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Honey, I Shrunk Basquiat!

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4″ Basquiat Munny by Julissa Lopez

In case you missed out on your chance to score a Basquiat beanie, we’ve got you covered. Local artist Julissa Lopez has a Basquiat Munny for sale, and it can be yours for a measly $300.

Lopez started painting Munny dolls after a friend introduced her to the vinyl figurines, made by Kidrobot, two years ago. With a background in makeup artistry, she got her hands on the dolls and decided to add clay to make them more life-like. She molds the clay onto the four-inch-tall vinyl figurines, then bakes them and paints over them with acrylic paint.
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Catch Three of Cinema’s Most Audacious Auteurs in Coversation

Three out-there filmmakers are getting out of the directors chair and into the hot seat next month.

Werner Herzog (Flickr user "erinc salor") John Waters (David Shankbone), Darren Aronofsky (Dkandell)

Werner Herzog (Flickr user “erinc salor”) John Waters (David Shankbone), Darren Aronofsky (Dkandell)

John Waters in conversation with Dennis Dermody and J Hoberman
Sept. 5 and 11, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65 Street
After regaling us with his Christmas list, the filmmaker who shocked/delighted the world with the poo-eating in Pink Flamingos is having a retrospective at Lincoln Center that will include a rare scratch-n-sniff screening of Polyester. The whole shebang kicks off Sept. 5 with a screening of Female Trouble, followed by a conversation between Waters and film critic J Hoberman.
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Did 3rd Ward Stiff You? This Person Wants to Know

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When Bushwick’s DIY studio space and artist residence 3rd Ward abruptly shuttered its doors last October, members, teachers and students were left out in the cold. They were given a day’s notice to vacate and gather their belongings, and were notified via email that they wouldn’t receive any refunds for unused memberships or classes. Nearly a year later, former 3rd Ward teacher Robin Grearson is collecting data from members in order to find out just how much money they’re owed.
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Ed Sanders Had a Fuggin Amazing 75th Birthday

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Last night at Bowery Poetry Club, friends of counterculture icon Ed Sanders marked his 75th birthday by lauding him variously as a journalist, an investigative poet, a utopian anarchist, the co-founder of The Fugs and publisher of Fuck You: a Magazine of the Arts, and the intellectual who opened the Peace Eye Bookstore off of Tompkins Square Park in the 1960s.
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You’ll Want to ‘Score’ Tix to These Live Soundtrack Performances

If you missed Alan Howarth performing his soundtrack to Halloween last Halloween, here are some more chances to catch modern maestros performing their film scores alongside the movies they soundtracked.
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Meet the Man Behind Blish, Who Admits He Went ‘a Little Overboard’ With All Those Flyers

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If you’ve noticed these incendiary posters hung around Brooklyn, you’ll be happy to know we found the man behind the curtain. Mark, who opted not to share his last name—“because I’ve been putting down so many blogs”—is a 25-year-old reality-TV producer with (no surprise here) a history of rejection and a big-ass chip on his shoulder.

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Epic Art Crawls Coming to Greenpoint and LES

Last year's LES fashion show. (Courtesy of LES BID).

Last year’s LES fashion show. (Courtesy of LES BID).

This morning we mentioned that Greenpoint Open Studios will return on the weekend of Oct. 3, and artists will get a free beer for signing up at The Diamond this Friday. But if you can’t wait that long for a festive gallery crawl, or you refuse to leave the Lower East Side, you might want to save the date of September 7 for LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion.
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Rivington Guitars Is Opening an Annex For Fine Fingerpickers

Inside Rivington Unplugged. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Inside Rivington Unplugged. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Rivington Guitars is one of those East Village shops many of us can only walk past and ogle from a safe distance– entering the store might be far too dangerous, lest our drool ends up downgrading one of the many mint-condition vintage guitars to nothing but street trash.
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RIP For Another DIY Venue? ‘Someone Kept Pooping on the Floor’

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Last week we heard a rumor that Bushwick DIY space The Ho_se is on its way out. We’d be really sad to see this venue close its doors, so we’re hoping the response we received to the following query means the place is still open for biz for the foreseeable future and we’re just getting trolled.

Hey Ho_se -

I’m a contributor for Bedford + Bowery and I heard you guys might be closing up shop? That would be a serious shame, but I think it’s important for us to cover venue closings and neighborhood changes– so it would be great if someone might be willing to speak with me over the phone about what’s happening.

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