The Day | Mata Begins Serving Next Month

UntitledSuzanne Rozdeba

In case you missed it last night, we broke news that developer Douglas C. Steiner bought the Mary Help of Christians property for $41 million, and is planning a residential project that would include some affordable housing units.

The Daily News reports that the police officers acquitted of raping an East Village woman and convicted of official misconduct will get to spend Thanksgiving at home. A judge ruled yesterday that Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata will not begin serving their sentences before Dec. 20.

The New York Times reviews “Wild Man in Rome,” Matthew Maguire’s new solo show at the Wild Project on East Third Street. It’s a “feverish account of a fantastic voyage — with the original hellhound on his trail — condensed into one night in which the Wild Man interacts with Amazonian hookers, pudgy-legged cherubim and a Gypsy fortune teller.”

The Times also reports on “Magic Fingers,” an experimental art space on East 10th Street that debuted last Saturday. In “Questionable Beliefs; Part 3,” an exhibition by the artist Danny McDonald, his alter-ego, Mindy Vale, “with a dead megaphone in hand…popped out of the front window lamenting the loss of electricity and the kinds of hardships many New Yorkers have suffered of late and then, sitting on step stool, proceeded to cut up $100 bill doormats and toss sections into the crowd as a symbolic Robin Hood gesture.”

If you’re looking to taste-test some applejack, which is making a resurgence in the city, the Daily News recommends the William Tell cocktail at Peels, made with “100 proof Laird’s apple brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Velvet Felernum, a liqueur with flavors of lime, almond, vanilla, ginger and clove.”

R. Kelly showcased the latest segments of his over-the-top video series “Trapped in the Closet” at Sunshine Cinema last night, and announced he’s been offered a chance to bring the “video opera” to Broadway, reports the Huffington Post. Maybe we’ll even get to see Pimp Lucius yell out on stage, “Let’s go get this mmm… mmm… money!”

Correction, Nov. 20, 2012: The original headline of this post was revised to reflect an error. According to the Daily News, Mr. Mata will begin serving next month but Mr. Moreno will have another chance at an appeal.