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At Sundance, Appropriate Behavior Lovingly Skewers Park Slope and Bushwick

On its face, writer-director-filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s first film, Appropriate Behavior, is about common lesbian experiences: the struggle to come out, tussles with identity, and what happens when a relationship fails as a result. But as the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, the audience response happened just as often around the film’s examination of person as of place.
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Want to Go Dogsledding and Gondola Tripping With Some Indie Bands?

Last week Coachella announced its 2014 lineup; yesterday, Governor’s Ball did the same. It’s January and we’re only a few days out from single-digit temperatures, but the summer festival season already seems upon us. With it comes a live music experience that eschews such luxuries as sound quality, intimacy and sight lines so that bros can fist pump hundreds of yards from where Muse are playing. Sometimes it’s fun. But sometimes a smaller, more intimate experience is even better.
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Ring in the New Year With Some ’60s Persian Funk at This Expat Cafe

There’s no Little Iran in New York, but since opening in April of last year, Greenwich Village’s Cafe Nadery has become a social hub for Iranians and non-Iranian alike. Case in point: on New Year’s Eve, Mitra Sumara, one of the bands that played the Yellow Dogs tribute at Brooklyn Bowl, will belt out ’60s funk classics from pre-revolutionary Iran. A ticket gets you some of the “New Persian” dishes New York magazine praised in its review, and a couple of glasses of Prosecco.

If you’ve already got New Year’s plans, don’t worry: the West 8th Street cafe, named after one of the first in Tehran, is always hosting backgammon tournaments, concerts, and art exhibits. Watch our video for a taste of one of Mitra Sumara’s recent performances.

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Someone Who Hates NYU and/or Loves Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Almost $10K For an Acting Lesson With Him

The new South Village Historic District.

The new South Village Historic District. (Map: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

While the St. Mark’s Bookshop has extended its auction to Dec. 22, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s fundraising auction is now over, and someone has paid a whopping $9,950 for an hour-and-a-half-long acting lesson with Philip Seymour Hoffman. For that kind of dough, you presumably have the right to request a sex scene (sorry for that image).
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See and Be Seen, and See Some Zines, at the 8-Ball Fair This Weekend

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

Lele Saveri is a busy, mustacheoed man: he helped open MuddGuts in November, just extended The Newsstand’s run into January and this Sunday he’ll put on the fourth installment of the 8-Ball Zine Fair.
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Is This French Rapper With a Louis Vuitton Head Tattoo the World’s Most Ridiculous Man?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Can we talk about Swagg Man for a momo?

Don’t worry, we didn’t know who Swagg Man was either until we saw a blinged-out mofo with a Louis Vuitton head tattoo dining with an entourage at Han Joo on St. Marks Place. After sneaking the photo you see here, we googled “Louis Vuitton head tattoo” and found out he’s a Paris-based Brazilian-Tunisian rapper who claims to be a millionaire, rides a Lambo and a Bentley, wears Versace but spells it Versacey, and has “Every Day Is My Birthday” etched across his forehead.
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Here’s Sarah Silverman On Kanye West, Rape Jokes, Her HBO Pilot, and the Word ‘Retarded’

Sarah Silverman (Todd Barry’s onetime housemate in the East Village) was at the 92nd Street Y last night, so we sucked it up and headed uptown to see her chat with Andy Borowitz of the New Yorker. Twas an elucidating convo in which she revealed some of her embarrassing high school jokes (“I don’t know why my fish died, I put it in a tank… top”) and shouted out her favorite comedians, including Kyle Dunnigan, who she’s dating, and Claudia Lonow, who it turns out gave her one of her signature jokes: “I was licking jelly off of my boyfriend’s penis and I thought, oh my God, I’m turning into my mother.”

We’ve transcribed the highlights of the conversation below, and you can watch the whole thing above.
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If You Like Puppets, You’ll Love This (And No, We’re Not Stringing You Along)

Not all puppets sit around downing booze and pills; some aspire to art and activism! And this month, you’ll have a few opportunities to hang with those high-minded puppets.

First, tonight, Anthology Film Archives plays tribute to Bread & Puppet Theater on the occasion of the troupe’s 50th anniversary. Fittingly enough, the company was based out of Anthology’s building on Second Avenue back in the ’60s, when its 20-foot-tall papier-mâché puppets, masked actors, and brass band music were fixtures at anti-war protests. Tonight at 7:30, the troupe’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, along with past and present members, will present live performances as well as films and recently unearthed footage featuring the B&P.
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This Spanish Spot Is Serving 100 Types of Mini Sandos (And Orange Cola Sangria!)

We didn’t think Bleecker Street could get any more authentically Spanish than that place that serves chips and salsa before your meal, but on Monday, it shall! Last night we got a sneak peak at the first NYC location of 100 Montaditos, a Spanish fast-casual chain that has 270 restaurants around Europe, Mexico and Colombia. (By sneak peak, we mean we were plied with free mugs of sangria and mini sandwiches.)
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Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga Teamed Up For an ArtRave at the Navy Yard

While you were sleeping last night, Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons were throwing an “artRave” involving an eight-foot-tall sculpture of naked Gaga modeled after the cover of her new album ARTPOP. Boats were involved, people were excited.

We left midtown and headed down the East River to an undisclosed location later revealed to be the Brooklyn Navy Yards. By the time we docked (and filed out at an excruciating pace) we were steeped in complimentary cider and gender-indifferent eyeliner.
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