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    DJ Jonathan Toubin, who hosts the much-loved, long-running rock-and-soul dance party New York Night Train, was critically injured in a horrible, freak accident yesterday morning in Portland. Toubin was sleeping in a ground-floor hotel room when a taxi driver, who may have suffered a diabetic episode while she was driving, plowed through a wall into Toubin's room, pinning him underneath the car. According to the Voice, he was still in critical condition at 3 a.m. today. Two benefit shows at Home Sweet Home and Motor City are planned for tonight to help with medical expenses. For those who can't make those, a PayPal account was also set up for donations -- contact ihearttoubin@gmail.com for info. We hope Jonathan has a speedy recovery and send our well wishes to his family and friends.

    Update: Very good news: Toubin is now in "stable" condition, according to the Portland Mercury

    Update Part 2: Cakeshop is turning the show Toubin had organized there tonight into a benefit.

    From the Deli magazine:

    The cakeshop show tonight, presented by Jonathan Toubin, goes on as planned, but is now a BENEFIT for the man. we are waiving expenses and $$ is going straight to Jonathan, [who was hit by a cab in Portland while sleeping in his hotel room in a crazy accident]. Please come by and throw support his way, its what he would want!!! Please also go to the other benefit ones nearby at HOME SWEET HOME and MOTOR CITY! this is clearly going to be a killer night of jonvibes!! please also retweet/facebook etc. and spread this around as much as possible.

    NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN PRESENTS

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 9th:

    4th: FIVE DOLLAR PRIEST (12)

    3rd: CHICKEN SNAKE (11)

    2nd: MARCELLUS HALL (10)

    1st: SEDIMENT CLUB (9)

    plus DJs

    $10 PLUS (1 free drink ticket if you put in $20 or more), 8pm door

    21+, please bring your ID

    --The Cakeshop Peeps


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    Playwright David Jenkins, whose first play for the theater company Human Animals Presents, Middlemen, was solidly received in 2009, comes back with a three-character piece, Post Office, directed by Josie Whittlesey.  Set in the small fictional town of Little Neck, Illinois, the action follows a 19-year-old mail carrier (played by David Gelles) as he adjusts to his new job.  He is mentored by an aging mail carrier (Eric Hoffman), and he also finds time to start an affair with a disillusioned housewife (Anney Ciobbe).  I enjoyed speaking with the young playwright, who is well-spoken and quite aware of what he is trying to do.
     
    Hi David.  I became intrigued by your play because I'm a big fan of the U.S. Post Office.  I like the people who work there, I've used it successfully for years, and I respect what they accomplish.
     
    I like the Post Office, too.  I was a part-time carrier when I was in college.  When you talk about the Post Office, it's easy to bring in a story that's negative, but it's really an amazing organization.  Across the country, something is sent to everyone's house every day; it's incredible.  I think it's important, in talking about the play, to know it's not a smash-in-the-face for the Post Office, because it does so much right.  But I'm not an apologist for the Post Office either; it's too big.  It's the second largest employer in the U.S., next to Walmart. So you can't get rid of it, it employs that many people.  It's a stand-in for a lot of the things that are happening in the country now.  It's on the precipice. It's this thing that we all count on; it's ridiculed, but we do have a bit of affection for it too.
     
    So tell me about the play within your Post Office setting.
     
    Basically what you've got is a 'coming of age' story: a 19-year-old mail carrier, a 65-year-old co-worker who is taking him under his wing, and a 45-year-old disillusioned housewife, and all three are trying to figure out what you can aspire to now.
     
    Do you mean, in terms of being in the USA today?
     
    It's a small town in Illinois, and what's the dream?  Now that it's shifted, what is it? It's three characters, at different stages in their lives, and they're all trying to help each other move on to the next stage in their life.
     
    Can you tell me some more, without spoiling any surprises?
     
    There's an older male mail carrier, injured on his route; his body is failing him.  He lives for the Post Office.  He's taken the young guy under his wing. The kid is reluctant because he doesn't see a future in the Post Office, but he likes being mentored by someone.  Then, while he's out on his route, he starts up an affair with this mysterious, disillusioned housewife.  She's someone who's probably upper middle class and stranded in her life.  So I think the play ends up with the battle between the 65-year-old mailman, who has very concrete ideas about taking a job and settling in, and the housewife, who tried to do everything right and it exploded on her.  They both kind of give the kid what he needs.
     
    Is there some kind of resolution?
     
