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Onur Tukel’s New One Is a ‘No-Budget, Poor Man’s’ Birdman

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Onur Tukel must’ve set some kind of record when he premiered Applesauce at Tribeca Film Festival just weeks before premiering his other new film at the Brooklyn Film Festival. So how the hell did he do it? It all came to light last night during the premiere of his very latest, Abby Singer/Songwriter, at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint.
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Week in Film: Attack of the Sleep Demons and Flashback to Reagan Doom


Winter demons be gone, will you not?! How many of our yearly allotment of BBQs and rooftop hang outs have we lost already to this arctic blast that cares for no one and forgives nothing? How many more will we lose before we’re spared this suffering? Try not to think about it. Or rather, distract yourself with this friendly assortment of film things.
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Who’s the Artist Behind This Haunting New Mural?

"Nepal 2015," 2nd Ave & Houston (Photo Credit: Lmnopi)

“Nepal 2015,” 2nd Ave & Houston (Photo Credit: Lmnopi)

Walk up the steps of the F-train station at Second Avenue, and you’ll lock eyes with the Nepalese girl. Stop for longer than is polite on public steps and those eyes may haunt you.
“I’d like the public to ponder the messages in the work, if only for a pause,” said the artist Lmnopi, who recently installed “Nepal 2015” on the Avalon Chemists building at Second Avenue and Houston. “I hope to stir up some emotions to remind people that they are alive, just in case they’re having a numb moment. I’d also like to let kids know that they are not invisible and that their lives matter.”
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Throw Vision Balances a Four-Pronged Musical Orbit for a Distinct Fusion of Sound

Throw Vision (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Throw Vision (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Due to some scheduling snafus, I was able to keep coming back to Throw Vision‘s music again and again before we finally met in-person this past weekend. And to my surprise, it only became harder to pin down one label for their music, because my reactions kept multiplying. At once it’s dark stuff and, as they themselves admit, a little moody, but also bright, airy, and ambient. That’s because Throw Vision is the average of four people with very different musical tastes and abilities. And the result isn’t any one thing, but rather a complex arrangement of things.
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Jonathan C. Stewart Dives into a Williamsburg Story On AMC’s Making of the Mob

Jonathan C. Stewart, actor who plays Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in the new AMC series,The Making of the Mob (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Jonathan C. Stewart, actor who plays Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel in the new AMC series,The Making of the Mob (Photo: Nicole Disser)

We couldn’t have picked a better spot to meet Jonathan C. Stewart, the actor who plays notorious mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel on AMC’s new show, The Making of the Mob. The Williamsburg dive bar, Jr. & Son is located in the neighborhood where Bugsy was born and raised, but in a way it’s hard not to find in the place a spiritual home for Brooklyn mobster lore as well. A grumpy looking bartender sporting a gold chain, thin mustache, and what was left of his hair slicked back grumbled to his regulars in a naturally aggressive Brooklyn wise-guy intonation. “Huh, lifestyles of the rich and famous, eh?” he said gesturing with disdain towards the TV in the corner. The sun was still shining outside, but inside it felt like a rainy day.
Stewart is a genial Midwestern dude with an easy smile. Even with the help of a fedora, I had to squint hard to imagine him harnessing the violent energy to play a personality like Bugsy Siegel, a hot-headed mobster who had about as much blood on his hands as he had style. More →

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Two New Outdoor Oases For Drinking, Dining, and DJs

The Living Room's rooftop by day (photo: Greg Tannen)

The Living Room’s rooftop by day (photo: Greg Tannen)

This week’s weather-induced PTSD served to remind us that a moment not spent in the sun is really a moment wasted. Fortunately, as the azure skies return — and not a moment too soon — there are not one, but two brand spanking new outdoor spaces for you to soak up that vitamin D, while sipping on a g and t.
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Groper On the Loose in Williamsburg; Pommes Frites Moves to MacDougal

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Nine women say that the same random man grabbed or slapped their butt in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper] This fall Pommes Frites—sidelined since March’s Second Avenue explosion—will reopen at 128 MacDougal Street. [DNA Info] Orchard Street gallerist Monya Rowe will relocate her venture to St. Augustine, Florida. [NY Observer] More →

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Eduardo Sarabia Turned Mexican Narco Imagery Into Fine Art

Eduardo Sarabia, "Ballads" exhibit. (photo: Rob Scher)

Eduardo Sarabia, “Ballads” exhibit. (photo: Rob Scher)

Paper holds much value, even when it’s not green, with Franklin’s unsmiling mug on it. A recent MoMA exhibit, for instance, showed Henri Matisse’s appreciation for the potential beauty of tree pulp. Another fellow who seems to have received the memo is Mexican-based artist Eduardo Sarabia, whose most recent exhibit, “Ballads,” opens today at Other Criteria gallery in Soho.
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Follow These Ladies to the LES Film Festival’s Secret Beer Garden

BiergartenIt’s hard to keep all these summer film festivals straight (among others, the Brooklyn Film Festival and Rooftop Films Summer Series are currently underway, with Nitehawk’s Summer Series coming soon). But this should help: only one of these promises a secret beer garden, and that’s the Lower East Side Film Festival.
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