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Josh Brolin’s Stepsister Made a Rock Opera About a Swamp Goddess in Space

The year after Molly Brolin (stepsister of Josh Brolin) and her fellow Berklee grad Justin Johnson moved to Greenpoint in 2010, Johnson saw “a dark sorceress cast a spell of calm over all the bodega workers in Manhattan” while he was working in a stockroom in Soho.

That stress-incited hallucination evolved into Smile Swamp Princess, a rock opera co-composed by Megan Lui and directed by Molly’s neice Eden Brolin. It debuts at Wild Project next week.
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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Held Its ‘Last Party Ever,’ But Hey, Poetry Is Back!

If you missed Bob Holman’s reading at the St. Mark’s Bookshop (described as the soon-to-relocate shop’s “last party ever”), don’t worry, the whole thing is now on the Internet (you know, that thing that’s killing the bookstore?). Holman introduces his reading, accompanied by griot music, by reiterating the state of the “real live bookshop": “The word is, this is the last reading at this location,” he says. “But we have it from good source that the St. Mark’s Bookshop will reopen at a nearby location but it cannot be disclosed because it’s all fucking real estate and if you say it, it never happens, right?”
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Free Tattoos at Passenger Bar; Thurston Moore Will Play Union Pool

I Will Miss You

(Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

Get a free (sailor-themed) tattoo tonight at Passenger Bar! There will be alcoholic slushies to soothe you after you realize what a terrible decision you’ve made. [Brokelyn]

2nd Floor on Clinton, Donnybrook and Hotel on Rivington have all started serving Lowline-themed cocktails, and will donate part of the proceeds to the project. Hotel on Rivington’s is made with sriracha sauce. [DNAinfo]
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Captured Tracks Celebrates Five Years With a Record Store and Festival

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

One of the two curations booths.

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

The other curation booth.

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Of all the record labels in Brooklyn, no one’s captured our ears quite like Captured Tracks has over its five-year run so far. The Greenpoint-based label has bolstered an already stout roster (which includes Wild Nothing, DIIV, and Beach Fossils) with a series of reissues of influential indie bands, including The Clean, Medicine and Wake, whose records used to be nearly impossible to find.
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Lauren Flax Is Enjoying the ‘Darker Turn’ Pop Music Has Taken

(Photo: Mark Pilaro)

Lauren Flax (right) and her CREEP bandmate Lauren Dillard. (Photo: Mark Pilaro)

Lauren Flax is one of those NYC nightlife fixtures that seems to be everywhere at once. Case in point: when we heard her band CREEP was releasing a new video next week, we hit her up for an interview. Then, by happy coincidence, Bossa Nova Civic Club told us she was one of the DJs they’re bringing to the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar this Saturday. (Also on the decks: Gavin Russom, Marcos Cabral, Jacky Sommer, and Umfang.)
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Sid Bernstein, Who Brought The Stones to the East Village, Has Died

(Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Black)

Promoter Sid Bernstein will long be known as the man who brought the Beatles to America for their 1965 concert at Shea Stadium. But Bernstein, who died last Wednesday at age 95, also presented British Invasion groups like the Kinks and the Moody Blues at the Academy of Music, an aging East Village movie theater on East 14th Street at Third Avenue.
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More Dish on the B+B Bazaar: Jalapeño Beer! PB&J Ice Cream Floats!

P&H Soda doing their thing. (Photo: Clay Williams)

P&H Soda doing their thing. (Photo: Clay Williams)

Woohoo! We can now tell you what Tørst has on tap for our merry day-to-night Bazaar on Saturday, starting with two Evil Twin releases you’ve never tasted before. One, Femme Fatale, is fermented with yuzu, and the other sounds just plain amazing: Spicy Nachos is a pale ale infused with jalapeño.

Not only that, but chef Daniel Burns, formerly of Noma and the Fat Duck, will be at the Hester Street Fairgrounds in the flesh, eschewing the high-minded manners of Michelin-starred etiquette. Using a yakitori grill, he’ll be roasting chicken oysters (think of them as the chicken’s love handles) with eggplant puree on a circle of braised cabbage. Don’t call this Luksus tasting-menu item a taco, but you are encouraged to roll it up and eat with your hands.
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Sick Kicks: A ‘Dead Animal Addict’ Made These Taxidermy Shoes

At Saturday’s B+B Bazaar there’ll be faux taxidermy courtesy of Beetle & Flor, and there’ll be some not-so-faux taxidermy, too. Meet Divya.

