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NY1’s Roger Clark Is In a Band, and Pat Kiernan Is One of His Groupies

Courtesy of the band

Courtesy of Perp Walk

While reporting from remote locations for NY1, Roger Clark has sung Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and shredded on the air guitar for a solid minute of live television. For the past decade, viewers of his feature stories have come to know Clark as a loveable dork with rock star reveries. But he really does have a bit of musical street cred. Clark and co-worker Bunny Hirsch play monthly gigs as Perp Walk, a drum/bass duo with songs like “Tranny Man” and “Stench In My Kitchen.” They’re jamming tonight at Hank’s Saloon and then again in March at The Way Station, as part of a Lou Reed tribute.
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Alleged East Village Rapist Pleads Not Guilty; Cabin in a Bushwick Loft

Skaters Under the Manhattan Bridge (Film) (I)

(Photo: Joey Ahram)

The hunt for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealers led cops to a Mott Street apartment where they busted four people after finding a “mother lode” of heroin, per the . According to an online heroin review site cited by Brooklyn Paper, Ace of Spades — the dealer of which police are still searching for — could be found on the streets of Williamsburg as recently as last month.

A San Loco employee who’s accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment says she gave him permission to follow her home and the sex was consensual. [NY Post]

More about House of Yes’s plans to reopen — with a full-fledged bar and restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]
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A ‘Not Wimpy’ Vegetarian Spot Is Popping Up, With Plans to Settle Down

photo-41Those of you who eat exclusively “vegetable-based” food may have already heard of Young’s, the veggie enthusiasts best known for their stand at the Hester Street Fair. On March 6 and 7, the meatless masters will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Old Bowery Station in which guests can enjoy four courses of vegetarian fare with the option of beer or cocktail pairings. “All our food is made with alcohol in mind. That’s how we really win people over,” says chef and co-founder Jessica Young.
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Another Warhol Superstar Has Died; Would-Be Cop Killer Gets Convicted

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(Photo: beau-dog)

First Taylor Mead and now this: Rene Ricard, the East Village “poet, painter, art critic, scene-maker, ex-Andy Warhol super-star, subject of one of Allen’s most penetrating portraits,” has died of cancer at 67. Among other things, he’s credited for propelling Basquiat to fame. [Allen Ginsberg Project, Gallerist]

Luis Martinez has been convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a police officer on the Lower East Side. He had claimed it was self-defense. [NBC 4]

Todd P has responded to grumblings that he put the 285 Kent space up on Craigslist: “People seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn’t be made ‘legal’ and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Here’s an Early Look at the New Museum’s Fantastic Pawel Althamer Exhibit

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

Polish artist Paweł Althamer — whose sculptural figures of himself, friends, family, and neighbors pull off the neat trick of being simultaneously friendly and slightly disturbing — has a big exhibition coming up at the New Museum later this month. “The Neighbors” will fill the museum’s three main gallery floors, and all the promo photos we’ve seen indicate this will be a must-go. So what a great surprise last night when we popped in for the New Museum’s weekly pay-what-you-want hours (for another look at the spaceship) and learned that they’ve opened up an entire floor’s worth of Althamer’s works some two weeks in advance of the official start date.
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Crown Heights Is the ‘New Williamsburg,’ East New York Is the ‘Next Bushwick’

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Is East New York the “next Bushwick”? [Untapped Cities]

And is Crown Heights the “new Williamsburg”? [Curbed]

The owners of the Jarmulowsky Bank building have decided to restore its dome as they convert it into a hotel managed by Ace. [The Lo-Down]
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Last Chance to Worship Dead Celebrities at This Freaky Pop-Up Reliquary

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

The celebrity cemetery on Broome Street has no headstones, graves or flowers. Through Sunday, the Whitebox Art Center will display 51 portraits from British painter Robert Priseman’s “FAME” series, depicting stars who “died prematurely from suicide or as a result of a self-destructive lifestyle.”
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Help Make This Documentary About Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Spiritual Wife’ a Reality

While we honor the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs and mourn the loss of Amiri Baraka, one of their old colleagues, Anne Waldman, will be celebrated in an forthcoming documentary. But the filmmaker needs some help to make it happen.
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How Yoga Is Done in Bushwick: With Live Drone Music By the Guy From Woodsman

Woodsman (Photo by Laura Bartczak, courtesy of Fire Talk records)

Woodsman (Photo by Laura Bartczak, courtesy of Fire Talk records)

Tonight Woodsman will play a midnight set at Mercury Lounge, the Lower East Side venue that accommodates up to 250. But on a given week the band’s guitarist, Mark Demolar, can be found tapping his effects pedals in a mellower, more intimate setting — for 10 vinyasa yoga students in Bushwick.
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