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Watch Bowery Slam Poets ‘Going to War’ in ‘Don’t Be Nice’ Doc

When an octopus gets too stressed out, it eats itself,” begins poet Ashley August in Don’t Be Nice, the feature documentary debut from filmmaker Max Powers. At this moment in the film, August is performing a poem about the (gendered, racialized) expectation that she be less intense, in direct address to the camera. “When you see me with my literal foot in my actual mouth, you can call that dramatic.” More →

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Amid the Funnel Cakes, San Gennaro Not So Sweet For Some in Little Italy

Samir Ghosh’s gift shop, as (un)seen from the street. (Photo: Kai Burkhardt)

As much as many New Yorkers love the annual San Gennaro feast for its endless amounts of sausage and peppers, meatballs and just about anything that can be deep fried, it’s a huge dolore al collo for some local businesses. Last year, a whopping 945,000 pounds of trash were collected over the 11-day feast, according to Mort Berkowitz, who runs the festival. And the pizza-stained plates and discarded piña colada cups are just the start of the headaches. More →

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Love Letter to a Dive: Cherry Tavern and the Gentrification of Drinking

(Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev for NY Mag)

The door to Cherry Tavern on 6th Street doesn’t close. If someone forgets to pull it tight behind them, a long reach fashioned from a decommissioned pool cue that sits behind the bar is put to use, allowing the door to be shut from the keep’s station. This happenstance solutioning seems to encapsulate everything about the Cherry. It sits just slightly ajar from everything else around it, and there doesn’t appear to be any plans to close the gap. More →

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Performance Picks: Drag Competition Finale and a Journey Through the West Village

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(image via The Nobodies / Facebook)

The Mx. Nobody Pageant Grand Finale
Thursday, September 12 at Brooklyn Bazaar, 7 pm: FREE

You may have heard of The Mx. Nobody Pageant before (it’s certainly appeared in past editions of this listing), or maybe you’ve even witnessed a round or two. For the uninformed, it’s a drag competition helmed by The Nobodies collective. Sure, there are a lot of drag competitions out there—and not just the kind on TV—but Mx. Nobody takes extra care to be inclusive to all genders and styles of drag, which means it’s going to get weird in the best way. Tonight is the finale of the competition, where finalists Shella Malaprop, Sue Baroux, Brenda, Angelique, and Richard DiCocko face off against each other as well as “wild cards” Glitter Baby, Uncle Freak, Iodine Quartz, and Alyse DaBeast. Plus, it’s free.

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Clothing Brand Everlane is Ever-Expanding With Williamsburg Store

(photo: Guillermo Cano)

Clothing store Everlane understands how to expand. What started as a website offering a single type of sustainably-made t-shirt and a disinterest in brick-and-mortar retail has become a big, buzzy operation consisting of a robust online shop and three storefronts in New York and Los Angeles. But come Thursday, those three stores will become four with the opening of Everlane’s latest physical shop on Williamsburg’s North 6th Street.

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Saying Goodbye to The Glove, a DIY Space Sent From Heaven Above

Grendel’s Mother (Photos by Alex Wexelman)

Now that it’s no longer an active venue, I can tell you the address of The Glove. The only problem is I never knew the address to begin with. It wasn’t listed online for safety reasons; I just knew it by its nondescript entrance, a gray metal door covered in graffiti, located somewhere on Lexington off of Bushwick’s Broadway.  More →

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Hidden in a Brooklyn Couple’s Home, a Literal Karaoke Den

(Photo courtesy of Lion’s Roar)

Late on a Friday afternoon, right before things were sure to get busy, Zaida Soler-Williams and Roberto Williams welcomed me into their East Williamsburg apartment, which is also their place of business. The living space is furnished simply, with a couch, house plants, and a few black leather lounge chairs; less expected are the large speakers tucked in seemingly every corner, the dominant screen along one wall, and the disco lighting everywhere, illuminating even the countertops in phosphorescent blue. “We go all out,” Roberto told me. “We’re not the type to do things halfway.” More →

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Cinema Secret: At IFC, Peepholes Let Passersby Watch Movies in Miniature

Thousands of people walk by them everyday, oblivious to their existence. But you’ll notice them if you’re looking. At eye height, two peepholes covered by sliding metal shutters allow passersby to watch one of the movies playing at IFC Center in Greenwich Village. The two holes look into an actual theater on the ground floor, allowing the peeper to surreptitiously observe the activity taking place inside. More →