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Dead Stars Is Going As Nirvana For Halloween

Turns out those two Nirvana cover albums aren’t your only chance to hear Kurt brought back from the grave. Wednesday at 285 Kent, Gigawatts is putting on a Halloween show and Dead Stars — last seen paying tribute to Colin Devlin — will be going as Nirvana. Other acts include Butter the Children as the Pixies, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, Honduras as Green Day, and Grand Resort as New Order, in case you missed the real deal a few blocks away back in July. As you can see above, Dead Stars does a pretty spot-on version of “Breed” — watch them tear through the Nevermind track at a show at Dead Herring last year.
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Forget Banksy, The Katz's Pop-Up Has Hanksy… and Kenzo Minami

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A while back, we clued you into the pop-up that Katz’s Delicatessen was opening next to its longtime digs. The Space, at 203 East Houston, launches with a party at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and it turns out the deli’s taste in artists is as sharp as its pastrami blades. No, they didn’t get Banksy (he was busy hitting the Upper West Side, Staten Island and Chelsea over the weekend) but on board for the collab are self-declared “fartist” Hanksy, Baron Von Fancy (maker of the “Blow Me” balloon), Rich Tu, and Kenzo Minami.
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Monday: An Evening With the Owners of the Night

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Sure, it’s fun to sit around remembering CBGB and the Mudd Club, but what about the great clubs and creative hubs of today? Join us Monday at the B+B Newsroom as five trailblazers of North Brooklyn nightlife discuss the state of play circa 2013.

John Barclay will be coming off of a win this week’s Paper Nightlife Awards, where his Bossa Nova Civic Club scored Best New Club (New York considers it the Best Dance Club, period, and gave it another shout-out in last month’s Everything Guide to Dancing).

Barclay operated 285 Kent before legendary DIY promoter Todd Patrick (aka Todd P) turned it into a nightly destination for all-ages indie rock shows. Patrick, also the founder of Showpaper, is now in the midst of reopening beloved underground spot Market Hotel as a fully licensed indie music venue; last month he announced he was also reopening the original location of Silent Barn as a yet-to-be-named artist’s studio space and an all-ages venue for avant-garde and experimental music.

Also joining us will be Peter Shapiro, who owned celebrated Tribeca club Wetlands before opening Brooklyn Bowl in 2009. A couple of months ago, the bowl-o-drome announced its expansion to London and Las Vegas. Shapiro, also the publisher of Relix magazine and a founder of the Great GoogaMooga, recently relaunched Lower East Side burlesque mecca The Slipper Room and the venerable Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

Jify Shah will be coming off of a blockbuster week at his Williamsburg venue, Cameo, which just hosted CMJ showcases by some B+B favorites (Mexican Summer, Cascine, Wild Honey Pie, etc.). In addition to attracting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting indie-rock and electronic acts and DJs, Cameo is New York‘s Best Stand-Up spot of 2010, thanks to house fixture Max Silvestri.

In 2008, Jake Rosenthal co-founded PopGun Presents, which produces concerts, parties, festivals and events around town. He and his partner Rami Haykal began booking Glasslands — one of B+B’s favorite places to catch a show — in 2009 and assumed ownership of the Williamsburg venue last year.

We’ll get the party started Monday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand St., off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.

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Maya Angelou, Joyce Carol Oates and Dick Cavett Traded Norman Mailer Stories

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What, you thought Tom Wolfe was the only literary lion we roll with?

Last night, The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony held its fifth annual gala at the New York Public Library; B+B was there along with the Mailer family, a long list of well-respected writers, and some pleasant surprises like John Waters, Tony Bennett, and Coco Rocha. (For better or worse Courtney Love, who was supposed to be Steven Klein’s date, was a no-show.)
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Tom Wolfe Wants To Read More About Hipsters

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Today, speaking at our own Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Tom Wolfe was asked what aspect of contemporary New York life he’d like to see reported on more often. To which the famed author responded, with total earnestness, “I have never seen a profile of the hipster.”

Seriously, Tom? You’ve never seen a profile of a hipster? Clearly the Man in the White Suit hasn’t met the Gray Lady, having somehow missed the The Times‘s near weekly anthropological fascination with said species (see How I Became a Hipster, Caught in the Hipster Trap, and The Hipster in the Mirror for a quick primer).
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Listen to Not One But Two Full-Album Covers of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

Forget the $150 box set and the fax from Steve Albini — the most amazing thing to emerge from the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero might just be a pair of cover albums. Last month at Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick donned some flannel to become Deervana and played the album in its entirety. But that fairly faithful rendition (audio here) is nowhere near as trippy as a collection of covers, out this month, by bands from the Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.
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Big Bob Grady Has Found Camaraderie at Peter Pan Donut For 40 Years

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The old timers sit in the back at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. That’s where regulars like Bob Grady (“a good Irish name”) drink their coffee and pass the time. Big Bob, as he’s affectionately known, is here every weekday around 10 a.m. With so many people coming in and so much conversation to have, he can stay sometimes all the way to 3 p.m.
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Banksy Piece Gets Defaced, Restored, and Then… Framed?

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Banksy took to the Williamsburg-Bed Stuy border today for the 17th installment of . Hours after his piece went up on Cook Street, off of Graham Avenue, it was vandalized. But a few art-friendly Good Samaritans did some on-the-spot restoration and — although a smudge is still visible — the mural is pretty much clear.

While B+B was on the scene, a man covered the right figure with a square piece of blue Plexiglas. Hysteria ensued as everyone remembered the guy who, a few days ago, tried to charge people $20 to take a picture of a Banksy piece.
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The Author of Dealers On Weed: ‘Pump It into Public School Systems’

Peter Madsen will be at the B+B Newsroom tomorrow to join director Will Robson-Scott in a post-screening discussion about “Chi Raq,” Robson-Scott’s documentary about Chicago gang violence. Today, we spoke to Madsen about his new book, “Dealers.”
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Peter Madsen’s Dealers collects interviews with 15 New York City drug dealers including a weed-peddling bike courier who doesn’t even smoke the stuff and a coke dealer with a penchant for losing his vials and coming up short — plus a favor-granting doorman of a luxury building in Flatiron. Madsen, who lives in Williamsburg, has also compiled hundreds of man-on-the-street interviews he conducted starting in 2010 that you can check out on his blog, Word on the Street New York. Here’s the B+B Q+A.
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Croxley’s Will Soon Open a 48-Tap Belgian Outpost in Williamsburg

IMG_4056Pub chain Croxley Ales hopes to bridge the gap between its five Long Island locations and its East Village spot with a new location in Williamsburg. That is, once the Department of Buildings comes through.

Partner Chris Werle said the new Brooklyn location, at 63-65 Grand Street, is 90 percent complete and will open swiftly once they receive the permits to finish work. An internal wall in the onetime meatpacking plant still needs to come down.
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