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Ryan Raftery Plays Anna Wintour ‘From the Waist Up’ in a One-Man Musical

Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion (Photo: Eva Sakellarides)

He’s She. He’s Anna.

Ryan Raftery’s pop-inspired one-man musical is a sassy, highly exaggerated take on the revered ice queen of fashion, Anna Wintour. Framing the show around Vogue‘s controversial “Kimye” cover, he takes the audience through a comical yet humanizing and emotional journey anticipating what seems like Anna’s looming dismissal from Condé Nast.
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New Round of Tenement Talks: Richard Price, Andrew Kuo and More

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.08.03 PMThe Tenement Museum just unveiled the schedule for the upcoming season of Tenement Talks, its excellent series of readings, lectures, and panel discussions. We’re especially excited about Richard Price, who recently chatted with Vulture about his new urban thriller, The Whites. Read on for the entire schedule of taks, all of which go down at the museum’s Visitor Center at 103 Orchard Street.
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Watch Kim Gordon’s Entire Appearance at the Strand

Kim Gordon week continues here on Bedford + Bowery. Yesterday we shared some choice quotes from her appearance at the Strand, including her comment about the whole Lana Del Rey hoopla and her thoughts about whether a marriage can work between two artists (plus some fun stories about songs like “Swimsuit Issue” and “Kool Thing”). The bookstore has now posted video of her chat with Elissa Schappell and you should check it out if only for the hilarious moment, at 46:40, where Kim hilariously shuts down someone in the back who yells out the inevitable question, “Is Sonic Youth ever going to reunite?”

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Kim Gordon On Avoiding the Audience, and 9 More Musings Form Her BAM Talk

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.

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Funny Business: Amy Shumer, Billy Eichner Taking Over the East Village Today

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Two comedy shows are taking this yucky weather and adding still more yucks. As in… laughs! Ok, fine, that was weak. What we’re trying to say is that Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s new show, Difficult People, has temporarily turned San Marzano, on the corner of East 7th, into D’s Cafe, as you can see here. Meanwhile, just a couple of blocks down Second Avenue, Inside Amy Schumer has returned to the East Village. If you’ve always wanted to be on one of her HBO Real Sex-style man-on-the-street segments, sorry, there’ll be no stopping and chatting in this frigid weather: they’re shooting indoors, at Kingston Hall.

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Mr. Lower East Side Moves to Brooklyn to Escape the ‘Bro Douchebags’

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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Glenn Branca Premiered ‘Orgasm,’ His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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Listen Up, Philanthropists: Alex Ross Perry’s Cat Needs Some Scratch

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We’ve all heard of directors crowdfunding their movies (see: David Cross), but this one’s new: Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, the ex-Kim’s Video clerk who went on to write and direct Listen Up Philip, has launched a fundraiser for his cat’s cancer treatments. Fluffy, the feline in question, actually appears in the movie as Gadzooks — Elisabeth Moss’s character takes him in when she breaks up with Philip, the narcissistic novelist played by Jason Schwartzman.
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Meet the Newest Superspace for Bushwick Artists

Artist's rendering of The AnX at 13 Grattan Street. (Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect PC)

Artist’s rendering of The AnX at 13 Grattan Street. (Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect PC)

Looks like architect Gene “the Baron of bland” Kaufman is keeping busy and embracing his artistic side with yet another new project; in addition to ongoing construction of the “timeless and industrial” artists workshops at 100 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg, his firm announced today that construction on a second similar project will begin on April 1, 2015. “The AnX,” will provide 23,000 square feet of artist lofts, and has a target completion date of September 1, 2016.
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Love This: I Hate Being Single Is Back For Season 2

There’s never been a better time to have your cable service cut off for non-payment. First new webisodes of High Maintenance and now this: I Hate Being Single has returned to the interwebz for a second season.
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