    You'll see this play and you'll bring your idea of the Post Office to it, so I don't have to work too hard to show you the bad side.  It could be three people headed towards futility.  Everything's fucked, and we're headed to no future in this country.  But, I think it's about what do we take out of this time, the decline.  And I try to focus on this.  This is not a free-fall.  What can you take out of the ground shifting under your feet, and how does this change how we're all responsible to each other.
     
    Is it in one act? 
     
    It's spare, one hour and 15 minutes.  No intermission.  I don't like the term "one act." If I can get a bite, and feel full at the end, that's a play.  Audiences are really smart, so you're not going to impress them with story tricks.  The audience knows.  If you put in the bones of a story, real human characters, and real emotions and problems, they'll go with it.  I'd rather see 55 minutes of that than 3 hours of pure naturalism.
     
    The New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher St., 212-868-4444, smarttix.com, previews Dec. 1, opens Dec. 6 - 17, Thurs. - Tues. (No Wed. performance) 8 p.m., $18.


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    The New York Times once described Northern Cali-based Thomas Campbell as an "an Aries, an artist, a film director, a painter, a photographer, a sculptor, a skateboarder, a surfer of twin fins, of single fins, of fish fins, long boards and even of lunch trays, a global traveler, a record-label founder, a designer of album covers, a stuff maker, a dude who keeps everything at hobby's distance to further his enjoyment of life." He is also one of the "Beautiful Losers," a member of the '90s-era artist scene which Aaron Rose documented in his 2008 documentary of the same name. Tonight, at Half Gallery, he's presenting a series of new paintings, sculptures and "sewn paper stuff." And on Dec. 13th, he'll be creating a new mural in the back room of Max Fish. Here are some preview images of what's in store at his Half Gallery show.

    "Capture and Release"
    Half Gallery
    208 Forsyth St.
    Opening tonight from 6-8 p.m.

    Max Fish mural
    178 Ludlow St.
    Opening Dec. 13th, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.

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    Earlier this week, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry posted an anti-gay campaign spot on YouTube. Several astute viewers of the ad noted that the jacket Perry was wearing looks exactly like the one worn by Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. So if Perry plans on making any homophobic campaign spots in the future, PAPERMAG cobbled together some ideas for outfits he can wear in upcoming ads.

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    Photographer and frequent PAPER contributor Autumn De Wilde has a new book of photographs featuring one of her longtime subjects, musician Beck Hansen. The book (which you can see several images from in Mr. Mickey's section of our new Winter Issue) features images from Hansen recording his album Mutations, live performances and a bunch of really fun surrealism and optical-art-inspired portraits. Last night Papermag photographer Douglas Neill stopped by Bookmarc in Los Angeles, where De Wilde and Hansen were having a signing and release party. Check out the photos!


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    Screen shot 2011-12-09 at 3.54.49 PM.pngThe Roots released their ambitious concept album undun this week to much acclaim. And as it so happens, drummer ?uestlove's buttermilk fried chicken has been getting great reviews, too. A tough audience at a recent Bon Appétit party ate it up (guests included Tom Colicchio, Wyatt Cenac, Solange Knowles, Ryan Phillippe and Sasha Grey), where ?uestlove also DJ'd. The event marked the debut of his catering company, Quest Loves Food, a venture with his manager, Richard Nichols, and Alexis Rosenzweig of Coolhunter LLC. We talked with Nichols about what's happening.
     
    How did this catering company get started?
    We had the idea for about a year and tried to figure out what made the most sense. We were thinking about doing a food truck but you have to be so specific about which corner you're selling on. Even though the truck idea was cool we saw it was problematic in terms of getting permits, and so many locations are taken up. We needed $600,000 to invest, a fairly expensive proposition. We might do it at a later point. We saw that at a number of high profile events there's usually a food component attached and we thought we could connect the dots. We present a more immersive experience -- music and food curated by one person. It puts you more into ?uestlove's state of mind than some random catering company.
     
    What is ?uestlove's state of mind?
    I won't say there's one ?uestlove state of mind. It'll broaden out as time goes on. If you walk around somebody's house they have certain kinds of decorations on the wall and a certain kind of couch and serve a certain kind of food that helps you wrap your mind around it, all contributing to the understanding of you. It's a nonverbal form of speech. It's not important that it matches, per se, but those things come together in your head. Entertainment is largely about empathy. The person on stage is someone you want to be able to relate to one-on-one; it's part of the natural human condition. If you're a supporter of someone and want to connect in a certain way, these are the bridges.
     
    I loved the drumsticks at the Bon Appétit party. They were so fat I wondered if they were full of hormones.
    No! We're using local chickens from a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a half hour from Philly. They're large drumsticks because the chickens are allowed to live longer and they get fat. They don't get any hormones.
     
