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‘H Is for Hipsters’ in a New Book That’ll Teach Your Tot the ABCs of Brooklyn

From Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook of Everyone's Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz, published by POW!/powerHouse Books.(Click for larger view)

From Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook of Everyone’s Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz, published by POW!/powerHouse Books.(Click for larger view)

Forget Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this is the only way for your culturally savvy moppet to learn the alphabet.
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With ‘Respond,’ The Anti-Police-Brutality Movement Reaches The Gallery

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Walking in to Smack Mellon last Friday, I was immediately overtaken by a sense of urgency. Respond is the current exhibition taking place at the non-profit space in Dumbo. It’s brought together over 200 artists– working in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography, mixed media, and film– whose contributions are all united by their concerns with police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.
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Ken Schles Photographed ‘The Last Pre-Internet Bohemian Place’: East Village in the ’80s

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Ken Schles, the artist behind the underground cult classic Invisible City will be speaking tonight between 6 and 8 pm at an opening reception of his work at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Schles lived in the East Village during the gritty, burned out decade of the 1980s and documented the harrowing yet glamorous world he saw through the lens of his camera.
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Here Are Some of the Unreal Aerials That’ll Be Shown at the NYC Drone Film Festival

Drones aren’t just for drunk-flying onto the White House lawn. They’re also for getting killer shots of NYC during the snow (Gothamist unearthed the one above) and as the organizer of the first annual New York City Drone Film Festival told us recently, they make for some seriously jaw-dropping cinema. The film fest has now unleashed the list of shorts that will be in competition March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The fest is sold out, but don’t worry — we’ve found some of the contenders online and have embedded them for your viewing pleasure below. 
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David Cross Is Premiering Hits, His Directorial Debut, at Nitehawk

Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch.
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Read an Excerpt From Kim Gordon’s Memoir, Then See Her at Strand

UnknownIf you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is online plus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month.
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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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Three Kings Tattoo Gets Into the Gallery Game

(Photos: Ian Frisch)

Matthew Marcus (l) and Daniel Albrigo (r). (Photos: Ian Frisch)

Eight hours before the grand opening of Three Kings Studios, a bi-level art gallery at 754 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, owner Matthew Marcus locked its front door from the inside. He stood, back to the street, sending e-mails on his iPhone and corralling a small staff to help with last-minute preparations for the inaugural show yesterday evening, featuring Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Albrigo.
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‘Screw Off, New York’: Kroll Show’s ‘Too Much Tuna’ Guys Have Had Enough

We’re still kicking ourselves for missing Nick Kroll and John Mulaney at the 92nd Street Y last night (we will not be missing Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the Better Call Saul gang next month), but at least we got to see their characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in full NYC curmudgeon mode during last night’s episode of Kroll Show.
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Behind the Sneaker-Tossing, Tandem-Riding Scenes of SNL’s ‘Bushwick, 2015′

(Photo: Paul Rome)

(Photo: Paul Rome)

Walking up St. Nicholas Avenue around 2pm on Friday afternoon on my way home from the Wyckoff Starr, the coffee shop I manage, I passed an unusual sight: a tall, long-haired man attempting to throw a pair of laced-together sneakers over a telephone wire in broad daylight.
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The Cause B Show Figured It Should Probably Change Its Name

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Back when we told you about The Cause B Show, a comedy night dedicated to airing issues of import to North Brooklyn, the borough’s own Hannibal Buress hadn’t yet set off the media firestorm that made Bill Cosby synonymous with “putting the pills in the people.”
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Come And Play With Hotsy-Totsy Burlesque As They Honor Stephen King

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From “The Shining” by Lee Roy Myers (Woodrocket via Death and Taxes)

True story: Stephen King taught me the P-word. So it makes sense that Hotsy Totsy Burlesque – the troupe that tarted up The Big Lebowski – is paying homage to the Master of Modern Horror.

The set-up for the tribute, happening Feb. 12 at The Slipper Room, goes something like this:

Handsome Brad is thrilled to have won “The Stephen King Scariest Story Ever Written Contest.” The prize is a writer’s residency at the isolated (and haunted) Overlook Hotel during the off-season, where Brad will be finishing his book and chewing on aspirin. Knowing that all work and no play makes Brad a dull boy, he has decided to throw a burlesque blow out party and he has invited Cherry Pitz and the gals from the Home For Wayward Girls and Fallen Women to pop up during the off season for a show.

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