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James Franco’s Debut as a Theater Director Is a Little Bit Alien-ating

Scott Haze as Richard in The Long Shrift (Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus)

Scott Haze as Richard in The Long Shrift (Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus)

Near the end of “The Long Shrift” – James Franco’s debut as a theater director — one character says to another, and to the audience at large: “Let’s stop. I’m getting bored with this.” My thoughts exactly.
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Feature, Inc. Closes After Hudson’s Death, But His Legacy Lives On

LetsgoletgoeviteFeature, Inc. has left its home on Allen Street, according to an announcement from the family of its beloved late owner, Hudson. The gallery opened in Chicago in 1984 and bounced around in New York City before settling into its Allen Street location in 2009. It was among the first to exhibit the art of Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Kern, and many others. In an obit penned shortly after Hudson’s death in February, Jerry Saltz called him “one of the last of his kind, and among the smartest, wittiest, and most visionary gallerists I’ve ever known.”
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This New Hawaiian Pop-Up Is Putting Down Roots

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Brooklyn Wahines has been quietly popping up in the Stan’s Cafecito space two nights a week ever since Honolulu native Siobhán Edwards of Red Wagon Catering opened it last month, but now it’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Between that and Onomea, South Williamsburg is becoming a virtual archipelago of Hawaiian food.
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Gerlan Marcel’s Museum-Worthy Designs Grew Out of Tween Trips to the Mall

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Sitting in her Bushwick studio, fashion designer Gerlan Marcel looks like a 14-year-old out of a ’90s hip-hop video: she has two high-top braids on the side of her head, five-inch hoop earrings, wedge sneakers, a drawstring backpack and a black sweat suit covered in logos.

But Gerlan, who’s actually 37, doesn’t see her style as particularly youthful. “I think it’s sad that things like print and color are always equated with youth,” she said. “Like who’s to say that only young people should wear these things?”
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An Online Farmers Market Grows in Brooklyn, and Wants to Deliver to Your Hood

The Farmigo Logo: "the F is only in existence when you bring all the pieces together," explains founder Benzi Ronen (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

The Farmigo Logo: “the F is only in existence when you bring all the pieces together,” explains founder Benzi Ronen (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If the nightmare-ish appearance of Soylent in the real world (as opposed to in dystopian cannibal-populated literature) terrified you into thinking Silicon Valley had declared a war on food, please rest assured—our tech overlords have not yet given up on the fuel of the humble peasant (that’s us). In fact, several West Coast dudes are actually trying to make it easier for you to get access to fresh food. One such specimen is Benzi Ronen, who just expanded his company Farmigo into an attractive new office space in Gowanus.

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Tommy Ramone Dead at 65; Laurie Anderson Trapped in Hyperbaric Chamber

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Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the Ramones, died Friday afternoon at age 65 at his home in Ridgewood, where he’d been receiving hospice care for cancer of the bile duct. [Rolling Stone]

Kendal Felix, the 26-year-old who has plead not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the death Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark, testified at length about the night Stark died. [NY Post]

Unlocking the Truth, the metal band consisting of three eighth grade boys who live in Flatbush and Bed-Stuy signed a record deal for a minimum of two albums with Sony. Unlocking The Truth was discovered in Washington Square Park in 2012. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

After a Shady Incident, Lunasa’s Back Patio Reopens in Time for the Game

(Photo: Sasha von Oldershausen)

(Photo: Sasha von Oldershausen)

Calamity struck at one of the city’s World Cup viewing destinations yesterday when a tree branch came crashing down onto Lunasa’s back patio.

There were no casualties from the fall, save a couple pint glasses and one wayward can of Modelo. But patrons were a little shaken, especially the honorary guest of one birthday party who came close to having what might have been the worst birthday ever.
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Foodie Fest Washes Up in Rockaway This Weekend, Get There or Be Jelly

Note: this is the brass band, not everyone at the  party dressed like this (photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Note: this is the brass band, not everyone at the party dressed like this (photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

The cab driver who picked us up from Le Fooding and San Pellegrino’s Fruitstock at the Rockaways gourmet picnic extravaganza, was non-plussed. “None of this was here ten years ago,” he pointed out. In fact, none of this was here 18 months ago, when Hurricane Sandy ravaged this stretch of coastline. But the Rockaways is bouncing back with a vengeance and this weekend—in addition to the varied food concessions lining the sand at Beach 97‘s pristine boardwalk—comes Le Fooding’s Beach Club concept, complete with guest chefs and an array of tasty offerings (all with an Italian twist, in deference to San Pellegrino’s involvement).
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Titus, Because, Who Else? Plus a Little Band Called De La Soul

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

There’s almost nothing left for us to say about Titus Andronicus. Except that the show is free. And also this wisdom, dear hipster children, via Droz in PCU: “You’re wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see? Don’t be that guy.” Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m., free 

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Kings County Distillery Scored a Book Deal With the Help of Some Whiskey-Soused Skeletons

(Photo courtesy of Valery Rizzo)

(Photo courtesy of Valery Rizzo)

While researching the book that was published last year as A Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey, Kings County Distillery founder Colin Spoelman found himself delving into the colorful history of NYC distilling. Digging deeper, he found the bones of truth beneath embellished tales of dastardly Kentucky bootleggers, as well as the real bones of actual distillers: Greenwood cemetery, it turns out, was founded by the son of Hezekiah Pierrepont—a big man in 19th century Brooklyn’s thriving distillery scene who is buried in the cemetery—and many expired distillers lie beneath the manicured lawns.
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