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Sure Enough, Yoko Ono's Opening Ceremony Collection Is Insane


We shouldn't be, but somehow we're still in a minor state of awe over how utterly insane avant doyenne Yoko Ono's new Opening Ceremony line is. Taking a cue from her drawings inspired by her late husband's "sexy bod" (seen in this animated video above), the collection features mesh tank tops, literal "crotch-grabbing" pants, butt cut-outs, man bras and a fashion apparatus known as a "bell board" (whatever that means). Though we don't expect to be shelling out $250 to buy our dads/boyfriends/roommates/brothers a "lightbulb bra" anytime soon, we have to hand it to Yoko: she had an idea and fully realized it. Musicians/actresses/models/It Girls who have their own fashion lines or capsule collections are a dime a dozen, and so many of them simply slap their name on a brand and call it a day. As for Ono, however, she clearly had more personal motivations behind the line: an appreciation of Lennon's private parts.

Check out some of the more interesting designs below and head over to Opening Ceremony for the rest.

yoko_oc_4.pngMesh cutout shirt, $145; Hand trousers, $335

yoko_oc_1.pngBell board, $400

yoko_oc_2.pngLightbulb Bra, $250

yoko_oc_5.pngButt hoodie, $75

yoko_oc_3.pngEyelet tank, $150

Jock strap, $200

The Montenegro Sour at L'Apicio

L'Apicio had barely flung open its doors before the restaurant's bar started swarming with orange wine-swilling patrons. Yet the tipples here -- Epicurean Management's first East Village venture -- are just as delightful as a prelude to charred octopus at one of the restaurant's tables.

Like his West Village lairs dell'anima and L'Artusi, Joe Campanale's petite cocktail list at L'Apicio is decidedly Italian. For the Montenegro Sour, a refined ode to a simple whiskey sour with a red wine float, Campanale turned to Montenegro amaro, the aromatic Emilia Romagna-made liqueur layered with bittersweet botanicals.

"I thought about how I like to drink the Montenegro -- on the rocks with citrus -- so I grabbed a bottle of Amère Nouvelle bitters," he recalls. "This was one I felt I had to tinker with to get the proportions correct, but once they fell into place I loved how the floral, herbal aromas combined to make a complex but drinkable cocktail."

Crowned with a cloud of frothy egg whites and a sprig of rosemary, the aperitivo, balanced with lemon juice and simple syrup is also a beauty.

1 ½ oz. Montenegro Amaro
¾ oz. Amère Nouvelle bitters
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. egg white
Rosemary garnish

IIn a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake the amaro, bitters, egg white, lemon and simple syrup. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for 20-30 seconds. Strain into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with sprig of rosemary

Rihanna Scores Her First #1 Album

Rihanna not only survived her harrowing "777" world tour but scores her first #1 album this week with Unapologetic going straight in at the top. The One Direction lads slipped a bit to #3 and Kid Rock -- check out this enlightening feature on the "badass" Detroit dude in New Yorker -- goes in at #5 with his Rebel Soul. Led Zeppelin managed to hit the Top 10 with their new live album Celebration Day going in at #9. AND: Adele's 21 just became the 21st (how fitting) album to sell 10 million albums! [Billboard]

Our New Obsession: Ten & Co. Oxfords

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Thanks to Miss Moss -- a fantastic fashion and design blog helmed by Capetown-based graphic designer Diana Moss -- we've discovered the first of what will surely be many items going on our hulking holiday wish list: Ten & Co. oxfords. The brand was born after its Brooklyn-based founder Tory Noll took a trip to Marrakech, Morocco this past March and commissioned a pair of oxfords made from rug scraps after coming across a shoe cobbler in the city's massive souk. Not surprisingly, her shoes received gobs of compliments from friends and Noll decided to turn the one-off pair into a veritable shoe line. "Everybody was asking me, 'Where did you get those?' and people were stopping me on the street," Noll tells us. "I figured I'd regret it if I didn't see what the possibilities were to make a business out of it."

Each model is handmade by a cobbler in Marrakech -- the same one who made that inaugural pair, in fact -- and cut from handwoven kilim rugs and blankets that Noll has found during sourcing trips to flea markets, rug auctions and bazaars throughout the city and the Atlas mountains. "One of the coolest places I went to was this flea market on the edge of the main Medina in Marrakech that I don't think any tourist has been to ever, " Noll says. "I found one [rug] that was hot pink and had holes in it and the fringe was horsehair -- not wool.  I've never seen anything like it before."

