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Secret Project Robot Is Closing But 'Not Giving Up,' Co-Founder Says

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The secret is out: beloved Bushwick art/party space Secret Project Robot, which has featured tons of art and hosted dozens of good shows and parties, will be closing its doors at the end of the summer. Although the news was posted just a week and a half ago, co-director Rachel Nelson doesn’t seem too broken up about it.
“The thing is we just can’t afford to stay there,” Nelson said. “That’s it.”
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Celebrate Pride Week With These LGBTQ Comedy Shows

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

This week, New York City hosts its Pride Week and celebrates the LGBTQ community with events, parties and, of course, the annual pride parade. Celebrating this community seems especially important in the light of the tragic mass shooting at gay Orlando nightclub Pulse. At the same time, after any national tragedy, it’s important to at least occasionally laugh—that way you can be momentarily distracted from the depths of despair and hopelessness. Luckily, there are ways to do both. So, in honor of NYC Pride Week—and to take your mind off how much the world sucks—here are the best LGBTQ-centric comedy shows happening next week.
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Countdown Clock Tells Land Owner It's Time to Sell Bushwick Inlet Park Land to City

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Elected officials and neighborhood activists brought the contest over the long-promised Bushwick Inlet Park to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront this morning when they publicly posted their ultimatum notice for the developer hanging onto the would-be parkland.
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DV8 Film Festival Calls for Lo-Fi Feeds and Shooting with Speed

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

Looking back, do you miss the days before everyone had a camera in their pocket? The days when getting your hands on the family camcorders felt so special that they could suddenly turn you into a mini-Scorsese? If you love the idea of movies made with less polish and more graininess, then DV8 Film Festival might just have a movie or two for you. 
Now in its second year, DV8 began when Rebecca Shapass and Gabriela Granada, two NYU film students decided they were sick of being told there was a correct way to make films. “When you go to film school, you’re taught that movies have to be made a certain way,” Shapass said. “We want to do something else.”
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Unlocking the Truth About the Teen Metal Band’s New Album & Documentary

(Photo: Courtesy of Falco Ink)

(Photo: Courtesy of Falco Ink)

Since first gaining internet stardom as a precocious metal trio, Brooklyn’s Unlocking the Truth has gone through seemingly every loop on the rollercoaster ride of fame. They’ve gone from playing for change outside the subway to booking major festivals; they’ve recorded and now re-recorded their debut album; and, most of all, they’ve dealt with miles upon miles of corporate red tape.

Now, after months of delays, the band’s first full-length album, Chaos, is finally coming out this Friday through indie music distributor Tunecore. (Watch the video for “Take Control” below.) Plus, Breaking a Monster, the documentary by Luke Meyer that we caught at SXSW, is set to premiere later this month. (There’ll be a preview screening at Museum of the Moving Image on June 21, followed by a performance by the band.)  More →

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There’ll Be a Vigil for the Orlando Shooting Victims Tonight at Stonewall Inn

Last June, Stonewall was the site of a celebration for the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide gay marriage. (Photo: Talya Galasko)

Last June, Stonewall was the site of a celebration for the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide gay marriage. (Photo: Talya Galasko)

There will be a formal vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall Inn for the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando at the gay nightclub Pulse. Speakers including governor Andrew Cuomo and mayor Bill De Blasio as well as leaders and activists from the LGBTQ community will address mourners and “call on Congress to stop standing in the way of reasonable gun control laws.”

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Find a Strange Card on the Street? Could Be a ‘King Bozo’

Tim Platt (Photo: John Ambrosio)

Tim Platt (Photo: John Ambrosio)

In a booth at a coffee shop on Bowery, artist Tim Platt hunches over a small piece of cardstock and tries to figure out how to turn a collection of near-random shapes and lines he’s made into a finished drawing.

“Oh, I’m going to destroy this one,” he finally decides. Platt, 28, dashes a thick red line over the drawing and, in the corner, writes You’ve failed me by agreeing to look at this. “Yup, I’d give this one a C minus at best.”

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Bedford Ave.’s Spoonbill & Sugartown Expands, Books It to East Williamsburg

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Spoonbill & Sugartown owners Miles Bellamy (Left) and Jonas Kyle (Right). (Photo: John Ambrosio)

After more than 16 years in Williamsburg, bookseller Spoonbill & Sugartown is opening a second store in not-so-distant East Williamsburg. The new location, in the front half of the Montrose Avenue storefront currently used as the bookstore’s warehouse and office space, will be open Friday through Sunday, starting today.

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Hillary Clinton Holding (Victory?) Rally in Brooklyn During Tomorrow’s California Primary

via Wikimedia Commons

via Wikimedia Commons

With a solid lead and only a few contests left before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month, Hillary Clinton is this close to having the primaries all sewn up. Tomorrow night’s California primary could be the end of a long, drawn-out race that has brought us Bill Clinton and the Wailers, Bernie muppets, and many a Rosario cameo. In preparation for that very important moment/fulfillment of political destiny, Clinton will be holding a rally in Brooklyn that promises to be the most anxiety-ridden event in all the five boroughs. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—the same spot where Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in April—and is scheduled to last until about 10:30 p.m.: about 30 minutes before the California polls close.

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Bushwick Artists, Get In on This Group Portrait of the ‘Very Magical’ Art Scene

(Photo: via Wikipedia)

(Photo by Art Kane – courtesy Art Kane Archive.)

A riddle: how do you get all the artists in Bushwick in the same place at the same time? Tell them that everyone is going to be there. 

In anticipation of the Bushwick Open Studios, the neighborhood arts festival happening this year in October, photographer Meryl Meisler is trying to get a group photo of every artist who calls the artistically vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood home. To do so, Meisler and writer James Panero, who is curating the project, have put out a call for any artist who is planning on being involved in BOS this October to meet tomorrow at 11 a.m. outside Stout Projects on Meadow Street.

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