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Watch Aaron Cohen Woo ‘Potential Fans,’ Then See Him Shine in ‘Stanley Kubrick’

Aaron Cohen knew he wasn’t going anywhere in Seattle. “I just needed to get out. I wasn’t doing anything productive,” said the Jewish rapper of his hometown. Three years ago, he moved to New York, fell in with a nascent collective called Inner City Kids, and was soon producing music, doing shows and shooting videos.
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Tiki Disco Had One Last Epic Beach Bash

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

So, yeah, the loss of Odessa Bar put a damper on the weekend; luckily, Tiki Disco was there to blunt the pain with a rager at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club the next day. Downtown photographer Justin Jay, who has a bungalow nearby, dropped in and shot the photos above. Click through them to experience the torpid, dark-and-stormy-fueled madness of Tiki’s last installment of “Bushwick by the sea” and be glad you didn’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. The guys will be back in Brooklyn this Sunday, at Output’s rooftop Canopy Bar.

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Odessa Bar Is Gone, and Motor City Comes Back in a Music Video

Odessa's bathroom. (Photo: Bedford + Bowery's Instagram)

Odessa’s bathroom. (Photo: Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram)

After the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, we ended up stopping by Odessa Cafe Bar‘s last night after 48 years on Avenue A. Around 3 a.m. the place was buzzing with a very young crowd, though at least one member of the old guard had planned to pay his respects. Erik Foss, who was a bartender there before opening Lit and Fuse Gallery (the latter is also closing, on September 11), wrote on Instagram: “ODESSA , the bar I started out at in the east village is closing tonight for ever, so sad, and haden’t it been for this magical place LIT probably wouldn’t have existed.” Lauren Dillard (Lauren Flax‘s bandmate in CREEP) chimed in: “That’s where I would get perogies before I would Dj for the night at lit!”
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We’re Still Recovering From the B+B Bazaar

Enjoying the dog days of summer.

Enjoying the dog days of summer.

Sipping Torst at the beer garden.

Sipping Torst at the beer garden.

Folks came OUT for Brooklyn Brewery.

Folks came OUT for Brooklyn Brewery.

Gavin Russom via Bossa Nova Civic Club.

Gavin Russom via Bossa Nova Civic Club.

Taking a whiff of the smelliest block in NYC.

Taking a whiff of the smelliest block in NYC.

Campbell Cheese & Grocery.

Campbell Cheese & Grocery.

Lauren Flax via Bossa Nova Civic Club.

Lauren Flax via Bossa Nova Civic Club.

Brian Dugan of Falcon Bowse (right) turning t-shirts into hats.

Brian Dugan of Falcon Bowse (right) turning t-shirts into hats.

Taxidermy by Divya.

Taxidermy by Divya.

Checking out the raw juices at Juisi.

Checking out the raw juices at Juisi.

Floats by P&H Soda Soda and Oddfellows Ice Cream.

Floats by P&H Soda Soda and Oddfellows Ice Cream.

The Bedford + Bowery table.

The Bedford + Bowery table.

Nyssa Frank, owner of The Living Gallery.

Nyssa Frank, owner of The Living Gallery.

Safety first at Harvest Cyclery.

Safety first at Harvest Cyclery.

No, they didn't get these at Harvest Cyclery.

No, they didn't get these at Harvest Cyclery.

Smoked pastrami sold out at Ducks Eatery.

Smoked pastrami sold out at Ducks Eatery.

The night scene.

The night scene.

Time it was, and what a time it was — it was a time of free beer, awesome DJs, and what else? You tell us! We had a great time at the Bedford + Bowery bazaar, and hope you did too. We learned how to make a patacon (and learned that Patacon Pisao’s LES store at 139 Essex Street opens October 1, and will stay open late late). We got a preview of Tørst‘s bar menu: a confit chicken sandwich with burnt hay, as it turned out. We learned when to hit Bunker to avoid a wait: early on a Wednesday. Divya Anantharaman brought her goods by cab (hence her joke about arriving in a “taxidermy taxi”). Gay marriage advocate Brian Ellner took advantage of the Falcon Bowse T-Shirt Transformation Program and turned his friend’s Obama Pride shirt into a hat. And our favorite part (besides the sticker of Frank we got from Brandon Sines of Bushwick’s Living Gallery): meeting a couple that actually lives on the smelliest block in NYC. They said the scent we got Nova to make was dead on, though it could use just a smidge more fish stink.

If you missed it all, check out Scott Lynch’s photos to see what went down. We’re going to spend Labor Day sleeping off that jalapeno beer and will see you back here Tuesday.

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DJ Lineup for Tomorrow’s B+B Bazaar; Stephens Debate in Greenpoint

World Trade Center Tower one(Freedom Tower) from Brooklyn | WTC Sunset

(Photo: Michael Tapp)

The Bossa Nova Civic Club has sent over the DJ schedule for tomorrow’s Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, which — as you already know — will bring some of our favorite North Brooklyn food, fashion and craft vendors to the Hester Street Fair, at Hester and Essex, from 11 a.m. noon to 10 p.m. Head over to the Facebook event page for all the details.

A fire on Clinton Street last night was likely electrical and extinguished quickly. There were no injuries, but the façade of Izakaya Dodom Pa – the scene of the blaze – wasn’t quite so lucky. [Bowery Boogie]

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CB1 Has Just a Few Requests Regarding Those Greenpoint Waterfront Towers

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 is on track to issue its final demands regarding a dozen residential towers, a school, and a pair of parks headed for Greenpoint beginning next year. Last night, the Land Use subcommittee released a document calling for more affordable housing units for seniors and disabled residents, cheaper market-rate units, and better integration between the units, among other things.
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Upcoming: Blouse in the House, It's Diarrhea Planet's World

FIVE YEARS FOR CAPTURED TRACKS

As a prelude to the two-day anniversary festival this weekend, Captured Tracks records will have a kick-off party tonight at Glasslands, headlined by Blouse. The show will double as the Portland trio’s album release show for their sophomore effort, Imperium; fans of the ethereal, smeared art-pop of Blouse’s debut (full of warped synth lines, coiled guitar melodies and Charlie Hilton’s detached, Broadcast-leaning vocals) will find more to love here. Singer-songwriter Donovan Blanc and unpolished, fractured-racket makers Writer will open. Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Friday, doors at 8 p.m., $10.
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The Be-All End-All Guide to Early September Art

Artwork by Dilek Baykara via Cotton Candy Machine.

Artwork by Dilek Baykara via Cotton Candy Machine.

It’s easy to forget that the skinny streets of the Lower East Side are bursting at their seams with galleries and performance art spaces. Let the fact that forty of them are holding opening receptions on the same night this month serve as a reminder. That’s a lot of art (and free wine). Highlights include “Dots, Stripes, Liquid Cyber and Other Plaiditudes,” a fashion design and photography exhibit at Strange Loop Gallery, and an inaugural group show at Monya Rowe Gallery, which just bailed on its Chelsea home in favor of a spot on Orchard Street, featuring the Dali-level surrealism of Larissa Bates and Jacolby Satterwhite’s experimental videos.
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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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