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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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We Went Uptown For the First Time in Two Years, to Preview the Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial, which opens to the public this Friday, attempts for the 77th time to offer a snapshot of contemporary art in America while simultaneously acknowledging that this is just not humanly possible – particularly in the confines of one brutal uptown structure. The Whitney brought in three external curators to take on this impossible task, giving each their own floor to fill with sculpture, paintings, video, performance, printed matter and big, plush penises (note: only one floor actually includes big plush penises).
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Domino Development Gets CPC Approval; the Girls Bus Tour You Knew Was Coming

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

As expected, the new plan for the Domino Sugar factory site won the approval of the City Planning Commission and will now be voted on by the City Council. [NY Daily News]

The deal proves one thing: “the de Blasio administration cares a lot about affordable housing, less about how high the towers grow, and not at all about the minutiae of design.” [Daily Intel]

Yes, it’s finally happening (maybe): a Girls bus tour. HBO is said to be in discussions with the tour company that did the Sex and the City school. The tour would visit locations that “aren’t exactly glamorous” but are “authentic.” [NY Daily News]
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An ‘Arabian French Bistro’ Opens On Avenue A Tonight

photo: Frank Linkoff

Photo: Frank Linkoff

If the East Village didn’t already have enough restaurants which marry two seemingly disparate cultures, tonight it can add “Arabian French Bistro” Au Za’atar to the list. Located at 12th and A (in the space that previously housed Table 12), the restaurant’s menu certainly leans towards Arabian: there’s a range of traditional mezze (hummus, falafel, lamb tartare with scallion and mint) as well as grilled kebabs, various lamb dishes, and Tunisian cous cous served vegetarian or with lamb, merguez or chicken.
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Ian Vanek of Japanther: ‘If You Want to Say Fuck Williamsburg, You Better Not Be Talkin Bout the Southside’

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

Japanther, an art and rock n’ roll project established in 2001 by Pratt students Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly, might just be obsessed with phone booths. In the “Phone Booth” project, presented at Alanna Heiss’s now defunct Clocktower Gallery, the artists served farm-to-table meals in exchange for stories told by their guests. A 1970s phone booth was re-configured to record when the phone was taken off the hook and, later, played stories back to an audience of one.
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Buyer of Chinatown Fish, Beware!

Fish Market

(Photo: vpickering’s Flickr)

No, it doesn’t all come from the East River.

But there’s been an outbreak of a rare bacterial skin infection caused by handling live or raw fish sold in the city’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens Chinatown markets, the city’s health department announced today.
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