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Literary Bad Boys Might Be Dead, But Bret Easton Ellis Nods to ‘Greenpoint Glamor’

Dagmara Dominczyk at Word -- Greenpoint glamor! (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Dagmara Dominczyk at Word — Greenpoint glamor! (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Sure, we’re making a big fuss about William S. Burroughs’s 100th, but in the Times Sunday Book ReviewJames Parker argues that the idea of the literary bad boy is “a legend only, a creature of folk memory,” and the media isn’t as interested in Norman Mailer types these days (even if Matthew Barney is). In an accompanying essay, Rivka Galchen points out that even Burroughs mocked the idea of the literary bad boy.
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Watch A Performance Artist Take ‘Fuck Me Gently With a Chainsaw’ Quite Literally

(Courtesy of Strange Loop)

(Courtesy of Tyler Ashley)

Soft porn, bedazzled power tools, and a clothing swap — Strange Loop Gallery will have it all this Saturday evening!

Performance artist Tyler Ashley is doing what he assures us will be a “very rigorous, boot camp”-style nude performance using sculptures he created with power tools. And if that doesn’t grab your attention, soft porn videos featuring Ashley with the tools will also play during the event.
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Daniel Delaney, Andrew Tarlow, Amanda Cohen and More Are Up For Beard Awards

Amanda Cohen (Courtesy of Dirt Candy)

Foodies’ll be in a tizzy today, as the James Beard Awards have announced their semifinalists. As per usj, downtown Manhattan restaurants are representing — and this year, North Brooklyn is, too! You’ll find many of the usual suspects in the list of nominees below, but you’ll also find fresh faces like Daniel Delaney of BrisketTown, Amanda Coen of Dirt Candy (who’s been a critic of the dude-centric awards in the past), Fredrik Berselius of Aska, Eli Sussman of Mile End, Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s, and Jennifer Yee of Lafayette. Here’s the list with NYC chefs and restaurants bolded and those from Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods linked — in case you want to maybe eat at a Beard contender before seeing an Oscar-nominated movie. Finalists will be named March 18 and the winners will claim their medals May 5.
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Meet Peter Pan’s Regulars; A Smoothie Made From American Apparel Shirts

Watch the above video and meet the regulars at Peter Pan Donut in Greenpoint. [via Eater]

And then meet the woman who makes all of Veselka‘s 100-gallon batches of borscht. [New Yorker]

A Bushwick pet store remains open even though its its owner was arrested for his alleged involvement in a cockfighting ring. [NY Daily News]
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Aim to See Steven Soderbergh’s School-Shooting Play and Guns: A Cabaret

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 5.49.16 PMGuns seem to be trending in New York theaters this spring. Yes, guns.

Steven Soderbergh may have retired from the world of filmmaking (after setting the LES back 100 years), but luckily that doesn’t seem to extend to the world of theater. Tickets are now  for the world premiere of the Soderbergh-directed The Library, which is set to run at The Public from March 27 to April 27 (use the code EARLY before March 25 to get your $15 discount – then use that extra cash to see a movie not directed by Soderbergh).
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We’re Wigging Out About Rob Pruitt’s Andy Warhol Sale

unnamedIf (like most living, breathing human beings) you’re a fan of Andy Warhol, set your homepage to Rob Pruitt’s eBay Store. The post-pop artist is commemorating the 27-year anniversary of the pop art founder’s death (on Feb. 22) by featuring various Warhol memorabilia on the Rob Pruitt Flea Market all week long (today’s item is an Esquire magazine from 1969 featuring Warhol drowning in a Campbell’s soup can on its cover). All items come from Pruitt’s personal stock of nicknacks and oddities.

Will John Waters finally be able to cross “Andy Warhol’s old prescription bottle for Obetrol diet pills” off of his wish list? Don’t let him down, Rob!

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The Bowery Riots Have One Eye On the Past, One Eye On Tonight’s Show at Cameo

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Justin Dean Thomas and TJ Rosenthal of The Bowery Riots

As one might infer from their name, which comes from marrying the 19th Century gang the Bowery Boys with the Astor Place Riot of 1849, The Bowery Riots are not your run-of-the-mill downtown New York indie band. Their garage-punk-meets-blues aesthetic (both sonically and visually) comes from a heartfelt respect for the New York bands of yore and the history of the neighborhood they still call home (that neighborhood is now called “Nolita”). And it certainly doesn’t hurt their street cred that Andy Rourke of The Smith produced their first EP.
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This Musician Pays Just $400 a Month For Her (Roach-Free!) Apartment On Wheels

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

In New York City, there are so many different kinds of apartments you can live in (doorman condos, cramped railroads, tiny studios, illegal lofts) and the same can be said about campers. Enter 33-year-old singer-songwriter and student Kate Devin, who, unlike any of our other Urban Campers, lives in a newish RV . . . that she finances!
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Nina Persson of The Cardigans Made a Solo Album (and a Wild 3-Year-Old) With Her Husband

(Photo: Tony Sjöman)

Persson at home in Harlem. (Photo: Tony Sjöman)

After 10 million albums sold and 20 years on stage with the Cardigans, Swedish-born Nina Persson is celebrating the release of her first ever solo album, Animal Heart, with a gig at Mercury Lounge this Wednesday. We visited Persson in her Harlem brownstone and spoke to her about collaborating with husband Nathan Larson, being compared to Stevie Nicks, and the art of going solo.
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