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BAMcinemaFest Unspools Lineup: Alex Ross Perry, Kumail Nanjiani, Jenny Slate and More

One of our very favorite film festivals, BAMcinemafest, returns June 14 to 25. According to the just-released lineup, there’ll be new films from Alex Ross Perry, Michael Showalter, Gillian Robespierre, and several other indie stalwarts. Tickets go on sale to BAM members on May 11 and to the general public May 18.

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LES Landlord Sami Mahfar Settles Tenant Harassment Case

The State Attorney General has reached a settlement with Sassan “Sami” Mahfar, the embattled landlord accused of illegally harassing tenants of his Lower East Side buildings in an effort to displace them. As part of the $225,000 settlement, companies owned by Sassan “Sami” Mahfar and Sina Mahfar will pay $175,000 to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and its efforts to combat lead poisoning.

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Last Month for the Roebling Tea Room; Brooklyn Barge Season Starts

City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who represents Bushwick and other neighborhoods, wants the Housing Preservation and Development commission to release yearly reports on where bedbug infestations have been reported, which New Yorkers could chart on an online map. [ABC 7 NY]

Williamsburg brunch destination Roebling Tea Room will shutter on May 29, concluding a 12-year run. [Gothamist]

A 45-seat Mediterranean eatery, Cervo’s, will soon run the kitchen at 43 Canal Street, formerly the first Pies ‘n’ Thighs. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Loosie’s Opens a Hammock-Happy Cafe, and They’re Giving Away Coffee All Summer

(Photo: Daniel Correa)

The team behind Loosie Rouge and Loosie’s Kitchen is opening a café inside of their Williamsburg mini compound, and they’re giving away free Toby’s Estate coffee all summer long. That’s right: Free. Coffee. From 7am to 8am, every day, starting with their opening on Friday.

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Sci-Fi Egg-Laying, Ski Shop Fantasies, and More Performance Picks

WEDNESDAY

(flyer via ROFL3 / Facebook)

ROFL3: The Slumber Party
Wednesday, May 3 at Our Wicked Lady, 8 pm: FREE

“Comedy shows” sounds a lot like “comedy shoes.” What are comedy shoes? Maybe they’re big ol’ clown shoes, or super squeaky slippers, but it doesn’t matter what you think they are. The dynamic duo of Edy Modica and Eliza Hurwitz have declared their comedic footwear of choice to be roller skates, proclaiming (and skating) this loud and clear in their monthly show on wheels, ROFL. Bet you never knew that age-old internet acronym was actually referring to roller skates.

This month, a fine bunch of funny folk will be rolling in to tell jokes and make merry, including Marcia Belsky, Dan Licata, Jaboukie Young-White, Charles Gould, and Aparna Nancherla. I once tried to perform as a character wearing roller skates and when I tried to stand in one place for a duration of time I slowly and endlessly rolled forward and did not know how to stop. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

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At Okay Space in Williamsburg, an Art Opening For ‘Toxic Times’

Artist Akwety Orraca-Tetteh (center with yellow headscarf) with exhibtion attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

During its year in Williamsburg, Okay Space, the arts venue opened by Roots drummer Questlove and run by Okayplayer’s president Dan Petruzzi, has been hosting exhibitions and small concerts that share the aesthetics of the label and its Afrocentric media platform OkayAfrica. Recent exhibitions have included a co-exhibition with rapper Schoolly D alongside painter Pablo Power and Fete Fete’s Baldamore showcase of Baltimore Artists.

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13 Things We Learned About Reservoir Dogs On Its 25th Anniversary

(Photo: Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

It’s been 25 years since Quentin Tarantino kicked off his first film with a master class on “Like a Virgin,” and to celebrate the occasion, the Tribeca Film Festival got Mr. Brown together with Reservoir Dogs stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Michael Madsen, for a post-screening Q&A. (No, they were not all dressed in black suits, Ray Bans and skinny ties.) Here’s what we learned Friday at the Beacon Theater.

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Brooklyn Flea on the Move; Two New EV Noodle Spots

Family members of a man who died in the Spring 2017 East Village gas line explosion are lobbying to name a pair of streets in the victims’ honor.
[DNA Info]

Brooklyn Flea has concluded its tenure at East River State Park after just a month and is seeking new digs. [Brooklyn Paper]

A bi-level Mexican restaurant, Dos Cientos, is vying to fill Allen Street’s vacated Preserve 24 space. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Lena Dunham and Other Women Producers On Why ‘This Is Our Moment to Seize’

Join us LIVE as America Ferrera talks to Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at #Tribeca2017!

Posted by Tribeca on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, female directors made up about one third of the program and took the fest’s top three awards. Debut features included The Boy Downstairs, a rom-com by Stophie Brooks starring Zosia Mamet of Girls, and My Art, a meta drama by Laurie Simmons, featuring a brief appearance by the artist’s daughter, Lena Dunham.

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32 Arrested as May Day Ralliers Clash With Trump Supporters

Some 32 people were arrested yesterday as hundreds gathered in Union Square for May Day. While most came to participate in demonstrations supporting international workers and laborers, a counter protest of loosely allied right-wing activists also congregated, to denounce what one of them said was the “Amerophobia” of May Day celebrants.

Jovi Val, leader of the recently formed Modern Patriots Facebook group, organized the “May Day Slay” protest as a response to celebrations that had been called by activist groups across the city. Val described the May Day celebrants as “a bunch of commie cuckfest clowns” in a Facebook Live video of their march from Union Square to Foley Square. The celebrations called for solidarity with immigrants and undocumented workers, who many fear are particularly vulnerable under the Trump administration. Val insisted that The Modern Patriots, affiliated with alt-right fraternity The Proud Boys, were present to promote “free speech.”

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Week in Shows: Punks Do Good, a Magick Music Sleepover, and Moon Child Casserole

(Flyer via Saint Vitus Bar/ Facebook)

Hank Wood & the Hammer Heads, La Misma, Mommy, Conspiracy, Shimmer, Fur Helmet
Friday May 5, 8 pm at Saint Vitus: $15

This lineup reads like a who’s-doo of Toxic State records. Arriving straight from the “institutional abyss” is Mommy. Then you have the Portuguese spittlin’ piss punks of La Misma, and scene stalwarts like Fur Helmet and Conspiracy. I mean, Saint Vitus has been called “one of the best-booked bars in New York”– even so, you’re rarely gonna find so many excellent punk/hardcore bands in one place outside of a funeral or, like, a festival (shudder).

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