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Log Ladies and Laura Palmers Painted It Red at This Immersive Twin Peaks Tribute

“We all signed N.D.A.s,” before gearing up for the highly-anticipated reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Kyle MacLachlan told the Times.

While reboots are dime-a-dozen, the fervor surrounding the Twin Peaks redux—Quadruple Peaks?—has put a seal on the project far tighter than anything around the White House lately. In inverse proportion, the tie-in zeitgeist has exploited every angle, from Showtime’s public chalk art at BAM to MetroCards.

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East Village Residents Get Crusty About Travelers

The Times called them a “harbinger of spring” in the East Village. That was back in 2011, when the paper asked, “Where Have All the Crusties Gone?” Well, looks like they’re back.

During a gathering of locals last night at the 9th Precinct station house, a longtime resident complained about the swarm of travelers, as they’re often called, who had recently invaded his block on Second Avenue, between 7th and 8th Streets. Flashing photographs of the scruffy interlopers, he said that people in his building had to “walk over their pitbulls” and put up with their noise, panhandling and drinking. The gent, who asked B+B not to identify him, wanted to know if the cops could bust them.

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Synagogue Fire Was Arson; Last Week for Empellón Cocina

Rosario Dawson, who was raised in the East Village, found her 26-year-old cousin and employee, Vaneza Ines Vasquez, dead inside the actress’s Venice, California home on Thursday. [TMZ]

According to the NYPD, Sunday night’s fire inside the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue was an act of arson. [Bowery Boogie]

Following a September fire, Caracas Arepa Bar will apparently not return to E. 7th Street, as the storefront is now for rent. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Week in Shows: Sacred Bones Turns 10, The Future Is Odwalla 1221, and More

(Flyer via AdHoc)

Odwalla 1221, SADAF, Chicklet, Half Pet
Friday May 19, 8 pm at Alphaville: $10

There’s this weird feature on Soundcloud, ostensibly an interactive one, that allows users to leave a “comment” by clicking anywhere on the wavelength as the song progresses. It seems kind of pointless until you come across a remark like the one left on an Odwalla1221 song that reads: “The world isn’t ready for your genius abilities!”

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50 Years Ago: The Summer of Love Brings Pot, Protests and Psychedelic Rock to the East Village

Tompkins Square Park
(Photo: James Jowers)

“As the hour grew late and working people around Tompkins Square Park began turning out the lights on Memorial Day 1967, police asked several hundred music lovers to turn down the volume of a guitar-and-bongo concert in the park,” reported the New York Daily News. “The crowd’s reply … was a barrage of bottles, bricks and fists that left seven officers injured.

“And thus began the Summer of Love.”

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Book It To These Three Book Fairs

Reading is the opiate of the masses.

We can only agree with the Strand when it says Make America Read Again. Hence, a heads up about three upcoming book fairs.

BookExpo America
May 31 to June 2, Javits Center, Midtown; badge prices vary.
BEA is the big kahuna of local book fairs, drawing industry types looking to ply their wares to foreign publishers as well as librarians looking to spice up their lives by getting a glimpse of Stephen King (this year he’s doing an “author breakfast,” as are astronaut Scott Kelly, comedian Whitney Cummings, and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris). Autograph hounds can get the John or Jane Hancocks of authors like East Village poet Eileen Myles, whose book Afterglow (a dog memoir), about her 16-year relationship with her pitbull Rosie, comes out in September. Also appearing are feminist writer Jessica Valenti and the one and only Neil Patrick Harris. Among the industry panels are crowd-pleasers about comedy (with John Hodgman and Denis Leary) and, of course, first amendment “resistance” (with PEN America). Sorry, y’all, the Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton is sold out, so you’ll just have to keep looking for her in the woods. While you’re touring the exhibitor floor, make sure to welcome Soft Skull Press back to New York.

June 3 and 4, Javits Center, Midtown; tickets $30-$35.
Hot on the heels of Book Expo, and also in the Javits Center, BookCon is run by the same people and is BEA’s more populist sibling. Instead of Hillary, you’ll get Chelsea Clinton. Among the panelists are comedian Marc Maron, there to plug a new book based on his WTF podcast; actor Jeffrey Tambor, who has a new book of personal essays, Are You Anybody?; and newly trending literary legend Margaret Atwood, who will be speaking to the showrunner of The Handmaid’s Tale. There’ll also be an appearance from a B+B favorite, Scott Rogowsky, prankster and Running Late host best known for taking some highly questionable books onto the subway. And, in case you miss him at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, science guy Bill Nye will be in the house.

June 3 and 4, Knockdown Center, Maspeth;
This year, the festival formerly known as the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair is being held in Queens, so let’s just call it BABZ Fair. Occurring on the same weekend as BookCon, this fair is its indie counterpart, and will feature eclectic offerings from over 100 publishers. Among those exhibiting and presenting are Williamsburg comics shop Desert Island; Jeremy Nguyen, the Bushwick satirist whose comics have landed in the New Yorker; Greenpoint comic artist Tony Wolf; Brooklyn-based Maga Books (no relationship to Making America Great Again); and Bushwick bookstore and sexy chess host Molasses Books. Wendy’s Subway, the non-profit library and writing space that moved from Williamsburg to Bushwick a year ago, will host feedback sessions for those who want to bring in-progress work. Should you want to self-publish that work, Red Hook art-book publisher Small Editions will be leading a bookbinding workshop.

