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    The morning after the MTV Video Music Awards, Ester Dean sounds like she's been punched in the neck. "Excuse my voice," says the singer-songwriter over the phone from L.A. "I woke up and was like, 'Oh, I must have been screaming.'" Dean, whose normal speaking voice sounds like a pack-a-day seductress, and in song form turns to smoky sex on ice, spent last night in the Staples Center audience cheering on performers Nicki Minaj and Rihanna -- two of the many pop stars Dean has penned hit songs for. But Dean, who's gearing up to release her solo debut in 2013, plans to have a different role at next year's show. "I see me coming out, and there's rock star lights, and I'm singing the first verse of 'How You Love It' [her album's infectious first single, a collaboration with Missy Elliott], and I'm wearing black leather overalls and the flyest fuckin' shoes."

    Believe it. The Oklahoma native burst onto the scene in 2005, when legendary producer Tricky Stewart discovered Dean singing backstage at a Gap Band concert. In 2008, Dean weathered a false start as a solo artist after filming the video for her bombastic "Drop It Low" (featuring Chris Brown). "The people I was working with were calling me ugly and fat, saying, 'We're gonna hide your face so nobody can see you,'" she recalls. Dean ditched her team, signed with Interscope and Roc Nation, and continued writing hits like Rihanna's "Rude Boy," and co-writing Katy Perry's "Firework" which are among the five number-one songs Dean's credit is on (she's also scored five Grammy nominations).

    This month, even before her single drops, she'll conquer the big screen; as an a capella-singing coed in Pitch Perfect, a hilarious send-up of competitive singing. Dean plays a gambling-addicted lesbian member of the Bellas, a ragtag bunch who belt out prudish renditions of old standards and are in need of a little "swag"--which Dean delivers in spades. She is, after all, the lady responsible for the Rihanna lyric, "C'mon, rude boy, can you get it up?... Is you big enough?"  "I've always just been nasty," Dean says, laughing. "Rihanna's my favorite to write for, because she just says, 'Ester: Do you, bitch.'" 

    Pitch Perfect is out now.

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    Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 2.01.01 PM.pngSão Paulo-based Adriano Cintra and London-based Marina Vello formed Madrid last year after already having had successful music careers as part of two of Brazil's best-loved baile funk bands (that would be CSS and Bonde do Rolê, respectively). If you're expecting more of the same carioca dance music from this new outfit, however, you might be disappointed -- even though you probably shouldn't be. Madrid's songs are slower, sparser indie rock tracks with an emphasis on vocals and keyboard and, while they might not be right for the club, they're perfect for quieter, more introspective moments. We're excited to be premiering one such song, "Till Things Fall Apart," from the band's self-titled LP, the deluxe version of which comes out on December 4. Listen to it below.

    Photo credit: Miro Fujocka Photodesign

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    1. While promoting his forthcoming album, Songs For the End of the World, out this week, Rick Springfield busked in Penn Station and treated commuters to a rendition of "Jessie's Girl" and a few other classics. So awesome. [via Gothamist]

    daniel-craig-skyfall.jpg2. A James Bond-themed auction at Christie's celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. No brought in $2.6 million through sales of items like Daniel Craig's "powder blue La Perla bathing suit, which he sported in Casino Royale" (sold for $71,876) and his Aston Martin from Quantum of Solace, which fetched $390,101, which -- and we can't believe we're saying this -- actually seems a little low. You'll be happy to know that all proceeds went to charity. [via Gallerist]

    Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 5.32.59 PM.png3. One of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed on appeal today after her lawyers argued that she was not at the church while the protest took place, having been prevented from entering and led away sometime prior. Her two fellow PR members are still serving their prison sentences. [via HuffPo]

    Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 5.36.29 PM.png4. Dee Dee Ramone is getting a posthumous gallery show at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects Gallery in L.A. The exhibit will feature "19 canvases, five paintings on wood, and one mixed media on card stock" and will run between October 26 and November 17. [via L.A. Times]

    5. Watch a cute little clip that uses graphics to illustrate similarities and differences between Paris vs New York, based on a book of the same name by Vahram Muratyan. We love the side-by-side eyeglasses for Jean-Luc Godard and Woody Allen.

    Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 5.42.39 PM.png

    6. Halloween décor alert! Check out these zombie brain cupcake soaps found on Etsy (of course).

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    7. A California man was busted for stealing $2.7 million of fine wine and replacing it with Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck. [via Eater]

    Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 5.46.04 PM.png8. Tomorrow is 10/11/12! Holla!

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    Screen shot 2012-10-0.png*See all the photos from the party here!

