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Jay Stolar Got Beat Up For Liking Stevie Wonder and Can’t Stand Creed

PromoImageOn a recent afternoon, we met Jay Stolar at The Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue, near his home in Williamsburg, to talk about More Than You Think, his first album since leaving Julius C, the five-man band that piqued the interest of New York’s indie circuit in 2010 with a 30-day, 30-show tour. Stolar’s new album, which lands on October 8, consists of supremely smooth, radio-ready pop songs, and the single “Like You Do” was picked up for an episode of the CW’s 90210 (the video for “Leading Me Down,” released today, is below). In August, Stolar launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the album and ended up raising $50,000, more than three times the initial goal. With CMJ shows coming up at The Delancey on Oct. 16 and Rockwood Music Hall on Oct. 19, Stolar talked about recording the album, being inspired by Amanda Palmer, and covering Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
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A Man, His Dog, and Their Citi Bike

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

We’re all for taking Citi Bikes to new places, but this? B + B reader Kristin Koslowski sent us this photo and asked:

First person to accessorize their Citi Bike? Seen in Alphabet City, he has a doggy seat that cantilevers off the seat. Anywhere the Citi Bike can go in 45 mins, so can the doggy. Wonder what other Citi Bike attachments we’ll see soon.

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This Week at the Newsroom: Screenings of How to Act Bad + Nightclubbing

This week at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom: bang your head on the punk rock! These two screenings pair some of our favorite documentarians with the outré — and outrageous — musicians they’ve filmed over the years. As always, the events are free — just let us know you’re coming via the Facebook event links below.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2, 7 P.M.

howtoactbad_longflyer_revised_Angelo(2)How to Act Bad + a q&a with Dima Dubson and Adam Green

Last time we saw Adam Green, the singer-songwriter who co-founded of The Moldy Peaches, he was installing a giant cat sarcophagus in an East Village window and plotting a papier-mâché remake of “Aladdin” starring Macauly Culkin. If that made you wonder what makes the man tick, then you’ll definitely want to catch Wednesday’s screening of “How to Act Bad,” a documentary that follows Green over the course of two years, offering a candid and often comical look into his paintings and sculptures, drug experimentations, filmmaking and romantic dysfunctions. After the screening Green himself, along with filmmaker Dima Dubson, will be on hand to teach you how to act bad.


FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 7 P.M.

NIGHTCLUBBING_edited-1Nightclubbing + a discussion with the filmmakers and musicians
Consider this a killer warm-up to next week’s CBGB Festival. Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong spent the late ‘70s filming performances at places like CBs, Mudd Club and Danceteria, and amassing an archive that’s currently being digitized for the NYU Fales Library’s Downtown Collection. Readers of Bedford + Bowery have seen clips from Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the NYC debut of the Dead Kennedys, and even Iggy Pop covering Sinatra. On Friday, you’ll see rare gems from the Nightclubbing archive like you’ve never seen ’em before — on the big screen, with the sound turned up. After the screening, Ivers and Armstrong will chat with Richard Boch, an artist and writer currently working on a memoir about his nearly two years working the door at Mudd Club, and Pat Irwin, a founding member of The Raybeats and Eight Eyed Spy who later joined The B-52s and currently scores TV shows and movies for Showtime, HBO, and others.

All events at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom, 155 Grand, off of Bedford Ave.

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Triskelion Arts is the Latest Williamsburg Business To Hightail it to Greenpoint

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts is the latest of several Williamsburg businesses to relocate to Greenpoint: next June, the dance arts organization will move out of its third-story warehouse space on North 11th Street and reopen at 106 Calyer Street.

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Five Film Festivals, a Cartoon Carnival, and Some Bloodsucking Freaks

The 51st New York Film Festival is going on right now, but why go above 14th Streetwhen we have four film festivals right here in our hood?

The Manhattan Short Film Festival

From September 27 through October 6 the Manhattan Short Film Festival will be screening in over 300 cities on six continents to over 100,000 people. The actual Manhattan screening will be on Thursday at Sunshine Cinema in the LES. Feel the rumble of the subway beneath you as you watch and prepare to vote for your favorite of the ten shorts.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 4 & 7 p.m.; $12.50
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Adios to Dijital Fix and Painting Lounge; Greenpoint’s $20 Million Question

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Cycle 10 of the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project is up on East First Street. Check out Scott Lynch’s photos above and in the Bedford + Bowery Flickr pool.

Dijital Fix, a fixture in the Bedford Avenue mini-mall since 2006, is the latest victim of North ‘Burg rent hikes (theirs will be nearly tripled) and will close up shop for good on September 29. But before they go, be sure to catch their clearance sale, starting today. [Free Williamsburg]
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Hester Street Fair Is Opening a Cafe in the New Museum

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The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston. Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe.
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A Greek Tragedy Unfolded in My Bushwick Backyard

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

Last Friday, after a long day’s work, I stumbled into my apartment building at 190 Jefferson Street only to find the Greek tragedy “Electra” being performed on my back porch.

Our little backyard was packed with a few dozen people. Word of the odd production must’ve reached everyone in Bushwick but me.

I texted my next-door neighbor, William Gaffney, and asked him something along the lines of, “Have you noticed the play going on in our backyard?”
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Fans of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Are, Um, Gathering at This Newly Expanded Store

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Magic: The Gathering’s many devotees are indeed gathering today at the Twenty Sided Store to celebrate the latest release in a 20-year addiction. The card game’s “Theros” expansion comes out this weekend, and fans are celebrating the only way they know how — by playing Magic: The Gathering.
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Now Boarding: Domino Sugar Factory Demolition Begins

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A massive wooden construction barrier has gone up along the Kent Avenue side of the Domino Sugar factory; workers were seen nearing completion of the Grand Street side of the wall today, all but completely shielding the doomed complex (minus the landmarked refinery, of course) from view forevermore.
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B+B Would Like to Welcome BB to the Neighborhood

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

Many a Manhattan business has opened a Williamsburg outpost, but this time it’s a Chelsea barbershop, and not another downtown bar, that’s crossing the river.

Barber Bart will open at 267 Metropolitan Avenue in mid-December.

“I lived in Williamsburg for four years on Leonard Street,” explains Bart Trybala, 37, who opened the original location nine years ago. “I really like the neighborhood, and the residents have money. I’m more then happy to serve them. We do everything from haircuts and massages to manicures and pedicures.”