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This Theater Kid Has a Thing For Skulls, and So Does Hair Metal

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

In the two and a half years that Ariel Pellman has gone to Hair Metal in Greenpoint, she’s also gone through six hairstyles. See if you can follow along with just a few: When she first visited the six-seater salon, Ariel had some purple in her hair, “but it was mostly black,” she says. “We shaved the side and made that hot pink, so I had purple and pink. Then, we did the same and bleached the tips and did teal on the bottom. And then we shaved it again and did teal with a black skull on the side.” More →

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Vice’s Shane Smith: ‘Will We Eventually Be Old and Shitty? Yes.’

Previewing season two of HBO’s Vice to an audience of NYU students last night, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith admitted there was a time when “we were concerned about rare denim, cocaine and super models — we weren’t the nicest people.” Of course, times have changed. The HBO show was nominated for an Emmy (“a bunch of dirtbags from Brooklyn finally make good,” Smith said last year) and the Williamburg-based media empire launched Vice News this week.
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Nightwood Is Leaving Williamsburg, Sharktooth Is Moving In

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

While it seems like every business on the planet is trying to lock up a lease in Williamsburg, Nightwood is walking away from theirs. At the end of the month, the furniture and textile shop will relocate from 111 Grand Street to a commercial building in Clinton Hill. It’ll be replaced by Sharktooth, a purveyor of vintage rugs and bedding that’s upgrading to the larger storefront from its address on Atlantic Avenue.
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One Word For the Observer Editor Who Thinks Brooklyn Is ‘Over’: Junglepussy

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After deriding “Brooklyn’s Overhyped, Undercooked Restaurant Scene,” the New York Observer has now gone ahead and declared that “Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.” Oh, snap! And here we thought its greatest work was Leaves of Grass.
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Trade Your Baubles For Fine Art at Cynthia Daignault’s Barter Shelf

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Do you have any small and valuable objects? A beloved rubber ducky? The first love letter you ever received? A condom that’s been in your wallet since the late ’90s? If you answered “yes,” you may be qualified to participate in Brooklyn-based artist Cynthia Daignault’s Das Tauschregal (The Barter Shelf).
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Do Your Apartment Ace Hotel-Style at Rough Luxe, a New Home Design Shop

Feltraiger isn’t the only retro-minded store that’s recently relocated to Williamsburg. After a little over a year in Dumbo, Thomas Buczkowski, a veteran of Brooklyn Flea, closed Rough Hewn in October and has now opened a new home design store, Rough Luxe, on Broadway.
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This Year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival: David Byrne, a Laser Show, a Street Party and More

After dropping an oral history of the East Village’s Pyramid Club earlier this week, the Red Bull Music Academy has now announced the line up for this year’s month-long RBMA festival, coming in May. Among the 15 events are a party at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a laser show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a record fair at Brooklyn Flea, a Panda Bear show at Warsaw, and a street party honoring Paradise Garage.
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Lawrence Levine On Making Wild Canaries With His Wife, Sophia Takal

wild canaries stillLawrence Levine and Sophia Takal have gotten a lot of great attention for previous works like Green, directed by Takal, and Gabi On The Roof In July, directed by Levine. The married couple’s latest effort, Wild Canaries — directed by Levine, produced by Takal, and featuring both of them as actors — is about a Brooklyn couple who suspects foul play when a neighbor drops dead in her rent-controlled apartment. It premieres at SXSW this Saturday. Levine is originally from New Jersey but went to high school in the Bronx. We caught up with him by phone and talked about growing into wider resources, such as a cast including Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, Jason Ritter, and Greenpoint fixture Kevin Corrigan.
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