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October 29th, 2007

Eric Nuzum’s vampire reading: 10/30/7 @7:30pm

by You the Reader

Eric Nuzum’s The Dead Travel Fast is about vampires, death, chickens, fear, things that smell bad, the love of a good woman, and germs… but mostly it’s about vampires. Part history, part memoir, and part pop culture deconstruction, THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST is a bizarre and hilarious illumination of these creatures of the night.

Tuesday October 30, 2007
Barnes and Noble
396 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY  10011

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October 29th, 2007


by Steven Anderson

Earth Vs. The Spider  **
Directed & Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Written by: Bert I. Gordon, Laszlo Gorog, GeorgeWorthing Yates
Starring: Edward Kemmer, June Kenny, Gene Persson
NR, 1958, running time: 73 mins

Ah, poor beleaguered Earth. You’ve been a battlefield, attacked by more things than we care to count, and been at risk on any of dozens of occasions. So why should you be at all surprised to find yourself squaring off against a spider in the American-International quasi-classic, “Earth Vs. The Spider”?

Interestingly, by reading the title, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what the movie’s going to be about–a small mountain town squares off against an enormous spider, enormous for reasons not really explored.

Not that the small mountain town is in any danger of being mistaken for “Eureka”–as an example, I offer you a summary of one particularly boneheaded scene:

Hey gang! They just killed a giant spider and left him in the gym until the college can get a flatbed down here and haul off its corpse!What’s the dumbest possible thing we can do right now? I know! Let’s have an impromptu sock hop not thirty feet from this quite thoroughly dead beastie and hope that it wasn’t merely stunned! Continue Reading »

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October 29th, 2007


by You the Reader

The good folks at the Taschen Store invite you to meet guitarist and photographer Andy Summers of The Police, who will sign copies of his new book:

I’ll be Watching You: Inside the Police 1980-83
on Thursday, November 1st, 7pm-9pm.

TASCHEN Store New York
107 Greene Street, NY 10012
Tel: +1-212-226-2212

This event is free and open to the public – be sure to arrive early because they expect a large turnout!

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October 24th, 2007


by John Coakley

Italian, 1978
Directed by: Giulo Berruti
Starring: Anita Ekberg, Joe Dallesandro, Lou Castle and Alida Valli
NR, 1978, running time: 87 mins.
Blue Underground

Anita Ekberg Stays Clothed, But Rent This Anyway.

Contrary to popular belief, exploitation films are not thusly named because they exploit women–though one could argue that they often do. No, exploitation films are usually low-budget, often underground projects that exploit key elements to make them stand out from the mainstream crowd. A self-descriptive, self-promoting title always helps, especially if the film itself turns out to be a waste of time. We’ve all been suckered in by amazing titles like House by the Cemetery only to find that not a whole lot happens in that cemetery, and what does happen inspires more boredom than fear. Continue Reading »

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October 24th, 2007


by Anthony Venditto

Happy Halloween everybody! The Season of the Witch is upon us all. So to celebrate in true macabre fashion, I’d like to present both a trick and a treat in one super cool package: My homage to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly. For those of you not familiar with her story, I’ll splain:

Mary created the modern classic, Frankenstein, on a bet over a weekend while drinking wine and frolicking in the countryside with a bunch of dudes (none of which were her husband). To honor her memory I set out recently to try and recreate that magic.

I grabbed a notebook and a pen then went to Flashdancers (a respectable Gentleman’s Club in midtown) for lunch and to write me a horror story while ogling the dollar fueled lovelies! I whipped out my notebook, began to write and they threw me out. Apparently, the no-necked goons who run the joint aren’t fans of fine literature. (Pricks!)

Undeterred, I traveled downtown to Toad Hall, a bar where a man can get some quality writing done while getting good and hammered at the same time. Continue Reading »

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October 24th, 2007


by Mr. Norman Maine

You’re in New York City, a place that’s strange enough most days of the year, but this day above all days…oh this day, you’re allowed to be as odd as you can possibly be! It’s 5 o’clock and you’re putting the finishing touches on your makeup, the buzzer to your apartment rings, you answer it and head back to the mirror. Suddenly the door swing open and there is Freddy Krueger in drag, an Octopus with 93 tiny tentacles, and The Supremes–all men, all white in black face, and tonight it’s ok. You jam yourselves into the elevator; make your way to the streets and head down to the West Village where you seek out a prime viewing spot, while maintaining close proximity to several bars.What’s all the excitement about? Why, it’s Wednesday. No, seriously…it’s HALLOWEEN!

This year marks the 34th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.What was started by a Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer in 1973 as a walk from house to house in his neighborhood for his children and their friends has become one of the biggest annual celebrations in this or any other city. Continue Reading »

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October 23rd, 2007

Peter Grzybowski’s “Fat Chance,” 10/27/07, 10pm @ Globesity Festival

by John Coakley

The Globesity Festival is a week long, performance-based look at how the way that we eat is killing ourselves and the only planet we’ve got. All of the artists involved created their work while fasting, which certainly shows a high level of commitment.

Too often, political art comes with a feeling of “eat your vegetables” obligation, but this looks promising. The always engaging Penny Arcade is the Festival Director and comic genius Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker. A wide variety of folks will be participating, and of particular note is Peter Grzybowski, whose video work “Fat Chance” combines footage of obese New Yorkers and McDonalds with audio from the Food Channel.

And did we mention that every performance is free? That means reservations are strongly recommended.

