Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 17-19, 2014

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Dill-y-dally around Orchard Street on Lower East Side Pickle Day.
If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.

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New York Health Commissioner's Ebola Plan? Purell

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New York State's acting health commissioner has a couple easy tips for people afraid of Ebola: Clean your hands and get a flu shot.

"The symptoms of many viral illnesses, they always begin the same," said Dr. Howard Zucker, at a press conference convened today by Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss how the state was dealing with Ebola.

Ebola, just like the flu, starts with a fever, sore throat, headache, and muscle weakness. If a patient came in to his office with those starting symptoms, Zucker said, "I would ask, 'Have you had the flu shot?' and if you say yes, I'd say, 'OK, you probably don't have the flu.' "

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Papa John's Franchisee Shafted Delivery Workers, AG Alleges

Categories: Food

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Would you like shame with that?

How's this for a reason to tip the delivery guy: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has just filed a lawsuit against a Papa John's franchisee, Ronald Johnson, for allegedly treating his workers even worse than the way we feel about ourselves after a massive pepperoni slice.

Investigators say Johnson's company made workers pay for and maintain their own delivery bikes. Those bikes probably cost a hefty chunk of change for the workers, who were getting only $5 an hour. That's less than the $7.25 minimum wage in New York State for much of the time period covered by the lawsuit, but it's even less than the $5.65 "tipped wage" that bosses can pay certain employees if they're making enough in tips.

"Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Like every other business in New York, fast-food employers must follow the law."

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How Chuck Schumer's New Legislation Equates Climbing a Bridge to These Violent Crimes

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Don't try to get any closer to this stunning view.

This week, Senator Charles Schumer proposed making trespassing on "critical infrastructure" -- bridges, buildings, and the like -- a federal offense, punishable by up to five years in prison.

He pointed to the pair of German artists who this summer allegedly scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced its American flags with white flags; a Russian tourist who climbed a bridge to take a selfie; and a teen who somehow made it to the top of 1 World Trade Center.

"We cannot allow New York City infrastructure to be turned into playgrounds -- or worse," Schumer said.

Absolutely not! When you let the city become a wholesome nexus of childhood fun, the terrorists win!

It was a move Kumar Rao, an attorney with legal-services nonprofit Bronx Defenders, called excessive. "If the purpose is to deter pranksters and protesters that have made a splash recently, then the law is clearly unduly harsh for the behavior at issue, and absolutely triggers First Amendment concerns," he writes in an email. "Five years(!) for hanging a banner or flag on a bridge puts it on par with many violent felonies."

Just how violent are we talking? Take a look at some heinous crimes that have taken place around the country that have netted the perpetrators five years in prison:

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There Have Now Been 10 Overturned Murder Convictions in Brooklyn This Year

Categories: Justice

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter wrote a letter asking Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson to review McCallum's case.
On Wednesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson asked a judge to overturn the 1986 murder convictions of David McCallum and Willie Stuckey. The judge overturned the convictions. That makes 10 murder convictions reversed in Brooklyn this year.

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Brutal Bushwick LGBT Hate Crime Is the Second in Two Weeks

Categories: LGBTQ

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One of four suspects in Sunday's attack.
Ugly news out of Bushwick: Just two weeks after a gay man was shot in the torso by a group of men yelling homophobic and transphobic slurs at him, a trans woman was brutally attacked with a Plexiglas two-by-four. The second attack, which put the victim in critical condition, took place just three blocks from the first.

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An Infamous CIA Secrecy Argument Is Now Being Used by the NYPD

Categories: NYPD

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The NYPD seem to think they're James Bond or something.

When the CIA joined Twitter earlier this year, this was their very first tweet:

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Plot Out the Best NYC Experience with Our Best of NYC® Google Map

Categories: Best of NYC

Plot out the best NYC experience with the Village Voice's 2014 Best of NYC map.

Each star on the map below represents a Best of NYC winner this year, as chosen by the editorial staff and contributors at the Voice.

To read why one of these places is the best, head over to our Best of NYC homepage. This map represents only a selection (although a majority) of our Best of NYC winners. It's hard to pinpoint on a map where to put Derek Jeter (winner for Best Yankees Player, Best Athlete's Butt), for example. Yankee Stadium? Greenwich Village? St. Petersburg? The map below does have 271 winners of our more than 350, though. Happy hunting.

See also: Our 2014 Best of NYC readers' choice winners

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Film Podcast: Dear White People, Go See Dear White People

Categories: Film and TV

Justin Simien's Dear White People.
With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is a muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined, as always, by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then pivot to Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

Director of Panned '80s Graffiti Doc Stations of the Elevated Wonders Why We're So Into It Today

Nobody thought a movie made entirely about graffiti-covered trains would be so compelling. But it was. Or so people think today. Stations of the Elevated, a 1980 documentary by cinematographer and School of Visual Arts professor Manfred Kirchheimer, has been getting the kind of recognition -- 24 years later -- that it never saw when the film was first released. During a sold-out screening at BAMcinemaFest, the theater still had a line around the block.

