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Brooklyn Comic Simeon Goodson is Leaving the Building

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

You’d expect someone like Brooklyn-born comedian Simeon Goodson to be straight up freaking out right about now. Depending on who you are, an impending move to Abu Dhabi could strike you as utterly terrifying or worthy of giddy anticipation. The dazzling, conservative Vegas of the Middle East is a polarizing place to say the least. But somehow Simeon’s experiencing these two extremes and managing still to take things as they come. While the United Arab Emirates is hardly the dream home for a guy who enjoys swigging glasses of Hennessy (“OD ice”) and belting out karaoke renditions of “Trap Queen,” Sim sees his impending move there less like a stint in purgatory and more an enjoyable challenge and the chance to be a transplant for once in his life.

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Do Hold Your Breath For Mac DeMarco’s New ‘Mini-LP,’ Another One

If you had a chance to swing by Our Wicked Lady in the hours before their grand opening then maybe you found the loopy singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco throwin down dogs whilst a couple of his new tracks bumped on the boom box. Or perhaps you were stuck behind double-paned office windows, miles from anything resembling summer or fun, let alone new music. Stir not in jealousy, though, for the release of 25-year-old Rockaway resident Mac Demarco’s new “mini-LP” is just on the horizon.

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Trip Metal Inzane All-Starz, Dogleather, Couch Slut Concert

If for some reason you can’t get out of bed Saturday afternoon, we have reason to believe that mysterious headliners Trip Metal Inzane All-Starz, playing at Aviv on Saturday night, are in fact Wolf Eyes under cover of darkness. So if you trust us on this one, maybe you’ll get to see Wolf Eyes play in a more genre appropriate setting. And hey, you won’t have to risk finding yourself on the meat market’s chopping block, so to speak, if you choose DIY venue over bar show.

Also, if Aviv is your poison of choice, you’ll be treated to the moonlight sonatas of metalic noise-rock outfit Couch SlutWe’re fans enough of female-fronted scream noise, but Dog Leather warrants more than a nod of the head. This fancy combo, a rare blend of DJ Dog Dick and Sewn Leather, amps out some seriously anxiety-inducing noise, dripping with enough horror film sound effects to keep us staring into space for days.

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Dirty Looks Festival: ‘She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column’

This “roaming screening series” has set up shop in venues across New York City and unofficially dubbed July queer cinema month. The organizers are calling it “a series of queer interventions” in the form of performance art, but mostly cinema inside LGBT cultural landmarks, art institutions, DIY spaces, and even in places where the ghosts of queer past linger, like defunct bathhouses and former meeting spots. Screenings are showcasing not just classics of gay cinema but recent efforts by local up-and-comings.

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A DIY Space Where ‘People of Color Have Empowerment’ Gets Ready For Next Act

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For the city’s DIY scene, the year 2014 was anything but static– openings, closings, you know the drill. And while one little venue might seem like it’s simply joining the list of short-lived venues and tragic casualties, in all probability, Nola Darling is just getting started.

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Biking From Greenpoint to Queens Just Got a Lot Less Hairy

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Good news for Greenpointers who plan to cycle into Long Island City for PS1’s Warm-Up and outdoor flicks at Socrates Sculpture Park: the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge just got protected bike lanes.

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19 Things We Learned About Kids During Its 20th Anniversary Screening

(Photo: BAMcinemaFest/GODLIS.)

Sevigny, Fitzpatrick, Dawson. (Photo: BAMcinemaFest/GODLIS.)

It was kind of surreal watching Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny, and Harmony Korine walk the red carpet at BAM last night, before the 20th anniversary screening of Kids. Sure, they’re all part of the Hollywood establishment at this point (when I rolled up to the Peter Jay Sharp Building, Sevigny was signing DVDs of her films), but you can’t help but think of them as, well, the kids that Larry Clark plucked out of obscurity over two decades ago for his controversial work of cinema verite.

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Will This Bushwicker’s Sharing App, Kite, Become ‘Instagram For News’?

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Sure, Facebook is launching Instant Articles, and Apple News is also on the way — but a Bushwick resident is hoping the app he just launched at Northside Festival will be the future of news consumption.

“The big boys want to host your content and we don’t think that’s right,” said Trond Werner Hansen at the launch of Kite yesterday. The free iOS app allows you to share articles without the interference of algorithms and to view articles shared by those you follow without the clutter of sponsored content. In short, it’s “Instagram for news,” said Hansen.

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Peep Some Mini, Artsy Water Towers at These Two Openings

Claw Money's tower will be at "Towers of Power" event.

Claw Money’s tower will be at “Towers of Power” event.

What’s (possibly) more Brooklyn than Jay Z? Water towers. Or at least that’s what Boundless Brooklyn, a company that creates replica DIY model kits of the towers and other iconic New York City structures, would argue. Their water towers are featured in two upcoming art installations – one at MoMA Design Store and the other at a boutique that only sells Brooklyn-made goods, aptly named By Brooklyn.

This isn’t the water towers’ first appearance as an art installation – earlier this year they appeared at a MoMA Design Store show that featured the artists Zero Productivity and MURRZ.

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Advocates of Small Business Protection Ponder Ways to ‘Take Back NYC’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Panelists from left to right: Kelly Anderson, Dexter Ciprian, Ton Angoti, Sherri Donovan, and Steve Null (Photo: Jaime Cone)

“Right now there are banners up all over the city that say ‘New York City: real estate capital of the world,’ and that pretty much sums up what the basic civic religion is in New York City,” said Tom Angotti, author or New York For Sale. The Hunter College professor of Urban Affairs and Planning was a panelist at a Take Back NYC public forum Thursday evening, where he and a diverse group of experts spoke on the subject of small businesses in New York and answered questions relating to a proposed bill that aims to help the city’s small businesses survive.

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