Monday, April 30, 2012

Park Slope Leads in Internet Extramarital Affairs

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:47 PM

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More Park Slope residents subscribe to a website that promotes extramarital sex than do those from any other neighborhood in Brooklyn, the New York Post reports. AshleyMadison.com, a dating website for married people, has more than 500,000 members in the New York metropolitan area, and Park Slope has the second highest percentage of them in the region. (Great Neck, Long Island was first; more than three percent of its adult population subscribes to the site!) "There seems to be a disproportionate amount of cheating spouses in affluent areas and neighborhoods in New York," AshleyMadison's CEO told the paper. "In the New York area in particular, with successful people there may be more cheating going on because the more opportunity you’re given—and that’s the reason you see athletes, celebrities and politicians involved in affairs—the more other people thrust themselves at you.”

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NYPD Slammed By Lawsuits Today, Occupy Protests Tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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Two lawsuits have landed in the laps of the NYPD today, slamming the department for its handling of Occupy protests over the past eight months. Four City Council members, along with journalists, a local Democratic Party official and OWS activists, have filed a 143-page civil rights lawsuit highlighting issues such as excessive force, obstruction of constitutional rights and access to public spaces. Another specifically addresses the problem of barricades—five plaintiffs are filing what lawyers are asking to be labeled as class action suit, stemming from the NYPD's use of barricades surrounding protesters, journalists and tourists outside a fund-raiser for President Obama at the Sheraton Hotel in November of last year. Both arrive a day before Occupy's largest planned proceedings of 2012, a sure signal to the police that whatever happens will be noted—carefully.

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Meet Brooklyn's Newest Distillery

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

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This Saturday, Red Hook's Van Brunt Stillhouse had its opening shindig, featuring Six Point beers (they don't have a tasting room license yet, so they couldn't pour their products), a pig roast, and the music of Tift Merritt. The Stillhouse will eventually be producing a whiskey, grappa, rum, and aged rum. The first case of rum—called Due North—hit the shelves at Dry Dock this weekend, and will soon be available at Astor Wines as well. It's also being poured at local Red Hook spots like The Good Fork, Bait and Tackle, and Fort Defiance. Apparently we are all suffering from artisanal Brooklyn fatigue these days, but this operation isn't exactly a still in someone's studio apartment bathtub.

You can see pictures of their beautiful copper still below. I did manage to get a little sample of the Due North rum, and it's no joke—a good sipping rum made with fair-trade sugar can harvested on small family farms in the Himalayan foothills. I'm telling you, this shit is ARTISANAL. Though they aren't open to the public quite yet, they're working on getting the paperwork in order to open a tasting room in the near future. Yet another reason to scam free bus fare to Red Hook out of those IKEA buses.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to the Pulse Art Fair!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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Forget Armory Week, you guys—this spring, we're teaming up with our friends at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair to send you to one of the more exciting art fairs to hit New York in a while (and there are many). This year, exhibiting galleries include Black & White Gallery/Project Space and Halsey McKay Gallery, not to mention works by Whitney Biennial-artist Andrew Masullo and Tracy Moffat. Sound good? We think it does. Here's what you have to do to enter:

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Sixpoint Summer: The Apollo Wheat Ale Arrives in Cans This Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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For those of you who’ve spent any amount of time at all lamenting the degree to which so many of America’s craft brewers seem to have bought into the notion that extreme hoppiness is the one true path to beer world excellence—or, more cynically, the one true path to message board buzz—Sixpoint’s newest canned offering might be just what you’re looking for.

Apollo is a wheat beer that’s brewed with a traditional strain of Bavarian yeast and a decidedly light touch of understated German hops. It clocks in with just 11 IBUs (that’s International Bittering Units), a far cry from the heavily hopped Imperial IPAs that have routinely surpassed 100 IBUs in recent years.

