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Queer Porn Film Festival Brings Porn, Pancakes, and ‘Meaning Beyond Getting Off’

Still from Graphic Depictions.

Still from Graphic Depictions.

The first-ever NYC Queer Porn Film Festival (QPFF) is coming to the Spectrum in Bushwick this Sunday, hot on the heels of February’s NYC Porn Film Festival, which was also held in Bushwick. Festival passes have sold out online, but pre-sales to individual events are still available and tickets will be sold at the door.

Frustration with various aspects of the NYC Porn Film Fest worked as a catalyst for queer pornographers Tobi Hill-Meyer, Jacqueline Mary and Courtney Trouble to come together and plan something they’d already been thinking about for years.

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Former Squatter Remembers the ’90s Squat Scene in New Book

(Photo: Akashic Books)

(Photo: Akashic Books)

Stacy Wakefield’s new book The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, being published by Akashic in May, weaves together her experiences as a squatter in New York City back in the late ’90s. Though it’s a fictional account and the main character Sid, who makes her home in squats in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, is based on a number of people, the book still offers a window into the waning years of what was once a vibrant squat scene.

We spoke with Wakefield, 43, about the book and what the squatting life was like before it all but disappeared.

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A Studio Visit With Tara McPherson, ‘Queen of Cotton Candy Wet Dreams’

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One recent morning in Tara McPherson’s Bed-Stuy studio, the artist’s easel was loaded with sketches of two nearly identical girls connected by a sparkling rainbow springing from inside their heads. The drawing was also on her iMac, where she had been working on a color mockup in Photoshop. A finished 12 x 12 painting, she explained, was due the following Monday for “Dreamlands,” a group show now open at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Williamsburg’s (D)evolution Captured in #MyChangingNeighborhood

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

When photographer Stéphanie de Rougé moved to New York in 2006 she settled on the south side of Williamsburg. “From the first day, I knew I was at home here,” she wrote on her website. “Williamsburg had it all: the Brooklyn grittiness, the sexy wild parties, the shady pharmacy, the old pigeon cooper and the sweet little café around the corner. Other than the fact that yellow cabs refused to cross the bridge, life was good.” Yes, yes it was. But then Starbucks moved in, and Whole Foods and Apple made their nefarious plans.

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DIY Venue Aviv Is Dipping Its Toes Into Underground Cinema

11070082_10205082200627238_7206259708723299086_oDo you sneer at the Iron Man franchise? Do Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey provide you with positively no ironic pleasure? Did you feel that Boyhood was just another celebration of the magic of white male experience? Well, perhaps underground film is more your thing then. And if there’s one thing we can never get enough of it’s avant-garde art and experimental work because, like, isn’t that what living in New York City is all about? Well, maybe it used to be. But let’s make it that way again.

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JJ Brine is Absconding From New York City, Satanic Gallery May Be Doomed

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

I met with an old friend of the blog, JJ Brine, last night at his Satanic gallery on the Lower East Side. Thankfully, it was a warmish evening, otherwise the busted picture window would have made for a very drafty Vector Gallery. Instead, it imbued the place with a different sort of vibe, distinct from when we last visited– something JJ also acknowledged– the sounds of the street became part of the experience. I no longer had to guess that people outside were talking about the strange happenings going on inside. Gaggles of teenagers intermittently giggled and gasped, pointing at a flower-crowned JJ and the eerie, reflective and neon decor, all visual terrorism.

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Montage of Heck Portrays Kurt Cobain ‘As Intimately As Humanly Possible’

An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (© The End of Music, LLC/ Courtesy HBO)

An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (© The End of Music, LLC/ Courtesy HBO)

At SXSW last month, Brett Morgen got right to the point as he introduced his new documentary about Kurt Cobain, who died 21 years ago this past Sunday: “I know a lot of you have been waiting over 20 years to see some of this footage,” he told over 1,000 people at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. “So let’s just start the fucking movie.”

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Skate ‘Prof’ Shows Kids How to Make Decked-Out Decks

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

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A line of skateboarders from their pre-teens to their 30s queued up this past Saturday, waiting up to an hour for “Professor” Paul Schmitt to saw their 9-ply rectangles of wood into custom skateboards. Hosted by Converse Cons at Chemistry Creative in Bushwick, Schmitt was part of a team that included Brooklyn-based designer Grotesk, and local pro skater Aaron Herrington, conducting a workshop titled, “Making & Designing Skate Decks,” as part of the Cons Project’s free community program.

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Williamsburg’s Tender Trap Reopens in Greenpoint With an LES Gallery in Tow

Superchief gallery (Instagram)

Superchief gallery (Instagram)

One of Williamsburg’s wildest bars has reopened in Greenpoint, bringing a party-prone ex-Lower East Side gallery with it.

Tender Trap was described as one of the “50 Coolest Places in New York” before it abruptly closed after just two years in November of 2013, and Superchief was part of the “#1 Art Bar in America” when it was forced to leave its Clinton Street perch inside of CultureFix back in July. Now the two exiles are dream-teaming up in the former home of rock bar Coco 66, which itself closed rather abruptly.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Is a Dysfunctional Love Letter to East Village

If you were bopping around the East Village in the summer of 2012, there’s a good chance you’ll catch yourself in the background of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which filmed in the neighborhood that August and just hit Netflix. Ned Benson’s trilogy about a married couple’s separation following the death of their child isn’t just a unique cinematic experiment – it’s also worth watching if you’ve ever had a relationship play out between East Houston and 14th Street.

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The Cast of Gremlins Will Spill Some Info (and Hopefully No Water) at This Reunion

The Caribbean Gremlins Cart is definitely going to want to post up outside of this one: Saturday, Anthology Film Archives is screening Gremlins — and as if that weren’t enough to whip you into a mohawked, reptilian frenzy, the classic will be presented by original cast members Dick Miller, Zach Galligan, and Phoebe Cates (sorry, folks, no Corey Feldman). If you’re fresh off of the Breakfast Club reunion at SXSW, this is almost too much, too soon.

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Gallery Invites Cats and Dogs to Paws and Reflect On This Pet-Themed Art Work

Photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

“Egyptian Cat” by Nancy Grimes, photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

Call it a pet project. This Sunday, the Mark Miller Gallery will launch a show featuring paintings of cats and dogs, and four-legged gallery goers will be treated to wine and cheese water bowls and dog treats.

Ever since he was a kid, Mark Miller has had a soft spot for animals. “People can’t afford to take care of their dogs and cats,” he told me. “We’ve had a lot of homeless animals in the Lower East Side and it’s caused me to get warm to the whole idea of doing something for dogs and cats.”

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