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A Bushwick Artist Barreled Over the Competition to Take Home $10,000

Booze has been the downfall of many an artist (absinthe, ear, etc.) but it paid off nicely for Bushwick photographer and sculptor Phoenix Lindsey-Hall last night, as she took home a $10,000 check from Herradura. Drinks on her!
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Buy Some Cheap Art Inspired By Brooklyn’s Bodegas and Boardwalks

"Mermaid Parade Golden Girl" by Nicole Whelan

“Mermaid Parade Golden Girl” by Nicole Whelan

There are two things Brooklynites universally love: talking about Brooklyn, and affordable art.

ArtPhotoArt gallery in Bushwick taps into these needs with an exhibit that opened Friday night. “My Muse, Brooklyn” collects photography that was inspired by the borough and created by artists living in it (with the exception of one photog from the Bronx).
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Brooklyn Rod & Gun Fishing For Donors With Documentary Campaign

We reported back in late September that Brooklyn Rod & Gun will close its doors at the end of the year. As of now, it looks like things are still headed that way. But Chris Raymond and the social club’s members are determined to save at least something of its legacy through a digital archive of ephemera, a double album of live recordings, a short documentary film, and even a book.
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XXX Meets DIY: Porn Film Festival Seeks Local, Artisanal Smut

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If “porn fest” sounds like what happens every time your roommate leaves for work, rest assured the one happening in Bushwick later this winter will be different: the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival will present strictly indie, experimental and low-budget filth, with an emphasis on sci-fi futurism. It’s less YouPorn and more DoItYourselfPorn.
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Watch ‘Marwencol’ With Mark Hogancamp, at an Exhibit of His Work

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

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We have to agree with New York’s verdict that Marwencol is one of “The 20 Essential Documentaries of the Century,” so it’s kind of exciting that the film’s subject, Mark Hogancamp, will be making a rare NYC appearance at a screening that accompanies an exhibit of his latest work.
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Sick Shows: Psychedelic Brunch, Sax-Backed Punk, And CMJ Ebola Casualties

(Photo: Palisades)

(Photo: Palisades)

Hey you! There are a bunch of shows worth checking out all over town this weekend and beyond. Things are getting down to the wire at Death By Audio, so definitely make your way over there while you still can.
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Canines of New York: Tagging Along With The Dogist, a Pup-arazzo Who Hounds Dogs

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J Lo (Photo: The Dogist)

On a Greenwich Village street corner, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman was having trouble getting J Lo’s attention. Her eyes darted restlessly and she wouldn’t stand still. “She’s a real bitch,” said the young man who accompanied her. “She hates cameras.” J Lo was a slender, seven-year-old white Bull Terrier. Finally, after a couple of “C’mon mama, sit down mama”s, she relented and posed.
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What Mat Fraser Is About to Do On American Horror Story ‘Has Never Been Done’ Before

Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal, Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. (Michele K. Short/FX)

Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal, Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. (Michele K. Short/FX)

If you saw American Horror Story’s Halloween episode, you’re familiar with Mat Fraser, whose character said he was “tired of being called ‘seal boy.’” But Coney Island sideshow habitués are already fans of the performance stylings of Mat “Seal Boy” Fraser. Fraser has phocomelia — his mother was prescribed thalidomide while she was pregnant —resulting in foreshortened arms and no thumbs. A drummer, actor, and performance artist, he regularly hosts burlesque shows around the city, and when he’s not performing in London or shooting AHS in New Orleans, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, the endearingly disturbing downtown darling Julie Atlas Muz.
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