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Bejeweled Opera, Empowering Blurred Lines, and More Performance Picks

WEDNESDAY

(image courtesy of Hallie Haas)

(image courtesy of Hallie Haas)

Masterpiece Classic: Women in Art
Wednesday, February 8 at UCB Chelsea, 8 pm: $7

It is generally agreed upon that art is Good. However, the art world is where things get a little more polarized. This new character-based show by comedian and actress Hallie Haas takes on the type of people who consider themselves high and mighty creators, the type of people who take themselves reeeeeeally seriously. The premise is that Laura Linney, of course, has gathered together seven of the most sophisticated and acclaimed women artists for an evening that feels a lot like a certain public access television show. Only probably a lot weirder. Especially considering Haas will be playing every character. This spoof on PBS classics feels especially timely, considering I just got an email asking me to sign an online petition so that Donald Trump doesn’t get rid of PBS Kids. Please, think of the children. And the art.

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6 Things to Know About Making DIY Spaces Work

Detail view of suggestions made to the DCA Commissioner by members of the DIY community in late January (image via NAC)

Detail view of suggestions made to the DCA Commissioner by members of the DIY community in late January (image via NYC Artist Coalition)

Last night, dozens gathered in Greenpoint event space Magick City to discuss the current state of DIY spaces in New York and to brainstorm ideas they could offer the Department of Cultural Affairs that would help keep DIY arts and culture spaces operating safely without being prohibitive financially to those running them.

The meeting was organized by the NYC Artist Coalition, “an emerging coalition of artists, creative organizations, community leaders, activists, policy makers, and specialists providing mutual support and advocating for informal and affordable community spaces in NYC.” The Magick City discussion was a follow-up to a packed meeting about DIY spaces two weeks ago with the commissioner of Cultural Affairs. This willingness to formally cooperate with a city that is so often seen as actively working against DIY spaces comes hot on the heels of the Ghost Ship fire tragedy in Oakland, an event that shook up the DIY community nationwide and led to increased crackdowns on other homegrown venues.
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Week in Shows: Netherlands of Brooklyn, ‘Nihilist Queer Revolt,’ and More

(Flyer via Saint Vitus)

(Flyer via Saint Vitus)

Party to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Benefit
Wednesday February 8, 6:30 to 11 pm at Saint Vitus: $15

Given the heavy flow of benefit shows going on around town these days, it seems inevitable that a band called Netherlands would pick Planned Parenthood as their cause of choice. Proceeds aren’t going directly to Planned Parenthood, but instead will be funneled into a PAC known as PPNYC Votes, which supports candidates running for political office at the state level. But wait a sec, aren’t we doing pretty well when it comes to reproductive rights in New York state? Actually, not so much. As one of the show’s organizers explained on Facebook, there is still a majority in the State Senate “opposed to reproductive rights.” You, like me, probably assumed that these Biblical, stick-up-the-you-know-what holdups of complex, usually self-hating origin (I mean, Brad Patton, the shimmery blond and toothy-smiled gay porn star, made a really convincing Mike Pence) were reserved for rural representatives, the same guys (they are all guys, let’s be real) who wilt at the sight of a stray tampon string. Wrong-o again. Four of those PP-blockin’ pols are from our very own city.

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Grate Show of Support as Yemeni Bodega Owners Strike Across NYC

(Photo: Jamieson Baker/Instagram)

(Photo: Jamieson Baker/Instagram)

By now you’ve seen the photos of the crowd of Yemeni business owners and supporters massed at Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. You’ve seen the signs of “BODEGA CATS GRAB BACK.” While all that went down, New Yorkers were leaving messages of solidarity on shuttered businesses.

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Disney Burlesque, a Show in a Bathtub, and More Primo Performance

THURSDAY

(flyer via The Slipper Room)

(flyer via The Slipper Room)

Burlesque Tribute to the Ladies of Disney
Thursday, February 3 at The Slipper Room, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show: $10 

Hotsy Totsy Burlesque is back again. Known for their titillating tributes to all things pop culture, Hotsy Totsy has created scantily-clad evenings dedicated to Game of ThronesStar Wars, Stephen King, The Muppets, and more. This month, they’ve stepped away from the fur and sci-fi in lieu of something more delicate and nostalgic. Yes, they’ve whipped up a tribute all your favorite princesses: the ladies of Disney. However demure these princesses may be, this show doesn’t exactly seem to follow suit. The concept hinges upon Cherry Pitz and Handsome Brad as the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming respectively, who seem to be enjoying their very own Happily Ever After. Only, paradise can be boring for a mere duo. As per the show’s description, “Looking to spice things up, the two love birds have decided to throw a ball, looking for the hottest princess in the land to join them in a threesome!” Keep Reading »

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Now You Can Have Your Liquid Dinner and Eat it Too, Food Returns to Tørst

(Photo courtesy of Tørst)

(Photo courtesy of Tørst)

When Tørst opened along Manhattan Avenue back in 2013, as the official bar but not exactly brew pub of Evil Twin brewery, the brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø attracted a lot of attention for upping his beer game even more. Known for its extensive and ever-rotating selection of beers, some rarely seen in the States, and many made by the kind of high-end microbrews that Jeppe was experienced in making himself, Tørst topped itself shortly after with the addition of an in-house restaurant.

