This Brooklyn Director Has a Cannes-Do Attitude

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A scene from Short Lived

Brooklyn-based director Michael Hobbs only ever imagined he’d have the opportunity to work with a dream team on his latest short film, Short Lived. But when Hobbs sent an email on a whim to Brooklyn-based director of photography Alexander Crowe, he got more than he bargained for. “I didn’t expect a reply because of his caliber, but he got back to me,” Hobbs says. “This was a really big deal.”
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Car Break-Ins in Williamsburg; East New York the Next Bushwick?

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Kim’s Video & Music in the East Village could shutter before the month’s end. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Robert Durst, the real estate developer who sold 234 Union Avenue in Williamsburg for more than $21 million this month, was arrested in Houston for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a CVS cash register. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday 28-year-old Google engineer Jason Chan was arraigned on charges that he raped a 19-year-old woman in his East Village apartment in June. [NY Post]

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Umbrella Arts Wants Your Photos of Kids, the Creepier and Uglier the Better

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This could be the antidote to all the tot shots that have been flooding your Facebook feed lately. Umbrella Arts is putting on a show called “Kids (Not Cute)” — as the title implies, it’ll be dedicated to photographs of yung’uns that are “a bit out of the ordinary, not the conventionally cute and sentimental images that are often seen.”
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Dear: Rivington+, Welcome to Great Jones

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Dear: Rivington + owner Moon Rhee in the new Noho location (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

High-end fashion retailers are staking out Noho like there’s no tomorrow. First there was A.P.C., then Filson landed, and Phillip Lim scored a still-under-construction spot. Now, vintage/modern luxe store Dear: Rivington+ has just moved into 37 Great Jones, fresh from its former digs on Rivington Street.
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Colbert ‘It’ Girl Edan Lepucki Reads Tonight

The relatively unknown author whose debut novel vaulted to the top of the bestseller list after The Colbert Report made it a weapon in its war against Amazon is appearing at a local bookstore tonight. And yes, it’s an indie — namely, Greenpoint’s Word.
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Massive Rave Returns With Short Shorts, Slip ‘N Slide, Sunrise Pancakes

(Photo: Daniel)

(Photo: Daniel)

Last time BangOn! hit Brooklyn, it brought giant fire-breathing replicas of Easter Island’s moai. This time, it’s all about short shorts. The next rave — at a secret warehouse location, as usual — aims to bring “a sea of taut buttocks wearing the shortest shorts in Brooklyn,” and to insure it, the organizers have announced that “prizes will be awarded to the man and the woman with the shortest shorts. Scissors will be available at the front door for last-minute short-shortening.”
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Talking Dating and Drama With the Writer and Director of ‘Get Me a Guy’

Elizabeth Galalis and Paul Romano in Get Me a Guy (Photo courtesy of Alexander Fabozzi)

Elizabeth Galalis and Paul Romano in Get Me a Guy (Photo courtesy of Alexander Fabozzi)

New Yorkers are not only constantly dramatizing their own already rather dramatic love lives, but also adore consuming dramatizations of other such love lives: see Sex and the City, Girls, Hitch, Gossip Girl, Forty Days of Dating, and so on and so forth. Now, Horse Trade Theater Group brings you the rare opportunity to see some disastrous romantic escapades (not your own!) LIVE, at their production of Get Me a Guy—currently playing at Under St Marks Theater in the East Village.
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Life of Pie: Food For Thought at an Event and Exhibit in DUMBO

Tonight in DUMBO, a quartet of creatives (including Michael J. Cirino of a razor, a shiny knife, the pop-up dinner rapscallions known for serving rogue luncheons on the L train and such) will present some food-focused work and performances. The event, put on by Kind Aesthetic, aims to “showcase artists, thinkers and makers who use food as their medium” — much like an art exhibit that, coincidentally, is currently on view nearby at Smack Mellon gallery.
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Veselka Celebrates 60 Years; McKibbin Lofts Hit With Partial Vacate Order

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Sadie Silver—a public school principal living in Bushwick—was arrested and fired after police allegedly caught she and her partner, Michael Acosta, bringing heroin and prescription drugs into an maximum security prison in upstate New York. [NY Daily News]

J.Crew confirmed that it will open a Williamsburg outpost at 234 Wythe Avenue in mid-September. [T]

From 6 p.m. to 6:54 p.m. tomorrow night, Veselka will charge the prices it did in 1954 (10-cent coffee, 60-cent borscht) in honor of its anniversary. [Grub Street]
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Dine With Lena Dunham in the Confines of the Lowline!

Lena gets excited at last year's anti-bash (Photo courtesy of Justin Jay)

Lena gets excited at last year’s anti-bash (Photo courtesy of Justin Jay)

The Lowline folks are on a roll. Less than a month after a lucrative benefit netted them $30,000 for their ambitious underground park project, they’ve released a save-the-date for their Anti-Gala 2014. The no doubt glitzy October 8 event will be the third such—with this year’s iteration set to be hosted by none other than Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham. Individual tickets are retailing for $1,500, while a table will set you back $25,000.

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