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Michael Jackson Mural Hits East Village as Spike Lee Preps MJ Block Party

(Photo: Tara Yarlagadda)

At the corner of First Avenue and East 11th Street, tourists and residents alike stopped in their tracks, stunned by the mural in front of them. It was a very familiar visage split straight down the middle. The right half of the face depicted an image of a young boy with a relaxed smile, round cheeks and a discernible afro on a white backdrop. The left half, by contrast, showed an older, gaunt face with straight hair and alert eyes on a black backdrop. The faces were further bifurcated into crisp diamonds in all the colors of the rainbow, standing out from the neighboring red brick facades. The face was none other than the late king of pop: Michael Jackson.

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Feminist Food from the Past Comes to Life at MOFAD

An edible display of Saint Agatha at MOFAD (Photos: Tara Yarlagadda)

On the corner of Bayard and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is a quiet, unassuming structure whose only distinguishing exterior feature is the bright red door that beckons guests inside. But inside the museum, food history is being made. Thirty-nine guests—mostly women—have come together on this Wednesday night to recreate Judy Chicago’s 1970s feminist artwork The Dinner Party, which is a permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Chicago’s Dinner Party arranges an elaborate dinner banquet on a triangular table. The table hosts place settings for 39 iconic female figures throughout history. These settings include gold china and brightly-painted porcelain plates in the shapes of butterflies and vulvas. The artwork also displays the names of 999 other women in gold inscription on the tiled floor beneath the table.

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‘He’s One of the Good Guys’: Lower East Siders Recall Filming With Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain and Danny Fields (Photo via @anthonybourdain on Instagram)

Back in April, Anthony Bourdain visited some of his old stomping grounds (and new ones) in the East Village and Lower East Side for an episode of Parts Unknown, chatting with numerous local characters along the way. It’s unclear what will happen with this and other episodes Bourdain was filming prior to his unexpected death last week, so we spoke with some of the featured artists and business owners about their experiences with a reporter and raconteur who was known for keeping it real.

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Astor Place’s Insta-Famous Rhino Sculpture Trots Off

The empty Astor Place, where ‘The Last Three’ once stood. (Photo: Tara Yarlagadda)

“Oh no, Jerry!” The 93-year-old woman in Washington Square Park called out to her husband, who was similarly distraught. I had just informed the passing couple that The Last Three—an installation in nearby Astor Place featuring three bronze, life-sized rhinos piled topsy-turvy on top of each other—was about to be taken down. The anguish was evident on their faces—and mine.

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The Brooding Long Goodbye Brings the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival to a Close

The trailer for Long Goodbye opens with a straight shot of a woman with shoulder-length hair and a jean jacket walking briskly away from the camera through the Morgan Ave subway station. We can’t see her face. One of the next scenes lingers on two friends chatting on a couch, with one of the guys uttering some language that feels rather stalker-y: “I drive around and clear my head and find myself parked outside of her place. I’m not going to do anything…I don’t know. Maybe she wants me to?”

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18th Annual Bicycle Film Festival Returns for the City’s Cycling Creatives

(Image credit: Bicycle Film Festival)

New York’s long-standing Bicycle Film Festival returns for a whopping eighteenth year between June 19-24 at Anthology Film Archives. It’s a whirlwind gathering of biking and film buffs that brings together the urban cycling community not only in New York, but also around the globe. The festival has hosted more than one million cycling enthusiasts in ninety-plus cities. Keep Reading »

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Mysterious Masks, Creepy Collages, Cryptocurrency and More at Greenpoint Open Studios

Guests create collages at Amy Williams Studio (Photo: Tara Yarlagadda).

Out of more than 400 participating artists in the annual Greenpoint Open Studios this past weekend, Bedford + Bowery interviewed five zany (and impressive) artists you should definitely keep an eye on.

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Kat Cunning Is A ‘Curvy, Curly Queer Weirdo’ Ready For Pop Stardom

(photo: Chris Miller)

We know that Kat Cunning has a recurring role coming up on HBO—and we know what the show is—but we’re not allowed to tell you.

Last month, at the swanky, faux rich-person’s-living-room venue the Norwood Arts Club, Cunning hosted a private showcase for a rapt (and packed) crowd. Cunning’s voice is eerily specific, and with the moody, slow-danceable music, Ellie Goulding would be a quick comparison (and not a terrible one), but one could easily see her giving Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers a run for her money, or sitting in with The Hot Sardines and trading licks with Elizabeth Bougerol. It’s that shift from ’20s-style back-of-the-throat to searing, modern hook head voice that keeps you on your toes and gives her music a moving, cabaret feel that feels a few carats richer than average pop. 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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Magic’s in the Air—and the Performances—at Green-Wood Cemetery’s Secret Feminist Society

Green-Wood Cemetery (Photo: Kat Burdick)

As I step under an arch leading into Green-Wood Cemetery, a smiling woman instructs me to “follow the orbs,” directing my attention to dozens of silver balloons scattered amongst the graves like morbid party decorations. Haunting music grows louder as I descend a hill to find a magnificent church.  Sitting on the cemetery lawn next to a pair of women sipping red wine mere feet away from a headstone feels mildly sacrilegious, but the Green-Wood Cemetery is no stranger to special events. 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 »