Though the kicks aren't cheap -- prices range from $200-$250 -- the line just launched a week and a half ago, meaning your Ten & Co.-shod feet can be the most au courant pair at the New Year's/Chrismukkah/awkward holiday office party. For now the shoes are sold exclusively online -- though Noll hopes to get them in stores by next season -- and you can peep lovely images shot by Adam Hribar from the brand's lookbook below.

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Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 2.20.49 PM.pngPhotos courtesy of Ten & Co.

The New York Public Library Found Timothy Leary's Nintendo Power Glove...


1. Bob Saget has sold a memoir to It Books. [AP, image via WikiCommons]

2. A zebra escaped from a Staten Island zoo. [Staten Island Advance via City Room]

3. Girls on Grindr accumulates the profiles of ladies looking for the "gay bff" of their dreams. Here's how the hypothetical gay best friend might respond. 

4. The New York Public Library unearthed Timothy Leary's Nintendo Power Glove. [NYPL Wire via Gothamist]

5. The English language's 26 most important letters. [Awl, image via Flickr]

6. "Brooklyn Visits Heath," featuring the work of Brooklyn artisans, opens this weekend at Heath Ceramics' Los Angeles and San Francisco stores. [Heath]

Jessica Fellowes Talks Downton Abbey Tonight at the Strand...

BOOKS: Jessica Fellowes at the Strand
We've missed Downton Abbey so much we've either risked our digital security to stream the third season from the UK or been reduced to watching the reboot of Upstairs, Downstairs as filler. With a month to go before Laura Linney next says those magical words, "This is Masterpiece Classic" (and who knows how long before The Gilded Age), fill the void with an evening of all things Downton at the Strand. Carole Wallace, who co-wrote How to Marry an English Lord (a major source of inspiration for the series), will join series creator Julian Fellowes' niece Jessica Fellowes to discuss Fellowes' new book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and the upcoming season. Will Anna ever reunite with Bates? Can Lady Edith catch a break? How long until Maggie Smith gets her next Emmy? Get your fix tonight!
Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, (212) 473-1452. 6:30 p.m. Free with purchase of a $10 Strand gift card.

MUSIC: Hip Hop Gods at Irving Plaza
This traveling revue brings together Public EnemyBlack SheepX-ClanLeaders of the New SchoolSons of Bazerk and other golden age hip-hop acts.
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, (212) 777-6800. 7 p.m. $32.50

PARTY: Night Lights at Gansevoort Plaza
To honor World Aids Day this weekend, Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo are dropping a DJ set at this outdoor party. Organizers promise a spectacular light show and a 250-liter bottle of (sponsor) Belvedere vodka, which we're pretty sure isn't for drinking.
Gansevoort Plaza, Ninth Avenue at Gansevoort Street. 8:30 p.m. Free.

What If New Girl Starred a Crotchety Octogenarian Instead?

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 6.43.49 PM.pngThis sock is tremendous. [via Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 6.44.51 PM.pngPut these next to your 50 Shades of Bidet. [via Uproxx]

tumblr_m59g7pt3An1rxh4aao1_500.gifWhat we wouldn't give to be Peggy Bundy right now. [via The Clearly Dope]

tumblr_me7zkc41lN1rd10xoo1_500.pngApparently Lance Bass found this painting of himself while searching for Christmas decorations. No shit. [via Buzzfeed]

3d-street-art.pngMind-blowing literal 'street' art. [via Hypervocal]

tumblr_me64fn9Kgd1qaqsnao1_500.gifSo many cute, knobby knees! [via Fun Pool Party]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 11.12.27 PM.pngBehold, Tom Hanks fan art that isn't by Hanksy. [via The Daily What]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 11.24.10 PM.pngPresented without comment. [via Twitter]

catsup.gifnm, u? a/s/l? [via Bunny Food]

If you like the hijinks of New Girl but sometimes need a break from Zooey Deschanel, then Old Girl might be just for you. It's kinda-sorta the same thing but instead of starring a pretty, twee brunette, the leading lady is a crotchety octogenarian named Muriel Rosenberg. We'd watch it. [via Vulture]

Screen shot 2012-11-29 at 9.05.51 AM.pngIf only we could all be Rebel Wilson. [via I'm With Kanye]

Tegan and Sara's Karaoke Dance Party


Get out the karaoke machine and let's have a little house party with Canadian twins Tegan and Sara. "Closer" is a bouncy, pop track that's already getting lots of airplay and the video should help things along. You may prefer a slightly more raucous affair, but sometimes face-paint and balloons will suffice. Their new album, Heartthrob, is coming out at the end of January.  While you're waiting, check out their European Tour Dairy for Paper here.

