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Performance Picks: AI Theater, the ‘Courtney Love of Comedy,’ and More

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Not Dead Yet
Thursday, July 20 at C’mon Everybody, 8:30 pm: $5 advance, $7 doors

This comedy show, hosted by the multi-talented and highly strange Lorelei Ramirez, really gets to the bottom of the human condition based on its title alone. Sure, we aren’t dead yet, but we will be soon. Whether it be from being cooked alive due to climate change, from inhumane health care policies (though that one seems a tiny bit less likely now), from an aggressive ghoul with a mustache that no one can see but you… Or maybe you’re just one of the lucky few to pass peacefully. Either way, you’re still here. So you might as well go to this comedy variety show.

The show itself (which is monthly) is packed to the brim with notable creatives serving up a whole bevy of funny n’ weird stuff across disciplines. There’ll be comedy by Becca Blackwell, Brett Davis, Sydnee Washington, and Katie Boyle; readings by poet Sasha Fletcher; videos by Lukey Walden and Alan Resnick, and even music by Drag Lomax and Tredici Bacci. As the teens say: what more could you want? Keep Reading »

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Slipper Room Owner Faces Criticism After Dropping N Bomb On Stage

Credit: Liz Clayman for New York Magazine.

Lower East Side vaudeville venue the Slipper Room is at the center of a controversy over offensive speech which began Wednesday, July 5, when host and owner James Habacker, while performing as his character Mel Frye, used a racial slur onstage as well as referred to mentally disabled people with language often considered offensive.

According to a Facebook post (quoted in a recent addition to the Slipper Room’s Wikipedia page) by someone who attended the show in question, Habacker made a joke using the term “retarded,” which he justified by arguing he was changing the word’s context to be more positive, and then, adding further fuel to the fire, claimed it was akin to black Americans’ reclamation of the “N-word,” which he used several times to the discomfort of the sole black audience member.

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Absinthe and Jazz Party Dispels the Green Fairy’s ‘Strange, Outlandish Reputation’

The Red Room above KGB— the former black box that you were probably dragged to by college friends doing DIY theater in the early aughts— has become a swanky, prohibition-themed bar. Every bit as tuxedo as the KGB is shirtsleeves, it boasts warm lighting and art deco details, with a tiny stage and a copper bathtub. “The Green Fairy” event showcases a monthly absinthe tasting paired with era-appropriate entertainment: August’s episode features live piano by Chris Johnson, absinthe history by Kellfire Bray, and Nelson Lugo on the Victrola during breaks. Ticket prices drop for those in “vintage, evening wear, unmentionables or intimate attire,” encouraging you to help create the ambiance.

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East Village Lands Himalayan Salt Cave; Williamsburg’s Bacon Omakase

Paperwork has been submitted to replace two previous Driggs Avenue marble yards with these mixed-use buildings. [Brownstoner]

Online luxury consigner The RealReal will make its first foray into brick-and-mortar on Wooster Street (following a December pop-up shop in the neighborhood). [Commercial Observer]

Vegan tapas bar Ladybird will begin welcoming customers to E. 7th Street in about four weeks. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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These Restaurant Collabos Are Very x-citing

“Restaurant Tweak” dinner at Dos Toros.

Restaurant Week usually means hum-drum prix fixes that may or may not even be a bargain. But this year a couple of local favorites have decided to make an occasion of it by teaming up with some other local favorites. Like Bruce Springsteen once said, two restaurants beat better than one.

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NYC’s Party of the Summer Might Just Have Happened… in New Jersey?

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There was a mass exodus from Brooklyn this past weekend as the finest minds from the city’s underground art scene headed for the beaches of Keansburg, New Jersey for the third annual Gratitude Migration festival. The Burning Man-inspired gathering brings the principles of Black Rock City (no, they are not Gym, Tanning, Laundry..) to the beach for an immersive experience of art, music and fire. Workshops on everything from “Conscious Consumerism” to “Connecting with the Multiverse” were conducted by the School of Dreams, and DJs like Myk2melo and David Starfire blasted beats well into the evenings. The JunXion crew played cumbia all night and closed out the weekend with an epic beach party. Click through our slideshow to have a look.

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Bushwick Muralists Sue Designer; Mayahuel’s Last Day is 8/8

Four local street artists sued designer shoe and clothing maker Vince Camuto this month for using their work in the brand’s recent “Bushwick Beats” ads. [Artnet]

Last night, Community Board 3 denied liquor licenses to a trio of businesses: S.E.T. BBQ, Analogue and MJK Foods. [Bowery Boogie]

Tequila spot Mayahuel will end its eight-year run on E. Sixth Street early next month. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Art This Week: Father + Son Collab, VR World, Hairy Domesticity

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Virtual Insanity
Opening Monday, July 17 at VR World NYC, 7 pm to midnight.

I think we can all agree that reality as we know it currently leaves something to be desired. So, what about virtual reality? For those not particularly prone to dizziness and/or nausea, it can be a very effective way to literally escape the perils of life and be thrust into a new environment. Even if you move your head in a bunch of angles, you can’t escape it! It’s pretty remarkable, TBH. Or terrifying, depending on what world you’re virtually immersed in. 

Tonight is the beginning of VR World NYC and Babycastles’ “VR-themed exhibition and concert.” You’ll be able to see VR ~experiences~ crafted by 9 developers/artists and vibe to music from Icarus Moth, RAFiA, and Haleek Maul. How hard can you dance without your VR goggles falling off? Tonight be the night to find out. Keep Reading »

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George Romero Was America’s Bram Stoker

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Since he passed away on Sunday, tributes to George A. Romero have been pouring out like a ravenous undead horde escaping from a government research facility. The Fear NYC film festival, which will bestow its annual Legacy Honor on the director, has announced a special screening of Night of the Living Dead at the Sonnet Theater in October. In Williamsburg, Vinnie’s Pizzeria is serving up special pies like the Night of the Living Ched. Local movie houses like Syndicate, Sunshine, and Alamo have also paid their respects.

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Diner Death Notice: Cup & Saucer Goes Dark

Credit: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine.

Last week we reported that LES/Chinatown stalwart Cup & Saucer — one of the last of the New York luncheonette old guard — is closing after more than three quarters of a century, thanks to a rent hike on its Canal Street location.

Although Bowery Boogie reported that today would be Cup & Saucer’s last day of operation, it already, as of this morning, appears to be closed forever. Phone calls to Cup & Saucer are going unanswered, and sources tell us the diner is dark.

People paid their respects on Instagram.

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The owners told the New York Times that their rent was set to nearly double and that they may look for another space.