    HiGH ViBES at the Body Actualized Center
    Night Spa at Body by Brooklyn
    I Don't Like Mondays
    Westgay at Westway
    Chez Deep at Santos Party House
    Chef Sez at Westway
    WINNER: Westgay at Westway

    Bishops & Barons
    The Flat
    Experimental Cocktail Club
    Lavender Lake
    The Wren
    No. 8
    WINNER: Donna

    Wythe Hotel
    The Standard, East Village
    King & Grove Williamsburg
    Hôtel Americano
    The NoMad Hotel
    WINNER: Wythe Hotel

    The Hole
    The Clocktower Gallery
    The Journal Gallery
    envoy enterprises
    Secret Project Robot
    WINNER: The Hole

    Alexandra Richards
    Kim Ann Foxman
    Elle Dee

    Solange Knowles
    Chris Baio
    Leo Fitzpatrick
    Theophilus London
    Macaulay Culkin
    Chloe Nørgaard
    WINNER: Chris Baio

    Super Linda
    Ken & Cook
    Five Leaves

    Pink Elephant
    Kinfolk Studios
    Le Baron
    Electric Room
    This N That
    WINNER: Le Baron

    The Biergarten at the Standard
    Birreria at Eataly
    Landbrot Bakery & Bar
    The Wick & The Well
    Greenwood Park
    Harlem Tavern
    WINNER: Harlem Tavern

    The Brant Brothers
    Scott Lipps
    Mykki Blanco
    Cory Kennedy
    Peter Davis
    Cat Marnell
    WINNER: Cory Kennedy

    Ms. Fitz
    Colin Self
    Kayvon Zand
    Dosha Devastation
    Derek Blasberg
    Michelle Harper
    WINNER: Ms. Fitz


    Mister Saturday Night
    Nonsense NYC
    MeanRed Productions
    Good Peoples
    BlkMarket Membership
    Adam Aleksander Presents
    Weird Magic
    WINNER: Verboten

    "Mercy" by Kanye West (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
    "Bad Girls" by M.I.A.
    "Let's Have a Kiki" by Scissor Sisters
    "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris
     "Lights" by Ellie Goulding
    "Primadonna" by Marina and the Diamonds
    "1991" by Azealia Banks
    WINNER: "Mercy" by Kanye West (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)

    WINNER: Thursday
    WINNER: Diplo

    Webster Hall, New York
    Playhouse, Los Angeles
    The Underground, Chicago
    Royale, Boston
    Ruby Skye, San Francisco
    LIV, Miami
    Marquee, Las Vegas
    Muse Lounge, D.C.
    Luna, Detroit
    Holocene, Portland
    WINNER: Webster Hall, New York

    MoMA PS1
    Brooklyn Museum
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    New Museum
    American Museum of Natural History
    Guggenheim Museum
    The Studio Museum in Harlem
    The Museum of Arts and Design


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    What is being billed as the "first U.S. auction of street art and graffiti" is actually the second. The New York auction house that's making that claim, Doyle (175 East 87th Street), is offering 46 works by artists including KAWS, Invader, Faile, Neckface and Banksy on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The first auction of street art actually took place on June 14 and 15, 2000, in New York City's Puck Building and it was a big flop. Three-fourths of the items in Guernsey's "Graffiti Art: The Auction" passed with no bids. Obviously the market has changed in the last twelve years -- a piece by KAWS sold for $88,900 at Phillips de Pury in September -- and we're not predicting what will happen next week. Check out some of the pieces being offered below and, for more details on the show, go here.

    896808.jpgMargaret Kilgallen, Natadora

    895375.jpgStephen Powers (ESPO), Baby I'm Counting On You, 2003

    895393.jpg Banksy, Stop and Search


    904399.jpgAnthony Lister, In Transit #5, 2005
    897611.jpgInvader, Alias LA-060

    David Choe, Untitled, 2010

    tkidbronx.pngTKid, Bronx Legend!!!

    lovetoplay.pngDate Farmers, Untitled (Homeboy Took Off His Shirt, Then Took Out His Knife

    895934.jpgNeckface, Untitled (Your Problem)

    905654.jpgASVP, BALACLAVA

    904946.jpgCope2, Bubble Throw Up, 2011

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    Leighton Meester! Jennifer Garner! Rainn Wilson! Bradley Cooper! Buster! A super-cut of celebrities on Law & Order. [via Vulture]

    Madonna eating cheese doodles in New York City circa 1983. #ThrowbackThursday. [via iperception]

    655252-sassy-big-bird.jpgSexy Big Bird is likely to be this year's most popular Halloween costume. [via Herald Sun]

    YipYip.jpgWho wants to make us a Sexy Yip Yip costume?

