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Monday, Join Our Conversation With the Editors of Vice

Last week, Ad Age named Vice its Publishing Company of the Year and neatly summarized the bohemian behemoth’s acid-laced ascent: “What had started in Canada as Voice of Montreal in 1994 has now morphed into a Brooklyn-based multimedia empire that can land a deal with HBO — for ‘Vice,’ the Emmy-nominated documentary ‘news magazine’ series that was renewed this summer for a second season — while also playing with the magazine-world big boys (Vice was a 2012 National Magazine Award finalist in the General Excellence category).”

Monday at the Newsroom, top editors Jason Mojica (editor-in-chief of Vice News) and Rocco Castoro (editor-in-chief of Vice Media) will stroll over from their Williamsburg headquarters to tell us how, exactly, the skate-brat rag you used to pick up at Beacon’s Closet rose to such prominence that 21st Century Fox recently bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million. (That’s right, Murdoch is IN.)

Incidentally, we’re told the company has no plans as of yet to expand next-door into the Beacon’s space, as was widely reported — but it’s expanding just about everywhere else: the magazine boasts 25 editions covering 30 countries and a global circulation of over 1 million, the record label has over 50 artists, the publishing arm has put out a dozen books, and nearly 3.5 million subscribers watch YouTube shows like “Fresh Off the Boat with Eddie Huang,” in which the East Village chef bounces from Mongolia to Detroit.

Meanwhile, continues to probe everything from sex on the Lower East Side (by B+B contributor Taji Ameen) to Obama’s drone strikes, via long-form video and gonzo reporting that — for better or worse, depending on where you stand — delivers a Fightland-style kick to the face of conventional journalism.

Join us Monday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Avenue, as we explore Vice’s evolution from the fringes to the front lines. The event is free but seating is limited; let us know you’re coming.

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Sunday: Here’s the Kicker! A Night of Free Comedy With Dave Hill, Greg Barris + More

comiti8Join us at the Newsroom tomorrow, Sunday, as Natalie Shure – the creme da la Greenpoint comedy creme – hosts a night of stand-up. It’s a family affair! Shure, a grad student at NYU Journalism, will welcome Dave Hill, a New York magazine contributor who you also know and love from This American Life and just about a zillion other things. Plus East Village comedian Greg Barris, last seen debriefing a psychedelics expert, will be back fo mo, fo sho. We’re hoping he recycles his Holy Mountain Halloween costume for the occasion (see below). It’s all FREE — just let us know you’re coming.

DAVE HILL is a contributor on This American Life and has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, TLC and other networks. He is the writer of the book Tasteful Nudes, and his writing has appeared in NY Times, GQ, Salon, Vice, McSweeney’s, and others.

Screenshot_2013-10-26-02-32-55GREG BARRIS is a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene and is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that has been a frequent Time Out New York critic’s pick, much loved by BrooklynVegan and hailed as ‘excellent’ by The New Yorker. Paper describes him as “the perfect combination of very good looking, hilarious and super-weird.” The next Heart of Darkness is Dec. 5 at the Bell House.

MATTEO LANE has performed on Keith and the Girl, Sirius XM, and the TBS Just for Laughs Fest in Chicago. He’ll be in the NY Comedy Festival and is headlining at Caroline’s Nov. 19

SARA ARMOUR is a recent NYC transplant from DC, who has performed in clubs and festivals nationwide.

NEAL STASTNY is a writer for MTV. He has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and will be at the Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans.

NATALIE SHURE is a comedian, journalist and grad student at NYU. She has performed at Cape Fear Comedy Festival and has written for several publications.

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Watch the Creators of The Domino Effect Talk Williamsburg Development

Tonight at the B+B Newsroom we screened The Domino Effect, a film about the development of the Domino Sugar factory. If you missed it, watch online as we speak to filmmakers Brian Paul and Daniel Phelps, Colin Miles of Save Domino, Community Board 1 member Esteban Duran, and Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground, a new book surveying the wilder days of the East River waterfront. More about the event and the film here. Update: The event has passed, but we’ve archived the discussion above.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Rosario’s

1963 was a big year for pizza on the Lower East Side. That’s when a 16-year-old Salvatore Bartolomeo first flipped a disc of dough at Rosario’s Pizza, which quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.