The shoes. (Courtesy of Divya)

The shoes. (Courtesy of Divya)

Divya Anantharaman places a scalpel into the chest of a sparrow that lies belly-up on a cutting board. “You have to find the natural part, and cut along that,” she explains. “He has a part in his feathers, just like we have a part in our hair.”

No, this isn’t one of Divya’s wildly popular taxidermy classes. She’s at her Greenpoint studio, preparing the bird to be used as flair for her very first pair of taxidermy shoes.
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Crime in Greenpoint; Art and Porn Intersect in Bushwick

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Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol organized a public forum on community crime in Greenpoint; over 100 people showed up, including Councilman Stephen Levin and the Commander of the 94th Precinct, James Ryan. [Brooklyn Paper]

Over the weekend, Bushwick DIY space Morgan Avenue Underground ran a two-day show entitled “Explicit,” asking the ever-pressing question: can art and porn intersect? [The Cut]

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Boozehounds and Bookworms, Mark Your Calendars for Lit Crawl

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Henry Chang reading from a planter box on Bleecker, during a previous Lit Crawl. (Photo courtesy of Lit Crawl)

New York City has a long, amazing, storied literary scene — the East Village, in particular, has nursed writers like Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Bob Holman. New York City also has a long, amazing, different-kind-of-storied history of extensive drinking. It only makes sense to willfully combine these two traditions, and that’s exactly what Lit Crawl NYC has done.
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The Smelliest Block in NYC Is Now a Perfume: Try It On at B+B Bazaar Saturday

Julia amidst the mystery puddles of Broome Street.

Julia amidst the mystery puddles of Broome Street.

Things were not looking scrumptious, streetside.

Things were not looking scrumptious, streetside.

Julia takes it in and puts it down.

Julia takes it in and puts it down.

Things were not in peak smelling form at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Nature Walk.

Things were not in peak smelling form at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Nature Walk.

Julia spots a single bloom!

Julia spots a single bloom!

A boat filled with

A boat filled with "equipment" passes by the Nature Walk as Julia takes in the scent of Newton Creek.

An on honest-to-goodness rose.

An on honest-to-goodness rose.

Turning Greenpoint into a sweet, sweet scent.

Turning Greenpoint into a sweet, sweet scent.

Oceanic notes - salty, watery; Berries - though the berries were scentless, Julia took them as inspiration and added in some subtle berry notes; Soapy white rose - a synthetic rose note called Dorinia SA. Smells like the rose in questions, to a tee; Green notes - bitter galbanum, clean/light kephalis; Skyline - sharp wood amber notes which can read as metallic.

Broome Street, the scent.

Broome Street, the scent.

BBQ duck - birch tar, smokey and a little sweet. It's perfectly disgusting when paired with the following: Fecal notes - synthetic animallic note called civet; Windex - a wet, chemical-y fresh note called precyclemone B; Baby powder - a powdery floral booster called phenylethyl alcohol; Burnt rubber and tar - pyralone.

Broome Street, deconstructed.

Broome Street, deconstructed.

Recreating Greenpoint.

Recreating Greenpoint.

Summer’s on the way out, and the city’s most recognizable odors are fading along with it. The “Smelliest Block in New York” — a wee stretch of Broome Street between Eldridge and Allen — is bound to smell just a little bit less like “flushed-out catacomb.” And over in Brooklyn, the pungent Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant won’t be tainting any more backyard barbecues.
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Yippie and Peace Activist Mayer Vishner Is Dead, Apparently a Suicide

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer Vishner, a longtime anti-war activist, editor, and close associate of Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, died in his Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 64 last week — an apparent suicide, according to friends and colleagues.

Paul Krassner, 81, a founder of the Yippies and editor of The Realist, said yesterday that he spoke to Vishner around 2 a.m. Thursday, after he had returned from Texas to leave his cat with a friend.
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