    Screen Shot 2012-10-11 at 9.13.49 AM.pngScarlett Johansson, Psycho. [via Daily Mail]

    TM2Kk.jpgThe sad, dark reality of Pepperidge Farm "Milano Melts." [via Imgur]

    o-NIC-CAGE-PLANE-PHOTO-570.jpgNicolas Cage not looking.... his best in this picture taken recently on a plane. [via HuffPo]

    Baby-Nicolas-Cage-5.jpgRelated: People holding baby Nicolas Cage. [via Lost at E Minor]

    Watch a promo for Christina Applegate's upcoming SNL-hosting-gig this weekend. The last time she hosted was 1993! [via BuzzFeed]

    jimoheir_article1.jpgChristie Brinkley will play Jerry's wife on Parks and Recreation. [via ScreenCrush]
    HARRY2-620_1569065a.jpgPrince Harry's Las Vegas escapades were apparently good publicity for the city, and made  LV $23 million in revenue. [via E!]

    tumblr_mbpeboVD4c1qa6z3eo1_500.jpgHorse guy. [via HyperVocal]


    A Rainbow Brite Snuggie: For the crazy person in your life. [via Laughing Squid]

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    Brooklyn's Yeasayer released this new clip for "Reagan's Skeleton" from their Fragrant World album. It's a straight-forward performance piece, but it looks like the footage was run through an Instagram filter. The video was directed by two British artists, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who met at London's Goldsmith's college and have produced an incredible body of work in performance art, video art and more.  In 1998, for example, they did a two hour re-creation of David Bowie's last show as Ziggy Stardust and they've also done music videos for Nick Cave. You can check out more of their work here.

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    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 11.22.36 AM.pngCarine Roitfeld has been named the new Global Fashion Director of Harper's Bazaar. [via Fashionista]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 11.40.14 AM.pngAmy Adams starred in this cute little polaroid campaign by Boy by Band of Outsiders. [via High Snobette]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 11.34.08 AM.pngBeauty products made from snail slime are a thing now, apparently. [via Fashionista]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 11.53.14 AM.pngRodarte has partnered with Starbucks on a limited-edition line of products including this pixelated travel cup, all of which will hit stores on November 13. Will the collab restore the Starbucks cup to the "must-have accessory"-status it enjoyed back in the mid-aughts when Mary-Kate Olsen never left home without one? [via Refinery 29/HuffPo]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 11.42.06 AM.pngWant these Acne hiking boots the next time we're feeling 'outdoorsy.' [via High Snobette]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 12.30.03 PM.pngRihanna decided to lay it all out on the cover of her new album, Unapologetic. [via Billboard]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 12.35.44 PM.pngThough this isn't fashion per se, we can't help but call your attention to these deeply weird photos of Paul Ryan modeling showing off his P90X skillz. [via Time]

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    tpblurredplate.jpgLadies and gentlemen, this conversation below could happen to you!

    Person: Hey, nice Jag.

    You: Thanks... It was Tom Petty's.

    The legendary musician is auctioning off his 1996 Jaguar XJS (a discontinued model) on eBay with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

    The story of the car is a cute 'un: "I have so many great memories associated with this car. When I began dating Dana (my wife) I asked her what her favorite car was. So, I phoned the office and said I wanted a Champagne convertible Jaguar XJS. The next day they delivered it to my house and showed me how everything worked and I took it for a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. I was in heaven, as was Dana. This car has such and incredible design. My favorite car I ever owned. We sure are going to miss it."

    Bidding starts today at 2 pm. PDT. Good luck!

    Photo by Sabine Halfhill

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  • 10/11/12--14:00: Wendy James Is Back
  • WENDYJAMES_PRESS1low.jpgAt 16, Wendy James began a musical odyssey that brought her international stardom as the lead singer of Transvision Vamp, a pop-punk band that went on to record several top-10 hits in England in the late '80s. Sexually charged, rebellious and hot, James became the poster child for the group that included her boyfriend, guitarist Nick Sayer. The band made it onto the music charts with their albums Pop Art and Velveteen in 1988 and 1989, respectively. And, as these things usually go, all went well until it didn't. The touring, countless appearances and lack of a personal life getting the best of James and her band mates, Transvision Vamp broke up in 1992.

    "I pulled the plug on the whole thing," she says of that period. "I reached tipping point, really. I had my house in London. I had a private life I wanted to invest some time into. I needed to grow up as well, and read books, listen to music, write my own songs and make the transition from being a teenager to being in my twenties. I needed to come up with a revised, updated version of myself."

