to blame.Proctor, an artist and member of the performance collective/show house the Sloodge, recently staged a DIY wrestling show—the first of the new Brooklyn Backyard Wrestling promotion—in his backyard in Brooklyn where, of course, things got weird.

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New Millennial-Friendly Hotel Threatens Historic East Village Tenements

Protestors organized against the new Moxy Hotel and demolition of historic buildings (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Protestors organized against the new Moxy Hotel and demolition of historic buildings (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday afternoon a group of vocal protesters gathered along East 11th Street, facing a row of historic brick buildings they’re intent on saving from demolition at the hands of one of the city’s most prolific developers. The structures in question are a streak of five residential buildings, all of them five-story, Old Law tenements that, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, have changed little since they were built between 1887 and 1892.

GVSHP and the other preservation groups that organized yesterday’s protest– including the Historic Districts Council, the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and the East Village Community Coalition– are appealing to the city’s Landmarks and Preservation Commission to come through with an eleventh-hour historic district designation that would thwart plans for a 300-room hotel.

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Four Readings: Margo Jefferson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Americans in Revolt

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Photo © Michael Lionstar

Photo © Michael Lionstar

Margo Jefferson and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
August 23, 7pm at Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Margo Jefferson’s acclaimed memoir Negroland, which The New York Times called “powerful and complicated,” explores her upper middle class childhood growing up in the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s while deftly avoiding racial and socioeconomic landmines. She deftly describes the racial identity politics inherent in her community’s attempt to be considered the exception to how other blacks were viewed by the white elite of her Chicago milieu. In order to celebrate the release of the memoir’s paperback edition, Jefferson will be joined by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, a New York Times Magazine contributor and essayist whose writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, Bookforum, and more.

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Richard Kern Warps Back to ’80s East Village For an Exhibit That Promises to Be Polarizing

EvolLast year, when Richard Kern was revisiting his series New York Girls for a gallery show, he told us of the photography: “It was so long ago, almost seems like somebody else did it. It was definitely a different time period.” Much has changed since he snapped his dark, drug-drenched nudes of downtown hipsters– so much so that he told us he feels “a little pervy” doing the same these days. But that isn’t stopping him from rifling through the vault again for a new show of old work.

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New Thai Spot in Noho; Gun Bust in LES Shooting

East Village magician Stephen Konzen died on August 11. [EV Grieve]

Three days later, neighborhood photographer Patrick J. Eves died at age 41. [The Villager]

Timothy Montalvo, 19, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for providing the gun used to kill 16-year-old Lower East Side resident Raphael Sadonte Ward in January 2013. [The Lo-Down]

On Bond Street, Mile End will soon get a new neighbor when the Thai eatery Fish Cheeks replaces Le Philosophie. [NY Times]

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Still No Date For Alamo Drafthouse’s NYC Debut, But Here’s a Look Inside

(Photo: Alamo's FB)

Alamo NYC’s lobby mural. (Photo: Alamo’s FB)

Ever since Tim League revealed that he was opening an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this summer, we’ve been waiting for an exact opening date with baited breath, with only some enticing details about the menu to tide us over. But wait, what’s this? On the Fandango app right now, it says that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is screening there on September 1. Could it be that Alamo will finally be open by then? After all, the Fandango listing even lets you reserve seats, offering a glimpse into the layout of one of the theaters.

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Naked People Will Be Yucking It Up at Brooklyn’s Newest Comedy Festival

(Photo: Courtesy of Cinder Block Comedy Festival)

(Photo: Courtesy of Cinder Block Comedy Festival)

“Honestly, I just wanted a festival and to throw a big party,” says Coree Spencer of her forthcoming Cinder Block Comedy Festival. As lighthearted as that seems, Spencer organized the festival on her terms in order to challenge the ongoing status quo in the comedy world.

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Vomitous Volcanoes, an Auction That Doesn’t Suck, and More Art Haps

(Flyer via Living Gallery / Facebook)

(Flyer via Living Gallery / Facebook)

Consumption
Opening Monday August 22, 6 pm to 9 pm at The Living Gallery. On view one night only. 

For one night only, the humble Living Gallery will be taken over by artist and “earth-loving dumpster-diver” Jill Rosati’s fantastical sculptures. Among them are “vomcanoes,” vaguely grotesque creations that look as if a mound of dirt grew legs and eternally spewed a fine stream of luminescent sludge that may or may not contain human hair. Yum! Rosati is committed to showing the ugly and excess-filled side of human nature (and sometimes, just nature itself), but smartly does so using sustainable and recycled materials so she doesn’t necessarily waste in order to portray waste.

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Budding Olympians Will Soon Be Able to Play Volleyball at Two Revamped LES Parks

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

If the Olympics put you in the mood for serving and spiking, here’s some good news: The Henry M. Jackson Playground is getting a volleyball area. It’s just one of many perks coming to two Lower East Side playgrounds as part of a city initiative to modernize ailing parks.

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Don’t Bother Telling Me About Your Weekend Unless You Partied On Shroom Beach

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

One of NYC’s wildest summer throwdowns happens to happen outside of NYC, at a place called Mushroom Park. Before you get any ideas, no, this isn’t exactly like the shroom-infused full moon party you went to while backpacking Thailand, though if anyone can channel that vibe it’s the art ravers at JunXion.

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Palace Cafe Is Closing After 83 Years; Bushwick’s Got Talent

The 52-year-old man who allegedly raped a 27-year-old Bushwick woman last week was arrested after he called the police later that day to request a ride. [NY Daily News]

A man took a cab from Bushwick to Williamsburg on August 11 and then stole $150 from the driver. [DNA Info]

Greenpoint bar Palace Cafe will shutter on September 3 after 83 years in business. [Gothamist]

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