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How Kate Bolick Got Off the Conveyor Belt and Embraced Spinsterism

(Photo: Willy Somma)

(Photo: Willy Somma)

In 2011, Kate Bolick touched off a heated debate with her confessional Atlantic article “All the Single Ladies,” which described her experience breaking up with her “loyal, kind” boyfriend of three years, assuming someone new would come along, only to find herself still unattached at 39 and dealing with the stigma and fears that come with singledom. Her first book, Spinster, tells the story of what happened when she embraced being single. It interweaves her personal life with historical context brought to life by five single ladies who were reveling in their independence long before Beyonce wrote the anthem.
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Shows: Music to Deliver Us From Rain and Visits From Beyond the Grave

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Bushwick Open Studios speedily approacheth, which means we’re gonna get a massive shot in the vein of a whole lot of art and party and free beer, but mostly party — let’s be real. We’re guessing that means you won’t have time over the weekend to catch any shows, but that doesn’t mean they’re letting up. So, you should probably make time. And what better way to poo poo this meddlesome rain aside than getting to your local venue and enjoying this twisted thing called life?
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Aska Chef Opening a New One; ‘The Wolfpack’ Screens

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Nearly 500 studios will open their doors for Bushwick Open Studios this weekend. Here’s one preview. [Bushwick Daily] And another. [Hyperallergic] Chef Fredrik Berselius, a former Michelin star-winner for Aska in Brooklyn, signed a lease for a new space at 47 S. 5th Street in Williamsburg. [NY Times] Lower East Side vintage clothing shop Narnia, which has occupied Rivington Street for 13 years, will merge with its Williamsburg location on the other side of the bridge. [Bowery Boogie] More →

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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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Kevin Smith On Losing 80 Pounds and Getting Called Out By Courtney Love

(Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

(Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

It’s funny that Mallrats will be one of Nitehawk’s first outdoor films of the summer, because we just saw Kevin Smith at Vulture Festival, where he and Jason Mewes did a live taping of their Jay & Silent Bob Get Old podcast.
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Pols Toured the East Village Explosion Area and Sought Wisdom From Zoltar

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

A little over two months after the Second Avenue gas explosion, local politicians and a small group of community members toured the still-smarting small businesses around the blast site.
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And the First Two Films of Nitehawk’s Summer Series Will Be…

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Nitehawk Cinema just announced that its summer outdoor screening series, in collaboration with BuzzFeed, will kick off with Billy Madison and Mallrats. That’s right: come July, you’ll be able to sit under those silvery stars and reminisce about those younger years when you were hot for teacher like manchild Billy Madison, or when you sought refuge in the mall after being dumped, like Brodie Bruce and TS Quint.
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Awkwafina Shares Her NYC Subway Horror Stories

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“Shout outs to the drunk white girls,” exclaimed Awkwafina, gesturing toward a giggling gaggle gathered Thursday night at McNally Jackson Books in Soho. At this month’s installment of the Real Characters storytelling/reading series, the rapper turned New York City tour guide read a couple excerpts from her recently published Awkwafina’s NYC and shared some experiences from a hard-bitten life of riding the rails.
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Watch John Waters Give a Commencement Address


Last week, when we saw John Waters at Powerhouse Arena, the “People’s Pervert” mentioned he’d be giving a commencement address at the Rhode Island School of Design. He wasn’t kidding. Saturday, the man who left NYU after he was thrown out of his dorm for smoking pot told RISD’s Class of 2015, “Who would’ve ever thought a top college like RISD would invite a filth elder like myself to set an example to its students?” Watch the video to hear Waters dispense advice like the following.
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