Annoying Neighborhood Micro-Celeb Arrested

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Schadenfreude alert!!!!
Remember Kenley, from this past season of Project Runway? She was super irritating and came terrifyingly close to winning the competition. Well apparently she isn’t only cunty and crazy on TV – but in real life too. She was arrested on Herbert Street yesterday in a cat-throwing, laptop-tossing, screaming fiasco with her ex-boyfriend. Attacking people and animals? What a supreme beast.
And oh jeez, his last name is “Penley” (insert gratuitous jokes here).
And say what you will about Murdoch’s shitty gossip rag, but that’s the perfect headline.
The NY Post has more details here, if you have the time to waste. And so does Defamer!

Mmm, Brooklyn.

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As NYC Restaurant Week comes to a close (one more day, folks– get your fill), us lucky little Brooklynites have another week of yummy gluttony to look forward to. Dine In Brooklyn is featuring over 200 restaurants in the best borough that are offering up $23 three course meals, with a special new 2-for-1 deal on brunch. Some local faves include Baci & Abbracci, Zenkichi, and even Bushwick’s own sole addition, Northeast Kingdom.
(Check out our restarant pages for more info)
Starts March 23rd, Ends April 2nd. So go ahead, spend the last of those recession bucks, you deserve it!

Art Fair Week Round Up

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Volta, Installation View: Maria Nepomuceno, c/o Marcio Botner, A GENTIL CARIOCA GALLERY
The Armory Show is a mecca for the who’s who in the international art scene. More importantly, it always offers dealers, curators, critics, collectors, artists and other art luminaries the ability to party and network in the name of the emerging art scene. Not to be clich√©–but here an artist’s career is easily made.
A natural outgrowth of the Armory has been the satellite fairs. Often, these are for younger, less connected galleries. While some might look down on these as lesser quality, it was at the satellite fairs that I saw the best work. Why? Because these galleries are hungry for it. Right now, the Armory feels like a craft fair. The installations are less thought out, the floor plan is a little chaotic and the overwhelming number of participating galleries makes the works less palpable.
So, if you are in the mood to check out the fairs next year, you should skip the Armory and head down to Volta, Pulse and the like. Below are some highlights from this year.

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Nollywood Movie Trailers

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Nigeria, in addition to rich natural resources and bank scams, has a nascent film industry within its borders, operating under the moniker of “Nollywood.” It’s the third largest film industry in the world (Behind Hollywood and Bollywood) and makes the country of Nigeria a bit richer by churning out high-quality home videos with lots of pirated soundtrack songs and bargain special-effects. It seems that “Izogn Movies” has put their trailers up on youtube allowing even the most remote Nollywood fan to take in some of their work. Check out some trailers after the jump:

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The Barking Benefit

Tomorrow night The Shiny Squirrel is hosting a benefit for Williamsburg’s BARC Animal Shelter.
Reasons you should go:
– It’s at K+M Bar
– Free food
– Free shots
– Great bands
– No cover
– You ‚ô• animals
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Eat Local, Join a CSA

The Southside CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) is offering around 50 memberships, with a choice of four types of shares ‚Äì vegetable, fruit, eggs and wine – all grown in black dirt at MimoMex Farm up in Goshen, New York. If you’re interested in locally grown produce with a hot and sexy Mexican flavor, CSA organizers are having a farmer meet n’ greet taco potluck (!!!) this sunday from 2-5p.m. on Metropolitan Ave. Email them for the exact address. Click through the jump for a full farm grow list and availability.

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Peter Bjorn and John Debut A "Living Thing"

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We caught Peter Bjorn and John last night at the W Hotel on Lexington Ave. The concert was part of the hotel’s Wonderlust Concert series and it was PB&J’s first show in America to support their upcoming record “Living Thing,” due to be released March 31st.
The open bar was nice, but largely gratuitous since the band completely dismantled everyone’s inhibitions on their own. They played an energized 10-song set, featuring several songs from “Living Thing,” and the crowd was enchanted throughout—dancing to “Nothing to Worry About” and singing along to “Lay Down’s” hilarious chorus: ‘Hey, shut the fuck up boy, you’re starting to piss me off.’ (Could it be a lyrical response to this moron?)
Heather D’Angelo of Au Revoir Simone joined the band for the encore—”Young Folks” of course—and and seemed adorably starstruck by the opportunity.
Oh, did we mention Julia Stiles was there? We were hoping to see her bust out some moves from “Save the Last Dance,” but she largely kept to herself and enjoyed the music with a very unassuming, un-Hollywood crew of friends. Who knew Julia had good taste in music? Parker Posey was there too, but that should come as no surprise since she is New York’s most ubiquitously-spotted celebrity. (Or is that Chloe?) Set list and more pix after the jump.
The band will be playing again in NY next month:
2009-04-29: Webster Hall, New York, NY
2009-04-30: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
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"The Noir A-Z": Photography Packs Glamour and Grit

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Housed in a wedge-shaped Meatpacking District building with a checkered past — former tenants include a Civil War Hospital and three S&M bars — the Ivy Brown Gallery provides the perfect backdrop for photographer Julian Hibbard‘s show, ‚”The Noir A-Z,” on display now through April 16th. The exhibit features ten limited edition photographs laced with enough impending peril and shadowy intrigue to transport the audience to the seedy underbelly of life. Populated by classic archetypes come to life from the pulpy pages of hard-boiled detective fiction, we’re introduced to a world filled with seductive femme fatales and faceless calculating killers.

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