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Immortality and Ageism in The Makropulos Case, at the Met Opera

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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Leoš Janáček's 1926 opera The Makropulos Case, now at the Metropolitan Opera in a revival of Elijah Moshinsky's stylish, noirish, German expressionist production, is gabby: instead of posing for arias and ensembles, it's like endless recitative; the characters chatter unceasingly—about love, about law, and mostly about the mystery at the center of the story: when a rich old man died 100 years ago, whom did he intend to inherit his estate? And how does some gorgeous young singer seem to know century-old secrets?

Janáček was adept with the melody of natural speech; according to Benjamin Folkman's program notes, the composer would wander the streets, making musical notations to describe the cadences he overheard, Henry Higgins-like. Focused on uneasy, upset characters, the score then adds anxiety to the story, doubled by Anthony Ward's sets, which usually feature a canted wall of windows, oppressive in their tilt and their facilitation of angular lighting.

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NYC Homelessness Spikes

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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The homeless population living on the streets of New York City jumped 23 percent, according to a survey by volunteers for the city's department of homeless services, the Associated Press reports. The survey takers counted 3,262 people living on the streets on January 20; the year before, they'd counted 2,648. "Decoys trained to appear homeless are placed throughout the city on the night the annual survey is undertaken to test whether volunteers are actually doing their jobs," the wire service reports. Critics of the survey contend the volunteers undercount the homeless population.

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Now Let's Talk About the New M.I.A. Song, (Also Those Awesome Dancers)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I continue to be bothered by almost every single thing M.I.A. does, from her childish and relatively toothless middle-finger flashing at the super bowl (and the fact that she performed at the super bowl at all, really, let alone as cheerleader on one of the more hilariously terrible Madonna songs ever) to her continued insistence on writing like a not particularly smart 13-year-old any time she gets anywhere near the internet. But to be fair, I'm seriously feeling the teaser clip she posted online via Twitter yesterday. The track's called Come Walk With Me" and it sounds like a half-dozen potentially huge mainstream pop hits pasted together and then fucked with in pretty much the same way she's fucked with everything she's ever touched. Her success here comes from the strength of the material she's fucking with. And now everyone should go back and play the video again, this time paying special attention to the dancers. Someone get those kids on Ellen already.

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JD Samson And MEN Are Also Playing OWS' May Day Rally

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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You know, if subverting extreme capitalism doesn't work out right away, maybe the folks at Occupy Wall Street should consider professional event booking. In addition to the impressive, existing lineup (featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, the Bobby Sanabria band, Tom Morello, a 1,000-person "guitarmy" and more), organizers have announced that queer, electro-punk dance pioneers JD Samson and MEN will be performing later in the day. The band is scheduled to play a 15 minute set when the march reaches Bowling Green, marking the end of protesting and the beginning of after-partying.

In 2011, Samson, one of the original co-founders of Le Tigre (with Kathleen Hanna), wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post explaining how an "emotional crisis" in searching for an apartment led her to a series of epiphanies on creativity, the economy, queerness and Occupy Wall Street. The conclusion that she came to? Fame as a "tattooed gender outlaw" has actually made Samson poorer, and even "successful" creatives are not exempt from struggling in tough economic times—all the more "reason to come together" through Occupy.

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Chuck Schumer Shuts Down House Republicans, Stands Up For Violence Against Women Act

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Sayin it like it is.
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Whether you can get down with the term "war on women" or not, conversations about the GOP's female-related issues are not going away. And for good reason: One of the most striking partisan divides in recent months has been along the lines of renewing the Violence Against Women Act, which in years past has been a bipartisan cake walk. Luckily, last week the bill passed in the Senate, but Senator Chuck Schumer had some harsh words for the House Republicans debating the bill's key additions and drafting an alternative.

“I want to say, to the small group in the House of Representatives moving to stop this bill. Stop it. Pass this bill,” Schumer said, according to the Daily News.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

EMA Announces Last Minute Free Show At The Whitney Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

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So, as much as Twitter news can be mostly lame, this particular service announcement was just too good to pass up. EMA, who delivered one of the L Mag's favorite, wounded, confessional albums of 2011, has announced she'll be playing a possibly beautiful, possibly sloppy FREE show tonight at the Whitney Museum, sometime around 7pm.

