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After 11 Years, Fuse Gallery Is Closing Behind Lit Lounge

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All good things must come to an end: Aliya Naumoff’s portrait of Kim and Thurston will be on display tomorrow.

Well, this bites.

Fuse Gallery, the little space behind Lit Lounge, is closing after more than a decade. Owner and curator Erik Foss just sent out the e-mail: the show that opens tomorrow — featuring Aliya Naumoff’s potraits of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and Karen O — will be Fuse’s last, and the East Village gallery will pack up after “Perceptions” closes on Sept. 11, of all days.
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No, Antler Isn’t a Taxidermy Bar — It’s a Beer and Wine Dispensary

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

With its old speakers and homey dark wood, Antler is meant to evoke a ’70s music studio. Which makes sense: proprietors Scott Garry and James Hendrick put in their share of studio time as bandmates in Possum and the Panther.

“This really started with: let’s bring our backgrounds into a place,” explained Garry, who has been bartending in Manhattan for over 13 years. It doesn’t hurt that the decor compliments Hill and Dale’s homage to the radio, a few doors down.
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The 15 People You’ll Meet at Fringe Festival (Starting With Tom Cruise)

tomkatWith over 200 companies clamoring for attention at New York International Fringe Festival, it can be super tough to decide which of the 1,200+ performances to attend. But one thing’s for sure: gimmicks help a production stand out, and there’s no better gimmick (or “plot device,” if you prefer) than using a celebrity, dead author, or an Austrian shrink or two as your subject matter. Here now are 15 people who are serving as fodder for some of this year’s standout productions — from deities to Wilhelm Reich to a singing Sigmund Freud.
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Surrounded by Cassettes, The Birdman Asks ‘Who’s Going to Buy All That Yogurt?’

If you missed The Birdman when it was part of the LES* Film Festival (it ended up winning the fest’s Neighborhood Award), here’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. Filmmaker Jessie Auritt just put the short doc online, and you can now do what you’ve never gotten up the nerve to do IRL: venture into the Birdman’s quirky First Avenue shop, packed floor-to-ceiling with cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes (it’s no surprise the proprietor refers to cell phones as “cellu-phones,” and doesn’t know how to use them).
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The Depreciation Guild Brought Back Its 8-Bit Shoegaze at Glasslands

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

“I can’t believe we’re here,” said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years.
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A Beer Born of a Brooklyn Brewmaster and Manhattan Spice Whisperer

Keg label courtesy of mybeerbuzz.comGarrett Oliver is the brewmaster who gave us bacon beer, so when Brooklyn Brewery releases a new limited-offer, draft-only concoction (as it does every three or four months) we get excited.

We like to imagine Oliver holed up in a windowless laboratory in Williamsburg, surrounded by spices from India and barley from Newfoundland, furiously scribbling chemical equations on a dry-erase board. But he got some help for this latest installment of the Brewmaster’s Reserve series. Cuvée La Boîte is a collaboration with Lior Lev Sercarz, the self-styled “spice whisperer” and proprietor of La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, in Hell’s Kitchen.
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There Was a Car Fire on the Williamsburg Bridge [Updated]

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.

The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said.
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Drug Smuggling, Brain Eating and Hasidic Punk Rockers

Take From Dusk Till Dawn and National Lampoon’s Vacation; subtract Chevy Chase, John Candy, Quentin Tarantino and bloodthirsty vampires; add Jennifer Aniston as a stripper and Dodgeball director Marshall Rawson Thurber, and you’ve got We’re The Millers.

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Petition Against Soho House's Ludlow Street Location: 'Enough Is Enough!"

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With a critical hearing coming up later this week, the LES Dwellers have launched a petition against Soho House‘s plan to dance on the grave of Max Fish by plopping down on Ludlow Street.

Since spring, the mostly anonymous crew of Lower East Siders who make up the Dwellers have campaigned heavily against Soho House’s plan to occupy three stories and a rooftop bar at 139 Ludlow. In late May, Community Board 3 recommended that the State Liquor Authority deny a liquor license application, and now the club will plead its case to the SLA at a “500 foot” hearing on Thursday.
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The NYPL Wants to Sell You This NKOTB LP, and 22,000 Other Records

NewKidsontheBlockIf Greenpoint’s vinyl district hasn’t yielded any gems lately, you may want to make a pilgrimage to midtown later this week, because the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is selling off about 22,000 dupe LPs from its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. And they’re going “cheap. Like, real cheap.”

The way the NYPL , this is going to be one epic sale.
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