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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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Shows: Horror Show Hip-Hop and Dead Moon Rises Again

(Photo: Slackgaze)

(Photo: Slackgaze)

Northside’s over, and we trust that you made like either a baby or an old person and wore earplugs to every damn one of those million or so shows to protect your ear hairs, mockery be damned. But look who’s laughing now? Instead of having to shout “WHAT?” at absolutely everyone this week, you’ve got room for more shows. We’ll be honest though, this lineup isn’t gonna be much quieter at all. In fact, dare we say at least some of these shows we’ve selected for this week’s Good Shows, will be way, way louder than anything you saw last week. So maybe this time around get yourself some good looking ear plugs? Fashion them out of cotton balls, or perhaps bananas to save yourself some cash? Whatever you do, deal with it somehow– and hey, the Presidential campaigns are picking up speed, so you’re going to need them like what come fall– but most of all do it coz we’ve got a whole other fest for you to attend (with 30 plus bands and cheap, cheap, cheap– we promise), a night of legendary punk and indie players, and the return of one local hardcore band we haven’t seen nearly enough of.

 

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Kevin Smith On Losing 80 Pounds and Getting Called Out By Courtney Love

(Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

(Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

It’s funny that Mallrats will be one of Nitehawk’s first outdoor films of the summer, because we just saw Kevin Smith at Vulture Festival, where he and Jason Mewes did a live taping of their Jay & Silent Bob Get Old podcast.

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Starchitects Built a Lego City On the High Line, And Now You Can Add to It

(Photos: Rob Scher)

(Photos: Rob Scher)

If there weren’t already enough reasons to visit the High Line (besides gourmet popsicles and nurturing a slow-hatred for waddling tourists) starting tomorrow and running till September 30, you’ll be able to add “indulging your undiscovered design genius through the conduit of Lego” to the list.

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Abbi and Ilana of Broad City Will Kick Off 420-Friendly Internet Week

With Internet Week booting up Monday, organizers of the annual tech-stravaganza have just sent word that none other than Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will do the opening keynote conversation. The Broad City co-creators are slated to chat with Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwide at the fest’s headquarters, the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Let’s hope they spill some details on their new film deal with Paul Feig.

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Minimalist Master La Monte Young Drones On About His New ‘Dream House’

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Left to right: Alan Licht, Jung Hee Choi, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela. (Photo: Jung Hee Choi. Copyright © Jung Hee Choi 2015.)

La Monte Young, the minimalist master whose trailblazing work with droning has influenced everyone from the Velvet Underground to Sonic Youth to Brian Eno, who once called him “the daddy of us all,” made a rare public appearance at Red Bull Studios on Thursday, dropping some tantalizing details about a new Dream House installment coming in June to Dia:Chelsea.

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Former Teacher Confesses to Punking Her Students In New Sketch Show

I hate to say it, but I can sort of imagine Natasha Vaynblat, when she was Ms. Vaynblat, coming off at first as the teacher who could be walked all over. She’s nice, cute, and says things like “oh my gosh” with complete sincerity, but her unassuming nature belies her comic demeanor. During her four years as a teacher (she left the job in 2013, for comedy), Natasha loved to prank her students. In “United Federation of Teachers,” her first one-woman show at UCB Chelsea, the audience gets to see both her victories over troublemakers and her hilarious miscalculations, all of which remind me of the myriad reasons why I’ll never willingly put myself in charge of children. B+B spoke with her over the phone about her experiences and her new show.

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Not-Shivering Me Timbers! The Frying Pan Has Reopened For the Season

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(Photo: The Frying Pan)

All aboard the S.S. Boozy Brunch. After a winter-long hiatus, the bar-on-a-barge known to most as the Frying Pan welcomed back its devotees yesterday with beer, sangria, and a new spring menu.

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Dawn Luebbe Gives You Permission to Read Her 1992 Diary

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Photo courtesy of Dawn Luebbe

With My 1992 DiaryDawn Luebbe has become the adult star of her own awkward childhood. Officially released last night at Word in Greenpoint, the book collects Dawn’s fifth-grade diary entries, photographs, and essays into what she calls a general “celebration of the awkward phase.” Tonight Dawn will be performing her stage show at UCB Theatre in Chelsea along with five other comedians who’ll tell stories and read letters from their pre-teen pasts. In addition to recently starring in a series of animated shorts based on her book (peep one of them below), Dawn has also been featured in comedy sketches for College Humor, Nickmom and UCB. We chatted with her earlier today.

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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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John Waters Exhibit Draws Gasps From Unsuspecting Chelsea Tourists

(Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York,  © John Waters)

(Photo: Beverly Hills John, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, © John Waters)

When I stopped by the Marianne Boesky Gallery on an exceedingly chilly Saturday afternoon, just one day after the opening of John Waters’ Beverly Hills John exhibition– the raunchy filmmaker’s been featured in a number of solo shows across the country since 2000– the place was packed with an awkward mix of tourists and people who seemed to be in the know. One woman snapped a photo of a sculpture depicting a mini-living room, a memorial dedicated to the late Mike Kelley, an artists who continues to be an inspiration to Waters. In a speech given at UCLA, Waters dubbed Kelley a “terrorist and a hero.”
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Bushwick Photographer Captures Williamsburg’s ‘Major Transformation’

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Louis Mallo)

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Luis Mallo)

Luis Mallo was searching for an apartment in Williamsburg with his then-girlfriend, Ana, in 1994, when a woman in her 70s sitting outside a building caught his eye. “She was this older, Polish lady sitting in front of a door. I thought, ‘Should I ask? What are the odds?’ I said to her, ‘My girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment. Do you know of anything available?’ She looked me up and down, paused for a minute, and said, ‘Come with me.’”
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