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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Won’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

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Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg, 10pm
Here comes Pat! A lot of them, actually. Attendees are to dress as their favorite pat, whether it’s Pat Sajak or Patti Smith. The pat-sibilities are endless. Union Pool has the music down pat, as well: B+B favorite and DFA artist Lauren Flax of CREEP will be DJing with JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre, Andy Pry of Tiki Disco, and Amber Valentine.

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Want a Fecund Weekend? Consult Our Calendar!

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 7.04.49 PM Yep, the new season of BoJack Horseman hit Netflix today, but that is not a reason to plunk down in front of the tv and spend your weekend day-drinking in a bathrobe. BoJack is to be watched, not emulated. Instead, have a look at our newly relaunched events calendar, located on the top right of this screen, and also (in expanded form) right here. This weekend, there’s a devil’s masquerade, a summer market, some free shows, a film-and-music mashup, some beach bashes, and sooo many more reasons to get out and about. Check back often, because we’ll be tossing more events in there regularly.

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Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwick Open Studios

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Another Bushwick Open Studios has come and gone. In order to make sense of it all (though, let’s face it, there was no making sense of the above) we took some photos and talked to some artists whose work we dug. Click through our slideshow, below, to see this year’s highlights and lowlifes.
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Photos, Video: Ferguson Protesters Again Flooded the Streets (and Highways, and Bridges)

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A day after protesters blocked the Manhattan and Triborough Bridges, demonstrators once again took to the streets — this time in far greater numbers — to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson.
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Guess Who’ll Be Looking For a Girlfriend at the B+B Bazaar On Saturday

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You’ve seen him on flyers around town — now come see Dan Perino in person! He’ll be Looking for a Girlfriend this Saturday. In Dan’s words, this is not a joke. Starting at noon, the legendary lamppost lothario will be posted up at our booth during the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, speed-dating anyone who’s open to the possibility of a relationship morphing into something more profound. You know who you are.

To get the conversation flowing, we’ll have free beer from Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts (Torst will be selling exotic brews all day). And Greenpoint’s new apothecary, Botica & Co., will be serving up its medicinal Aphrodisiac Cocktail, featuring its alchemical “love elixir.” Get there early to sign up for a date with Dan — he’ll be there till 2 p.m. when Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) hits the decks.
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Saturday: Free Beer, Amazing Eats, Rad Shopping + DJs From LCD Soundsystem

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Brooklyn Brewery giveaway at 2pm, Nancy Whang at 2:30, and Museum of Love at 4.

Strap on the party hat: it’s time again for the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, our outdoor extravaganza of food, shopping and muzak. This Saturday, Oct. 25, we’re once again bringing our fave-most North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan restaurants, makers, and vendors to the Hester Street Fair in the LES. To make it a party, there’ll be free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Plus beats by Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) as well as Museum of Love, the deliriously danceable DFA Records outfit featuring Pat Mahoney (also of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). (The Juan Maclean’s new album dropped last month and MoL’s new video, off of their just-released self-titled album, is up today.)

In addition to the free Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts, Tørst will be pouring bitching beers by Evil Twin Brewing and serving duck sandwiches, plus there’ll be Carolina whole-hog BBQ from Arrogant Swine, good pho-king Vietnamese food from Bún-Ker, southern grub from Empire BiscuitKorean-American fried bird from Seoul Chicken, classic NYC dogs from Papaya King, Malay and Indonesian fare from Pasar Malam, Icelandic lamb stew from Skál, Japanese rice burgers (yep, rice burgers) from Yonekichi, and still more grub from Vendy Award winners Zha and Khao Man Gai NY. And more!

Good eats are just the start of it: Papercut Press is bringing indie books, Creeps Annual is hawking zines, iMakr is showing off 3D-printed toys, and there’ll be used vinyl from The Punk Guy as well as new vinyl from Greenpoint indie label Captured Tracks. To help you nail that Halloween outfit, Catland will add a pinch of occult weirdness, and there’ll be tons of vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing, crafts, home wares and art from vendors like Etsy NYFair Folks & a Goat and many, many more.

We’ve got more surprises in store (Update: like the return of Billy Leroy’s famed antiques and oddities tent and speed-dating with the “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy), so save the date and stay tuned to @bedbow for some exciting updates.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hester Street Fair at Hester and Essex; take the J, M, Z to Delancey or F to East Broadway.

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LIVE: Editors From Vice News, Buzzfeed and Mashable Talk Global Journalism

As promised, we’re coming to you live from 20 Cooper Square with a panel discussion that asks: “What in the world are Buzzfeed, Mashable, and VICE News up to as they expand their international coverage?” Tune in at 6:30 p.m. as Amy O’Leary of the New York Times innovation team speaks to Jason Mojica (Editor in Chief of VICE News, center), Louise Roug (Global News Editor at Mashable, left) and Miriam Elder (Foreign Editor at Buzzfeed, right).

If you’re unable to join us live, the talk will be archived here later.

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Local Ukrainians Talk Sanctions, Ceasefire, and NATO Aid That May Not Do Enough

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Protest attendee dons a Ukrainian flag at Sunday’s gathering. (Photo: Jasmine Lee)

Iryna Vitkovska says NATO’s involvement in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia will not bring peace to her country. “They should have looked at it a long time ago, and not just waking up right now when it’s too late,” said the 27-year-old bartender of the Sly Fox. The bar is located on the ground floor of the Ukrainian National Home in the East Village, next to a sidewalk memorial for Ukrainians who’ve died in ongoing clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
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