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Cheesy Time: Stinky Brooklyn’s Cheese Contest This Weekend

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OK, OK, I know: you love cheese. But do you love it enough to eat almost half-a-pound in a cheese-eating contest? Oliver Butler does (or did), and he won the contest last year at Stinky Bklyn’s cheese eating competition.  Will he be the champion this year as well?  Find out Sunday, June 22 at Stink-Fest [&hellip
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The Tasty NYC Food Film Festival

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts



Watch as different ice creams melt and solidify, melt and solidify. Kind of soothing actually.  “The Death & Life of Ice Cream,” is just one of the many free films about food that will be shown at the second annual NYC Food Film Festival held at the Water Taxi Beach in Queens.  Not only does the festival show food, but also they are selling food to go with the films.  Already they have served cheesesteak and a delicious grilled currywurst to eager foodies despite the pouring rain on Saturday and Monday.

Festival organizer George Motz said all the films shown were picked to celebrate food, not make you feel guilty about eating it.  “This isn’t the Bodies exhibit,” he said over his namesake, the Motz burger.  “We want you to eat!”

Tonight brings you New York pizza (and is the only day when the films will be shown in Grimaldi’s parking lot, 19 Old Fulton St. at Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn) and Motz’s newest film, "Brooklyn Pizza." I am personally stoked for Wednesday’s “The Mighty Humble Blueberry,” which follows the history of the cultivation of the blueberry.

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Dreaming of Dreamland: Roller Skating Just Won’t Die

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Roller skating is not dead, but Lola Staar’s Dreamland roller rink might be. Dreamland, located in the historic Child’s Building in Coney Island, was funded when Diane Carlin won a contest sponsored by Glamour magazine and Tommy Hilfiger, where she described her dream project in a video. In one pink-and-orange-themed night at the end of [&hellip
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Sunday Barbecue at Pete’s Candy Store

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Last weekend Pete’s Candy Store opened up their grill for another year of Sunday barbecuing. Despite the scattered downpours this past weekend, when I got to Pete’s there were a fair number of people waiting for the grilled fare. Forgoing the vegetarian option, I ordered a juicy beef burger with cheese (make sure you ask [&hellip
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The Good, the Bad and the Cheap Art: Tampon Chandeliers and Sequined Dogs at the Affordable Art Fair

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Could that be a giant chandelier made out of tampons (pictured left)? Yes, yes it is.  The only information about this sculpture by Vadis Turner is a handwritten card on top of a dresser, amid various items like painted dildos, lavish fake nails and a brush and comb set.  It reads “My Beautiful Education,” and has no price attached to the vanity, chandelier or the framed crotchless white lingerie hanging on the wall.

In a completely different fashion, the booth across from Turner’s were a series of Alice in Wonderland-themed illustrations by Maggie Taylor for $1,350 and hosted by the Modern Book Gallery (California).  All around me were cubicles brimming with art, as well they should be for the seventh annual Affordable Art Fair running through June 15.

Let it be known if you happen to be a starving graduate student, no art is affordable unless it’s free—or $20 from a vendor in Union Square.  Looking at art, however is, or at least cheap (day passes range $12 for students, $17 for general admission).  Yet in many people’s heads, art between the prices of $100 and $10,000 is a reasonable sum and this year’s show, with over 70 galleries from across the world, is just the ticket.  And for those people like myself who can only drool on the lavish paintings, it’s worth going to, if only for the good, the bad, and the cheap art...

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De-Cluttering and Aspiring for Affordable Design at NYTimes’ New Muji Store

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MUJI, the Japanese version of IKEA, opened its second location and flagship store in Times Square last week. Nestled on the ground floor of the New York Times building, the glass-enclosed, high-ceilinged, new-smelling shop is as neat and tidy as you would expect something Japanese to be.  I was immediately struck at the organization of [&hellip
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