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This Daily Show Writer Tried to Pack Cats and Fro-Yo Into a Marriage Proposal

Matt-KoffEarlier this week at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Daily Show writer Matt Koff told a very East Village engagement story involving fro-yo, cats, and a trip to Halloween Adventure. Koff was the third of five readers at “How I Learned Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the latest iteration of the monthly “How I Learned” storytelling series hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

In 2006, Koff moved to NYC and found himself a girlfriend on MySpace. Three years later, they were on the phone and she asked, “Why aren’t we engaged yet?” Koff started saving up his unemployment checks to buy a ring — he’d recently been laid off from a proofreading agency — but quickly discovered that it was a lost cause. Instead, with his mom’s help, he got a diamond from his grandmother’s ring and paid for a new setting.
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Watch The Pizza Underground at Brooklyn Bowl, Then See Their Variety Show at LPR

The Pizza Underground played Brooklyn Bowl this past Saturday and footage just hit Youtube, courtesy of Sixdust. Check it out above, and note the cameo by Kurt Cobain’d, singing Nirvana songs in the past tense. If you missed it, don’t worry: you can still catch The Pizza Underground Variety Show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in June.
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Watch the Oscars at One of These 13 Spots and You’ll Be Golden

1926908_10152255670215930_215930380_nAt last year’s Oscars, Seth MacFarlane hosted, Jennifer Lawrence tripped, and Ben Affleck called his marriage to Jennifer Garner “work.” Movie musicals and James Bond were celebrated, because nobody — except 40 million viewers — wants a short ceremony, and the producers had to bookend some very expensive commercial time.

This weekend, we found a smattering of places where you can share eye rolls (it’s the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and the theme of the night is “heroes”) or memorial toasts (Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis).
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Help the Philippines By Seeing Philip Glass or Karaoking With Beauty Queens

David Byrne isn’t the only downtown demigod trying to stem the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (that’s him above, at a benefit performance of “Here Lies Love,” last month). Le Poisson Rouge just announced that Philip Glass will play a benefit show there next Thursday. And it isn’t your only chance to help the Philippines.
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Hang On to Yourself, We’ve Got 30 Images From BowieBall

Last week Glenn Branca recalled meeting David Bowie: “He was a trip. He really felt like he needed to be the person you imagined him to be.” Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge, everyone felt they needed to be the Thin White Duke, or Ziggy Stardust, or any of Bowie’s countless other personas, because it was the annual BowieBall. Click through to see Amy Lombard’s shots of the action and get a glimpse of life on Mars.

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It’s John Zorn Month, So Just Go Ahead and Clear Your Calendar

Cancel all plans for the rest of the month if you’re a fan/worshipper of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn: you may have missed his 60th birthday jam at his East Village venue, The Stone (see above video for 30 seconds of him performing with Fred Frith), but worry not: a cavalcade of events will celebrate the pillar of the downtown music scene, starting with a week and a half of movies he curated for Anthology Film Archives.
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