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Your Freaky Weekend: a Twerking Contest and a Burgers and Burlesque Bash

NYCS-BOOTYBummed you didn’t win the Smallest Penis contest last month? Maybe you can twerk your way to victory this weekend. Taking a cue from Nicki Minaj, the Chocolate Sundays crew is having its first official twerk competition this weekend at The Flat in Bushwick.

We’re not sure how ratchet things will get Sunday night (if we’re even allowed to use that word to describe stuff), but the Ninjasonik-hosted party has been packed since founder Joel Meinholz brought it from Miami to Brooklyn. So what will Brooklyn’s best twerker receive? According to the animated-gif flyer, the prize money is $100 — enough to buy you and your friends enough shots to forget you won a twerking competition.
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As of Tonight, The Base is the Place For Radical Lefties

Occupy Wall Street’s glory days of regular police spats and national front page news coverage are behind us (unless you watch The Newsroom — hello, Tompkins Square Park!), but at least some members of the movement have remained active agitators. Former Occupiers Khalil Robinson, who has primarily worked at teaching and aiding undocumented immigrants, and Elysa Lozano, an artist and political activist, have triumphed over a failed Kickstarter and months of delay in order to open The Base, which they’ve described on their website as “a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing.” So far, their organizing has consisted of holding free Spanish classes and boxing lessons, but they are officially inaugurating their new space tonight with a panel called “Where Do Social Movements Go From Here?
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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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(Photo: Michael Harlan Turkell)

If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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Feel Free to Bathe Your Bulldog at Bushwick’s Latest Pet Store

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Bushwick’s pet scene sure has gotten frisky: the last year has seen the openings of Bushy Tails, Bushwick Pet Superette, the new dog park in Maria Hernandez Park, and now — Bushwick Bark! Dottie Evans, who opened the pet shop last week, hopes to bring a different flavor to the neighborhood.
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Day-Glo Beadwork, Spam Poems, and Frivolous Wigs: The Weekend In Art

Artwork by Matthew Oates

A reminder: if you missed Tuesday’s screening of Clayton Patterson’s Tompkins Square riot footage in its 3.5-hour entirety, stop by the New Museum tonight for From the Underground and Below, a screening of several short documentaries (and an excerpt of the riot footage) by Patterson on the “art, performance, and popular struggle” of the Lower East Side.

Over in Williamsburg, it’s Every Second Friday again tomorrow, so all these galleries are staying open late, and a few others are even holding openings. Read on for our weekend art picks.
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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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Does This Man Have the Best Job in All of Brooklyn?

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(Photo: Tyler Kufs)

During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”

The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.”
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Parking Lot Shakespeare and Evil Goddess Nudes: The Weekend in Art

"Norn #1" by Jonny Ruzzo

“Norn #1” by Jonny Ruzzo

If you’d like some performance with your art tonight, check out Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, which is taking over the open pavement in the Municipal Parking Lot on the corner of Ludlow and Broome for the premiere of their second free show of the summer, Richard III. The all-female Women Center Stage Festival is revving up for its closing weekend, starting tonight with A Groundbreakers Playlist, a series of short performances that feature a show about Justin Beiber playing a lesbian-themed video game and then “turning into a turnip.” To keep things weird all weekend, read on for our art picks.
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L Train Is Cutting Out Early; Driver in Sidewalk Wreck Pleads Not Guilty

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

So apparently the L train isn’t going to be running late-nights in August. Guess the whole “city that never sleeps” business doesn’t extend beyond the East River. Dammit. [Brokelyn]

Speaking of the L, The L Magazine named us “best new local blog” in their Best of Brooklyn issue (yep, shameless plug). Aww, thanks, guys! [The L]
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
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