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NYC Porn Fest is Back! Time to Grind Out Your Submissions

(Via NYC Porn Festival/ Facebook)

(Via NYC Porn Festival/ Facebook)

Coming your way faster than you can say “wayward seed deluge,” it’s the second iteration of what’s indisputably the artiest smut fest the world over. The NYC Porn Film Festival is returning June 4 and 5), uniting an actually-smart postmodern exploration of porn with an earnest, non-binary, non-heteronormative, super sex-posi celebration of sex on film.

This year, the organizers say they’re once again dedicated to “exploring human sexuality through art, audience participation, parties, live performance, film, virtual reality, and sex technology.” Even if it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be seeing Miley Cyrus on the bill again this year, there will be plenty else to set fire to your loins.

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This Therapist Advocates ‘Going Down into the Basement’ With Psychedelics

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

We recently squeezed our way into Morbid Anatomy‘s sold-out lecture “Psychedelics & Death” presented by Dr. Neal Goldsmith, a New York City-based psychotherapist who practices what he calls “psychedelic-inspired therapy.” He’s also the author of Psychedelic Healing. Until recently this topic might have seemed fit only for people with Alex Grey posters on their dorm room wall and aging hippies. And of course radical artists, like Melanie Bonajo, who are concerned with the ways in which ayahuasca could maybe be reasonably adapted into Western society.

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Gabbing About Grub: 23 Food Events That’ll Feed Yr Brain

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 1.41.34 PMIf you like talking about food as much as you like shoving it in your face, prepare to clear your calendar. The next weeks and months will bring a veritable cornucopia of gabbing about grub, from a discussion about restaurant preservation to a three-day symposium curated by Mission Chinese’s Danny Bowien that’ll culminate in a massive multi-chef barbecue on the East River. Here’s what’s on the pass. 
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5 Ways to Sharpen Your Mind While Getting a Buzz On

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Between The Kevin Corrigan Show, the Lost Lectures, and Raising the Bar it’s pretty clear barrooms are the new lecture halls. If you’re looking for inebriation and intellectualism, check out these upcoming events.

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Tonight: Drink Up As Columbia and NYU Profs Drop Some Knowledge

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 2.09.12 PMIf you’ve ever snuck a flask into a college lecture, this may be the event for you.

For tonight’s first annual Raising The Bar, Columbia and NYU professors will be stationed at 50 bars around Manhattan and Brooklyn, delivering free lectures on topics ranging from “Understanding How North Koreans Think” to “The Rise of Geek Culture.” Seats are still available at the following nine talks; click here to view the full line-up and RSVP.
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