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Magic’s in the Air—and the Performances—at Green-Wood Cemetery’s Secret Feminist Society

Green-Wood Cemetery (Photo: Kat Burdick)

As I step under an arch leading into Green-Wood Cemetery, a smiling woman instructs me to “follow the orbs,” directing my attention to dozens of silver balloons scattered amongst the graves like morbid party decorations. Haunting music grows louder as I descend a hill to find a magnificent church.  Sitting on the cemetery lawn next to a pair of women sipping red wine mere feet away from a headstone feels mildly sacrilegious, but the Green-Wood Cemetery is no stranger to special events. Keep Reading »

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Inside Nitehawk’s Revamp Of the Park Slope Pavilion Theater

All Photos by Diego Lynch.

Fourteen months before the 1929 stock market crash, a 1,516-seat theater struck someone as a good investment. Most of a century later, Park Slope is a good investment once more. Nitehawk Prospect Park Cinema will open a refurbished version of the theater in March.

Yesterday, Matthew Viragh, founder of Nitehawk, gave Bedford + Bowery a tour of the construction site.

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Park Slopers Say Goodbye to Pavilion Theater, Now in Nitehawk’s Talons

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

As of this morning, the beloved Pavilion is officially no more. Even visiting the Park Slope movie theater’s website early this morning turned up a ghostly message in washed-out grey: “http://www.paviliontheater.com/ has been disabled.”

It’s only appropriate, given that Nitehawk cinemas–the proud new owners of the ratty old Art Deco theater that’s been in decline for several years now– threw a proper New Orleans-style jazz funeral for the place.

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Say a Boozy Buh-Bye to the Park Slope Pavilion Before Nitehawk Takes Over

https-%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F24947995%2F67937932711%2F1%2ForiginalBy now you’ve heard that the folks at Williamsburg’s beloved Nitehawk Cinema are giving a $10 million makeover to Park Slope’s ratty Pavilion theater. Which is good news to anyone who has ever gone to Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and thought, “Oh, I’d like to see Snowden but I forgot my bed bug detector.” Still, there are likely some nostalgics who will miss the Pavilion and bitch about the hipsters taking it over and ruining everything with Werner Herzog-themed cocktails like the Even Dewar’s Started Small. (Hey, at least tickets won’t cost $32, like they do for VIP seats at South Street Seaport’s new dine-in theater.)

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Brooklyn’s Adult Coloring Book Club is Putting the ‘Cray’ in Crayola

(via Curious Custom)

(via Curious Custom)

Adult coloring books have shot up in popularity lately– CNN’s gotten wind of it, the books were topping out Amazon’s bestsellers list earlier this year, and the high sales numbers actually made it seem like print was experiencing a resurgence (yeah, right). Things were so cray that neuroscientists, “behavioral economists,” and good old-fashioned therapists were asked to weigh in on this completely WTF trend.

Thankfully, Amazon’s bestseller list indicates that things are back to somewhat normal (i.e. adults are reading young adult novels again), as the craze seems to have subsided somewhat.  Keep Reading »

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This World Premiere Will Take You On a Rollercoaster Ride (Literally) at the Brooklyn Film Fest

The Brooklyn Film Festival premieres this Friday at Wythe Hotel, with the U.S. premiere of Canadian director Sean Garrity’s Borealis, the award-winning tale of an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged, pot-smoking teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip to Manitoba to show her the Northern Lights. That film screening and Q&A is just one of 107 features and shorts from 31 countries that will show at venues Wythe Hotel, Windmill Studios, Syndicated, Made in New York Media Center by IFP and BRIC House between Friday and June 12.

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Latin Vegan Spot Soft-Opens On St. Marks Place Friday

From left: Danny and Alex Carabano. (Photo: Sam Gillette).

From left: Danny and Alex Carabano. (Photo: Sam Gillette).

The past couple of weeks, Danny and Alex Carabano have stood outside of the restaurant they plan to open at 12 St. Marks Place, selling empanadas and giving out free samples of organic quinoa and cold-pressed juices. This Friday they’ll finally soft-open their vegan-kosher eatery with limited seating. The grand opening will follow a week later.

The brothers opened the first V-Spot nine years ago in Park Slope because Danny couldn’t find restaurants that offered appetizing options for his vegan diet. As he experimented at home, he realized that it’s “not as difficult as it seems to veganize something.”

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Watch: Doomsdays Brings Leo Fitzpatrick Back to Big Screen Before Kids Turns 20

Leo Fitzpatrick is a busy mayor of the Lower East Side these days: not only is he due to appear alongside Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson at BAM’s sold-out 20th anniversary screening of Kids (yep, Telly et al are turning 20 — hence that giant line in Soho a couple of weeks ago for the release of the Kids x Supreme capsule collection), but he recently became a director of the Marlborough Chelsea gallery. Last time we spoke to him, he was heading to the Denver Film Festival as the star of Doomsdays, a dark comedy that finally hits theaters this Friday.

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Photos + Video: The Idiotarod’s Wild, Wacky Run Through Brooklyn

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For eleven years now teams of be-costumed Idiots have gone out in the middle of winter, grabbed hold of their tricked-out shopping cart, and gone tearing through the streets of Brooklyn in a manic, often-drunken race for fame, glory, cool-looking trophies and, just maybe, a handful of cold, hard cash.
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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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LED Unicorns on Roller Skates? Yes, Please

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
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