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An Early Look at Ludlow House, By the Numbers

Ludlow House. (Photo courtesy Soho House)

Ludlow House. (Photo courtesy Soho House)

After some very strident local opposition and the requisite haggling with the community board, the folks at Soho House have finally managed to turn an old funeral home into Ludlow House. Although the privacy policy at the members-only club keeps its gatekeepers from telling us how many film, media, and creative types have signed up to “eat, drink, work and play” there, we were able to score you some other data.

Here’s a look inside the Ludlow House by the numbers.

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Coming Up in Comedy: Roasts, Absurdity, the Olympics and Marnie the Dog

(Photo: Jewel Frankel)

(Photo: Jewel Frankel)

MONDAY

The Open Mic Roast of Riley Soloner
August 1 at Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Brooklyn. This show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m. More info on the event page.
Comedian Riley Soloner is hosting an open mic in which he will let anyone in the audience—including complete strangers—roast him in any way they want. Soloner is an improviser and comedian probably best known for his appearances on The Chris Gethard Show, but if you’re unfamiliar with him, that’s fine. He still would like you to roast him. In what the event page describes as “a truly bold and stupid move,” Soloner crowd-sourced this show via Facebook, where people requested that it be “a roast” and “sad.” Please don’t let him down—say something vile to his face.

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Catching Up With Vic Sin, Bushwick’s Prodigal Boylesque Star

Stephen Plante (Vic Sin) in his Vienna Boylesque Festival costume. (Photo courtesy Stephen Plante)

Stephen Plante (Vic Sin) in his Vienna Boylesque Festival costume. (Photo courtesy Stephen Plante)

Back in February we told you about how far Bushwick-based boylesque performer Stephen Plante (Vic Sin) was willing to go to fund his trip to the Vienna Boylesque Festival, pledging his body for “one night only” in return for a $3,000 donation. He told us it was “a joke, but at the same time, is it possible? Yeah.” Well, he reached his goal (without having to go full-on Pretty Woman), performed in Vienna, England and France, and now he’s back, with footage of his festival performance and a mission: to make the New York City arts scene more family-friendly. He’ll still be stripping, but he wants to do it with more support from other artists, both on and off of the stage.

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Latest Bushwick Art Fair Is a Bit of a Circus

(Photo: @bushwickopen)

(Photo: @bushwickopen)

Since it was announced that Bushwick Open Studios will be taking place in October and not on their usual summer date, a couple fledgling fests have tried to fill the void. There’s been the Bushwick Arts Festival, which was a bit of a letdown, and the Bushwick Galleries Association’s Hot Summer Nights of extended hours, which are great but for galleries only. So when we heard tell of a new Bushwick art festival called the Bushwick Open Art Fair, we were skeptical. What would make their “Bears on Bicycles”-themed fair different from the other upstarts? But then the organizers told us they’re “currently looking into the permits required to have live animals at the show.”

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Alex Ross Perry Plays a Nerd Trapped in a Vortex of ‘Emotionless Bro Time’ in Joshy

It was about a year ago that Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry released his latest, about some female friends who retreat to a cabin after a woman’s relationship doesn’t end well. Now he’s appearing in a film in which a group of guy friends retreat to a cabin after their bro’s relationship falls apart. Needless to say, Joshy, directed by Jeff Baena (Life After Beth), contains way more dick jokes than Queen of Earth, as you’d expect from a largely improvised film in which comics Nick Kroll and Brett Gelman play coke-snorting, prostitute-hiring wingmen. But don’t mistake this for an Apatow knockoff– it’s actually a nice balance between the Rich Dicks shtick for which Kroll is known and the sad-sensitive mumblecore for which Perry is know.

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Photos: ABC No Rio’s Last Hurrah at Its Home of 36 Years

Hardcore legends Mad Diesel closing out ABC No Rio's final punk/hardcore matinee in the original building, 6/25/16. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Hardcore legends Mad Diesel closing out ABC No Rio’s final punk/hardcore matinee in the original building, 6/25/16. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The closing of two beloved record stores wasn’t the only blow dealt to Manhattan’s music scene over the weekend. Down on the Lower East Side, the social center known as ABC No Rio hosted its last two shows in its home of over three decades.

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Last Days of Discs: Parting Shots of Other Music and Rebel Rebel

The staff and customers of Other Music on closing day, June 25, featuring owners Josh Madell (third from left) and Chris Vanderloo (third from right).

The staff and customers of Other Music on closing day, June 25, featuring owners Josh Madell (third from left) and Chris Vanderloo (third from right). (Photo: Nick McManus)

Was it the day the music died? It sure seemed like it when two of Manhattan’s last record shops, Other Music and Rebel Rebel, closed their doors on Saturday. Photographer Nick McManus, who’s been shopping at them since he was a teenager, got everyone together for some Parting Shots, above and below.

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The Knitting Factor: New Documentary Weaves a Tale of Yarn Artists

Olek's Yarn People (Photo: courtesy of Matt Hirsch)

Olek’s Yarn People (Photo: courtesy of BOND/360)

At what point does something stop being beautiful once it becomes functional? Can something you use every day be made into art? Does art need to hang in a gallery to be recognized? And, perhaps the biggest question of all, how much can sheep really contribute to the fine arts?

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These Guys Installed a FREE COFFEE Sign Over a Starbucks to ‘Keep Williamsburg Weird’

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment "FREE COFFEE" sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment “FREE COFFEE” sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker. 

Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”

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International Center of Photography Reveals New Museum on the Bowery

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

With your smartphone at your fingertips, these days its easy to mistake Instagram and Facebook for the ultimate arbiters of visual taste. But the International Center of Photography begs to differ. On Thursday they open their brand new museum on the Bowery, with an inaugural exhibition making the case for considered curation and historical perspective to broaden the conversation around images and their impact.

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Photos: Sea Creatures and See-and-Be-Seen Creatures at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.

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Bicycle Film Fest Mixes Blonde Redhead, Erykah Badu, and Some Ovarian Psycos

Still from Ovarian Psycos (Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle Film Festival)

Still from Ovarian Psycos (Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle Film Festival)

In this town, cycling isn’t just a convenient method of getting from A to B: it’s a lifestyle. And with biking season and film festival season in full swing, the Bicycle Film Festival is back for its 16th year at the Anthology Film Archives.

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