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Internet Memes Come Off the Screen at HallowMeme

villagevoice.com — The memes of reddit, and Instagram again sprang to life with HallowMeme, the annual costume party by Forced Meme Productions, held on Thursday, October 30 at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Gamer Gate, Jay-Z & Beyonce, Pharell's Hat, the terrible (the Fappening), the adorable who can forget the "Apparently" kid?), and the strange parts of the social Internet were all there.

Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect

villagevoice.com — Matthew McConaughey as a farmer/astronaut/dreamer. There's so much space in Christopher Nolan's nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there's almost no room for people. This is a gigantosaurus movie entertainment, set partly in outer space and partly in a futuristic dustbowl America where humans are in danger of dying out, and Nolan -- who co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan -- has front-loaded it with big themes and even bigger visuals.

Cycling on the Sidewalk: The New Stop-and-Frisk?

blogs.villagevoice.com — Institutional Racism: Fewest lanes, most #bikenyc 'sidewalk stops,' in Black & Latino neighbs http://t.co/nEyphhvpZE pic.twitter.com/aOsRaFtthj - Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) October 21, 2014 Some call it "Stop-and-Frisk by another name." Others say it's an excuse for cops to up the number of outstanding arrest warrants.

Revenge of the Mekons

villagevoice.com — What began in 1977 as a five-member punk band at the University of Leeds has survived against the odds for more than 35 years, by morphing into a sort of rock 'n' roll collective that long ago pushed off the shores of punk to navigate the even wilder and more expansive waters of folk and country.
Oct 30, 2014

'Revenge of the #Mekons' is terrific -- captures their collaborative ways, their defiance, Langford's sexy dance... villagevoice.com/movies/revenge…

Follow New York Comic Sam Morril from Club to Club as He Works Out This Joke

video.villagevoice.com — Sam Morril has been a standup comic in New York for almost a decade. He has been on Conan and Comedy Central, and performs in comedy clubs all over New York City as well as nationally. Before making it to the stage, Morril would hand out flyers for comedy shows, luckily only a short stint.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @jdharm: Follow a New York comedian as he goes club to club in one night. Nice job @JessicaPilot212 video.villagevoice.com/follow-new-yor…

Oct 30, 2014

Hire @JessicaPilot212 to make videos: Follow New York Comic Sam Morril from Club to Club as He Works Out This Joke video.villagevoice.com/follow-new-yor…

Dan Pashman's New Book Instructs You How to Eat More Better

blogs.villagevoice.com — Lilia Cretcher for The Sporkful "If life contains a finite number of meals, and a meal contains a finite number of bites, you can only take so many bites before you're full and/or dead," Dan Pashman says in his new tome, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious.

Watch an Orchestra Conducted on Skype Across Nine Subway Stations

blogs.villagevoice.com — via YouTube New Yorkers are accustomed to seeing musical performers of different genres scattered throughout the city. But have you ever watched these artistic subway regulars simultaneously take part in a citywide orchestra performed via Skype at nine different train stations? One young filmmaker coordinated just that.
Oct 29, 2014

This is wild: Composer conducts an orchestra of NY subway musicians in 9 separate stations via Skype bit.ly/1yHUEtt

So You Think You're Too Good For SNL Cast Member Michael Che's Cat Calls, Ladies?

blogs.villagevoice.com — Laura June Kirsch Ladies, do we really have to go over this again ? Catcalls are flattering! The latest defense of street harassment comes not from the New York Post (where we would expect it) but from comedian Michael Che, late of The Daily Show, now the host of SNL's Weekend Update, and recent Village Voice cover boy.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @tessastuart: So you think you're too good for SNL cast member Michael Che's cat calls, ladies? blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2…

Oct 29, 2014

So you think you're too good for SNL cast member Michael Che's cat calls, ladies? blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2…

Mötley Crüe - Madison Square Garden - 10/28/14

blogs.villagevoice.com — All photos Nate "Igor" Smith Better Than: Seeing them on most of their other tours from the past 15 years. "If this didn't work out, I don't know where you guys would be," said Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx in the middle of his band's final NYC show.

Motley Crue's 'Final Tour' Arrives in NYC

villagevoice.com — As part of its "final tour," Mötley Crüe played its "final" New York City show on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. The band that formed in 1981 in Los Aneles has spawned dozens of imitators and a few excellent tribute acts over the years. Opening the show was another heavy metal icon, Alice Cooper.

Reynaldo Nazario Knew How to Do One Thing Really Well: Steal Cars

blogs.villagevoice.com — Illustrations by Tom Huck Reynaldo Nazario had a twin sister, but she died when they were eight months old. His family soon realized that he was slower than most children. He didn't walk until he was five. He didn't know how to use his hands or feet.

Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

blogs.villagevoice.com — On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine ( iTunes). We also scoop out some time for , which helps restore our faith in violent movies, , Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour , Housebound , and Force Majeure .
Oct 30, 2014

A packed podcast:Talking NIGHTCRAWLER, CITIZENFOUR, and THE HEART MACHINE with the regulars and guest @ZachWigon blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2…

Oct 29, 2014

Lots and lots on @VoiceFilmClub podcast this week: John Wick, Force Majeure, Citizenfour, & special guest @ZachWigon blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2…

Inside Taphaus, a Jersey City Waterfront "Gastrogarden" Coming to Dumbo

blogs.villagevoice.com — All photos by Adam Robb Restaurants are few and far between along the stretch of Jersey City's highrise-dominated waterfront walkway that sits between the Colgate Clock and Hoboken Terminal. Most of the eateries that are there lack access to the unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline on display through the glass walls of Taphaus ( 2 Second Street, Jersey City; 201-626-6000), now open at Crystal Point.

The Mekons are Still Here, Still Great -- and In a New Doc

villagevoice.com — In Richard Lester's 1965 Help!, two proper English matrons, dressed in balmacaans, gloves, and old-lady hats, wave to their neighbors, John, Paul, George, and Ringo, who, in the movie's fantastical universe, live in a communal Beatle pad on an ordinary London street. "Lovely lads, and so natural!"

Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge

villagevoice.com — When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge , she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the woods one last time.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @VoiceFilmClub: Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in @HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge buff.ly/1wJOgSZ pic.twitter.com/kxGNiXvjFt

Oct 29, 2014

RT @VoiceFilmClub: Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in @HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge buff.ly/1wzBHsg pic.twitter.com/wTIJr6JJpK

Oct 29, 2014

RT @MovieMezzanine: @thinkovision takes a look at the new HBO miniseries OLIVE KITTERIDGE, starring Frances McDormand. villagevoice.com/2014-10-29/fil…

Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster

villagevoice.com — Gyllenhaal's Bloom is an eager, intense young man, given to spinning out long, complex sentences in the language of inspirational speakers. Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a freelance crime videographer in Dan Gilroy's nervy thriller Nightcrawler.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @matthewkassel: In "Nightcrawler,"Jake Gyllenhaal "has achieved a kind of art direction of the self," says @szacharek. villagevoice.com/2014-10-29/fil…

How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies

villagevoice.com — 'John Wick' brings back to action movies violence as a barbarous ballet There's too much violence in movies today -- too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked me what the "right" kind is, I would only be able to tell you that I know it when I see it.