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Coming Up: Nacho Cheese in a Chocolate Fountain and 3 Other Things in Unexpected Places

Sometimes it can get a little old going to the same bars, galleries, shows, knowing the kind of stuff you’ll see there. So, shake it up with…

A live band at karaoke:

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

Be Yourself Karaoke!
Saturday, July 30 at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. $10. More info here.
Karaoke is always a fun choice (I’m aware many would disagree) but karaoke backing tracks can often be in weird keys and sound like an early 2000s MIDI version of the song you actually wanted to sing. That’s all about to change with Be Yourself Karaoke, a live band that specifically plays ’90s/early 2000s emo and pop-punk songs with audience members as the lead singer. The setlist of songs to choose from is much less overwhelming than those huge karaoke binders and includes hits from Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, Say Anything, Good Charlotte, and more. Yes, that means you too can relive that dream of bopping around your bedroom yelling to MCR while wearing too much eyeliner, only this time you’ll have a microphone and a stage.

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Woman Punched By Groper; The Deep End Club Packs Up

A funeral was held Saturday for Al Orensanz, a sociologist, writer and art-producer co-credited with rescuing Norfolk Street’s Ansche Chesed synagogue. [Off the Grid]

On Saturday, a 37-year-old woman was repeatedly punched in the face after she confronted the man who grabbed her butt outside 208 First Avenue. [DNA Info]

Four days later, a 33-year-old woman was followed into her Alphabet City apartment building by a thief who claimed to have a gun and left her tied up. [Town & Village Blog]

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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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This Weekend, Score A Free Snow Cone And Maybe Free Full Moon Fest Tickets

(image courtesy of Fancy PR)

(image courtesy of Fancy PR)

If you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot. Sweet and icy treats can be a good way to combat this, but let’s face it. Ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies can get expensive. Air conditioning is pricey too, and you can only hang out in chilly coffee shops for so long until you start to get grumpy stares.

Starting this Friday until August 6, the folks at music fest Full Moon Festival will be going around to various locations in the city, doling out free (yes, that’s right) snow cones. Revel in the sweet nostalgia of this simple frozen treat and and try to avoid brain freeze from crunching on ice too quickly as you seek refuge from sweat in what is really just syrup poured onto literal ice. Hey, it’s tasty. As a way of spicing up the typical snow cone fare, they’re offering a special “Blue Moon” flavor (no, not the beer) which combines pineapple and blueberry in a refreshing blend.

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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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Raclette, a Cheese-Lover’s Dream, Plans to Expand to Northern Spy’s Former Location

(Photo: Courtesy of Raclette NYC)

(Photo: Courtesy of Raclette NYC)

Sure, New York may be caught in the middle of what is disconcertingly being called a “heat dome,” and hot, melted cheese is probably the last thing on your mind as you desperately fan yourself with a free Time Out NY on the Finnish sauna known as the subway. But come on: Melted cheese makes everything better, and if you can’t accept that then perhaps there’s no help for you. Enjoy your limp kelp salad.

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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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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.

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Orchard Street Gets Condo and Hotel; Noodle Lab in Bushwick

A 24-year-old off-duty police offer lost her uniform, badge and wallet when her car was broken into on Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg. [NY Daily News]

Developers who paid $15 million for 644-652 East 14th Street sold the property last month for $23 million. [The Real Deal]

Later this morning, the program City’s First Readers (aimed at kids under five) will kick off with free books and a raffle at Woodhull Hospital. [Bushwick Daily]

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Cake Shop Tries to Hold On to Show Space; Schumer Fights K2 in East Village

A Hudson Yards developer scooped up a Williamsburg trio (two buildings on Havemeyer Street, one on Lorimer Street) for $60 million. [The Real Deal]

Cake Shop, the financially-strapped Lower East Side performance venue, hopes to sell its street level cafe/bar but maintain possession of its subterranean digs. [Bowery Boogie]

During a press conference Sunday on Second Avenue, Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his proposed new drug legislation, inspired by nearly three dozen people overdosing on K2 last week. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »