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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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Unlocking the Truth’s Guitarist Sustained a Monkey-Bar Injury, But Shredded Anyway

After getting a shoutout from Questlove and being called “the most brutal sixth grade metal band ever, ever, ever, ever” by Noisey, Unlocking the Truth has seen their preteen profile rise over the summer.

So anticipation was high when the 11- and 12-year-olds hit Cameo Gallery last night to unlock their crushing fusion of metal and hardcore, highlighted by thick heavy metal riffs, assaultive hardcore drums, and brutally epic breakdowns.
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Watch a Creepy Clown Reenact Rand Paul’s 13-Hour Filibuster (Yep, All of It)

When Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours against the nomination of CIA director John Brennan and Wendy Davis railed for more than 11 hours against HB2, they weren’t clowning around.

Not so much with Rachel Mason. The artist and musician has turned Paul’s epic filibuster into political theater, as it were, by dressing up as one of her signature characters, FutureClown, and reenacting the 13-hour stand in a video now on view at Envoy Enterprises. And she’s not done yet: on Wednesday, FutureClown will perform a surprise filibuster from history in the basement of the Lower East Side gallery.
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SKATERS Celebrated Their Record Deal With Drugs, Karaoke, and a $2,000 Dinner

rsz_skatersWhen SKATERS headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight with special guests Drowners and The Denzels, it’ll be the biggest hometown show they’ve headlined to date.

Michael Ian Cummings, Noah Rubin, and Joshua Hubbard joined forces to start the band in the fall of 2011. After their EP, Schemers, received an impressive 10,000 downloads, the trio signed to Warner Bros. and has since released a 7-inch featuring tracks “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” and “Armed.”
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Vice Photography and Painters on LSD: The Weekend in Art

artwork by Daniel Allegrucci

artwork by Daniel Allegrucci

No plans tonight? Galleries are having openings by the dozen this evening in all our neighborhoods. We’re most intrigued by the Vice Photo Show at Culture Fix on the Lower East Side, where all the shots from Vice’s 2013 photo issue, including female nudes photographed by Greenpoint frequenter Kim Gordon and a terrifying set of photos starring Real Life Barbie posing with cockroaches, will be on display all week starting tonight. Maybe pass if you’re squeamish and/or see more than enough roaches in your daily life already, but read on for the best art openings tonight and this weekend.
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Sexy vs. Sexton: Padma Shows Up to Support Lawsuit Against NYU 2031

As expected, Padma Lakshmi was among those who packed into a courtroom today to hear arguments against NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan. This was the first public hearing in a battle for the soul of the neighborhood that has become almost as heated as the hellish temperatures outside Manhattan State Supreme.
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When Skal Opens, the Nordic Invasion Shall Be Complete

Skal is coming along nicely, wouldn't you say? (Photo: Anna Silman)

Skal is coming along nicely, wouldn’t you say? (Photo: Anna Silman)

First Aska, then Torst, then Luksus, and now… Skal.

Few details have been released about the Nordic restaurant opening at 37 Canal Street. But as you can see from our photo, the revamp of the former Les Enfants Terribles space is well underway. Owner Olibjorn Stephensen, who’s been mum so far, is holding an open call this afternoon for “waiters with experience in New York City,” so it’s safe to say he’s amping up for a big opening sometime soon.
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