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Man Convicted In Williamsburg Hit And Run; Orchard Street Hotel Bought For $21 Million

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Yesterday Julio Acevedo, 46, was convicted of killing an expectant Williamsburg couple in a March 2013 hit-and-run. He will be sentenced on March 18. [NY Daily News]

Brooklyn-born R&B singer Joy Ryder, who cut her teeth with gigs at CBGB, died on February 14. She was in her mid-60s. [EV Grieve]

The retail space and parking garage at Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street was purchased for $21 million. [The Real Deal]

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See Jon Glaser Fulfill a Promise, Live on Stage this Sunday

Jon-GlaserJon Glaser, a.k.a. Councilman Jeremy Jamm on Parks and Recreation and Laird on Girls, is taking his talents to the stage this Sunday with The Macaulay Culkin Show.

Founded in December 2013 by comedians Brett Davis and Sally Burtnick, The Macaulay Culkin Show has absolutely nothing to do with Mac. It does, however, have everything to do with showcasing fantastic comedians once a month for just five bucks. Last month, $5 got viewers a night of fun with an SNL writer, a cast member from Girl Code, and other champs of stage and webseries.
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This Week In Film: Drone Travelers, Cameraless Docs, Jarmusch & Friends Score Man Ray

It’s a great week for experimental weirdness. I’ve been on a kick since I saw Hard To Be A God a couple weeks back at Anthology, which definitely isn’t a movie for everyone. Like seriously, if you brought your grandmother to it, she’d probably keel over and die. So be warned. Attendees from the earlier screening exited the theater as I walked in and I heard one mutter, “Definitely not a first date movie.”
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Con Artist Collective Asks “What Happened To Fashion?”

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Lädy Millard and a faux-fur coat. Photo: Angelica Frey

New York Fashion Week might be wrapping up, but Fashion Month, showcasing the Fall 2015 collections, has barely started: London, Milan, and Paris are next. With that in mind, artists at Con Artists Collective in the Lower East Side are trying to answer a more profound —dare we say almost existential?—question: What happened to fashion?
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Manitoba’s Will Stay Open; Silkys Holds Fundraiser For Injured Pug

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Warehouse-turned-apartment complex 184 Kent Avenue is under contract from Jared Kushner and partners for $275 million. [NY Post]

Alphabet City bar Manitoba’s crowdsourced $31K during the past month, enough to stay in business. [EV Grieve]

Silkys at the Loom, a Bushwick printshop, is holding a $4K fundraiser to pay for surgery needed by the owner’s pug, Sancho, whose hind legs were run over by a car Sunday night. [DNA Info]

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People Got Their Ashes Everywhere, Even On the Train

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Hannah and Nicole outside Grace Church on Broadway. Hannah hasn’t given much thought to what she’s giving up for Lent – Nicole just giggled.

The East Village is filled with ashes today as Christians prepare for 40 days of self-restraint, atonement and fasting. Even if you’re not the religious type, you probably still noticed people walking the streets with gray crosses on their foreheads and realized it’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. To celebrate, we actually went to church.
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Founded in 1894, Third Street Music School is Getting a 21st Century Facelift

Proposed auditorium (Photo courtesy of Third Street Music School Settlement)

Proposed auditorium (All images courtesy of Third Street Music School Settlement)

Fresh off its 120th anniversary celebration, Third Street Music School Settlement is ready to face the future with a $5.3 million construction project. Proposed renovations include a state-of-the-art recital hall with acoustic paneling that promises to “envelop audiences in the sound of music,” the school announced today.

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes At SIGNAL

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery's current Exhibition, "Fissure: Fog")

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery’s current Exhibition, “Fissure: Fog”)

Walk into Bushwick’s SIGNAL Gallery and you might feel as if you’ve just stepped off a spaceship onto the surface of some distant moon. A thick cloud of fog dominates the room, and strangely its opacity seems to vacillate as you move across the room from painting to installation to sculpture. It can be disorienting but also sort of zen inducing, though the gallery cat doesn’t seem to be bothered one way or the other.

An exhibition curated by Bennet Schlesinger, Fissure: Fog, installed the cloud here at SIGNAL when it opened nearly two weeks ago at what’s become one of Brooklyn’s premiere galleries for emerging artists. Fissure features work by local artists including Nikholis Planck, Aidan Koch, Graham Hamilton, and Kayla Guthrie, among others. The works draw from a variety of mediums and artistic practices.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Frigid Festival

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The Frigid Festival hits the stage today, and in case you still haven’t checked out the offerings, we’ve decided to make things easy for you. Here are our top five picks of the weird and wonderful shows they’re featuring this year – get your tickets today, because those babies go fast. For a closer look at two other must-see performances, we got friendly with the co-writer of “Whiskey Pants: the Mayor of Williamsburg” and the director of “An Evening of Not-So-Quiet Despair with Satan.”
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Meet the Williamsburg Warehouse’s Landlord, Whose Home Went Up in Flames

Photo: Inc. Magazine

(Photo courtesy of Inc. Magazine)

When a seven-alarm fire broke out at his Williamsburg storage facility early in the morning of January 31, Norman Brodsky didn’t just lose his office – he also lost his home. Since then, he has spent his days finding a new place to live, replacing clothes and other essentials that were lost to the fire, and assessing the damage.
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