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Sexting Festival, French Star’s Rare Show, and More Art to See

(image courtesy of Cooler Gallery)

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Opening Tuesday April 4 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through April 22.

Camilla Engström has had an interesting history for an artist. Born in Sweden, she swiftly relocated to Shanghai to work full-time as a model, and then made her way to New York to study fashion at FIT. However, she left to focus on her art, a familiar story that surely many can relate to. Now, she exhibits her multidisciplinary work around the city, and will be bringing a series of paintings and more to Cooler Gallery, a unique space nestled a stone’s throw from the Navy Yard.

This show is new territory for her, in a way. Her practice, the gallery states, typically revolves around a Swedish cartoon Engström created named Husa, a smiling femme figure with a curvy belly. This show will feature more landscape-driven works, but ones that still retain the dreamy, playful, Candyland-esque quality of Husa. There will not just be paintings on view, but also sculptural pieces that reflect particular elements of the paintings, bringing a multi-dimensional quality to it all. Keep Reading »

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Catch France’s Crème de la Crème (For Free!) at the France Rocks Summerfest

Israeli-French singer/songwriter Yael Naim. (Photo courtesy FranceRocks)

Israeli-French singer/songwriter Yael Naim. (Photo courtesy France Rocks)

Voilà! The inaugural France Rocks Summerfest or should we say, France Des Roches Fest D’été (no, no we shouldn’t) kicked off Memorial Monday with a performance by “guitar orchestra” composer Rhys Chatham, and continues on June 3 with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge by French pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin (known for his solo piano covers; check out his 2009 cover of “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies). The seven-week showcase of French music will include more than 30 musical acts performing a range of indie rock, pop, electronica, jazz and world rhythms at more than 25 venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

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The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films. $10 per individual ticket for most events. Get an all-inclusive VIP pass for $95.

Read more about the fest here.

 

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Easy Rider Panel Discussion

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Unless you’re a cinema scholar or super fan of Easy Rider, the classic 1969 film starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda as outlaw hippies riding choppers across the SoCal landscape, you might have no idea there’s something of a scandal beyond the sets of all those chill-as-hell biker scenes. According to some accounts, black civil rights activist Cliff “Soney” Vaughs contributed to developing the film and helped build those famous choppers. But even in light of Soney’s claims, some people involved in the making of the film are still reluctant to acknowledge the possibility of a whitewashing. A panel discussion (part of the 3rd annual Motorcycle Film Festival) featuring Soney, the associate producer, and sound engineer Larry Marcus, will provide a forum for the “lost film crew” to tell their side of the story.

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Motorcycle Film Fest Party with Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds

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If you find yourself reeling after a long day of film watching (ho ho!) find your balance at this sick party. We’re pumped for the headliner, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds— the legendary founding member of the Gun Club and one-time guitarist for The Cramps and his new band of talented musicians– who we interviewed back in June. And get excited for famous dirtbag Andy Animal and what looks to be his new backup band, the Werewolves of Woodstock, named for a 1975 Dick Clark film that features a dune buggy chase. Also featuring Brooklyn mainstays the Sleepies. Party is FREE for pass holders.

Read more about the film fest here.

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3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

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The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films. $10 per individual ticket for most events. Get an all-inclusive VIP pass for $95.

Read more about the fest here.

 

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3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

10835243_543899602419148_7357836493232844249_o

The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films. $10 per individual ticket for most events. Get an all-inclusive VIP pass for $95.

Read more about the fest here.

 

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3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

10835243_543899602419148_7357836493232844249_o

The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films. $10 per individual ticket for most events. Get an all-inclusive VIP pass for $95.

Read more about the fest here.

 

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3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

10835243_543899602419148_7357836493232844249_o

The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films. $10 per individual ticket for most events. Get an all-inclusive VIP pass for $95.

Read more about the fest here.

 

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3 Boozy Record Fairs You’d Be Hard Pressed to Beat

(Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

(Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When we told you about a couple of upcoming record fairs, we were just scratching the surface. Not only is Record Store Day coming up April 18 (check out the list of exclusive releases) but these three fairs will let you shop for vinyl with a beer in hand while DJs like Mac DeMarco egg you on.

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Spend the Night With Ray From Girls

Rogo-final v2The last couple of times we saw actor and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky out and about (at the premieres for Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood and Michael Tully’s Ping-Pong Summer) we decided against approaching him (one of those times, a couple of Girls fans had already annoyed him enough by asking him to pose for a selfie). So we’re glad that Scott Rogowsky, last seen ambushing apartment hunters with the help of Gilbert Gottfried and Andrew WK, plans to engage in the sort of witty banter we surely would have had with the guy who plays Ray.
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At Comedy Bang Bang, Wyatt Cenac Pandered to Manhattanites For a Change

Last night Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Between Two Ferns) once again brought his farcical Comedy Bang Bang podcast to NYU Skirball for a live taping. We hit the late show, where guest Wyatt Cenac revealed that his next comedy special, taped in January, will be out by the end of summer — on video and then also on limited-edition vinyl. He noted the special was taped in Brooklyn — which didn’t get much of a response.
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