    How did you come up with the recipe for them?
    Elita Bradley, who has some Southern roots in her background, and Clara Park, who's Korean-American, cooked up about ten variations of fried chicken for us to try. There's a Korean crunch to the recipe we liked the best, but with Creole seasoning.
     
    Do you think you'll end up opening a restaurant?
    We want to hit our stride before we go onto future projects. We want to do condiments -- hot sauces, gourmet ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, salad dressing -- or maybe fryers or grills. The whole thing is tricky. The bottom line is we make a decent amount of money out of music. It's important to understand what's involved as you work your way into the food game so we're informed before we license the name and likeness. We want to make sure it has a certain level of quality. The end game is not to sell fried chicken. It's to do something larger that will involve a number of products and make sense for how people perceive your brand.
     
    So what's next?
    We want to be associated with all different kinds of events, things you wouldn't expect. We've been in discussions about taking over the Google cafeteria. We'd like to do the Facebook and Twitter lunchrooms and have Ahmir [?uestlove's real name] DJ. We just did an event at the Blue Note, music and food, and we want to do more things like that -- the Grammys and Sundance, for instance.
     
    ?uestlove got in a lot of trouble when the band played an instrumental of "Lyin' Ass Bitch" by Fishbone during Michele Bachmann's entrance on Jimmy Fallon. Do you have to get every song approved now before a guest comes out?
    Yeah, it's different now.
     
    So you've been grounded?
    You could say that.
     
    Photo of Richard Nichols by Patrick McMullan

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    After reading the scathing New York Times review of this new musical based on the story of outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, we were scared for the prospect of the almost two-and-a-half hour show. Could this production that seems perfectly posed to debut during the new depression actually be as depressing as the Times claimed? Watch our video review to see if we hit pay dirt or felt like we were robbed!






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    283660(1).jpgThis past Wednesday, the Friends Of The Costume Institute celebrated designer Thom Browne's accomplishments in menswear with a Q&A conducted by Glenn O'Brien, the spruce, white-haired fashionisto most known for his "Style Guy" feature in GQ (and a former PAPER columnist), at the Met. The tête-à-tête, held in the museum's striking European Sculpture Court, touched on everything from Thom's beginnings (the designer admitted he thought more people would like the label when it first debuted) to if he ever wears anything that isn't a suit (Browne listed Nike shoes as running shorts as his only alternate attire, adding that he'd love to do an athletic line in the future).

    Upon the evening's close, we had a chance to briefly talk to Thom about the live interview, his signature garb, and how people tend to read into his work.

    A lot of questions people asked tonight tended to define your work for you -- is that strange to hear?

    I like people to have their own take on it, whatever that is -- there's nothing worse than rules, and that's the reason I wanted to start my own thing in the first place, to get rid of rules.

    It was also interesting how people seemed to be ready to disagree with you about the framework of your own clothes.

    I'm not always the best person to talk to about [my work], because I don't think about it in the way other people do. I don't see the fashion in it a lot of times -- I never use specific references. Everyone wants to contextualize it somehow and that's fine. Sometimes I hear them, and I wish it was so intelligently inspired! I'm more instinctual -- so many people know the history of clothing better than I do.

    Do you find this whole thing retrospective? It's interesting to speak about your career when you're nowhere near the end of it.

    I get nervous initially because my life is just not that interesting. I mean, what I have to say, is it really that interesting? Sometimes I don't think so, but all I do is say what it is. I don't know,  look at this in a retrospective way -- I'm just talking about what I did, and there's so much more to do.


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    It was all in the Paper family Wednesday night, when our market director Luigi Tadini and designer Robert James (husband d' our own Michele Lindsay) hosted the menswear boutique By Robert James' grand-opening party. The 3,500-square-foot, three-story shop is one of the largest menswear stores in the LES. and, though we might be a smidge biased, it was one of the funnest store openings we've been to in a while. DJ El Dorado was spinning on the ones and twos and Brian Newman Quintet performed with a special burlesque show by Gal Friday. Throw in the fried pickles and sliders form nearby Interstate Food & Liquor and drinks by Bombay East Gin and let's just say we were all hurting a little Thursday morning. In a good way, of course.

    By Robert James
    74 Orchard St.
    New York, NY 10002

    Store Hours:
    Mon.-Sat., 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

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    1. Nicky Digital hosts Yelle's "official world-tour after party" tonight, December 9, 10 p.m., at Loreley (64 Frost Street, Williamsburg).  Look for DJ sets from Yelle DJs, Housse De Racket and Dominique Keegan. It's FREE with RSVP here.


