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Member of Pussy Riot Returns to Her Roots in Recycling Religion

"Punk Prayer" at WhiteBox Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Punk Prayer” at WhiteBox  (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was nothing short of surreal seeing Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot — blonde curls, deadpan blue eyes and all — milling about by the wine table at WhiteBox this past Sunday. Alyokhina was not the only artist participating. In fact, there was a large group of artists, a number of them also Russian, participating in the group show, Recycling Religion, at the Lower East Side non-profit gallery. But she was certainly the most eye-popping of the lot.

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Tickle Your Psycho-Sexual Fantasies at This Immersive Take on a Dada Macbeth

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via Sam Gibbs

Tis the season for Macbeth y’all. For one, it seems like you’ll never stop hearing about Sleep No More, and what with having survived the weeklong bender of that tipsy Macbeth production, which took place inside a distillery, you might think we’d all be feeling pretty hungover from all of it, weary of sipping from Shakespeare’s tragic chalice any time soon. But nay, this is one of those cases where you swore off the drink, so to speak, but returned with vigor (which is to say each and every time). This week, get your Macbeth hair of the dog and head to a psycho-sexual parody of the play (because everyone knows the best cure for a hangover is…) perhaps even more transgressive than that $100 plus tourist trap.

This weekend, Stairwell Theater is staging Ubu Rex, an immersive evening of debauchery and cabaret at Aviv, and you’re invited to partake in the revelry and grime at a “post-apocalyptic dinner party.”

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Williamsburg Building Collapses; Hotel Chantelle’s Digs Hit the Market

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Monday morning in Williamsburg, a Wilson Street building collapsed, temporarily trapping two people. [Patch]

On the Lower East Side, Streit’s Matzo factory will be replaced with condos. [Real Deal]

The Ludlow Street warehouse that’s home to Hotel Chantelle is seeking a buyer. [Bowery Boogie]

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A Diner Dashed with Lovely Day’s Dash Snow Mirror

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When a bathroom mirror went missing from Lovely Day on December 5, the owner of the beloved downtown Thai food diner, Kazusa Jibiki, was heartbroken. “It’s a really sad day for us,” she posted on Instagram. The staff was angry. The regulars were incensed. Clearly, this wasn’t just any old piece of glass. “Two friends of mine were like guardians, they really wanted it back to Lovely Day so they were on the case,” explained Jibiki, who moved to New York City from Japan more than 20 years ago.

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Fight Back the Tears and Win a Free Bar Tab at Greenpoint Bar

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via Diamond Bar

If you wanna win big in Greenpoint Wednesday night, you’re gonna need a secret weapon in your back pocket: Visine. And no, put away your stash– the Cannabis Cup hasn’t moved to North Brooklyn. It’s the second biannual staring contest at The Diamond!

This beloved neighborhood bar will host their second staring contest of the year, with the famous bust of Michael Landon watching over to ensure fair play. “It’s pretty much like what it sounds, and it’s really fun,” said Dave Pollack, owner of The Diamond in Greenpoint.

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Week in Shows: Laurie Anderson Plays Bushwick; Trap Queen Takeover at Black Bear

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Yes, the Royal Trux reunion show is happening on Saturday at Webster Hall — which we trust you’ve had tickets for since the second it was announced (or at least since we ran this interview with Jennifer Herrema) — but there’s a ton of other shows going down this week that are worth staying awake for too. Lap em up and thank us later.

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‘I Don’t Want My Mother to Hear That Joke’: a Muslim Comic Showcase

Dina Hashem at The Experiment Comedy Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Dina Hashem at The Experiment Comedy Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Are there any white people here?” Atheer Yacoub asked the audience last night at The Experiment Comedy Gallery. “Can I hide behind you until this election is over?”

Yacoub played host for Hilarious Muslims: a Patriotic Stand-Up Show, the second all-Muslim comedy showcase at Williamsburg’s newest DIY comedy venue, which caught a wave of viral attention recently when owner Mo Fathelbab introduced the “Donald Trump Special” last Friday.

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Talks + Readings: Drunken Careening Lesbian Erotica and a Lit Rag Holiday Party

15_rumpus-toocoldforthis-72dpiThe Rumpus & Electric Literature Present It’s Too Cold for This: A Holiday Reading
Tuesday December 15, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Café. 126 Crosby Street

Is it really too cold for this? Really? To be fair, our two favorite online lit rags could not have predicted the unseasonably high temperatures (is it really in the 60s?) so we’ll give them a pass. Anyway, we bet their gathering of minds will top your awkward office holiday party.

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Birdy’s of Bushwick is Fit to Print; Lower East Side Bars’ Fur Ban

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The city’s municipal ID cards — pet project of Mayor Bill de Blasio, important resource for undocumented immigrants, and free museum pass — will remain free in 2016. [NY Daily News]

The New York Times reviews Motherstruck! one woman-show by Staceyann Chin. [New York Times]

Old reliable also stopped by Birdy’s, newish old man bar of Bushwick. [New York Times]

Engineer tells MTA there is “moderate risk” the 2nd Avenue Subway won’t be finished by December 2016. [NY Daily News]

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Williamsburg Basement Collapses, Injuring Three Construction Workers

146 Wilson (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

146 Wilson (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

When Joshua Alvarado drops his son off at Public School 16 in the mornings, he often notices busy construction activity at the brick row houses on Wilson Street, across from the school. But he’s never expecting what happened this morning. At 9:15 a.m. firefighters rushed to the scene of a construction disaster at 146 Wilson Street on Williamsburg’s south side. After an illegal excavation project went wrong, the basement-level collapsed, injuring three construction workers.

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‘Suspicious Luggage’ in Chinatown Sets Off a Bomb Scare, But No Bomb

Police were called to check out a piece of “suspicious luggage” in front of 39 Eldridge Street in Chinatown at around 1:45 pm this afternoon. A resident who lives across the street from the building, which houses the Preschool of America, sent B+B this video of the incident which captures a member of the bomb squad carefully dismantling a suitcase.

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Michael Alig Will Battle it Out as ‘Club Kid Zombie’ in Coney Island Horror Flick

Michael Alig and Ernie Glam (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Michael Alig and Ernie Glam (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Don’t run screaming when you find out there are a ton of characters to keep straight in ZomBikers aka Vamp Bikers Tres– it’s true: witches, bikers, zombies, vampires, and club kids are all on the scene. “It’s like The Warriors,” explained Michael Alig, who’s starring as King of the Zombies, aka God, in the third and final installment of Brooklyn filmmaker Eric Rivas’ Vamp Bikers Trilogy

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