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Big Snow Is Closed and Owner Yoni David Is Recovering From a Shooting

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Sad news: on Saturday morning, Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tweeted that it was “closed for good.” The venue’s co-owner Yoni David now tells Bedford + Bowery that he was “caught in the line of fire” of a shooting outside the venue.
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This Week: Animation Block Party, Drug Lords and Ryan Gosling’s Abs

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Last year’s Animation Block Party. (Photo: Flickr)

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Animation Block Party. The animated-film festival kicks off Thursday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, Hooray for Earth, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, and animations by Nickelodeon, Pixar and the Cartoon Network. This year’s edition features a screening of  ‘90s cult hit “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” a day of children’s cartoons, a night of graphic design and music videos, and a tenth anniversary party at BAM with ping pong, a photo booth, a DJ, food, booze and carnival games.

Here are the festival screenings we’re reel psyched about, and other films on our to-see list.
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Hear Luke Temple’s New One, and the Tale of Jen Turner Leaving Here We Go Magic

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Shortly after touring the Nigel Godrich-produced album A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic front man Luke Temple spent the winter working on his forthcoming solo record, Good Mood Fool. The album’s first single, “Katie,” is being released today (we’ve got your first listen below) and combines Temple’s classic falsetto vocals with R&B-inspired dance beats.
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For the Folks Who Light Up the Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, It’s Christmas in July

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The Feast (Photo: Eric Ohrt)

Tonight, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will come to an end as the 72-foot, four-ton “giglio” is hoisted and returned to its shrine on N. 8th Street.

The rides will spin to a halt and the lights will come down.
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Shows, Yo: Odd Future Plays a Birthday Party, Smith Westerns Remember the 90s

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On Saturday, Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future will headline Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg’s second annual birthday concert, in Williamsburg Park. The prolific agitators have come a long way since the days of uploading dozens of mixtapes to their Tumblr. With the acclaim and sales that accompanied the April release of ringleader Tyler, the Creator’s second album, Wolf, and the hotly anticipated, long-awaited debut of Earl Sweatshirt dropping later this summer, Odd Future have stormed the castle walls of mainstream critical and commercial rap success and reshaped it, ever so slightly, in their image.
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It’s Not Every Day The Culture Whore Invites You to a Satanic Smokeout

The Culture Whore is celebrating its first anniversary with another one of its ragers at Secret Project Robot tomorrow, and this one is Satan themed. Which is more or less what you’d expect from the Tumblr whose logo features two skeletons “getting slutty for the arts.”
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Sigmund’s Reopens Tonight With Beer and a Menu That Goes Way Beyond Pretzels

Pretzel fondue, anyone? It’ll be on the menu when Sigmund’s Pretzels reopens after three months of renovations tonight.

The pretzel shop is now more of a proper dinner destination, having scrapped its former pretzel-centric menu and added beer. You can still get pretzels with dipping sauce or in bun form, on a slider or sandwich. But some of the standout dishes on the menu (below) don’t even feature pretzels. The chilled cucumber-and-spinach soup with sorrel and avocado should serve as a nice alternative to that reigning champion of heat-wave coping mechanisms, gazpacho. And there’s also a kale salad with pistachios, apples and crème fraiche.
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