    2. Oops. NASA can't find over 500 "moon rocks, meteorites, comet chunks and other space material" that had been collected since the 70s. This is why we can't have nice things, NASA! [Daily Mail]

    3. Man, we wish we had thought of this: The most pointless non-apologies of 2011. [L.A. Times]

    4. Check out Polaroids shot by Robert Whitman in the early '80s at Black & White Gallery (483 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn). The exhibit, "Fucked Up in Minneapolis," opens tonight, December 9th, from 6 to 10 p.m., and is up until January 14, 2012.

    5. Watch the first U.S. outdoor screening of Andy Warhol's Empire tonight, December 9th, in downtown Chicago. The Art Institute is projecting the 8-hour black and white film onto the side of Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street, Chicago) from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. [Chicago Tribune]

    6. Sheik 'N' Beik hosts their last party of 2011 this Saturday, December 10, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., $10, at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard Street). DJs include Fong, Julio, Jeffrey Scott, Sandy and Michel Harruch.

    7. Rick Santorum claims that high obesity rates prove that we don't need food stamps. [ThinkProgress.]


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    enhanced-buzz-26765-1323797623-8.jpg1. Guess who was the top earning woman in music in 2011? Lady Gaga, of course. She grossed over $90 million according to Forbes magazine's annual tally, while Taylor Swift ($45 million) and Katy Perry ($44 million) were right behind. Adele grossed almost $18 million, but that number only included a couple of months of sales for her smash-hit album, 21, and very little touring due to her throat surgery.


    2. Yes, that's Shepard Fairey's illustration on Time magazine's "Person of the Year" cover.

    3. The "prog-rock, funk-soul collective" NewVillager is doing a free show at Jack Hanley Gallery () (136 Watts Street) tomorrow night, December 16, 8 p.m.  The show -- "The Game Cycles" -- includes "dancers, mover, tower and living sculpture."  What's a "mover"?

    4. Add the Republic of the Moon to your list of micro-nations to visit before you die. This alternative vision of lunar life wants to "re-claim the moon for artists, idealists and dreamers." You can check it out starting today through February 26, 2012, in Liverpool, England, at the FACT "film, art and new media center." [ArtsCatalyst]

    5. Sixty-two percent of the apps downloaded for an incentive are never used. [Harris Interactive]

    6. Legendary Japanese producer/turntablist DJ Krush is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 19, 2012. It's one of the stops on his 20th Anniversary World Tour. [BrooklynVegan]

    7. The 30 Most Important Cats 2011. [Buzzfeed]


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    Town Hall hosted Pink Martini, the sprawling cabaret orchestra from Portland, OR, for two fabulous nights this week. Thomas Lauderdale, the group's founder and pianist led the evening, with a parade of special guests (including our own Kim Hastreiter and honorary PM member on cymbal duty!). Principal vocalist China Forbes is recovering from throat surgery, and guest singer Storm Large assumed her role with wit, elegance, and splendid pipes. Japan's Saori Yuki, whom Lauderdale introduced as "the Japanese Barbara Streisand," sang several numbers, including one from their new album together, 1969, a delicate, multi-lingual version of "Puff the Magic Dragon." Lauderdale fondly told a story about discovering and buying one of Yuki's albums in his favorite Portland record store many years ago -- he even brought the old album to show the audience -- and said their collaboration is a dream come true for him. Ari Shapiro, who has moonlighted for a few years with Pink Martini, also sang throughout the evening; in addition to having a perfect voice, face, body, and suit, he's also the White House correspondent for NPR and a talking head on cable news channels -- no big deal.

    In the second half of the evening, Paper-BFF Joey Arias was a show-stopper with his humorous rendition of "Santa Baby" (and minor strip-tease), followed by Jewish Cantor
    Ida Rae CahanaThere were also trumpet duets, a harp, guitar and double bass solos, a string section, and cool percussion instruments we've never even seen before. Truly, an evening of splendor in Times Square.

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    While we wait for the third album by UK band The Maccabees [how appropriate for Chanukah!], they've released this single and video for "Pelican" featuring lots of things that have been sliced in half. We'd love to see a "making-of" clip to accompany this since it must have been fun to slice open a television, a piggy bank, a blender and everything else. We assume they didn't really harm all those cute kids. The album, Given To The Wild, will be out in January, 2012.

