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The Guys From Blonde Redhead Played Bicycle Film Fest, and It Really ‘Spoke’ to Us

Simone and Amedeo Pace (at left) with their band at the conclusion of their performance, 6/21/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Brendt Barbour kicked off the 17th annual Bicycle Film Fest the same way he has kicked off all the others– by leading the crowd at the San Damiano Mission in Greenpoint in a call-and-response chant of “bikes rock.” After the chant finished echoing off the saints painted on the church’s domed ceiling, it was time for Blonde Redhead members Simone and Amedeo Pace to perform a live score for the acclaimed bicycle race documentary A Sunday In HellFor 90 minutes, the two musicians and their band brought orchestral accompaniment to a film in which a symphony of 25 cameras covered the 1976 running of the Paris Roubaix bicycle race.

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Driverless Bushwick Bus Wreaks Havoc; Mayoral Town Hall Highlights

An empty bus that had been left in the wrong gear careened backwards down a Bushwick Street early yesterday morning until it struck a church, along the way hitting 10 parked cars, causing one injury, and resulting in a scary video. [NBC NY]

Yesterday, Devin Brown, 24, was charged with attempted murder stemming from last month when he allegedly beat a 61-year-old woman near Forsyth and Stanton Streets. [DNA Info]

In the East Village, a real estate firm purchased the 12-story building at 200 East 11th Street for $57 million. [The Real Deal]

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Protesting Trump By Taking a Page From Westboro Baptist Church?

Non-profit Chelsea bookstore Printed Matter is now stocking the latest suite of protest signs from Lower East Side-based indie art publisher Badlands Unlimited. Inspired by the Westboro Baptist Church’s infamous “God Hates Fags” signs, these, however, have messages like FAGS HATE TRUMP, GOD HATES TRUMP, and TRUMP DOOMS AMERICA.

“The signs are really meant to be carried out into ongoing protests and rallies,” said Micaela Durand, director of Badlands Unlimited. “They’re inspired by the Westboro Baptist Church signs; we wanted to subvert that speech.”

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Pride-ful Shows, Political Theater, and More Performance Picks

THURSDAY

(image via Clubbed Thumb)

What The Constitution Means To Me
June 21-July 1 at The Wild Project, 8 pm: $25

With this piece by playwright and actor Heidi Schreck directed by Oliver Butler, Clubbed Thumb continues their annual Summerworks series of new plays. Fittingly, so far they have all dealt with sociopolitical or governmental issues in ways that have been a bit more overt than the typical downtown theater offering. Such is a sign of the times. Schreck’s What The Constitution Means To Me appears to be no exception.

The play is about someone also named Heidi who finds a unique way to make money in 1989, which is giving speeches about the Constitution. Only, she is told her orations are not personal enough, which leads to an exploration into the women of her past (who seem to have consistently attracted “violent men”) and how the Ninth Amendment may have had more of an impact than she thought on them. Keep Reading »

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Here’s Your Exclusive First Look at This Year’s SummerScreen Posters

Today is the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate than getting excited for outdoor movie season. Williamsburg’s SummerScreen just released some colorful and spacey iterations of movie posters to go along with this year’s series, which kicks off July 5. Seven local artists created the posters for each film that will show in McCarren Park: Mean Girls, Office Space, Donnie Darko, Selena, I Know What You Did Last Summer and an audience choice. So fetch.

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Concert Footage From the Golden Years Of NYC Punk Hits the Big Screen

A few years ago we had the privilege of sharing some of the concert footage that video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong compiled between 1977 and 1980, when New York’s punk and No Wave scenes were at their peak. Back then, NYU Fales Library had just acquired and was digitizing their vast Nightclubbing archive, comprised of 82 bands and 115 shows, and the filmmakers hooked us up with a trove of rare video and photos from one of the golden eras of NYC rock.

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Trans Allies to Rally In Bushwick; Bliss Cafe Won’t Outlast June

Queer rights advocates at Bash Back will rally for tolerance Thursday evening in Freedom Triangle Park in response to the beating of two trans women outside a Bushwick liquor store earlier this month. [Gothamist]

The founders of local pizza mini-chain Emily now face a lawsuit from five investors who partnered in the Williamsburg outpost. [Grub Street]

On Bedford Avenue, Bliss Cafe will shutter next week. [Free Williamsburg] Keep Reading »

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Funky Ceramics, Mermaids at Sunny’s, and More Art Openings

Jess Sheridan. Trump This, 2017. Screenprint. 22 x 15 in. Printed and published by the artist. Edition: 45. (c) 2017 Jess Sheridan.

Just Under 100
Opening Thursday, June 22 at International Print Center, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through September 16. 

This show marks the 56th edition of the International Print Center’s New Prints Program, the result of an open call for fine art prints created in the last 12 months. Curator Katherine Bradford has selected 98 of them from artists all over the world, and they will all be on view in the self-proclaimed “small” gallery space of the IPC on West 26th Street.

While there isn’t necessarily a unifying theme for all the prints, several seem to have a political bent. On the gallery’s website, I observed at least one pussy hat reference and one print involving a woman in an American flag hijab and ripped jeans skateboarding on top of the head of a man with very orange skin. Which isn’t surprising, as nowadays it almost seems like more effort to avoid referencing the current political climate than not. Keep Reading »

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New LES Cacti Store Meets All Your Cactus Needs

A cult LA cacti store now has a location in New York — at least for the season. So, while the sun shines, check out Cactus Store’s Lower East Side popup site and admire its collection of exotic cacti — which run anywhere from $30 to $4,000, if you’re interested in taking one home and making it your own.

Most of the cacti on display are rare, including a few that are part of a private collection and not for sale. All the plants were shipped from California, but drawn from across the world, especially South America and the American southwest. “True cacti,” as distinguished from related flora, are always from the New World, explained manager Han Wang.

Cactus Store’s collection includes several “mutations” — cacti that have grown into strange shapes — and “grafts,” where two plants fuse together and one plant draws its water and nutrients from the other.

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