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‘Starrs’ of Bushwick Collide For Some Literary-Musical Performance

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Roarke Menzies. (Photo: Benjamin Lehn)

For those of us who use “right off of the Jefferson L” to describe where we live, Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies are familiar faces at the very least. Rome manages and Menzies works at the Wyckoff Starr — a coffee shop that’s two doors down from the train’s entrance — and both are a part of a wave of artists that was beginning to put down roots in Bushwick in the early aughts.
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James Franco Screened a New Film, Held Forth About Teaching Among ‘Shitheads’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

James Franco drew a line when he appeared at the Strand last week and is making headlines on Gawker today, but only a few dozen people filed into Village East Cinema last night for an under-the-radar q&a following a screening of his new film The Color of Time.
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Rostarr’s New Mural On the Roof Of The Standard Will Floor You

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rostarr, the artist who did a mural for our pop-up newsroom a little over a year ago, has taken things to a whole new level — the rooftop level of The Standard, High Line, to be exact. On Friday, friends of Romon Kimin gathered in the hotel’s gift shop to raise their champagne glasses at his epic new work covering the ground of Le Bain, the hotel’s 18th-floor lounge.
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SantaCon Plays Nice While Beasticon Rears Its Head

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

With a “day of anger” expected to keep police busy and SantaCon’s organizers asking its drunken devotees to stick to a list of participating bars in Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen rather than marauding through the streets, the annual Running of the Santas promises to be a lower-key affair this year (an as-yet mysterious “exciting starting point” will be revealed tonight). But while SantaCon may be playing itself down, Beasticon has come back like a thing possessed.
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Reggie Watts Jumped Into a Ball Pit, Lobbed Shots at J. Crew and Starbucks

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

If you spotted Kim and Kanye, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Drake at Tumblr’s 2014 Year in Review party, you can stop spazzing — they were just celebrity impersonators. But Reggie Watts in the ball pit? That shiz was 100% real.
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Dev Hynes On Blood Orange’s New Cassette: ‘Here’s Me Handing You Some Music’

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(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

If you happen to have Dev Hynes’s number, you may want to hit him up: the musical force behind Blood Orange has a new album out, but you won’t be able to find it on Spotify. “I’ve just been recording music in my apartment and I’ve been recording them to tapes and I’ve been dubbing the tapes and giving them to whoever wants them,” he said.
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The First Snowman of the Season Isn’t Sweating the Rain

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

Snowmen have become a bit of a thing on the Lower East Side, but it usually takes a snowstorm for them to appear. Not in this case. Portland-based artist Bruce Conkle has been creating frosty fellows inside of refrigerators since 2002, and last week he brought a so-called “Captive Snowman” to frosch&portmann on Stanton Street. (And you thought the Art Basel crowd was having all the fun.)
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Our Miley Moment, and 99 Other Images From Art Basel and Miami Art Week

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For me, Peak Basel came sometime around midnight Saturday, when a young man toting a volume of F. Scott Fitzgerald strolled into Nobu flanked by a pair of semi-naked women with disco-ball pasties and lampshades for heads; the dining room burst into adoring applause as the trio briefly presented itself to a corner booth occupied by Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Delusions of Guinevere, From Folks Behind Fort Tilden

If you dug Fort Tilden as much as we did, you’ll be psyched to hear that a couple of its creators are involved in a new film opening locally at Cinema Village today. Co-produced, co-written, and starring Tilden‘s executive producer Ariana Bernstein and edited by its writer-director Sarah-Violet Bliss, Delusions of Guinevere lacks some of the earlier film’s satirical edge, but it has a similarly dark take on the New York dating scene and the staring-at-their-reflection-in-the-iPhone-screen narcissism of kids these days.
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Marky Ramone On Life as a Ramone in the E. Village: ‘Everybody Was Psychedelized’

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

No band is more identified with the East Village than the Ramones. The band’s performances at Hilly Kristal’s CBGB and other neighborhood venues defined punk rock forever. In 2003, the corner of the Bowery and Second Street near CBGB was officially named Joey Ramone Place. Over time, members of the group lived, drank and hung out in the East Village.
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Get Your Photo Taken With Santa (Drunk or Sober) at These Ho-Ho-Holiday Markets

HOLIDAYFUNFORALL_Sq_FinalwSTNICKSlogoIf you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike.
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