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Naked Girls Gave This Man an Award and Will Read From His Book Tonight

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

It’s hard out there for a first-time novelist, but this one’s naked ambition paid off. Bradley Spinelli recently snagged the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors for Killing Williamsburg, and tonight naked girls will read from his noir novel about a rash of mysterious deaths in early-aughts Billyburg. It’s not Questlove performing a “suicide set” but we’re sure Spinelli will take it.
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Watch Sacco Play ‘Carnival Ghost’ and Talk About Their Tour With Cults

John Fredericks and Andy Breihan aren’t anarchists, but that didn’t stop them from naming their band after Sacco & Vanzetti (Fredericks encountered the name while enrolled in an art history course). The friends have known each other since 1990, when they were preschoolers in San Diego. They formed their first band in high school and, more recently, contributed to the band Guards before forming their own band, Sacco, with drummer Chris Trombley. They just completed a fall tour with Brooklyn’s Cults.

We met up with two thirds of Sacco at Breihan’s apartment in the McKibbin lofts in Bushwick. Enjoy the stripped down version of “Carnival Ghost” before Nashville’s Sensibility releases their self-titled debut album March 4.

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LPC Approves Domino Conversion; Check L Train Times From Your Phone

Jerry's Newstand, Astor Place

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Landmarks Preservation Committee approved plans to convert the landmarked portion of the Domino Sugar factory into office space with a four-story glass addition on the roof and a three-story addition on the back side. [Brownstoner]

In case you missed our update yesterday, police have arrested Fermin Flores, a 32-year-old Washington Heights resident, in the rape of an East Village woman early Monday morning.

A new app lets you check L train arrival times on your phone. [Brokelyn]
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Do You Know More About The Pixies Than the Shitty Pixies Do?

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Ezra Selove, Jesse Ministero, Evan Flath, Lisha Nadkarni of The Shitty Pixies (photo: Frank Grecco)

An instrumental factor in the success of any cover band (aside from their ability to actually sound like the artists they’re emulating) is their name, and no cover band name is quite as spectacular as The Shitty Pixies. As a bonus, they’re not even shitty! The product of a Pixies obsession shared between friends Evan Flath and Ezra Selove (who take the roles of Shitty Black Francis and Shitty Joey Santiago, respectively), the group is rounded out with Lisha Nadkarni as Shitty Kim Deal and Jesse Ministero as Shitty David Lovering.
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Michael Ian Cummings of SKATERS Loves Pizza, and Has the Tattoo to Prove It

Welcome to the first installment of Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

This week’s tattoo lives on all three members of beloved New York-based band SKATERS. It depicts two things we are very fond of: laid-back vibes and pizza! We asked SKATERS’ frontman Michael Ian Cummings, an East Village fixture, for some background:

It’s always funny to me how much people respond to this tattoo. I only did it because the rest of the band was getting them. Not trying to prove I like pizza more than you or anything (but I probably do). Lele from 8BallZines gave them to us while we were trying to finish the last song on the record at Electric Lady Studios. It was more distracting than I thought, but no problemo man.

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Jerry’s Newsstand Reopens; Tenement Museum Expands; Domino Refinery Gets Artsy

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope/Flickr)

With a little help from Mayor de Blasio, Jerry Delakas is back at his Astor Place newsstand after the Department of Consumer of affairs dropped his fines from $37,000 to $9,000. [NY1, NY Times]

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved an $8 million expansion of the Tenement Museum, two doors down from its current location. [Crain’s]

Kara Walker will create an art installation inside of the Domino Sugar refinery in May. [Gothamist]
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This Week: Activist Nuns, a Music-Video Battle and ’70s Performance Artists

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

In conjunction with the Whitney Museum’s Rituals of Rented Island, Anthology Film Archives is presenting Further Rituals of Rented Island. During the 1970s performance art flourished in what performance artist/filmmaker Jack Smith dubbed “Rented Island” — better known as downtown Manhattan. Artists took to working in unconventional spaces like lofts, storefronts and even Anthology way back when it was in SoHo. They created new forms of art and expression while posing the question, who needs commercial art?
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