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Downtown Artist Dan Colen Buried a Couple of Semis in a Greenwich, CT Lawn

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen, the downtown artist best known for his charming antics with Ryan McGinley and the late Dash Snow, opened a solo show, Help!, at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Conn. yesterday. The pristine green lawns (with oversized pillows and blankets for, you know, lounging), decadent buffet (the burrata was delicious) and endless champagne were a far cry from Colen’s debauched legacy.
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Lee Ranaldo Is Working On the Scorsese-Jagger HBO Pilot About ’70s NYC

Somewhere in Oslo, by Lee Ranaldo. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Somewhere in Oslo, by Lee Ranaldo. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Okay, so that phonebook carving of Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t the only highlight of last night’s Select Fair preview: over at Kingston-based One Mile Gallery’s booth — wedged between a model made by the amazing Mark Hogencamp of Marwencol and some paintings created by a dog — we got to chat with Lee Ranaldo about his art, also on display.
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Rockaway Beach Surf Club Is Back, and Will Now Rock Southern Barbecue

Rockaway Taco is set to open tomorrow, and that isn’t the only great news coming out of the peninsula. Rockaway Beach Surf Club, the indoor-outdoor spot that hosted Tiki Disco’s last bash of the summer, is also back for the season (as the above trailer reveals) and will now offer food. The surf fiends who run the place have teamed up with the folks at Williamsburg restaurants Urban Rustic and Lodge to a launch Southern barbecue-inspired menu.
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Liza Dye Is Out of the Hospital and Doing Stand-Up About Getting Hit By a Train

Comedian Liza Dye, who earlier this month told us about getting hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station in mid-February, was released from Bellevue Hospital on Friday, having undergone nine surgeries since the incident. As promised, she quickly scheduled her first post-accident stand-up (“sit-down”) appearance.
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The Lost Lectures Found Their Way to NYC, With Dev Hynes, Amanda Lepore and More

Not only did New York get its first taste of the Hump! Film Festival, but on Friday it was introduced to The Lost Lectures. If you haven’t been to installments of the series in London and Berlin, it’s a show-and-tell conducted by a handful of irreverent types at an address that’s only announced to ticketholders a day or two in advance.
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Hear Steve Buscemi Do William S. Burroughs’s Talking Asshole Routine

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Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

Turns out, Steve Buscemi does a mean William S. Burroughs. Or so we discovered at Project Issue Room last night when the actor reenacted some of the author’s readings, lectures and interviews alongside avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp.
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There Was Cosplay, Cat Comics, and a Gigantic Charlie Brown at MoCCA Fest

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This past weekend, MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) teamed up with the Society of Illustrators at the 69th Regiment Armory for the 12th annual MoCCA Fest — a convention with artist booths and panel discussions celebrating the work of both amateur and established comic artists alike.
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Is Adam Parker Smith Going to Bring It to the Brooklyn Artists Ball? Butt Of Course!

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As in previous years, the Brooklyn Museum has handpicked a stellar group of Brooklyn-based artists to create site-specific installations for the Brooklyn Artists Ball, which takes place at the museum April 16. The 17 artists were tasked with creating an “immersive, multi-sensory table environment,” or, as they are more casually described, centerpieces.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta’s Project

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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