Death By Art: A Band Of Artists Takes Over DBA

(Photo: Death By Art)

(Photo: Death By Art)

It pains us each time we have to bring up the closing of Death By Audio, but we can at least be comforted by the fact that the venue is truly making each and every last night count up until the final show on Saturday, November 22.

Not only has the venue shifted into overdrive and is hosting some truly incredible shows, but they’re taking advantage of some of the otherwise closed-off space in the building. The people at DBA have handed over “The Ranch” to more than 100 artists who have transformed it into a gallery and living shrine to DIY.

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Watch: Lasers Shows and Human Disco Balls at the New York Festival of Light

This’ll light up your life: the city’s first ever Festival of Life has come to Dumbo, and we dropped by last night for the opening. Play our video for an idea of what to expect, and then see the spectacle for yourself tonight, till 11pm, or tomorrow, Nov. 8, from 5pm to 11pm. As previously mentioned, there’ll be displays and installations in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge and at Pearl Street Triangle at Pearl and Water Streets.

Electronic Music Takes Over The Burg, Chimes Will ‘Throw Up In Your Mouth’

Hey we’re back! And unless our senses betray us it seems we’ve survived Halloween. Time to scrub off all that costume blood and make way for the real stuff. It will surely be pouring out of your ears if you make it to any of these shows this weekend and beyond.
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CBGB’s Walls, Cash Register, and Phone Booth Revived For New YouTube Space

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photos: Angelo Fabara)

When YouTube opened one of its public production facilities in Los Angeles, the head of the project cited CBGBs as the sort of community hub they were trying to create. “We like to say the new Debbie Harry will meet the next Ramones here and a great partnership will be born,” he told FT. Now a fourth YouTube Space has opened in New York with elements of the actual CBGB in place.
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BrooklynXchange Ain’t Happening, But BK Vendors Galore in Union Square

1780148_791066680955463_6505091718767099592_o-280x128Despite going to the trouble of making a super Brooklyn-y promo video, the market that had hoped to bring Brooklyn makers to Soho during the holiday season has decided to delay its launch. BrooklynXchange posted the following message, informing followers that it was “unable to curate a full compliment of traders that reflect the values of what the BrooklynXchange is to be.”
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Now Showing: Squatters, Urban Farmers, and Kids With Machine Guns

Halloween hangover? We’ve got a cure for you– one horror film serves as your hair of the dog, and one kidsploitation flick will loosen you up before a few buckets of cold water bring you back to reality.
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‘John’s of 12th Street’ Portrays Restaurant Life Sans Gordon Ramsay Hissy Fits

Last month during a taping of Knight Fight at The Gorbals, chef Ilan Hall faced off against Northern Spy Food Co.’s Pete Lipson. In the dining room above the Urban Outfitters store, feverish foodies ooed and ahead on cue as Hall revealed the night’s mystery ingredients. I can’t tell you more, because immediately upon arriving at the taping I beat a hasty retreat to Space Ninety 8’s rooftop bar where I hid out for the rest of the night.
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Japanese Music Fest Comes to Town; Comic Arts Brooklyn Returns

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police seek leads in their search for Williamsburg Charter High School student Asia Reese, 13, who was last seen leaving her Bushwick Houses apartment early Monday evening. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Baker to the stars Penny Stankiewicz of Sugar Couture will open her first retail location on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. And after a successful $25K Indiegogo fundraiser, Sweet Generation—a cupcake shop that helps fund arts education—is bound for 130 First Avenue. [Eater NY]

Tonight at East Village non-profit City Lore, Five Boro Story Project will host a free program called, “LES is More: Stories of Growing Up on the Lower East Side.” [Bowery Boogie]

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Chris Stein of Blondie: ‘Miley Cyrus at Her Craziest is Not Really Dangerous’

All images by Chris Stein from the book "Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk," and the exhibition of the same name at Somerset House in London, November 5 to January 25.

All images by Chris Stein from the book “Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk,” and the exhibition of the same name at Somerset House in London, November 5 to January 25.

Few people personify the downtown New York aesthetic like Chris Stein. As the guitarist of Blondie, he’s helped to define—and defy—what people talk about when they talk about New York. Fortunately for us, he was documenting his adventures in the dangerous old New York, as proven in his book of photographs. These were shown at the Chelsea Hotel in September, and a new show opened yesterday on the other side of the pond at the Somerset House in London.
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Ridgewood Successfully Trolled By New York Times

A mural at Trans Pecos in Ridgewood

Mural that used to be on the wall at the old Silent Barn.

Oops, the Times did it again: nearly three years after it first noted that Ridgewood, Queens was “attracting a different type of émigré: artists priced out of Williamsburg in search of cheaper lofts,” and a little over a year after it again noted that more and more Brooklynites were moving there, the paper goes back to the well to remind us that “Ridgewood is in the chrysalis stage of an outer-borough transformation that shrieks ‘Brooklyn.’ Except it’s not in that overhyped borough.”
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This Year, Order Your Tree Online and Pick It Up at This ‘Pop-Up Farm’

(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Pine)

(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Pine)

With the Rockefeller Center tree officially on its way to the Big Apple, it’s time to order your Christmas tree online. Yep, online.

Brooklyn Pine, a new “tree pop-up market” (come to think of it, Christmas-tree markets are the original pop-ups) is now taking pre-orders for Douglas and Canaan firs. Come Nov. 15, you can pick up your tree at a lot in South Williamsburg where you’ll find “soft live music, hot cocoa, and a holiday decoration by a local artist,” according to the site.
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