Friday, November 30, 2012

Win Tickets to Japandroids on 12/4 at Webster Hall!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

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We're giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Japandroids on Tuesday, December 4 at Webster Hall. The show's sold out, but entering to win is easy. Here's how you do it.

1. Follow @thelmagazine on Twitter.

2. Tweet at us to let us know why you want those tickets!

3. Use the hashtag "#japanlmag"

You have until midnight on Sunday, December 2 to enter. We'll announce a winner on Monday, December 3. Good luck!

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Famous Artists with Day Jobs: Part Two

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

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On Tuesday, we started out our list of famous artists who had to work their way up with day jobs. As a profession, “artist” ranks pretty low in terms of financial reward. Most artists schlep their way through menial professions for years before being able to give them up for more rewarding work. Those jobs are not always fun, but they can influence an artist’s practice.

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Your Weekend at the Movies Catching Up With the Last Few Weekends

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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Killing Them Softly: I loved Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, so I couldn't be more excited for his reteaming with Brad Pitt (who gave his best-pre-Tree of Life performance in Jesse James), unless it also costarred Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Casey Affleck, and Zooey Deschanel, and it doesn't, so just prepare yourselves now. The Weinsteins appear to be following my general why-not-just-release-this-movie-wide-and-see-what-happens distribution strategy, and, ok, seeing it in action, realizing that a talky crime drama from the Jesse James team is going out on 2,000 screens, maybe I'm starting to see why people don't just do this for whatever projects whatever movie stars have in the pipeline. Then again, Killing Them Softly is one of only two wide releases this weekend, and next weekend general audiences only get access to some Gerard Butler movie, so maybe consider the Killing Them Softly option a courtesy, albeit one that audiences will probably roundly ignore.

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This Year's Rockefeller Tree Lighting Featured A Surprise Confederate Flag

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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A lot of people forget this, but Christmas in America doesn't have its roots so much as a "fun, albeit expensive, time of year where everyone tries to forget their differences and just be nice," but rather as "the perfect time dredge up disputes that should be long-dead re: the civil war." It's sort of what we unofficially refer to as the Reason for the Season.

Trace Adkins, however, has not forgotten, and made the bold move of wearing a confederate flag earpiece for his otherwise unremarkable performance at this week's Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Featured Artist: Peter Bardazzi

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The Decent or Marcel Duchamp meets Hieronymus Bosch. Dimensions very large. (Photo courtesy of Peter Bardazzi)
  • The Decent or Marcel Duchamp meets Hieronymus Bosch. Dimensions very large. (Photo courtesy of Peter Bardazzi)

Brooklyn artist Peter Bardazzi doesn't fit a type. "I'm not just a straight painter in the sense that I just wake up in the morning and think about painting," he told me in a studio visit this summer. "Art is this huge thing."

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Live: Sky Ferreira Floats Inside A Fancy Neon Cloud

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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Sky Ferreira has a fair bit of money invested in her success, I think we can safely assume. The Los Angeles based, Capitol Records-signed singer has been casting about for an identity for a few years now. (You can follow the slight variations in this recent Buzzfeed post by Matthew Perpetua.) Garbage-singer Shirley Manson and high-profile creep Terry Richardson were hired to give her an alt-rock touch-up earlier this year. Solange-affiliated song-writing team Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid were behind the soft-focus indie-R&B of her most recent, Pitchfork-beloved breakout track, "Everything Is Embarrassing". Big names involved at every stage in her continuing roll-out.

So, it follows that her set-up at last night's buzzing Glasslands show would be well beyond the means of your average start-up band building on its first flash of critical notice. The stage was outfitted with a sophisticated LED projection that, in concert with the club's usual level of overwhelming smoke-machine fog, had an amazing, almost sculptural effect. Lines and shapes created a 3-D tangibility in the smoke going outwards. Lasers shot at uncovered eyeballs, made kaleidoscope patterns on winter jackets. Starting her set with the few crunchy alt-rock songs, she was backlit with blinding white fluorescents, as translucent sheets of red light moved around her. For a snug, club show the production values were top notch, truly unusual, memorably unique.