Here, see it with your own eyes:

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The Bitterness of Blunderbuss: In Defense of Jack White's "Woman Problem"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

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  • From the White Stripes concert doc Under Great White Northern Lights.
I was 15, and James* was the first boy I kissed more than twice with tongues. After the first soft-eyed, fidgety makeout session, we wasted no time in catapulting ourselves into the heady rush of a summer relationship. It actually only lasted two weeks, but those weeks would change me forever. James got me into the White Stripes.

Earlier this week, The Atlantic’s Jessica Misener highlighted an important and under-recognized aspect of Jack White’s music over the years—his control issues with women. Certainly, Misener had a large catalog of Jack White weirdness to reference—all the anecdotes of Jack White’s black magical, transformative effects on the women around him point to someone with a bit of an ego problem. No contesting that. However, Misener’s argument that Blunderbuss serves as an exercise in vitriol towards women is a severely shortsighted one. As I see it, Blunderbuss is a moment of self-recognition and reckoning. If there’s bitterness, it's also directed inwards at Jack White’s own efforts to control them.

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The East River Ferry Wishes It Could Take Your Metrocards

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

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The company that operates the East River Ferry, the convenient link between northern Brooklyn and eastern Manhattan, wants to accept Metrocards, and has started discussions with the city and the MTA to make it happen, the Brooklyn Paper reports. First, everybody would just have to solve a few problems, including how to reconcile the different pricing structures, as well as the different infrastructures. (A ride on a subway or bus costs $2.25, and a monthly unlimited card is $104, while a ride on the ferry is $4, or $140 a month, with a $1 surcharge for bicycles.) Would there be transfers? Would ferry riders swipe their cards to get on the ferry? Where would the machines be? And so on.

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5 Great Books for the Bar (Suggested Pairings with Hotel Delmano's New Bottle Service)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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The very notion of bottle service conjures nauseating images of too-shiny suits, too-tanned decolletage and too-loud music. This is not the case at Hotel Delmano, where they've just started offering mini bottle service, in the guise of DIY cocktail assemblages, that you can mix and tipple at your leisure (a little gin, a little tonic, a little gin, a little gin, a little gin...). On offer are small bottles of gin, vodka, Fernet, bourbon and rum, alongside the appropriate mixes. I honestly cannot think of a better way to kill an afternoon. Oh wait, yes I can: mixing your own cocktails at the bar accompanied by THE PERFECT BOOK. With that in mind, here are my suggested book pairings with Hotel Delmano's mini bottle service.

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Hooters Having a Hard Time Moving to Brooklyn

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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With the Barclays Center's opening just months away, Hooters has been scrambling to set up a shop in Brooklyn, not far from the new stadium, the Park Slope Patch reports. The company approached the owners of Pintchik Paint and Hardware, on Bergen Street between Flatbush and Sixth, about selling the building, but were rebuffed; similarly, the company was unable to snag the Triangle Sports building at the corner of Fifth and Flatbush avenues. "I think [Hooters] desperately wants to open in the neighborhood," the director of the North Flatbush BID told the website, "but I don't think they're going to on North Flatbush."

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Brooklyn Industries' Summer 2012 Collection Is Called "Jungle Fever" Because No One Told Them That Wasn't Ok Apparently

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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So. "Jungle Fever" is the name which the local print-tees-and-lackluster-plaids outfitter Brooklyn Industries has settled on for their 2012 Summer Collection. The new and newly emphasized shorts and cardigans are modeled by a white woman and an African-American man, looking all angsty, presumably because of society's cruel censure of their taboo desire to miscegenate sweatily and repeatedly.

Does this collection's "narrative" purport to explain why this particular provocation is actually progressive? The answer, as ever in the world of fashion, is a resounding "Yes!"

