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Take a Break From Pokemon and Catch These Docs About Really Rabid Gamers

Still from The Dwarvenaut.

Still from The Dwarvenaut.

Between Pokemon Go bar crawls and the reboot (in miniature form) of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, we may have reached peak gaming nostalgia. If that dude who fell into Prospect Park Pond convinced you it’s safer to watch than to play, check out these two soon-to-be-released docs, about rabid gamers in the B+B zone.

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Street Art Goes to the Beach via Two Rockaway Exhibits

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse.

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Resurrection" by See One.

"God's Gift to Man" (the bee) by Rockaways artist John Hedderson.

"Camouflage" by Federico Massa aka iena cruz. A scramble jet morphs into a green heron in the midst of Jamaica Bay sassafras.

"Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham, Father of Marine Aviation" by Rockaway artist Carlos A. Game, aka See TF.

"Robert Moses and 11 Migratory Birds" by Brooklyn- and Baltimore-based artist Gaia, who shows her subjects against the rubble of Moses's Urban Renewal Era.

"Geometry in Pollination" by Heidi Unkefer

"The Golden Venture" by comic and mural artist Christopher Cardinale. The legend reads: "On Jun 6, 1993, around 2am, the Golden Venture, a cargo ship carrying 286 refugees from the Fujian province of China, ran aground on the beach at Fort Tilden. They had been at sea for 112 days on the boat operated by smugglers known as snakeheads. Ten people drowned in their attempt to get to shore. For the survivors this was just the beginning of their efforts to seek asylum in the USA."

"Abundance" by Fefa Romanova.

"Seed Posture" by Cern One.

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"The Forest Within Me" by Magda Love.

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to "Rockaway!"

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

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Last week, we caught a glimpse of Katharine Grosse’s installation at Fort Tilden– part of PS1’s “Rockaway!” series– while it was in progress. The German artist had spent the past days spray-painting the skeleton of a building on the former army base with colors that call to mind either the sunset or David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane makeup. The piece, which had been roped off and guarded by security as if Nike missiles had returned to Tilden, opened to the public Sunday with an outdoor reception that was really more of an Insta pose-fest.

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Here Are the Outdoor Movies Coming to Tompkins Square Park This Summer

(Photo: Joshua Davis for The Local East Village)

(Photo: Joshua Davis for The Local East Village)

Maybe you thought the summer’s outdoor film fests had already announced their lineups (and hopefully you snagged tickies to next Saturday’s sold-out screening of the Death by Audio documentary at Rooftop Films, followed by a set from A Place to Bury Strangers). If so, you were mistaken. In Rockaway, the annual Beach Flix series is still getting its act together, and in the East Village the folks at Howl! Arts have taken their sweet time letting us know what’s coming to Tompkins Square Park this summer. But good things come to cinefiles who wait.

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Mosaic Poles Return to Astor Place, But Cube Won’t Be Back Til August

(Photo: @AstorPlaceNYC)

(Photo: @AstorPlaceNYC)

Last month, the city’s Department of Design and Construction told us the Astor Place cube was set to return in June. Today was supposed to be the big day, according to a construction update noticed by EV Grieve. But alas, the newly redesigned Alamo Plaza is still as cube-less as a sad cup of iced coffee left out in the sun too long. The city now says it won’t happen till August.

A DDC rep told us today that the cube was “awaiting final inspection by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Once completed, it will be delivered and re-installed.” A spokesperson for the Parks Department, which has traditionally been involved in the upkeep of Tony Rosenthal’s beloved sculpture, added, “The City is looking forward to an installation of the Cube in August. The Cube must first be inspected by a conservator.”

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ABC No Rio Bids Bye to Current Digs With Final Art Show and Close-Out Concerts

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Artists from all eras of ABC No Rio’s radical history, including some who founded the legendary Lower East Side squat in 1980, have turned the dilapidated tenement into a top-to-bottom exhibition space before it’s demolished and replaced by a new eco-friendly building.

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

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faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can’t escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared from her life. When Faludi discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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Nathaniel Kressen Promises You’ll Look Cool Reading His New Novel on the Subway

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nathaniel Kressen.

The Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho is a bleak, desolate landscape that reminds one how ineffectual words can be when describing a landscape truly bleak and desolate. The remains of a volcanic eruption 2000 years ago, the vista is perhaps better described more symbolically. A Shoshone-Bannock myth, recorded by Ella E. Clark, describes an immense serpent that coiled its body around a mountain. Angered by lightning, the snake tightened its coils until the stone of the mountain melted; the serpent squeezed out liquid rock until it caught fire and was killed.
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DV8 Film Festival Calls for Lo-Fi Feeds and Shooting with Speed

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

Looking back, do you miss the days before everyone had a camera in their pocket? The days when getting your hands on the family camcorders felt so special that they could suddenly turn you into a mini-Scorsese? If you love the idea of movies made with less polish and more graininess, then DV8 Film Festival might just have a movie or two for you. 

Now in its second year, DV8 began when Rebecca Shapass and Gabriela Granada, two NYU film students decided they were sick of being told there was a correct way to make films. “When you go to film school, you’re taught that movies have to be made a certain way,” Shapass said. “We want to do something else.”

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With First Solo Show, Warhol’s Documentarian Finally Gets His 15 Minutes

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Back in 1970 Michael Netter was a recent graduate, soaking up the big city’s vibrant art scene. A striving painter, he fell in with Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd after showing up to a party with his brand new Sony Portapak video camera (20-pound backpack and all). The new technology instantly attracted the pop-master. “Before, ‘Hello, how do you do,’ it was: ‘Can you do that for me?'” Netter says of his first interaction with Warhol. For the next few years, he followed him around, filming bits and pieces of Warhol’s world, from random conversations at the Factory, to the infamous first meeting between David Bowie and Warhol (“He was miming! And miming badly!”), and interviews with the likes of Cybill Shepherd, Brigid Polk and other Warholian superstars.

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Here’s Who Shimmied Over to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now in its 11th year, returned to Governors Island this weekend for a gay old time. Photographer Nick McManus took this group portrait at the conclusion of Saturday’s throwback fête, around 5 p.m. Click to enlarge the photo and, in the sea of Prohibition-era pageantry, you’ll spot organizer Michael Arenella (on stage with baton) and his Dreamland Orchestra. To see the Gatsby-esque outfits up close, check out The Cut’s slideshow. And to get in on the next lawn parties, Aug. 13 and 14, head over here for tickets.

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Mini Me’s, Selfie Scanners and Other Futuristic Finds at Northside Innovation Expo

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

Dreamcrusher’s “nihilist queer revolt musik” and the other bands worth seeing aren’t the only innovators at Northside Festival this year. Today at the Brooklyn Expo Center, entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights and the b2b enterprises in between are on elevator pitch-mode from 10 am to 6 pm. Here’s a look at what constitutes cutting-edge this year, minus all the awkwardness of approaching a booth that ends up being of no interest, looking at the one eager staffer there and saying “hi” because now you feel like you owe it to them, taking one last look at the fanned out informational materials, feigning thoughtfulness, then distraction, and casually walking away.

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