Top 5 shows of the weekend

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You’ve still got a few days to figure out Thanksgiving plans, which you’ll need because there are plenty of spectacular shows to catch this weekend. Be thankful for all the great music you can see, family plans can wait!

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Williamsburg’s NitaNita is closing due to their rent tripling

nitaIn a sad and familiar story NitaNita on North 8th and Wythe will be closing closing next month due to rent increases. From [Read more...]

LLama Inn, a new Peruvian restaurant, opens tonight in Williamsburg


You can check out their menu here. We’re looking forward to their “stoner brunch.”

“For me, there’s a lot more to it than what people think it is,” Erik Ramirez says from behind the robataya grill in the open kitchen at Llama Inn, the Williamsburg Peruvian restaurant he is opening as executive chef on Wednesday. Kitted in a pair of Stan Smiths and a custom apron from Jones of Boerum Hill — a little electric pink “Llama Inn” stitched along the belt tie — the 34-year-old chef who’s bringing a taste of Peru to the Brooklyn neighborhood is talking about his mission to combine the food of his heritage with the borough he calls home. [Read more...]

Gawker shifting focus to become political site, unclear if they will be ’20% nicer’


Nick Denton, and Heather Dietrick
Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

Perhaps this is penance for outing that Conde Nast exec a few months ago, but whatever the reason THIS is shocking. We’re not sure if covering politics will prove to be “20% nicer” than what they normally do, but we’re going to miss their potpourri of snark. That said, Alex Pareene is an ALWAYS entertaining political writer and we sure were sick of those 500 Days of Kristin posts showing up in their feed:, a site that pioneered the knowing and snarky tone that has come to define web journalism, will switch from covering New York and the media world, as it has done since its founding in 2003, to focus on politics.

The change, which comes as part of a broad reorganization of the site’s parent company, Gawker Media, was announced in a memo to the staff on Tuesday. The site, wrote Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, “will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle, seizing the opportunity to reorient its editorial scope on political news, commentary and satire.” [Read more...]

Stacey Pullen Releases Balance Mix, Will Play Verboten on Saturday

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We’ve got techno on the brain, what with Time Warp returning to Brooklyn this Friday, and a number of other exciting artists playing Williamsburg clubs this week. One producer that stands out in particular is Stacey Pullen, a visionary from Detroit’s early to mid-90s techno regime, who’s still going strong. This musical trail blazer recently released a new preview mix for the esteemed Balance Series (US release Nov. 13th, 2015), and he’s scheduled to play a set at Verboten’s Detroit Loves party this Saturday, Nov. 21st.

Check out Balance 028 expertly mixed by Stacey Pullen, and let the driving beats remind you that we really do have a lot to be thankful for this time of year.

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Zeds Dead Will Play Two Intimate Shows in Brooklyn


It’s been a breakneck year for Canadian dubstep duo, Zeds Dead. Following the release of last fall’s, Somewhere Else EP, DC and Hooks hit the road, crushing major cities and festivals with their bass-heavy shows including New York Electric Zoo: Transformed and Baltimore’s MoonRise Festivals, just to name a couple.

Zeds Dead may have proven that they have the power and name recognition to draw huge crowds, often exceeding 10,000, but they’re shifting the focus toward small, classic rock houses instead, in order to provide a more intimate experience for their most loyal fans. These special shows will also be experimental grounds for the duo as they drop unheard tracks fro their upcoming 2016 album. Pretty f*ckin’ exciting, right?

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Pratt Presents an Evening with The Elgort Family



Arthur Elgort, Grethe Barrett Holby, Ansel Elgort, Sophie Elgort, and Warren Elgort

Don’t miss this special event featuring the creative members of the Elgort family. Legendary fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, known for his influential “snapshot” approach, is one of Vogue’s signature photographers and has crafted campaigns for major fashion houses and luxury brands such as Chanel and Dior. His wife Grethe Barrett Holby, founder of American Opera Projects, is a force to be reckoned with in the opera world, working as a producer, stage director, and choreographer. Famed actor Ansel Elgort has starred in films such as The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Insurgent. Working on the other side of the film world, Warren Elgort is an independent filmmaker and producer. Sophie Elgort, following in her father’s footsteps, is a fashion photographer who has shot for numerous publications and who counts brands such as Bloomingdales and Mercedes-Benz as clients. The Elgorts will talk about their careers in photography, opera, and film, as well as their inspirations and upcoming projects. Moderated by Spencer Bailey, editor-in-chief of Surface.

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 PM
Pratt Brooklyn Campus

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP now!

NY Distilling Company becomes a stage with ‘Macbeth: Things Bad Begun’


When cooler weather starts to set in, it can be tempting to hole up inside and watch endless amounts of Netflix. But I implore you, fine residents of Williamsburg, venture out while there are still leaves in the trees and temperatures above freezing.

How about a trip to the theatre? FoxWolf Productions presents a fresh take on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in an immersive setting at NY Distilling Company this December 7-13th. The performance is directed by Jamie Watkins and conceived by Alice Allemano and Christopher Hirsh. Musical director Zac Selissen and Pablo Lanuguere will play the score live.

Patrons can imbibe Macbeth themed cocktails, greeted at their seats with “The Done Deed” hot toddy and more provided by The Shanty with an open bar and music following the show. “Macbeth: Things Bad Begun” is the second theatrical event hosted by FoxWolf Productions; their first being a sold out run of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” earlier this year.

Get tickets here.

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