Derek Blasberg Teaches Us Etiquette with Cats...


alexander-wang-wry.jpgAccording to Cathy Horyn, Alexander Wang is the top candidate for the Creative Director position at Balenciaga, and the announcement may be made early next week. [via The New York Times]

rott.jpgYou know that ubiquitous Givenchy Rottweiler tee that every celebrity and fashion person owns? Ricardo Tisci told GQ it was inspired by a "boy scout book" and that it represents "power and sweetness." Who knew? [via Fashionista]

g-shock04.JPGIn honor of its 30th anniversary, G-Shock opened its first American flagship store yesterday in SoHo! [via WWD

Watch a delightful lesson in etiquette from Derek Blasberg, taught with cats. If 'The Eticats' isn't a regular web series, we're quitting the internet. [via The Cut]

With-Love-Francesco Vezzoli-.jpgItalian artist Francesco Vezzoli collaborated with yoox.com on a limited edition embroidered postcards, including this 'vintage style' self-portrait. This is the last time the artist will be working with embroidery, so get it while you can! [via Press Release]

Watch a trailer for HBO doc In Vogue: The Editor's Eye, which premiers December 6th. The film documents the lives of Condé Nast fashion editors. Color us excited. [via High Snobette]

x-mas-sweaters.jpgDeath and Taxes rounded up 14 of the best-worst Christmas sweaters. Our faves are tinsel-y Abe Lincoln and the (Katy Perry endorsed, we're sure) Snow-Man-Boob sweater.

For fashionistas who have lots and lots of dough: Hermès is releasing small ('I can only fit a few credit cards in here' small), jewel-encrusted mini versions of their iconic Birkin, Kelly and Nausicaa bags. [via T Magazine]


The Melbourne Metro System Reminds You, Adorably, Not to Get Run Over By a Train


Watch out PSY, the Melbourne Metro system just might beat your record for most YouTube views.  A clever, animated clip called "Dumb Ways To Die" -- and its accompanying catchy tune -- has already topped 28 million in less than two weeks.  It was made as a public service announcement to warn people about the potential danger of trains and it immediately went viral. Presumably targeted to kids, given its cute cartoons and  even cuter music, the whole thing is, well... kinda dark. It's hard to imagine the MTA making an adorable video about train safety with cartoon characters gushing blood, etc., but, hey, maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board on those mad boring "If you see something, say something" ads. The clip has become so popular that it inspired Seattle-based video and animation studio Cinesaurus to create their own parody and tribute to NASA, "Cool Things To Find."  Watch it, and see where missing socks go.

Sophie Auster's Shadowy Video for "Run Run Run"


Former PAPER beautiful person Sophie Auster has a new video for "Run Run Run" off her recent album, Red Weather. Not to be confused with the Velvet Underground or Phoenix songs of the same name, "Run Run Run" juxtaposes Auster's mournful alto with the fast pitter-patter of drums and bass. In the clip, candlelight reflects off Auster's tiara and casts menacing silhouettes on marble walls as the singer lets fall a single ambiguous tear.

Our Guide to New York's Best Holiday Pop-Up Shops, Markets, Craft Fairs and More

This holiday season, forgo the wares at department and big box stores in favor of one-of-a-kind goodies found inside the city's many pop-up shops, holiday markets and craft bazaars. And though 'pop-up shop' is one of the most eye-rollingly widespread retail phrases this time of year, second only to 'artisanal,' the spots we've listed below are selling undeniably awesome goods, from jeweled bib necklaces to toys to skate boards. Don't you dare think about re-gifting that Best Buy gift card you've had stashed in your drawer since April. 

