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Gigawatts Festival Drops Lineup: Black Lips, Anamanaguchi, Braid and More

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Arts and music rag 1.21 Gigawatts has announced the lineup for its annual music fest, going down July 24 to 26 at The Wick, The Well and the soon-to-open Our Wicked Lady. This year’s headliners are Atlanta punkers Black Lips, chip-tune wackos Anamanaguchi, and Chicago-area longtimers Braid. But there are a slew of other bands worth catching, including perennial festival favorites Ava Luna and other B+B picks like Lodro, Hondruas, Shark? and more. Tickets ($30 or $60 depending whether you’re doing one day or all three) go on pre-sale today at noon (password is savetheclocktower) and then officially go on sale Friday. Here’s the initial lineup.

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Abbi and Ilana of Broad City Will Kick Off 420-Friendly Internet Week

With Internet Week booting up Monday, organizers of the annual tech-stravaganza have just sent word that none other than Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will do the opening keynote conversation. The Broad City co-creators are slated to chat with Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwide at the fest’s headquarters, the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Let’s hope they spill some details on their new film deal with Paul Feig.

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40-Story Tower to Rise in Greenpoint; James Murphy of LCD Opening Wine Bar

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Two men were treated at Bellevue Hospital this weekend after a woman with a box cutter slashed them in the face and neck on Kent Avenue in Greenpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]

On Sunday afternoon, a scammer posing as a kidnapper phoned a Williamsburg mom and demanded $1K if she wanted her son to keep his fingers. [Brooklyn Paper]

Restaurants Paulaner NYC on Bowery and Bunna Cafe in Bushwick are donating a portion of their earnings to Nepal earthquake relief efforts. [Grub Street]

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Jon Fine Talks Glory Days of Indie Rock as Recounted in Your Band Sucks

(Photo: Penguin Random House)

(Photo: Penguin Random House)

In a matter of a few years, Jon Fine, formerly of the band Bitch Magnet, went from an indie rock lifer cavorting from Williamsburg warehouse party to coke-soaked dive bar and barely making enough to make rock bottom rent on his train-side apartment to contributing on air to CNBC and writing columns for BusinessWeek. Clearly, those were different days– that same Williamsburg apartment would cost a small fortune to rent now and Fine suffers from permanent hearing loss, though he’s happily married and is the author of a new book Your Band Sucks. Fine’s memoir traces his rise to indie fame as the guitar player for Bitch Magnet to ultimately, what he calls, “the failed revolution.”

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New Play Brings Together Slasher Films and Beckett For Some ‘Blissful Confusion’

"Biter (Every Time I Turn Around)" at Silent Barn (Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

“Biter (Every Time I Turn Around)” at Silent Barn (Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

It’s hard to imagine how Title: Point productions crams not only an audience of up to 40 people into a tiny room (now known as Vital Joint, a black box theater) adjacent to the more familiar space at Silent Barn but also an entire cast, multiple sets, lighting, and crew. Well, things get a little creative. “They stuck me in a hole,” Spencer Thomas Campbell, co-writer of the current production, explained. “I spend the entire show in a hole.” But the challenges of a small space also contribute to keeping things interesting around here. I mean, at what other (serious) play is there a distinct possibility that the audience could get splattered with blood or maybe even puked on?

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Floats Its Hope of Opening This Month

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Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation).

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Marvel Over ‘Mawencol’ Artist Mark Hogancamp’s Largest Exhibit Yet

(Photo of Mark Hogancamp's photo, by Daniel Maurer)

(Photo of Mark Hogancamp’s photo, by Daniel Maurer)

Last time we admired the art of Mark Hogancamp, subject of the fantastic documentary Marwencol, it was in Red Hook, at a Pioneer Works exhibit that focused on the female figures who populate the miniature World War II-era village that he built in his Kingston, New York backyard. Since then, Steve Carrell has signed on to play Hogancamp in Robert Zemeckis’ dramatic adaptation of the doc, and now the real-life Hogie is returning to city for what will be his largest exhibit to date.

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Get to ‘No’ Normal Bob Smith, Union Square’s Chronicler of Kooks

“No Your City,” Nicholas Heller’s brilliant YouTube series of short docs, normally focuses on colorful street characters like Ms. Colombia (the neon-bearded cross-dresser with the pet pigeon), equally outré stylist Wendell, and “Mosaic Man” Jim Power. But today, to cap off the second season of the series, Heller is turning the lens on a fellow documentarian of Union Square’s eccentrics, “Normal Bob Smith.”

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Hammer Attack in Union Square; Free Ice Cream Cones

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Police are searching for a man who attacked two woman (ages 28 and 33) with a hammer last night one block apart near Union Square. [NY Daily News]

At 125 Second Avenue, Enz’s clothing boutique is back in business after the March 26 gas line explosion. [EV Grieve]

Investors behind Charlie Bird, the Greenwich Village Italian restaurant, will open a new venture on Kenmare Street at Toby’s Public House’s former address. [Eater NY]

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Talks + Readings: Duff McKagan, Galway Kinnell, and a Living Female Rock Critic

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History buffs, take note: Battle Lines is not your ordinary Civil War read. This books is a team effort by graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and award-winning historian Ari Kelman, and it’s sweeping, full-color panoramas combined with Kelman’s nuanced understand of the period provide a whole new perspective on the topic. The authors will talk about the book with acclaimed graphic novelist Josh Neufeld (A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge) accompanied by images from Battle Lines on Greenlight’s big screen.
Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (Fort Greene). 

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Experience Synesthesia Through Interactive Brain Wave Art at Reverse Gallery

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“Eunoia II,” installation by Lisa Park at Reverse Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For once count yourself lucky if you missed an art opening. Synaestheticsa new exhibition at Reverse Gallery in Williamsburg opened last Friday; sure, there was free booze and great people watching, but the two interactive installations that are featured and the trans-sensory trips they inspire are best experienced in isolation or maybe at most with one other partner. Both Eunoia II, by Lisa Park, and Format No. 1, by Louise Foo and Martha Skou, strangely mimic our increasingly digital experience of the world, which is itself a lonesome, disconnected way of engaging with people more and more through social media.

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