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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a moving out sale today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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It’s Official, These Photos Are All We Have Left Of Death By Audio

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We knew the last night at Death By Audio was going to get pretty raw, with about a million people cramming in to say goodbye to the DIY venue even if they’d never been before. But what we didn’t plan for was seeing the line get cut off after just 80 lucky folks walked through the door. And less than a year from when we last surveyed the post-285 Kent DIY scene, one of our favorite venues is now closed.
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These Hacked Action Figures Make For ‘Suckadelic’ Stocking Stuffers

unnamed1221Black Friday is so mainstream, but what if you experience the irrepressible urge to go shopping with the rest of America? Worry not — Con Artist Collective has just what you’re looking for: Stormtroopers with beefed-up codpieces!

At Con Artist Gallery’s new show, “Action Figures: Objectified,” you can shop for aluminum-foil animals by Dean Millien or a toy version of one of Wizard Skull’s hacked animation cels, showing a swoll Ronald McDonald with French-fry pubes.
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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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