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Art This Week: ‘Anti-Nudes’ and KKK Cannibalism

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Hot Farce
Opening Thursday, November 1 at Field Projects, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 15.

Throughout centuries, one thing has remained the same when it comes to art: in some way, nudes will be there. Curator and artist Kristen Racaniello knows this, but seeks to do something a bit different with her group show Hot Farce. The work on view seeks to be the antithesis of the “hetero-sexy nude,” meaning nudes that trouble the binary, nudes that question why you’re looking at them, nudes that may not even qualify as nudes at all. According to the exhibit statement, Hot Farce’s artists “admire figuration and are at the same time deeply suspicious of it,” a feeling in this time of existential dread I can only assume is shared by many. Keep Reading »

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Six Years After Sandy, Electeds Say Current Flood Protection Plan Doesn’t Hold Water

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Six years ago today, Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Streets were flooded, buildings were destroyed, some $19 billion in damage occurred, and 43 people lost their lives. In the Seaport District, water levels reached four feet high. Six years after the city announced that it would build a U-shaped wall designed to protect it from future natural disasters, the plan still has not been carried out.

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Bike Kill!! The Wacky Wheels and Spooky Spokes of NYC’s Craziest Demolition Derby

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Last year the NYPD tried to shut down Bike Kill, and it could not be done. This year a goddam Nor’easter rolled into town, and even it couldn’t contain the glorious mayhem. Nothing can stop Bike Kill!

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Elizabeth Street Garden Ralliers to City: ‘Hands Off My Bush’

Raymond Figueroa, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition. (Photos by Ryan Krause)

To the residents of Nolita, Elizabeth Street Garden is an urban oasis. The garden, a schoolyard in a previous life, is a lush patchwork of contemplative nooks crisscrossed with gravel paths and speckled with large stone sculptures. It’s nestled among its brick and concrete neighbors between Prince and Spring streets. The garden is beloved by those who spend their lunch hours on its benches and stroll its paths on their days off.

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I Joined the Cult of Luxury Watches and This Is Where I Wound Up

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This summer, my father passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, from a brain aneurysm. Almost immediately thereafter, I began collecting watches.

There’s a school of thought which holds that forty-something men who purchase luxury items aren’t necessarily going through a “midlife crisis”—buying youthful accessories in an attempt to not seem old—but are instead buying things they’ve alwayswanted, yet are only now, in middle age, able to afford. I wanted a powerful muscle car when I was 16, for example, but was 39 before I could responsibly get one.  A similar arc has followed in my life for indulgences like traveling regularly and eating at four-star restaurants on days that aren’t my birthday.

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Blackface Isn’t the Only Halloween No-No: Some Pro Tips From the Experts

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Halloween is basically another high school prom: People dress up and look completely different than how they do during the day, in hopes of getting laid. Why else do you think so many scary movies have to do with prom? It can be stressful and annoying to find the perfect costume and grab tickets to a fun spot for the spooky night, but if you heed the following expert advice, the spookiness will remain in the spirit and not in your heart.

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Your Halloweekend Performance Picks

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Halloweird Comedy Hour
Friday, October 26 at Pete’s Candy Store, 7 pm: $8

Before you get properly spooked at whatever party you go to tonight, pregame with some laughter in a candy store that doesn’t actually sell candy (as far as I know; they might be hiding something from me), but it’s still fitting to have a show in a candy-related venue near Halloween. It’s probably the closest thing you’ll get to trick-or-treating nowadays. Emma Rogers hosts this Halloween-themed comedy show, where costumes are certainly encouraged. There’ll be a live jazz trio and jokes by Catherine Cohen, Harris Mayersohn, Cristian Uriostegui, Justin Linville, and Stephanie Pace, and once the show’s over, there will be a “Satanic ritual cursing Brett Kavanaugh,” for all of you who missed last weekend’s hex session at Catland. Keep Reading »

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Don’t Waffle, Go Eat Some Insects For Free On the Streets of NYC

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Insects, here! Get your fresh roasted insects, here!

No, it’s not a Beetlejuice-themed Halloween stunt, it’s a marketing campaign for The Economist. The magazine, which has given out free coffee and vegan burgers in the past, has teamed up with Belgian waffle wizards Wafels & Dinges to launch a food truck offering free mini liege waffles topped with roasted crickets and mealworms.

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Neighborhood Longtimers Anella and Nai Reopen in Greenpoint and EV

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Two neighborhood standbys have reopened their doors–one in Brooklyn, the other in Manhattan. Nai, the Galician tapas bar that closed in July after eight years in the East Village, has reopened an avenue over. And Anella, the Greenpoint longtimer that closed that same month due to a fire, will reopen tonight in a rebuilt space.

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Kat Cunning Explores the Dark Side of Sleeping Beauty in CNTRL

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In the past years, we’ve seen Kat Cunning on the stage with Company XIV singing Lana del Rey’s songs better than Lana del Rey, in high-octane Broadway productions (Paramour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and on cable (The Deuce, where she plays a recurring character). What’s more, her first EP might (finally!) be on the way

As if she needed to add to her resume, on November 8, she’ll make her co-directorial debut in CNTRL, a circus-musical performance co-created with House of Yes’ own Anya Sapozhnikova, also starring nine core performers and five extras. A spin on Sleeping Beauty, CNTRL focuses on the power dynamics, the sexuality and the darker aspects of the fairy tale, with Cunning in the leading role. “Control is the word that kept coming up when I was talking about the characters’ power dynamics, and their sexualities, as a reference to power play,” Cunning told Bedford + Bowery. “The word comes up to me as a human when I am working, being a control freak.”   

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