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Photos: This Year’s Bushwig Was Simply Divine

A tribute to John Waters legend Divine. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The fifth annual Bushwig festival turned the Knockdown Center into a rowdy two-day celebration of “Drag, Music & Love” this weekend, as nearly 150 queens and kings performed for thousands of fans of all things cheeky, flirty, pretty, raw, and/or raunchy. This was the biggest Bushwig yet, with two stages–one in the venue’s cavernous main hall, and another out in the rambling backyard–plus several first-rate food vendors, plenty of access to booze, and a whole separate room devoted to “Bushswag!”

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Bob Dylan Is the Village Voice’s Final Cover Boy, But He Wasn’t the First to Record ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

It is appropriate that the Village Voice ends its print run today with a photo of Bob Dylan on its cover. Like the Voice, which launched in 1955, Dylan also got his start in a Greenwich Village filled with coffee houses and small clubs that featured poetry readings and folk music.

As a member of the New World Singers, singer-guitarist Happy Traum was a regular on the Village music scene. This week Traum talked with us about Gerde’s Folk City, the West 4th Street club where Dylan played his first professional gig in April 1961. Traum recalled that before Dylan performed it on stage, he shared the lyrics to perhaps the best loved folk anthem: “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

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Oh, Joy! Cold Cave Is Back to Deliver This Blast of ’80s Synth-Pop

It’s a good week for fans of throwback sadcore. A new My Bloody Valentine album was revealed to be in the works, and James Franco’s Smiths-esque side project Daddy released a video for the remix of “I Am These Things.” Now this. Cold Cave has released its latest nod to ’80s synth-pop in the form of “Glory,” a new song that sounds like it belongs on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack.

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Last Night’s Broad City Was a Sex and the City Inception

Nevermind Abbi’s steamy return to Soulstice, it was Ilana’s storyline that was the highlight of last night’s episode of Broad City. Why? Because she scores a job working at Sushi Mambeaux. Clearly, this is a sendup of Sushi Samba, the Japanese-Brazilian restaurant made famous by Sex and the City. Except Sushi Mambeaux specializes in Japanese-French fusion, as indicated by the ridiculous Eiffel Tower-emblazoned paper lanterns and Arc de Triomphe projection.

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Immersive EDM Musical Celebrates Cleopatra, ‘the Beyonce of Her Day’

Talia Thiesfield as Cleopatra. (Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Hill).

Over the past couple decades, electronic dance music has expanded beyond the realm of raves, nightclubs and festivals and received mainstream exposure as Kanye West, Lady Gaga and other major pop acts have included EDM elements in their chart-topping songs. Now, EDM has expanded to new horizons: musical theater.

Opening Sept. 21 at the East Village’s Theater for the New City, “Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience” fuses an EDM score with musical theater for an immersive audience experience that includes a live DJ and a dance floor.

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Do You Wanna Dance? Marky Ramone Helps de Blasio Sign Pro-Nightlife Bill

Mayor De Blasio and Marky Ramone. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Before Mayor de Blasio signed a new law establishing an Office of Nightlife yesterday evening, Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of House of Yes, remarked on how strange it was to be hosting government officials and police officers at her notoriously risqué East Williamsburg venue. But then she asked, “Why should it be so surreal to have the arts and culture capital of the world be in support of the spaces that make this kind of arts and culture happen?”

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Market Hotel Returns With Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz and More

The Market Hotel has had a rough ride, to say the least. The DIY space was shut down in 2010. After undergoing a major renovation that birthed a celebrity pillar, it made a glorious comeback with a Sleater-Kinney show last year, only to be shut down again in October for “warehousing” booze without a permit (owner Todd Patrick told Brooklyn Vegan the snafu occurred while the space was exercising its right, as a non-profit, to apply for 15 or so Special Event liquor permits per month). Now it looks like the beloved Bushwick venue is back, as AdHoc has announced upcoming shows from Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, Royal Trux, and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.

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