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Is the International Center of Photography Coming to Essex Crossing?

Site 6, where Think Coffee and 100% senior housing will be located, Dattner Architects

Site 6, where Think Coffee and 100% senior housing will be located, Dattner Architects

Nearly a year after the Andy Warhol Museum announced that it would not be part of Essex Crossing as planned, we’ve been wondering what other cultural institutions might plant their flag in the major new development rising out of ten sites around Delancey Street. Last night, at the project’s first public meeting of the year, an answer may have come out.

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Hey You: Don’t Miss These Chances to Lap Up Some Lasers and Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s legendary guitarist, David Gilmour, is playing some shows at Radio City Music Hall (April 10) and Madison Square Garden (April 11, 12), but let’s face it, those accursed ticket scalpers have made your attendance about as likely as pigs on the wing. Who knows, maybe he’ll dedicate “Wish You Were Here” to all the fans who couldn’t afford to buy a ticket. But hey, who needs to watch Gilmour be ever so careful with that axe– his mind-bending music will be way more affordable at these upcoming trip-out sessions.

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Has Shaggy From the Scooby Gang Moved to Williamsburg?

(Photo: DC Comics)

(Photo: DC Comics)

Today, DC Comics announced it would be giving beloved Hanna-Barbera characters a fresh makeover and modernizing classic characters such as the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, and, of course, the hardy Scooby gang. Apparently, this also means turning mellow icon and Scooby-BFF Shaggy into a full-blown hipster, complete with sleeve tattoos, a trendy messenger bag, and a handlebar moustache proud enough to make any artisanal vegan-latte pop-up owner cry with envy.

When the gang’s new look hit the Internet, the Twittersphere seemed certain that Shaggy had taken up residence in Brooklyn.
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Week in Film: Nicolas Cage, Hallucinating Cop; Soviet Synthesizer Nerd Fest

(Flyer via the Silent Barn)

(Flyer via the Silent Barn)

Audio Visuals
Sunday, Jan. 31, 3 pm to 7 pm at the Silent Barn: $5 suggested donation

Hey! It’s a combined live music/screening event at the Silent Barn in honor of the release of Kung Fu Crimewave‘s new music video for their very topical song, “Winter Squall.” The band is fluent in so-called “regressive rock,” or what sounds to us like a mix of weird-punk and psych– there’s a crush of instruments going on here but not in an annoying Arcade Fire way. But instead of having a traditional something-release show, the Kung Fu kids have brought together a bunch of local filmmakers (who have either dabbled in or are steeped in music videos) to share their work. There’s even a Q+A after the screenings, so if you’re curious about how they get stuff done, well here’s your opportunity to hear it straight from the horsies’ mouths.

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Jimmy Fallon Serenaded Mission Chinese With ‘Frosty the Snowman’

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Last night, Mission Chinese’s dining room was suddenly interrupted by an impromptu serenade of cheesy Christmas carols and Beatles renditions.

Who was behind this earnest outburst of “Frosty the Snowman” and “Hey Jude?” We peeked over the ledge of the hidden downstairs room and found Jimmy Fallon and crew surrounded by a private feast. (With our eagle eyes, we think it could’ve included green-tea noodles, fried rice and super spicy ma-po tofu?)

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Backstage at a Fest That’s ‘Experimenting With the Idea of Experimental Theater’

Last week, we gave you the heads up about Exponential Festival, a cavalcade of local productions that are “all experimental and strange in nature, but in a way that’s experimenting with the idea of experimental theater,” according to founder Theresa Buchheister. With the fest continuing through Sunday, we checked in to see how it’s going. Watch our video for a taste of the shows at The Brick, Cloud City, The Silent Barn and The Bushwick Starr.

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Catch East Village Royalty (Iggy Pop, Philip Glass) at These Regal Venues

Two members of East Village royalty, Philip Glass and Iggy Pop, have upcoming gigs at venues that befit their majesty. Iggy, whose throne is in Miami these days, just released the first and second songs off of Post Pop Depression, his recently announced album with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (out March 18). The supergroup (also made up of members of The Dead Weather and Arctic Monkeys) announced tour dates today. The NYC stop, on April 12, will be at the United Palace Theatre, the gilded, grandiose former movie palace in Washington Heights. (The onetime Loews “wonder theater” was a sister of the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, and is bigger and possibly even more jaw-dropping than its lavish sibling.) Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., with presales starting Thursday.

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Performance Picks: Salon, Salon …Macaulay Culkin?

This week is a week of variety… shows, that is. Plop down at a show featuring way more than just one performance. Take it all in.

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(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

A Ride On the Irish Cream

Continues through February 6 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. More info here

Full disclosure: I’m performing in this show. But even if I wasn’t, I would still be telling everyone to see it. Erin Markey (who we saw perform at the St. Marks Is Dead party a few months ago) and a team full of champions has created a deeply personal ode to relationships and childhood full of strange but plentiful humor, bright-eyed wonder, and honestly some of the best live music I have heard in a piece of theater in a long time. Unlike some of those bland poppy posers billing themselves as rock musicals up in midtown, this show is the real deal.

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A ‘Quite Unorthodox’ Artists Residency Puts Bushwick into Global Perspective

 Piril Gunduz (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Piril Gunduz (Photo: Nicole Disser)

I had a hard time believing I was in the right place, what with shattered glass scattered everywhere and the absence of a sign. I’ve been to a few galleries in my day, but none that looked like a party house from the outside. I was just about to turn around when a woman with neon yellow streaks in her dark hair, swung open the old door and invited me into the dark-red brick building’s castle-like space. Piril Gunduz– the founder of this Bushwick art space, The Hollows– apologized for the broken window downstairs. “What happened?” I wondered. She shrugged. Strange, but it was actually broken windows at a brand new development next door that inspired Piril to curate an ongoing program called Bushwick in Time.

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Pass a Tortilla Factory and Enter a Phantasmagoria of Art

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, "Breathless" (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, “Breathless” (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Rice paper aerobics exercises, blotchy watercolor eeriness, and vast colorful landscapes all intermingle in a dance of shapes and shades in Phantasmagoria, an exhibit of works on paper that opened this past Friday at Bushwick’s IDIO Gallery, curated by Gillian Zinser and IDIO’s director Montana Simone.

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