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At Okay Space in Williamsburg, an Art Opening For ‘Toxic Times’

Artist Akwety Orraca-Tetteh (center with yellow headscarf) with exhibtion attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

During its year in Williamsburg, Okay Space, the arts venue opened by Roots drummer Questlove and run by Okayplayer’s president Dan Petruzzi, has been hosting exhibitions and small concerts that share the aesthetics of the label and its Afrocentric media platform OkayAfrica. Recent exhibitions have included a co-exhibition with rapper Schoolly D alongside painter Pablo Power and Fete Fete’s Baldamore showcase of Baltimore Artists.

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13 Things We Learned About Reservoir Dogs On Its 25th Anniversary

(Photo: Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

It’s been 25 years since Quentin Tarantino kicked off his first film with a master class on “Like a Virgin,” and to celebrate the occasion, the Tribeca Film Festival got Mr. Brown together with Reservoir Dogs stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Michael Madsen, for a post-screening Q&A. (No, they were not all dressed in black suits, Ray Bans and skinny ties.) Here’s what we learned Friday at the Beacon Theater.

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Brooklyn Flea on the Move; Two New EV Noodle Spots

Family members of a man who died in the Spring 2017 East Village gas line explosion are lobbying to name a pair of streets in the victims’ honor.
[DNA Info]

Brooklyn Flea has concluded its tenure at East River State Park after just a month and is seeking new digs. [Brooklyn Paper]

A bi-level Mexican restaurant, Dos Cientos, is vying to fill Allen Street’s vacated Preserve 24 space. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Lena Dunham and Other Women Producers On Why ‘This Is Our Moment to Seize’

Join us LIVE as America Ferrera talks to Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at #Tribeca2017!

Posted by Tribeca on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, female directors made up about one third of the program and took the fest’s top three awards. Debut features included The Boy Downstairs, a rom-com by Stophie Brooks starring Zosia Mamet of Girls, and My Art, a meta drama by Laurie Simmons, featuring a brief appearance by the artist’s daughter, Lena Dunham.

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32 Arrested as May Day Ralliers Clash With Trump Supporters

Some 32 people were arrested yesterday as hundreds gathered in Union Square for May Day. While most came to participate in demonstrations supporting international workers and laborers, a counter protest of loosely allied right-wing activists also congregated, to denounce what one of them said was the “Amerophobia” of May Day celebrants.

Jovi Val, leader of the recently formed Modern Patriots Facebook group, organized the “May Day Slay” protest as a response to celebrations that had been called by activist groups across the city. Val described the May Day celebrants as “a bunch of commie cuckfest clowns” in a Facebook Live video of their march from Union Square to Foley Square. The celebrations called for solidarity with immigrants and undocumented workers, who many fear are particularly vulnerable under the Trump administration. Val insisted that The Modern Patriots, affiliated with alt-right fraternity The Proud Boys, were present to promote “free speech.”

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Week in Shows: Punks Do Good, a Magick Music Sleepover, and Moon Child Casserole

(Flyer via Saint Vitus Bar/ Facebook)

Hank Wood & the Hammer Heads, La Misma, Mommy, Conspiracy, Shimmer, Fur Helmet
Friday May 5, 8 pm at Saint Vitus: $15

This lineup reads like a who’s-doo of Toxic State records. Arriving straight from the “institutional abyss” is Mommy. Then you have the Portuguese spittlin’ piss punks of La Misma, and scene stalwarts like Fur Helmet and Conspiracy. I mean, Saint Vitus has been called “one of the best-booked bars in New York”– even so, you’re rarely gonna find so many excellent punk/hardcore bands in one place outside of a funeral or, like, a festival (shudder).

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Reduced L Train Service in May; New Restaurant and Bar at Union Square’s Hyatt

During the first and last weekends of May, there will be no L train service from Brooklyn to Manhattan. [DNA Info]

Williamsburg residents are voicing their concerns about the DNA Info]

Two additional dining and drinking destinations, Bowery Road and The Library of Distilled Spirits, debuted inside the Hyatt Union Square on Fourth Avenue. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Greenpoint Film Festival Returns, With a Focus On Local Greenery

Tribeca Film Festival just ended, but Greenpoint Film Festival is returning for its sixth year, from May 4 to 7. Just like Tribeca, GFF features documentaries, narrative features, experimental and animated shorts, but it also boasts a category that’s unique to the neighborhood. Among the six environmental films are local pieces like Robert DiMaio’s Waterways of Hope, about cleanup projects along Newtown Creek, and director Coleen Fitzgibbon’s five-minute documentary, Bushwick Inlet Park.

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Artists Envision Inspiring Women, Masterful Portraits of Black Artists, and More Art Openings

Work by Jess De Wahlis, Michael Hubbard, and Diana Casanova (image courtesy of The Untitled Space)

She Inspires
Opening Tuesday, May 2 at The Untitled Space, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through May 20.

Tribeca art gallery The Untitled Space and its curator Indira Cesarine, who reacted swiftly after Election Day with their massive Angry Women group show in partnership with the ERA Coalition, are returning with another large and women-centric group show. She Inspires will show the work of 60 artists who have made pieces that feature or are inspired by “women that have made a positive impact on the world.” Exhibiting artists include Cesarine herself, Molly Crabapple, and Elisa Garcia de la Huerta of the Go! Pushpops collective. The definition of “inspiring women” is broad, as the show includes portrayals of local luminaries, famous faces like Frida Kahlo, and even fictional characters like Wonder Woman.

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Clash Over Anti-Semitism as Controversial Speaker Gilad Atzmon Appears at Theatre 80

A heated exchange outside of Theatre 80. Gilad Atzmon is shown holding up his cameraphone. (Photos: Mary Reinholz)

They weren’t wearing black masks or hurling smoke bombs. But a small group of no more than 20 anti-fascists made it clear Sunday afternoon that they strongly opposed the appearance of British jazz saxophonist and author Gilad Atzmon at a panel discussion on politics after Brexit held late yesterday afternoon in Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place.

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Bob Byington and Onur Tukel Team Up For Infinity Baby, and the ‘Best Q&A Ever’

(Still from Infinity Baby)

Apparently you don’t have to be ex-lovers to give awkward and hilarious Q&As. Just a few weeks after unveiling Catfight, Onur Tukel is back with yet another feature, Infinity Baby, that had its local premiere at the Montclair Film Festival yesterday. The Brooklyn auteur wrote the script with the idea of playing a character based on himself. But the movie ended up being directed by Austin filmmaker Bob Byington with Kieran Culkin as the star, which led to a very catty Q&A.

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