Pop-Ups Proper

Pop Shop ft. PF Flyers, Brooklyn Circus and Black Ivy
Expect to find: Classic PF Flyers footwear mingling with Brooklyn Circus' varsity-style threads inside this vintage-leaning pop-up hosted by the BC folks.
Expect to spend: Classic PF Flyers' 'Center' high tops start at $54.99, t-shirts from Brooklyn Circus, Black Ivy (a collab between BK Circus and Street Etiquette) and Ebbets Field range from $26-$35, snazzy hats are $40-$50 and BC's varsity jackets start at $250 and go up to $480. Every purchase over $75 gets a free gift. 
258 Bergen St., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Thu-Sun, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. through Jan. 15

3DEA Holiday 3D Printing Shop
Expect to find:
Let your inner tech geek out as you marvel over the shop's 'Inventor Bar,' 'Customization Center,' and 'DIY Hub' where you can 3D print jewelry and small home décor items and attend lectures and classes that explain how you 3D print furniture, toys, accessories and more. If you're freaking out right now because this sounds like something out of The Jetsons, it's okay -- we are too.
Expect to spend:
Small jewelry items start at $20 and an embellished espresso cup is $56 -- all courtesy of the 3D printer.
Eventi Hotel at 835 Sixth Ave.
Tues-Sat, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Dec. 27.

Krochet Kids international
Expect to find: A selection of headware, clothing and accessories from the do-gooder brand's latest collection, housed inside Rudy's Barbershop.
Expect to spend: Beloved 5207.5 beanies are $31.95, dapper 'Lincoln' bowties are $21.95 and graphics tees are $24.95.
Where: Rudy's Barber Shop, 14 W. 29th St., New York
When: Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. through Dec. 15

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Dannijo Pop Up
Expect to find: Fashion fiends can get their paws on striking bejeweled bibs, chunky cuffs and others bits and baubles at the jewelry line's first foray into brick-and-mortar retail.
Expect to spend: Their signature jeweled bibs are around $525, silver heavy metal collars are around $495 and a turquoise-laden 'Gypset Jackie' arm party bracelet is $570.
Where: 27 Prince St., New York
When: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, noon - 7 p.m. through Dec. 30

Core 77
Expect to find:
Sleek and playful objets grouped according to "seven design phenotypes" -- the "Design Dandy," the "Studio Snob," and the "Traveling Wo/man," among them -- for those who equally prize form and function.
Expect to spend
: A gingerbread geodesic dome kit is $25, a leather beer bottle four-pack is $80 and Bag'n' Noun duck canvas bags range from $160.00 - $210.
Where: Inside Blue Dot, 140 Wooster St., New York
When: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, noon - 6 p.m. through Dec. 24

Everlane Workhop
Expect to find: The e-tailer brings their luxurious basics to this pop-up in the Meatpacking District where you can shop for -- and actually try on! -- silk blouses and cashmere sweaters and even customize items with the help of onsite craftsmen. You can pick suede elbow patches to affix to that cashmere sweater you've been eyeing, customize a hand-sewn tie (12/4 only) and have an artisan create a made-to-order leather belt at the size of your choice (12/5 only).  
Expect to spend: Custom leather belts are $40, brushed silk blouses are $80 and men's cashmere crew neck sweaters are $120.
Where: 74 Gansevoort St., New York
When: Daily 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. through Dec. 9th

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Styleliner Truck
Expect to find:
A roving treasure trove of thoughtfully curated jewelry, handbags and shoes from hard-to-find brands like Holst + Lee, Buba, MySuelly and more.
Expect to spend:
A technicolor Holst + Lee necklace is $225, a super soft black leather clutch with beading detail by Buba is $540 and a jaunty My Bob fedora is $210.
Wed/Thurs outside Eataly (Fifth Ave. and 23rd St.); Fri, Sat, Sun in the Meatpacking District (Washington St.)
Wed-Sat, 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fjällräven Pop-Up
Expect to find:
Though the culty Swedish brand has another store nearby, the pop-up is the only place to find their newly-launched Numbers collection, which features heavy-duty (and environmentally sustainable) anoraks, fleeces and trousers. While you're there, make sure to check out their Kånken backpack bar, featuring variations on the knapsack of choice for the L train set.   
Expect to spend:
A khaki green anorak from the Numbers collection is $700, and Kånken backpacks range from $55 (mini) to $110 (17").
21 Howard St., New York
Mon-Sun, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. through the end of February

