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    We're starting off Thursday with a "random act of kindness" by sharing this clip featuring Jill Scott singing a cover version of the Bill Withers' classic "Lovely Day." The Grammy-winning Philly singer is working on her fourth album and is also supporting the "Have a Lovely Day" campaign with this bunch of cute kids. Start the day on a positive note, and go ahead and do something really nice...or better yet, volunteer to get involved in a worthwhile cause.

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    MAC just launched a collection based on 90-year-old style icon Iris Apfel's multi-textured, more-is-more-is-more style. A 2006 Met Show featuring Apfel's charismatic wardrobe dubbed her "the Rare Bird of Fashion," a moniker later echoed by Apfel's 2011 HSN collection "Rara Avis." MAC follows suit, featuring eye shadows, lipsticks and nail polish in tropical hues with names like "Party Parrot," "Robin's Egg" and "Toco Toucan."  Apfelites will undoubtedly swoop in and snap this line up quick, so get shoppin'.  

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    George Herms, the legendary figure from California's 1960s-era assemblage movement, is hot again --  for like the umpteenth time in his itinerant career as a visionary innovator. Eschewing the nostalgia of California's expansive, multi-institution survey "Pacific Standard Time," Herms chose to turn his retrospective at MoCA into a paean to the present, getting director Jeffrey Deitch and curator Neville Wakefield to compliment his work with a pantheon of today's most wildly inventive artists. Like a wonderful missing link between Beat poetics, freestyle jazz, Cali Cool School and the current crop of hipsters who hold him in reverence, Herms embodies the spirit of iconoclastic irreverence, anti-authoritarianism and an unbridled creativity that is, well, timeless. In celebration of his return to New York with a new show of modest and quirky assemblage sculptures at Susan Inglett Gallery, Papermag proudly presents some of his most recent collage works.

    George Herms' work is on display at Susan Inglett Gallery through January 21.

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  • 01/05/12--09:48: Isaac Mizrahi Got Married!

  • Yesterday, longtime Friend Of PAPER, designer Isaac Mizrahi announced on the Wendy Williams Show that he "eloped" to City Hall and wed longtime boyfriend Arnold Germer. He showed off his blingy ring, and revealed that he got married by a Justice of the Peace on November 30th (incidentally the same date 13 years ago that Wendy Williams got married to her husband Kevin Hunter at City Hall, and who incidentally were married by Grace Jones's brother George). During the ceremony, Isaac said he started sobbing. "I wasn't expecting that emotional emotional impact -- I think when it's right, you know it." While Isaac's friends were a little miffed that there was be no big party, nor a gift registry, Isaac said that he and Arnold will most likely throw a big one-year anniversary bash: "I think we'll have a giant shindig and yes, I will call Vera Wang, and yes, she will do my dress." Watch a video of the big reveal above. Congrats Isaac and Arnold!!

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  • 01/05/12--10:25: Accidental Tourist
  • When it comes to travel, it's all about location, location, location. And by that, we mean where you're sitting and just who you're sitting next to. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and find yourself next to a handsome stranger, other times, well, you'd rather pull down your eye mask and take a snooze. We threw together a random mix of models, real New Yorkers, artists and general weirdos to capture the eclectic fashion crap-shoot that is modern day travel. All aboard flight PAPER!

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    Brie Harding
    Agency: Major
    Jacket by Volcom, vest by Levi's, dress by BCBG Max Azria, skirt by Tory Burch, leggings by Augden, shoes by Camper, sunglasses by Persol, bag by Salvatore Ferragamo, headband by Giles & Brother, necklaces by Suzanna Dai, Paige Novick and Elisabeth Bell Jewelry, bracelets by BIKO, Sisco + Berluti, Giles & Brother, Elisabeth Bell Jewelry and Waxing Poetic and rings by Langoliers and Natalie Frigo.