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Supreme Court Considering Considering Gay Marriage Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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Prop 8, the shitty law that passed in California lo those five years ago banning gay marriage, has finally worked its way up to the Supreme Court. At the most recent appeal, Ninth Circuit Court struck down the law. Now, tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court justices will decide whether they're going to review the case. It could be a very historic review, if they decide to go for it:

Welcome as it was, that decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a narrow one that at this point fits only the particular circumstances of Proposition 8. A three-judge panel decided that the initiative was unconstitutionally discriminatory because gay and lesbian couples in California had, for a brief period, enjoyed the equal right to marry.

In other words, if the Supreme Court declines to review the 9th Circuit's ruling and it stands as it is, bans on same-sex marriage in other states will remain in place. [LA Times]

Marriage equality joins reproductive rights and voter ID laws in the "it's 2012 HOW ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS" category. We've got some really scary climate stuff to deal with, so let's quit pretending marriage equality isn't going to happen. C'mon Supremes.

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Talking to the Artist Behind Those Awesome One Teen Story Covers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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When the Gowanus-based short-story bookleteer One Story launched a teen-fiction sister-publication this summer, it wasn't just the intended audience that distinguished the two—it was the covers. While the adult boasts a functional recurring design, One Teen Story features vibrant illustrations from erstwhile Brooklynite Stefan Lawrence, an artist (and more!) now based in Los Angeles. We reached out to Lawrence to find out how he creates the covers—and how long he expects to do it.

Does the age of your audience affect your approach at all?
I don't think so. Young adults these days are very visually sophisticated, so there's never been any talk of dumbing down the designs. I do try to design with energy and fun, which fits the audience, but that's how I tend to approach most of my design anyway.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Win VIP Tickets to the NYC Craft Beer Festival!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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We're giving you the chance to win two VIP tickets to the NYC Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, December 1 at Pier 36, 299 South Street (Basketball City) in Manhattan. You'll have the chance to sample craft beers from across the country, plus be a part of their Sandy relief effort. Here's how to enter to win:

1. Follow @thelmagazine on Twitter.

2. Tweet at us to let us know why you want those tickets!

3. Use the hashtag "#lmagcraft"

You have until noon on Friday, November 30 to enter. We'll announce a winner that afternoon. Good luck!

"Do You Have A Nemesis In Brooklyn?" If Yes, A New Reality Show Wants To Cast You

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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With the first season of Gallery Girls off the air and no recent flyers requesting background "hipster types" for Girls, there's been something of a Brooklyn casting drought for anyone hoping to get paid to publicly make an ass of themselves on footage that will never, ever go away.

No longer! Tionna Tee Smalls — who you may or may not lovingly remember for her Gawker advice columns, and as the author of tomes including Girl Get Your Mind Right and Men Love Abuse — has taken to Twitter to circulate a casting call for a new "docu-series" focusing on self-declared Brooklyn "It Girls."

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Jersey "Gay Conversion Therapy" Center Was Abusive, Awful

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

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As details emerge in the lawsuit against the Jersey City anti-gay "therapy" group JONAH, or Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, it's clear that they were doing a lot more than trying to pray away the gay. The entire concept of conversion therapy repugnant, emotionally damaging, and futile, but what these poor kids went through is another whole level of abuse. Awful.

Chaim Levin, 23, of Brooklyn said his mother, Bella Levin, spent more than $10,000 on his counseling over 18 months. He said he was brought into a locked, mirrored room with a male counselor twice his age and told to strip.

“I felt it was an unsafe environment. I was naked with a man twice my age and he told me to touch myself,” Levin said. “I resolved never to go back . . . never to talk about it.”

Benjamin Unger, 25, of Brooklyn said he was ordered to beat a pillow with a tennis racket and shout “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!” in synchronization with each blow.

“I had to beat my mother up to heal from being gay,” Unger said. JONAH counselors, he said, believe mothers are to blame if their sons are gay. Unger said he didn’t talk to his mom for months after that, but they are on good terms now.

The young men said they also were repeatedly placed in situations where others in therapy sessions screamed humiliating words like “faggots” and “homos” at them in mock locker room and gym settings. They said the goal was to make them mad and get in touch with their masculinity. [NY Daily News]

Are there really parents who would prefer abuse to a gay and happy son? Fuck that.

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Good News From The Rockaways: The Radio Days House Survived Sandy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

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Not that anyone's playing favorites, but this is really nice to hear: the Rockaway Park house used as Woody Allen's childhood home in 1987's Radio Days seems to have made it through Sandy relatively unscathed.

