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‘This Is About the Shadow’: My Emotional Healing Session With a Hoodoo Shaman

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A selection of Khi Armand’s tools (Photo: Angelica Frey)

The room, a sunlit study in Sunset Park, was filled to capacity with bottles of oil and herbs. Altars of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Santa Muerte, and St. Cyprian each had a glass of water, for clarity. Not San Simón, though: next to his statue was a shot of Bacardi.
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Mr. Lower East Side Moves to Brooklyn to Escape the ‘Bro Douchebags’

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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Glenn Branca Premiered ‘Orgasm,’ His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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Video: A Look Inside Industry City

Sunset Park has been a contender for next “it” neighborhood since 2013, when the team behind Chelsea Market took over Industry City. The six-million-square-foot warehouse complex, dating back to 1895, used to be a thriving manufacturing and import-export facility but now looks almost abandoned with its broken windows and uneven alleyways. But the clamor of construction and the comings and goings of employees hints at dramatic changes afoot.
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Gotta ♥ These Churros

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Where Valentine’s grub is concerned, I never thought my heart would stray from Doughnut Plant’s rose-petal doughnuts, but these heart-shaped churros really take the cake. And speaking of cake, La Churreria is also offering a churro cake for the V-Day season. Take a look.
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Keith Haring’s NSFW Bathroom Doodles On Display at Relaunched LGBT Community Center

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Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.

Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor.
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Listen to Iggy Pop Talk Burroughs and Then Go To William’s 101st Birthday Party

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During Friday’s episode of This American Life, Ira Glass confessed that — just like he thought “Shakespeare sucks” — he totally didn’t get William S. Burroughs. Until, that is, a BBC Radio documentary narrated by Iggy Pop — and featuring interviews with John Waters, Will Self, and some of Burroughs’s biographers and lovers — totally made him realize what all the hoopla over the man’s 100 birthday was last year.
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With ‘Respond,’ The Anti-Police-Brutality Movement Reaches The Gallery

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Walking in to Smack Mellon last Friday, I was immediately overtaken by a sense of urgency. Respond is the current exhibition taking place at the non-profit space in Dumbo. It’s brought together over 200 artists– working in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography, mixed media, and film– whose contributions are all united by their concerns with police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.
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Photos + Video: The Idiotarod’s Wild, Wacky Run Through Brooklyn

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

For eleven years now teams of be-costumed Idiots have gone out in the middle of winter, grabbed hold of their tricked-out shopping cart, and gone tearing through the streets of Brooklyn in a manic, often-drunken race for fame, glory, cool-looking trophies and, just maybe, a handful of cold, hard cash.
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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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