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Sip Some Suds and Watch Some Docs at the Beer Film Festival


As the craft beer industry in New York City and beyond continues to grow, the folks behind tomorrow’s inaugural Beer Film Festival found it fitting to gather some of the industry’s biggest names for a night of frothy brews and film.

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Culturefix, ‘#1 Art Bar in America,’ Will Close Tonight

(Photo: Jed Egan for NY Mag)

(Photo: Jed Egan for NY Mag)

After losing Barramundi, a Satanic art gallery, a Lower East Side-themed clothing store and, soon, wd~50, Clinton Street has taken another hit. CultureFix — the gallery, wine bar and events space that opened four years ago along with the Lower East Side outpost of Williamsburg’s now-shuttered Dijital Fix — has revealed that it will close tonight.
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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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