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Bushwick Film Fest Returns; Chloe Thinks East Village Is ‘Like a Frat House’

Buff Monster on Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police are looking for a foursome—two men and two women, all likely in their late teens—who they believe committed three Lower East Side robberies in a couple hours between late Wednesday and early Thursday. [DNA Info]

East Village jewelry store C’est Magnifique, which spent its first 57 years in the West Village before relocating in 2012, closed for good this past weekend. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Chef and Pies ‘n’ Thighs co-founder Stephen Tanner and Harvey Milk bassist Chris Young will follow-up their Williamsburg restaurant, The Commodore, with a two-story Bushwick dive bar serving BBQ/Mexican fusion called El Cortez. [Grub Street]

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Waka Waka, an Indie Gaming Hang, Has Powered Up On Clinton Street

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Less than a year after we brushed elbows with Rihanna at “the most buzzed about tattoo shop in the history of man” at 26 Clinton Street, Bang Bang (aka Keith McCurdy) packed up his crew and moved on. Last night, the space was playing host to a different New York niche culture – call it revenge of the nerds.

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Marc Maron Is Coming to Skirball, Which Just Announced Its New Season

Attention, WTFers, WTFuxtibles, WTFineers, WTFuckleberry Finns! Marc Maron is taking his grumbling and grousing out of the cluttered garage from which his weekly podcast emanates and into some far tonier digs.
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6 Shows You Should Really Go See

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Fresh off their European tour with Islands, Brooklyn band TEEN takes over Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week. The female four-piece is headed up by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (hence the band’s name), formerly of Here We Go Magic. TEEN calls their music “psychedelic gospel”; it’s part glittering pop, part soulful rock. If you can’t make the Bazaar tonight, you can catch em on September 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m., tickets free
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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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Chinatown Buses Face Regulation and Riled-Up Residents

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of "Save Our Streets")

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of Save LES Streets)

After a two-year grace period, the city is finally moving to enforce legislation that aims to regulate the thriving (and some would say infuriating) Chinatown bus industry, in the hopes of mitigating the “wild west” atmosphere that the throng of ludicrously cheap long-haul carriers have introduced to the affected downtown zones.
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Affordable Housing Rush in Greenpoint; Skinny Dennis Opens a New Bar

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Julian Acevedo, the now 45-year-old driver allegedly involved in a Williamsburg hit-and-run accident that killed an expectant Hasidic couple in March 2013, has been given an October 14 trial date. [NY Post]

Yesterday afternoon, 60 firefighters were dispatched to a Clymer Street in Williamsburg after a maintenance worker at a synagogue received an electric shock while changing lightbulbs. The man was hospitalized with burns on his hand, said the FDNY. [DNA Info]

Shake Shack will reportedly make an IPO as soon as this year with help from JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. [Business Insider]
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J Franks Is At It Again, East German Westerns, And ’60s Afronauts

Check out the flicks we’re Reel Psyched to see this week.


Kink
Oh boy, get ready for this one: Franco combines his passion for porn and documentary as the producer of Kink– which takes us behind the scenes at Kink.com, “the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content.” Apparently the film does a good deal of cheerleading for Kink.com, which is a relatively open and “normal” operation compared to the rest of the fetish industry. J Franks himself will be on site and ready for an audience Q+A  after Friday’s 9:55 pm screening. Friday August 22nd through Tuesday August 26 at IFC Center, 323 6th avenue; tickets, $14
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Readings and Talks: Secret Societies, Southron Turncloaks and Storytellers

Since everyone cool/loaded has left the city for a summer get-away and you’re still here, what better way to pass these lazy days than by learning to battle the Illuminati, showing off your mad fanboy language skillz or getting acquainted with Emperor Augustus. 

Thursday August 21

dearbetter copyJulie Schumacher + Ethan Rutherford
Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher’s eighth novel, is an epistolary satire of academia that has been earning—as the title of a Slate review puts it, “Strongest possible endorsement.” Made up of letters of recommendation written by a beleaguered literature professor (whose promising career in fiction is now just a fading memory), the book is a bitingly witty portrait of a dying English department and the embittered man who dwells in its decomposing innards.  Keep Reading »