There Was Cosplay, Cat Comics, and a Gigantic Charlie Brown at MoCCA Fest

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This past weekend, MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) teamed up with the Society of Illustrators at the 69th Regiment Armory for the 12th annual MoCCA Fest — a convention with artist booths and panel discussions celebrating the work of both amateur and established comic artists alike.
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Is Adam Parker Smith Going to Bring It to the Brooklyn Artists Ball? Butt Of Course!


As in previous years, the Brooklyn Museum has handpicked a stellar group of Brooklyn-based artists to create site-specific installations for the Brooklyn Artists Ball, which takes place at the museum April 16. The 17 artists were tasked with creating an “immersive, multi-sensory table environment,” or, as they are more casually described, centerpieces.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta’s Project

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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The Definitive Guide to Ordering Weed Politely

(Illustration: Danica Novgorodoff)

(Illustration: Danica Novgorodoff)

Smoking weed is oft associated with “chilling” or “hanging out,” however there is a tendency to disregard the norms of social decency when obtaining it. This is likely due to the fact that weed is illegal and cannot be purchased at your local bodega.

There are innumerous ways in which both potheads and casual weed smokers act like total jerks on their quest to get stoned. We consulted with a weed dealer (who will remain anonymous for obvious reasons. We shall call him “Mr. Green”) to find out common weed ordering faux pas and how to rectify them.
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A Shooting in Williamsburg; Drama at the Half-Marathon; An AirBNB Brothel

Critters, Flea & Bedbug Inn

(Photo: Francisco Daum)

Four young males–a 12-year-old, two 14-year-olds and a 17-year-old–were shot Friday evening at South 1st and Roebling Street in Williamsburg. All four victims are expected to live. No arrests have been made. [NY Post] Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect. [Gothamist]

A bus driver suffered a stroke behind the wheel while driving on Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint, injuring at least five people and damaging nearly two dozen vehicles. [NY Post]

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Brooklyn Buildings Marketed to Beijingers; BrisketTown Taps Free Kegs

First Street Green

(photo: Scott Lynch)

What does that pesky groundhog know? The truest sign of spring arrived yesterday: Gemma at The Bowery Hotel put its tables outside. [Eater]

It’s a sad day for pizza lovers (so, everyone). LES pizzeria San Marzano, which had initially closed temporarily due to a burst pipe, is now closed for good. [Grub Street]

Some investors from Beijing are advertising some very fancy looking apartments on China’s largest real estate website. But wait… these apartments are at 421 Kent, in Williamsburg! [Forbes]
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At Independent, There Are Newspapers in Jars and Pickled Veggies in Tables

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours (2014), at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours” at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The Independent art fair (the art fair that prefers not to be described as an art fair) opened its doors yesterday evening. To its credit, it does avoid many of the typical art fair evils. There are no square booths, exhibitors are typically friendly – even if you don’t look like you’re wielding a checkbook, and natural light streams through the windows. Located in Chelsea at what was once the Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition space, the whole Independent experience is rather palatable and pleasant.
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Lawrence Levine On Making Wild Canaries With His Wife, Sophia Takal

wild canaries stillLawrence Levine and Sophia Takal have gotten a lot of great attention for previous works like Green, directed by Takal, and Gabi On The Roof In July, directed by Levine. The married couple’s latest effort, Wild Canaries – directed by Levine, produced by Takal, and featuring both of them as actors — is about a Brooklyn couple who suspects foul play when a neighbor drops dead in her rent-controlled apartment. It premieres at SXSW this Saturday. Levine is originally from New Jersey but went to high school in the Bronx. We caught up with him by phone and talked about growing into wider resources, such as a cast including Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, Jason Ritter, and Greenpoint fixture Kevin Corrigan.
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We Went Uptown For the First Time in Two Years, to Preview the Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial, which opens to the public this Friday, attempts for the 77th time to offer a snapshot of contemporary art in America while simultaneously acknowledging that this is just not humanly possible – particularly in the confines of one brutal uptown structure. The Whitney brought in three external curators to take on this impossible task, giving each their own floor to fill with sculpture, paintings, video, performance, printed matter and big, plush penises (note: only one floor actually includes big plush penises).
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Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.