Papercut Press: ‘There’s Definitely a Literary Something Happening in Bushwick’

(Courtesy Papercut Press)

(Courtesy Papercut Press)

Papercut Press’ Fall showcase at Radio Bushwick last week was surprisingly well attended considering it was on Rosh Hoshanah. A host of folks came out to see bands as well as readers, including Jason Napoli Brooks (also an indie publisher) and Dolan Morgan from the Atlas Review. Indie publishers keep gathering in North Brooklyn, which, along with the varying Short Story clubs, is adding to a rising literary scene that isn’t waiting for McNally Jackson to arrive.
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An Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Subway Buskers, B-Boys and Rogue Puppeteers

(Photos: Andrew Han)

(Photos: Andrew Han)

What time is it?

On Friday, “SHOWTIME,” an exhibit celebrating subway art and artists, opened at Armature Art Space in Bushwick. The show was spearheaded by BuskNY, an organization advocating for the rights of subway artists to perform without being hassled by the NYPD. In addition to visual art inspired by the subway, opening night featured performances by staples of the subway arts scene, including dance crew Waffle Life, violinist Filip Pogady and puppeteer Kalan Sherrard, recently described by Daily Intel as “NYC’s most avant garde nihilist subway performer.”
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At the Bad Theater Fest, The Golden Girls Will Do King Lear

IMG_0645The Golden Girls doing King Lear, a one-man adaptation of Cats, and “the world’s longest theatrical piece about vomit!”

If you missed the screening of Tommy Wiseau’s new sitcom, don’t worry — you’ll have plenty of chances to see some so-bad-its-good(?) acting and directing at the Bad Theater Fest. The Fringe Fest-esque cavalcade of 50+ productions aims to expose “both first-time playwrights and discarded material from more established and seasoned writers.”
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Richard Kern’s New Book, Exhibit Is a ’90s Grunge Version of a Barbershop Lookbook

unnamedYou know those cheeseball lookbooks you see at places like Supercuts, that show you how you’d look with a bowl cut? Well, none other other than photographer Richard Kern, the thinking man’s Terry Richardson, has teamed up with an uber-hip Williamsburg hair salon to make a grunge- and porn-inspired version of them.
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Usher Sits In With Afghan Whigs; J.Crew Williamsburg’s Piñata Making Classes

Grub Street Food Festival 2014, Seward Park: Mini Golf

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A 27-year-old chef who used to work in Williamsburg, Diego Ramos, was convicted of assault yesterday for using a broken wine glass to retaliate against a man who he found having relations with his wife back in January. [NY Daily News]

After closing this summer, Greenwich Village sushi restaurant Japonica reopened down the block at 90 University Place, where it originally stood from 1978 to 1991. And Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noho’s Mile End deli will host $40/person, family-style Middle Eastern dinners in addition to its regular menu offerings. [Eater NY]

Over the next three Saturday mornings in October, Williamsburg’s J.Crew will hold DIY classes devoted to mini piñata-making, flower arranging and screenprinting. Email wytheevents@jcrew.com to reserve a spot. [Refinery 29]

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CBGB? CMJ? OMG! Your Guide to The Acronym Invasion

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In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
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Bushwick Just Got a CrossFit Gym or Box or Whatever

(Bushwick Crossfit's FB page.)

(Bushwick Crossfit’s FB page.)

We won’t pretend to understand CrossFit, but you may want to know about this if you’re a Bushwicker who knows what a “burpee” is (apparently it’s not what you do after pounding a Tecate and slamming back a shot too fast). If, for whatever reason, you’ve been dying to hump a medicine ball and issue primal grunts in the company of fellow aspiring Hulks, you can now do so at Bushwick CrossFit.
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Richard Hell’s New Performance Series Should Be a Hell of a Time

(Photo: Nicole Batchelor Regne)

Punk legend Richard Hell doesn’t seem to get out much, but in the next months he’ll be all the way uptown, hosting a series at Symphony Space. According to an email he just sent out, he’ll be conducting pre-performance interviews with artists like Donald Cumming of the Virgins (“one of the most innately talented NYC rock and roll/pop musician/singer/songwriters to come up in the oughts,” he says) and Lydia Loveless (“the only singer/songwriter the power of whose music and voice consistently makes me cry”).
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Dig These Fossilized Bics, Picks and Drumsticks

(Photos: Claudia Prat, unless noted.)

(Photos: Clàudia Prat, unless noted)

Let’s face it, CBGB is long gone — even if organizers of this month’s CBGB Festival are trying to bring it back in the form of a LES club and, um, a microdistillery. But across the street from its old location, rock and roll can never die — thanks to some ceramic microphones, drumsticks and bottles of Jack.
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Movie Set Robbed in Greenpoint; Judah Friedlander Dislikes EV’s ‘Dumb Party Vibe’

Os Gemeos 2009 Bowery Wall: Selfie

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

In Greenpoint, 17 iPads and two laptops were included in a loot of $17,800 in goods taken from from the set of the CBS series Madam Secretary Friday afternoon around 1 p.m. [NY Post]

Police say this man (who claimed to have a gun) stole $1,080 Saturday afternoon from the Chase Bank that replaced the East Village’s 2nd Avenue Deli. [Gothamist]

Community Board 1 recommended the denial of a liquor license for Williamsburg’s future second Starbucks location. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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