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Look Up! There Be A NASA Space Shuttle Round These Parts

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Seriously, stick your nose to the window. The original Enterprise space shuttle prototype is set to land at JFK at 11:30am, but not before soaring by the Statue of Liberty and "other New York City landmarks," according to MSNBC. It's all part of the procession that will bring the NASA space shuttle to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located at Pier 86 in Manhattan, and not before the shuttle is put on display for the month of June on a barge on the Hudson River. Today's flight will also be accompanied by a NASA C-9 Pathfinder plane and two training jets to capture images of the shuttle piggybacking on top of a Boeing 747. It's really kind of cute, in an R2D2 kind of way.

If you're not near a window (dang, that's terrible), check out live coverage of the Enterprise arriving in the city on CNN here.

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Jack White Performs on The Colbert Report, Will Webcast Tonight's Webster Hall Show

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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It's been a busy week for Jack White. His freshly released debut solo album, Blunderbuss, is expected to be his first ever Billboard number one. His Third Man Records porta-record store truck was spotted driving around the city handing out free tickets to tonight's show at Webster Hall. He was the subject of a compelling piece in The Atlantic about his in-song treatment of the women in his life. And just yesterday, he made an appearance on The Colbert Report, where he performed album standout "Freedom at 21" and sat down for an interview that is nearly as entertaining as one would hope. Tonight, he performs at Webster Hall. If you weren't lucky enough to score tickets, fear not, for there will indeed be a Gary Oldman-produced webcast of the event over at White's Vevo page. Presumably, this will be weird as fuck. Videos of the Colbert stuff below...

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Tribeca 2012: Trishna

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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Is modern India as repressive as Victorian England? That's what Michael Winterbottom suggests in his latest, Trishna; how else could he locate Tess of the d'Urbervilles there and make the fit between story and setting seem so natural? Freida Pinto stars as the title character, and she's great, starting off as a bashful and kind country girl who slowly opens herself up to the possibilities of the big city, only to be shut down again by circumstance—the double standards and rigid moral codes of the countryside. Winterbottom shows the timelessness of Hardy's melodramatic plots about social strictures and sexual exploitation, depicting an India of polarized classes—one inhabiting a fantasy world of luxury, the other a hardscrabble reality—where fusty traditions butt heads with modernity's looser values. The movie breathes life into Hardy's timeless themes with fresh settings.

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Your Last Weekend Before the Summer Movies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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It's a pre-summer clearinghouse this weekend, with half a dozen major motion pictures clearing the deck for The Avengers next weekend (and/or trying to establish a foothold before the summer waves roll throughout May and beyond). As it happens, this dumping-ground strategy makes the weekend look far more appealing than, say, May 18th, when we get Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting.

The Five-Year Engagement: The first five or six years of Judd Apatow-produced comedies, often starring and/or written by his stable of Freaks and Geeks performers, were largely coming-of-age stories set in different age brackets, from the actual teenagers of Superbad to the slacker twentysomethings in Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall to the genuinely middle-aged 40-Year-Old Virgin. Rather than moving up to immature fiftysomethings or back down to Freaks and Geeks territory, Apatow makes a lateral play into semi-maturity with The Five-Year Engagement via his reliable house team of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. Though we get momentary flashbacks to their meet-cute, we join Tom (Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) already in love, both with stable jobs—he's a cook and she's an academic—and completely lacking the commitment issues that would prevent them from getting engaged. They're sweet and relaxed, and not in that what-day-is-it manner of the proto-slackers of Knocked Up—though not so unconventional as to truly alienate the audience members looking to go awwww at key moments (Tom's ruby/non-diamond engagement ring for Violet still must be lined with tiny antique diamonds, as if to reassure the awwww crowd that he's not some kind of anti-diamond monster). In fact, the Knocked Up situation seems to play out offscreen in the lives of two supporting characters less together than Tom or Violet.

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