Markets, Bazaars, Craft Fairs, Fleas and More
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Brooklyn Flea's "Gifted" Holiday Market
Expect to find: An avalanche of homemade, small-batch, artisanal goodies of the wearable and eatable kind from over 100 of Brooklyn Flea's best vendors, both old and new, inside this sprawling, three-floor venue.
Expect to spend:
Odette William's cute-as-a-button apron and cooking utensil sets are $36, First Prize Pie's indulgent whole bourbon ginger pecan pie is $35 and SKT Ceramics' whimsical animal-motif tumblers are $48.50 a piece.
Where: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Place, Fort Green, Brooklyn
When: Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Dec. 23

Hester Holiday Market
Expect to find: The LES fave, Hester Street Market, returns with their second holiday fair featuring specialty gifts (many of the handmade and craft variety), a food court proffering mulled wine, hot toddies and other winter-friendly goodies and 21 DIY workshops where visitors can learn how to make their own gifts, decorations and holiday cocktails. Take a break from shopping (and drinking) at their mistletoe photobooth, Christmas song karaoke or fuzzy animal petting zoo -- crèche not included.
Expect to spend: An emerald tulip damask 1950s cocktail dress from Miss Havisham vintage is $62, Baking Bean morsels like smiley gingerbread cookies start at $1.50 and woven leather and metal bracelets by Holbrooke are $80.
Where: 233 Mott St. at Prince, New York
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-23

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Expect to find: A massive 40,000 square-foot warehouse in Williamsburg houses a bazaar inspired by Asian night markets and featuring a month of holiday shopping for locally-made treats as well as artisanal food stalls, art installations and concerts curated by the likes of Fader and Hype Machine.
Expect to spend:
Graphic skate boards by Make skateboards are $95, vintage kimono fabric stud earrings by Nobledesigned are $10 and freaky-cute Pinkypunk fabric dolls are $50.
45 N. 5th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Fri-Sat, 6 p.m. - midnight through Dec. 22

3rd Ward Holiday Craft Fair
Expect to find: The Bushwick artist workspace opens its doors for its sixth annual fair featuring over a hundred vendors selling everything from terrariums to kitchenware.
Expect to spend: Price point specifics are hard to find but it's likely you'll find homemade treats for any type of budget.
Where: 195 Morgan Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn
When: Dec. 15, noon - 6 p.m.

Bust Craftacular
Expect to find: Over two hundred members of the etsy brigade will be present at this Grande Dame of craft fairs, selling everything from unique gifts, edible treats and craft beers.
Expect to spend: Black Lamb feathered headbands are $40, Beatrix Potter-esque animal prints by Berkeley Illustration are $10 and ladies' bowties by Goodship are $60.
Where: 82 Mercer St., New York
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Dec. 1-2

Your Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2012: Part VII

Welcome to the sixth edition of our ongoing guide to Art Basel Miami Beach (check out editions I, II, III, IV V and VI HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE respectively).  Let's get started:

Screen shot 2012-11-29 at 2.23.48 PM.pngAndre Saraiva's global nightclub, Le Baron, returns to Miami with a six-night, pop-up edition during AB/MB 2012.  This year, however, the nightclub will be elusive as well as exclusive, as they move to a new location each night starting on December 4th.  And they'll only reveal the night's location at 6 p.m. daily via twitter.com/lebaronfamily and facebook.com/whereislebaron.  We also hear that nightlife-obsessed art aficionados can go to the Free Spirits Sports Cafe (100 21st Street, Miami Beach) from 8 to 10 p.m. to find out the location and there will be a free shuttle from Free Spirits between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.  One of the nights is apparently happening in Josh Wagner's new lounge at the Gale South Beach Hotel (1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).

The Royal Palm (1545 Collins Avenue, South Beach) has been re-born as a new member of the James group of hotels.  They are jumping right into the Art Basel fray with an exclusive afterparty following the opening of the new controversial fair on the beach, UNTITLED, on December 3 and they're also hosting this year's official AB/MB closing party on Sunday, December 9.  The hotel houses the Miami branch of New York's popular Catch restaurant and another spot called Florida Cookery.  

It's hard to believe, but this year Conde Nast is participating in AB/MB for the first time. They'll be exhibiting a selection of 28 photos from their new publication Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast inside the Miami Beach Convention Center's Art Collector's Lounge.

