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Watch Nancy Schwartzman’s Steubenville Rape Doc and Let Her Tell You How to Channel Your Rage

From Finding Neverland to Surviving R. Kelly, there’s been a recent spate of unflinching documentaries about sexual assault. The latest, Roll Red Roll, might be the most infuriating and difficult to digest, because it documents almost in real-time the horrific gang rape committed by high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio in August of 2012. After watching it, you’ll need to talk about it with someone, and who better than filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman, who will appear at three post-screening discussions at Film Forum this weekend.

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Performance Picks: Compact Comedy, 1970s Focus Groups, And More

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Eh Dah? Questions For My Father
Now through April 14 at NYTW Next Door, 7:30 pm (some shows other times): $49 ($25 day-of cash only rush tickets available to artists, residents of the East Village and Lower East Side, seniors, and people 25 and under)

This new musical by Aya Aziz and Hypokrit Theater Company, which previously won two awards at 2016’s New York Musical Theater Festival, transcends cultures and continents. It centers around a multi-generational family spread across Egypt and America who are grappling with with what’s simultaneously a very 2019 issue and one that stretches far into the past: coming to terms with the best way to digest the stories we were told growing up, and figuring out what is more truth than fiction, particularly in a post-9/11 world. Keep Reading »

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Meet the Woman Who Uses a Smart Vibrator to Turn Her Orgasms Into Music

(Photo: Farah Idrees)

In a small East Village apartment, a girl who goes by Von has combined her bedroom and her music in more ways than one. Physically, a keyboard, mic and laptop are a few strides from her bed. Creatively, Von makes music with the wave forms of her own orgasm taken from a smart vibrator. At 21, the NYU student makes what she calls “sex-positive synth pop” using pulsating beats, piercing percussion and lyrics of sexual empowerment. This past Valentine’s Day, Von released a music video and a sex-ed PSA campaign on her digital platform, Vondom Labs, and she plans to release a new song and video in early April. Here, Von—who doesn’t put her real name in press because she doesn’t want her dad’s corporate coworkers to make any assumptions—talks about her music, Vondom Labs and the importance of destigmatizing sex talk.

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Sasha Velour of Drag Race Reflects On Her First Theatrical Show, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’

(Photo courtesy of IDT Events/Ari New, Eric Broomfield)

When, during the ninth-season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the contestants were challenged to channel a Lady Gaga look, Sasha Velour—the Brooklyn-based queen who would go on to win the crown—drew from the “Applause” music video. And she killed it: the stark contrast of a black corseted waist above wide-legged white pants, and the facepaint that recalls, in smeared candy-bright primaries, Pierrot from commedia dell’arte.

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Crate News! Brooklyn Is Getting a New Record Store From Co-Op 87 and Mexican Summer

(Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Record Exchange)

New York’s record store landscape is ever in flux, with the most recent example being the closing of Good Records in the East Village and the opening of a San Francisco import, Stranded Records, in its place. The latest development in Brooklyn: A new endeavor from the owners of Greenpoint record shop Co-Op 87 and neighboring indie label Mexican Summer.

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Art This Week: A Model’s Drawings and Feminist Ceramics

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Conversation Derelict
Opening Friday, March 29 at Abxy Gallery, 7 pm. On view through May 15. 

If you’re a fashion buff, you might know Corey Wash from when she walked the Gypsy Sport runway last month while pregnant, or perhaps you’re one of over 21,000 people who follow her on Instagram. But Wash is also a prolific visual artist; Conversation Derelict, her latest solo show, opens at ABXY Gallery on the Lower East Side this Friday. Wash prefers to work in a casual, doodle-esque style, layering paint on top of marker and oil pastel to create linework-driven pieces that resemble moments from a contemporary comic. Keep Reading »

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New Yorkers Mark Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary and Push For Permanent Memorial

(Photos: Cecilia Nowell)

Eight chalk silhouettes cover the sidewalk at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place. Earlier today, union members, activists, city officials and others gathered outside the landmarked site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to honor the 108th anniversary of the historic blaze that revealed abhorrent working conditions but ultimately strengthened the labor movement.

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After Its Creepy Us Moment, Black Flag Hits Brooklyn

If you were one of the many (like, a record-setting number) of people who saw Us over the weekend, you may have noticed the Black Flag easter egg. As little Adelaide goes missing on the Santa Cruz boardwalk, a carnie in a Black Flag t-shirt is hovering over her dad while he plays Whac-a-Mole. The shirt shows the cover of My War, the album that came out in 1984, a couple of years before the beach scene takes place. When Adelaide returns to the beach as an adult with her family, one of her friend Kitty’s kids is wearing a t-shirt with the iconic Black Flag bars on it.

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Can Superhero Clubhouse Save the World With Ecotheater?

(Photo: Aya Lane)

Environmental justice is taking center stage, quite literally. Superhero Clubhouse, a New York-based community organization, is bridging theater and ecology to hopefully enact change.

When co-director Jeremy Pickard moved to New York City over ten years ago he witnessed a lack of environmental storytelling in theater and was appalled by the sheer amount of waste the city produced. He knew there was space to create something new and exciting in the already crowded theater scene.

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