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A Very Fragrant V-Day, Noise + Drag, and More Performance Picks

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Valentine’s Day with SSION
Wednesday, February 14 at Secret Project Robot, 8 pm: $15

If you somehow haven’t made Valentine’s Day plans yet (and yes, I count staying home and groveling as ‘plans’), consider attending this sensorial sensation of a show at Secret Project Robot tonight. In addition to serving as home for the high-energy SSION’s first Brooklyn performance, you can also expect a hefty spritz of performance art, installations, and even perfume. The multi-talented Ziemba will not only be performing some new “boudoir songs” from her soon-to-be-released album ARDIS (which, might I say, doubles as a “feminist sci-fi fragrant musical”), she has also created a new fragrance specifically for tonight. On top of all that, Ziemba and SSION will be joined by performance art vixens Caitlin Baucom and Pauli Cakes, and they’ll be doing their thing in an installation created by Monica Mirabile that was once likened to a “modern Brooklyn dollhouse.” Plus, if you wear Valentine’s colors, you could score a free beverage. So, open your heart (and your nose) and get to SPR. Keep Reading »

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This Line Inspired By Victorian Wax Corpses Really Made Our Fashion Week

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Ashley Rose Couture’s collections have always been a mix of the bizarre and the Harper’s Bazaar, but on Tuesday the Massachusetts-based designer really outdid herself by debuting a new line based on the medical specimens at Alamo Drafthouse’s creepy House of Wax.

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Common Will Open the 2018 Season of Celebrate Brooklyn!

Just a week after SummerStage announced its first headliner, another one of the city’s summer staples, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, has announced Common as its season opener. The rapper, actor and activist will play a free show on June 5 at Prospect Park. The event kicks off a year long celebration of 40 years of BRIC, an arts and media organization dedicated to free cultural programming in Brooklyn.

Last year, Common won an Emmy for his track on Ava Duvernay’s Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH. After collaborating on the 2016 album Black America Again, Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins have formed the group August Greene and will be releasing their first joint album on March 9.

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival draws an audience of 200,000 each season and has featured a diverse roster of more than 2,000 artists such as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Chaka Khan, David Byrne, Jimmy Cliff, and Janelle Monáe.

Although the lack of entry price is a strong part of the festival’s appeal, season memberships are available starting at $60. These are perfect for those who don’t appreciate a nice wait in line, and like to sit in chairs while they eat, as it offers express entry, access to member tents with food, seats and beverage service. 

 

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The Diamond Has a Shiny New (Full!) Liquor License

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The Diamond has so much going on that it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t actually have a full bar. When the New Yorker wrote about the Greenpoint fixture’s loyal following,” it mentioned the beer bar’s shuffleboard games, slot-car races, Mario Kart tournaments, film nights, and more. But one thing it hasn’t had until now is hard likker.

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Scratch-N-Sniff: Artist Pairs Paintings and Perfumes

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Okay, it’s not quite a Scratch N Sniff art exhibit, but it’s close. On a Tipped Chair, an olfactory-visual show at the Gallery at The Sheen Center, features a dozen oil paintings and drawings by Canadian-born Jared Boechler; half of them are accompanied by scents in the form of leather straps placed under tiny bell jars. Many of Boechler’s paintings are inspired by emotions triggered by a particular scent, from burnt durum to lemongrass.

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First Look at the New Museum’s Politically Charged Triennial, ‘Songs of Sabotage’

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The New Museum was packed last night for the opening of the fourth Triennial, the Bowery institution’s sprawling, every-three-years gathering of young, emerging artists from around the world. The theme of this edition of the Triennial is Songs of Sabotage, and the museum-wide exhibition fills the space with paintings, videos, and sculptural pieces by some 30 artists from 19 different countries.

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party Folks Took Over a Chelsea Mansion For Some Valentine’s Decadence

Michael Arenella with his Dreamland Orchestra and audience at the conclusion of his Sweetheart Soiree at the Norwood Club, 2/11/17 at 1am. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra shook the historic floor of Chelsea’s Norwood Club during his eighth annual Sweetheart Soiree this past Saturday. After we bid Michael farewell at the close of his Jazz Age Lawn Party last August, he invited us this Valentine’s season to see Norwood Club’s five floors of classic decadence. Many in attendance embraced the soiree’s roaring-twenties mise-en-scene by dressing in gowns and tuxedos.

Norwood Club member William (left) with his guest in the upstairs parlor’s photo booth.

Michael’s orchestra held court against the tall windows of the main parlor at the Norwood, a private club opened in 2007 in what had been the landmarked Norwood House, a fully intact Chelsea mansion. The dancers on the floor had gotten lessons from jazz choreographer Roddy Caravella, whose group The Canarsie Warblers are a Jazz Age Lawn Party highlight.

Guests dancing in the Norwood Club’s main parlour.

As the soiree’s guests went up the townhouse stairs, they found a second floor where winding tables gave couples plenty of places to canoodle. Ascending further to the red-lit third-floor parlor, they were stopped in their tracks by the wrought vocals of Queen Esther.

Queen Esther (second from right) with her trio at the conclusion of their performance, 2/11/17 at 1am.

For those in the mood to toast their valentine with champagne, an intimate room at the top of the mansion served little bottles of bubbly to go along with the soft strings of flamenco guitarist Maria Benjumeda.

Flamenco guitarist Maria Benjumeda in the upstairs parlor’s photo booth.

Michael’s full orchestra won’t be taking the stage again until his first Lawn Party on the weekend of June 16, but in the meantime you can catch his small ensemble every Wednesday night from 8:30pm to 11pm at the Clover Club in Carroll Gardens. During a recent visit, I saw Michael’s friends dancing along the bar. Their footwork was phenomenal considering the quaint space and low light.

Michael Arenella with members of his orchestra during his weekly Wednesday performance at the Clover Club in Carroll Gardens.

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Art This Week: Chapels, Cryptids, Self-Portraits

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Chiaozza Chapel
Opening Tuesday, February 13 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm.

Everyone’s favorite Navy Yard industrial icebox turned gallery is at it once again with a new exhibition by artistic duo Chiaozza. While their show’s name, Chiaozza Chapel, may sound like an old piece of ornate architecture you’d learn about in art history class, their work is certainly very modern. However, it’s still an actual chapel, at least in the formal sense of the word. The duo has transformed a small 6’x7’ section of the space into a colorful, geometrical space for contemplation and gathering. If you’re old-school, think of the structure within as a kind of modernized, minimalist stained glass. Personally, I think it kind of looks like a nice, stylish condo for birds. Keep Reading »

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The Slaysian Looks of the City’s Wildest Lunar New Year Party

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The raucous, raunchy slaysians of Bubble_T brought their moveable dance party to MoMA PS1 on Friday night, selling out the contemporary art museum for a wild Lunar New Year celebration.

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Behemoth Bagel and Lox Takes Over Greenpoint

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In an effort to set a Guinness world record, Acme Smoked Fish teamed up with Zucker Bagels to assemble a giant bagel and lox at Acme’s Greenpoint headquarters on Friday afternoon. The sandwich, complete with plenty of onions, tomatoes, and capers, was predicted to weigh at least a few hundred pounds, and it did not disappoint– the final weight was a whopping 213.75 pounds. Talk about a lot of lox.

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Rachelle Robinett Studied Witch Elixirs Before Opening Supernatural Health Cafe

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“Wellness has become another way to display wealth,” holistic healer Rachelle Robinett recently wrote. In the piece, Robinett wryly points out the aspirational nature of the health trend, where stylized breakfast bowls “are the new handbags” and “instead of planning fashion shows, we produce cacao ceremonies at Saks Fifth Avenue.” The golden ticket? “An ayahuasca experience in a Soho loft.” A few weeks after her health world takedown was published, she opened the doors for her wellness cafe Supernatural, at the Woom Center, an “avant-garde yoga studio” on Bowery offering “4-D multi-sensory yoga” and sound healing sessions.

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