    Michael Tintiuc
    Agency: Red
    Jacket by Louis Vuitton, shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs, shorts by H&M, jeans by Simon Spurr, boots by Converse, hat by Dior Homme, headphones by Urbanears, gloves by John Varvatos and bag by Salvatore Ferragamo.

    Ambrose Carter
    Agency: Red
    Sunglasses, suit and shirt by Versace for H&M, sneakers by PUMA by Hussein Chalayan and bag by Prada.

    Jeffrey Gaunt
    Agency: Adam NYC
    Jacket by Yigal Azrouël, sweater by Gucci, shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs, kilt by Rag & Bone, tights by American Apparel, boots by Dr. Martens, headphones by Beats by Dr. Dre, gloves by Tommy Hilfiger, ring by Flutter by Jill Golden and backpack by Nixon.

    Cheryl Dunn
    Jacket by H&M, dress by Sonia Rykiel, tights by American Apparel, shoes by Maison Martin Margiela, camera by Leica, necklace by Giles & Brother, rings by Natalie Frigo and Paige Novick and bag by Louis Vuitton.

    Michael Karbelnikoff
    Jacket by Band of Outsiders, shirt by Patrik Ervell, pants by Rag & Bone, hat and boots by Alexander McQueen, sunglasses by Barton Perreira, necklaces by Anna Sheffield, MacBook Air by Apple and vintage backpack.


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    Jordan Torres 
    Agency: Red
    Sweater by Calvin Klein Collection, pants by Dior Homme, bag by Uniqlo, socks by H&M, sneakers by Converse, hat by New Era and watch by Tourneau. 

    Bruna Mattos 
    Agency: Major
    Coat by DSQUARED2, top by Roberto Cavalli, bra by Victoria's Secret, pants by Just Cavalli, shoes by Versace, sunglasses by Michael Kors, necklace by Giles & Brother, bracelets by Natalie Frigo and Smith by Zoe Chicco, rings by Natalie Frigo and bag by Gucci.

    Nykhor Paul 
    Agency: Red
    Dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs, scarf by Maison Martin Margiela, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, sunglasses by Diane von Furstenberg, necklaces by Lanvin, bracelet by Mawi, rings by Natalie Frigo and Flutter by Jill Golden, earrings by Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier and clutch by Miu Miu.

    Samatha Ruggiero 
    Agency: Major
    Coat by Miu Miu, dress by Carven, sweater by Joe Fresh, socks by American Apparel, shoes by Dr. Martens, Bag by Miu Miu, glasses by Nike, necklace and iPhone cover by Marc by Marc Jacobs, bracelet by Sonia Rykiel and ring by Rebekah Price. 

    John Tuite 
    Agency: Adam NYC
    Jacket by Simon Spurr, shirts by Marc by Marc Jacobs and Diesel, pants by Louis Vuitton, boots by Tommy Hilfiger and suitcase by Burton. 

    Shiona Turini
    Shirt by Stella McCartney, skirt by Christopher Kane, shoes by Lanvin, necklaces by Iosselliani, bracelets by Giles & Brother and Flutter by Jill Golden, rings by Lia Sophia and Mawi and iPhone case by Incipio.

    Miki Higasa
    Jacket by Thom Browne, sweater by SACAI, shorts by Comme des Garçons, tights by Wolford, shoes by Manolo Blahnik, earrings by Judy Geib and bracelets by Jill Platner, Judy Geib and Dezso by Sara Beltran.

    Caitlin Sloat
    Agency: Major
    Jacket by Diesel, cardigan by H&M, shirt by Chloé, pants by GUESS, shoes by Dr. Martens, headband by Miu Miu, bag and scarf by Sonia Rykiel  and watch by Baby-G.

    Andrew Coslow
    Agency: Adam NYC
    Suit, turtleneck and bag by Salvatore Ferragamo, shoes by Dr. Martens, sunglasses by Persol and planner by Hermès.

    Drew Elliott
    Jacket by Lanvin, shirt by Uniqlo, tie by Jil Sander, jeans by Dior Homme, boots by Aurelio Garcia, sunglasses by Diane von Furstenberg, iPhone cover by Nicola Formichetti and bag  by Gucci.

    Marc Dylan
    Tank top by Simon Spurr, shorts by G-Star, boots by Tommy Hilfiger, sunglasses by Versace and bag by Jeremy Scott for Longchamp.  

    Henny Garfunkel
    Jacket by Miu Miu, dress by Oscar de la Renta, pants by vintage Comme des Garçons, shoes by Dr. Martens, vintage glasses and jewelry, earrings by Ted Muehling and watch by Rolex.

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    Jenne Lombardo
    Coat by H&M, jacket by Levi's, vintage dress from Screaming Mimi's, shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo, bag by Louis Vuitton, hat by Salvatore Ferragamo and rings by Pamela Love.

    Garry Clemmons
    Jacket by Tommy Hilfiger, cardigan by John Varvatos, shirt by Levi's, pants by J Brand, sneakers by Y-3, vintage camera and portfolio by Coach.

    Jason Clemmons
    Jacket by Patrik Ervell, shirt by Levi's, T-shirt by H&M, jeans by J Brand, sneakers by Y-3, headphones by Incase and bag by Nixon.

    Blake Clendenin
    Agency: Adam NYC
    Jacket by G-Star, hoodie and T-shirt by PUMA by Hussein Chalayan, pants by Uniqlo, sneakers by Converse and headphones by WeSC.

    Dalad Kambhu
    Agency: Major
    Jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, shirt by DSQUARED2, pants by Jean Paul Gaultier, shoes by Miu Miu, hat by Eugenia Kim, glasses by Fendi and bag by GUESS.

    Baizy Davis
    Dress by DSQUARED2, necklace by Mawi and vintage head wrap.

    Hair by Takahide Tokuyama for OC61 Salon / Makeup by Yuko Mizuno for NARS Cosmetics at Rona Represents / Groomer: Dakota Heman using INGLOT Cosmetics for
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    Fashion Coordinator: Diane Drennan-Lewis
    Assisted by Brittaney Barbosa
    Photographer Assistant: Se Young
    Stylist's Assistants: Kimberly Pohan and Jenny Seipp
    Interns: Kelley Bula, Kim Foster, Tenzing Gyari, Brandon Johnson, Danny Krup, Megan McCredie, Bryan Urena and Melissa Vance.  
    Catering: Whole Foods NYC

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    "National Anthem" and "This Is What Makes Us Girls" -- two more tracks off model Lana Del Rey's Born to Die --  leaked this morning. Give them a listen on Del Rey's much-anticipated debut album officially comes out January 30th, but, at this rate, we'll likely be able to hear the whole thing any day now.

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    Screen shot 2012-01-05 at 3.26.25 PM.png1. Kanye starts his Twitter-year with a long rant about his design company, DONDA, and...well, everything. Where do we sign up for his summer school with Spike Jonze? [Twitter via Billboard]

    2. PopRally hosts an evening with Brooklyn's Blondes and DJ Juan MacLean on Saturday, January 21st, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at MoMA.  Advance tickets are only $18 and you can get yours here.

    3. Shit monks say.

    4. "Shakespeare was gay," according to Sir Ian McKellen. "His predilection was evident from his works." [Cindy Adams]

    5. Wildly popular UK boy-band One Direction is playing Radio City Music Hall on March 9th, opening for Big Time Rush. Orchestra tickets -- only a cool $2,250 -- are still available here.

    6. Creepy people to watch out for at nightclubs: Psychotic Sam, Delusional Daniel, Lurking Larry and Can't-take-a-hint Henry. These dudes have nothing on the people Stefon hangs out with.  Read more here. [ClubPlanet]

    7. The Milky Way photographed by an ordinary digital camera. [Buzzfeed]

    et_2097720b.jpg8. A UK woman was reunited with her recently stolen, utterly terrifying life-sized ET doll. [Telegraph]

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    When we saw this sort of amusing/worrisome image on Just Jared of Brad Pitt walking with a cane (Brad, are you OK!?), in our post-holiday haze we decided we would find some other images of non-elderly celebrities photographed with canes. After some intense Internet-trolling, here's what we dug up. How's that for a cane do attitude!

