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Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 3.03.30 PMFrom August 2 to August 4, the East Village’s Empire Biscuit will transform into what sounds like some kind of comedy heaven, where comics you’ve seen on TV will perform from just feet away while you stuff your face with one of the restaurant’s delicious biscuits, included with the price of admission. The Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival will feature more than 40 comedians in nine shows Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Given the takeout joint’s tiny size, this should be a great chance to see big names like Sasheer Zamata of SNL and Mike Lawrence (who just opened for Marc Maron) in an (all too?) intimate setting.

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I Heart NRCHY: Subversion in the City Festival

11542069_10153084448847897_8099449666193543539_n I Heart NRCHY: Subversion & the City continues the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s narrative of political and social activism and anarcho-community organizing. For the first time in the film festival’s history, all of the screenings will take place in community gardens throughout the East Village and Lower East Side. Of the various issues spotlighted, topics include “Anarchism in America,” “Bio Terror,” and “Sustainable Activism.” The fest is also diversifying its programming beyond films.

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Films in Tompkins: ‘Chinatown’ w/Live Music

The folks at Films in Tompkins are once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. This year, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks. Tonight James Franco has selected Chinatown, preceded by the “post-hipster smooth jazz” of Todd Gaynor. Hopefully he’ll bust out his smokin’ sax cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

“Gates” open at 6 p.m., movies starting at sundown.

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Another Run at Crowdfunding for B&H; The Narrows Turns 5

Mars Bar reunion at WhiteBox: The Last Party (Photo: PepKim)

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B&H Dairy has launched its second crowdfunding campaign since the eatery was forced to close following an East Village gas line exploded in March. [The Daily Meal]

Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li withdrew from the race for Assembly District Leader from Part C of the 65th Assembly District after allegedly fabricating petition signatures. [Bowery Boogie]

The organization New York Communities for Change and Real Affordability For All reports that 28 percent of East Village apartments double as illegal Airbnb hotel rooms. [NY Daily News]

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Homeless Shelter Sells For $26M; Heavy Metal Yoga in Greenpoint

Larry Clark, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Jonny Abrahams (Photo: PepKim)

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In Williamsburg, a 31-year-old man was shot in the leg Thursday while en route to his grandmother’s home on Bushwick Avenue. [DNA Info]

A manhole fire caused a four-hour power outage yesterday on the Lower East Side. [NY1]

Recently released paperwork revealed that last fall developer Aby Rosen purchased the homeless women’s shelter on Lafayette Street for $26 million. [The Real Deal]

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Beating the Heat: City Cooling Centers vs. Muji’s Chill-Out Area

Muji Rest Stop

Muji Rest Stop

Man, it is hot today (it’s hot, too). With temps hitting the high 90s, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon until 6pm tomorrow. In light of what Mayor De Blasio calls “extremely dangerous” conditions, the city is opening dozens of “cooling centers” for those at risk of heat stroke. We stopped into a couple of them and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 fans — and, just for good measure, we also tried Muji’s new chill-out area to see if we were bigger fans of that. 

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Trash and Vaudeville Leaves St. Marks; Williamsburg Gets a Ralph Lauren

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Trash and Vaudeville plans to relocate from its 40-year-old digs on St. Marks Place to E. 7th Street this fall. [EV Grieve]

According to surveillance footage, two men looted a television from Kennedy Grilled Chicken in Bushwick earlier this month. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Police say a man broke into a Roebling Street apartment on July 14 and took off with a large computer monitor and multiple credit cards. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Anarchy-Lovin’ Film Fest to Occupy Local Community Gardens

11119867_985279054836993_1839671042149029268_o (1)It’s no secret the East Village has gone through immense changes over the last few decades, but some institutions from the pre-$20 cocktail days have stuck around. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, a DIY project that occupies the storefront of C-Squat, is dedicated to preserving the history of that squat and others. And MoRUS’s third-annual film fest, I Heart NRCHY: Subversion & the City continues the narrative of political and social activism and anarcho-community organizing.

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Todd Solondz and Danny DeVito in the EV; Church of Nativity Holds Last Mass

Drag March 2015, Pride NYC

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A 34-year-old woman was declared dead around 4:30 p.m Thursday at the Bushwick Hotel on Bushwick Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Jonquel Jones, 27, was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for two East Village crimes: raping a female tourist and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. [Village Voice]

Last night The Church of Nativity in the East Village held its final mass. [Pix 11]

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Music: King Congo Powers

By some estimations, Kid Congo’s been a part of at least 420 bands over his three decades-long career, including legendary acts like The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and this writer’s personal favorite, The Gun Club, of which Powers was a founding member. He’s maintained the same trademark style throughout, but what’s truly impressive is his ability to consistently churn out a fresh take on what’s become a recognizable sound: garage rock that has kidnapped classic rock n’ roll and splattered a spooky, punk attitude all over its high drama, all while injecting a heady dose of grit into the glamorous excess.

Read the B+B Q+A: Kid Congo’s Still Got the Power, the Pink Monkey Birds are Flying Our Way

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5 Live Comedy Shows That Riff On Themes, From Lust to Hate

Sure, comics are notorious navel-gazers, but the fun themes at these recurring shows encourage them to dig for more than just belly button lint.

HowILearnedThe How I Learned Series
July 29, 8 pm at Union Hall: $6 advance, $10 at the door
The latest installment of this series, “You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here,” promises to be worth the price of admission. This show about getting kicked out of bars, being the last loser at a party, “the pursuit of fun,” and stupid decisions will feature Isaac Oliver, Ophira Eisenberg, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, Lynn Bixenspan and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

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