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DIY Venue Aviv Is Dipping Its Toes Into Underground Cinema

11070082_10205082200627238_7206259708723299086_oDo you sneer at the Iron Man franchise? Do Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey provide you with positively no ironic pleasure? Did you feel that Boyhood was just another celebration of the magic of white male experience? Well, perhaps underground film is more your thing then. And if there’s one thing we can never get enough of it’s avant-garde art and experimental work because, like, isn’t that what living in New York City is all about? Well, maybe it used to be. But let’s make it that way again.

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Skate ‘Prof’ Shows Kids How to Make Decked-Out Decks

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

A line of skateboarders from their pre-teens to their 30s queued up this past Saturday, waiting up to an hour for “Professor” Paul Schmitt to saw their 9-ply rectangles of wood into custom skateboards. Hosted by Converse Cons at Chemistry Creative in Bushwick, Schmitt was part of a team that included Brooklyn-based designer Grotesk, and local pro skater Aaron Herrington, conducting a workshop titled, “Making & Designing Skate Decks,” as part of the Cons Project’s free community program.

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Photo Show Says RIP To 30 DIY Venues of Yore, But Punk Ain’t Dead Yet

Nicki Ishmael, curator of  "RIP DIY" exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Nicki Ishmael, curator of “RIP DIY” exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

You might remember a show space in Williamsburg called Dead Herring. It was around for six years — practically decades in DIY years — before it closed in 2013. “I knew it wouldn’t last forever,” Nicki Ishmael admitted. “It’s that whole DIY has-an-expiration-date thing.” But it’s a wonder Nicki can keep it together when reminiscing. DIY’s the only home she’s ever had in New York City. From the moment she arrived here Ishmael has been deeply involved in the underground music scene. “I immediately moved into a DIY space when I moved here back in 2006,” she recalled. So it’s only natural that Ishmael and others from Dead Herring refused to let their own closure, and dozens more around them, get them down.

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Want to Know What ‘Radical Domesticity’ Means? Go to NYC Feminist Zine Fest

Feminist Zine Fest's Poster. (Photo: Slim Lopez)

Feminist Zine Fest’s poster. (Poster: Slim Lopez)

Tomorrow, feminist zinesters will gather at Barnard College for the third annual New York City Feminist Zine Fest. The day will feature a tour of the Barnard Zine Library, readings, and a workshop from Topside Press on starting a small publishing house.

Three years ago, Elvis B. and Kate Angell started a zine fest that was “more focused on all the cool feminist topics out there,” per Elvis B. “In the first year, we were just like, ‘Oh, I hope people come to our little zine fest!’ But we got a huge response. We had it at the Brooklyn Commons and it was completely packed and crazy.” This year’s festival has five nonhierarchical, all-volunteer co-organizers, and is focused on making “an atmosphere where everyone is accepted and can have a good time,” said one of the co-organizers, Emma Caterine.

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SugarCube, South Street Seaport’s Sweet Attempt At DIY

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

“I like to think of it as rising from the ashes of Kent Avenue,” Drew Briggie of 100m records explained, twice actually, once when I met up with him last Friday night, and again in a follow-up interview this week.

Drew was talking about the SugarCube, the second iteration of an inflatable rectangular igloo of sorts that made its second annual debut on the South Street Seaport at the start of December. The cube is open to the public, with programming curated by 100m Records scheduled through the end of January. “It might go until March if they let us, we’ll see,” Drew said when I stopped by last Friday to take a look at the place and check out the show featuring Relations and Savants. Each Friday at the SugarCube there’s a free show featuring bands and DJs, and the event is made boozy with either a bar or BYOB policy.

“We’re trying to keep most of the acts local,” Drew explained.

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Death By Audio’s Edan Wilber On What Happened With Vice, and What’s Next

(Photo: Alex Hess & Jon Brown)

A place to Bury Strangers play the final show at DBA. (Photo: Alex Hess & Jon Brown)

Life for Edan Wilber has changed dramatically in the two weeks since his Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio hosted its last show. “My sleep schedule has, like, 180’d one hundred percent,” he laughed. “I go to bed at like 9 p.m. now.”

When we spoke with Edan this morning he was kicked back on a porch where he’s living in St. Petersburg, Florida. “It’s almost been two weeks since we closed, and I pretty much moved the very next day,” he said. “I had 40 shows in a row, and now I’ve had two weeks of not seeing anything. It’s pretty weird.”
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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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It’s Official, These Photos Are All We Have Left Of Death By Audio

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We knew the last night at Death By Audio was going to get pretty raw, with about a million people cramming in to say goodbye to the DIY venue even if they’d never been before. But what we didn’t plan for was seeing the line get cut off after just 80 lucky folks walked through the door. And less than a year from when we last surveyed the post-285 Kent DIY scene, one of our favorite venues is now closed.
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Death By Art: A Band Of Artists Takes Over DBA

(Photo: Death By Art)

(Photo: Death By Art)

It pains us each time we have to bring up the closing of Death By Audio, but we can at least be comforted by the fact that the venue is truly making each and every last night count up until the final show on Saturday, November 22.

Not only has the venue shifted into overdrive and is hosting some truly incredible shows, but they’re taking advantage of some of the otherwise closed-off space in the building. The people at DBA have handed over “The Ranch” to more than 100 artists who have transformed it into a gallery and living shrine to DIY.

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RIP For Another DIY Venue? ‘Someone Kept Pooping on the Floor’

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Last week we heard a rumor that Bushwick DIY space The Ho_se is on its way out. We’d be really sad to see this venue close its doors, so we’re hoping the response we received to the following query means the place is still open for biz for the foreseeable future and we’re just getting trolled.

Hey Ho_se –

I’m a contributor for Bedford + Bowery and I heard you guys might be closing up shop? That would be a serious shame, but I think it’s important for us to cover venue closings and neighborhood changes– so it would be great if someone might be willing to speak with me over the phone about what’s happening.

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Bushwick’s New Venue, Palisades: ‘It’s Everyone’s Scene’

Scherzo at Palisades. (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Scherzo at Palisades. (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

As DIY spots like 285 Kent and Steel Drums continue to disappear and our old party pads become high-rise condos, where do we turn? Enter Ariel Bitran and Leeor Waisbrod. Along with partner Rose Fathers, the musicians and friends recently opened Palisades, an intimate, welcoming dive with a generous stage.
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These Brooklyn Literary Zine Publishers Take a Page From the Net

Gabby Bess at her workspace (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Gabby Bess at her workspace (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Two new issues of established zines from Brooklyn-based writers and curators of the printed word are out and available as of the past few weeks. These aren’t your traditional, black-and-white Xerox zines of yore: their creators, Kristen Felicetti and Gabby Bess, are steeped in net culture and cross pollinate with others in the very with-it Alt Lit scene.
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