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    This year's Miami Winter Music Conference will be headquartered in a temporary structure on Miami Beach, at the east end of Collins Park (21st Street and Collins Avenue, South Beach, Florida). The annual event is also expanding to ten days, March 16th thru 25th, and it looks like they've kissed-and-made-up with the Ultra Music Festival, which is now scheduled during the same time period, March 23rd, 24th and 25th. Ultra tickets are going fast, but are still available here. And, if that's not enough to keep you occupied, the beach structure -- dubbed "The Beachplex" -- will also double as the site of Funkshion Fashion Week from March 22nd to 26th.  For a sneak preview of one the world's biggest DJs performing his exclusive Miami set, watch the video above. [Ed note: We think this video is super creepy and reminds us of those faceless garden dummies you occasionally see in people's yards when you're home visiting your parents. Gary thinks it's hilarious and cute. You be the judge!]

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    When we heard that Jim Morrison's Hollywood Hills home was burned in the L.A. arson fires last week, we reached out to photographer and Paper pal Jeff Forney, whose friend, Matt King, lives in the house. Jeff photographed one of the home's original showers for us in 2010, which King preserved during a renovation and still has old graffiti and lyrics scrawled on it that fans left after Morrison's death. Forney hasn't been able to get a hold of King this past week (understandably, he's likely pretty busy at the moment) but sent over these photos he took as well as a description of the damage.

    The side of the house was damaged extensively where the outdoor patio is.....and being that the deck extends out onto the street, the flaming Mazda Miata set that stuff well ablaze. The side of the house that was damaged also has another problem. The flames went into the vent above the living room (right off the patio) and scorched all sorts of stuff up in the crawl space up there. If you look at the front of the house you don't see so much damage. It's really on the side of the house where the most damage was done and that includes the railroad ties that supported the outdoor patio.

    The fate of the patio doesn't sound promising and, unfortunately, it's also where Morrison supposedly wrote the lyrics to the Doors song "Love Street." We hope the house is repairable and send King our well wishes.

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    605apollo.jpgThe Apollo Project at the World Financial Center

    To kick off the 2012 New York Guitar Festival, a crew of luminaries (including Mike Gordon (Phish), Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Larry Campbell, itsnotyouitsme, David Torn and others) will gather to "re-imagine" Brian Eno's 1983 ambient masterpiece, "Apollo Atmospheres and Soundtracks" on its 30th anniversary. The performance will be accompanied by scenes from Craig Teper's documentary, Man In The Right Seat, about Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. 

    The World Financial Center, 220 Vesey St. 8 p.m. Free.

    Nerd Nite Magazine
    Launch Party at Galapagos Art Space 

    Nerd Nite, Galapagos Art Space's monthly lecture series, wherein "nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts" (i.e. informal presentations about topics as far ranging as "The Rise and Fall of the Atari Empire" and "How Snakes Do It), have gone and created a magazine. Celebrate the first issue tonight with a dance party courtesy of DJ Solid Goldberger, a nerd rap battle and various presentations and treatises.

    Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $11.11.

    Let's Play House at Le Bain 

    Head to the top of the Standard Hotel for Nik Mercer and Jacques Renault's super-fun semi-regular party at Le Bain. Tonight's first party of 2012 will feature special guest, legendary New Jersey DJ/house and garage producer Todd Edwards, who'll be making what they say is a rare appearance in New York.

    Le Bain, The Standard Hotel, 444 W. 13th St. 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Free.