Visionaire_Free_Store_ABMB.jpgVisionaire, Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter will open a "FREE STORE" in the new Miami Beach SLS Hotel (1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday, December 6th. The store is an interactive art installation by Jonathan Horowitz and "customers" are invited to bring in "stuff you can't use and take stuff away that you can."  Personal items that could be yours for the taking, will be provided by everyone from Michael Stipe to Maurizio Cattelan to Marilyn Minter. [Photo courtesy Visionaire, NET-A-PORTER.COM and MR PORTER.COM]

The only Miami Beach hotel with a permanent collection of contemporary art, The Sagamore (1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) hosts a show called "Fundamental" that features selections from their Cricket Taplin Collection and includes works by Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Mike & Doug Starn, and Michele Oka Donner.  They're also hosting their annual Art Basel Brunch on Saturday, December 8.

invaderIMG_8485.JPGNew York's Jonathan LeVine Gallery will present the world premier of Art 4 Space, a documentary film about French artist Invader and his recent launch of one of his iconic mosaics into outer space.  The film is being screened in partnership with the Miami International Film Festival at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) on December 6.

If you feel like having a beer while checking out "The Factory Art Show" (101 NW 24th Street, Miami), you're in luck.  The street-art-centric fair will also include a Basel Biergarten serving top craft beers from Florida breweries plus a "charcuterie house featuring candied bacon and other other delicious artisan smoked meats."  It opens on Thursday, December 6, from 2 to 11 p.m.

patadummies.jpgLocal gallerist Oliver Sanchez is hosting what might be the AB/MB show with the longest title: "100 Years of Artitude 1913 - 2013 Pataphysics for Dummies: Where Contradiction Meets Exception."  Sanchez adds: "It's a centennial celebration of the artistic development of craft and culture."  Sounds cool, no?  The installation will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Swampspace Gallery (150 NE 42nd Street, Miami) and if you're heading down early, there's an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on December 1.

Another local Miami gallery, Spinello Projects (2930 NW 7th Avenue, Miami) is hosting a "collective" exhibition called "CLOSER" with an opening reception on December 4 at 7 p.m.  The show examines how people interact with each other and includes works by 15 emerging artists including Naama Tsabar, Rowan Smith, Abby Double, Frederico Nessi and Ingrid Lee.

pharrell-places-spaces-book-0.jpgMoncler is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a big VIP-only party on Friday, plus they're opening a new store in the Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Pharrell Williams will be in the store at 6 p.m. on December 8 to sign copies of his book Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been.

Dior Homme and W host the world premier of a new film by Bruce Weber called Can I Make the Music Fly? on December 5.  This is a VIP/invite only affair that includes a special performance by Toronto band Azari & III following the screening.

Nightlife promoters Sheik 'N' Beik are taking over The Wall nightclub in the W South Beach Hotel (2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) with Julio and Nikko Gibler spinning and Spanish artist Domingo Zapata celebrating his latest mural called "Wall of Temptation."

871.jpgSoul Clap Records is having a cool BBQ and live music "jam" on Sunday, December 9, from 5 p.m. until late. at the Electric Pickle (2826 N Miami Avenue, Miami).  The line-up includes Soul Clap, Night Plane, Nick Monaco, Will Renault, Slap & Tickle and Pelvic Thrust.

This Weekend...

Friday, November 30
MUSIC: No New York
In 1978, when dissonant bands DNA and the Contortions were featured on different sides of the genre-defining No New York compilation, few could have imagined that their respective leaders, Arto Lindsay and James Chance, would still be playing in 2012. They are, and on the same night.  Lindsay performs in conjunction with the New Museum's exhibit Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, while Chance headlines Barnard College radio station WBAR's Goth Cruise.
New Museum, 235 Bowery. 7 p.m. $15.
Barnard College Diana Event Center Oval, 3009 Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Free.

PARTY: Interracial at Bedlam
The dynamic duo (and PAPER nightlife award winners) behind Gayletter host the latest installment of their Interracial party series tonight at Alphabet City stop Bedlam. With special co-hosts Cocky Boys model Max Ryder and drag superstar Merrie Cherry, and a DJ set by PAPER's culturists AndrewAndrew, this is a surefire formula for dancing and debauchery.
Bedlam, 40 Avenue C. 10 p.m. Free.

PARTY: 11:11 at 244 East Houston
Nightlife connoisseur Ladyfag has unveiled a new evening of late-night antics. The doors will open at the enchanted moment of eleven minutes after eleven, answering your wishes for a insane dance party with DJs Honey Dijon upstairs, and Fatherhood (that's Michael Magnan & Physical Therapy) one floor down. Hosts Agent Q, Le1f's video vixen Juliana Huxtable and of course the one and only Ladyfag will be fueling this ride until just before daylight.
244 East Houston Street. 11:11 p.m.

