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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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Tonight: Drink Scotch While Admiring This Scottish Artist’s Work

968_1000Tonight Rebecca Hossack Gallery will be feting a Scottish artist with Scottish cocktails.

Glasgow-born Alasdair Wallace will be in attendance tonight, making his New York debut with “Rare Vagrant & Accidentals,” an assemblage of 21 paintings (mostly acrylic landscapes) and a small bronze sculpture that will be on display through May 7.
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In Five Star, Keith Miller’s Leading Man Is a General in the East New York Bloods

Left to right: Primo (James 'Primo' Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Left to right: Primo (James ‘Primo’ Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Keith Miller’s latest film grew out of his 2011 short, “Gang Bangin’ 101.” In that two-minute doc, James “Primo” Grant – a burly, bearded Brooklyn native who works as a bouncer at a Bed-Stuy nightclub – spoke frankly about joining the East New York Bloods when he was 12 and eventually becoming a five-star general in what he calls the “brotherhood.”
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Bowery Mission Residents Will See Their Art in New Museum, a Couple Doors Down

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“Draftsmen’s Congress,” a collective painting currently on display. (Photo courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley)

Andres Serrano isn’t the only artist to have recently worked with homeless New Yorkers. Polish sculptor Pawel Althamer, whose running New Museum show “The Neighbors” includes three floors of his own work and one floor for visitors and community groups to paint, draw and tag themselves, now has some new collaborators: residents of the Bowery Mission, a homeless shelter a couple of doors down from the museum.
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Andres Serrano’s Portraits of Homeless New Yorkers Will Live On the Streets

unnamedAndres Serrano, the photographer and artist best known for his controversial 1987 photograph, “Piss Christ,” has turned his attention to the homeless of New York City in a new public art project on display around Washington Square Park next month.

Opening May 19, “Residents of New York” will include portraits of 35 homeless people, and will be on display at the West 4th Street subway station, the Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square, LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village, and on public phone booths.
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Walks, Talks, and Chalk: 80 Things to Do During Lower East Side History Month

Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.
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The Henry Millers Are Playing Near Henry Miller’s

After dropping the delightfully surreal video for “Hop” in January and following up with another trippy one, “Children,” in February, Brooklyn synth-pop act The Henry Millers released a single, “Posies” — off their forthcoming LP of the same name — last month.
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