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Bill Murray Leads Poetry Walk; All-Williamsburg Map of Brooklyn

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Tonight departing from Manhattan at 6:30 p.m., Bill Murray will helm the 20th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge. [Brooklyn Eagle] Adidas will reportedly open a studio/store above the Brooklyn Brewery on N. 11th Street in Williamsburg. [Crain’s NY] Brooklyn Barge Bar in Greenpoint secured its liquor license. [Brooklyn Paper] More →

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This New Arts Endeavor Hopes to ‘Change the Way We Engage With Africa’

Kehinde Wiley’s donated artwork – After Pontormo’s ‘Two Men with a Passage from Cicero’s ‘On Friendship’, 2009

More often than not, the presence of a message or cause in art doesn’t carry far past the considered stares of gallery patrons, their necks made stiff from nodding. But when art truly intersects with social activism, the slow moving gears of change can be felt. A couple of cogs might just be set in motion tonight at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, with the launch of the Africa’s Out! campaign and a benefit in support of East African LGBTQI rights.

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A New Doc Follows the Backwards Footsteps of the North Pond Hermit


After watching two new films this weekend, you’ll never leave the door to your summer rental unlocked again, no matter how idyllic its environs. We’ve already told you about tonight’s theatrical premiere of Doomsdays, wherein a couple of ne’er-do-wells (Justin Rice of Bishop Allen and Leo Fitzpatrick of Kids) crash unoccupied Catskills cabins and help themselves to all the booze. As fantastical as that story may seem, a real-life version of it played out in Maine, where the so-called North Pond Hermit prayed on neighbors’ homes for 27 years. East Village filmmaker Lena Friedrich’s short documentary about him, The Hermit, will screen Saturday as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival.
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Advocates of Small Business Protection Ponder Ways to ‘Take Back NYC’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Panelists from left to right: Kelly Anderson, Dexter Ciprian, Ton Angoti, Sherri Donovan, and Steve Null (Photo: Jaime Cone)

“Right now there are banners up all over the city that say ‘New York City: real estate capital of the world,’ and that pretty much sums up what the basic civic religion is in New York City,” said Tom Angotti, author or New York For Sale. The Hunter College professor of Urban Affairs and Planning was a panelist at a Take Back NYC public forum Thursday evening, where he and a diverse group of experts spoke on the subject of small businesses in New York and answered questions relating to a proposed bill that aims to help the city’s small businesses survive.
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Forget National Donut Day, Because Churro Cups

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Yes, it’s National Donut Day, which means dough dealers everywhere are rolling out deals. Dough, for instance, is debuting its new matcha-sugar donut and offering a chance to get a year of free donuts to those who buy a box of six or more. Doughnut Plant is offering a one-day only pistachio donut, and giving out a mini cake doughnut with each order while supplies last. Buy a dozen or more donuts at Moe’s Doughs, in Greenpoint, and you’ll get four free, or you can just get a donut and a coffee for $2. And Dun-Well Doughnuts, in Bushwick, is offering a free donut with purchase of an espresso drink. But forget all that, because churro cups.
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The Menu at James Murphy’s Wine Bar Will Look ‘Sort of Like This’ On Sunday

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

James Murphy’s wine bar, The Four Horsemen, has announced that it’s opening in Williamsburg this Sunday (we hear there’s a friends-and-family tasting happening tonight). If you’re still smarting from not being able to snag tickets to LCD Soundsystem’s final shows, at least there’s this: as of this posting (but probably not for long) there are still tables available for the LCD frontman’s debut as a restaurateur.
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These Guys Have Camped Out All Week For a Williamsburg Art Show

Joe Wong, Paul Af, Dan Hamburger.

Joe Wong, Paul Aftanas, Dan Hamburger.

At 2:30am this past Tuesday, having just flown in from San Diego, Dan Hamburger pulled up to Cotton Candy Machine’s rain-soaked curb. With the Williamsburg gallery’s annual Tiny Trifecta art show just four short days away, Hamburger was taking no chances. More →

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Williamsburg Groping Suspect Arrested; East Village Dorms Unveiled

Hek Tad, Ron English

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police arrested a man they believe is responsible for at least two of the recent gropings reported in Williamsburg. [ABC 7] A Times Square Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty were taken into custody yesterday after a fight broke out over tips. [NY Daily News] After four decades, the John Oravecz Childcare Center on Java Street in Greenpoint will shutter in late June. [Greenpoint Gazette] More →

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Kim Gordon’s New Show: Fear of Lost Art and Ideas in a Changing City

"The City is a Garden" : an exhibition of work by Kim Gordon now at 303 Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“The City is a Garden” : an exhibition of work by Kim Gordon now at 303 Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

As of today, a new body of work by Kim Gordon is living at 303 Gallery in Chelsea, a white box like most others on this slick block of 24th Street that’s all glass, steel, and tourists. Naturally, we’re excited. Kim Gordon Week may be long over, but we’re still obsessed with the musician-designer-artist-author who for some of us (me) is our girlhood hero. But on my visit, I was trying to keep things pure — hoping to avoid any unwanted osmosis from an artist statement or a pre-determined explanation to fulfill, I darted straight back to the art, resisting the temptation to pick at the stack of press releases for Design Office: The City is a Garden.
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