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Forget Papal Canonizations, Here Are the Heroes and Heroines of the LES

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Sure, there’ll be some downtowners in the running at Monday’s James Beard Foundation Awards (Hearth, Christina Tosi, wd-50, David Chang). But they aren’t the only locals getting big upped: as part of Lower East Side History Month, some folks who are decidedly not celebrity chefs are getting some recognition.
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Look For Chris Rock in the East Village Tonight

Michael Che has a part in the film. (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Local fixture Michael Che has a part in the film. (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Chris Rock’s new film is shooting in the East Village tonight.

According to signs posted around the neighborhood, the “untitled Chris Rock movie,” produced by Scott Rudin and written and directed by Rock, is about “one-time stand-up Andre Allen, who has abandoned comedy — and the funny movies that make him famous — for more serious fare. But over the course of one day in New York, everything he thought he knew about his life gets overturned.”
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Rockaway Beach Surf Club Is Back, and Will Now Rock Southern Barbecue

Rockaway Taco is set to open tomorrow, and that isn’t the only great news coming out of the peninsula. Rockaway Beach Surf Club, the indoor-outdoor spot that hosted Tiki Disco’s last bash of the summer, is also back for the season (as the above trailer reveals) and will now offer food. The surf fiends who run the place have teamed up with the folks at Williamsburg restaurants Urban Rustic and Lodge to a launch Southern barbecue-inspired menu.
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Brooklyn Flea Returns to Williamsburg (With New Vendors!) This Sunday

White Star Vintage's booth. (Facebook)

White Star Vintage’s booth. (Facebook)

When Brooklyn Flea’s various markets returned for the outdoor season earlier this year, it wasn’t clear where and when its Williamsburg flea would reopen.

Now the Flea announces that, starting this weekend, it’ll be at 50 Kent every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new location on a city-owned lot, between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets, is just a few blocks north of the old one, where Smorgasburg is still located every Saturday.
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The Pieman at Roberta’s Scored a Car That Costs a Lot of Dough

Though he was a semifinalist, Carlo Mirarchi won’t be in the final running for a Beard Foundation Award when they’re doled out on Monday (Maison Premiere and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery ended up being the only North Brooklynites in the mix). But the esteemed chef-owner at Roberta’s and Blanca has something better coming his way: a new car!
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Tori Amos Fans Experienced ‘Bliss’ at Rough Trade Last Night

Tori Amos lifers lined up in front of Rough Trade in Williamsburg yesterday morning starting at 6 a.m. to be certain they’d have a chance of seeing the iconic songstress perform a rare in-store that night at 7 p.m. Wristbands to the show were being given out to those who pre-ordered Tori’s fourteenth release, Unrepentant Geraldines, which is due out on May 13.
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Tonight: Drink Up As Columbia and NYU Profs Drop Some Knowledge

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 2.09.12 PMIf you’ve ever snuck a flask into a college lecture, this may be the event for you.

For tonight’s first annual Raising The Bar, Columbia and NYU professors will be stationed at 50 bars around Manhattan and Brooklyn, delivering free lectures on topics ranging from “Understanding How North Koreans Think” to “The Rise of Geek Culture.” Seats are still available at the following nine talks; click here to view the full line-up and RSVP.
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At a 100th Birthday Reading of Sun Ra’s Lost Works, Space Was the Place

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

William S. Burroughs isn’t the only counterculture deity being feted with a centenial. The late Sun Ra would have been about a month shy of 100 years old, but his presence permeated St. Mark’s Church on Friday night.
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