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Don’t Even Think About Parking On J.J. Jenkins’s Stool at Union Pool

man at bar

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Twelve years ago, when he helped turn a garage behind Union Pool into an informal music venue, J.J. Jenkins couldn’t have imagined that it would end up drawing big names like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, who’ll play there with Body/Head in September.

Jenkins first started going to the Williamsburg bar after moving from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his now-defunct country and blues-rock band in ’93. He became such a mainstay that one day he received the ultimate honor: a permanent reserved seat marked by an eponymous brass plaque in the rail of the bar.
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Ron Athey Puts Away the Torture Rack and Busts Out Some Pens and Typewriters

Ron Athey (in blue shorts) observes the participants. (Emily Colucci)

Ron Athey (in blue shorts) observes the participants. (Emily Colucci)

Automatic writing in process. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Automatic writing in process. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

A typist transcribing the previous day's writing. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

A typist transcribing the previous day's writing. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

The writers became a part of the performance (Emily Colucci)

The writers became a part of the performance (Emily Colucci)

Writing from Tuesday's workshop (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Writing from Tuesday's workshop (Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

Many maneuvered through the space in their bare feet. (Emily Colucci)

Many maneuvered through the space in their bare feet. (Emily Colucci)

After the workshop. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

After the workshop. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Like a descent into the cut-up mind of William S. Burroughs, a cacophony of typewriter and pen strokes filled Participant, Inc. as one of the world’s most extreme performance artists led a small group in his latest creation.
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Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
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Latinos in Immigration Limbo Had Better Get to This Church in the Next Few Days

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

For almost two months now, Salvadorian immigrants have been streaming into the basement of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, a red-brick edifice built more than 125 years ago by Irish and German beer barons. With a July 29 deadline looming, they come to the corner of Marcy and Hooper to reapply for Temporary Protected Status, so they can continue to live and work legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
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Oh, Hello! Will This New Luncheonette Bring Too Much Tuna to St. Marks?

ArchieLooks like “Too Much Tuna” has a new filming location.

A homey luncheonette specializing in deli-style chicken and tuna salad is slated to open within the next couple of weeks at 23 Third Avenue, right around the corner from the madness that is St. Marks Place.
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Dressler and DuMont Owner Found Dead, Max Fish’s Goodbye Party Tonight

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sad news: Colin Devlin, chef and owner of beloved Williamsburg restaurants Dressler and DuMont, was found dead in his car near a Pennsylvania cemetery on Thursday afternoon after having apparently shot himself. [Wall Street Journal]

In sad news of a different sort, Max Fish is hosting its farewell party tonight. Come say goodbye. [The Lo Down] Keep Reading »

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Drinking Games, Puppies, and Some Paintings, Too: The Weekend in Art

Artwork by Jack Jerz.

Artwork by Jack Jerz.

The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival wraps up this weekend. Also on deck: a dog-friendly pool party, eco-power theater, and haunting portraits of underground celebs. Read on for our weekend art picks.
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Another Chelsea Gallery Is Moving to the Lower East Side

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.

Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.”
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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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