The neighborhood has changed since then, as has the pizza joint’s Houston Street location (it’s now at 173 Orchard). So is Bartolomeo nervous about the recent and impending closures of Max Fish (being replaced by Sweet Chick),  El Sombrero (being replaced by Artichoke Pizza), Motor City, and all the rest? Or does he plan to go as long as Katz’s, which is celebrating its 125th?
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Here’s Why This Guy Was Giving Free Haircuts On Bedford Avenue the Other Day

On a recent Thursday, Steven Chu and Parker McComb were posted on Bedford Avenue with a white folding chair, scissors, buzzers, and a sign offering “free haircuts for art.” Chu — who learned how to cut hair in 2008, by watching YouTube videos — was offering up his services to promote a new art project, called Hourships. “The premise is hour-long apprenticeships for youth, ages 5-18, interested in the arts,” the 28-year-old explained.
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Divine Inspiration: Jeffrey Schwartz’s New Doc on the ‘Drag Queen Who Ate Dog Shit’

Here’s the typical path from underground hero to mainstream celebrity: Gain cult following of people who are edgier and wilder than most (see: gay crowds, college kids, artists); sweat in small theaters and films for years; get the attention of a powerful tastemaker; take the edge way off your persona and appear publicly as a watered down version of your earlier self, bringing slight thrills without actually pushing any boundaries.

And while you could say this is what happened to 1970s and ’80s drag star Divine — who went from eating dog poo in the John Waters film Pink Flamingoes to playing a Baltimore housewife who’s only compulsion is ironing — the real story, told in the new documentary I Am Divine, is anything but typical.
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Tonight, We’re Screening The Domino Effect and Talking Development


When we reported in August that demolition of part of the Domino Sugar Factory had been approved, Megan Sperry told us that Williamsburgers have “gotten used to losing” to Two Trees and many now feel that the developer’s radical transformation of the waterfront is a “done deal.”

Tonight at the Newsroom, we’ll be screening Sperry’s film on the subject, The Domino Effect. The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmakers Brian Paul and Daniel Phelps, Colin Miles of Save Domino, and Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground, a new book surveying the wilder days of the East River waterfront. (The event is free — just let us know you’re coming.)
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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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A Talk With the Director of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

We’re watching The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations tonight at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom. Couldn’t make it? Tune in shortly after 8 p.m. as we talk to the documentary’s director, Greenpoint’s own Hannah Jayanti, about the classic children’s story. You can read more about the event here. Update: The event has passed, but you can watch the recording above.

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Meowzers! There’s Going to Be a Cat Painting Takedown

1378803_629586530412143_503297906_nMatt Timms, organizer of legendary amateur-chef competitions, is hosting his third Painting Takedown. This time, instead of velvet paintings, talented artists — well, anyone with at least some confidence in their ability to wield a paint brush — are being challenged to smear canvases with their best interpretation of cats. It’s the next best thing to a cat cafe!

Don’t worry, if you “can’t paint cats” — the exact words of one tattoo artist whose unfortunate work will never see the light of day again, thanks to one SUPERB cover-up — you can still mow some spicy chili, alternate with swigs of ice-cold beer, and bid on paintings to support local animal shelters.
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Buy Anything at Essex Street Market and Luca & Bosco Will Put Pumpkin Ice Cream On It

Oddfellows and Davey’s Ice Cream aren’t the only ones that started scooping over the summer. At the Essex Street Market, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky of Luca & Bosco have been quietly serving up goat cheese ice cream as well as cocktail-inspired varieties like Gin & Juice. For the fall, they’re doing seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice. Watch our audio slideshow to find out more about the cart’s “a la mode” program and then try asking them to top the mac & cheese pancakes you bought at Shopsins with a scoop of their Drunk & Salty Caramel.

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Adam Green Thinks Virtual Reality Will Bridge the Manhattan/Brooklyn Divide

As you can probs guess from our name, Bedford + Bowery is all about uniting the neighborhoods on either side of the Williamsburg Bridge and the L line. But East Village musician and artist Adam Green has another idea. Earlier this month, we spoke to him at the Newsroom after a screening of How to Act Bad, a documentary that follows the singer-songwriter over the course of two years of touring Europe, getting cozy with the Shining Twins and dabbling in ketamine and DMT. Green told us, “I tried this virtual reality helmet the other day. Have you ever tried this? Oculus? I feel like it’s going to bridge the divide between these two neighborhoods.” According to Green, we could all be chilling in a French chateau instead of wondering whether life is better on the other side of the bridge. “When they took the helmet off of my head, I didn’t want to go back,” he said.

Watch the rest of the discussion between Green and the documentary’s director, Dima Dubson, above.