Meet the Two New Yorkers Who Are Starting a Preschool for Adults

Categories: Culture, Education

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Courtesy of Michelle Joni Lapidos.
These women want to transport you back to a time of glitter and glue and everything nice.

Michelle Joni Lapidos is the girl who would not grow up.

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This Rodeo Clown Dances Like Nobody's Watching

Although he clearly has this routine timed to the beat, professional rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen seems utterly carefree in those shorts and Nike soccer shoes. He just dances like nobody's watching. Watch as his movements become more fluid and exaggerated. Then you'll notice audience members start to clap along to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Once he's got them right where he wants them, he begins to really flourish.

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Overheard Quotes and More From No Pants Subway Ride 2015

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Courtesy of Rob Menzer for the Village Voice
Would you join in next year?
"What's going on?"

"They are going to catch a cold."

"Mum? Mum? Underwear [points and giggles]. No pants."

"It's for some type of fraternity. What else would make you humiliate yourself like that?"

"Only in New York!"

You might think there's not enough Purell in the universe to get you to sit pantless in a New York City train, but about 3,000 participants in the city's annual No Pants Subway Ride did just that on Sunday. Hosted by the self-described "prank collective" Improv Everywhere, the event attracted participants as old as 80 and as young as 19 to brave the 37-degree weather in their skivvies. This year the pantless riders assembled at seven points across the city, from Williamsburg to Astoria, before converging at the 14th Street Union Square station.

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This Guy Knows How to Make TED Talks Interesting: Get the Speakers Drunk

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Stephanie Koch courtesy of Eric Thurm
Eric Thurm has a plan to make TED Talks bearable.
Depending on who you ask, TED Talks are either a treasured vehicle for the exchange of ideas or a sad representation of our generation's inability to pay attention to things.

Brooklyn writer Eric Thurm is trying to settle the question once and for all: He's getting eight experts drunk before putting them on the podium to talk about everything from city pigeons to Jane Austen to "conscious uncoupling."

It's all happening on November 29 in Williamsburg, where Thurm will host an event that he's calling TEDxxx: Ideas Worth Dreading -- an offshoot of similar "talks" that he held as a student at the University of Chicago.


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Want to Find Love in NYC? Put a Bag Over Your Head

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Photo credit: Irene Chidinma Nwoye
Monica Siu has never been in a relationship.

The 23-year-old is not unattractive. In fact she is quite beautiful -- quick to laugh, with long black hair that falls past her shoulders, and cheeks that flush pink easily.

But in high school, while "everyone else was dating and getting all those feelings," Siu, the oldest of her siblings, was saddled with adult responsibilities because of problems at home.

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Window Washing Is A Terrifying Gig: A Brief History

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Photo credit: angeloangelo via Compfight cc
Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two were suspended hundreds of feet in the air outside the tallest building in North America, to the horror of onlookers below, before they were rescued by members of the FDNY and Port Authority police department.

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The Third Rail: How It Feels to Support New York City FC, the Team That Doesn't Yet Exist

The Third Rail is the name of the supporters group for New York City FC, a team that has yet to play a game, put together a full squad, or find a permanent stadium. And up until the 11 a.m. hour on Thursday, they didn't know what their team's jersey would look like.

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Here's Late Voice Theater Critic Jerry Tallmer Doing a Proto-Takedown of the Times

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Jerry Tallmer in 1962.
Lately, it's fashionable to eviscerate the establishment's status quo (see: The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, what Keith Olbermann used to do), either on television or in blog-post form, and then after that decimation, there comes another blog post recapping it, thus continuing the cycle.

Well, consider this annihilation recap blog post 57 years late: Below is Village Voice co-founder and theater critic Jerry Tallmer dismantling a review of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in the New York Times.

The production at the Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street west of Broadway, was an encore to the prior year's blockbuster New York premiere that starred Bert Lahr. It was helmed by the same producer, Michael Myerberg, and touted in the Voice (and, presumably, elsewhere) as "Negro Godot": Under the direction of Herbert Berghof (who'd also directed the original), all the cast members were black, from Earle Hyman as Vladimir and Mantan Moreland as Estragon to Rex Ingram (Pozzo) and Geoffrey Holder (Lucky).

Tallmer, who left the Voice for the New York Post in 1962, created the Obie Awards in 1956. He died Sunday in Manhattan, just a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday. Read more about Tallmer's impact on the downtown arts scene and the Voice in Michael Feingold's obituary.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Cam Girl But Were Afraid to Ask

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Stoya at Exxxotica. See more Exxxotica 2014 photos.
At the end of a winding road within a nondescript corporate park in Edison sits the New Jersey Convention and Expo center, a grim gray building with an illuminated quick-change sign out front, the kind that usually shouts "GO TIGERS" or "2 FOR 1 WELL DRINKS." This one reads "WELCOME TO EXXXOTICA 2014." The building seems like the sort that hosts SATs -- until you open the doors and are hit by a wave of deafening techno and ass cheeks as far as the eye can see.

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How to Shop for the Holidays at a Porn Convention

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
A stocking-stuffer spotted at the Exxxotica expo in Edison, New Jersey.
The holidays are fast approaching, with the accompanying seasonal joy, department store stampedes, and mommy-on-mommy assault charges. To help you avoid disappointing everyone you love with boring gift cards, we went to the Exxxotica love and sex expo in Edison, New Jersey, over the weekend and found a perfect gift for everyone on your list.

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