    Along the way, she teamed up with Elvis Costello on an album, Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears (1992), a misfire that she calls "a big ticket item for me and Geffen Records. Lots of money, flying around, recorded in the South of France, mixed in L.A., everyone having a nice time." After having only worked with musicians from her band, she was now "working with top-flight musicians from The Attractions or session musicians. But the way the album ended up didn't live up to what I thought it would be when I embarked on it."

    She knew there was something fundamentally wrong. "When you're on that merry go round of pop stardom, there's literally no time to understand how you're feeling about things. Flights all day long and touring six nights on one night off for a whole year. There was never any more time for me."

    She went back to basics and decided she would learn how to write a song and play her guitar. "My boyfriend at the time [Mick Jones] bought me a Portastudio and I set about reading the manuals. It was time for me to express myself in my own voice. You need to know what you're about. You need to have your own vision. After about two years, I'd done my Wendy time and came out of my creative shell. I'd gone back to the stage of being a 14-year-old when you first get your guitar and start practicing and write your first song. So I'd done the who cycle of pop stardom and fame and gone back to the bedroom to start learning how to write a song."

    That's when she realized that to reinvent herself like her idol Bob Dylan, she had to come to New York. "I always wanted to live in New York. I had freedom. No one particularly waiting for a new Wendy James album. I had enough money to make the move and had enough songs in my pocket, so I sold my house and moved in 2002. If I'd been born in America, I'd be one of those kids who took $10 and caught a Greyhound bus to the big city."

    An encounter with Peaches brought her to Cobraside who distributed two albums, Racine and I Came Here to Blow Minds, which were well-reviewed but not big sellers. "The albums raised my profile," she says, "I wasn't making tons of money, but I was getting a nice little reputation."

    And now James is back in the news with two singles from a forthcoming album recorded with Stooges guitarist James "Raw Power" Williamson and drummer James Sclavunos of the Bad Seeds. Of those tracks, Williams' guitar wreaks havoc on her 7-minute cover of Dylan's "It's All Right Ma," and while she's a bit more restrained perhaps on Fred "Sonic" Smith's "You're So Great," an obvious love for rock 'n' roll pushes through nonetheless.

    Despite the two covers, James promises 11 original songs for the album when completed by the end of this year.

    Photo by Ricardo Gomes

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  • 10/11/12--14:30: PAPER's NYC Weekend Guide
  • Thursday, 10/11

    Soho's Housing Works will be opening its doors -- and setting out its bingo cards -- for all four debates and tonight will feature special Vice Presidential Biden v. Ryan squares for everything from "Biden cries" and "Ryan is wearing a poorly fitted suit" to "Biden makes a possibly lewd remark concerning Michelle Obama."; That said, Manhattan doesn't have a monopoly on debate-themed bingo: Bushwick bar Pine Box Rock Shop will be hosting its own watching party and games with proceeds being donated to Obama for America. Finally, if you're in a particularly partisan mood, head to sister bars SideBar and Village Pourhouse who are taking sides, welcoming GOPers with $5 "Rum-ney" shots and plying Dems with $5 "Barack O-Bombs," respectively. For more info, head over to our Debate Watching Guide [via Time Out]

    Nerd alert! New York Comic Con, featuring celebrity appearances from everyone to Carrie Fisher to Christopher Lloyd to cast members from the Walking Dead, as well as panels and appearances by cartoonists and authors, opens today at Javits Center (655 West 34th Street) and runs through October 14th.

    Mixed Greens Gallery (531 West 26th Street) opens their third solo show with Joseph Smolinski, who uses sculpture and drawing, to explore abstract and occasionally trippy themes including time, light and space. That's tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

    UK's anonymous,mask-wearing artist/producer SBTRKT (spoiler alert: his real name is Aaron Gerome) is at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street) with Kilo Kish, Koreless and Nick Hook -- yes, it's an all "K" lineup! Yipee! Or, even better, Yikes!

    Friday, 10/12

    Fans of Patrick Swayze, sensual pottery crafting, and Whoopi Goldberg (and, really, who isn't a fan of Patrick Swayze, sensual pottery crafting and Whoopi Goldberg?) should head over to the aptly named "Ghost Cry-Along" at 92YTribeca for a night of Halloween-appropriate supernatural romance. Ditto. [92YTribeca]

    Washington, D.C.'s Alvin Risk plays Webster Hall (125 E. 11th Street) tonight and you should care 'cuz he's down with Skrillex, Steve Aoki and Chuckie. Plus bonus warm-up set from the young Texas prodigy, Crizzly.; All this at the the most popular club in the USA...according to our 2012 Nightlife Awards.