At first glance Luksus– an extension of the bar’s overly-lit, Nordic minimalist setting– inspired a lot of gaggy, knee-jerk, and not so glowing reactions. But like frowny Nordic people themselves and, say, Ikea furniture, the restaurant grew on critics and customers, who seemed to get used to the stiff, hardened outer layer. That is, until chef Daniel Burns peaced out and Luksus abruptly closed, Michelin star and all. But, as of this week, Tørst is back in the restaurant biz, and a new chef seems to have taken notice of the initial criticism.

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Pixies Playing New Williamsburg Venue; Best Mac and Cheeses

Hugh A. Reid, proprietor of the eponymous Greenpoint funeral home, died last week at age 89. [Greenpointers]

Portland-based pizzeria Sizzle Pie will start serving up slices and puns (ex: “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon”) Monday at their new Williamsburg outpost. [Gothamist]

Kimchi Grill, specializing in Korean-Mexican fusion, will open its third Brooklyn location this summer in Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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Blue Bottle and Van Leeuwen Expand; Tour Williamsburg’s Priciest Apartment

Yesterday, the MTA board voted to keep the price of a single subway ride at $2.75 during 2017, but raise the price of each unlimited pass option. The fare increased go into effect on March 19. [Gothamist]

Blue Bottle Coffee opens for business tomorrow at 279 McKibbin Street in East Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily]

Through Monday, 107 Norfolk Street will host a pop-up installation of “Subway Therapy,” the multitude of affirmation Post-Its New Yorkers left in the Union Square subway station after Election Day. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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L Train Repairs Running Late; Greenpoint’s Fireplace Bars

Yesterday Josie “Fresh” Tavera, 26, pleaded guilty to running his family’s Williamsburg-based heroin ring. His associate Jason Collazo also submitted a guilty plea. [DNA Info]

In the midst of labor contract negotiations, B&H Photo announced that they will close their Bushwick and Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouses, relocating their employees to New Jersey. [Hyperallergic]

The MTA and Department of Transportation will host February and March meetings in the East Village, Williamsburg and Bushwick to discuss travel alternatives with L train riders who will be inconvenienced during the 2019 shutdown. [Gothamist] Said L train repairs are reportedly over budget and behind schedule. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Richard Gere’s Place Going for $20K/Month; Star-Shaped Pizza Pies

Eswin Gramajo, 27, was arraigned Saturday for allegedly stabbing two brothers during a Williamsburg soccer game on December 11, one of whom died from his injuries. [DNA Info]

Bushwick-born actress Rosie Perez gave a speech at the NYC’s Women’s March this weekend. [Bushwick Daily]

While a bevy of construction will soon happen around Shapiro Hardware on Lafayette Street, the shop opened a “new and improved” location at 7 Great Jones Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Week in Music: Resistance Raffle & Riot, No Shame in Tear Jerkers, and More

(Flyer via Alphaville)

(Flyer via Alphaville)

Scully, B Boys, Decorum, NOIA, The Christian Peslak Band, Milk Dick
Friday January 27, 8 pm at Alphaville: $12

The Trump opposition movement continues with more benefit shows extending well beyond Day 1, including this Friday-night gathering in support of Planned Parenthood. Tunes will be provided by Scully, a dream pop/cloud rock trio by way of Oakland (née The Splinters) still drifting on the bleary vibes running through their most recent release, No Sense.

Also newgaze from Decorum, and the music of NOIA (aka Barcelonian musician Gisela Fulla-Silvestre), which, if you can imagine such a lovely thing, is the sonic equivalent of knee-buckling onto a stack of 50 body pillows. And two just-announced acts– Milk Dick (foot-stompin’/milk-and-cookies-style garage punk, a la The Black Lips) and a “special secret band” B Boys (think: Goo-era Sonic Youth) have been tacked on to the lineup too.

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Porsche Strikes Teen in Greenpoint; Subway Fare Hike in Play

A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized in serious condition after a Porsche struck him on a Grenpoint sidewalk early yesterday evening . The driver was arrested for reckless endangerment. [NY Daily News]

Kenneth Bryan was found guilty Friday of shooting and killing Demetrius Mayo, then 28, inside a Bushwick nail salon in October 2014. Sentencing will take place in Brooklyn Supreme Court on February 8. [DNA Info]

Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett died Thursday at the age of 71. [NY Times] Keep Reading »