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Performance Picks: Blood Pact, Black Ballet, Spooky Ghosts in the Park

(image via Marybess Pritchett)

(image via Marybess Pritchett)

WEDNESDAY
Blood Pact
Continues weekly through August 17 at The Annoyance, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9:30pm. $5. More info here

The school I went to didn’t really have much Greek life at all, but I can still acknowledge that fraternities and sororities provide rich material for comedy. A group of women at The Annoyance agree, and they’ve made this show to prove it. Blood Pact centers around a handful of sorority sisters who agree to regularly meet back up after school, but only during their time of the month. They describe the show as “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Sex and the City meets Requiem for a Dream,” which is a combo I can’t quite imagine but trust exists somehow. Trust me, periods are so weird and complicated and interesting and crisis-inducing that there will certainly be a LOT to joke about.

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs Calls It Quits in Manhattan; Top 10 Greenpoint Shopping Destinations

On Friday afternoon, a man stole about $1K of electronic equipment from an Alphabet City apartment, including a home surveillance camera. However, the security footage was saved on the owner’s iCloud account and can be viewed here. [Gothamist]

This Sunday, Pies ‘n’ Thighs will shutter its 18-month-old Canal Street outpost. [Eater NY]

In other shutter news, the Avenue A location of mini-chain Moonstruck Eatery has called it quits. [EV Grieve]

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Week in Shows: Noise-Techno Hybrids Inducing Aural Nerve Destruction + Ice Cold R&B

(Image via Issue Project Room/ Pioneer Works)

(Image via Issue Project Room/ Pioneer Works)

Daniel Menche, Container, MV Carbon, Eartheater, Greg Fox, Ben Vida, Horse Lords, Profligate
Saturday, July 30, 5 pm at Pioneer Works: $20.
“A $20 show?” you’re probably saying doubtfully. “At Pioneer Verks no less?!” Well, yes, people– this superbly lined and fine-art surrounded setting might be an affair that’s just a tiny– ok, huge– step up from your usual scum-dwelling listening experience and therefore cooking up some wallet anxiety in you, but stay with me for a moment. For an Issue Project Room affair especially, we’re talking about a steal right here. Maybe more convincing for money flinging is the lineup, which is damn close to overflowing and replete with some of the best artists out there right now doing danceable, shapely noise-techno, including Profligate, and Eartheater.

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Bushwick Woman Raped in Her Home; Brooklyn Bowl Gets a New Owner

A 29-year-old woman was tied up, raped and robbed by an intruder early Monday morning in her Bushwick apartment. [ABC 7]

Last night in Bushwick’s Maria Hernandez Park, police tasered a suicidal man armed with multiple knives, including swords and a machete, before taking him into custody for a psychiatric evaluation. [DNA Info]

On the Lower East Side, forthcoming 60-story-plus apartment buildings are bound for Cherry and South Streets. [Bowery Boogie]

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Surprise: The L Train Shutdown Has Spurred a Few Thoughts on Twitter

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

If you haven’t already seen the bearded doomsayers wandering the streets with the “The End Is Nigh” written on sandwich boards in fine cursive, then despair, ye fool: the L Train is shutting down.

Starting in January of 2019, the consistently packed subway line will stop running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for at least 18 months. During that time, the MTA will be repairing damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in the Canarsie Tunnel, which trains use to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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MTA Opts For 18-Month L Shutdown; Body Found in McCarren Park

After much debate about how best to repair Sandy damage, the MTA has decided to completely shut down L service in Manhattan and between Manhattan and Brooklyn for a year and a half, starting in January of 2019. [NY Times]

Early yesterday morning, an unconscious female was pronounced dead in McCarren Park. [Pix 11]

A man sustained head trauma and a woman emerged with back and neck injuries after they crashed the stolen motorcycle they were riding in Williamsburg yesterday morning. [NY Daily News]

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Apostrophe NYC Will Host a Pop-Up Subway Show In Bushwick Tonight

A scene from last year's Subway Show (Photo: Courtesy of Apostrophe NYC)

A scene from last year’s Subway Show (Photo: Courtesy of Apostrophe NYC)

Apostrophe NYC is at it again. Three years after brothers Ki and Sei Smith’s Bushwick gallery and event space was shut down, the two have been busy. If the people can’t come to the art, then the art shall come to the people! After some of their most recent covert hijinks at the Whitney (where they’re now banned for life) and at MoMA PS1 in May, the intrepid art duo is planning a pop-up subway show at the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J line.

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Adrian Grenier’s East Village Bar; Brooklyn Zine Fests

Nevada Smith’s soon-to-be replacement, bar/coffee house/record shop The VNYL, reportedly boasts Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier as a business partner. [NY Daily News]

This Monday night at Hope Gardens Community Center, local leaders will take suggestions for how the cash-flush Wyckoff Heights Medical Center can better serve its patients. [Bushwick Daily]

The city is seeking proposals for a new food stand to occupy the recently asbestos-abated Allen Street Mall bathhouse. [Bowery Boogie]

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Here’s Where To Hate-Watch the RNC Tonight

(WNYC Studios)

(WNYC Studios)

Some people are on the FBI Watchlist. Well, this is the RNC Watchlist, where you can settle down at a bar, event space, or Republican haunt (if you’re nasty) and bear witness to the great and terrible orange man, as he drips words and possibly froth from his mouth, instilling fear into impressionable folk about how no one can save our country but him. Though the news has painted a fairly grim picture of the US recently, I’m pretty sure Donald and I have different definitions of what “saving” something means.

