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Performance Picks: Dystopian Theater, A C.R.E.A.M. Afternoon, and More

THURSDAY

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EthnoGraphic
Thursday, January 24 at Eris Evolution, 8 pm: $11 advance, $15 doors

The average show in Brooklyn—comedy, burlesque, music, and beyond—seems to have gotten a touch more diverse in recent years, but it’s still common to walk into a venue and see predominantly white faces staring back. That’s not the case at burlesque performer Stella Nova’s EthnoGraphic, a variety show featuring exclusively performers of color. As Nova does burlesque herself, the lineup is filled with striptease and pasties, with acts from Abby Fantastic, Fox Squire, and Lady Mabuhay, as well as slam poet Omar Holman and comedian Lauren Clark. Keep Reading »

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Here’s the L-Shutdown Beer That’ll Get You Through Those 20-Minute Waits for a Train

When Governor Cuomo talked about the “toxic cocktail” inside of the L-train tunnel, he definitely wasn’t talking about the hot new drink. But, go figure, there’s now an L-shutdown-themed beer.

The new brew, dubbed What the L?, will be launched by Blue Point, the brewing company that just threw a free Matt and Kim show at Avant Gardner. In April, they’ll give even more love to Williamsburg– the neighborhood where Vice’s Old Blue Last was born— with a helles-style, 5.2-percent-ABV lager.

If the label art looks familiar, it’s because it was designed by Winston Tseng, the graphic designer who put up those fake “Your Train Is Delayed” posters in the Bleecker Street subway station. He’s also the guy who trolled Trumpers by wrapping an East Village garbage bin in a “KEEP NYC TRASH FEE” PSA.

According to a press release, What the L? was originally meant “to bring relief to New Yorkers during the 15-month shutdown, but at this point we’re here for New Yorkers to commiserate on what the L is going on!”

Of course, there’s no drinking on MTA trains or in subway stations. But with the Times saying riders are stuck in transportation purgatory” and the Post saying that a new MTA mitigation plan amounts to straphanger hell” (Cuomo says the plan seen by the Post is out of date), you’ll probably want to brown-bag it.

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Watch Matthew McConaughey Feed Beer to a Kitten in the New Trailer For Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum

When he immortalized the words “spring break forever,” he meant it. The red-band trailer for Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum just landed, and it finds the director of Spring Breakers once again plumbing the soul of Florida Man, humanity’s ne plus ultra of low-rent debauchery and depravity. In this case, in lieu of James Franco’s Alien, we have Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, described as a “rebellious burnout who always lives life by his own rules.” Basically, he’s a turnt Big Lebowski.

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Mapplethorpe, Warhol, and More Art This Week

“Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1986” Image credit: Courtesy Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts/ Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andy Warhol: By Hand, Drawings 1950s-1980s
Opening Tuesday, January 22 at New York Academy of Art, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through March 10.

Most people know Andy Warhol by his colorful printed pop art creations, films, and tendency to bring together some of the city’s most intriguing artists, writers, socialites, and drag performers. Or perhaps his associations with The Velvet Underground or Interview magazine come to mind. But Warhol also made drawings—he started out as a commercial illustrator—and you can see a selection of them created over the course of 30 years in a new exhibition at the New York Academy of Art. Rather than the bold shades of Warhol works like the iconic painting Campbell’s Soup Cans, these drawings are more minimal, often featuring nothing more than a pencil and paper. If you’ve already seen the sprawling Whitney retrospective, here’s a chance to see the artist in a new light. Keep Reading »

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Two New Purveyors of Upside-Down Pies Square Off

(Photos courtesy of Upside Pizza)

We recently noted that the “Rhode Island-style pizza” coming to the East Village wasn’t, in fact, the focaccia-style rectangular pies so ubiquitous in the state. If that was a bummer, well, take heart: two new purveyors of crusty, square, sauce-forward slices just opened in Manhattan. They’re specializing, specifically, in upside-down pies.

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Nigerian Cuisine Makes Slow But Spicy Inroads to Manhattan

A large plate at The Suya Guy. (Photos: Nandini Rathi)

Hema Agwu, who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, has found a flamboyant way of bringing the taste of his country to New York. The 29-year-old self-taught chef serves suya — a roasted skewer meat relished in the streets of Nigeria — at The Suya Guy. After making an initial appearance last November as a pop-up in Crown Heights, the eatery is back – permanently.

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50 Photos From the Third Annual Women’s March in NYC

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Trump is still in office, and the patriarchy is not yet smashed, so for the third January in a row the streets of NYC filled with thousands of angry women and their equally angry male allies. And despite a fracturing of the Women’s March movement into three separate events on Saturday, the rally and march on the Upper West Side and Midtown drew an impressive crowd, with protesters thick on the broad avenues into the afternoon.
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Performance Picks: Literary Roasts, Asian Drag, 100 People In A Room

WEDNESDAY

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Drunk Education: Roasts of ‘Great’ Literary Men
Wednesday, January 16 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 7 pm: FREE

The books you read in school growing up (and maybe even now) were most likely written by (white) men, save for a few exceptions. There were plenty of opportunities to discuss this work, usually mandatory, but most of the time this involved parsing through the analytical layers of it all, marveling at what a multifaceted creation had come into existence at the hands of these men. Wednesday’s Drunk Education is a little different. Notable literary men will be the central topic, yes, but they’ll be roasted by three women writers (Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos, Observer’s Helen Holmes, and freelancer Becca Schuh) until nothing is left but some charred remains. Keep Reading »