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Three to See During Frieze Week: NADA, African Art, and a Design Fair

'Untitled,' photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

‘Untitled,’ photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

If there’s anything to say about Frieze that speaks to the massive annual art fair as a whole is that it’s wholly impossible to see everything. Last year, there were 190 participating art dealers from all over the globe. And that’s just at Frieze alone. What’s more the art fair brings so many art people into the city and out of their studios in “far-flung” neighborhoods to Manhattan, that several satellite festivities coincide with the event in places other than the Frieze tent. So take your pick and get ready for two parts shmoozing and feigning interest and one part legitimate enthrallment!

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Brooklyn Film Festival Announces Lineup: Karpovsky, Tukel, Duplass Bros and More

Still from Deviltown.

Still from Deviltown.

Because this year’s Rooftop Films Summer Series isn’t bringing nearly enough Karpovsky, the Brooklyn Film Festival is promising still more of the Girls star. Among the 108 features and shorts screening at the 18th edition of the annual fest is Devil Town, featuring not only Alex Karpovsky, but also his fellow Brooklyn director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) and Jennifer Prediger, who’s starring in a couple of other local productions in the fest. Among those are Matthew Yeager’s Valedictorian, the moody trailer for which you can see below.

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Kids Celebrates 20 Years; Equinox Gym Opening Next to Katz’s

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Kids will celebrate its 20th anniversary at BAM on June 25 with a Q&A with Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Larry Clark.  [Gothamist]

B&H Dairy, the diner that’s served three generations of customers in the East Village, launched a $10K fundraiser to in the hopes of re-opening following March’s Second Avenue explosion. [Grub Street]

The 72-room former Germania Bank building on Bowery, which was recently sold after decades of use as a private residence, will be open to the public for an art show Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. [The Lo-Down]

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Williamsburg Hotel’s Bid For Rooftop Liquor Reaches New Low

Genesis-Rendering-A2The William Vale hotel, that futuristic looking structure (formerly known as the Level Hotel) going up at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, will have 183 rooms, a ground level restaurant, a roof deck pool, a rooftop park, its own parking garage, and will provide the equivalent of 300 fulltime jobs, but for Brooklyn Community Board 1 at its meeting Tuesday night the decision not to recommend the hotel for a liquor license all boiled down to the closing hours of the hotel’s 21st floor rooftop restaurant.

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Rooftop Films Release Details About Its Karpovsky-Heavy Opening Weekend

Rooftop Films just filled us in on its Summer Series’s opening weekend, along with its shorts lineup and more. If you didn’t make it down to SXSW and missed TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe winging Jason Schwatzman in 7 Chinese Brothers, good news: the film will be screening May 30, with Schwartzman and director Bob Byington doing a q&a after, and some free-flowing vodka after that.

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One More Place to Get Your Fingers Wet and Develop Some Film

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Thanks to a generous donation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a super cool landlord in Gowanus who’s trying to keep the neighborhood arty, the Gowanus Darkroom went from being a distant dream to a reality for Rachel Jun and Jonathan Rodgers. “We just went for it,” Rachel said of the darkroom that opened up in February. And they’re lucky they nabbed this particular place. Darkrooms and photo studios are generally in basements, closets, warehouses, anywhere dark and dank, really. But forget all that when it comes to Gowanus Darkroom. The place is located at the top floor of an industrial building with a massive, wide-open floor plan and impressive natural light flooding in from skylights.

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Greenpoint Is Getting a Playground With Skate Park Designed By Steve Rodriguez

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Hey, Greenpoint’s getting a shiny new park! Alright, technically it’s a “playground,” but with a new skate park, handball court and basketball court, hopefully it’ll make grownups want to come out and play, too. The major overhaul of tired old Sgt. William Dougherty Playground is scheduled to begin late next year, according to Department of Transportation officials, who announced the plans at a Community Board meeting last night.

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Photos + Video: At Moth Ball, Louis C.K. Talks About Finding Himself in Moscow

Louis C.K. talks hard times in Russia at The Moth Ball. (Photo: Liz Ligon for The Moth.)

Louis C.K. talks hard times in Russia at The Moth Ball. (Photo: Liz Ligon for The Moth.)

Last night, Supermans, Batmans, and many Gothamites in sequined capes filled Capitale for The Moth’s superhero-themed gala. In its fourteenth year, The Moth Ball celebrated storytellers like honoree Louis C.K.

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Gigawatts Festival Drops Lineup: Black Lips, Anamanaguchi, Braid and More

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Arts and music rag 1.21 Gigawatts has announced the lineup for its annual music fest, going down July 24 to 26 at The Wick, The Well and the soon-to-open Our Wicked Lady. This year’s headliners are Atlanta punkers Black Lips, chip-tune wackos Anamanaguchi, and Chicago-area longtimers Braid. But there are a slew of other bands worth catching, including perennial festival favorites Ava Luna and other B+B picks like Lodro, Hondruas, Shark? and more. Tickets ($30 or $60 depending whether you’re doing one day or all three) go on pre-sale today at noon (password is savetheclocktower) and then officially go on sale Friday. Here’s the initial lineup.

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Abbi and Ilana of Broad City Will Kick Off 420-Friendly Internet Week

With Internet Week booting up Monday, organizers of the annual tech-stravaganza have just sent word that none other than Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will do the opening keynote conversation. The Broad City co-creators are slated to chat with Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwide at the fest’s headquarters, the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Let’s hope they spill some details on their new film deal with Paul Feig.

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40-Story Tower to Rise in Greenpoint; James Murphy of LCD Opening Wine Bar

FINALLY | Manhole cover New York cherry blossoms

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Two men were treated at Bellevue Hospital this weekend after a woman with a box cutter slashed them in the face and neck on Kent Avenue in Greenpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]

On Sunday afternoon, a scammer posing as a kidnapper phoned a Williamsburg mom and demanded $1K if she wanted her son to keep his fingers. [Brooklyn Paper]

Restaurants Paulaner NYC on Bowery and Bunna Cafe in Bushwick are donating a portion of their earnings to Nepal earthquake relief efforts. [Grub Street]

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Jon Fine Talks Glory Days of Indie Rock as Recounted in Your Band Sucks

(Photo: Penguin Random House)

(Photo: Penguin Random House)

In a matter of a few years, Jon Fine, formerly of the band Bitch Magnet, went from an indie rock lifer cavorting from Williamsburg warehouse party to coke-soaked dive bar and barely making enough to make rock bottom rent on his train-side apartment to contributing on air to CNBC and writing columns for BusinessWeek. Clearly, those were different days– that same Williamsburg apartment would cost a small fortune to rent now and Fine suffers from permanent hearing loss, though he’s happily married and is the author of a new book Your Band Sucks. Fine’s memoir traces his rise to indie fame as the guitar player for Bitch Magnet to ultimately, what he calls, “the failed revolution.”

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