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    A lot of our oldie-but-goodie-Friday videos were only one-hit wonders but, hey, it's really hard to write a catchy song. "Unbelievable" was EMF's only big hit and it went to #1 in July of 1991. When we heard it on New Year's Eve, we couldn't wait to share the thrill. There are also samples of the comedian Andrew Dice Clay in the track, including at the 1:40 mark of this clip.

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    In what is sure to be one of the biggest art events of the season, on January 11th, all 11 of Gagosian's galleries worldwide will feature a total of over 300 of Damien Hirst's famous "spot paintings" -- you know, the ones with the spots! More than two years in the making, and culled from over 150 lenders from 20 countries, "The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011" will include everything from the first spot Hirst ever spotted back in 1986 to his most recent which has a whopping 25,781 spots. The show includes works for sale, but Gagosian hasn't stated yet which ones, and for how much. Check out a preview of some of the paintings on display, and be sure to head to your local Gagosian on Jan. 11th!

    All images © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates"

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    1.  The annual GlobalFEST returns to Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) on Sunday, January 8, 7 p.m. to midnight.  This "world-music" showcase features artists from eleven countries including Mali's folk-rap act SMOD and the Brazilian singer and songwriter Diogo Nogueira. Go here for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

    2. Pro-skateboarder Jerome Rogers was arrested and taken to Bellevue yesterday after running naked (etc.) in the halls of NYC's Shelburne Hotel (303 Lexington Avenue).

    3. The owners of the Fire Island Pines Pavilion -- destroyed by fire in November -- have hired New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a new building. That's the firm that did the High Line. [New York Times]

    4. Supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson bought BlackBook Media and their Access Network. Ari Horowitz becomes CEO of the combined companies. Will Steve Lewis get a raise? [New York Post]

    5. Eater thinks that the Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri restaurant will become a gigantic downtown version of Tao. Nooo!

    6. Americans bought the most guns in history during the month of December 2011. [Telegraph]

    7. A Welsh corgi named Ole, who somehow survived the avalanche that killed one of his owners, trekked for four miles through snowy Montana terrain and back to the hotel where his family were staying. [Billings Gazette via The Daily What]

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    You might know David Cross as the sketch comedy hero from HBO's cult-'90s revue Mr. Show with Bob and David. Or maybe you know him as Dr. Tobias Fünke from the beloved (and soon-to-return) Arrested Development. (You probably don't know him as Ian from the Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy.) But in our conversation with Cross about tonight's second season premiere of his British-American sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (10:30 p.m. on IFC, right after Portlandia), we learned that Cross has a former occupation that's not listed on his IMDb page: Blackwater assassin. Cross was kidding of course, and it's his dark sense of humor that makes Todd Margaret -- which he created and co-writes -- one of the most compelling comedies on TV. Shot in the UK, Todd Margaret follows the misadventures of an American energy-drink salesman abroad, who finds himself in a succession of horrifying situations. Cross talked with PAPERMAG about the new season of the show (which co-stars Will Arnett and Jon Hamm), as well as his baseball card, what he learned from his days as a sketch comedian and being contract killer in Iraq. 

    So I interviewed you seven years ago for my college newspaper, and I started that interview with a moronic question. I want to ask it again, and see if you'll give the same answer seven years later.


    If you had your own baseball card, what would the interesting fact about yourself be on the back of the card beneath your stats?

    That's a good question! I don't think that's moronic at all.


    Well, I'll tell you what. Not to sound pretentious, but I do have a baseball card. I'm not joking. Topps has a line, I think it's called "American Heritage," I believe that's the line, and they have different people from various walks of life and various occupations. And I guess it came out last year, but there's a Topps "American Heritage" card of me, and it's me and my dog sitting on a bench outside their building.


    You're serious. 

