Readings and Talks: Brooklyn Girls and Renaissance Men

Time again for Word Up, our weekly roundup of readings and talks worth getting up and out of the house for.

Thursday, July 10

friendship copyEmily Gould and Elif Batuman
Gawker blogger turned memoirist Emily Gould’s new novel, Friendship, is about (you guessed it) a young Brooklyn blogger whose boyfriend happens to keep a studio in Greenpoint’s Pencil Factory.​ “Amy loved visiting Sam there, seeing all the other artists in the hallways and on the roof,” Gould writes. “It was so cheering to know that there were still people who made their living by creating physical things—even if some of them were commercial illustrators and graphic designers. Well, Sam wasn’t, anyway! He was just a guy who made giant oil paintings of Cuisinarts.” She’ll be discussing fiction and friendship with Elif Batuman, who has written for the likes of The New Yorker and n+1, and is the author of The Possessed.
7pm, McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St). FREE.
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LED Unicorns on Roller Skates? Yes, Please

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
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Look For Robert De Niro Interning in Williamsburg Today

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, he’s not working at Vice like the rest of the neighborhood. He’s starring as a widower turned fashion-website lackey in The Intern, which shoots in Williamsburg today and tomorrow. (Apparently one movie about old dudes doing internships wasn’t enough.)

According to a flyer, filming will occur from around 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the shoot will eat up parking spaces from North 8th to North 13th Street, between Bedford and Wythe Avenue, plus Nassau Ave near Guernsey Street.
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Dov Charney in the House; Pot Basically Legal in Brooklyn?

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With the DA saying that his office won’t prosecute adults without a criminal record for “low-level” marijuana offenses, Brian Lehrer asks, “Is pot basically legal in Brooklyn?” [WNYC]

Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney—who in his termination letter was banned from visiting company facilities—was photographed inside the Houston Street American Apparel store yesterday. [Racked NY]

Luis Freytes, 30, will be in court tomorrow on charges that he assaulted his wife and her 11-year-old son this weekend after she woke him up when the bus they were riding on approached their stop at the corner of 14th Street and 1st Avenue. [DNA Info]

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Will We Be Seeing L.E.S. Clothing Co. on the LES Again?

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Is L.E.S. Clothing Co. returning to the streets of the Lower East Side?

We thought that might be the case yesterday when the exiled apparel store, which was forced to give up its Clinton Street storefront last month, posted a cryptic message on its Facebook page: “Welcome Back!” it said. “LES CLOTHING Co. is on full grind mode.”
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The Choco Taco Cappuccino. It Exists.

IMG_4716While surveying the lineup for Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, we noticed that one of the vendors, Baldies, is offering a “Chaco” that’s described as “an artisanal take on the beloved ‘Choco Taco’ dessert.” Basically it’s a crepe shell filled with ice cream, with toppings like melted chocolate, almonds, and sea salt.
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This Cali-Style Vintage Furniture Shop Just Came Out of Hiding

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Kyla Burney started out selling furniture on Craigslist—not exactly the norm for trendy vintage retailers these days. Her friends asked her to help them decorate their homes, and those friends told their friends, and eventually Burney had a regular clientele. Two and half years later, she found her niche in Greenpoint and opened a showroom, Adaptations New York.
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Two Ice Cream Extravaganzas: Our Cup (or Cone) Runneth Over!

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

This could be the most epic ice cream battle since Mr. Softee vs. Master Softee. The Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice cream extravaganzas — on the same days. That’s right: between the 10+ vendors (and 50+ flavors!) at Smorgasburg’s Creme de la Creme and the 14 vendors at Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, you’re pretty much definitely going up a belt size on the weekend of July 19.
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Bruce LaBruce Made a Perfume Called (What Else?) ‘Obscenity’

10515191_752303521498697_2127219433983143213_oIf our perfume inspired by the stankiest block in NYC was just too subtle for you, then you may want to head to The Hole tomorrow for a whiff of Obscenity.

It’s not by Calvin Klein. It’s by Bruce LaBruce.

The out and outré filmmaker’s debut scent will be unveiled at the opening of a solo photo exhibition that riffs on sexual and religious ecstasy. LaBruce, whose memoir is titled The Reluctant Pornographer, is no stranger to blasphemy: his next film, Santo the Obscene, is about “a beggar saint who performs miracles and heals people through sexual acts,” he has said. The Toronto resident’s campy flicks about zombies, Nazis, and sex terrorists (Give Piece of Ass a Chance) have violated enough taboos (and featured enough gay hardcore) that his work, he says, is frequently seized by Canadian customs and labeled OBSCENITY.
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