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These Guys Want to Bring Brewing Back to Bushwick

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

These days, Bushwick is generally regarded as the land of artisan pizza and warehouse parties, but let’s not forget that it was once the beer capital of the Northeast. If Eric Feldman and Marshall Thompson get their way, they’ll open the first brewery in Bushwick since Rheingold closed its doors in 1976 and the neighborhood may relive its glory days as the site of Brewers Row.

“We want to be the first,” says Thompson, sporting a black t-shirt emblazoned with the company’s logo, the Braven. “But we definitely don’t want to be the last.”
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A Couple of Pianos Bookers Have Opened Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Last night after our talk with four Brooklyn club operators, Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones, who attended the event, invited us over to their new club Baby’s All Right for a tour.

The bar and live music venue, located in a former plumbing supply warehouse at 146 Broadway, is now “openish,” having hosted a Brooklyn Vegan’s CMJ showcase last weekend, but it might be a couple of weeks before it’s fully open for what Mexico describes as a “nice clean lunch” during the day and “experimental bar food” at night.
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There’s a New Flea Market, and This One Has a Live Piano Player

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

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Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

After hosting some epic events over the summer (Tiki Disco, Kim Gordon) the onetime factory that goes by the name Knockdown Center is remodeling so it can reopen as a proper arts center in the spring. In the meantime, it’s using its sprawling grounds in the best way possible: last weekend it launched a year-round flea market.
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Next Up at the Newsroom: Andrew WK, Dave Hill, Phantom Tollbooth and More

lectureWe’ve got just a couple of weeks left at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom and we’ve packed them with a dizzying/dazzling array of screenings, discussions, and, er, party lectures? We’ll share more about each event as the date nears, but for now here’s a proper schedule so you can mark your calendars. We’ll be livestreaming whenever possible, but your best bet is to join us in person at 155 Grand St., off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg. All events are free and start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Follow us at on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates.

TUES, OCT. 22
Indie Publishers Press On! A talk with the founders of three small presses: Jordan McIntyre of The Crumpled Press, Rami Shamir of Underground Editions and Katelan Foisy of Knickerbocker Circus. More here.

WED., OCT. 23
A screening of Dirty Old Town followed by a talk with the film’s star Billy Leroy and filmmakers Jenner Furst, Daniel B. Levin and Julia Willoughby Nason. More here.

THURS., OCT. 24
A screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations followed by a talk with director Hannah Jayanti. More here.

FRI., OCT. 25
A screening of The Domino Effect followed by a talk with the filmmakers about development in North Brooklyn.

SUN., OCT. 27
Comedy night featuring Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Sara Armour, Matteo Lane and Neal Stastny. Hosted by Natalie Shure.

MON., OCT 28
An Evening with Vice. Jason Mojica, editor-in-chief of Vice News, and Rocco Castoro, editor-in-chief of Vice Media, discuss Vice’s evolution from the fringes to the mainstream.

TUES., OCT. 29
A party lecture by Andrew W.K. featuring wisdom from the musician’s forthcoming book The Party Bible.

WEDS., OCT. 30
How to Grow a Label in Brooklyn: a talk with the founders of indie record labels Captured Tracks, Loma Vista, and Cascine.

See previous Newsroom events here, and keep checking back — we’re posting footage daily.

The Bedford + Bowery Newsroom, 155 Grand. St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Peaches Does Herself Is an Anti-Jukebox Musical That Takes ‘Cock Rock’ Very Seriously

The film opens on a podium, where a stuffy professor lectures in un-subtitled German sprinkled with English words: “Teaches of Peaches,” “rock mainstream,” “Fatherfucker,” “clitoris.” Then he disappears, replaced by Berlin-based girl group Jolly Good, both wearing Plasmatics T-shirts and screeching “Rock Show.” It’s the first of 22 songs by the Canadian electro-clash rocker Peaches, best known for Lost in Translation’s “Fuck the Pain Away.”
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Wednesday: See Billy Leroy On the Big Screen and in Person

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We were devastated — really just devastated — when Billy Leroy, star of Travel Channel’s Baggage Battlestold us he had ditched plans to return to the old spot on Houston Street where he sold subway signs, skulls, and sundries out of a tent. It’s not like we ever had room to keep a stuffed coyote in our apartment, and our taste in art doesn’t really tend toward blue demons — but everyone knows Billy’s Antiques & Props was one of the last holdovers from the days before “metro-suburbanites,” as Billy likes to call them, swarmed the Bowery in flip-flops. Which is why Jim Jarmusch showed up at the closing party.