    Yes! They didn't consult me on it, really, as far as what it says on the back, but it says, "Crowning achievement was winning an Emmy." And I would not have said that's my crowning achievement. My crowning achievement to me is that I saved literally hundreds of lives in Iraq. I worked for Blackwater. Well, it's not Blackwater anymore, it's XE. And now it's not XE anymore it's...[pauses] Anyway, I worked for them, and I was saving literally hundreds of lives, and I was saving lives until they were like, "That's not what we're paying you for! We're paying you to kill innocent civilians!" And that was a complete fuck-up. And we all went back and looked at the papers, and there was definitely some confusion. But there's no one person to blame, you know?

    That's a lot to fit on the back of a baseball card.

    Well, there'd be an asterisk and you could go read all of this online.

    Do you know how you answered that "baseball card fact" question seven years ago?


    You said, "In his youth, David Cross was a swimming champion."

    Oh! That's true! That's one of those things I like to pull out as a little interesting fact. But I was. I was quite good. I'm sure I told you then, but I went to invitationals and junior AAU and stuff like that. Competed statewide. There was a brief period where I was very good.

    It's a fun fact. But let's start talking about Todd Margaret. When you hatched the idea for the show, was the product Todd sells always going to be an energy drink?

    Yes. When we started it I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be open-ended -- I knew it would have a beginning, middle and end. I knew it would take place in 14 days. So there's a finite construct to it. And I knew about half of what was going to happen already when I first started to write it. And that was one of the things, that it was going to be a shitty energy drink. I was just looking for something that was ubiquitous in both American culture and English culture. And part of the challenge was to make something that resonated for American audiences and British audiences. That's why there are a handful of jokes that the Brits aren't going to get -- not too many -- and there's a handful of things that Americans won't get. But I co-wrote it with an English writer, and this second season with an additional writer, Mark Chapman. Both are really brilliant guys. And there was a fairly consistent, "What do you guys call this?" or "Do you guys have this thing?" or "Would you get this reference?" And they'd answer yes or no, suggest a joke. And I'd say, "I have no idea what you're talking about." And if I don't know what you're talking about, then people in Kansas aren't gonna know what you're talking about. That's not a slam against people from Kansas. Well, it kind of is. No, it definitely is. Well, everywhere outside of Lawrence.

    Well, Lawrence is a hip city. Now in the second season, there's a hilarious scene that takes place at a rugby match in a packed stadium. What was your experience like in front of thousands of rugby hooligans? Assuming that was real...

    It was Hollywood magic! Or I should say, London magic. When is this interview going to run?

    The day of the season premiere.

    Well, I'll have to tell you that story off the record.

    [Cross proceeds to tell a ridiculous five-minute story.]

    So doing a shoot like that at the rugby match, the writer side of me loves it, because it's so much fun to see something huge that you've created, but the producer side of me hates it, because it can be a logistical nightmare.

    Let's talk about the producer vs. the writer aspects of your involvement on Todd Margaret, specifically with the casting of Jon Hamm. You took an actor who is currently the ultimate alpha male on television, and you cast him in a role as a butler for a British stooge...

    Yes and no. When IFC approached us about -- I don't need to bore you with too much back detail -- they wanted a cameo. At their behest, we wrote a cameo for a celebrity. I know Jon. He's tremendously talented, and a great sport, and the most compliant, affable guy you could ever ask for. He's totally game for it, he's a comedy aficionado. He was a fan of the first season. Before we wrote it, we approached him. I said, "Hey, we've got this opportunity. We can bring you to London. I think it's fairly safe to say we can shoot you out in about three days. You'd be in London for about six days, if that's cool. Bring Jennifer [Westphal]." And he was totally game for it. Then we wrote that cameo with him in mind, specifically.

    Something that's really funny to me about the show, in terms of American vs. British culture, is that Todd and Brent [Will Arnett's character], the Americans, are just pure liars, whereas I feel the British characters are not-

    Oh, that's not true at all! Well, Alice isn't a liar. But as it turns out, Dave's the biggest liar of them all.

    No, he just plays along with Todd and Brent's lies.

    Yes, that's true. You're right.

    So I found it interesting that Todd and Brent's lies aren't malicious: They lie to cover up their shortcomings and to cover up character flaws, and there's something inherently American about that.

