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Before Oregon, The Wild Wild Country Cult Lived in a Castle Outside of New York City

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh arrived in the United States in June of 1981, he stepped off of a Pan Am 747 and declared, “I am the Massiah America has been waiting for.”

If you’ve binge-watched the new Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, you know the Indian guru went on to establish the communal town of Rajneeshpuram and become a target of federal law enforcement. But Bhagwan didn’t make his famous proclamation in Oregon; he made it right here in New York City, at JFK airport. That summer, before moving on to their 64,000-acre utopia out west, Bhagwan and his followers would make their home in a 10-bedroom, Rhineland-style “castle” on the border of Montclair and Verona, New Jersey. It’s there that the cult first started rankling neighbors, as evidenced by a New York Times headline: CULT IN CASTLE TROUBLING MONTCLAIR.

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Buy a Senator(‘s Portrait) Just Like the NRA Does!

Susan Collins by Kim Do.

“The NRA knows how easy it is to buy a senator,” says Kim Sillen, “So we wanted to offer everyone the same opportunity.”

On Saturday, you’ll be able to do just that, as works from the Senator Portrait Project will be auctioned off at BestWorld Gallery, on the Lower East Side. Among the 50 portraits of representatives who’ve voted against gun control: Micheal Bennet Senator of Colorado who paradoxically supports both marijuana and guns and Senator John McCain anxiously clutching a pair of rifles.

“There are humans who voted to allow children and other Americans to die,” says Sillen. 

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I Spent Lunch Drinking Cannabis-Infused Coffee, Here’s What I Learned

(Photo: Libby Torres)

Bushwick coffee shop Caffeine Underground made waves a few weeks ago when it came to light that they were serving CBD-infused coffee drinks. Now, it looks like others are getting on board with cannabidiol: Greenpoint’s Antidote Apothecary and Tea Bar has started selling CBD-infused coffee beans, with drinks coming soon. With a trend clearly in the works, I was intrigued enough to head to Caffeine Underground to try a CBD-infused latte for myself.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the more common compounds found in cannabis. Caffeine Underground sources their infused brew from Flower Power Coffee Company, a champion of cannabidiol’s supposed health benefits. The roaster’s website stresses that “CBD is legal, has no psychoactive effects, and will not make you fail a drug test.” Unlike THC, the infamous psychoactive compound also found in cannabis, CBD is said to have more of a simple relaxing effect.

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Drag Improv, Kathy Acker Marathon, and More Performances To See

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(flyer via Brooklyn Comedy Collective)

DragProv
Thursday, April 5 at The Brick, 9:30 pm: $10

Drag queens and improv comedy don’t always go hand-in-hand, which sometimes seems for the best, but come Thursday they will. Presented as part of the new Brooklyn Comedy Collective, currently in residence at Williamsburg’s The Brick, DragProv is pretty much exactly how it sounds. Indeed, you will be able to experience awe-inspiring lip-sync, laugh-inspiring improv, and probably some funny lip-syncs that have some component of improv to them, who knows. I don’t make the rules. Hosts Queef Latifa and Annie AssQueef (are they related? I don’t know) will welcome performers Golden Delicious, Devine Madness, Kiko Soiree, Miranda Samantha, and Gosford Park to do their thing, whatever it may be. Keep Reading »

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For Your Health! Comedian Eric Wareheim Is Pouring Some of His New Wines

(Photo via Las Jaras Wines)

Seems Eric Wareheim, of Tim and Eric fame, has abandoned his budding career as a cult leader and is now in the wine business. (Hey, it beats chugging ranch dressing.) The absurdist comedian has teamed up with California winemaker Joel Burt to start the Las Jaras Wines company, and they’ll be pouring some new releases at Dandelion Wine Shop in Greenpoint tonight, April 4, from 6pm to 8pm.

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Anthony Bourdain Is Visiting LES Legends For his ‘Parts Unknown’ Show

Looks like celeb chef Anthony Bourdain has gone globetrotting in his own backyard, as the New Yorker has been shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side. John’s of 12th, the old-time Italian join on East 12th Street, posted a photo of everyone’s favorite bon vivant outside of the restaurant. The caption indicated he was filming “a segment of Parts Unknown coming this fall.” Oddball painter and performance artist Joe Coleman, a fixture of the ’80s East Village scene whom Bourdain called a “friend, inspiration legend” in a post of his own, was also in on the shoot.

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Brooklyn Stands Against ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

(Photo via Eric Adams on Twitter)

Interfaith leaders and city officials gathered in Brooklyn’s “Little Pakistan” yesterday to decry a flier promoting April 3rd as “Punish a Muslim Day.” With City Council member Jumaane Williams calling the document “one of the most dangerous pieces of paper I’ve seen in a very long time,” Borough president Eric L. Adams pledged to join members of the NYPD on an information offensive and special patrol on Tuesday.

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Last Pizza Party at Three of Cups After 26 Years in the East Village

Patrons of Three of Cups with owner Anthony Barile holding a photo of his family at the restaurant’s last call, 4/2/18 at 12am. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Three of Cups co-owner Anthony Barile closed the doors to his restaurant for good late Sunday night due to unsustainability after 26 years in the East Village. The Italian eatery opened in 1992 with a pizza style developed by Barile’s partner Santo Fazio who also co-owns Fazio’s of Bushwick. Fazio crafted his recipe when he was pizza chef for Two Boots and it reflects the style of his northern Sicilian roots. Barile worked with both of them in his younger days and their influence on his food is something he doesn’t shy away from mentioning.

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Art This Week: Edible Drawings, Fuzzy Dudes, and More

(image courtesy of Cooler Gallery)

Origins
Opening Tuesday, April 3 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through May 19.

What is a Fuzzy Dude? I have some theories, but so does artist and director John McLaughlin, whose solo show Origins will give you a thorough introduction to these wacky creatures that have sprung from his brain. Appropriately, Fuzzy Dudes are beings covered in a stringy, colorful fur that recalls silly string, shaggy dogs, household mops, or something else entirely. They come from a “space-like” dystopian world, or so I’m told, but you can see them come to life on Earth by way of sculpture, video, and more. Watching these curious creatures feels almost like a psychedelic experience, as their multicolored, textured bodies run, jump, and sway. Their actions are humanlike, but their appearance is a lot more interesting. Why not take a break from the dreaded news cycle for an evening and go meet some otherworldly beings? Keep Reading »

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Strand Won April Fool’s Day With Its First E-Reader, The Strindle

The April Fool’s Day gags flew fast and furious yesterday: Bowery Boogie claimed that the Lower East Side had become a UNESCO World Heritage site, Brooklyn Vegan claimed that a reunited Pavement would be opening for the Smashing Pumpkins, and– in what was perhaps the cruelest lie of all– Ridgewood Social claimed that the Ridgewood/Bushwick border was getting its own pool. But none of these jokes were quite as good as an email sent from Strand Book Store. The subject line: “Introducing the Strindle: A New Era of Strand.”

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These Trippy Sculptures Are Set to Transform NYC Into Narnia

Fish Bowl, 2018, will be at 157th Street.

The Great White Way is about to become the Shimmer.

If you’ve seen Annihilation, you’ll recall the electromagnetic field that causes humans to merge with nature in a most disturbing way: Legs morph into tree limbs, flowers grow out of chest cavities. That’s what the at once unsettling and enchanting sculptures of Kathy Ruttenberg evoke, and they’ll be on public display all along Broadway, from 64th Street to 157th Street, starting April 27.

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