    BAM's hosting a New Queer Cinema series titled "Born In Flames," featuring films like Edward II, Tongues Untied and My Own Private Idaho through the 16th. Tonight, catch the iconic 1989 voguing/ballroom scene documentary Paris Is Burning, and refresh your knowledge of throwing shade, reading and snatching trophy. And then catch up on the new voguing scene today in our October issue. Remember: shade came from reading, reading came first. [BAM]

    This year's installation of Coney Island's annual Halloween Creepshow at the Freakshow launching tonight, and extending through Halloween, features a tour through a hellish Hall of Presidents and includes, "a shooting gallery re-enactment of the Kennedy assassination; Zombies eating Richard Nixon's brain and a funeral interrupted by a booger hanging off of George Washington's nose." Fun for the whole family. [via BrooklynBased]

    Australia's electro-rockers Van Sheare headed up to our little continent for their first-ever tour of the USA -- DJing doesn't count -- and they're playing at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard Street) tonight with Plastic People. You should van go. (Sorry, we had to.)

    Artist collective Nuit Blanche are hosting a new, two-night installation of their Autumn Bowl series, pairing visual artists with experimental, dance and pop music. Titled "Whispers," this weekend's lineup includes performances from Creep, Prince Rama, and more. Check out a full lineup and get tickets here.

    Saturday, 10/13

    Never mind the bollocks, here's a book party celebrating the release of Rizzoli's new tome, Punk: An Aesthetic, all about art, graphics, and design inspired by punk at McNally Jackson. Editors Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage will be joined by artist Spencer Sweeney to talk pre-punk, punk and post-punk. It's gonna be punk. [McNallyJackson]

    Tonight is the closing party for the group show "Working On It" at TEMP Art Space (57 Walker Street) with DJ Shane Oliver and a performance by our favorite weblebrity, Mykki Blanco; It's free with rsvp to

    This month's installment of comedy night Party Machine at Union Pool is, wait for it, John Hughes-themed. Comics like Brooke Van Poppelen and Ben Lerman will be doing sets based on Hughes' catalog, hitting on every jock, princess, brain, and criminal living in wealthy Midwestern suburbs. Maybe Jake Ryan will pick you up in his Porsche? [Brooklyn Based]

    The Public Theater is throwing a free Block Party in honor of the re-dedication of the downtown staple after numerous renovations. Check out the drinks and other samplings on the menu at the Theater's new lounge, The Library, and catch sneak peeks from upcoming musicals like Giant. [The Public]

    Sunday, 10/14


    If you can handle Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street) twice in one week -- assuming you went to SBTRKT -- then by all means go back tonight (or Monday) for L.A.'s Silversun Pickups.; We've been plugging them for hundreds of years. Here's proof. Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius (who played in our kitchen) open.

    Fans of David Lynch will be pleased with the show that tribute band Silencio! has planned for Le Poisson Rouge, in which the band will play a set that touches on every musical motif created by the famed director and frequent collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, from earlier works like Eraserhead to the forlorn theme for cult classic Twin Peaks. Sway the night away with your best Audrey Horne impression! [Flavorpill]

    Don't let the Sunday doldrums get you down! After a brief hiatus, Mister Sunday is back at Gowanus Grove with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter spinning mood-lifting house and disco all night.; [Time Out]

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    We asked some of the bold facers at our Nightlife Awards last night where they like to go out when they hit the town. Take some notes.

    elliegouldingnightlife1.jpgEllie Goulding

    "I am always in a hotel, in a bar in a hotel. I love the Ace Hotel -- I love the food there, I love hanging out there. Hotel Rivington is one of my favorite places."


    "I think for a big party, like a BIG party, if you want the see the greatest DJs, from the biggest to the-up- and-coming, whoever is happening, Webster Hall is one of the greatest venues. I played here with Bad Religion, my old band. I was sixteen years old, then it was still a great place to have an event. People are trying to get in."

    AndrewWKCherieLilynightlife.jpgAndrew W.K.

    "Manhattan. Santos Party House, of course."

    Rory Culkinnightlife.jpgRory Culkin

    "There's this place called 9th Ward, on Second Avenue that I am really into. It's like the basement of a pirate ship or something."

    neonhitchnightlife.jpgNeon Hitch

    "I like to eat a lot of food, so Cafe Habana. When I party, I like a place with a view, so I go to Le Bain. You see amazing things up there."

    dragracegalsnightlife.jpgPandora Boxx, Jiggly Caliente and Phi Phi O'Hara from RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race

    Pandora: "Any back alley"

    Jiggly: "Shake Shack!"

    Phi Phi: "Phi Phi O'Hara's Bedroom!"

    alexkarpovskynightlife.pngAlex Karpovsky

    "The waterfront in Greenpoint."

    citizens bandnightlife.jpgCitizens Band

    Jeff Palmiotti: "I tend the bar at Ten Degrees in the East Village. I'm there Mondays and Thursdays..."

