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Week in Film: Russian Cosmists and Afro-Futurists From Sun Ra to Now

This week, there’s a host of spacey weirdness happening across screens through the city’s cinemas. Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons, maybe the stars are aligned at weird, or perhaps it’s the fact that, as residents of the Northern Hemisphere, we’re statistically overdue for another great comet. While we wait for news of flying fire balls to streak across the sky, we’ll just have to settle for those freaky weirdos turned laser terrorists who’ve been trolling commercial airline pilots for, like, no good reason. Or we can set our sights on these strange galactic, sci-fi, alternate Utopian or Dystopian reality films.

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Hester Street Fair Returns With Fried Squid Sticks, Egyptian Sandwiches and More

(Photo courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Fried squid by Kaya NYC. (Photo courtesy Hester Street Fair)

So many good things are coming back in April: tonight there’s Louie, Sunday there’s Silicon Valley and – oh yeah, IRL – there’s the Hester Street Fair. The outdoor food-and-fashion bonanza returns to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets on April 25 and they’ve given us the early word on new vendors. This year the fair will be Saturdays only, but to make up for the loss of Sundays they’re promising “a rotation of almost all new food vendors with more spots added to create a Hester Food Court.” Oh, and there’ll be TBA nighttime events, too.

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Patti Smith Headlines Explosion Benefit; L Shutdown Prompts Discounts

East Village Explosion: Aftermath, NYPD

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Lower East Side resident Latisha Fisher, 35, was charged with murder following the death of he two-year-old son, Gavriel, who was found unconscious inside Midtown’s Five Boro Burger on March 30. [NY Times]

Patti Smith will headline a benefit for those impacted by the East Village explosion this Sunday at Theatre 80 on St. Mark’s Place. Tickets are sold out. [EV Grieve]

See a rendering of a six-story apartment building bound for 26 West Street in Greenpoint. [Curbed NY]

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DIY Venue Aviv Is Dipping Its Toes Into Underground Cinema

11070082_10205082200627238_7206259708723299086_oDo you sneer at the Iron Man franchise? Do Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey provide you with positively no ironic pleasure? Did you feel that Boyhood was just another celebration of the magic of white male experience? Well, perhaps underground film is more your thing then. And if there’s one thing we can never get enough of it’s avant-garde art and experimental work because, like, isn’t that what living in New York City is all about? Well, maybe it used to be. But let’s make it that way again.

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SummerStage, Charlie Parker Jazz Fest Lineups Announced: Charles Bradley, Caribou and More

Here’s a ray of sunshine on this unseasonably chilly day: the City Parks Foundation has dropped its lineup for SummerStage and this year — the festival’s 30th — it’s expanding to run from May 18 to October 4, across 14 parks. Among the 140-plus free performances are concerts by Charles Bradley, Caribou, the Flex Is Kings dance troupe, the Chi-Lites, Rakim, Dr. John, Tito Nieves, and teen metal sensation Unlocking the Truth. There’ll be special events put on by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lyricist Lounge, and the Metropolitan Opera; anniversary celebrations for record labels VP and Duck Down, b-boy crew Rock Steady, and the one and only Afrika Bambaataa; a screening of the Nas documentary; and theatrical performances of The Wiz as well as a Michael Jackson tribute. And ticketed benefit shows this year will include Father John Misty, Jukebox the Ghost, and Mastadon, among others.

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At This Cookbook Store Hosting Guest Chefs, the Vibe Will Be ‘Medieval Sicily Meets Colorful Mid-Century Modern’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

On Huron Street just off the Greenpoint G-Train stop, Paige Lipari is meticulously planning a world where she hopes foodies will feel deliciously at home. At Archestratus Books, slated to open late summer/early fall, Lipari will house hundreds of carefully curated cookbooks and host small, ticketed dinner parties with a warm, intimate atmosphere.

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Nader: Hillary Would Crush Warren, But Her ‘Coronation Wouldn’t Be Good’ For Dems

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Iconic political gadfly Ralph Nader, who has run for president five times without success on third party tickets, said last night that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “would be crushed” if she ran for the Oval Office, claiming, “She’s not good on foreign or military policy.”

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House Fire Erupts in Bushwick; Everybody’s Björking For The Weekend

Is it nice in there?

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Law enforcement officials are reportedly focusing on six suspects who could face murder charges for the March 26 explosion in the East Village. [NY Post]

East Yoga has extended this offer to its mailing list: “If you or someone you know was impacted or displaced by the fire on 2nd Avenue, please contact info@eastyoga.com for a free 5-class pass.”

No one was hurt in a Bushwick house fire yesterday afternoon that drew 140 firefighters to Eldert Street. [DNA Info]

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This Guy Is On an East Village Armed Robbery Spree, Police Say

769-15 MTN ROB SQD 1The man shown here has netted nearly $3,000 in a string of East Village hold-ups over the past week, the police say. According to authorities, the suspect — thought to be in his forties — enters bodegas and laundromats and displays either a gun or a knife in order to get cashiers to fork over money. Here’s the NYPD’s description of the incidents, all of which occurred in a five-day span within the Ninth Precinct. The most recent one occurred just this morning.
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