A two-story laser cat threw a party in Williamsburg last night

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Laser Cat; credit: Gothamist

Just another day in Williamsburg, only with a two-story, inflatable laser cat care of the artist collection Hungry Castle. This all went down in a lot on Havemeyer street last night:

The Laser Cat experience goes like this:
* Someone gets on stage and pushes the big red panic button;
* The overly familiar dance song suddenly switches to another, equally familiar tune;
* A piece of pop-culture-laden video art, projected onto the side of a building overlooking the lot, also instantly changes;
* Laser Cat just keeps Laser Cat-Catting along.

Here’s some video below and Gothamist has more pictures documenting the experience.

Santacon officially banished from Bushwick and seeking a new hood to puke on

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After a ton of pushback from City Councilmember Rafael Espinal and local bar owners, the drunk bros of Santacon have decided to steer clear of Bushwick:

“We’ve had interest from quite a few Bushwick bars but, after our initial exploration, the team at SantaCon NYC has determined that Bushwick does not have the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration,” the organizer, who requested anonymity as “Santa,” said in a statement to amNewYork. “We appreciate local businesses’ willingness to work with our charity event and we thank all of them for their support.” [Read more...]

Two new music clubs open in Greenpoint: Aviv and The Good Room

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Aviv, 496 Morgan Street in Greenpoint

DIY club Aviv has already had a show or two, but officially opens this Friday. Brooklyn Vegan has more:

Some of the folks behind now-closed Bushwick venue Emet (and who ran Showpaper for a while) have opened a new place in Greenpoint called Aviv. Located at 496 Morgan Ave, you may have seen a show there on Halloween (it was just called 496 Morgan at the time) with Pop. 1280, Voidvision and Pawns. The all-ages spot has its official Grand Opening on Friday (11/21) with Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, and Ritual Howls.

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Dance Party Funeral for Williamsburg coming to Glasslands

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With the closings of Glasslands and Death By Audio coming soon (not to mention this, this, this , this and this) Williamsburg is feeling pretty gutted these days. Appropriately, the artist collective Cheryl is throwing a funeral dance party to “celebrate” all the closings called “Nail in the Coffin.” They’re encouraging people to come dressed as Starbucks baristas, Scruge McDuck and more. We suggest coming as Jed Walentas, Stephen Levin, or Vice Media founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi.

From the Cheryl website:

A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg. Come mourn the end of era with us before Glasslands closes its doors in Williamsburg forever. In lieu of flowers, a $10 cover will be accepted at the door on behalf of CHERYL.

11:30pm-4am calling hours at Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn.

Need costume inspiration? Just Accept Death.Think FUNeral, Victorian Mourning Merkins, Starbucks Baristas, All Black Everything, Whole Foods Suttee, Goth Immigrants, Winking Widows, Vintage Sorrow, Mast Brothers Conquistadors, Asian Tapas, and Scrooge McDuck. [Read more...]

Bonnie “Prince” Billy has tusks in his latest video

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As usual, Will Oldham is a freak. And as usual, he’s fantastic. Here’s the latest oddity from his lovely new record, Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues. [Read more...]

Tim and Eric’s really bizarre Totino’s Pizza Rolls video

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We love Tim and Eric and clearly they’ve outdone themselves with this new Totino’s Pizza Rolls video. The ad is even stranger than the one they did for Absolut Vodka featuring Zach Galifianakis.

I’m not sure that watching Hard Rock Joe play slap bass makes me want to eat a Totino’s Pizza Roll but, well, I’m not sure anything would. Watch it below: [Read more...]

Ridgewood is the new Bushwick which was formerly the new Williamsburg

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Dancing at Gottscheer Hall; credit: NY Times

Well you knew this was coming. The Times discovers Ridgewood. “Artsy types in their 20s and 30s, wearing hoodies and black-frame glasses” are invading Ridgewood. (The ban on saying “hipsters” seems to continue.) Evidently, Quooklyn is filling up with dudes who dance like the guy pictured above, “boozy revelers in cutoffs and ’90s basketball jerseys,” and there are “sexual acts [happening] out in the open:”

Cafes with vegan muffins, yoga studios and destination pizzerias have (naturally) sprouted. Bars with names like Milo’s Yard and Bierleichen are slated to open. Guitar cases, tote bags and shearling coats are increasingly frequent accessories on pedestrians. [Read more...]

Comic Arts Brooklyn hits Williamsburg this week with special guest Al Jaffee!

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Anyone who grew up loving Mad won’t want to miss this. Comic Arts Brooklyn hits Williamsburg this week — November 8-9 at Mt. Carmel church 11am to 7pm — and icon Al Jaffee will be speaking at The Wythe Hotel on Sunday:

Al Jaffee began his long and illustrious career in comics in 1941 with the “inferior man” feature for Quality Comics. He later joined his high-school pal Harvey Kurtzman at Mad Magazine in 1955, and went on to create hundreds of features for MAD, including the iconic “Mad Fold-In” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” Now, at age 93, he has contributed to 480 issues of the magazine, more than any other mad artist.

Jaffee will be interviewed by Michael Kupperman, a cartoonist of whom Conan O’Brien said “this guy may have one of the best comedy brains on the planet.”

For a full list of events visit comicartsbrooklyn.