Brooklyn Wildlife kicked off its biggest summer festival yet at The Paper Box in East Williamsburg on Saturday, and it continues throughout the week. The opening show for the fifth annual fest featured over 60 performers spread over three stages for a 12-hour showcase as diverse musically as it was culturally.
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Greenpoint was awash in red last month as Death Match V, the latest installment of Tender Trap’s no-ring wrestling series, smashed its way though the nightclub. Pro wrestler “The Ultra Violent Beast” Masada took an “art exhibition” victory over “The Hipster Heartthrob” Casanova Valentine in a battle that shattered both wood and glass. As the show’s organizer, Valentine also featured his MC Death Bear street art and a performance by the band Tight Fright.
Sunday morning, 50 guests boarded the M14D bus to witness the wedding of Lower East Side locals Kara Mullins and Osvaldo “O.J.” Jimenez. The couple, who met on a bus 13 years ago, were overjoyed to the share the birthplace of their love with their family and friends, who literally hung on for a wild ride across town. Johnny, the bus’s driver, pulled double duty for the wedding as he not only provided the setting but also transported everyone to the reception at Le Bain atop The Standard hotel, down the block from his West 14th Street stop.
Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.
This year’s Battle For Mau Mau Island, the annual art-raft extravaganza that raged last month in the Rockaways, was as crazy as we showed you last year and the “combatants” had wonderful weather to enjoy it. Nary a cloud could be found in the sky all day as rafts were built and launched into the calm waters of Jamaica Bay. By mid-afternoon enough of them were lashed together to make the Island of Mau Mau, where jousting, swimming races and flag stealing had each team on their pruney toes.
History was in the air Saturday night as Skrillex shook Webster Hall on its final club night. Two and half decades after the Toronto-based Bollinger brothers bought the East Village venue, they’re selling it AEG Presents, who will renovate the Hall over the next two years. The torch passing has meant some incredible shows, like Nine Inch Nails on July 31 and the just-announced surprise finale, Action Bronson on Thursday.
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.
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.
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 Hell. For 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.