Globesity Festival
October 22-28, 2007
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue, New York, between 9th & 10th St
(888) 470-4729

Fat Chance
Saturday, October 27, 2007 10 PM

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October 18th, 2007


by D. Clark MacPherson

Marlon Brando was a young actor when he sauntered onto the silver screen in Elia Kazan’s 1954 movie about poverty, homelessness and mob violence. Terry Malloy, Brando’s character, was actually modeled after the real-life efforts of Anthony deVincenzo, who testified in front of theWaterfront Commission about violence, racketeering and extortion on the Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts. While it was a difficult life for union members on the waterfront in those days (some of whom were men who were parolees who had no other options for work), it was also a different world. Unions fought corporate giants whose concern for workers’ rights and their ability to survive were often nonexistent. Unions may have been corrupted but they did fill a real need when they functioned to protect members. The fact that Longshoremen were perceived as thugs or mobsters had a basis in fact – but few crooked corporate CEO’s were deservedly indicted in those days for corruption.

Today, remnants of the International Longshoremen’s Association still work the piers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Far from being semi-retired mobsters whose President was machine-gunned down in the old days, they are now a group of embattled workers who are trying to keep their jobs and preserve a tradition on the Manhattan waterfront. While the City tries to export both the jobs and the function of dock workers from Manhattan to New Jersey and Brooklyn, the union is trying to educate New Yorkers about what they are in danger of losing. Continue Reading »

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October 18th, 2007


by D. Clark MacPherson

What was surprising to many SoHo residents this winter was that a City Council member had joined the picket line in front of Trump SoHo. Even more surprising was the fact that he was not the representative for this area, but was Chair of the Zoning and Franchises committee. In the freezing weather on Spring and Varick Streets, Tony Avella, Councilmember from Bayside, Queens, discussed the project with Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, David Reck of Friends of Hudson Square and Sean Sweeney of the SoHo Alliance. The representative of Hudson Square, Christine Quinn, the new Speaker of the City Council, did not appear.

When we met with Avella, a man who intends to run for Mayor, he expressed interest in a number of topics that focused on land use and development. He nevertheless agreed to center our discussion on some pressing issues affecting all of downtown. Continue Reading »

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October 18th, 2007


by D. Clark MacPherson

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others. – Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)

While New Orleans has been known by that famous moniker, Manhattan is also starting to become “The Bigger Easy.” Developers and developments that are known to have contributed to local politicians’ campaigns and projects that offend downtowners are expanding at a rapid pace.

The politicians and government appear to be selling lower Manhattan for a nice price and thumbing their noses at residents. Continue Reading »

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October 18th, 2007


by Trip Plunkitt

Let’s talk about Gansevoort and the marine transfer station. What’s up with that? On the one side, there are the people who say no because it interferes with the waterfront park over there. On the other side there is reality. Marine transfer of recyclable waste is necessary to get all those polluting vehicles off the streets. After all, Manhattan is an island. Using the river for transport is only what we’ve been doing for the past 300 years – why stop now? All the pretty waterfront parks in the world won’t make up for our City filling up with garbage with no good way to get rid of it.With that said, a possible rail link to moving garbage is a possibility, and since people are clamoring for that option to be explored, why not investigate? (We don’t mean that literally.) Plunkitt has spoken! Continue Reading »

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October 17th, 2007

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007: A Benefit for Farm Sanctuary, w/ Joan Jett!

by You the Reader

Special thanks to Chloe Jo Berman of Girlie Girl Army for the heads-up.

A benefit to party down Halloween-style and support Farm Sanctuary with special guest JOAN JETT!! Plus amazing DJ’s Princess Superstar and Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre).

Costume contest judged by NYC superstars – with fabulous prizes!

Spookily delicious snacks and sweets! Be sure to book your tickets asap – you must RSVP to attend.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 8:00-11:00pm
~ New York, NY ~
532 West 27th Street (bt. 10/11th) New York City from 8-11 p.m.

Fabulous free veg eats, organic cocktail open bar from from 8-9:30pm.

Reserve here:

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October 12th, 2007


by You the Reader

October 16th, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 PM
TASCHEN  Store: New York
107 Greene St.
For information call 212-226-2212

This event is free and open to the public.

Legendary photographer Julius Shulman will make his only public appearance in New York to sign copies of his new book, Julius Shulman Modernism Rediscovered at The TASCHEN Store: New York on October 16th.

This extensive, three-volume follow-up to TASCHEN‘s Modernism Rediscovered (2000) brings over 400 more architectural gems into the spotlight. Not just restricted to the West Coast this time, the images were taken all across the United States as well as in Mexico, Israel, and Hong Kong. Continue Reading »

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October 12th, 2007

CultureFest, 10/13/07+10/14/07: FREE!

by John Coakley

Thanks to Mommy Poppins for the heads-up.

NYC & Company’s seventh annual CultureFest is a free celebration of the City’s magnificent and diverse cultural offerings.

This spectacular festival of music, art, dance, hands-on activities, entertainment and food is your once-a-year opportunity to discover all of New York City culture–more than 125 cultural organizations are represented–and a chance to plan your personal arts calendar for the months ahead.

This event is especially kid-friendly; one of the two performance stages is dedicated exclusively to children’s entertainment.

Click here to see who will be there.

Saturday and Sunday
11am to 5:30pm
Rain or shine

State Street and Battery Place in Lower Manhattan

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