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Performance Picks: Stonewall Recollections, Radical Burlesque, Renewable Energy


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Street Theater
September 20-October 4 at The Eagle Bar, 7 pm: $25

The “father of modern queer theater” is back, and fittingly doing a show inside a gay leather bar in Manhattan. Yes, the late playwright and Stonewall Uprising participant Doric Wilson, who recently received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to gay theater, is bringing his satirical Stonewall play Street Theater to Chelsea’s The Eagle.

Street Theater, which won an Innovative Theater award for a recent prior revival, was written in part to chronicle the events and people Wilson experienced personally at Stonewall in 1969. It’s produced by The Other Side of Silence (TSOS), one of the city’s first LGBT-centric theater companies, initially co-founded by Wilson and “resurrected” in 2002 by Wilson, Street Theater‘s director Mark Finley, and Barry Childs. Plus, after the show tonight, it’s “jockstrap night” at the bar. Keep Reading »

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Do You Wanna Dance? Marky Ramone Helps de Blasio Sign Pro-Nightlife Bill

Mayor De Blasio and Marky Ramone. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Before Mayor de Blasio signed a new law establishing an Office of Nightlife yesterday evening, Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of House of Yes, remarked on how strange it was to be hosting government officials and police officers at her notoriously risqué East Williamsburg venue. But then she asked, “Why should it be so surreal to have the arts and culture capital of the world be in support of the spaces that make this kind of arts and culture happen?”

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Hate Speech in Bushwick; Dr Smood Makes a Home on Houston

On a Bushwick Street last week, police say one man called another a “Muslim” who should “go back to your country” after the latter refused to make change for a $20 bill. [DNA Info]

Yesterday, health food chain Dr Smood unveiled its fifth Gotham location inside the former Houston Street American Apparel space. [EV Grieve]

Chef Missy Robbins of Williamsburg’s Lilia will helm another neighborhood kitchen where the Domino Sugar Refinery once stood. [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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Artists and Designers Try to Create the Next Iconic NYC Souvenir

A little Lady Liberty defends her iconic status. (photo: Diego Lynch)

What do tourists have to show for their trips to New York City?

Selfies and souvenirs, usually.

The moment visitors step off the plane, they’re greeted by ranks of Statue of Liberty miniatures, skyline snow globes, and Yankees paraphernalia. However, does everyone Heart NY?

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Greenpointer Arrested for FiDi Vandalism; Native Leather Ends 49 Year Run

A Greenpoint woman, 33, was arrested last week for dousing Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue will blue paint to protest America’s proposed withdrawal from the Paris Accord. [NY Daily News]

Native Leather will depart Bleecker Street after nearly a half century, as the building’s owner refused to offer the shop a new lease. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

In the East Village, 32 active liquor licenses are registered within 500 feet of 20 St. Mark’s Place. [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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Art This Week: Bushwick Open Studios and Black Femmes

(photo: Sophia Wilson, via Facebook)

The Future Is (Black) Femme
Opening Friday, September 22 at 329 Broome Street, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. On view through October 3.

While the rest of our art opening recs for this week correspond with the return of Bushwick Open Studios, this show is happening in Manhattan. Lower Manhattan, so you Brooklyn dwellers don’t have to travel very far, don’t worry. The Future Is (Black) Femme is, unsurprisingly, an art exhibition of work by black femme artists. For the uninformed, “femme” is a term that describes a feminine-presenting person that may but doesn’t necessarily have to conform to the binary identity of “woman.” It can also mean a feminine-presenting lesbian, used as the opposite of “butch.”

Enough about semantics, on to the art. The exhibition is curated by Jessica Pettway, Josette Roberts, and Miranda Barnes, and features the work of 14 artists, including Roberts and Barnes. Though every artist identifies as a black femme and an artist, the show’s content spans a wide variety of artistic disciplines and themes, as every artist has something unique to say about existing in this country as a black femme. These lived experiences can often be painful, but the exhibition’s description notes that “similar themes of kinship, tenderness and rejoicing” are present throughout all the works. Keep Reading »

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Market Hotel Returns With Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz and More

The Market Hotel has had a rough ride, to say the least. The DIY space was shut down in 2010. After undergoing a major renovation that birthed a celebrity pillar, it made a glorious comeback with a Sleater-Kinney show last year, only to be shut down again in October for “warehousing” booze without a permit (owner Todd Patrick told Brooklyn Vegan the snafu occurred while the space was exercising its right, as a non-profit, to apply for 15 or so Special Event liquor permits per month). Now it looks like the beloved Bushwick venue is back, as AdHoc has announced upcoming shows from Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, Royal Trux, and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.

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New York Burlesque Festival Will Leave a Trail of Glitter Across Williamsburg

(Photos courtesy of the NYBF and featured performers)

The New York Burlesque Festival blows into town this weekend for the amazing 15th year in a row. Did festival producers and co-founders Angie Pontani and Jen Gapay ever think it would survive this long? “I don’t think I ever even thought about it!” says Pontani. “In the beginning we were lucky to go year to year. Looking back, I can’t believe it’s been 15 years and how much burlesque has grown and changed. It’s been an amazing evolution to have a front row seat to.” Gapay adds, “I remember joking with Angie about the festival’s 20th Anniversary during the fourth or fifth year, and I don’t think either of us were expecting the scene to last this long, but I’m sure glad it has!”

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W-Burg Broker Sued for $15 Million; Broken Coconut Debuts in EV

In Williamsburg, a broker was served a $15 million lawsuit for allegedly fabricating condo renderings and fibbing about forthcoming construction to sell her personal residence for $1.9 million. [NY Post]

The East Village’s Momofoku Noodle Bar will beget a second, 4K-square-foot outpost next year at the Time Warner Center. [Eater NY]

A veteran of Butter and 1Oak will unveil a new E. 4th Street restaurant today, Broken Coconut, boasting the slogan, “Eat pretty.” [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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Wastedland 2 Is an Art Show of Post-Apocalyptic Proportions

Wastedland 2’s opening mural featuring (from left to right) artist Russell Murphy, organizer Andrew Shirley, photographers Austin Pinon and Marris Mielnick, 9/17/16. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Wastedland 2, an immersive film exhibition that’s been touring the country for the past year, rolls into Maspeth’s Knockdown Center tonight and pays homage to the hottest graffiti artists painting New York today. The exhibition premiered in Detroit a year ago; with most of its artists based out New York, this show will be a homecoming. 

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