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Honey, I Shrunk Basquiat!

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4″ Basquiat Munny by Julissa Lopez

In case you missed out on your chance to score a Basquiat beanie, we’ve got you covered. Local artist Julissa Lopez has a Basquiat Munny for sale, and it can be yours for a measly $300.

Lopez started painting Munny dolls after a friend introduced her to the vinyl figurines, made by Kidrobot, two years ago. With a background in makeup artistry, she got her hands on the dolls and decided to add clay to make them more life-like. She molds the clay onto the four-inch-tall vinyl figurines, then bakes them and paints over them with acrylic paint.
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Catch Three of Cinema’s Most Audacious Auteurs in Coversation

Three out-there filmmakers are getting out of the directors chair and into the hot seat next month.

Werner Herzog (Flickr user "erinc salor") John Waters (David Shankbone), Darren Aronofsky (Dkandell)

Werner Herzog (Flickr user “erinc salor”) John Waters (David Shankbone), Darren Aronofsky (Dkandell)

John Waters in conversation with Dennis Dermody and J Hoberman
Sept. 5 and 11, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65 Street
After regaling us with his Christmas list, the filmmaker who shocked/delighted the world with the poo-eating in Pink Flamingos is having a retrospective at Lincoln Center that will include a rare scratch-n-sniff screening of Polyester. The whole shebang kicks off Sept. 5 with a screening of Female Trouble, followed by a conversation between Waters and film critic J Hoberman.
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Missing Model Found; Fall’s Most Anticipated Restaurants

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An employee at an unidentified hospital tipped off police that Lower East Side model Ataui Deng has been admitted as a patient. She’d been missing for 12 days. [NY Daily News]

Police say a 29-year-old man was robbed of his camera, laptop and wallet by a woman who’d accompanied him to his Allen Street hotel room on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

A Bushwick woman whose iPhone was stolen at gunpoint from her front stoop Monday night had her property returned to her by police after she used the “Find My iPhone” app. The phone was found in a car along with marijuana and a gun sans serial number. The car’s three male passengers were arrested. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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This New Bushwick Bar Is The Most Literal Boobie Trap We’ve Ever Seen

Welcome to Boobie Trap (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Welcome to Boobie Trap (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Much like beloved Pumps, the vast majority of boobs at Bushwick’s newest bar are synthetic– but that’s about the only quality these establishments share. Boobie Trap is actually a respectable joint that very likely won’t make you feel creepy and exploitative after spending five minutes inside. In fact, with its cheap beer and reasonably priced food, you might end up staying for a while.
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Ricky’s Is Dressing Up For Halloween On Houston Street

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s been 25 years since Ricky’s opened its first store (called Ricky Love) in Greenwich Village, and the quirky/kinky/funky/punky cosmetics and accessories chain is still going strong: we recently noticed COMING SOON signage in the window at 250 East Houston Street, between Avenues A and B. No, this isn’t a new permanent location: we’re told by the folks at corporate headquarters that it’s a Halloween pop-up that’ll likely open sometime next month.

Sigh, summer’s really ending, isn’t it? It’s enough to make a man buy some “Raven Black” Manic Panic and go full Goth.

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Hear Screech Roar in the Saved by the Bell Movie, Then See Him in the SBTB Musical

It’s a good time to be a Dustin Diamond fan (anyone?). First off, Lifetime just unleashed a teaser for its forthcoming “unauthorized” Saved By the Bell movie, which depicts behind-the-scenes antics such as Diamond (aka Screech) clocking Mark Paul Gosselaar (aka Zach Morris) and yelling, “I AM NOT. SCREECH!”
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Did 3rd Ward Stiff You? This Person Wants to Know

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When Bushwick’s DIY studio space and artist residence 3rd Ward abruptly shuttered its doors last October, members, teachers and students were left out in the cold. They were given a day’s notice to vacate and gather their belongings, and were notified via email that they wouldn’t receive any refunds for unused memberships or classes. Nearly a year later, former 3rd Ward teacher Robin Grearson is collecting data from members in order to find out just how much money they’re owed.
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