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Generationalpictomusicapolis

Check out Generationalpictomusicapolis, a one-off art and music event happening Friday in Coney Island at the newly renovated Surf Pavilion. So you’ve definitely heard of No Age, the noise rock duo that’s quelled their propensity for racket in lieu of some buttered-up, sun-drenched burners that are perfect for a lazy day at the beach. Their last full-length dropped more than a full year ago, but just for this tour they’ve put together some unreleased instrumentals and three new demos on, wait for it, a brilliantly titled CD-RBarely Mixed, No Master. They’ll be joined by Devin Gary & Ross (easy listening psych) and the Portland-based weirdos of Sun Foot
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Checking Out the Coney Art Walls As They Near Completion

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While Bushwick Collective has been hogging all the attention lately (even from local cops), a series of equally impressive murals have been going up these past few weeks in Coney Island, where the New York art world’s prodigal son Jeffrey Deitch has called on some big names to paint a couple dozen walls dotting a concrete lot shared with Coney Smorgasburg.
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Coney Island’s Lola Star Is Popping Up On Bedford Avenue

10003899_829471410450449_3266900928848418975_nAfter skating into Park Slope with a pop-up version of her Coney Island roller rink, one of Coney’s most beloved vendors is popping up in the heart of Williamburg.

Lola Star’s Wonderland Holiday Gift Boutique is expected to soft-open Saturday, in the long vacant former home of Tasti D-Lite.
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What Mat Fraser Is About to Do On American Horror Story ‘Has Never Been Done’ Before

Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal, Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. (Michele K. Short/FX)

Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal, Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. (Michele K. Short/FX)

If you saw American Horror Story’s Halloween episode, you’re familiar with Mat Fraser, whose character said he was “tired of being called ‘seal boy.’” But Coney Island sideshow habitués are already fans of the performance stylings of Mat “Seal Boy” Fraser. Fraser has phocomelia — his mother was prescribed thalidomide while she was pregnant —resulting in foreshortened arms and no thumbs. A drummer, actor, and performance artist, he regularly hosts burlesque shows around the city, and when he’s not performing in London or shooting AHS in New Orleans, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, the endearingly disturbing downtown darling Julie Atlas Muz.
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Gravity

OK, so we know this is hardly in our ‘hood, but the promise of going to space via Coney Island (gratis!) just proved too great a temptation. Hang out in a deep space disaster zone with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, while director Alfonso Cuaron keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Calling All Bicycle Fetishists, Car Crazies, and Subway Nostalgics

Listen up, transportation nation! The next few months are going to be a trip, no matter what your preferred mode of hitting the road. 

Maspeth World of Wheels
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
The above video teaser alone is worth the price of admission ($5) to this auto show curated by artists including Grayson Cox, Elizabeth Ferry, Jeff Degolier and Michael Merck, who was last seen producing the Knockdown Center’s flea marketAmong the “100 carcentricities” promised are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting the “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Coney Island Laser Show

Far out, dude! Laser spectaculars are hard to come by in NYC. This homegrown one isn’t as polished as the ones you saw in the planetariums of your youth (though you do get free laser glasses), but the live pre-show entertainment, at 10 p.m. in the Freak Bar, includes rock/disco DJs, and a “psychedelic sideshow” featuring “freaks, geeks and wild women,” Plus, you get a free bumper car ride at El Dorado with advance tix.
July 12: The Beatles
Aug 9: Grateful Dead
Sept 13: Pink Floyd, Best of Echoes

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Coney Island Laser Show

Far out, dude! Laser spectaculars are hard to come by in NYC. This homegrown one isn’t as polished as the ones you saw in the planetariums of your youth (though you do get free laser glasses), but the live pre-show entertainment, at 10 p.m. in the Freak Bar, includes rock/disco DJs, and a “psychedelic sideshow” featuring “freaks, geeks and wild women,” Plus, you get a free bumper car ride at El Dorado with advance tix.
July 12: The Beatles
Aug 9: Grateful Dead
Sept 13: Pink Floyd, Best of Echoes