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Party at Kickstarter’s House!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.12.00 PMKickstarter has funded everything from sci-fi flicks starring Ai Wei Wei to co-working spaces to Bushwick breweries – and now the crowd-funding site is throwing a “block party” featuring some of its success stories.

If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand).
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Hear Steve Buscemi Do William S. Burroughs’s Talking Asshole Routine

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Turns out, Steve Buscemi does a mean William S. Burroughs. Or so we discovered at Project Issue Room last night when the actor reenacted some of the author’s readings, lectures and interviews alongside avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp.
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Those Stolen Snoop and Mandela Paintings Have Been Found and Returned

(Photo: Cotton Candy Machine's Facebook)

(Photo: Cotton Candy Machine’s Facebook)

The missing portraits of Nelson Mandela and Snoop Lion are back on the premises of the Cotton Candy Machine, the Williamsburg gallery where they were from stolen six weeks ago.

“This is the best news I could get on a Monday morning. I’m super stoked. Especially the Mandela painting,” said artist Amar Stewart on the phone from the Cotton Candy Machine, about to toast to their safe return over beers with gallery co-owner Sean Leonard.
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BangOn Threw an Epic Easter Island Warehouse Rave

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber for Razberry Photography)

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Last time we checked in with roving rave producers BangOn, they were blowing up a reproduction of the Titanic and using it as an inflatable slide. This time, they went with an Easter Island theme for a rager that started on Holy Saturday and went past sunrise on Easter Sunday (aka “4/20″).
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Adam Rapp’s New Film Features Fellow Villagers Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Some Atomic Passion

Adam Rapp’s new film – featuring the playwright, novelist and screenwriter’s East Village neighbors Sam Rockwell and Natasha Lyonne – had its Tribeca Film Festival premiere in (where else?) the East Village last night.
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Onur Tukel On His Bushwick Vampire Comedy Featuring Alex Karpovsky of Girls

One of the buzzed about movies at the Tribeca Film Festival this season is Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood, a vampire mumblecore rom com that Vulture describes as “what might happen if Woody Allen and Lena Dunham found themselves collaborating on a Roger Corman movie.” The Dunham comparison is apt: Tukel co-starred in Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag and now Karpovksy (Ray from Girls) appears in Tukel’s movie, as an office drone who watches his neurotic, lazy manchild of a co-worker descend into insatiable blood lust.
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Jackpot, Tiger On Their New Album: ‘It’s All Pop, It’s All Music, It’s All Awesome’

unnamed“Caught In Love” by Jackpot, Tiger is a humorous, if slightly cautionary, tale of lust gone wrong. Highlighted by a ’60s-style chorus, buoyant melodies, and a thoroughly desperate protagonist, the single fully represents what the band does so well: straight-up pop music.
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Thurston Moore and Anne Waldman Talked William Burroughs, Then Jammed

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So how did Thurston Moore and Anne Waldman observe the centenary of William S. Burroughs last night at The Stone?

If you guessed that Waldman, a preeminent poet prone to fiery performances, read/chanted from Burroughs’s work while Moore (with his brother Gene also on guitar) did his best impression of a guitarist high on “black meat,” you’re correct.
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The Brooklyn Artists Ball Had It All: Crocheted Skulls, Foam Butts, and Padma

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Olek's table

Olek's table

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Nina Katchadourian's table

Nina Katchadourian's table

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Oliver Clegg's table

Oliver Clegg's table

Steven Harrington and Olek

Steven Harrington and Olek

Adam Parker Smith's table

Adam Parker Smith's table

LE1f performs

LE1f performs

Amirah Kassem of  Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table

Ghost of a Dream's table

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Orly Genger's table

Orly Genger's table

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

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“Doesn’t every day celebrate Brooklyn artists?” joked Manhattan-based artist John Gordon Gould at yesterday evening’s Brooklyn Artist Ball. Be that as it may, the decadent event truly put Brooklyn artists front and center (those that were invited, anyway), showcasing their works as table displays and decorations at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Clayton Patterson Had a Farewell Show: Is It Really Goodbye For the LES Legend?

Word that Clayton Patterson was leaving the Lower East Side for Austria really rattled those who considered him the neighborhood’s “last bohemian,” as the Times headline dubbed him. Could the man who documented the Tompkins Square Park riots and the underground scenes of the ’80s and ’90s East Village, founded a gallery of “outlaw art,” and edited epic histories of LES radicalism, filmmaking and Jewish culture really be leaving the hood whose denizens he’s photographed religiously? We, for one, had to find out.
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