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This Tiny LES Cafe Doubles as a Launchpad to the Rockaways

Inside the Adventure Cafe with owner Kyle Davidson (right). (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Inside the Adventure Cafe with owner Kyle Davidson (right). (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

With its takeout window on Delancey Street, Adventure Café seems like a “hole in the wall” in the most literal sense. But it’s actually an extension of Sourced Adventures, a chill group of outdoorsy experts who organize weekend day trips for those looking to spring from the cage.

Anyone is welcome to order Dough doughnuts or Cafe Grumpy coffee at the walk-up window or sit at one of the two round tables inside. But the cafe also shares a hallway with The Yard, a co-working space in which Sourced Adventures also has offices. So it doubles as a place for customers to chat about trip options, rent gear, and wait for shuttles to whisk them away to a snowboarding or paintball trip.

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Evie’s, a Filipino Favorite, Makes a Slight Return to First Avenue

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Turns out the East Village, already a destination for Filipino food, just got not one but two new Pinoy options. In addition to Tito King’s Kitchen, a bygone neighborhood mainstay has made a return of sorts. Elvie’s Turo-Turo was a First Avenue fixture until its namesake proprietress retired and closed the place in 2009, sending this reporter into a balut panic. Now the daughter of Elvie, Carla Cinco, has opened a new takeout joint just a half-block from her mom’s former perch.

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This Playwright Imagined Iggy Pop as Dionysus in a New Version of The Bacchae

(Photo: Meta-Phys Ed.)

(Photo: Meta-Phys Ed.)

Something caught our eye among the experimental, unusual, and low-budget plays that comprise the Ice Factory Festival, a spotlight of “the most exciting downtown companies” that starts today. As the name implies, Karaoke Bacchae is a take on Euripides’ classic tragedy, The Bacchae. This reimagining takes place not in ancient Greece, but in a karaoke bar during the Stanley Cup. And instead of witnessing a fleshy Dionysus blob around in a flowing robe, we’re treated to an appropriately shirtless Iggy Pop (well, an actor playing Iggy Pop, at least) as a not-too-far-fetched stand-in for the party god. We just had to speak with playwright and director Jesse Freedman (co-founder of the production company, Meta-Phys Ed.) about his absurdist punk take on classical Greek theater.

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Bill Baker’s Brings Bacon Puffs and Cheddar-Grit Fritters to Williamsburg

Construction shot. (Bill Baker's Flickr)

Construction shot. (Bill Baker’s Flickr)

Hot on the heels of James Murphy’s wine bar, The Four Horsemen, Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip is getting another “libation-friendly seasonal American menu” courtesy of Bill Baker’s, which opens next month.

In an opening announcement, the place, named after the banker grandfather of one of the owners, claims that its “menu of delicious American fare will make us one of Brooklyn’s favorite neighborhood restaurants.” With its remote location flush up against the BQE, it’ll have its work cut out for it if it expects to lure folks east of kindred spirit Walter Foods (not to mention another Grand Street newcomer, the forthcoming Witlof.) So, among other things, it’s playing up its beer program.

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Week in Shows: Doctors in Experimental Sound and Weird Punk from Middle Earth

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It’s official now, right? We’ve entered the season of sweat. We’re all gonna smell like crap from here until depression, and shows are the perfect bacteria-breeding, lust-filled eco-chambers for housing all those fun city smells under one decrepit roof. Unless you’re so lucky as to find yourself a backyard show, or better yet a backyard show series like the one happening at Union Pool, get ready for seriously noxious fumes. But just imagine, with Summer Thunder you’ll be able to get rowdy in the heat of a summer show and be able to breathe. They don’t say Union Pool is the straight man’s cruising heaven for nothing. We’ll keep an eye out for more open-air music happenings, but until then, when heading to your neighborhood DIY dungeon, don’t forget to break out the kerchiefs, patchouli, or even a plague mask if you can swing it, you’re gonna need em.

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Battle Brewing at Rheingold Site; Rent Laws Set For Renewal

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Gov. Cuomo announced that he and leaders of the state legislature have worked out the “framework” of an agreement that would renew current rent laws but increase to $2,700 the rent at which an apartment can be deregulated. [Gothamist]

Casey Holloway, who is 32 and homeless, was charged with sexual abuse against a 26-year-old woman Sunday night outside 24 E. 7th Street. [NY Post]

A woman was arrested for throwing bleach in a man’s eyes on Clay Street in Greenpoint last Thursday morning. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Watch Ziggy Stardust Make a Cameo at North Brooklyn’s First Pride Festival

While the Stonewall Inn celebrates its building’s new landmark status, North Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community has also achieved a milestone: the area’s first Pride festival occurred Saturday on North 11th Street, between Wythe and Kent. Watch our video to relive the block party, put on with the help of representatives from local businesses like East River Ferry, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Brewery, Broadway Stages, Vice Media, Rough Trade and the Wythe Hotel.

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Kid Congo’s Still Got the Power, the Pink Monkey Birds are Flying Our Way

Kid Congo Powers (Photo: Martina Fornace)

Kid Congo Powers (Photo: Martina Fornace)

If we had to pick one emoticon to describe Kid Congo Powers’ attitude about his own three decades-long career, we’d go with the shruggy guy (i.e.¯\_()_/¯). He’s surprisingly humble and when he speaks about the past, it’s with what we imagine was the same wide-eyed amazement he had way back when The Cramps asked him to come on board. By some estimations, Kid Congo’s been a part of at least 420 bands over his three decades-long career, including legendary acts like The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and this writer’s personal favorite, The Gun Club, of which Powers was a founding member.

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Perez Hilton Is Playing Danny Tanner in the Raunchy ‘Full House’ Musical

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If you’re a millennial who wanted Danny Tanner to be your daddy, prepare for him to be ruined forever by Full House! The Musical! Get ready for it: Danny is to be played by diabolical gossip Perez Hilton. The unauthorized parody of the TV show will appear at Theatre 80 from Sept. 10 through Nov. 29 after it premieres in Toronto in August.

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Home of Stonewall Inn Becomes City Landmark

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Just days before the anniversary of the police raid at Stonewall Inn and the Pride march that grew out of it, the building that houses the historic bar has been designated a city landmark. A press release from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which pushed for the protected status, notes that it’s the “first site designated a landmark by the City of New York based solely upon its connection to LGBT history.”

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Behind That New Bookshelf at Your Local Library, a Portal to Citizenship

The new corner at Tompkins Square Library. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

The new corner at Tompkins Square Library. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

What’s so significant about one more bookshelf in New York City libraries? Quite a bit, actually. The recently installed “New Americans Corners” — signed into agreement last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – not only provide resources for immigrants aspiring to citizenship; they also signify that public libraries are trustworthy places to seek counsel in a city fraught with scams and false promises.

The corners are located in all 217 public library branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens systems to service the 650,000 to 750,000 “lawful permanent residents” seeking citizenship, per a statement from de Blasio’s office. Though multiple resources already existed at the libraries, these corners ensure that there is an organized, uniform system for New Yorkers to attain information regarding not only citizenship, but guidance on running a successful business and gaining financial stability.

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