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Talks and Readings: Dennis Hopper, Blonde Redhead, and a Bounty of Bourbon

Whether you want to ogle Rolling Stones fans from a safe distance or you’re a rabid Blonde Redhead fan, it’s time for this week’s Word Up.
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“In the mid 1970s two of my high school students approached me and asked if I would like to see a Rolling Stones concert. They had the tickets and needed a friend with a car who would drive from Long Island to Pennsylvania,” says photographer Joe Szabo on his website. Nearly four decades later he’s published his long-awaited collection of photos he took of the 90,000 Rolling Stone fans at JFK stadium in Philadelphia; simply titled Rolling Stones Fans, the book complements his two other photographic odes to the “adolescent years of restless desire,” Almost Grown and Teenage.
Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (East Village). 
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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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It’s Negroni Week, Here’s Where We’re Tossin’ Em Back

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ah, the Negroni — one part gin, one part Campari, one part vermouth, but all parts refreshing, bitter sophistication. The Italian-born drink was immaculately conceived in 1919 by a bartender who, looking to make a drink called the Americano boozier, swapped soda water out for gin. It’s great either on the rocks or up — we’ve even seen a dangerously boozy frozen version that’s perfect for summer (but not for dignified nights) at the Narrows.
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Comedy Club Coming to LES; John Cusack and Brian Wilson at Apple Store

Alexis Diaz on Rag and Bone

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

On E. 6th Street, the 86-unit Hudson East apartment building was purchased for $60 million. [The Real Deal] Comedian Jessica Delfino will soon open The Unicorn, a music/comedy club, at 105 Henry Street. [Bowery Boogie] A new restaurant called Funny BBQ will take up residence in Congee Bowery’s former home. In September, Congee Bowery was shuttered by the Department of Health for a multitude of violations. [Bowery Boogie] More →

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It’s NY African Restaurant Week, Here’s What to Eat

Dish from Bunna

Dish from Bunna Cafe (Photo: Liz Clayman)

Conceptually, the vast continent of “Africa” still exists for many as a land viewed atop Pride Rock, extending one’s vision “as far as the light touches, Simba.” Yeah, we get it, geography is hard and Africa is, like, so far away. Fortunately for those wanting to cast aside their gross cultural generalizations – to differentiate their east from west and central from south – an opportunity has come along to do so, and the best part — it’s an education that primarily requires your stomach.
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There’s NEWD and Nude Weekend, But Only One Involves a Human Display Case

(Photo: Brooklyn Wildlife)

(Photo: Brooklyn Wildlife)

Bushwick Open Studios is upon us once again and leave it to an event of this magnitude — really though, a decade in, BOS is like post-post-post blown up at this point — to spawn a bunch of auxiliary commercialized, money-making ventures as well as some wacky, well, outside-the-mainstream artistic endeavors. This year, to help you avoid any confusion that might arise, we’re going to draw some abundantly clear lines in the sand between the Newd Art Show (what director and co-founder Kate Bryan calls “a small, digestible art fair” that “aims to invigorate the fair model”) and something called Nude Weekend. To peak your interest, let’s just say only one of these events features a “human display case.”
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Watch Lane Moore Channel John Waters in the Video For ‘Philadelphia’

Moore rocking out. (Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

Moore rocking out. (Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

It turns out Lane Moore isn’t just the host of comedy show Tinder LIVE! and the sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.com — she’s also been a songwriter and musician since she was well under five feet tall. In 2009 (when she was a bit taller), she came up with the band name It Was Romance and then went on a hunt for the perfect bandmates. Together they’ve been creating music that Lane describes as “the Black Keys meets Fiona Apple meets 1960s girl groups, with some Yeah Yeah Yeahs in there.” If you’re curious to hear what that sounds like, check out the new video for the song “Philadelphia,” off the band’s self-titled debut album.
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Help This Visionary Bring Some Wacky Windsocks to Bushwick Open Studios


Throughout history, few human endeavors have managed to capture poetry in motion quite like the flailing neon limbs of the “dancing inflatable man.” Of course, there are the critics, ready to object, arguing against the integrity of these fine inflated forms, tarnished from years spent encouraging the sale of used cars. But, it’s precisely for that reason, contained within their mesmerizing dance – and their power to drive the multitudes into inadvisable purchases of “lemons” – that the true cosmic wonder of these magical tubes exist.
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The Shop Brings ‘Texas With a Twist’ Barbecue and Live Music to Bushwick

Outside The Shop.

Outside The Shop.

“I grew up doing a lot of country boy shit and I know how to do it well,” said Dan Lyle, chef and owner of The Shop Brooklyn, a barbecue joint that reopens in its new Bushwick location this weekend with a three-day blowout. Working summers at his aunt and uncle’s pig farm in Indiana and barbecuing throughout his childhood in St. Louis, Lyle knows “how to deal with fire” and brought in chefs to compliment his “Texas with a twist” barbecue.
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