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Needless to say, this is going to rule. More information here.

I Got You Something

F√©lix Gonz√°lez-Torres + Facebook Gifts = I Got You Something, 2008 by Arend deGruyter-Helfer. Arend is a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and describes this piece as “facebook gifts arranged in a pile”.
Many thanks to Lisa; See more at Arend deGruter-Helfer’s website.

David Byrne's Bike Racks

Williamsburg’s is called, of course, the hipster and is shaped like a guitar. From NYTimes.

The city’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with the art gallery PaceWildenstein, announced today that it had installed nine temporary bike racks designed by the musician and biking enthusiast David Byrne.
The nine racks — in shiny red, black and silver — are intended to promote bicycling, which has been a main emphasis of the current transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. That emphasis includes Summer Streets, the program to close off a 6.9-mile north-south route for six hours on three consecutive Saturdays (this Saturday is the last day); the Cityracks program, which provides free sidewalk racks for short-term bike parking; and a design competition for newer, sleeker racks.

Love you David, but aren’t these a little dull and cliche? A guitar? A dollar sign? Where’s the big apple for 34th Street? Stick to music. The names and locations after the jump.

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d.b.a. Opening New Location In Williamsburg

Looks like d.b.a. will be giving Radegast Hall a run for the money. From a tipster.

I went to dba last night on 1st ave, and there was a sign there saying a new d.b.a location will be opening up on north 7th street between Berry and Wythe.

Rachel Maddow Gets Her Own Show

Of course, we’re taking full responsibility for recommending her. From HuffPost

Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host — and one-time general manager of the network — Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.
The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams’s last program on Thursday. After MSNBC’s extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.
MSNBC is highlighting the date, 9/8/08, connecting it to the start of the Olympics on 8/8/08, as a way to signal what the network’s president, Phil Griffin, said “will be the final leg of the political race this year.” He added, “We making that Rachel’s debut.”
Mr. Abrams, who is well liked at MSNBC, is expected to remain at both that network and at NBC News, where he is the chief legal correspondent. He will also serve as an anchor during some of MSNBC’s daytime coverage, as well as a substitute host on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Griffin said. The last broadcast of Abrams’ “Verdict” will air Thursday.

The Life & Times Of Tim

This new series looks pretty funny. It premieres September 28 on HBO. More clips here.

Graffiti Research Lab Founder Detained in Beijing

image via flickr user leobard
Gothamist is reporting that GRL founder James Powderly has been detained in Beijing as of 3am last night.

When Boing Boing reported the news at nearly 8 this morning, he had been held for around 19 hours already. They were tipped off by Students for a Free Tibet, who learned of it via a Twitter message that read “held since 3am.” There’s no further word about the status of this situation, and Beijing officials have yet to acknowledge he’s being held.

Students For A Free Tibet has the back story, so stay tuned to their site for breaking info.

Ra Ra Riot's The Rhumb Line Releases Today

image via flickr user cherub_rocker666
When Rolling Stone gave Syracuse quintet Ra Ra Riot‘s debut album, The Rhumb Line, a four star review, they seconded something that many displaced Syracuse grads now living in Williamsburg (ie. me) already know…Ra Ra Riot is a shit-ton of fun!
The album releases today, and to celebrate, the band’s playing a free show at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 7pm. Ra Ra Riot’s playing our Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct 17th, but you can catch ’em in your living room September 2nd when they mark their television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Do your neighbors a favor and Get The Rhumb Line today, then go buy tickets.