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The William Vale Opens Its Pool, Launching Williamsburg Wading Season

(Photo: The William Vale)

Ever since its opening last summer, The William Vale has added more and more amenities to its little corner of Williamsburg– the most recent being Wylie Dufresne’s donut shop, just a few weeks ago. Now comes the crown gem: a fourth-floor pool that, at 60-feet long, bills itself as “the longest outdoor hotel pool in Brooklyn and greater New York City.”

There were some one-off events at the pool last summer (Burning Man decompression party, anyone?), but on May 26 it’ll fully open to the public. That’s right: You’ll never have to dodge turds at the McCarren Park Pool again. Naturally, chilling poolside will cost you: Options range from a three-person pergola ($150 on weekdays, $200 on weekends) to a six-person cabana ($400 to $550). On weekends, you can also book a lounge chair ($45) or daybed ($100) on the adjacent terrace.

These rates are more or less in line with the McCarren Hotel’s pool, where day passes range from $55 (weekday) to $65 (weekend). This season, daybeds for one will be $150 to $175, and daybeds for two will be $325 to $375. That pool also reopens on Memorial Day weekend.

Also in the mix this summer is the Williamsburg Hotel, which, according to a receptionist, is aiming to open its rooftop pool in late June. Rates haven’t yet been announced.

The William Vale has one advantage over its splash-happy neighbors: a menu of light bites from Andrew Carmellini, the celeb chef who also operates the hotel’s rooftop bar, Westlight. Think guacamole with chili-lime chips, grilled hot dogs, and crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle-cilantro slaw. Plus a daily frozen cocktail.

If you’ve got dollars to drown, you can make reservations here, starting May 17.

On the other hand, if these prices are giving you the bends, there’s always the city pool at McCarren Park, which reopens June 29.

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Schiller’s Liquor Bar to Close; Village Voice Pride Awards

Restauranteur Keith McNally will shutter 14-year-old Lower East Side spot Schiller’s Liquor Bar at the end of the summer. [Eater NY]

The city filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against a Rivington Street landlord for illegally renting out her units on Airbnb. [NY Post]

Next month during the city’ Pride Week, Alan Cumming will host the first annual Village Voice Pride Awards, featuring a performance from Tegan & Sara. [Brooklyn Vegan] Keep Reading »

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Butcher Bar Is the Latest Outer-Borough BBQ Spot to Land in Manhattan

(Photo: Bettie Cutie)

I haven’t yet watched the new season of Master of None (maybe I’m still smarting from getting bounced by Aziz Ansari from the William Vale), so I have no idea how Butcher Bar factors in. But I’m told the Astoria restaurant is indeed featured. I’m guessing it has something to do with Aziz’s love of barbecue (he grew up in South Carolina, after all), because that’s exactly what the smokehouse and butchery is known for.

(Photo: Bettie Cutie)

Should that Master of None scene get your mouth to watering, you won’t have to hop on the ol’ N, W to get there, because this past weekend Butcher Bar opened a location right on Orchard Street.

As its name implies, Butcher Bar started as a butcher, hence its commitment to local, grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and heritage pigs. The chef, Orlando Sanchez, is Austin-born, but that doesn’t mean the place is religious about Texas-style ‘cue– they also offer up Kansas City-style burnt ends, aka “meat candy,” and Cajun-style shrimp and grits– and there are some nods to the Missouri and Carolinas schools of barbecue as well.

(Photo: Bettie Cutie)

On the menu at the Lower East Side location are some standards from the Astoria original as well as new dishes like a “chili cheese nacho tower,” spicy tacos, a rotating venison offering, and whole animal roasts. Also new here are moonshine cocktails like the Georgia Creamsicle, made with apricot nectar and peach liqueur.

(Photo: Bettie Cutie)

Between this and the Greenwich Village expansion of Gowanus barbecue joint Pig Beach, it’s never been easier for downtowners to do the ‘cue.

Butcher Bar, 146 Orchard St., Lower East Side; 212-842-8000.

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Light-Soaked Galleries, Meditative Street Ads, and More Art Exhibitions

(image via Foley Gallery)

Subtext II: Meditations
Opening Wednesday, May 17 at Foley Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through June 25.

I would remark on the humor inherent in exhibiting artist Wyatt Gallery’s name, who is indeed showing artwork in a gallery, but it seems he’s already got that covered. As soon as you visit his website, the very large and very green phrase “a person, not a place” is followed, literally, by a trademark symbol. So, guys… he gets it.

For this show, Gallery is displaying a series of works using foundational material quite truly ripped off of the city streets, in that they are portions of the endlessly-stacked-and-glued mountains that are NYC street advertising and flyering. He transformed these found object compilations into “UV cured photographic plates,” making them even more abstract in the process. Interestingly, Gallery sees these dirty, aged poster creations as relevant to his practice of mindfulness and meditation. So next time you’re saddled with a 20-minute train wait, maybe you should try deep breathing while staring at the many advertisements on the walls. Perhaps inner peace will crawl out from in between the pages.

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Japan Touched Down in Brooklyn via This Crosscultural Arts Fest

(Photos: Angelica Frey)

This past weekend, Japanophiles got their fix at Tokyo x Brooklyn, which brought a heaping helping of kawaii to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 

The festival was the brainchild of a man who goes by MARS, the CEO of the Tokyo-based animation studio and creative ad agency Hot Zipang. MARS realized that Americans, happy to eat frankensushi in the ’80s, have since become more attuned to Japanese culture, to the degree that umami is now a part of their vocabulary. He decided this was a good time to showcase the country’s offerings.

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