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Think Your Commute Is Bad? Step Into the Shoes of a Jakartan Subway Surfer

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

August is normally a barren wasteland of shuttered galleries on summer vacation, but the North Brooklyn art scene has been reinvigorated by a powerful experiential exhibition ripped from the global headlines.

Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan’s site-specific installation We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice at East Williamsburg’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, where he’s currently a resident, offers a glimpse into the shocking crowd control techniques on the trains in Indonesia.

Duggan was “shocked and amazed” when he read about a 2012 initiative by the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, to control the amount of passengers that ride on the train roofs due to overcrowding by hanging large medieval-looking concrete balls above the train lines to knock them off.
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Point Your Vintage Triumph to This Motorcycle Block Party and Film Festival

MFF“Anybody can own a bike and anybody can ride a bike” is the mantra of veteran motorcyclist Jack Drury. The former punk and metal rocker has spent his entire career as an event producer trying to prove it: this Sunday in Williamsburg, his Bored, Stroked, Ported vintage-motorcycle block party celebrates its 10th year of shattering the stereotype of “tough guys, violence, and Orange County Choppers,” and next month he’ll bring Brooklyn’s first motorcycle film festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
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Here’s How Nicholas Megalis’s 5 Fave Vines Sprouted Into Being

Now that you know that Nicholas Megalis is really good at making things go viral, you probably wanna get inside his brain. Luckily, Nick has provided us with a list of his all-time favorite Vines, and the ideas behind them.

My name is Nicholas Megalis. I’m 24 years old, I’m a musician/artist/full blown idiot. I live in Brooklyn, New York and I have no pets. I make six-second video loops on the social media mobile app “Vine” and you can do it, too! It’s insane, it’s a blast, it’s worldwide madness. Download Vine immediately and then look at me directly in the eyes and tell me you aren’t addicted. Here are some vines I made and I hope you enjoy them.
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Theater This Month: Caribbean Carnivals, Activist Cats, Singing Bros

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

The shining star of downtown theater events this month is undoubtedly the Fringe Festival, but for Brooklynites and those who have panic attacks when faced with choosing from a 1,200 show set list, there’s a vibrant selection of other plays in the B+B domain this August. Read on for our picks.
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Theater for the New City Got a Facelift But Not the One It Wanted

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you’ve walked down First Avenue recently, you might’ve noticed that Theater for the New City has spruced up the building it’s been in since the late ’80s with a circus-inspired paint job. Definitely a step up from the drab facade of yore, but what happened to that crazy makeover that the designer of the Shake Shack had planned?
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This Guy Will Turn Your Favorite Old T-Shirt into a Five-Panel Hat

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If you, like us, have a drawer full of t-shirts that shrank in the wash or tragically stained with ramen-burger sauce (or both), listen up. After a launch party tonight, you’ll be able to head into Greenpoint’s newest art gallery anytime this month and get your favorite tee turned into a snazzy hat.
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Learn How to Make Indian Tacos and Jam on Analog Synths at Camp Lakota

(Photo courtesy The Last Weekend)

Indian tacos. (Photo: Keetja Allard)

If you missed the Wild Honey Pie summer camp that we told you about (Bushwick Daily has photos), don’t worry: The Last Weekend — a three-day food, arts and music festival taking place in the Catskills — will give you another chance to become one with nature alongside fellow artistically-inclined folks looking to escape the city for a spell.
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Watch Chrome Canyon Turn a Greenpoint Loft into a ’70s Berlin Discotheque

Morgan Z has long been drawn to the work of film-score composers like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder. That much is clear when you listen to Chrome Canyon’s debut LP “Elemental Themes,” produced mostly at Morgan’s spacious Greenpoint apartment. That’s where he keeps some of his favorite toys, including a Juno 60 synth and a Korg PE 1000.
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It’s the End of Fuse Gallery as We Know It, and Erik Foss Feels Fine

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit earlier this week. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

On Wednesday, Fuse Gallery held its last regular opening after 11 years as a hub of downtown cool and creativity. Guests like Lower East Side graphic designer Kenzo Minami and Lobster Joint owner Tommy Chabrowski gathered in the little room behind Lit Lounge to play with Aliya Naumoff’s photos of musicians who, in some cases, have shown at Fuse Gallery themselves (e.g. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha).
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Day-Glo Beadwork, Spam Poems, and Frivolous Wigs: The Weekend In Art

Artwork by Matthew Oates

A reminder: if you missed Tuesday’s screening of Clayton Patterson’s Tompkins Square riot footage in its 3.5-hour entirety, stop by the New Museum tonight for From the Underground and Below, a screening of several short documentaries (and an excerpt of the riot footage) by Patterson on the “art, performance, and popular struggle” of the Lower East Side.

Over in Williamsburg, it’s Every Second Friday again tomorrow, so all these galleries are staying open late, and a few others are even holding openings. Read on for our weekend art picks.
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