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Hyperreality, With Rihanna, Electric Boogie Boys and Guns 'N' Roses (Sorta)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM

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Oh, hello there.. and welcome to this week's edition of Hyperreality, featuring Jungle Pussy, Wavy Spice, hot party-going New Yorkers, and RIHANNA. I can safely vouch for the fact that Queen Rih indeed DOES shine bright like a diamond in person, and that she gave a stellar performance on the final night of her 777 Tour at Webster Hall. I hope you have as much fun looking as I did shooting!





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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Do You Love the Ads on Facebook? Cool! Because Soon They'll Be On Your Instagram Too.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

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You know how your Facebook ads just really know you? Like how they're always telling me about a can't-miss-$99-deal to get a life-size cardboard cutout of myself? Which really made me reassess any narcissistic tendencies I might have in an actually positive way. I mean, I might be self-obsessed in the way that all of my anxieties are turned inward and manifest themselves in a kind-of hypochondriacal paranoia, but does that mean I want a life-size cardboard cutout of myself in order to objectively examine the freckle on my hand to see if it might be skin cancer? No! And certainly not for $99.

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California Now Has Its Own College Devoted To Weed Research

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

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I had sort of assumed something like this existed already, but apparently California is now getting its own university-level marijuana research institute.

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If You Are a Chinese Official With a Sex Tape, Time to Start Sweating

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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Apparently there is a cache of sex tapes (sex videos? I guess nobody is taping anymore) of Chinese officials just waiting for their moment to blackmail or disgrace someone. And that moment is now!

China is facing a avalanche of sex scandals as 'investigative reporter' whose videos of an official in compromising position with his mistress created embarrassment for the government, plans to release more such clips. The threat came even as an "anchor" of a TV station charged a Communist Party politician of coercing her into long-term relationship.

Zhu Ruifeng, a "Reporter with counter-corruption website" jdwsy.com, told state-run Global Times that five more sex videos featuring officials of Chongqing, till early this year ruled by disgraced Party leader Bo Xilai, will be released after getting enough proof of their authenticity. Zhu posted the 12-second-long video to the Internet last week showing Lei Zhengfu, then secretary of the Beibei District Committee of the Communist Party of China in Chongqing, in compromising position with an 18-year-old Zhao Hongxia. Zhu claims Zhao has been Lei's mistress for the last five years. [IBN Live]

Which, first of all, lesson learned: if you are a Communist Party officer and someone offers you some too-good-to-be-true free sex, just say no. Secondly, I feel like there was a time when having a sex tape released was a huge deal, and now it's just like well yeah, everyone has one somewhere. Is that function of us being less hung up about sex? Or of recording devices becoming smaller and more ubiquitous?

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Famous Artists with Day Jobs: Part One

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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As a profession, “artist” ranks pretty low in terms of financial reward. Most artists schlep their way through menial professions for years before being able to give them up for more rewarding work. Those jobs are not always fun, but sometimes, they influence an artist’s practice.

As such, we’ve gathered a list of ten common art world day jobs, listed a few famous artists who’ve held down the position, and given some pros and cons to taking on each one. Friday we’ll reveal part two of the list with ten more. Your future as a Met security guard awaits!

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Did You Instagram Your Thanksgiving Dinner? So Did 10 Million Other People.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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Some of you may have spent Thanksgiving "reflecting" or "bonding with family" or "actually eating the food on your table," but you're in the lame minority. Most of us were busy Instagramming Valencia-filtered pictures of our turkeys, shattering all previous usage records for the company.

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Photos: Our Holiday Cocktail Issue Release Party and Brooklyn Recovery Fund Benefit

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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Last Wednesday, the the bravest (and thirstiest) Brooklynites in the borough braved the nor'easter to make their way to Larry Lawrence Bar for our Holiday Cocktail Issue Release Party, sponsored by Absolut. Plus, we collected donations for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, an initiative dedicated to benefiting the local agencies, services and non-profits serving Brooklynites affected by Sandy. Thanks to everyone who came out, and an extra special thank you to everyone who donated.

You can find our photo and video recap after the jump.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

This Week's Must-See Art Events: Cyber Monday Edition

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Tony Luib, Junk Wave, 2012 (Photo courtesy of the 2012 Annual Juried Affordable Art Exhibition)
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This week, we’re stuffing our stockings with local art. We’ll also be stopping by the Guggenheim for an artist’s talk and checking out a few Brooklyn openings this weekend.

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