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Watch Swaai Boys Turn Their Practice Space into an African Beach Hut

It’s Tropical Thursday here on Bedford + Bowery — now that we’ve introduced you to “castaway rock,” how bout some “turf rock”? Swaai Boys take their inspiration from the idea of adventure, manifesting in a hybrid genre they also call “tropical pop.”
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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‘Last Call on Ludlow’: A Photo Tribute to Max Fish, Closing Tonight

<strong>Ulli Rimkus</strong>

Ulli Rimkus

The owner of Max Fish. The person that made the iconic downtown art/skate gathering spot that is Max Fish possible. Thank you, Ulli.

<strong>Quindell Willis</strong>

Quindell Willis

Musician, photographer, and long-time bartender at Max Fish. Q to me is the epitome of effortlessly cool.

<strong>The bar</strong>

The bar

<strong>RB Umali</strong>

RB Umali

Talented film producer, skateboard filmmaker, and one of my closest friends. Whenever coming back to NYC from traveling, one of my first texts is to RB to meet up at Max Fish for pool.

<strong>Patrick Holmes</strong>

Patrick Holmes

Musician and Max Fish bartender. My favorite portrait in the series.

<strong>Tables</strong>

Tables

<strong>Paul Roura</strong>

Paul Roura

Also known as Paulgarr, Paul is a talented skateboard filmer and filmmaker along with being a fellow appreciator of all things Morrissey.

<strong>Marc Razo</strong>

Marc Razo

Along with brothers Andre and Tino, Marc is sort of synonymous with NYC skateboarding and downtown culture. A bartender at Max Fish and bassist for the band Endless Boogie. Everybody loves Marc -- it's as easy as that.

<strong>The pool table</strong>

The pool table

<strong>Justin Strubing</strong>

Justin Strubing

Aka "Smiles for Miles.” A long-time professional skateboarder, Justin is known as being undeniably one of the nicest people you can possibly meet. A few years ago, I also witnessed him win, like, a dozen straight pool games on the Max Fish pool table with a broken collarbone and one arm in a sling.

<strong>Joshua Wildman</strong>

Joshua Wildman

Who doesn't love Joshua Wildman? Talented photographer, always plays a great DJ set, and recently brought his dad to Max Fish when Mobb Deep performed . . . which I thought was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

<strong>A beer and a shot</strong>

A beer and a shot

<strong>Harry Druzd</strong>

Harry Druzd

Longtime Ludlow Street local and bartender at Max Fish. Drummer in the band Endless Boogie. Harry is the kind of guy who always asks how you're doing and how you've been.

<strong>Gabe Lockey</strong>

Gabe Lockey

A local at Max Fish and a guy I consider to be the quintessential free spirit. Recently traveled through Southeast Asia on a motorbike and came back with the best stories. Gabe is always guaranteed to play great vinyl while DJing.

<strong>The bathroom</strong>

The bathroom

<strong>Atiba Jefferson</strong>

Atiba Jefferson

One of my favorite photographers. If there's a great skate photo taken in the last several years, chances are Atiba was behind the lens. Also half of DJ duo The Blackouts, with twin brother Ako.

<strong>Ansku Heiskanen</strong>

Ansku Heiskanen

I actually don't know Ansku too well, but I loved this photo, and I think her style is emblematic of the type of people I enjoy meeting at the Fish.

<strong>The awning</strong>

The awning

<strong>Allan Windsor</strong>

Allan Windsor

Has been a bartender at Max Fish since the day it opened in 1989. My favorite source for epic stories of "The Old New York" and what the LES used to be like. He didn't really like me taking his photo for this, so I got nervous and accidentally double-exposed the film. It worked out to be one of my favorite shots of one of my favorite people.

<strong>Alex Corporan</strong>

Alex Corporan

Too much to sum up in a sentence. OG NYC skateboarding legend, friend of everyone, always has a smile. Collaborated with Ivory Serra and Andre Razo to put out the amazing book Full Bleed: New York City Skateboard Photography -- a must-have for anyone who wants to experience the history of skating in the city.