    Yeah, they lie to get ahead. They're offered this opportunity, so they stupidly, ignorantly lie to maintain this façade so they can reap the financial benefits of it. Whereas, you're right, the British characters don't lie.

    It was just a funny pattern I saw emerge.

    No, you're right. That wasn't conscious decision at all. You're right, though. 

    You mentioned earlier that you've thought out the entire series. So you know exactly where this is headed?

    Oh, yeah. When I wrote the very first word, when I pulled Final Draft up on the computer, I already knew what the end was. And the end of this season is the end. The story has been told and there will be no more. It's the British model of television. You do six episodes. Then you do another six episodes. It's not open-ended. I pitched it as a whole. I like doing it this way.

    Most people became familiar with you and your work on Mr. Show. What lessons in your experience as a sketch comedian did you apply to the creative process on Todd Margaret?

    Well, that's an interesting question. I'm not sure. I guess the first thing I'd have to do is answer what I learned as a sketch comic. I guess it'd be the economy of telling a story in four minutes. And going back to Mr. Show, and even before that when I had a sketch group in Boston, a lot of my sketches would tell a story, or would be about a character, and there's a build, a mini-arc to what's happening. One of the things as a young comedy aficionado teen, going into my 20s and 30s, I was always irritated by sketches that just ended. A lot of SNL sketches, if there's a title to the sketch, you know exactly what's going to happen. They do the same thing for five minutes, over and over again, and then it just ends. And that always frustrated me, and I didn't care for it. It seemed very lazy. So I suppose the answer is that it's the economy of telling a story quickly, which really gets applied in the writing and editing of Todd Margaret, as opposed to the performance. I suppose that's an answer.

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    Steve Marks took over Carroll Gardens barbershop Sal's in 2010, revamping the old-fashioned space form a quaint time capsule into a shop he knew would fit in nicely with the neighborhood's adult-hipster vibe. In the era of Mad Men mania, old-timey cocktail bars galore and our current general pop obsession with all things retro, that meant changing very little. Marks kept the shops original barber chairs and most of its original decor (including a faded '60s mural of a tropical seascape), hired a roster of carefully-picked stylists and threw in complimentary Brooklyn Lagers for patrons to sip while getting a trim. Persons of Interest was such a hit that Marks just opened another shop in Williamsburg and, here, we chat with him about his new shop and why it holds its own among similar establishments around town.

    How long has your Williamsburg location been open?
    We opened just before Christmas. I bet at business school they'd tell you never to open right before the holidays and especially during the winter. I like the challenge though. Dudes need haircuts no matter what the season is and, until now, I'm not sure where dudes in the area went for cuts.
    What do you think Persons of Interest offers that other Brooklyn/Williamsburg barbershops don't?

    Well, there aren't really any other barbershops in the Williamsburg that offer exceptional haircuts in a comfortable environment. Our cuts are $42 which is pretty modest given the level of expertise of our staff.  We take appointment as well as walk-ins. Haircuts comes with a Brooklyn Lager.

    And what's the response been like?
    The response has been great.  Everyone loves the space.  Many guys are already familiar with our shop in Carroll Gardens. All the dudes I've spoken to are very glad to finally have a good barbershop in the area. Williamsburg is awash in salons but no guy wants to get his hair cut while the woman next to him is getting her head wrapped in foil.
    Do you have a mural in this location, too?
    Our "mural" this time is a vintage office door from the '50s that we installed and surrounded with glass panels. We leave the light on at night behind the glass and it glows from the street. It's pretty arresting. 

    Persons of Interest, Williamsburg: 84 Havemeyer St., (718) 218-9100.