Saturday, December 1
OUTDOORS: Chinatown Holiday Fair
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York organized this event to help out vendors who lost business to hurricane Sandy, and who will be selling food and merchandise for as little as a dollar throughout the afternoon. Nearby Confucius Plaza hosts martial arts performances and a lion dance.
Bayard (between Bowery and Mulberry), Doyers, Mott (between Canal and Worth), and Pell Streets. 12-5 p.m.

MUSIC: Black Dice and Oneida at Secret Project Robot
Over the past fifteen years, Black Dice and Oneida have become elder statesmen of Brooklyn experimental rock. They celebrate their shared anniversary, and their new albums, with a night of music that's sure to be as intensely loud as any young guns'.
Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose Avenue, Brooklyn. 9 p.m. $12.

MUSIC: Hurricane Relief Benefit at 285 Kent
The younger generation of Brooklyn noisemakers--A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Total Slacker, and Royal Baths--plays this benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief fund.
285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $12.

Sunday, December 2
FILM: Castles in the Sky at IFC Center
This series curates the work of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, where Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and series eponym Castle in the Sky.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, (212) 924-7771. Full schedule here.

BOOKS: Richard Kramer at McNally Jackson
Richard Kramer published his first piece of fiction in the New Yorker as a college senior, but it took him nearly forty years, in which time he became an Emmy-winning writers for shows including My So-Called Life and thirtysomething, to follow it up with the well-titled Manhattan bildungsroman These Things Happen. Tonight he discusses the novel and his career with critic Daniel Mendelsohn.
McNally Jackson Booksellers, 52 Prince Street, (212) 274-1160. 4 p.m.

MUSIC: Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1
Ducktails and Oneohtrix Point Never spin at this benefit for the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Sandy Relief; Berlin club DJ-turned-Stanford composition student Holly Herndon will perform a live-processed electronic set with video accompaniment.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, (718) 784-2084. 4 p.m. $12, or free with museum admission.

That Work's Cameo-Packed "Act Like You Know" Video

Welcome to You Should Check Out..., a new weekly blog in which Chris Black of Words For Young Men and Done to Death Projects tells you about something or someone he really likes and that he thinks you'll like too. Follow him on Twitter at @donetodeath.

Harry McNally and Kosuke Kasza make up NYC duo That Work. Yesterday, they released a new video for their excellent smooth disco single "That Work" directed by McNally and Sebo Bear. The clip was shot in NYC at 303 Gallery and the Jane Hotel and stars Will Janowitz, whom you might recognize from The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. It also features a bunch of cameos from downtown movers and shakers including Antonio Blair of House of Ladosha, Waris Ahluwalia, Spank Rock, Va$htie and rapper Despot among others. Watch the video and then go check out their previous singles, you will not be disappointed.

MoMA is Starting a Video Game Collection...

1. The Museum of Modern Art has started a video games collection. "The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design," wrote senior curator Paola Antonelli on the museum's website. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Elijah Wood gets a new arm in Flying Lotus's new video for "Tiny Tortures."

3. Every sentence of Time's "Person of the Year" nomination for the Higgs boson is inaccurate. [Scientific American, photo by Arpad Horvath]

4, 5. Moby sold a renovated NoHo penthouse for $5.8 million, while Pharrell is asking nearly thrice that for his penthouse on Biscayne Bay. [Curbed, New Times]

6. Universal Pictures is suing the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation. [Hollywood Reporter]

Was That Tina Fey's Daughter On 30 Rock Last Night?

tumblr_mea5jfQIRN1qfve95o1_500.pngPretty sure Tina Fey's daughter Alice made a split-second cameo on last night's 30 Rock, playing a young, over-the-top-eye-rolling Liz Lemon. [BossyPants]

