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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Umami Williamsburger Opens Next Month; Meet the LES ‘Party Killers’

Nike Shoebox line on Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

LA-based Umami Burger, which was supposed to land in Williamsburg back in 2013, will open its 3K-square-foot space on N. 4th Street next month. [Grub Street

Otto’s Tacos on Second Avenue added fish tacos to their regular menu. [Eater NY]

Local upcoming food events include “More Than Maize and Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food” at City Lore Gallery Space (7 p.m. tonight, $10), Lithuanian Scouts St. Casimir Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Caramel in Williamsburg (Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free), and a Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West (Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) [Eating in Translation]
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As Community Boards Get Skewered On Film, Reform Is On the Agenda

(Ray loses it on Girls.)

(Ray loses it on Girls.)

Could the stereotypically grumpy face of Community Boards be changing? Sixteen-year-old Leila Eliot recently joined Manhattan Community Board 3, and last night at a meeting of the same board it was announced that 30 other Manhattan teens have applied for seats on their respective CBs, thanks to recent legislation that allows citizens 16 and up to run. Then last Sunday, on the Millennial-centric Girls, of all places, 34-year-old Ray (the old man of the Girls universe) showed up at a Brooklyn Community Board meeting with a handmade model of a traffic intersection in his hands and hopes of a quieter neighborhood in his heart.
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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Sheldon Silver Pleads Not Guilty; US Attorney Accused of Creating a ‘Firestorm’

Silver back in the good ol' days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Silver back in the good ol’ days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lower East Side assemblyman Sheldon Silver pled not guilty to federal corruption charges during his arraignment yesterday, proclaiming after the hearing that he expected to be vindicated in court.

His lawyers, meanwhile, claimed he had already been convicted in the press and accused U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of orchestrating a “media firestorm” against their client before a single witness had been called. They filed a motion to dismiss the indictment that was handed down by a grand jury last week, contending the proceedings may have been tainted by pre-trial publicity.
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Vegan Clothier Says Her Dog Was Lost After Dog-sitter Lost His Mind

(Courtesy of Bogle)

(Courtesy of Morgan Bogle)

East Village tweeters are in an uproar today as they band together to search for Sugar, the four-year-old Pitbull mix that went missing under bizarre circumstances earlier this week.

Morgan Bogle left her dog in the care of a trusted dog-sitter while she flew to London on a business trip. The man reportedly flipped out and was observed by neighbors on Monday kicking down Bogle’s door.
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There’s a Knife-Wielding Boutique Bandit On the Loose in the East Village and Nolita

RMA 235-15  MRS robbery sketchThe man who robbed an East Village boutique last month may have also held up several other stylish stores in the area.

Last month, the police put out word that, on the afternoon of Jan. 23, a knife-wielding man entered Goldwater (aka AuH20), a used clothing store on East 7th Street, and demanded cash. He snagged $240 while an accomplice waited outside.
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Semilla Gets Two Stars; Freaks and Geeks Bingo at Videology

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Landlord Aron “Al” Stark, brother of murdered Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark, was busted by a judge last month for allegedly collecting and keeping taxpayer-generated money intended for families seeking public housing. He was in court for an unrelated dispute involving one of his rent-stabilized Bushwick tenants. [Brooklyn Paper]

A black bag holding $12K was stolen from a Withers Street office in Greenpoint on February 17. [Brooklyn Paper]

New renderings were released for Williamsburg construction projects underway at 190 S. 1st Street and 308 N. 7th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Aspiring East Village Rapper

(Photo: NYPD)

(Photo: NYPD)

Police believe Shaquille Fuller, shown at left, is the man who killed Shemrod Isaac, an aspiring rapper, in broad daylight yesterday afternoon in the East Village.

Isaac was shot three times outside of his home at 20 Avenue D, around 4:30 p.m. His suspected killer is described as a 21-year-old resident of a neighboring building in the Lillian Wald Houses.
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Kim Gordon On Avoiding the Audience, and 9 More Musings Form Her BAM Talk

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.

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4 Bookish Events to Choose From This Fine Evening

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Author Amanda Filipacchi brainstorming with herself while writing Love Creeps in 2003 (and doing trick photography when not writing)

For those who’ve ever felt like an ugly ducking (aka humans), commiserate with Amanda Filipacchi as she reads from her newest novel The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty. Filipacchi, who recently divulged her own feelings of inadequacy in the looks department in a for the New Yorker, will join Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World, to discuss “perception and desire, seeing and being seen.” Filipacchi has published several novels set against the backdrop of NYC; this newest offering gained the admiration of Slate, Huffington Post, and Brooklyn authoress Sheila Heti, who called it “a seductively powerful fable about the ugly powers of beauty, the redemptive powers of creativity, and the nature of true love.”
Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, Nolita)
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