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We Visited Michael Stipe’s Studio, and So Can You

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

Michael Stipe’s personal art studio is in a weirdly public place—the gallery for NYU’s studio art school, 80 Washington Square East. But he only works there when it’s closed.
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Doc NYC Is Bringing a Dizzying Number of Documentaries to Town

unnamedIf you’re the type to get excited about hacker documentaries, then clear your calendar between Nov. 13 to 20, because the Doc NYC festival is once again bringing a slew of true-dat films to Chelsea and the Village.

This year’s fest features 19 world premieres, 7 US premieres and 40 New York City premieres. And that’s just among the 92 features — there will also be 37 shorts and 24 panel discussions and classes.
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Journey to Jackson Heights Without Having to Hop On the 7 Train

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Audiences of the latest play to appear at The New Ohio Theater can relish the sweetly comedic absurdity of an Indian man handing an Ecuadorian woman a mango as if she might not know what it was, and of a Latino drag queen tenderly assuring his straight-laced, off-duty policeman one-night stand, “Being a cop is nothing to be ashamed of.”
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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Two New Juice Bars For the Village, Including Another Liquiteria

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The plywood came off of the former Blimpie on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 13th Street to reveal – you guessed it – another Liquiteria! The juice bar’s latest forthcoming location – after the one that’s replacing Gray’s Papaya, which seems to be coming along slowly – is opening “soon,” according to an employee at the chain’s original Second Avenue store who said there’s no exact date yet. It’ll be the same as the three locations that are currently open around the East Village and Chelsea, she said.
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Kids Do the Coolest Things: Indie Rock Shows and Hip-Hop Classes for Tots

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

One does not simply walk a stroller into Union Pool. So, aside from shopping at Wovenplay, what’s a parent to do if they want their kids to be little Lou Reeds? Here’s a couple of options.
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Watch The Pizza Underground at Brooklyn Bowl, Then See Their Variety Show at LPR

The Pizza Underground played Brooklyn Bowl this past Saturday and footage just hit Youtube, courtesy of Sixdust. Check it out above, and note the cameo by Kurt Cobain’d, singing Nirvana songs in the past tense. If you missed it, don’t worry: you can still catch The Pizza Underground Variety Show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in June.
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Andres Serrano’s Portraits of Homeless New Yorkers Will Live On the Streets

unnamedAndres Serrano, the photographer and artist best known for his controversial 1987 photograph, “Piss Christ,” has turned his attention to the homeless of New York City in a new public art project on display around Washington Square Park next month.

Opening May 19, “Residents of New York” will include portraits of 35 homeless people, and will be on display at the West 4th Street subway station, the Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square, LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village, and on public phone booths.
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