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Banksy in New York: Better Out Than In

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ELUSIVE British street artist Banksy is at it again. This time, the renegade artist is staging a month-long residency on the streets of New York. The art agitator has already added a number of stencilled works to alleyways, deployed a roving installation in the back of a cargo van and uploaded a video of terrorists shooting down Dumbo on his recently launched website for the project. You can follow the progress of the show on Banksyny.com, as well as through newly created social media accounts on both Instagram and Twitter.

As part of the unauthorized exhibition, Banksy setup a 1-800 number that has been included with most of the pieces. Taking shots at the art establishment and the verbose language used to discuss art, the phone pieces are another layer of critique from the infamous artist. They are also accessible on-demand from his website.

While some of his pieces were painted over almost as quickly as they appeared (obviously by people who have not heard how valuable they are), some citizens are trying to ensure they stick around for more than a few days and can be enjoyed by the public. (New York may have been the birthplace of graffiti, but the city has had a strict policy of painting over street art as soon as it has been identified.)

 

This Website Can Guess the Movie You're Thinking of After 30 Questions

filmillion.com

THINK you can stump this movie-prediction tool? This website claims to be able to guess any movie after asking 30 or fewer questions. Using a series of general inquires about the film, Filmillion should be able to gather up enough info to take a stab at what movie you are thinking of. It doesn't get it right all the time, but it's more accurate than you'd think it would be. Movie buffs will have fun trying to outsmart this time-waster.

 

Video of the Week: Pixies -- Andro Queen

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IF you're opposed to bands trying to recapture their alt-rock glory (or if you're huge Kim Deal fan), you may want to avoid the new video from the Pixies. Andro Queen was directed by filmmaker Ondi Timoner and is part of the first official batch of new music from the acclaimed group since the departure of founding bassist Deal.

 

Stream of the Week: Minor Alps -- Far From The Roses

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THE '90s are back in a big way, so it isn't surprising that some of the forgotten stars of the decade are creating new music. The latest project to get some buzz is Minor Alps, a collaboration between Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. Far From the Roses is the first single from the duo's debut, Get There, scheduled for release Oct. 29 on Barsuk Records.

 

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 10, 2013 C17

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Updated on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM CDT: adds links

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