If the reality of this week’s Republican National Convention is too wretched to behold as truth, you can pretend you’re watching a movie. But let’s hope it’s a movie that compels you to educate yourself and vote in all of your state and local elections, in addition to the big one in November. You can be the change you want to see in the world… If your vote manages to be counted, that is. Yikes.

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Why Not Hit This Night of Indie Films, Art, and Music

(Photo: Courtesy of The Luminal Theater)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Luminal Theater)

Escape the scorching summer temperatures in the city next week by fleeing to the Opera House Lofts, near the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy, where The Luminal Theater, a microcinema organization, will be teaming up with Bondfire Radio, a radio streaming site, to host a screening of indie short films and media-based art projects from national and local directors and artists.

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Off-Duty Cop Charged With Manslaughter; Driver Who Hit EV Florist Convicted

Yesterday morning, the decomposing body of a 27-year-old male was discovered in an apartment near Essex and Rivington Streets with the owner of a hair salon downstairs reported a red stain on the ceiling. [NY Daily News]

Nicholas Batka, 28, was fired from the NYPD yesterday following his Saturday morning SUV crash in Williamsburg, which resulted in one fatality and three injuries. He has been charged with manslaughter, assault, and driving while intoxicated. [NY Daily News] The 21-year-old victim was identified as MIT student Andrew Esquivel. [Patch]

Three years after striking the late Mohammed Akkas Ali and two other pedestrians in the East Village while reportedly high on PCP and methamphetamine, Shaun Martin was convicted of murder this week. His sentencing has been set for September. [Streets Blog NYC]

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Performance Picks: Big Comedy, Garbage Theory, Punk Opera, Trump

(poster by Sisters Weekend)

(poster by Sisters Weekend)

WEDNESDAY

Sam’s BIG Day

At The Annoyance, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9:30pm. $5. More info here

You’ve seen him in serial “gay teen drama” Lake Homo High, as the co-host of Live On Broadgay, and maybe even being named one of Brooklyn Mag’s 50 Funniest People, but this time Sam Taggart is all on his own. Yes, it’s a show just for him, packed full and big with sketches, characters, videos, standup, and some surprises, too. However, no solo show is complete without special guests, and you better believe he’s got those too, in the form of Mary Houlihan, Sisters Weekend, and maybe even more. It’s a big day, after all. I can only hope they’re able to fit such a big day in one theater!

THURSDAY

(image via GG Nix / Facebook)

(image via GG Nix / Facebook)

Lost Abjects: Theory of Garbage

At G.G. NiX, 1339 Dekalb Ave, Bushwick. 7pm. More info here

Kalan Sherrard, the mind behind “Beat Up Trump” among other creations who we spoke with a few months ago, will be presenting this evening at vintage shop G.G. NiX. It’s part multimedia installation, part performance, part lecture, part workshop. Billed as “An Installation and Physical Manifesto Against Recycling,” it’ll feature a spread of works created by Sherrard, including his miniature art galleries (so small you have to look through a magnifying glass to view them), a “post-structural striptease,” and sculptures crafted from gum and fingernails. There will also be a game of Giant Nihilist Tetris, but don’t worry, it is optional.

FRIDAY

(image via Facebook)

(image via Facebook)

Brett Davis and Nick Naney’s Disney’s Aladdin

At Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Williamsburg. 8pm. More info here

Everyone loves Aladdin. But what about a live version of Aladdin adapted by two comedians? If that piques your interest, Brett Davis (of The Special Without Brett Davis) and Nick Naney (who has also appeared on that show) have got just the thing for you. The cast features Bardia Salimi as the titular hero, Mitra Jouhari of Three Busy Debras as Jasmine, Brett Davis as Jafar, Nick Naney as the Genie, and even Steph Cook as the rug. This may be the only time you’ll see a human carpet outside of a fetish party, folks, so get to it.

SATURDAY

(image via La MaMa)

(image via La MaMa)

Baby Fat Act 1: A Screeching Weasel Rock Opera

At La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 E 4th Street, East Village. 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $15. Also on July 21 and 22 and 8pm. More info here

Some people like opera, but it’s safe to say it isn’t for everyone. For those who aren’t particularly drawn to long dresses and vibrato, this might do the trick. La MaMa has partnered with Columbia Stages to bring you this world premiere that’s based on Verdi’s opera Rigoletto but written by Ben Weasel, the frontman of punk band Screeching Weasel. The original opera centers around a hunchbacked court jester who’s daughter falls in love with the very Duke he mercilessly mocks, but in this show there is a rock club called The Reptile House with their house band named Serpentello and the dubious and nefarious presence of what may be an inescapable vortex. So like, basically the same thing.

SUNDAY

(photo via tdf)

(photo via tdf)

The Trump Card

At Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village. 6:30pm. Tickets are $35. Also on August 28. More info here.

Solo performer and monologist Mike Daisey (also behind popular and controversial work The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) presents this new solo work about the one and only D. J. T., breaking down the inner workings of this bizarre and rich man while also weaving a tale of oligarchy’s rise in America along the way. The result is sure to be intriguing, compelling, and ultimately will, I’m assuming, leave you depressed about the state of the world and its possible future.  The show’s currently sold out, but a waitlist will be available when the box office opens.