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Harry Potter and Ferris Bueller Come Alive For These Adults-Only Tributes

Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or the aughts, your film heroes will come to life at these tributes to Ferris Bueller and Harry Potter. Get ready to don your wizard hat, mullet, or both.

PotterConPotterCon
Aug. 1, 2 until 8 pm at The Bell House: $8 at the door
Sorry, little muggles, this event is 21+. While there will be the requisite costumes of black robes and wands, there will also be drinks of the knock-you-off-your-broom variety (think Firewhiskey and Butterbeer). Beyond witches and wizards, expect to see magical creatures, squibs and muggles competing to win the costume contest (you may have a chance unless the lovely Fleur shows up). You can also see if you’re as smart as Hermione during trivia. Or take your turn in the sorting ceremony and try on the dusty hat. Overall, this is the perfect time to let out your inner Potterhead and practice your shoddy British accent with no shame. In keeping with Harry’s defeat of You-Know-Who through love and friendship, part of the PotterCon proceeds will go to the Harry Potter Alliance.

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5 Live Comedy Shows That Riff On Themes, From Lust to Hate

Sure, comics are notorious navel-gazers, but the fun themes at these recurring shows encourage them to dig for more than just belly button lint.

HowILearnedThe How I Learned Series
July 29, 8 pm at Union Hall: $6 advance, $10 at the door
The latest installment of this series, “You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here,” promises to be worth the price of admission. This show about getting kicked out of bars, being the last loser at a party, “the pursuit of fun,” and stupid decisions will feature Isaac Oliver, Ophira Eisenberg, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, Lynn Bixenspan and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

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The Wayland Opens a Natty Neighborhood Spot, Good Night Sonny, in the Old Simone Space

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

With the launch of Good Night Sonny, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the chef/bartender team behind Alphabet City’s cocktail bar/live music venue The Wayland, are finally realizing their dream of opening a classic New York City tavern in the heart of the East Village. After a gut renovation of the former Simone martini bar location on First Avenue and Saint Marks, they’re having a soft opening this week with drinks and some food; they’ll be officially open for business daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting this Monday.

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Rose McGowan Was Just 16 When She Did Those Racy Scenes in Doom Generation

First the stars of Kids revealed that they weren’t nearly as sexually experienced as their characters made them seem, and now our illusions about another hallmark of transgressive teen cinema, Gregg Araki’s Doom Generation, have been shattered.

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Scorsese’s ‘Rock and Roll’ Rolls into the East Village Today

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Crazy for Scorsese? Good news: It’s Martymania in East Village today.

After turning Williamsburg’s Rough Trade into an old-school Sam Goody earlier this month, Martin Sorcese’s forthcoming HBO show about NYC’s 1970s rock and roll scene is shooting in the Alphabet City.

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Tompkins Park Sleepover Protest; Drug Bust in Greenpoint

Drag March 2015, Pride NYC

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Greenpoint gallery 106 Green will host a fundraiser on August 9 to help pay for the medical bills of recently attacked artist Bryan Osburn. [Greenpointers]

Police charged four men with dealing crack, heroin and marijuana to undercover officers approximately 60 times at Greenpoint’s Cooper Houses. [DNA Info]

Landlord Ben Shaoul sold the converted rental building at 31-33 Second Avenue for $29 million, more than five times the price he paid for the property four years ago. [Bowery Boogie]

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A Nice, Clean Convo With Potty Mouth, Playing Gigawatts Fest This Weekend

Potty Mouth (Photo Credit: Jesse Riggins).

Potty Mouth (Photo Credit: Jesse Riggins).

Who likes a Potty Mouth? That’s not just a line your mom says before grabbing the soap: it’s the name of one of the much buzzed about bands performing at Gigawatts Festival this Saturday. We rang up Abby Weems and Ally Einbinder to learn more about the punk-pop trio’s upcoming show and to find out if they’re ready to spring the follow-up to their well received last album, Hell Bent, released in 2013 by North Brooklyn’s own Old Flame Records. They were tight-lipped (rather than potty-mouthed) about that, but we did talk about their band crushes, translating life into lyrics, and mansplaining. Yes, they know how much that pedal costs and, yes, they know how to use it.

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Your Saturday Plans: Get Locked Up and Try to Escape Execution

(Courtesy of The Prison)

(Courtesy of The Prison)

What would you do if you were thrown into prison in a dystopian future, given a new identity, a new past, and were told you had to convince a group of strangers not to execute you? That’s the premise of The Prison, a live action role-playing game coming to The Brick this weekend as part of the theater’s Game Play Festival, taking place all this month.

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This Art Fest Will Turn Manhattan into Wall-to-Wall Murals

(Photo courtesy LoMan Fest)

(Photo courtesy LoMan Fest)

Do you yearn to catch a street artist mid-mural? Tired of your ears being battered by the ground they’re close to? If only catching street art in the act of creation didn’t need to be a game of chance, mural makers lined the streets, and Instagram likes filled the air. Enter the LoMan Art Festival, New York’s first ever festival dedicated to the art of the spray can.

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Week in Film: Piranhas With a Messed Up Palate and Homicidal Teen Idols


This week in film get ready for uber cheesy, ultra trashy Troma films and attractive teen murderesses. If documentaries are more your speed, don’t miss one that explores the so-called “gay voice” and another that takes a look at Williamsburg’s Southside (aka Los Sures) way back in 1984.

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Doe Fund Fights to Keep Sex Offenders Out of Bushwick Shelter, But City Presses On

The Porter Street Shelter, operated by the Doe Fund (Photo via Doe Fund Facebook)

The Porter Avenue Shelter, operated by the Doe Fund (Photo via Doe Fund Facebook)

A fight is brewing between the City and the Doe Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping provide the homeless with shelter, temporary jobs, and vocational training. The Department of Homeless services has moved to place a number of sex offenders at the organization’s Bushwick facility, but the Doe Fund claims it lacks the resources for what it says is a fundamentally different type of homeless person. After filing a lawsuit against the city, the non-profit is now appealing to the community by way of a petition and a “town hall meeting” held yesterday at its Porter Avenue shelter. But City officials, including local Council Member Antionio Reynoso and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, are pushing back.

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