    Michael Cavadias: "I've only been once, but I really liked the Westgay party. It seemed like old-fashion New York without the hierarchy and attitudes, it was great. And I do DJ a really fun party at Hotel Chantelle on Thursdays. You know what else is good? Murray Hill and Linda Simpson's Bingo Night on Monday nights!"

    melaniefionanightlife.jpgMelanie Fiona

    "There is this really great place called Bembe, which is this small old brownstone turned into a bar. They play Afro-Cuban music with light drums, and it smells like nag champa and there's alcohol. It's awesome. Just a free party for people to dance in the dark, nothing pretentious, nothing superficial. Completely free, flats, kicks, barefoot, whatever you like."

    Photos by Rebecca Smeyne

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    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 6.51.18 PM.png1. The Citizens Band, who introduced Michael Musto at our Nightlife Awards last night, will be performing at NYC's Abrons Arts Center October 24-27 in support of their latest album, Grab A Root And Growl. What's more, they'll be joined by Julia Stiles, Joe Sumner, Alia Shawkat and Ren. Sounds fun! [via press release]

    6a00d8341c630a53ef00e551e7eafe8833-800wi.jpeg2. A ten-year old ban on public murals and street art has been lifted in L.A. Hanksy, your move.

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 7.01.26 PM.png3. Tom Hanks is headed to Broadway! The actor will star in Nora Ephron's play, Lucky Guy, about columnist Mike McAlary whose career included both the loss of a libel suit and a Pulitzer Prize. [via EW]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 7.07.42 PM.png4. Some ingenious folks created a map of 35 places in New York where you can find great doughnuts and we will be buying one for ourselves and all of our friends. [via Village Voice]

    sexnymag.jpg5. NY Mag's Sex Diaries might be turned into a TV Show. But, after hearing that it's being developed for ABC -- and after religiously reading those diaries each week for years -- we don't know how they'll manage to make it PG. [via Observer]

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 7.14.44 PM.png6. Like Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer before him, Nelly was stopped while driving through Sierra Blanca, TX and detained along with six other busmates after sheriffs found weed, heroin (heroin!?) and a loaded gun. The rapper was let off, however, after a friend confessed to ownership of all of the illicit items. [via THR]  

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 7.25.29 PM.png7. Holy crap! A woman in France received a telephone bill for 12 quadrillion euros. The company told her she could pay in installments. Read more over at Gawker.

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    Following a show in Los Angeles earlier this year and America's new pop-fascination with Bronies, the exhibition My Little Pony Project, featuring 20 artists' redesigns of everyone's favorite candy-colored '80s equi, is setting up shop this weekend at the Hester Street Market in the Eventi Hotel. Opening tomorrow, there will also be retailers on site to sell you sweet MLP merch and the folks from the SoHo Beauty Bar salon will b giving Pony-inspired updos and manicures.

    Below, a complete list of participating artists and some of the ponies that will be on display. More details here.   

    Artists: 6%Dokidoki, 64Colors, Bei Badgirl, Beast Brothers, Camilla d'Errico, Chikuwaemil, Cope2, Dabs & Myla, eimi, Hanazuki, Hime+you, Indie184, Jeremiah Ketner, Malcolm Stuart for Joyrich, Junie Moon, Julie West, Lisa Alisa, Lamour Supreme, Luke Chueh, Madoka Kanoshita, Martin Hsu, Onch Movement, Perez Hilton, Rob Reger, Shojono Tomo, Sucklord, TOUMA, and more.

    6% DOKI DOKI 1.JPG6% Doki Doki
    COPE2 _2.JPGCope2

    HIME+YOU 1.jpgHime + you

    Indie 184 _7.JPGIndie 184
    Joyrich (1).jpgJoyrich
    Julie West 1.jpgJulie West

    Luke Chueh1.jpgLuke Chueh

    Martin Hsu 2.jpgMartin Hsu

    ONCH MOVEMENT 2 560.jpgOnch Movement

    ShojonoTomo 1.jpgShojono Tomo

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    MALARKEY.jpgGood ol' Pappy Joe. [ModernPrimate]
    tumblr_mbrd8xS2OH1rg2rf7o1_500.gifThe only, only thing the Ryans have in common with Kurt and Courtney.. [GIFWich]

    Was Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate last night or taking in a fresh young comedian at the Danville Laff Lounge? More important, is Paul Ryan available for office holiday parties or team-building corporate retreats? [Buzzfeed]

