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Week in Film: Board Game Masterpieces and Narcos Galore

Yes, there are better things playing right now than Mission Impossible number… whatever. Ethan Hunt is the hero to end them all, perhaps, but why make yourself feel any dumber this week than you need to? There’s plenty of time for Tom Cruisin’ (that movie’s got at least a billion more dollars to make back before Scientology’s satisfied), so get tootin’ on some of these other films instead.

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Prepare Your Ears for Physical Copy, Coz Yonatan Gat’s Ready for the Next One

Yonatan Gat at home in his studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yonatan Gat at home in his studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Before meeting the guy, I envisioned Yonatan Gat as some latter-day guitar god, a reincarnation of that tradition of males whose sole purpose in life is to descend from the heavens (or in this case, Israel) at the permanent age of 27 to spend a brief but divine moment here on Earth, shredding away. I wasn’t alone– Yonatan Gat has been dubbed a “composer,” referred to as a “world music-inspired maestro,” and compared to Jimi Hendrix. It seems that whoever’s looking at him perceives Gat as rock-idol progeny. So when I found myself walking up to an actual castle in Brooklyn Heights, my suspicions seemed all but confirmed.

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Sorry, This Warped, Retro-Futuristic Apple Store Doesn’t Sell the New iPhone

While the rest of the world anticipates next week’s unveiling of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s or whatever and prepares to line up all over again, we made a run to an altogether sadder, creepier Apple Store — one that is to the real thing what Banksy’s Dismaland is to Disneyland.

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Abdul Abdullah Spent Two Hours With Airport Security to Bring You This Show

Abdul Abdullah at CHASM in Bushwick (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Abdul Abdullah at CHASM in Bushwick (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Looking at Abdul Abdullah‘s work alone might not give you every hint necessary to guess immediately where the 29-year-old artist is from. And seeing him in the flesh, t-shirt and jeans, ordering a beer at bar in Greenpoint, gives you even fewer clues to go on. That’s because in the post-9/11 world, Muslims in countries across the world have had to deal with widespread prejudice, demonization, and deeply confused depictions of their religion and culture, experiences that Abdullah confronts head-on in his paintings and photographs. Turns out Abdullah’s from Australia, but his new solo show, Coming to Terms, is a reminder that the problem of Islamophobia is unfortunately still as potent as ever almost everywhere.

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The Yin Yangs Premiere ’21st Century,’ from Their New Tape Taste

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

It’s been a big summer for the Yin Yangs, the Brooklyn garage-psych-punk outfit you’ve most likely seen at any number of DIY venues around town. Right before they took off on a Southern tour, the trio played Gigawatts Fest back in July alongside their up-and-coming peers, some of the best rock bands in the city right now (Heaven’s Gate, Surfbort, Vulture Shit, Future Punx, etc.). And in September they’re dropping a new tape, Taste, their first true release since unleashing their digital demos in 2013. Lucky for you we got our grubby paws on “21st Century,” and are premiering the brand new track right here, right now for your listening pleasure.

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Penelope Gazin Draws Monstrous Broads and Alien Goddesses as If She Were ‘Living in a Cave’

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

We’re guessing the world would look a whole lot different if bad ass women like Penelope Gazin had been well-represented in animation and comics from the start. But Gazin has her hand in so many projects, it’s almost as if she’s single-handedly trying to make up for lost time. Her paintings, drawings, and animations have a unique staying power, and will almost certainly end up plastered all over the walls of your skull if you spend some time with them. Gazin’s sassy, hilarious, and sometimes twisted images of alien babes and monster princesses don’t depart amicably.

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At Girls at Night On the Internet, No ‘Old White Dudes Who Are Totally Out of Touch’

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

If Girls at Night on the Internet is a pool full of multicolored Jell-O, then the digi-only gallery known as Art Baby, founded by 26-year-old artist and curator Grace Miceli, is the diving board. “Being a girl at night on the internet is where I personally found the confidence to share my work and to create this really supportive community of artists,” explained Miceli, who also curated this show. “For me, it’s an identity and a space I wanted to celebrate. Being a girl at night on the internet is where I met all these artists and, in a very basic way, it’s just a description of where this all comes from. And this show has just been partially about bringing this world that already exists to a broader audience.”

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Drone Performance With ‘Sexy Undertones’ at First Person View

“All the drones were dead and gone by the end,” my friend laughed, filling me in on the last hour of opening night at First Person View, the Knockdown Center’s drone-centric art exhibition. The show lifted off last weekend after months of planning; unfortunately/fortunately, my friend’s account of all the mayhem I’d missed by leaving early wasn’t 100 percent accurate. “The show will go on!” Vanessa Thill, who co-curated the show, assured us. “Crashing is all part of the fun.”

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Five Years After Interpol, Carlos D Tells Us Where He’s Been Hiding

Carlos D, former bassist of Interpol is now Carlos Dengler, actor (Photo: Craig Johnson)

Carlos D, former bassist of Interpol is now Carlos Dengler, actor – here in his one-man show, “Homo Sapiens Interruptus” (Photo: Craig Johnston)

Carlos D, former bass player of Interpol, was an integral part of the band — and was once described as its “most infamous” member. As a founder of the heavily bass-driven post-punk outfit that dominated the indie rock scene of the early aughts, his seemingly sudden departure in 2010 after issuing four solid albums, and realizing fame and success beyond what he could have ever imagined, was shocking for many fans. Not only did Carlos D quit the band, he disappeared from the downtown scene he inhabited altogether.

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