But why?

"I'm not altogether sure," Kirchheimer, now 83, tells the Voice. "There's a resurgence, but I don't know why. I'm just a filmmaker."

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The Harlem Quartet Changes the Notion of What a Classical Musician Looks Like

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"You know, let's face it. When you think of classical music, it's not really an African American face that comes to mind," says Melissa White, a violinist and founding member of the Harlem Quartet.

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Shia LaBeouf Was Trying to Drunkenly Feed a Lady Strawberries During his Cabaret Arrest

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Back in June, actor, performance artist, and increasingly stark cautionary tale Shia LaBeouf went to take in a Broadway show, making it through at least several minutes of Cabaret at Studio 54 before he was arrested for smoking, yelling, and butt-slapping . Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, we got to hear LaBeouf's version of the incident, which involves rivers of whiskey, at least three different accents, and, according to the actor, a partially successful attempt to woo the middle-aged ladies at the next table before he was taken into custody.

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Court Vacates Burglary Conviction Because Defendant Did Not Have a Lawyer at Trial

Categories: Justice

Nathaniel Issac, then 52, was arrested and charged with breaking into a Queens warehouse in May 2008. Prosecutors presented a witness who claimed to have seen Issac on the roof of the building next to the warehouse the same week of the break-in. Police found Issac in possession of items from the warehouse.

In a September 2010 bench trial, a Queens Supreme Court judge found Issac guilty of burglary.

Four years later, an appeals court overturned the conviction.

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Brooklyn Gets Its Own Football Team at the Worst Possible Moment

Categories: Brooklyn

Coney Island's MCU Park
On Tuesday, Borough President Eric Adams officially welcomes Brooklyn's new football team, the Bolts, to the neighborhood. The Brooklyn Bolts are a Fall Experimental Football League franchise; the FXFL is hoping to become a development league for the NFL, the way minor-league baseball is for the MLB.

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A New Company Is Framing and Selling 'Ownership' of NYC Street Art

Categories: Art, Culture

A curious splash of color in the concrete jungle?
Who in New York City doesn't have $150 or so kicking around that they want to blow on something crazy? I mean, we're all trust fund kids and Russian oligarchs at this point, right?

So thank God for Wall-(m)Art, a mysterious online gallery/performance art project/racket that will take any graffiti you see on the street, frame it, and put up a plaque declaring its new owner: you! Shell out from about $100 to $300 and you can make like a dog and metaphorically pee all on your favorite street art in the city.

So far the company has sold four pieces to friends -- two have been framed in Williamsburg (ugh), the other two in Bushwick (ughhhhhhh) -- and one to the Voice. We purchased the cheapest work available -- a $111 job titled Ouch, Charlie, Ouch that features a sketch of half of Charlie Chaplin's face -- to see if Wall-(m)Art would make good on its promises.

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Harlem's East River Houses Not Quite the 'Increasingly Violent' Place D.A. Calls It

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On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that his office had indicted 19 people on charges of selling crack cocaine in the East River Houses in East Harlem.

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Nigerian Independence Day Parade 2014: Cloudy With a Chance of Ebola?

Categories: Culture, Politics

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Dancers from last year's parade.
This past Saturday, more than a thousand Nigerians and other Africans strutted down 10 blocks of Second Avenue from East 54th Street in the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade. The group that gathered on the damp, cold morning to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from Great Britain seemed oblivious to the growing xenophobia on U.S. soil, where the populace appears to be increasingly wary of being around Africans.

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Here's the NYPD Arresting an Audience Member Mid-Comedy Show, Then Heckling the Comedian

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A bemused Adam Newman, onstage, as the NYPD arrests an audience member
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chelsea theater when four members of New York's finest come in, fish you out of the audience, and arrest you. That's what looks to have happened this past Saturday night, during a UCB variety show called Underground Americana. The comedian onstage, Adam Newman, says he watched officers come in with flashlights and immediately handcuff a guy sitting to the left side of the stage. When Newman asked what was going on, an NYPD officer advised him to "shut the fuck up."

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Stephen Colbert is a Knife-Wielding Criminal -- And Here's the Video Proof!

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Stephen Colbert brazenly flaunts an "illegal" knife in 2010.
This week's cover story is about the NYPD's very strict -- and some say ridiculous -- interpretation of a state statute regulating "gravity knives."

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OWS Activist Cecily McMillan Found Not Guilty of Interfering with Arrest in Union Square Subway

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McMillan and her attorney Martin Stolar await a verdict on October 10
A jury has found former Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan not guilty of interfering with an arrest in a Union Square subway station. McMillan was charged with obstruction of governmental administration on December 7, 2013, when two police officers said she interfered with their investigation of two people they suspected of turnstile-jumping. McMillan, who faced up to a year in jail on the charges, hugged her attorney, Martin Stolar, when the verdict was read, then yelled "thank you!" at the jury as they departed.

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