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DIY Venue Aviv Is Dipping Its Toes Into Underground Cinema

11070082_10205082200627238_7206259708723299086_oDo you sneer at the Iron Man franchise? Do Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey provide you with positively no ironic pleasure? Did you feel that Boyhood was just another celebration of the magic of white male experience? Well, perhaps underground film is more your thing then. And if there’s one thing we can never get enough of it’s avant-garde art and experimental work because, like, isn’t that what living in New York City is all about? Well, maybe it used to be. But let’s make it that way again.

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SummerStage, Charlie Parker Jazz Fest Lineups Announced: Charles Bradley, Caribou and More

Here’s a ray of sunshine on this unseasonably chilly day: the City Parks Foundation has dropped its lineup for SummerStage and this year — the festival’s 30th — it’s expanding to run from May 18 to October 4, across 14 parks. Among the 140-plus free performances are concerts by Charles Bradley, Caribou, the Flex Is Kings dance troupe, the Chi-Lites, Rakim, Dr. John, Tito Nieves, and teen metal sensation Unlocking the Truth. There’ll be special events put on by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lyricist Lounge, and the Metropolitan Opera; anniversary celebrations for record labels VP and Duck Down, b-boy crew Rock Steady, and the one and only Afrika Bambaataa; a screening of the Nas documentary; and theatrical performances of The Wiz as well as a Michael Jackson tribute. And ticketed benefit shows this year will include Father John Misty, Jukebox the Ghost, and Mastadon, among others.

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At This Cookbook Store Hosting Guest Chefs, the Vibe Will Be ‘Medieval Sicily Meets Colorful Mid-Century Modern’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

On Huron Street just off the Greenpoint G-Train stop, Paige Lipari is meticulously planning a world where she hopes foodies will feel deliciously at home. At Archestratus Books, slated to open late summer/early fall, Lipari will house hundreds of carefully curated cookbooks and host small, ticketed dinner parties with a warm, intimate atmosphere.

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Nader: Hillary Would Crush Warren, But Her ‘Coronation Wouldn’t Be Good’ For Dems

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Iconic political gadfly Ralph Nader, who has run for president five times without success on third party tickets, said last night that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “would be crushed” if she ran for the Oval Office, claiming, “She’s not good on foreign or military policy.”

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House Fire Erupts in Bushwick; Everybody’s Björking For The Weekend

Is it nice in there?

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Law enforcement officials are reportedly focusing on six suspects who could face murder charges for the March 26 explosion in the East Village. [NY Post]

East Yoga has extended this offer to its mailing list: “If you or someone you know was impacted or displaced by the fire on 2nd Avenue, please contact info@eastyoga.com for a free 5-class pass.”

No one was hurt in a Bushwick house fire yesterday afternoon that drew 140 firefighters to Eldert Street. [DNA Info]

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This Guy Is On an East Village Armed Robbery Spree, Police Say

769-15 MTN ROB SQD 1The man shown here has netted nearly $3,000 in a string of East Village hold-ups over the past week, the police say. According to authorities, the suspect — thought to be in his forties — enters bodegas and laundromats and displays either a gun or a knife in order to get cashiers to fork over money. Here’s the NYPD’s description of the incidents, all of which occurred in a five-day span within the Ninth Precinct. The most recent one occurred just this morning.
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Peter Cooper Is Back, But When Will the Astor Place Cube Return?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After months of hiding inside of a wooden box while his eponymous triangle was rebuilt, Peter Cooper has come out to smell the roses (or to smell a rat, depending who you ask). The Stanford White-designed statue, dedicated in 1897, was boxed up for its own protection last April but has now reemerged, even as the redesign of Peter Cooper Triangle continues around it. Meanwhile, over on Astor Place, construction of Alamo Plaza seems to have stalled, and it may be a while before we see the Astor Place cube again.

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JJ Brine is Absconding From New York City, Satanic Gallery May Be Doomed

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

I met with an old friend of the blog, JJ Brine, last night at his Satanic gallery on the Lower East Side. Thankfully, it was a warmish evening, otherwise the busted picture window would have made for a very drafty Vector Gallery. Instead, it imbued the place with a different sort of vibe, distinct from when we last visited– something JJ also acknowledged– the sounds of the street became part of the experience. I no longer had to guess that people outside were talking about the strange happenings going on inside. Gaggles of teenagers intermittently giggled and gasped, pointing at a flower-crowned JJ and the eerie, reflective and neon decor, all visual terrorism.

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Oliver Stumm Opens Italian Spot With To-Go Shop, Greenhouse, and Outdoor Seating

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Just a few months after relaunching Happy Ending as a French restaurant with basement club, Oliver Stumm of Cafe Select and Rintintin is opening a Williamsburg restaurant with takeout arm.

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Sweat Winter Away With 6 Workouts That Aren’t Exactly Routine

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O'Regan)

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O’Regan)

Just about the only thing this long winter was good for was helping us catch up on our favorite TV shows while developing a healthy donut addiction. But now that spring is in the air, the day will soon come where we can put away the Canada Goose and get off the couch. Rather than joining the legions at the chain gyms that are spreading across the city like the plague, here are six fun, physical ways to enjoy the city, get back in shape, and celebrate our newfound freedom from winter’s icy claws.

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Montage of Heck Portrays Kurt Cobain ‘As Intimately As Humanly Possible’

An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (© The End of Music, LLC/ Courtesy HBO)

An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (© The End of Music, LLC/ Courtesy HBO)

At SXSW last month, Brett Morgen got right to the point as he introduced his new documentary about Kurt Cobain, who died 21 years ago this past Sunday: “I know a lot of you have been waiting over 20 years to see some of this footage,” he told over 1,000 people at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. “So let’s just start the fucking movie.”

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