Here's an official clip of Bo Obama checking out Christmas decorations around the White House. How many trees do you think he peed on during filming? (Also, isn't it the best that his markings make him look like he has leg warmers on?) [Gawker]

tumblr_mdw2ffebCu1qlgr6qo1_500.gifBritney Spears air clapping on the X-Factor. [MattStopera]

tumblr_me7awc02hT1qz4cuyo1_500.gifCool ranch. [LaughingSquid]

tumblr_me695fU7tm1qzk2upo1_500.jpgZuma Beach Club is the embodiment of Cool Ranch. [PizzzaTime]

tumblr_mea1104w9i1qa4fpmo1_500.jpgMichael Jackson,a frog and.Fatz from Rock-afire Explosion. Date unknown.[AlsoHere]

tumblr_me88bnVsfe1qzmowao1_500.jpgSpeechless. [FYeahDementia]

tumblr_lujzkvPC8K1qbuwt6o1_400.jpgDon't just throw your tea bag in a cup when you walk in the door. Hang it up. [HexGirlfriend]

86175764_large_c25056063d1478752760fdf57a67e91f.gifCan't...wake...up....this....morning. [Bunnyfood]

drew_uoproducts.gifCareful, this could come back to haunt us later... [PleatedJeans]

tumblr_me9ctywW7c1qz581wo1_500.jpgRoasted turkey-flavored Doritos are an abomination, but if you offered us these with a mashed potato/gravy dip, we wouldn't necessarily decline. Just being honest. [Buzzfeed]

tumblr_mczlepNbwd1rexvn3o8_250.gifFile under Things We Always Forget: Robert Downey Jr. was on SNL when he was 20 for one season. [LaughterKey]

Oldie But Goodie Friday: Pet Shop Boys'"It's a Sin"


We were happy to hear that the Pet Shop Boys (and Kraftwerk) will be playing at one of our favorite music festivals, SONAR, in 2013.  The annual event in Barcelona -- the exact dates are June 13 to 15 -- will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, so it should be a memorable show. Today's PSB oldie-but-goodie video, "It's a Sin," was released in 1987 and was directed by the late Derek Jarman (Caravaggio, Jubilee). The location is a cold, medieval dungeon with creepy monks and cameos by the Seven Deadly Sins.  And, yes, that's Geena Davis playing the role of "pride" and Chris is a jailer, while Neil is the unfortunate prisoner. 

One Direction Is Making Their Own Fragrance...


MICHAEL-BOARDMAN-450x586.jpgEveryone be sure to pick up the newest issue of Homme Style Magazine: it's curated by friend of PAPER Akmal Shaukat, and it features an interview with our very own Mr. Mickey!

One+Direction+posing+with+puppies+for+Wonderland.jpgOne Direction is making a fragrance. May it smell as sweet as their soft-lensed and puppy-filled shoot for Wonderland. [via The Cut]

row-hirst.jpgSomeone please please please buy us all of these limited-edition croc backpacks from The Row and Damien Hirst! A portion of the proceeds go to UNICEF, so it's sort of tax-deductible, right? [via HypeBeast]

alexander-wang-wry.jpgWWD is pretty damn sure that Alexander Wang will take over at Balenciaga, essentially saying it's confirmed.

Here are a bunch of Victoria's Secret Angels singing "Beauty & A Beat" with the Biebs. We're dizzy, but okay with it. [via Fashionista]

raf-simons-wave.jpgJil Sander, as it turns out, was mostly in the red when Raf Simons was creative director. Incidentally, Simons' abrupt departure from Jil Sander no longer seems so random. [via WSJ]

151832752-300x451.jpg Wunderkind Tavi liked that a bunch of fashion journalists were pissed off that she was in the front rows at couture week in 2009. "I think it's awesome that [wearing a gigantic bow during the Dior show] made a lot of people angry...I spent all my time trying to prove that fashion wasn't just frivolous and could have personal or public meaning, and here you had a bunch of people somehow making a giant bow into a metaphor for the death of fashion journalism." Well said, Tavi. [via Fashionista]

Interpol's "Turn On the Bright Lights" 10th Anniversary

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It's been 10 years since the brooding, NYC-based band Interpol put out their debut album Turn On the Bright Lights and now they're celebrating the album's anniversary with a remastered double LP complete with a DVD, hardbound book with unreleased photos, and second disc of bonus tracks, and a whole lot more. In addition to the double album, which is set to release December 11th, members of the band will also be holding a screening of live Interpol performances and videos at the IFC Theater on December 3rd in honor of the TOTBL anniversary. The screening will also include a roundtable discussion featuring Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber and Other Music's Josh Maddell. We hope the IFC theater has 200 couches where we can sleep that night.