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Crazier and More Chaotic: A Q + A With Sally Burtnick

Sally Burtnick and Brett Davis, co-creators of "The Macaulay Culkin* Show." (Photo: The Macaulay Culkin* Show)

Sally Burtnick and Brett Davis, co-creators of “The Macaulay Culkin* Show.” (Photo: The Macaulay Culkin* Show)

The fact that The Macaulay Culkin* Show has never had its namesake on stage doesn’t bother Sally Burtnick, the show’s co-creator. Since December 2013 when it debuted, it’s gained a reputation of being insane, and people have started caring about the show for its own sake. Despite the lack of Mac, the show’s had a huge year, with success neither she nor her co-creator Brett Davis could foresee. We rang her up to hear about it, and get a peek inside their upcoming performance, a staged reading of the screenplay Whenever Possible Forever, starring Jon Glaser.

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As City Plans Live-Work Space For Artists, Developer Starts Building Studios

Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect

Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect

Mayor De Blasio isn’t the only one pushing workspace for artists — it’s also being added by at least one private developer. Gene Kaufman — an architect better known for his controversial hotels — has designed a mixed-use studio building in East Williamsburg that will open in fall of 2016.
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Unlike the Patriots’, This Designer’s Footballs Are Tight

10622913_801978936541153_6674415878487053035_nIf you’re going to deflate a football, at least deflate the $185 camouflage ball being sold at East Williamsburg’s newest clothing store. Because if you’re going to risk Roger Goodell’s wrath, you might as well do so in style.

Victory Lap, a clothing brand started by designer Tavon Davis in 2013, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Bushwick Avenue this month, just a stone’s throw from where you can now get vodka on tap.

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Get Your Photo Taken With Santa (Drunk or Sober) at These Ho-Ho-Holiday Markets

HOLIDAYFUNFORALL_Sq_FinalwSTNICKSlogoIf you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike.
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An Artsy Dot-Com Joins Livestream On 3rd Ward’s Old Block

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(Wright Harvey shows off work by Joe Hollier.)

The once dark and desolate area around the former 3rd Ward building is brightening up. Months after Livestream Public moved into 195 Morgan Avenue in May, Sugarlift is now up and running across the street, in a second building leased by Livestream.
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A ‘Farm to Fork Eatery’ Brings Ratatouille Tabouli to East Williamsburg

(Photos: Kaitlyn Mitchell)

(Photos: Kaitlyn Mitchell)

Yes, A.W.O.L. is a “Farm to Fork Eatery,” but the East Williamsburg newcomer isn’t just for those pretentious foodies from Portlandia. True to its name, which stands for All Walks of Life, the place caters to vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, omnivores, and anything in between.
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Pig Faithful Congregate at Their New Church of Pork, Arrogant Swine

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Arrogant Swine, Tyson Ho’s hotly anticipated beer garden and “Eastern Carolina-style barbecue” joint, opened for business in Bushwick. And the bloody thirsty came out in throngs. When we arrived around 8 p.m., the line for bits of whole-hog barbecue snaked out into the feeding yard, far past the adjacent smoke house.
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Nerds, Rejoice! Rivals Board Game Cafe Is Open For Play

Mike Sanderson at Rivals board game cafe. (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Mike Sanderson at Rivals board game cafe. (Photos: Nicole Disser)

On first hearing the words “Brooklyn board game community” strung together, I had to do a double take. Excuse me, what? “There actually is one,” said Mike Sanderson, owner of Brooklyn’s newest board game cafe.
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