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    Lovecat's founders Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat had a holiday party last nigh at Pulqueria in collaboration with Kanon Organic Vodka. Heide Lindgren and Nicole Trunfio hosted the party that also celebrated the launch of Lovecat's third issue

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    anime-my-neighbor-totoro.jpgJonathan Toubin Benefit at Brooklyn Bowl

    Much-loved New York DJ Jonathan Toubin remains in a Portland hospital after a car drove through the ground-floor hotel room he was sleeping in last week, and another NYC benefit has been planned to help pay for his hospital and medical bills. This Friday night, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe and Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths, and DJs Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Billy Miller (Norton Records), Bear In Heaven, Leo Fitzpatrick, Habibi, and Slowdance will be playing all night. Tickets are $25 to $100, and 100% of proceeds go to Toubin. Last weekend, benefits were held at several locations, including Home Sweet Home, Cake Shop and Motor City. If you can't make it this Friday, Jonathan's family also started a PayPal account. You can contact ihearttoubin@gmail.com about making donations.

    Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 10:30 p.m. Tickets here.

    Launch Party for Occupy! at the Verso Loft

    Mix, mingle with progressive literary types at the launch party for the first book about the Occupy movement, Occupy: Scenes from Occupied America, courtesy of Verso books. The tome, which was first compiled as a gazette by the editors of n+1, features the thoughts of folks like Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis and Slavoj Žižek, as well as added materia.

    The Verso Loft, 20 Jay St., Suite 1010, DUMBO, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. Free.

    My Neighbor Totoro at the IFC Center

    In collaboration with GKIDS, the IFC Center is hosting a comprehensive retrospective of films from Japan's Studio Ghibli, home to anime legends Miyazaki and Takhata. Tonight, grab a cutie and head to a screening of one the most adorable and heartfelt films of all time, My Neighbor Totoro, about two girls who move to the countryside and discover a family of gentile Totoros living in the surrounding forests.

    The IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. 7:45 p.m. $13.

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    Here are 10 plays I saw off-off Broadway this past year and enjoyed tremendously:

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    1. Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good


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    2. In the Pony Palace/Football

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    4.  Enfrascada

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    5. Silence!  The Musical 
     

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    6. The Lapsburgh Layover

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    8. The Select (The Sun Also Rises

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    9. Post Office

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    10. Derby Day
     
    An addendum:  Not exactly a play, but I couldn't stop smiling throughout  Ennio Marchetto, The Living Paper Cartoon.



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    Open in selected theaters this week is Alex Stapleton's sensational documentary, Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel. The film chronicles the maverick director and producer Roger Corman, who began directing low-budget horror and sci-fi gems in the late '50s like Not Of The Earth and The Wasp Woman. Later, Corman evolved to stylish adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe films starring Vincent Price like Pit & The Pendulum, as well as the counterculture classics The Wild Angels and The Trip, starring Peter Fonda. His producing days at New World Pictures included distributing foreign films by Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman that brought art films to the drive-in and was instrumental in launching directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme among others. His iconoclastic spirit resulted in a well-deserved lifetime achievement Oscar. Stapelton gets some fascinating footage, especially a revealing interview with Jack Nicholson, which is funny and ultimately touching. Corman is a personal hero of mine and this wonderful film does him justice.

    Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel is showing at City Cinemas Village East, 181-189 2nd Ave., starting today.



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    Burn, Baby, Burn!  There are two things that still get us out on the dancefloor: shots of tequila and "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps. Today's oldie-but-goodie is so good that it became a hit twice. First in 1976, when it was originally released, and then again in 1978 after it appeared on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.  It even won a Grammy.  Factoid: The clip was filmed out in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, at the now shuttered disco 2001 Odyssey.




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    Here's a little holiday Friday fluff for you. Surely, by now you've seen the super-adorable Zooniversity videos of Teddy Bear the very bossy, very chatty porcupine refusing to share his corn on the cob and going to town on a pumpkin. Just in time for the holidays, here he is wearing a tiny Santa hat and gabbing it up while he busily puts away a gingerbread man cookie (that icing's made out of bark, right Zooniversity?). Something tells us that when Teddy "talks" he's actually weaving a nasty tapestry of profanity and abuse that would make even a woodchuck blush, but we love him all the same.

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    ALL-STAR_INVITE-FINAL_LO_web.jpgNew York creative agency TheGoodLife! hosts "The Rickford Institute All-Star Classic" photography exhibition curated by Ricky Powell. The big group show opens tomorrow night, December 17th, 8 to 11 p.m. and will be up until December 22nd at Milk Gallery (450 West 15th Street). Look for works by legendary photographers Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Glen E. Friedman, Cheryl Dunn, Henry Chalfant, Charlie Ahearn and many more including Mr. Powell, who just celebrated his 50th birthday. As an added treat for the opening, there's music from DJs Stretch Armstrong, Jasmine Solano, Smoke L.E.S. and TJ Mizell.



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