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Funky Ceramics, Mermaids at Sunny’s, and More Art Openings

Jess Sheridan. Trump This, 2017. Screenprint. 22 x 15 in. Printed and published by the artist. Edition: 45. (c) 2017 Jess Sheridan.

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Opening Thursday, June 22 at International Print Center, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through September 16. 

This show marks the 56th edition of the International Print Center’s New Prints Program, the result of an open call for fine art prints created in the last 12 months. Curator Katherine Bradford has selected 98 of them from artists all over the world, and they will all be on view in the self-proclaimed “small” gallery space of the IPC on West 26th Street.

While there isn’t necessarily a unifying theme for all the prints, several seem to have a political bent. On the gallery’s website, I observed at least one pussy hat reference and one print involving a woman in an American flag hijab and ripped jeans skateboarding on top of the head of a man with very orange skin. Which isn’t surprising, as nowadays it almost seems like more effort to avoid referencing the current political climate than not. Keep Reading »

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Wettest, Wildest Looks From the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

It was mermaid time in Coney Island on Saturday, as New Yorkers once again paraded past the Cyclone and Nathan’s in everything from elaborate sea-creature costumes to, well, basically nothing. Despite a rainy start, the 35th annual Mermaid Parade was as merry as ever, with many a parader having cleverly turned their transparent umbrella into a floating jellyfish. Click through our slideshow to see the pageantry that, as the parade’s website puts it, “celebrates ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside.”

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Prince and the Bard Are Taking Over City Parks

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot 2016: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (© Lee Wexler)

Cinephiles have plenty of excuses to spend the summer in city parks, starting with Films On The Green and Movies Under The Stars. But if you’ve sworn off going to the movies in favor of #Netflixandchill, there are plenty of other excuses to enjoy our public greenery, starting with the following free events dedicated to The Artist and The Bard.

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Coney Island’s New Vintage Pinball Arcade Is Ready to Roll

The Mystic Machine

Photo credit: Norman Blake

Last week we shared the news that the Coney Island Museum is expanding with a new (playable) pinball exhibition. We’ve obtained more details about the pinball gallery, which had its soft opening yesterday.

“We had machines in the bar being played nonstop,” said Dick Zigun, founder of Coney Island USA and “unofficial mayor” of Coney Island.

Not all the machines are installed yet; by this coming weekend everything should officially be in place.

There are going to be 10 pinball machines – six in the Coney Island Museum storefront and another three or four in the Freak Bar in the lobby of the nearby Arts Center.

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The Mermaid Parade Has Been Saved, and Coney Island Museum Is Adding a Pinball Wing

Mermaids at last year's parade.

At last year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

The Mermaid Parade, Coney Island’s annual crowd-pleaser and glitter-industry Black Friday, is back on solid financial footing — and not a moment too soon — thanks to an unexpected deus ex machina: the intervention of two generous private donations supplementing an ongoing crowdfunding campaign.

Despite the recent news that Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie fame will raise their scepters as this year’s Queen Mermaid and King Neptune, the Parade had been struggling. A “Feed the Mermaids” crowdfunding campaign to save the parade has so far raised $9,000, far short of its $50,000 goal.

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Gratis Grub Alert: Free Dogs at Feltman’s, 99-Cent Burgers at Duncan’s

A happy Feltman’s customer. (Photo courtesy of Michael Quinn.)

If you were planning to mooch off of your friends this weekend by not bringing any beer to their Memorial Day barbecues, here’s a far more respectable way to freeload.

Feltman’s, the 100-year-old hot dog brand that preceded Nathan’s and this summer returned to Coney Island six decades after it closed there, is celebrating its return with a giveaway. On Monday, starting at 11:30am, the first 150 people to line up for the boardwalk shack’s grand opening and ribbon cutting will score free all-natural beef dogs, served on a toasted potato bun. Remember: This dog won the approval of competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi himself, who knows a thing or two about scoring free dogs. Then again, that’s probably not saying much, since he’s presumably pretty burned out on Nathan’s after eating fistfuls of them at a time.

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Come Out and Watch The Warriors Play in This Glitzy Theater

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Expect to see twice as many Warriors costumes this Halloween. On Thursday, Sept. 15, the 1979 cult classic about a street gang’s epic trek from the Bronx to Coney Island is screening in Brighton Beach, a stone’s throw from the Wonder Wheel. Now, I know what you’re thinking: The Warriors again? At this point, the film is pretty much every lazy programmer’s default pick for a rooftop film or midnight movie. (It was, after all, #15 on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of top 50 cult movies.) But if you’re not Warriored out, there’s one big reason to come out and plaaaay: The flick is playing at a posh, historic theater you’ve probably never set foot in, and there’ll be a q&a with cast members. Can you dig it?

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

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faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can’t escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared from her life. When Faludi discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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Photos: Sea Creatures and See-and-Be-Seen Creatures at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.

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This World Premiere Will Take You On a Rollercoaster Ride (Literally) at the Brooklyn Film Fest

The Brooklyn Film Festival premieres this Friday at Wythe Hotel, with the U.S. premiere of Canadian director Sean Garrity’s Borealis, the award-winning tale of an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged, pot-smoking teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip to Manitoba to show her the Northern Lights. That film screening and Q&A is just one of 107 features and shorts from 31 countries that will show at venues Wythe Hotel, Windmill Studios, Syndicated, Made in New York Media Center by IFP and BRIC House between Friday and June 12.

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Sneak Peek at the Coney Art Walls, Opening Friday With Daze, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and More

New mural by Daze. (Photo: Martha Cooper)

New mural by Daze. (Photo: Martha Cooper)

The opening date of Coney Art Walls has been bumped up from Saturday to Friday this weekend, and we’ve learned there are some special activities planned for Memorial Monday. Natalie Lamming of D’Savannah Bar & Lounge in Flatbush says “shhh…”, but we’re going to tell you anyway that “Brooklyn’s Best Kept Secret” is bound for the one and only Coney. The live music event will include Carnival-esque performances by Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts, Kerwin Dubois, Voice and Farmer Nappy. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the soca starts at 6 p.m. $65 tickets are still available online for those who like to chip and whine.

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