    A4-CmQRCQAAMvDq.jpgPaul Biden v. Joe Ryan. [Reddit]

    pringlesholiday.jpgPringles are releasing these three flavors for the holidays. So their gift to you this year is barf?  [Gawker]

    michael-bolton-mullet.xlarge.jpgMichael Bolton is going to star in a new ABC comedy series titled Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life. It's about a young female writer who is hired to handle Bolton's social media presence. We are absolutely 100% making none of this up. Holy shit. [Vulture]

    tumblr_mbnf10RIqn1qzdj7mo1_500.jpgThis dog is just going through a phase. He's going to be fine. You know how dogs can be -- you were one once!  [BrothManBeef]

    tumblr_mbfeb6pxsx1qfrvbmo1_1280.jpgFor the ladies... Sly Stalone eating soup, wearing your mother's favorite sweater from Pennys circa 1985. [FYouNoFMe]

    YRDzn.pngJessica Biel, FTW. [Reddit]

    tumblr_mbqzk5A5821qzigjno1_1280.jpgRapper Fat Joe has a new song out called "Instagram That Ho." This song, however, is more our jam. [RyanHatesThis]

    dc33ef7d3475d6e410969223339bbe5a.jpgCheers, Future Biebs! [Noisey]

    fritorsmonsters.pngFrito's Mini-Monsters we'd like to hang out with, in order or preference.
    1) Slew Foot
    2) Gay Blade
    3) Cool Ghoul


    71a7f6b7a4f904c53566ac8a639f8b7a.jpgStay Puft. [BunnyFood]

    tumblr_mblb6hgHWi1r7zdgio1_500.jpgShh, it's a dollar! [TheClearlyDope]

    Speaking of ... God, we miss that show. It's left a boo-boo shaped hole the size of a chicken nugget in our hearts. [RealityTVGIFs]

    s9ZGO.jpgHere's lookin' at you, weekend. [Reddit]

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    For those who prefer mastiffs to malteses or pointers to poodles and always grumble whenever you need to take the dog out and run errands (because you can't just stuff your pet in a tote bag á la Paris Hilton), you're in luck: some folks have dreamed up a "big dog purse." The bag, which comes on wheels, comes courtesy of Minnesota-based Carmichael Collective and, if like us, you're wondering who these people are, we did a little digging and learned that they're a self-described "creative company" that makes "creativity for creativity's sake" (which, opaque description aside, actually sounds like a pretty cool place to work). And even though these purses aren't actually available to buy, the short video's worth watching if only to see the star of the video, Milo, riding around town -- now that's one happy-looking pup.  

    [via Laughing Squid]

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    Duc2sandwichoftheday.jpegNew Yorkers have enjoyed their fair share of meatballs in the past couple years (see: The Meatball Shop, Terroir, the late Kenmare, etc.). Similarly, they've tasted a considerable variety of bánh mì, from the Vietnamese classic at Baoguette to its much-hyped Cambodian counterpart at Num Pang, and New York Magazine even ran an article in April 2009 suggesting that these South Asian delicacies were quickly becoming New York's new # 1 sandwich. Despite the concurrence of these culinary trends, however, there's been little to fill the intersection on the meatball-bánh-mì Venn diagram. Enter the Duc from Xe May Sandwich in the East Village, a small St. Marks sandwich shop by seasoned bánh mì specialist Davis Ngo and photographer-turned-foodie Alan Woo specializing in international fusion varieties. Grilled Vietnamese-style pork meatballs get the parm treatment with housemade tomato sauce and melted provolone, as well as the full array of traditional banh mi fixins: fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumbers, and chili mayo. This hefty east-meets-west blend of flavors, textures, and temperatures is served atop a golden baguette baked with rice flour for an added crunch.

    Xe May Sandwich
    96 St. Marks Pl.

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    "Back To Brooklyn." That's what Barbra Streisand is calling her current US tour and she's entitled. Unlike the hundreds of singers and musicians that just arrived in Williamsbug -- no offense -- Streisand was born there. Today's oldie-but-goodie is a classic live performance of "Guilty," her duet with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees that won a Grammy in 1980. Since we didn't score any tickets for last night's Babs concert at Barclays Center, we're not sure whether or not the song made her current set list. Maybe we'll go when she plays again on Saturday.

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    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.12.47 PM.png"You can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It's not actually mutually inclusive. I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn't mean that I'm like advocating it and being like, 'I look great,'" Alexa Chung told Fashionista when asked about the uproar over her pics being posted on "thinspiration boards."

