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Film Right Now: Male Muscle Epics and Transmutation by Jazz

This week our film picks are all ones in which context weighs heavily on the experience. While two of these movies are rendered incredible beyond their usual bounds by some seriously insane soundtracks, whether it’s a live one or a rescued one, the remaining two would be nothing without considering seriously their place within the current state of things. None of the films would function properly on their own without their other pairing. Boom. If that all sounds vague, it is — but I’m taking this opportunity to practice my powers of divination so that when I’m reading my friends’ tarot cards later, they’ll look deep into my eyes and be all, ‘Holy shit.’ Here’s to hoping that’s your reaction, dear reader, when you obediently check out each and every one of these movies and decode for yourselves their star-crossed connectivity.

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Step into a Pitch-Black Box For Some Truly Enlightening Art

Andrea Wolf, Unsolicited Memories, Archival Exercises N.5. 2015.

Andrea Wolf, Unsolicited Memories, Archival Exercises N.5. 2015.

We’re all familiar with the traditional “white box” art gallery— it’s bright, clean, sterile, artificial and unshadowed. Keeping this in mind, BFP Creative made a space that does the opposite–a black box, void of any light, designed to showcase the glowing works that inhabit it. Unlike most art, work by the eight artists in the show “Luminary,” opening tonight, thrive in the pure darkness.

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Free Films in Tompkins Kicked Off Last Night, James Franco’s Pick Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While we’ve been packing our picnic baskets for SummerScreen, Rooftop Films, Nitehawk’s Summer Series, Films on the Green, and the films at Socrates Sculpture Park, one of our favorite outdoor movie series has remained relatively mum about its plans. But the folks behind Films in Tompkins recently wrote in to tell us that, yes, they’re once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. Not only that, but in the spirt of Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming film fest in Rockaway, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks.

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La Churreria Has Closed; Guess They Weren’t Making Enough Dough

IMG_1340Well, this is a bummer. One of our favorite Spanish spots, La Churreria, has called it a day. Just a month after we got all excited about a menu makeover that brought churro cups into the mix, the three-year-old sister restaurant of neighboring Socarrat has “closed for renovations,” per a Facebook message. But don’t get it twisted, heart-shaped churro fans: the Nolita cafe isn’t coming back. An inquiry reveals the ownership will be “launching a new concept,” with details coming soon.

You can still walk down to Despaña for something close to the Spanish-style sandwiches that La Churreria served. But why did this have to happen when churros were finally going viral?

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Stray Bullet Hits Car in Bushwick; Greenpointers Not a Fan of Compost Bins

Roof Sculpture - Red Square NYC

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Ray’s Candy Store owner Ray Alvarez, 82, was back at his Avenue A spot this week for the first time following heart valve replacement surgery in June. [EV Grieve]

In Bushwick last Wednesday around 9 p.m., a man fired a gun on Knickerbocker Avenue, hitting a car. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Both Barramundi and 2nd Floor on Clinton will vacate 67 Clinton Street on July 29. [Bowery Boogie]

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Premiere: Watch Sharkmuffin Get Played By the ‘Tinder King’ in Their New Video

We’ve been waiting for Sharkmuffin’s new album to drop ever since we talked to them pre-SXSW and got their thoughts on being named one of Billboard’s All-Female Bands You Need to Know. The new album, featuring Hole vet Patty Schemel on drums, doesn’t come out till Aug. 7, but in the meantime the garage-grunge (garunge?) trio has given us the honor of premiering the video for “First Date.”

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‘Trail of Tears’ Is a Clear-Eyed Look at America’s ‘First Genocide’

(Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

(Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

“This is a chance to look at the first genocide,” said director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj as he opened last night’s performance of “Trail of Tears” at The Nuyorican Poets Café. The emotional storm of dance, song and soliloquy casts a satirical eye on the forced relocation of Native Americans in the 1830s.

Though too often forgotten, Maharaj said, the tragedy served as a precursor to the enslavement of Africans – bruises on the face of this country that have yet to heal. He quoted a long-gone English chief: “When you acknowledge the dead, the dead stand taller.”

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Con Artist Has Art So Cheap You Can Eat It, Trust

"The $20 Art Show" at Con Artist Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“The $20 Art Show” at Con Artist Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

I’d never seen art move so quickly off the walls as I did last night at Con Artist Collective‘s Lower East Side gallery. Things were so hectic that it was difficult even to talk to founder Brian Shevlin about the unusual exhibition. His eyes were too busy darting to and from the small, rectangular pieces of art as they were gently taken off the walls, wrapped in red plastic bags, and quickly replaced by more art works. It felt like a feeding frenzy, and I couldn’t help but join in. Snagging some art myself, I realized I’d never even considered buying art in a gallery before this. I mean, definitely the $20 price tag had something, a lot, to do with making an already appealing piece of work feel accessible. “We did this based on Bread & Puppet Theater’s Why Cheap Art? Manifesto,” Shevlin explained. “Basically, we believe that artists should be required to make cheap art.”

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The Cast of Wet Hot American Summer Unveiled the Prequel at SummerScreen

Pretty much everyone who didn’t score a ticket to tonight’s sold-out screening of Wet Hot American Summer at Nitehawk was parked in McCarren Park last night for SummerScreen’s showing of the 2001 cult classic. And they made the right call: before the flick, they were treated to the first episode of the forthcoming prequel. And it was introduced by director David Wain and cast members Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Ken Marino, and Judah Friedlander. Peep the above video to hear them awkwardly pander to Brooklyn.

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This New Southeast Asian Restaurant Is Sure to Generate Buzz

(Photo courtesy of Andrew Cote)

(Photo courtesy of Andrew Cote)

Talk about buzzy openings. The Lucky Bee, a Southeast Asian “electric tropical paradise,” is slated to bring its spicy, sustainable street food to 252 Broome Street, and owners Rupert Noffs and Matty Bennett love honey so much they’re bringing their own bees.

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Bowery Mission Gets an Upgrade; Britpop Party in Williamsburg

Giglio Feast Williamsburg 2015/ Children's Giglio lift

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Police are looking for a man who was allegedly masturbating on the L train on June 30. [Brooklyn Paper]

Extell Development Company submitted paperwork to build an 800-foot-tall on the East River waterfront at 250 South Street. [6sqft]

Bowery Mission received a donation of dozens of new mattresses for its men’s shelter. [Bowery Boogie]

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