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Thousands of years ago, according to legend, the Rat and the Cat tricked the gullible Ox to carry them across the river in the race that would determine the order that the 12 animals would appear in the Shengxiao, the Chinese zodiac. The dirty Rat then pushed the Cat overboard and jumped off to cross the finish line first.
On Sunday night, Duke Riley, the Brooklyn-based artist who made headlines in 2007 for navigating a replica of a wooden Revolutionary War submarine within 200 feet of the Queen Mary II at the Red Hook cruise terminal, and two years later reenacted a Roman-era naval battle for the Queens Museum of Art, staged a rematch of sorts on a canal in Zhujiajiao, China, a water village on the outskirts of Shanghai. Twelve traditional gondolas, each powered by rowers from the community and carrying one of the 12 animals (with at least one stand-in: dragons are somewhat hard to come by) as well as a local opera singer performing songs praising their passenger, raced a short distance past the arches of the town’s Fangsheng Bridge.
Of course, Miss LEZ isn't your typical pageant, the goal being to turn traditional pageantry on its head and instead celebrate all the wonderful things that lie queerly outside the bounds of normalcy, thrusting them crotch-first and au naturel into the audience while shouting, "Chocha Libré!" as this year's winning, Mexican wrestler-themed act did. Fortunately, L photographer Bex Wade was in the front row to capture the contestants in all their glory—Mary Wanna, "Miss Choice Cunts" Rebecca Macabre, Brown Meshugana, Bambi Galore, Lea Robinson, and, of course, the Chocha herself. Check out the bedazzling, vajazzling photo gallery here.
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We're teaming up with our friends at Symphony Space to give you the chance to win tickets to see Michael Ian Black perform Monday, March 12th in Uptown Showdown, a part of their ongoing Comedy Debate Series. Michael Showalter and Tom Cavanaugh will join him in going head-to-head against Elna Baker (This American Life) and Kevin Townley (Bambi) to debate the age old question that has plagued clothes-wearing people for decades: fashion or comfort? And while we're at it, we'll toss in a copy of his new book, You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations.
Here's what you need to do to enter:
2. Tweet at us and @symphonyspace to tell us why you want tickets to see Michael Ian Black.
3. Include the hashtag #uptownshowdown.
You have until Friday, March 9th at 3pm to enter. A winner will be announced at 5pm.
The winning feature film will be awarded a $500 cash prize, while the winning short film will be awarded a $250 cash prize. The feature and short will be screened together at a premiere engagement at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, followed by a party celebrating our award-winning filmmakers and their crew. Both films will also receive a redeemable certificate to be used on any DCTV services that can be used for anything from equipment rentals to their stellar post-production facilities and workshops. If you would like to get your passion project up on the screen, follow the submission guidelines for your chance to show your film before our illustrious jury. Submissions can be sent via mail or through Vimeo.
The deadline for the open call is April 15, so make those final edits asap!
Can't forget about the locally sourced beer and wine garden (this starts at 5pm for a reason, right?) or the artist films, projections and installations giving the space a distinct feel. Admission is free, except for the ticketed, all-ages performance space; details on that below. For general info, check out bkbazaar.com.
Fair warning, last year I went to buy something for my sister; ended up with a wallet silkscreened with a picture of a rabbit, a charm bracelet, and two découpaged light switch plates for myself. I don't even know how it happened. There was so much to look at, and so many things had pictures of birds on them, and there was a DJ playing a bunch of Grizzly Bear songs, and I just sorta got caught up in the moment — the point being if you have a habit of buying stuff for yourself while Christmas shopping for others, this is a double-edged sword, but, ugh, so worth it. Admission is $3 and the first 300 shoppers each day get a free goodie bag. Check here for more info.
On January 18th we will be holding a grand thunderdome of Brooklyn's finest cocktail artists (one of whom should be you!) competing to create the perfect SoCo 100 cocktail. The best and the brightest will come out to try your original concoctions alongside a panel of the industry's top professionals who will ultimately select a single champion.
