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Nathaniel Kressen Promises You’ll Look Cool Reading His New Novel on the Subway

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Nathaniel Kressen.

The Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho is a bleak, desolate landscape that reminds one how ineffectual words can be when describing a landscape truly bleak and desolate. The remains of a volcanic eruption 2000 years ago, the vista is perhaps better described more symbolically. A Shoshone-Bannock myth, recorded by Ella E. Clark, describes an immense serpent that coiled its body around a mountain. Angered by lightning, the snake tightened its coils until the stone of the mountain melted; the serpent squeezed out liquid rock until it caught fire and was killed.
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Bicycle Film Fest Mixes Blonde Redhead, Erykah Badu, and Some Ovarian Psycos

Still from Ovarian Psycos (Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle Film Festival)

Still from Ovarian Psycos (Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle Film Festival)

In this town, cycling isn’t just a convenient method of getting from A to B: it’s a lifestyle. And with biking season and film festival season in full swing, the Bicycle Film Festival is back for its 16th year at the Anthology Film Archives.

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Best Indie Bookstores; 15 Day-Drinking Destinations

Curtis Peterson, who shot five Bushwick family members in 2013 and then fled his trial while out on bail in May, was re-arrested and will now serve 40 years in prison. [DNA Info]

Watch the video of an attempted robbery at a Bushwick Avenue Pay-O-Matic Tuesday, in which two assailants threw batteries at the attendant and sprayed an unknown liquid. [Gothamist]

Alaska, the Ingraham Street dive bar, will shutter on July 3rd. [Bushwick Daily]

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Hundreds Line Up in Bushwick to Say: ‘Fuck Rape Culture’

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Hundreds lined up for GRLCVLT’s Fuck Rape Culture event Wednesday night. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Yesterday, on the same day that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office revealed that Judge Aaron Persky was removed from a new sex assault case at the request of prosecutors, over 700 letters petitioning for him to be permanently unseated were signed at a “Fuck Rape Culture” party in Bushwick. GRLCVLT’s event at Holyrad Studio drew women and men dissatisfied with the lenient, 89-day county jail sentence Persky handed down for the sexual abuse committed by Stanford student Brock Turner. The response was overwhelming not only because hundreds signed their letters while lined up outside of the packed, 150-capacity studio, but also because of the sheer emotion as women shared their personal stories of sexual assault, and called for an end to the abuse and injustice.

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Breakthrough in Effort to Limit Height of Chinatown Buildings, But Some Are Torn

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

An opening for the Chinatown Working Group’s rezoning proposal may finally be on the horizon. Last night, Community Board 3’s chair, Gigi Li, presented a new development to the Land Use Committee– after two years of sending resolutions supporting the plan to the Department of City Planning, its director, Carl Weisbrod, responded on June 7th expressing willingness to engage in discussion. Still, some community groups remain frustrated that the rezoning process isn’t moving fast enough to keep up with the quickening pace of high-rise development, while board members warned that unity from various stakeholders would be key to achieve comprehensive changes.

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Four Films: Nordic Noir Marathon, Iggy Live, and RZA Screens Kung-Fu Selects

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Tuesday, June 21 (7 pm) and Sunday June 26 (7:30 pm) at Spectacle Theater: $5
For six months, documentary filmmaker Wang Bing embedded himself in a tiny rural village, Xiyangtang, in China’s Yunnan province, following the lives of three sisters all under the age of 10, orphaned, and living under crushing poverty. Their mother has died and their father, who occasionally pops into their lives, but never long enough to see if they’re even meeting their basic nutritional needs, has gone to the city to work. The family represents some of the major problems for China’s rural residents– an extreme lack of resources that is leveled unevenly by women, and therefore children as well, when men leave to find work in urban areas (China is one of the few places in the world where the suicide rate for women surpasses that of men, and many of the suicides are related to death by fertilizer poisoning).

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Paddy Wagon Awaits Rabid Franco Fans as The Deuce Is Set to Film

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As noted yesterday, David Simon’s new series The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side today. If you parked your car on East 7th Street, between Second and First Avenues, it’s long gone and has been replaced by these throwback rides, including the vintage paddy wagon above. Yes, the show is about the porn industry in 1971, but don’t even think about asking J-Franks to give you the John Holmes treatment or you’ll be eating billy club in the back of this glorified ice cream truck.

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At The Mystical Digital, Video Games Can Be Witchy Too

"Cyclothymia" and "Ritual of the Moon" on view at Babycastles (Photo: Kara Stone)

“Cyclothymia” and “Ritual of the Moon” on view at Babycastles (Photo: Kara Stone)

The term “gamer” usually conjures up a torrent of awful connotations– an exclusively white-male circle jerk where the only manifestation of “diversity” is between the Cheetos-stained 4chan nerds with a sunlight problem and fedora-wearing MRM creeps who fancy themselves activists. You can catch all of them gushing over first-person shooters and probably trading furry porn at a LAN party, a place where anybody else wouldn’t be caught dead.

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Barbone Evicted After 10 Years, and the East Village Loses a Hidden Garden

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

The East Village has lost one of its enchanting al fresco dining spots, as Barbone has been evicted after a decade on Avenue B. The Italian restaurant was opened in 2006 by Alberto Ibrahimi, who prided himself on his fresh ingredients and handmade pasta, and served as a congenial host. My old Grub Street colleague Josh Ozersky, “King of Avenue C,” wrote that the “underpriced, ambitious East Village trattoria has some of the best pasta and wine values in town.” He paid the enoteca a memorable visit in a video for Vice’s Munchies.

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A Chinatown Dumpling Shop Will Morph into a Gallery Tonight

By Wells Brown

Dollar slices, bodega sandwiches, and dumpling deals quickly become dietary stalwarts of any New Yorker on a budget, which is about 99 percent of us. The eternal quest for cheap eats isn’t just about saving cash– it doubles as a way to explore the city. For Josh Olley, Jarod Taber and Marki Becker, founders of Wash & Fold NYC, their favorite dumpling spot is also a creative salon, where they’ve hatched several ideas, including a curated show opening tonight at their local, North Dumpling in Chinatown.

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Gas Explosion Victims Sue City; ‘Inflatable Condom’ as L-Train Substitute?

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Actress Drea de Matteo and 35 other plaintiffs who lost their homes in last spring’s Second Avenue gas explosion filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city, Con Edison and other parties. [Gothamist]

Brooklyn music venue Palisades closed suddenly after a Northside Festival show last week, but will reopen in August. [Gothamist]

This week Community Board 1 rejected a liquor license application from Williamsburg pop-up nightclub Mirage. [Brooklyn Paper]

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