Defending the Bar

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“With one hand, they pour your drinks. With the other, they carry a bat.” So begins this thrilling piece at the Brooklyn Paper that looks at what weapons Brooklyn bartenders keep behind the bar.
We learn 4th Avenue Pub in Park Slope stocks a wooden bat, the East River Bar by the foot of the W’burg bridge keeps pepper spray at arm’s length, and Duff’s just relies on their patrons to get their back with the weaponry on the walls.

‚”There are tons of weapons all over the place,” she said, a mace, a sword and other objets de guerre within reach. ‚”They are more for show, but they’re accessible to us. Big swords and stuff like that.”

Bartenders: look into the gun theme and hang a few shotguns on the walls. Y’know, “for show.”
[photo c/o The Brooklyn Paper / Ben Muessig]

Florence and The xx "You've Got the Love" Video

Yes, The xx are all the rage right now. Yes, the album is awesome. Yes, they kinda make you wanna take a nap while you’re watching them on stage- don’t we all wish their live sets evoked the kind of dancing shown in the video for Florence and the Machine’s (covered/remixed by The xx) “You’ve Got the Love”?
via GvB:

Creepy, Lap-Bouncey, Pervy Plushy Now Has A Sidekick

Blizzard-the-Bunny.jpgIf you read this site, you remember this guy. Now, he’s got a sidekick, Blizzard the Bunny, who gives butterfly kisses instead of lap dances. From our mailbag

Club Animals will be debuting a new animal character and performance tonight
on the Union Square L subway platform from 9p-10p.
Meet Blizzard the Bunny. She gives Bunny Butterfly Kisses.
More info and pictures here:
http://clubanimalsnyc.blogspot.com/2009/10/butterfly.html
*Details:*
Wednesday, October 28th
On the Union Square L subway Platform
Free Bouncy Rides from 8p-9p
Bunny Butterfly Kisses from 9p-10p
I’ll keep you posted on her progress and other characters that will be coming soon from Club Animals.

No word if she gives lap dances or delivers crack.

Cassette from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves

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I’m in a great new anthology called Cassette from My Ex that hit the shelves on Tuesday. Here’s the scoop:

Cassette from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves shares sixty hilarious, nostalgic and heartbreaking stories stories all about crushes and mixtapes. CFME compiles stories from some amazing writers and musicians: author Rick Moody, The Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson, This American LIfe’s Starlee Kine, The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman, Blender Magazine’s Joe Levy, Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd, Mortified’s David Nadelberg—even a new story from the godfather of the genre, Rob Sheffied. We put a ton of love into the design, too, with 224 full-color pages designed by noted cassetteophile Lissi Erwin, with cover illustrations by the excellent Hope Gangloff.

You can order Cassette from My Ex here.
There will be a release party at Housing Works in NY tonight, so come on out if you can. (Much more interesting than yelling at a TV screen while men hit balls with bats). Here’s the info:
Cassette From My Ex Book Launch and Mixtape Variety Show
Celebrating the release of Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves, editor Jason Bitner presents along with contributors Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), Joe Levy (Maxim Magazine), and Michael Hearst (One Ring Zero).  Our expert panel will shed light on the power of mixtapes and share their own tales of tapes given and received, crushes turned to heartaches.  And special bonus!  Illustrator Arthur Jones presents his hilarious loss-of-virginity tale as a Post-It Note Story.

I Don't Know Whether To Run, Laugh Or Cheer

This guy is clearly nuts, but also entertaining. Skip past the snake oil sales pitch to the 30 second mark:

Halloween Festival at the City Reliquary

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The City Reliquary‘s original sign before it moved to Metropolitan in ’06. [image via]

The City Reliquary is proud to host the Southside Halloween Festival, an evening-long multi-disciplinary party with candy, music and games.
Created especially for the City Reliquary, there will be an atmospheric adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Fortune Teller Mikaela Corbo sharing her gift to all who dare to listen, neighborhood students from El Puente performing a dance act specifically created for this event, and local musician Jeff Davis playing the musical saw! William Allgood will serve as the evening’s ghoulish Master of Ceremonies.
There will be games and candy for the young and old alike. The Southside Halloween Festival is produced by local artists Stephen Cedars and Christina Latimer, and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Friday October 30th, 2009
7-11pm, FREE, Donations gratefully accepted.
370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer

The Daily Footprint 10/26/09

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RIP CMJ

What's a Drano Bomb, Anyways

As you may have heard, a Drano Bomb was detonated by an NYPD bomb squad a little after midnight Saturday night on S. 3rd b/t Roebling and Havemeyer, after being spotted on the sidewalk by an eagle-eyed resident.
For those of you not familiar with Anarchist Cookbook-type humbuggery, a Drano Bomb, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is “the combination of drano and aluminum foil balls in order to create a chemical reaction, that when placed inside a pop bottle, will explode and cause your face to burn off.”
Here’s a video showing us how it’s made, curiously set to the song “Winter Solstice” by The Tea Party: