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The Photographer Documenting DIY Culture in Brooklyn and Beyond

La Rhaata on the subway, New York City 2017 (photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

Those who proclaim the spirit of New York City is dead would be wise to look away from the fresh horror that is the CBGB Target and instead fix their eyes on the work of photographer Walter Wlodarczyk. There, you’ll find a vibrant collection of musicians, performance artists, dancers, and other experimental creative types. As Wlodarczyk’s solo exhibition There Is Only One Of You demonstrates in an impressive 160 or so photos, thriving artistry is still alive and well here. Keep Reading »

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Party Crew JunXion Celebrated Their Fourth Anniversary With Buses And Boats

JunXion founder Myk Tummolo (second from far left) at the finale of his 4th Anniversary party in Bushwick, 6/3/18 at 5am.

Fresh off their adventures at last week’s Elements Lakewood Fest, Bushwick’s JunXion crew celebrated their fourth anniversary on Saturday night with a party in four different locations, plus plenty of creatively designed buses. With help from fellow collectives OrijinsThe Battle for Mau Mau IslandAmbrosia ElixirsEcstatic DanceDOMLO, and BAE, JunXion’s founder Myk Tummolo led his organizers as the sun rose, partying until the morning. Keep Reading »

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Elements Lakewood Brought Fire-Walking, Rainy Dancing, and Bushwick Friends to the Pennsylvania Woods

REZZ performing her Sunday headlining set at the Earth Stage, 5/27/18 at 11pm. (photo: Manny De Tatkieto)

REZZ performing her Sunday headlining set at the Earth Stage, 5/27/18 at 11pm. (photo: Manny De Tatkieto)

Neighbors from Long Island City waiting together for a shuttle bus to the parking lot, 5/28/18 at 10am.

Neighbors from Long Island City waiting together for a shuttle bus to the parking lot, 5/28/18 at 10am.

The Keep owner Stephanie Jankowitz-Castilo with her husband Diego alongside DJ NSR and his girlfriend as they waited to leave the festival, 5/28/18 at 10am.

The Keep owner Stephanie Jankowitz-Castilo with her husband Diego alongside DJ NSR and his girlfriend as they waited to leave the festival, 5/28/18 at 10am.

BAE members transporting their Wellness gear (left photo) alongside the Trash Pirates waste management staff (right photo), 5/28/18 at 8am.

BAE members transporting their Wellness gear (left photo) alongside the Trash Pirates waste management staff (right photo), 5/28/18 at 8am.

DJ Be Svendsen with his audience at the conclusion of his headlining set at the Alchemy Stage, 5/28/18 at 7:30am.

DJ Be Svendsen with his audience at the conclusion of his headlining set at the Alchemy Stage, 5/28/18 at 7:30am.

The partiers in around at Camp Pickleback's Pickle Perfect party cabin with host Dimitri (top left photo, in reflective jacket) and guest DJ's Hannah and TR(OTTER) (bottom right photo, left and right), 5/28/18 at 6am.

The partiers in around at Camp Pickleback's Pickle Perfect party cabin with host Dimitri (top left photo, in reflective jacket) and guest DJ's Hannah and TR(OTTER) (bottom right photo, left and right), 5/28/18 at 6am.

The BAE late night dance party underneath their tent at the Wellnest, 5/28/18 at 2am.

The BAE late night dance party underneath their tent at the Wellnest, 5/28/18 at 2am.

Bang On! co-founders Brett Herman (left photo) and Tim Monkiewicz (center photo) walking the coals before their fellow fire walkers posed for a a group portrait (right photo), 5/27/18 at 11pm.

Bang On! co-founders Brett Herman (left photo) and Tim Monkiewicz (center photo) walking the coals before their fellow fire walkers posed for a a group portrait (right photo), 5/27/18 at 11pm.

Brett Barker lighting his bonfire for the walking coals alongside an Elements fire ceremony, 5/27/18.

Brett Barker lighting his bonfire for the walking coals alongside an Elements fire ceremony, 5/27/18.

Fire walking hosts Brett Barker (left photo) and Kaytibunny Roberts (right photo), 5/27/18 at 8pm.

Fire walking hosts Brett Barker (left photo) and Kaytibunny Roberts (right photo), 5/27/18 at 8pm.

BAE founders Hannah Ross and Reem Abdou (left photo, first and third from left) with the attendees of their connection circle with host Analise Hobal (left photo, second from left), 5/27/18 at 4pm.

BAE founders Hannah Ross and Reem Abdou (left photo, first and third from left) with the attendees of their connection circle with host Analise Hobal (left photo, second from left), 5/27/18 at 4pm.

Costumed stilt walkers performing in the rain at the Water Stage, 5/27/18 at 3pm.

Costumed stilt walkers performing in the rain at the Water Stage, 5/27/18 at 3pm.

DJ TR(OTTER) (top, third fro left) with friends after opening up the Water Stage in the rain, 5/27/18 at 2pm.

DJ TR(OTTER) (top, third fro left) with friends after opening up the Water Stage in the rain, 5/27/18 at 2pm.

Orijins DJ Slav Mysto Vynnytsky (center) with fellow DJ's 2Melo (right) and Matt Sebastian (left), 5/27/18 at 1am.

Orijins DJ Slav Mysto Vynnytsky (center) with fellow DJ's 2Melo (right) and Matt Sebastian (left), 5/27/18 at 1am.

Festival dancer Tonya Karina in costume as a forest fairy (left photo, center) and dressed for a night of partying (right photo, right), 5/26/18.

Festival dancer Tonya Karina in costume as a forest fairy (left photo, center) and dressed for a night of partying (right photo, right), 5/26/18.

Performers with fiery weapons at the Fire Stage during The Golden Pony's DJ set, 5/26/18 at 10pm. (all photos: Nick McManus)

Performers with fiery weapons at the Fire Stage during The Golden Pony's DJ set, 5/26/18 at 10pm. (all photos: Nick McManus)

Incendia founder Cory Glenn (right) with his pyrotechnics crew behind the fire stage, 5/26/18 at 9pm.

Incendia founder Cory Glenn (right) with his pyrotechnics crew behind the fire stage, 5/26/18 at 9pm.

Artist Melissa Pressler (left photo, top, first right)) with friends inside her art installation for BAE's Wellnest alongside jewelry designer Jane Rizzo (right photo, left), 5/26/18 at 5pm.

Artist Melissa Pressler (left photo, top, first right)) with friends inside her art installation for BAE's Wellnest alongside jewelry designer Jane Rizzo (right photo, left), 5/26/18 at 5pm.

DJ Dirty Looks (left photo, center) and The Golden Pony's Tim Monkiewicz (right photo, left) during their DJ sets at the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 10pm.

DJ Dirty Looks (left photo, center) and The Golden Pony's Tim Monkiewicz (right photo, left) during their DJ sets at the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 10pm.

Attendees aboard the Molly Rodger on Fork Mountain Pond behind the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

Attendees aboard the Molly Rodger on Fork Mountain Pond behind the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

The crowds behind, with and in front of the Water Stage as DJ's 1989 and Matt Sebastian spun back-to-back, 5/26/18 at 1pm.

The crowds behind, with and in front of the Water Stage as DJ's 1989 and Matt Sebastian spun back-to-back, 5/26/18 at 1pm.

Attendees enjoying the basketball courts and hockey rink with party personality Rawb Lane (right photo, center), 5/26/18 at 4pm.

Attendees enjoying the basketball courts and hockey rink with party personality Rawb Lane (right photo, center), 5/26/18 at 4pm.

BangOn! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) with his father Frank (right) as they hung out by the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

BangOn! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) with his father Frank (right) as they hung out by the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

Interior panorama of the Earth Stage party bus driven by Tycho (second from left), 5/26/18 at 12pm.

Interior panorama of the Earth Stage party bus driven by Tycho (second from left), 5/26/18 at 12pm.

Friends from Maryland and Washington D.C. partying at their off-site cabin at Lakewood Retreats, 5/26/18 at 2:30am.

Friends from Maryland and Washington D.C. partying at their off-site cabin at Lakewood Retreats, 5/26/18 at 2:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke (top, second from right) with friends at the conclusion of his set, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke (top, second from right) with friends at the conclusion of his set, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke spinning for fans from the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:45am.

DJ Claude VonStroke spinning for fans from the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:45am.

DJ Oona Dahl (top, second from left) at the conclusion of her set at the Air Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Oona Dahl (top, second from left) at the conclusion of her set at the Air Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Penny Lane (at right) with friends before her set at the Wub Hub Stage, 5/25/18 at 11pm.

DJ Penny Lane (at right) with friends before her set at the Wub Hub Stage, 5/25/18 at 11pm.

Saturators backstage with Elements Lakewood's live band booker Brian Stollery before their set, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Saturators backstage with Elements Lakewood's live band booker Brian Stollery before their set, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

The cast of the immersive play

The cast of the immersive play "Moonveil" at the conclusion of their Friday performances, 5/25/18 at 9pm.

JunXion's DJ 2Melo (right) opening up the Earth Stage with support from fellow DJ Dreeemy (left), 5/25/18 at 4pm.

JunXion's DJ 2Melo (right) opening up the Earth Stage with support from fellow DJ Dreeemy (left), 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Attendees posing with the Cookie Monster bus alongside a nearby mural by the Fire Stage, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Attendees posing with the Cookie Monster bus alongside a nearby mural by the Fire Stage, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Philly Disc Ball Mansion resident Sam Gumienny (top, center) as she and her friends settled into their West Village cabin, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Philly Disc Ball Mansion resident Sam Gumienny (top, center) as she and her friends settled into their West Village cabin, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

The crew of the Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering with their truck on the Center Camp, 5/25/18 at 3pm.

The crew of the Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering with their truck on the Center Camp, 5/25/18 at 3pm.

Elements Lakewood's Director of Marketing Daniel Leinweber (right) surveying the grounds with DJ 1989 (left), 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's Director of Marketing Daniel Leinweber (right) surveying the grounds with DJ 1989 (left), 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's performers at the conclusion of their staff meeting, 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's performers at the conclusion of their staff meeting, 5/25/18 at 2pm.

The ice hauling staff during a delivery (left photo) and and their crew portrait (right photo), 5/25/18 at 12pm.

The ice hauling staff during a delivery (left photo) and and their crew portrait (right photo), 5/25/18 at 12pm.

Friends from the 'Philly Pham' (left photo) outside their shuttle bus and the rest of the riders inside (right photo), 5/25/18 at 11am.

Friends from the 'Philly Pham' (left photo) outside their shuttle bus and the rest of the riders inside (right photo), 5/25/18 at 11am.

The toast of Brooklyn’s nightlife descended on the Poconos for BangOn!’s Elements Lakewood Festival, now in its second year. The best of our local DJs, performers, and party organizers united with an international roster including Claude VonStrokeREZZ, and Jamie Jones to create an extrasensory experience for the roughly 5,000 attendees, with music and more going well past dawn every day. Keep Reading »

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You Can Help Crown The Best Of Brooklyn Nightlife

(flyer via Brooklyn Nightlife Awards / Facebook)

Awards shows may be a great way to spend an evening, but at the end of the day you’re usually watching a bunch of fancy rich people give shiny trophies to a bunch of other fancy rich people while even more fancy rich people watch. Plus, the elite group who voted for the nominees? They’re more than likely to also be fancy rich people. But then, there’s the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, where the performers getting trophies (well, more like bricks with plaques on them) may look fancy, but it’s probable they creatively cobble together most of their eye-catching outfits and props using stuff from thrift shops and the dollar store, just like the rest of us. Keep Reading »

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What Can the Night Mayor Do? The DIY Scene Discusses

Great turnout to support small cultural spaces in New York City !

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There’s a new (Night) Mayor in town, or at least there will be soon. On August 24, City Council member Rafael Espinal’s bill to establish an Office of Nightlife and Nightlife Advisory Board was passed by the council, then signed into law on September 19, in a ceremony that included even Marky Ramone. In light of this, some wondered about what this “night mayor” would actually do. Last night, the soon-to-reopen venue Market Hotel was flooded with artists, partiers, community members, and politicians for a town hall on what the people want from the Office of Nightlife.

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In Dirty Panties: The Musical, an Ex-Sex-Worker Bares All

(Photo courtesy of House of Yes)

Sex positivity is pretty much a given at House of Yes. But more than once, while watching Dirty Panties: the Musical, I had to ask myself, “Was that actual penetration happening in midair?” This raunchy dance-cum-burlesque-cum-neocircus psychedelic performance is about sex work– an issue that’s much more socially and politically charged than anything the venue has ever done. It’s also made possible by sex workers themselves. Anya Sapozhnikovad, the brains behind the production and one of the venue’s two founding mothers, considers it the first thing she’s made that’s “really, really personal.”

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Queer Nightlife Legends, The Culture Whore Going Out with a Banger

L-R: Dream, Rify Royalty, and Paul Leopold. (photo: Ben Boyles)

From left, Dream, Rify Royalty, Paul Leopold. (Photo: Ben Boyles)

Even though the year is ending, most things will continue after the clock strikes 2017. But not all of them. The queer nightlife collective known as The Culture Whore is saying goodbye not only to 2016 with their New Year’s Eve space-rodeo rave, “Night Riders.” The blowout will be the group’s final party, as they are disbanding.

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Fall Into a ‘Chasm’ of Art, DJs, and Music at This East Williamsburg Festival

(image courtesy of Julia Sinelnikova)

(image courtesy of Julia Sinelnikova)

Tonight, a chasm of art opens up in East Williamsburg. More specifically, tonight marks the beginning of CHASM, a four-day late-night multimedia/nightlife/performance/music event, showcasing some of the most groundbreaking artists working in the Brooklyn scene today. The experience is curated by Julia Sinelnikova, a multimedia artist who often creates under the name The Oracle and is drawn to the usage and interactions of light in her work, whether it be through curation or creation. Keep Reading »

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John Barclay of Bossa Nova Is Now Brewing Brooklyn’s Own Yerba Mate Soda

(image via White Label/ John Barclay)

(image via White Label/ John Barclay)

There’s no doubt Red Bull has staked its claim on the music industry (it just launched a web series, “Mavens,” dedicated to women in the industry), but how would you feel if we told you that things were going in the other direction, now that the music people are getting involved in the business of energized-drink making? It’s true: John Barclay of Bossa Nova Civic Club recently launched a yerba mate soda company called White Label. And the stuff ranks right up there with the energy-drink heavy hitters.

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6 Burlesque Performers Share Their Lofty Ideas About Taking It Off in NYC

Dirty Martini (photo: Steven Menendez)

Dirty Martini (photo: Steven Menendez)

Burlesque has a storied history in New York City. It first appeared in the 1800s, mixed in with other vaudevillian entertainment, and it rose in popularity (and decreased in clothing) until Mayor La Guardia and moral outcry got to it in the 1940s. That’s when many Times Square burlesque theaters closed and attendees of Depression-era shows were reduced to “sex crazed perverts.” Later, many of these very buildings became home to peep shows and sex clubs in the seedier days of Times Square, which in turn suffered a similar fate during the Giuliani-led Disneyfication of the neighborhood in the ’90s. As this was happening, groups of artists in underground venues were bringing creative and often strange stripping back to the city, giving birth to what is now hailed as the neo-burlesque movement.

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Harvest Some Tunes At Sequinox, The Culture Whore’s Night of Queer Music

(via The Culture Whore)

(via The Culture Whore)

The hour of 10:21 am today marked another Autumnal Equinox, which denotes the first day of the fall season and creates a nicely symmetrical 12 hours of daytime, 12 hours of nighttime, approximately.

While we’re talking about fall here, don’t go reaching for the pumpkin spice. That’s not what this is about. But if you would like to spice up your Thursday night plans, keep reading. Queer nightlife collective and “global network of artsluts” The Culture Whore is having an event called Sequinox tonight at Bushwick’s Flowers For All Occasions, billed as “a celebration of queer music and the turning of the wheel.” It’s part of a new initiative the collective has started, with a focus on showcasing new queer music and underground artists.

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Photos: This Year’s Bushwig Festival Was So Not a Drag

Will Sheridan (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Will Sheridan (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sequinette and West Vargina (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sequinette and West Vargina (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bearica Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bearica Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Rify Royalty (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Rify Royalty (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bunny (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bunny (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Erika Klash (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Erika Klash (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Merrie Cherry. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Merrie Cherry. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Akira (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Akira (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

06)	Reggi Regina throwing tacos into the crowd.

06) Reggi Regina throwing tacos into the crowd.

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

B Hollywood (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

B Hollywood (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Fantasy Grandma (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Fantasy Grandma (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziemba (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziemba (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Pulp Friction. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Pulp Friction. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Macy Rodman (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Macy Rodman (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziptie suit by Casey Caldwell (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziptie suit by Casey Caldwell (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Boywolf (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Boywolf (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Internet has been quietly aflutter lately with a sort of drag debate: drag kings rallying for their place in the scene after RuPaul recently said kings and queens “don’t really mix”; “faux queens” or “bio-queens” asserting that their drag is as valid and subversive as other drag queens only to garner an entire response essay picking apart their argument. Though drag is indeed replete with layers and a multifaceted history, including its ongoing relationship with trans and gender non-conforming folk, Ru did classically say, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” However, one could look to the ever-growing medium of Internet Thinkpieces and get a sense that the scene is much more fragmented than that.

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