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A Midsummer Night’s Rave, With Williamsburg Hipsters as the Mechanicals

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Quirky Productions)

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Cohen)

This outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returning to the East Village Friday for a final three-day run, won’t remind you at all of eighth grade English. Maybe because the fairies are all drugged out and the forest has become a rave den, or because the lovers are Park Slope trust-fund kids, and the Wall is a spoken-word performer. Whichever way you squint at it, like the unfortunate Bottom, the entire play has been “translated”—in this case into a contemporary New York City setting.
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Umbrella Arts Wants Your Photos of Kids, the Creepier and Uglier the Better

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This could be the antidote to all the tot shots that have been flooding your Facebook feed lately. Umbrella Arts is putting on a show called “Kids (Not Cute)” — as the title implies, it’ll be dedicated to photographs of yung’uns that are “a bit out of the ordinary, not the conventionally cute and sentimental images that are often seen.”
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Colbert ‘It’ Girl Edan Lepucki Reads Tonight

The relatively unknown author whose debut novel vaulted to the top of the bestseller list after The Colbert Report made it a weapon in its war against Amazon is appearing at a local bookstore tonight. And yes, it’s an indie — namely, Greenpoint’s Word.
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At Last, a Look Inside the New St. Mark’s Bookshop

The new St Mark's Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

The new St Mark’s Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

After a spate of setbacks and slowdowns, St. Mark’s Bookshop has reopened in its new digs at 136 East Third Street. It’s the beloved book store’s fourth iteration since opening in the East Village in 1977. It had been at its previous spot off of Third Avenue since 1992.
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Caveman Is Playing a Surprise Show at Bowery Electric Tonight

Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram

What’s with Caveman and surprise shows on the Bowery? Last time we caught them it was at a “super secret” gig at R Bar, and now Bowery Electric tweets us to say: “TONIGHT: @CavemanBand surprise performance @boweryelectric, Starts at 7:30, $10 tickets at the door only!”
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Will a New Pop-Up Gallery at Whole Foods Turn EV Bloggers Against Each Other?

The Houston Bowery wall, concealed. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Houston Bowery wall, concealed. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Next time you spend your Whole Paycheck at Whole Foods, you’ll at least get to take in some art for free!

Whole Foods Market® Bowery, as it’s written in a press release, is opening a pop-up gallery featuring “LES-centric artwork” on its second-floor mezzanine, in partnership with the LES BID. Artists are invited to propose art “based on a combination of past and present themes that relate to the Lower East Side”; five winners will be selected to have their work displayed for a month, starting with a preview during the annual LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion on Sept. 7.
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‘I Said, I Need More; So I Got This Girl, This Female Gremlin’

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

If you’re hitting the Brooklyn Flea’s ice cream social or doing anything else in Williamsburg this weekend, you might just run into Juan Nisvis, Jr., a freelance photographer who, since the beginning of summer, has been selling bottled beverages out of his roving “Caribean [sic] Gremlins From Brooklyn” cart.
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How Silent Barn Got Its Tiny, Rolling Green Room

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

If you’re a touring band playing a show in New York City, finding a quiet place to unwind and catch up on some alone time before your performance is not a simple task. Unless, of course, your show is at art space and residence Silent Barn. You see, Silent Barn has the Canned Ham, a 1972 Shasta “canned ham” style travel trailer that functions as part green room, part resident meeting spot and hangout.
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Feature, Inc. Closes After Hudson’s Death, But His Legacy Lives On

LetsgoletgoeviteFeature, Inc. has left its home on Allen Street, according to an announcement from the family of its beloved late owner, Hudson. The gallery opened in Chicago in 1984 and bounced around in New York City before settling into its Allen Street location in 2009. It was among the first to exhibit the art of Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Kern, and many others. In an obit penned shortly after Hudson’s death in February, Jerry Saltz called him “one of the last of his kind, and among the smartest, wittiest, and most visionary gallerists I’ve ever known.”
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Look For Robert De Niro Interning in Williamsburg Today

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, he’s not working at Vice like the rest of the neighborhood. He’s starring as a widower turned fashion-website lackey in The Intern, which shoots in Williamsburg today and tomorrow. (Apparently one movie about old dudes doing internships wasn’t enough.)

According to a flyer, filming will occur from around 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the shoot will eat up parking spaces from North 8th to North 13th Street, between Bedford and Wythe Avenue, plus Nassau Ave near Guernsey Street.
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Bruce LaBruce Made a Perfume Called (What Else?) ‘Obscenity’

10515191_752303521498697_2127219433983143213_oIf our perfume inspired by the stankiest block in NYC was just too subtle for you, then you may want to head to The Hole tomorrow for a whiff of Obscenity.

It’s not by Calvin Klein. It’s by Bruce LaBruce.

The out and outré filmmaker’s debut scent will be unveiled at the opening of a solo photo exhibition that riffs on sexual and religious ecstasy. LaBruce, whose memoir is titled The Reluctant Pornographer, is no stranger to blasphemy: his next film, Santo the Obscene, is about “a beggar saint who performs miracles and heals people through sexual acts,” he has said. The Toronto resident’s campy flicks about zombies, Nazis, and sex terrorists (Give Piece of Ass a Chance) have violated enough taboos (and featured enough gay hardcore) that his work, he says, is frequently seized by Canadian customs and labeled OBSCENITY.
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