<strong>Ako Jefferson</strong>

Ako Jefferson

Helms The Skateboard Mag as Art Director, half of DJ duo The Blackouts, with twin brother Atiba.

<strong>The Fish</strong>

The Fish

Daniel Savage has been frequenting Max Fish for over a decade now. While the 31-year-old surfer and photographer doesn’t specifically remember the first time he set foot in the Lower East Side skater haven, he does recall the feeling: “I remember just being really wide-eyed about it all. I was new to NYC and it seemed like a place where people who were doing amazing things hung out. 178 Ludlow Street was where I wanted to be every night.”
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Ron Athey Puts Away the Torture Rack and Busts Out Some Pens and Typewriters

Ron Athey (in blue shorts) observes the participants. (Emily Colucci)

Ron Athey (in blue shorts) observes the participants. (Emily Colucci)

Automatic writing in process. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Automatic writing in process. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

A typist transcribing the previous day's writing. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

A typist transcribing the previous day's writing. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

The writers became a part of the performance (Emily Colucci)

The writers became a part of the performance (Emily Colucci)

Writing from Tuesday's workshop (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Writing from Tuesday's workshop (Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

Many maneuvered through the space in their bare feet. (Emily Colucci)

Many maneuvered through the space in their bare feet. (Emily Colucci)

After the workshop. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

After the workshop. (Photo: Emily Colucci)

Like a descent into the cut-up mind of William S. Burroughs, a cacophony of typewriter and pen strokes filled Participant, Inc. as one of the world’s most extreme performance artists led a small group in his latest creation.
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Another Chelsea Gallery Is Moving to the Lower East Side

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.

Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.”
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‘I’m Kind of Over New York’: It’s the End of Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint

Artwork by Matt Leines.

Artwork by Matt Leines.

On Monday evening, Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint will hold its final show, appropriately titled (cue Jim Morrison voice) “The End.” The owners have decided to shutter the gallery after being open just shy of a year.

“It was always going to be an experiment, and that’s why we had a one-year sublease,” said Caroline Hwang, one of the space’s seven curators. “Because it’s so expensive, it’s difficult to do without so many people, and some of us want to do other things.”
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Wanna Go to Summer Camp With Some Brooklyn Bands?

summercampposter1The sleep-away camp we told you about last month has come and gone, but fear not: you can still revisit your summer camp experience in the honeyed glow of nostalgic reverie.

The Wild Honey Pie, a live-sessions-oriented music blog, is teaming up with Consequence of Sound to launch Summer Camp, a day of live recording sessions in the wilderness of northern Westchester County. (The specific location of the property is a secret.)
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Richard Kern Says Fellow Nudie Photog Terry Richardson Was ‘Asking For It’

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.05.36 PMPhilip Glass isn’t the only East Village fixture with new work out. Novelist Porochista Khakpour, a onetime East Villager herself, sits down with Richard Kern, who still keeps an apartment in the nabe, to talk about his new book and Thurston Moore-soundtracked DVD, Shot By Kern. The conversation (interspersed with Kern’s NSFW photos) clears up the myth that “Alphabet City girls” come to his door at all hours asking to model naked, and touches on Kern’s current case of photographer’s block (“if it’s just pretty girls, I don’t even know what a shot is anymore”).
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Watch the Trailer For ‘Visitors,’ the New One From Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi is one of those films people either love, hate, or fall asleep on because they got too high. We personally love it (enough to have spelled that title from memory), which is why the above trailer just made. our. day. Behold your first look at “Visitors,” the fourth film — and the first in over a decade — directed by Godfrey Reggio and soundtracked by the East Village’s own Philip Glass (they also collaborated on Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi). For this one, it looks like Reggio has opted for the Inkwell filter, and Glass — well, he’s just doing Glass.
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