Wednesday, that green tent will live again — on the big screen — as we present Dirty Old Town at the B+B Newsroom. (The event is free: just let us know you’re coming.) This fine work of cinema verité portrays Billy as an antiques dealer — and a “leader of fools and king of gypsies” — who has 72 hours to make the rent, or his landlord will turn his junk store into a Starbucks. All the while Billy has to resist the advances of a young party vixen played by Janell Shirtcliff (it’s hard out there for a props dealer) who also has her claws in a preppy restaurateur played by Paul Sevigny of Beatrice Inn. (Sevigny’s band A.R.E Weapons contributed an ode to gentrification, “Parking Lot,” to the soundtrack.) Maybe the best part: Scott Dillin, an ex-cop who actually patrolled the mean streets of the LES back in the bad old days, plays a hard-drinking, wrong-thinking boy in blue.

Are you starting to see why Abel Ferrara presented Dirty Old Town when it premiered in Manhattan? Take it from the man himself: “This film is fucking real.”

So join us Wednesday at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg as we screen this insta-classic and then talk to the film’s star, Billy Leroy, as well as the filmmakers, Jenner Furst, Daniel B. Levin and Julia Willoughby Nason. Furst and Levin will also be taking questions about Captured, their documentary about LES photographer Clayton Patterson (who also has a part in Dirty Old Town). Stop in and have a Stumptown stubbie on us.

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Tuesday at the Newsroom: Indie Publishers Press On!

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According to popular legend, the death knell tolled for print publishing years ago. But while industry insiders threw up their hands in defeat and the giant Borders crumbled to its knees, there were those in the shadows that refused to hear the bell’s call. Tomorrow at the Newsroom, we’ll talk to some local indie publishers who refused to go quietly into the digital night. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 22, as they speak to the challenges and opportunities facing independent print publishing. As always, the event is free — just let us know you’re coming.

Rami Shamir is the author of the acclaimed novel Train to Pokipse and a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award for fiction. He started Underground Editions in 2011 with partner Adam Void. The pair established a national distribution network of 40 independent booksellers while maintaining a total boycott of its titles from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. In addition to publishing Shamir’s novel, Underground Editions has released three other titles including the train-hopping travelogue from graffiti artists Droid 907 and AVOID, Live the Dream, learn to Die 2.

Katelan Foisy is a visual artist specializing in collage and mixed media painting. Her memoir, Blood and Pudding, was called The Best Book of 2010 by Words with Jam magazine. Knickerbocker Circus began in a Lower East Side café in 2009 and was designed to give artists more creative control over their own works and to embrace those artists overlooked by traditional genres.

Jordan McIntyre is the founding editor and sole owner of The Crumpled Press, which he began in 2004 to showcase new authors and provided a space for established writers to say something new. McIntrye has published two books of poetry including Crumpled Press’s inaugural publication, Still Leaves.

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Satisfy Yourself with Food Porn or Get Killed by Cuteness with Cat Films

What’s it like to get down and dirty at a food porn party? If you like “extreme eats, close-ups and food burlesque,” then keep reading.

This year’s NYC Food Film Festival hits hard, opening with “Kings of BBQ” Wednesday night. You’re invited to a VIP pre-party featuring food from Brooklyn’s Char No. 4, a screening of 1 Minute Meal: Blessed by Brisket, Mile High Pie (despite these films’ names, they’re not part of the food porn night) and The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait. Plus a special cocktail from The Winslow, sweets from Max and Mina’s, Bubby’s and Leske’s, and imported beers from Warsteiner. Oh and did we forget to mention the BBQ brisket dinner from champion pitmasters Nicole Davenport, Johnny Trigg, Tuffy Stone and John Markus? This may be the only film festival where the food is as good as the films.
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Thursday: A Free Screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

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When the classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, laudatory articles were written about it, parents named their children Milo in record numbers, and seriously devoted fans tattooed the iconic Tock the watchdog on their bodies. But lost amidst most of the celebration was the unlikely story of the book’s creation. Lucky for us, Greenpoint-based documentary filmmaker Hannah Jayanti decided to dig a little deeper, spending two years interviewing author Norton Juster, illustrator Jules Feiffer and their multi-generational legion of fans.

The result, The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, premiered at the New Yorker Film Festival earlier this month. Tickets to the premier sold out in less than 10 minutes, but Bedford + Bowery is pleased to announce a special screening of the film on October 24 at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a Q&A with the director. (The event is free, just let us know you’re coming.)
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Carlo Mirarchi On the Roberta’s Cookbook and Bushwick’s Neighborhoodization

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In 2007, Bushwick favorite Roberta’s was an empty cinderblock bunker rented from an Orthodox Jewish couple, pleased that the space was being leased for a pizza place. Five years later, the bunker is an eatery with a rooftop garden, named one of Bon Appétit’s 20 Most Important Restaurants in America, with a name synonymous with a certain brand of Bushwick. Now, the guys behind Roberta’s have a cookbook, full of recipes for their pizzas, pastas, meats, and desserts, punctuated with photos and stories from the early days when chef Carlo Mirarchi cooked with a toaster oven and a butane burner. We spoke with Mirarchi about the new cookbook (in stores October 29), the restaurant’s fast ascension, and the past five years in Bushwick.
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