Benjamin Scheuer Takes Autobiographical Musical THE LION On Tour After NYC Success

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Benjamin Scheuer
In his intimate and lyrical one-man show, THE LION, musician/playwright Benjamin Scheuer tells the story of his life, the volatile father who taught him to love music, his angsty teen years, the heartbreaks, and his tough battle with cancer (which he won) at 28. He does so using spoken word and song, the stage sparse and set to look like a foyer on the Lower East Side or maybe Williamsburg, with six guitars for him to play, depending on the character. The show is close and real. Ultimately, what character "Ben" learns (and what Scheuer learned in life) is that the thing that matters to him most is family.

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Despite Real Estate Rumors, Brooklyn Bowl & Brooklyn Brewery Aren't Going Anywhere -- Yet

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Red Baraat played Brooklyn Bowl on March 8, 2015.
The building that houses two of Williamsburg's more prominent businesses is hitting the real estate market.

Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery share property located at 61–71 Wythe Avenue, and the current owner of the space is working with Manhattan real estate firm Eastern Consolidated to sell the premises for a reported $50 million. Don't panic just yet, Bowl Train fiends and beer geeks: Both Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery are 100 percent leased until 2021 and 2025, respectively, and neither business is looking to relocate anytime soon.

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'Jazz & Colors' Paints Vibrant Strokes With the Music of Coltrane, Davis, and More at the Met

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Musicians fill the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For those who feel like upgrading that rich experience of visiting a museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering just that on April 24. For Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition, musicians, playing both by themselves and as ensembles, will perform a set of jazz classics in galleries dispersed throughout the Met. The event will feature two sets, one at 6 p.m., and another at 7:30, with songs stemming from the color palette and including "Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin, "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington (both at 6), "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, and "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (at 7:30). The talent roster includes renowned saxophonist J.D. Allen and alt and guitar goddess Kaki King.

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Boosie Badazz Previews Touch Down 2 Cause Hell: 'It's My Best Album. Period.'

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Boosie Badazz at the Touch Down 2 Cause Hell listening and viewing party
Is Boosie Badazz bigger than Jesus? In a new documentary, a fan likens the rapper (formerly known as Lil Boosie) and his release from prison to the Second Coming.

"That made me nervous. It surprised me," Boosie laughed, deflecting the comparison. "A lot of love I got when I came home surprised me, [but] Jesus back? No." Perched on a director's chair at the midtown offices of Atlantic Records last night, the Louisianan rapper shared the first installment of Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, the five-part doc set to be released April 28 on WorldStarHipHop, and tracks from his forthcoming album of the same name (out May 26), for journalists, bloggers, and industry cognoscenti. "I've been through a lot," he said.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Show Religious Freaks That Science Wins?'

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Andrew W.K.
[Editor's note: Every week, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask:]

Yo, Andrew.

How can anyone believe in religion? It's so ignorant and obviously fake. I've always backed science since I was a little kid, and now I'm proud to say that I'm studying to be a molecular biologist in college. The thing is, I'm surrounded by a lot of religious idiots at this school, and whenever I try to explain to them how believing in a man in heaven who rose from the dead and all that superstitious BS is literally causing the murder of millions of people, they argue back and tell me that "science is evil and is playing God," and that I should develop my "faith" before I blow up the world.

What is the best way to finally get through to these ignorant people and explain to them simply and finally that they're wrong? If they would just give in and accept the scientific future, they would see that they don't need religion to enjoy life.

Thanks for your feedback,
Enlightened Scientist

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Hot on the Heels of Coachella, Cloud Nothings Will Perform Free Show in Brooklyn

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Cloud Nothings
Dylan Baldi, the leader of Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, is the kind of man who keeps a promise. When asked to name some bands that deserve a listen, he'll pause and fully consider the tired question. Batting away any impulsive recommendations, he opts instead to respond another time, when he can answer more appropriately.

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Why Should You Go See Steve Winwood Belt Out 'Higher Love' in 2015?

Steve Winwood
At almost 67 years of age, Steve Winwood, set to play two dates in New York — at the Space at Westbury on April 23, and at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester the following night — is living proof that age is indeed only a number. And in Winwood's case, it's a sweeping setlist filled with hit numbers.

Born May 12, 1948, in Birmingham, England, to a father who played the saxophone and clarinet and encouraged his son's musical dreams, Winwood, a former choirboy, studied music in school before he began a wildly successful professional career that at this point spans more than five decades. Now living in Nashville with his wife and children, Winwood is as relevant as ever. No, he's not promoting a new record. And, no, it's not an anniversary for one of his past works. But he's on tour. And he's Steve Winwood. So get over it. Winwood's exhaustive catalog is reason enough to see why he's playing these midsize rooms — both venues seat fewer than 2,000 — at this time.

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Watch Amy Sedaris Get Silly With Conan's Secret Weapon Live in NYC

Categories: Comedy

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Amy Sedaris guests on Running Late With Scott Rogowsky at Carolines, 4/22/15.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have an almost–Jon Hamm, a slightly–Louis CK, a kind-of Carrie Bradshaw, and a most-definitely Amy Sedaris. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Step Onstage With Anthony D'Amato for a Perfect New York Moment

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Anthony D'Amato
[Editor's note: New York–based folk singer-songwriter Anthony D'Amato posted about the perfect "New York" day he had last week on Instagram, and we were intrigued by his impromptu performance alongside Marah and renowned guitarist Lenny Kaye on the night of April 16 — so we asked him to write about it. Below, D'Amato elaborates on a brilliant music moment that could only have happened here.]

Some days New York, it's all hot garbage and stale piss. There's mice living in your stove and (hopefully) dog shit smeared under your shoe, or ankle-deep slush puddles off every curb and a special kind of gusting wind and rain designed specifically to invert umbrellas. But other days, you sit and eat an ice cream cone and watch boats go by as the sun sets on Manhattan, and you can't imagine a more perfect time or place to be alive. The glass faces of the skyscrapers change colors with the reflecting light, and you experience one of those golden New York moments where you can't help but just follow the city wherever it leads you, until the next thing you know, you're onstage performing a song you've never played before — with Lenny Kaye, the celebrated guitarist of the Patti Smith Group and New York musical icon. This happened on April 16, the most New York day I've ever had.

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4Knots Music Festival to Take Over Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on July 11

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4Knots will take over Hudson River Park's Pier 84 for a full day of music on July 11.
The Village Voice is thrilled to announce that the 4Knots Music Festival will be changing things up in a few big ways for 2015. The music will be raucous and rocking, sure. The breeze will be fantastic, as the festival will still sidle up to the waterfront. But other than that? 4Knots 2015 is set to kick it up a nautical notch starting with a new location and the length of the festivities while giving back to New York City.

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