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    It was a comedy and indie-rock fan's wet dream last night at the Museum of Natural History, the scene of the epic IFC-hosted Portlandia season two premiere. Several hundred attendees gathered in a large screening room to watch two insane and amazing episodes -- featuring, among others, our current cover gal Kristen Wiig as a crazed kid-/cat-napper named Gathy. After watching the episodes, we made our way upstairs to a post-screening cocktail party, held in a massive room littered with set pieces from the show, including a sign for "Women and Women First," the show's famous feminist bookstore, and "random chairs" (a joke that won't make sense to those who haven't seen any of the new episodes). After taking our pic in front of the "Women and Women First" sign, It was time for some celebrity spotting/stalking. First we started with the musicians: Joanna Newsom, Annie Clark (of St. Vincent), Thomas Bartlett (of Doveman), Dave Longstreth and Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors), Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend), Janet Weiss (of Wild Flag) and Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces). Then it was onto (as Mr. Mickey would say) a "veritable pupu platter" of actors and comedians: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Lorne Michaels, The Entire Cast of SNL (including Jason Sudeikis who notably wearing a North Face backpack -- he's dating Olivia Wilde, he can do whatever he wants), Reggie Watts, Mike Birbiglia, Amber Tamblyn, David Cross, Jeff Goldblum, Ben Stiller, Todd Barry, Julie Klausner, Tom Scharpling and Jon Glaser. Also, Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights was there! We were too busy drooling over all these bold-faceders that we didn't notice some of the shenanigans taking place around us. Luckily, PAPER's Alex Scordelis kept it together, and noted that:

    Neil Rosen of NY1 cornered Vanessa Bayer!

    Janet Weiss, Wild Flag drummer, remembered the time she did a phone interview with PAPERMAG while vacuuming.

    Lorne Michaels admired the Portlandia artwork on the walls with Andy Samberg.

    Bust editor Emily Rems remembered that she read PAPER as a kid growing up and dreamed of moving to NYC.

    Jeff Goldblum smooched a hot blond near the coat check after the screening.

    A fun evening was had by all. We left with some Portland beer, a very exciting and rare Joanna-Newsom-with-Andy-Samberg sighting, and a strong urge to pickle something.

    Portlandia premieres tonight on the IFC Channel.
    Photos from Patrick McMullan.

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    Hunky garage/surf rocker Hanni El Khatib played a show last night at Alex's Bar in Long Beach and our intrepid L.A. correspondent, Rebecca Smeyne, went down to check things out. El Khatib played with garage party band Jacuzzi Boys and DJ Nick Waterhouse and, according to Smeyne, the show was lots of fun and totally worth the drive. Check out Rebecca's shots from last night's show!

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    1. Rich Juzwiak of fourfour presents: "Shit Gay Guys Say to their Cats." We'll never get tired of this shit!

    2. EDM rising! Judging from the type-size allotted to the Coachella 2012 headliners, it's a great year for electronic dance music (in case you hadn't noticed). Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Amon Tobin, David Guetta, Kaskade, AVICII and Sebastian Ingrosso all made the second-highest headliner status. AND: Not that it's dance music, we were happy to see the Weeknd ( playing on Sunday night. AND AND: Here's a list of 10 bands we think should have been included in this year's lineup.

    3. EDM sinking! The first "Holy Ship" cruise with Skrillex, Diplo and Fatboy Slim providing the on-board entertainment, ran aground in the Bahamas on Saturday. Tugboats freed the party ship and everybody's OK, bobbing happily on chill, dub waves. [New Times]

    4. Paramount picked up the distribution rights to the Cirque du Soliel 3D feature Worlds Away.  It was written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek) and exec-produced by James Cameron.

    5. Beside being a new father, Jay-Z just signed a huge endorsement deal with Duracell. [Billboard]

    6. In its first week featuring Glee's Darren Criss, "How To Succeed..." grossed $1,386, 665. [Variety]

    7. Seattle's Sub Pop is alive and well. The L.A. Times provides a full update on the grunge record label founded in 1986.


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    Behold, Jason Wu for Target's full collection of super-cute sundresses, blouses, skirts and bags that will look really good on like, everyone. The line goes on sale Feb., 5th.

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