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Downtown Manhattan Is Getting Another Beach – With Shuffleboard!

unnamedIf you’re planning to head to any of the Seaport Music Fesival shows, here’s extra incentive to make the short trip from the Lower East Side to the Seaport: the Alliance for Downtown New York is launching a “Game On!” festival that will bring a slew of programming to the East River waterfront. As part of the fest, which runs from June 26 through Labor Day, they’re bringing in several tons of sand and creating a beach where you can sit in lounge chairs and play shuffleboard (which should spare you the trek to Smorgasburg’s new shuffleboard courts at Jones Beach).
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Spend the Night With Ray From Girls

Rogo-final v2The last couple of times we saw actor and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky out and about (at the premieres for Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood and Michael Tully’s Ping-Pong Summer) we decided against approaching him (one of those times, a couple of Girls fans had already annoyed him enough by asking him to pose for a selfie). So we’re glad that Scott Rogowsky, last seen ambushing apartment hunters with the help of Gilbert Gottfried and Andrew WK, plans to engage in the sort of witty banter we surely would have had with the guy who plays Ray.
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The Knockdown Center Is Gearing Up For Maspeth World of Wheels

(Photo courtesy of Knockdown Center)

(Photo courtesy of Knockdown Center)

The hilarious video teaser for Maspeth World of Wheels left us with more questions than answers, so we got in touch with the organizers to ask them what, exactly, to expect from the deranged-looking car show. They were nice enough to send us some preview pics. Michael Merck, artistic director of the Knockdown, told us how this display of “100 carcentricties” came to be: before Hurricane Sandy kiboshed their plans, artists Grayson Cox and Pete Watts were planning to park some cars at a local McDonald’s and turn them into mini galleries on wheels (think Empire Drive-In, but with art instead of movies). More →

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Reel Psyched: Marquis de Sade, Dutch Horror, and a Double Dose of Franco

Stop pretending you like the World Cup, fill your flask with Jack Daniels, and get thee to your local cinema. There’s plenty going on in the next week that’s worth a gander.

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Roman Polanski’s latest film is an adaptation of an adaptation– de Sade via David Ives– featuring his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner (who is a serious babe at 47) as Vanda.
Friday, June 20 thru Thursday, June 26 at IFC Center323 Avenue of the Americas; $14.
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This Free Outdoor Music Fest Will Turn La Plaza Cultural Into a Sound Garden

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Photo: Courtesy La Plaza Cultural

Last May, Vic Murdaca moved from Melbourne to New York with nothing but a suitcase and a reference. The musician picked up some shifts at the now shuttered Sunburnt Cow, and now he’s truly weaving himself into the fabric of Alphabet City, by organizing a concert series in La Plaza Cultural community garden.
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The Internet Is a Scary Place, Even For Net Artist Giselle Zatonyl

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Giselle Zatonyl at TRANSFER.

“I don’t spend too much time on the Internet, because it just makes me anxious to have two separate lives,” explained Giselle Zatonyl, whose immersive net art installation, Discrete Systems, is now showing at East Williamsburg’s TRANSFER gallery.

For a net artist, Zatonyl is surprisingly resistant to the rules that govern the Internet. “I have so much social network anxiety, and it stems from this rigidity, which no one ever discusses,” she says. “I’m really into more fluid ideas.” Which is why her work brings gallery-goers face-to-face with a blissful and arguably more poetic vision of the Internet.
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Antiques Garage (the Brooklyn Flea of Its Day) Will Close Next Week

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

Thirfters, here’s some sad news from the west side: after 20 years in Chelsea, The Antiques Garage sends word that next weekend will be its last. The parking garage at 112 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, is being redeveloped into a hotel tower, and the venerable flea, which has been on a month-to-month lease since 2011, has announced that its finals days will be June 28 and 29.
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