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Former Teacher Confesses to Punking Her Students In New Sketch Show

I hate to say it, but I can sort of imagine Natasha Vaynblat, when she was Ms. Vaynblat, coming off at first as the teacher who could be walked all over. She’s nice, cute, and says things like “oh my gosh” with complete sincerity, but her unassuming nature belies her comic demeanor. During her four years as a teacher (she left the job in 2013, for comedy), Natasha loved to prank her students. In “United Federation of Teachers,” her first one-woman show at UCB Chelsea, the audience gets to see both her victories over troublemakers and her hilarious miscalculations, all of which remind me of the myriad reasons why I’ll never willingly put myself in charge of children. B+B spoke with her over the phone about her experiences and her new show.

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John Waters Exhibit Draws Gasps From Unsuspecting Chelsea Tourists

(Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York,  © John Waters)

(Photo: Beverly Hills John, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, © John Waters)

When I stopped by the Marianne Boesky Gallery on an exceedingly chilly Saturday afternoon, just one day after the opening of John Waters’ Beverly Hills John exhibition– the raunchy filmmaker’s been featured in a number of solo shows across the country since 2000– the place was packed with an awkward mix of tourists and people who seemed to be in the know. One woman snapped a photo of a sculpture depicting a mini-living room, a memorial dedicated to the late Mike Kelley, an artists who continues to be an inspiration to Waters. In a speech given at UCLA, Waters dubbed Kelley a “terrorist and a hero.”
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Bushwick Photographer Captures Williamsburg’s ‘Major Transformation’

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Louis Mallo)

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Luis Mallo)

Luis Mallo was searching for an apartment in Williamsburg with his then-girlfriend, Ana, in 1994, when a woman in her 70s sitting outside a building caught his eye. “She was this older, Polish lady sitting in front of a door. I thought, ‘Should I ask? What are the odds?’ I said to her, ‘My girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment. Do you know of anything available?’ She looked me up and down, paused for a minute, and said, ‘Come with me.’”
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CBGB’s Walls, Cash Register, and Phone Booth Revived For New YouTube Space

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photos: Angelo Fabara)

When YouTube opened one of its public production facilities in Los Angeles, the head of the project cited CBGBs as the sort of community hub they were trying to create. “We like to say the new Debbie Harry will meet the next Ramones here and a great partnership will be born,” he told FT. Now a fourth YouTube Space has opened in New York with elements of the actual CBGB in place.
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Antiques Garage (the Brooklyn Flea of Its Day) Will Close Next Week

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

Thirfters, here’s some sad news from the west side: after 20 years in Chelsea, The Antiques Garage sends word that next weekend will be its last. The parking garage at 112 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, is being redeveloped into a hotel tower, and the venerable flea, which has been on a month-to-month lease since 2011, has announced that its finals days will be June 28 and 29.
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Larry Clark’s “they thought i were but i aren’t anymore…”

Earlier this year Larry Clark practically gave away hundreds of his snapshots and then celebrated his birthday with many rounds of free beer. But this is the main event: on Saturday, Luhring Augustine launches an exhibition of his work from 1961 to the present, starting with his earliest portrait (taken with a camera he borrowed from his mom) and also including his more recent sculptures and paintings.
More: Hey, Kids! Larry Clark and Harmony Korine Are Showing Their Work

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Larry Clark’s “they thought i were but i aren’t anymore…”

Earlier this year Larry Clark practically gave away hundreds of his snapshots and then celebrated his birthday with many rounds of free beer. But this is the main event: on Saturday, Luhring Augustine launches an exhibition of his work from 1961 to the present, starting with his earliest portrait (taken with a camera he borrowed from his mom) and also including his more recent sculptures and paintings.
More: Hey, Kids! Larry Clark and Harmony Korine Are Showing Their Work