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.48.49 PM.pngAnd, speaking of Alexa Chung, Anderson Cooper has a monogrammed Chanel hula hoop bag and gave one to her! (Although actually was it just a 'homemade version of the designer bag?) [via The Daily Beast]

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.45.45 PM.png Check out Lanvin's new 'Pandora' jewlery collection. Love that the lion choker looks like a cool old door knocker.  We could definitely see Mr. Mickey in some of these. [via High Snobette]

    A sports bra has been developed that purportedly can detect early signs of breast cancer up to six years before mammograms or self-exams would find evidence of tumors. [i09 via Death + Taxes]

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.28.15 PM.pngWe now have more info on those awesomely cheesy Paul Ryan workout photos: they were shot while he was still being considered for Time's Person of the Year and, apparently, his staffers were "assured they would never run." Sure...sure...whatever you say... [via Daily Intel]

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.52.33 PM.pngOoh, Papermag's favorite 1-2 style punch and twin sister designs Coco & Breezy are hosting a Q&A session today at their pop-up shop at Live Astro in Williamsburg. [via Press Release]

    Louis Vuitton honors Stephen Sprouse with an awesome leopard collection. [via High Snobette]

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.48.08 PM.pngFashion Bomb Daily breaks down how much Beyonce's super chic Barclays Center outfit cost.

    Screen shot 2012-10-12 at 1.42.45 PM.pngBest bridal shoot ever. [via Shift]

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    "How are you taking notes when you don't even know what you're eating?" a neighboring diner whispered to me when he caught me scribbling at Atera. And he was almost right: what seemed like a "quail egg" was actually a ball of pickled aioli, and a "peanut" was actually made of foie gras and peanut butter.

    The set-up of the intimate 18-seat restaurant encourages this kind of interaction with your neighbors, chef and servers, and allows for engaging guessing games. What is the delicious cracker holding the black truffle spread? Lichen would have been my last guess. But it's not just the creative cuisine that has everyone talking; it's the wunderkind creator, chef Matt Lightner, who rolled into town in March and began amassing raves from local critics, including a fresh two-star nod from the latest Michelin Guide. It helped to have worldly training at icons such as Mugaritz in Spain and Noma in Copenhagen, and nabbing a Food & Wine Best New Chef while at Castagna in Portland, Oregon, before settling in NYC.

    Plans to add a bar below Atera signal that NYC's planning to hold onto the nomadic chef for a while. We caught up with Lightner at Bon Appetit's Feast Portland, the very city from where we poached him.

    Is there something that you wish you could bring back to New York with you from Portland while you're here?

    The farmers and purveyors. I miss how I would send them little text messages and get a phone call back immediately. They're willing to do whatever it takes and those kinds of relationships take a lifetime to build. If I could, I would take all these people back to New York with me. I'm hoping to be able to build those relationships in New York now.

    You've cooked all over the world. Have you always had a nomadic spirit?

    I grew up in the Midwest and our vacations were always toward the central Midwest states. The very first time I'd ever seen the ocean I was almost 18 years old. The first time I saw it, I knew that I wanted to see more and that I wasn't going to stop until I saw it all and was inspired by every tiny detail. So I ended up becoming very hungry to move and do new things and to become more adventurous. New York is my adventure right now.

    How do you feel that New York City has influenced your style so far?

    It definitely is a city that keeps you on your toes. It really, really keeps me pushing and thinking and going and moving and really never stopping.

    Do you have a dream location you'd like to eventually like to re-locate to one day?

    I love that I'm doing what I'm doing in the middle of a city right now, but sometimes I think about seclusion, going to a place that's far away and hard to get to. And maybe using a very specific product that you have one of, that only the guests that come in that night will get, after making that journey. That would be very interesting and a bit more challenging as a chef - and not having so many great markets and purveyors available and having to grow things yourself.

    Tell me about the new bar at Atera. What's going to be the approach?

    Well, the approach has to be very stylistically similar to the restaurant. The space is going feel a little bit like upstairs at Atera. It's going to be dark. There's going to be wood. There's going to be concrete. There's going to be a lot of natural things. It's going to feel a lot like if you had your own little private getaway room that you could go to in your home.

    Will there be a menu of your signature "snacks" like the beer macaron with caviar and crème fraiche?

    The menus will eventually come. But we're focusing on drinks first.

    Is there a particular cocktail that you're going to debut that you're excited about?

    It's trial and error time. But you'll see some of the cocktails that we have from upstairs [such as the 'Clarified Milk Punch' with bourbon, lemon and verbena]. You'll see some overlap with seasonal ingredients in the kitchen and cocktails. I'm looking forward to using fall ingredients. There will be a couple of fun, hot cocktails. We're working on a type of flip, which is a beer cocktail. We want to do it traditionally, which means taking a red-hot rod and poking it into the drink, and that brings a frothiness to the drink. So we're working with someone to build the rod and have hot coals to be able to do that. That's something that takes time to invent.

    The Bar Under Atera is slated to open on October 31.

    Photo by Brian Zak via
    The Daily.

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