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A Gay Show For All People
Thursday, December 28 at littlefield, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show: $10

If you’re looking to literally make the yuletide gay, you have plenty of chances to do so at the holiday spectacular edition of Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp’s A Gay Show For All People. True to its name, this show features “comics and queers and mostly people who are both” doing their thing onstage while anyone who so desires to attend watches. The lineup is quite “stacked,” as the teens say, with Cole Escola, Naomi Ekperigin, Patti Harrison, Blake Daniel, Liza Treyger, Larry Owens, Bowen Yang and Matt Roger’s improv duo Sluck, Henry Koperski and His Straights, a live band playing “vodka songs,” and possibly more.

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Vintage Voting Machines Get a Sci-Fi Update at The Choice is Yours

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

This election cycle has been louder than most, with red-faced screaming, epic shout-downs, and showers of insults pummeling over political decorum. The Choice Is Yoursa new art show grown out of the clunky mechanical levers of cumbersome voting machines, feels unusually quiet by comparison, almost to the point of being meditative.

“I thought it would be fun to turn them into these choice machines,” the artist, R. Luke DuBois explained. “Maybe it makes you think twice when you get into an actual voting booth on Tuesday.”

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Can These Headphones Really Get You High?

(Image courtesy of Nervana)

(Image courtesy of Nervana)

Several weeks back, I stumbled across a short article about a new music-listening device called Nervana. It zaps electrical signals into your ears, allegedly unleashing enough “fun brain compounds” to make you enjoy a Justin Bieber song. (That’s right: according to one of the device’s creators, test subjects found that the Bieb’s bubblegum pop correlated with a particularly pleasant stimulation pattern.) For just $299.99, you too can experience nerve-ana (pre-orders started last week). But is there any truth to all the hints that the device will get you, well, sorta stoned?

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We Tested NYC Dirt and Tasted (Yes, Tasted) London Smog

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Have you ever wondered what another city’s pollution tastes like? Of course you haven’t. And yet, there it was: a tasting booth serving up smog meringue at Ideas City last Saturday. The edible experiment traps all kinds of nasty grit, grime and chemicals in an egg and sugar mixture, ruining what would have been a tasty dessert for the sake of science. At the festival put on by New Museum we not only tasted London and Atlanta but also stopped by a soil testing booth to check out what lurks in some dirt samples we collected from Tompkins Square and McCarren Parks. Here’s what we found out.

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