Managing editor Mike Conklin brought this video to my attention, fully aware that my guiding principle in life is What Would Mandy Moore Do? He, meanwhile, appreciates the second track on every Ryan Adams album more than is deemed acceptable by trend-chasing music critics of the day (hi, Mike!). Here's a Halloween-appropriate video that we can both enjoy, its highlights being three-fold: (1) Ryan telling the paparazzi that they'e a bunch of assholes while they hound the couple about their Halloween costumes, (2) Mandy chiming in with "Aww, it's all good!" and other chirpy sentiments throughout the exchanage, (3) Ryan and Mandy being the most underrated celebrity couple in the best-dressed, well-coifed department. In conclusion, you and your friends should be Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore for Halloween, not a bunch of assholes.
Death by Audio: Feminist arts collective Permanent Wave curates a riot grrrl cover show, featuring ever-smiling ex-Titus member Amy Klein and band taking on Springsteen, Care Bears on Fire-offshoot Claire's Diary doing Le Tigre, Mindtroll covering the one and only Salt-n-Pepa (a dance team is also involved), WOJICK doing the The Cramps, EULA doing Blondie, and Delta Hotel doing their best impression of That Dog. More info here, $7 at the door.
If it's good enough for Jack White, well then it's more than good enough for the rest of us — we're pretty sure that's how the saying goes. Daniel Pujol and cohorts capitalize on what White's Third Man Records, who released their debut 7'', thrives on: Southern-fried, whiskey-soaked garage rock. A new EP, Nasty, Brutish, and Short, comes out this week on Saddle Creek: think Deer Tick covering the Black Lips.
We're beaming proudly at the thought: What began as an harebrained idea in 2009 has blossomed into a festival set to make its return to the streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint for a fourth year of music, film, art, ideas and more... and we do mean "more," as there are already some really exciting things in the works that we can't quite tell you about yet. Hang tight, though. Why don't you take a look here at some of this summer's highlights to hold you over? You might want to bookmark northsidefestival.com while you're at it, as that will become your one-stop source for all things Northside-related in the coming months. It'll be June before you know it.
You're hip. You live in Brooklyn. You've got just the right amount of swagger, dollars in your checking account and semi-reasonable taste to invest in a permanent marking on your body.
Do you, dear reader, want to get a tattoo? Do you need a short, knowingly inane and altogether hilarious instructional video to tell you how?
Welcome to a new L Magazine video series, How To Brooklyn. In our first episode, we follow Jonny Diamond, editor-in-chief of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine, as he gets his knuckles tattooed by Mike Lucena at Williamsburg's Flyrite Tattoo. See Jonny squirm. See Jonny shave his knuckle hair. See Jonny ask Mike if it's OK to take his pants off.
We'll be posting more of the How To Brooklyn series regularly, so stay tuned for more. Our topics will span the practical to the wholly ridiculous, so we invite you to send us any and all of your suggestions on how to properly Brooklyn (yes, we're making it a verb) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, check out our first effort. This has been an episode of How To Brooklyn, and from Brooklyn, with love, we invite you to sit back, enjoy, and maybe even take your pants off.
Last night, Brooklynites of all fames and sizes came together to celebrate Brooklyn Night at MCU Park in Coney Island. Celebrities present included Roseanna Scotto of Good Day New York, Marty Markowitz of the government, and L Mag and Brooklyn Magazine president Daniel Stedman (not to name drop but we know him personally) were there to throw the first pitches of the game. You can still catch a Brooklyn Cyclones game while this summer is winding down. Buy your tickets here.
Brooklyn Night at The Cyclones Game featuring Us, Brooklyn Magazine
August 17, 2011 - Photos by Cody Swanson
On an extremely rainy Friday, July 29, Eugene Mirman brought his Pretty Good Friends gang to a crowded Williamsburg Waterfront for a free show. This included comedians Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt (who stole the show with his lengthy jokes that always had a killer punch line, one involving Jerry Maguire, obviously, and another, a crackhead getting a blowjob from another crackhead), and headlining musicians, Brooklyn’s very own They Might Be Giants.
Nearly 30 years after they formed, TMBG’s John’s — Flansburgh and Linnell — are still making whip-smart, tightly composed pop music. Though the group played many of the tracks from their new album Join Us (including “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” and “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”), they delved into their catalogue for set-opener “Birdhouse In Your Soul,” “Ana Ng,” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a song I first heard on Tiny Toon Adventures, thank you very much.
Let's take a look at how the night (and rain) went down, courtesy of photographer Nadia Chaudhury:
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The evening with Nas and Clemente was amazing. Read about it here: