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Secret Loft Not-So-Secretly Moves From Bushwick to the LES

Secret Loft Comedy’s performers and audience at the conclusion of the show, 7/7/17 at 11:30pm. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Secret Loft opened its doors to Manhattan on Friday night as it celebrated its new home across the river from where it started in Brooklyn. The new space, which until recently housed Babycastles before that venue moved two buildings down, was filled with a sold-out audience for the long-running Secret Loft Comedy Show.

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Cornelia Street Cafe Celebrated 40 Years of ‘Coffeehouse Conversation’

Attendees of Cornelia St Cafe’s 40th Anniversary Party, 7/4/16 at 5pm. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenwich Village’s creative flame burned bright this Independence Day as Cornelia Street Cafe celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The cafe, which has been serving food along with performances of all kinds since the neighborhood’s bohemian heyday, took over its sleepy one-block stretch for an afternoon of music, memories and lots of rosé.

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The Guys From Blonde Redhead Played Bicycle Film Fest, and It Really ‘Spoke’ to Us

Simone and Amedeo Pace (at left) with their band at the conclusion of their performance, 6/21/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Brendt Barbour kicked off the 17th annual Bicycle Film Fest the same way he has kicked off all the others– by leading the crowd at the San Damiano Mission in Greenpoint in a call-and-response chant of “bikes rock.” After the chant finished echoing off the saints painted on the church’s domed ceiling, it was time for Blonde Redhead members Simone and Amedeo Pace to perform a live score for the acclaimed bicycle race documentary A Sunday In HellFor 90 minutes, the two musicians and their band brought orchestral accompaniment to a film in which a symphony of 25 cameras covered the 1976 running of the Paris Roubaix bicycle race.

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A Jazzy Little Joint Pops Up in the Old Fitzcarraldo Space

Periodical’s jazz band with their audience at the conclusion of their performance, 6/16/17 at 2am. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Jazz music emanated on a quiet stretch of Morgan Avenue last Thursday as Periodical, a pop-up lounge by local party organizer Lindsay Arden, held its premiere night. With a full band and classy cocktails, Periodical brought to life the space recently vacated by East Williamsburg restaurant Fitzcarraldo. Lindsay, who has most recently been organizing the mega-parties for JunXion at venues like House of Yes in Bushwick and the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, has started her own quant hideaway with all the little elements that have made her bigger endeavors a success.

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We Went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party and Boy, Are Our Flappers Tired

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”

Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.

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Tonight, Superchief Gallery Celebrates Five Years of ‘Gettin’ Away With It’

The New York staff, artists and friends of Superchief Gallery in front of their new space in Ridgewood, featuring a mural by Yok and Sheryo, 6/8/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Tonight, Supechief Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary at its new space in Ridgewood. What started out as a live-in loft space has now expanded to two warehouse-sized buildings in New York and Los Angeles that can feature large-scale installations and even larger murals. The anniversary is part of bi-coastal exhibition that opened in LA on June 3, featuring over 50 favorite artists whose work will be rotated over the course of the summer, through September 1.

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This Bushwick Salon’s Music Festival Gives New Meaning to ‘Hair Bands’

Pickthorn Salon founders Chelsey Pickthorn and Jocelyn Simone at their new location. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Tonight, Bushwick’s Pickthorn Salon will host its fourth annual Color Me Bushwick concert at its new location at 92 St. Nicholas Avenue. The show started in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios in 2014 and soon expanded into a three-day affair. Last year, when BOS moved its festivities to fall, Pickthorn founders Chelsea Pickthorn and Jocelyn Simone didn’t sweat the lack of partnership, since the concert had built a following of its own.

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Bushwick’s Art Partiers Went On a Crazy Little Camping Trip

Bushwig during their performances at the Water stage on Sunday afternoon with DJ TR[OTTER] spinning behind them. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Bushwig during their performances at the Water stage on Sunday afternoon with DJ TR[OTTER] spinning behind them. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The BAE crew partying at Elements festival's sculpture garden. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The BAE crew partying at Elements festival's sculpture garden. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Golden Pony with their audience closing out the Fire Stage on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Golden Pony with their audience closing out the Fire Stage on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ 2Melo with his audience at the conclusion of his Saturday afternoon set on the Water stage. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ 2Melo with his audience at the conclusion of his Saturday afternoon set on the Water stage. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The attendees of BAE's Women in Music and Nightlife panel in front The JunXion's DJ truck at the Theme Camps. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The attendees of BAE's Women in Music and Nightlife panel in front The JunXion's DJ truck at the Theme Camps. (Photo: Nick McManus)

IRL's Alley Elle with DJ N2N as she announced a sunset group portrait on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

IRL's Alley Elle with DJ N2N as she announced a sunset group portrait on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Cory Glenn and Lindsay Arden's Pirate Ship, The Molly Roger, docked off of the Water stage on Fork Mountain Pond. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Cory Glenn and Lindsay Arden's Pirate Ship, The Molly Roger, docked off of the Water stage on Fork Mountain Pond. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Drishti Beats and Deep House Yoga hosting a yoga session from the Earth stage on Saturday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Drishti Beats and Deep House Yoga hosting a yoga session from the Earth stage on Saturday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Eli Escobar opening up the Fire Stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Eli Escobar opening up the Fire Stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Matt Sebastian (left) opening up the Earth stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Matt Sebastian (left) opening up the Earth stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ David Kiss (top, far right) spinning with friends at the roller rink. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ David Kiss (top, far right) spinning with friends at the roller rink. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Waste management manager Kenny Wilder (bottom, left) along with attendees with the flagship of his Trash Pirates' ATV armada.

Waste management manager Kenny Wilder (bottom, left) along with attendees with the flagship of his Trash Pirates' ATV armada.

Campers from Philadelphia and central New Jersey waking up on Sunday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Campers from Philadelphia and central New Jersey waking up on Sunday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Party contingents from all over Brooklyn convened in Lakewood, Pennsylvania this past weekend for a rural edition of the Elements festival that BangOn! inaugurated last year in Red Hook (it’ll return there this August). From Friday afternoon till Monday morning, attendees danced, relaxed and caroused around four stages, a roller rink, wellness tents, and an all-out techno club run by Bushwick’s Members Only. The rain that was predicted for the weekend didn’t deter the thousands from partying on as the literal elements of water and earth made for a muddy party.

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Owners of Tender Trap Get Mad Tropical in Former Tandem Space

Mad Tropical co-owner Ryan Virag with his wife (third and fourth from left) and patrons during his preview opening in Bushwick, 5/12/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Bushwick space that was home to Tandem Bar until it closed in fall of 2015 has been reborn. Mad Tropical, a joint endeavor between owners of Greenpoint venue Tender Trap and Williamsburg restaurant Donna, officially opens this Thursday, May 18.

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Don Pedro Says Hasta La Vista With One Last Show

Don Pedro co-owner Mitro Valsamis (top, third from left) with his friends and attendees of Don Pedro’s final night, 5/7/17 at 5a. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Don Pedro went out with a bang this past Sunday thanks to a 10-band lineup that went till 4am. The music rocked, beer rained overhead, and cigarettes from the basement made the place smell like a pre-Bloomburg punk paradise. The goodbye had been in the works ever since it was announced in March that the Williamsburg property had been sold.

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