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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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This Exhibit of Radical Art Speaks to the Power of the Pen

Mabel Dwight, "Danse Macabre," c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Mabel Dwight, “Danse Macabre,” c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Anyone needing a crash course in the ways the pen can confront the gun should head over to NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, where a decade’s worth of revolutionary art celebrates immigrants, denounces tyrants, ennobles workers of every race–and even illustrates the very idea of terror.
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Rostarr’s New Mural On the Roof Of The Standard Will Floor You

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rostarr, the artist who did a mural for our pop-up newsroom a little over a year ago, has taken things to a whole new level — the rooftop level of The Standard, High Line, to be exact. On Friday, friends of Romon Kimin gathered in the hotel’s gift shop to raise their champagne glasses at his epic new work covering the ground of Le Bain, the hotel’s 18th-floor lounge.
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Watch ‘Marwencol’ With Mark Hogancamp, at an Exhibit of His Work

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

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We have to agree with New York’s verdict that Marwencol is one of “The 20 Essential Documentaries of the Century,” so it’s kind of exciting that the film’s subject, Mark Hogancamp, will be making a rare NYC appearance at a screening that accompanies an exhibit of his latest work.
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Look Back and Laugh: Filmmaker Recalls the ‘Salad Days’ of DC Hardcore

Salad Days premieres tomorrow at DOC NYC , and as we mentioned in this week’s Reel Psyched, it’s definitely on our short list of must see-films. Given our devotion to all things East Village and Lower East Side, we thought it might be cool to talk to filmmaker Scott Crawford about the D.C. hardcore scene of the ’80s and see how it compared to the punk scene in New York City.
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Arrr You Ready For A New Nautical Bar?

(Courtesy of The Folly)

(Photos courtesy of The Folly)

Funny we were just talking about The Brooklyneer. Turns out, the team that opened the Houston Street restaurant in 2009 with the intention of featuring Brooklyn purveyors in Manhattan have been planning an offshoot “gastropub” just a few blocks away, and it opens after a private party tonight.
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Watch: Lasers Shows and Human Disco Balls at the New York Festival of Light

This’ll light up your life: the city’s first ever Festival of Life has come to Dumbo, and we dropped by last night for the opening. Play our video for an idea of what to expect, and then see the spectacle for yourself tonight, till 11pm, or tomorrow, Nov. 8, from 5pm to 11pm. As previously mentioned, there’ll be displays and installations in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge and at Pearl Street Triangle at Pearl and Water Streets.