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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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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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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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A Word With American Authors, the Bushwick Band Playing Leno Next Week

American Authors isn’t a category at Molasses Books — it’s the latest Brooklyn band to hit it big. Their first single, “Believer,” spent 22 weeks on Alt Nation’s Alt-18 Countdown, while their second single, “Best Day of My Life,” just appeared in a trailer for The Delivery Man (in which Vince Vaughn wears a Warsaw t-shirt). You can hear both on their self-titled EP, out today.
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A Tour of Lady Gaga’s LES, Courtesy of the Guy Who Wrote the Book

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you caught Lady Gaga’s, well, Gaga-esque performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, you’d never think to describe her as “very short,” with a “very quiet voice.” But that’s how she was known to Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of a memoir out this week, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives.
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All These People Showed Up For a Secret Jay Z Show That Never Happened

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough free shows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick.
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On Sunday There’ll Be Cool Jazz, Hot Jazz, and Jazz Poetry, You Dig?

This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery.
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Shilpa Ray Wrote a Song About Paula Deen, at Nick Cave’s Behest

Shilpa Ray at this year's Antifolk Festival at Sidewalk. (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Shilpa Ray at this year’s Antifolk Festival at Sidewalk. (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Last night at Pianos, as Shilpa Ray howled along to a harmonium and bounced between tough swagger, sweet laughter and charming stage banter, it became apparent that not only is the bluesy punk singer one of Brooklyn’s most unique and moving performers, but she’s pretty much the epitome of cool. It’s no surprise that, earlier this year, legendary musician and all-around badass Nick Cave asked the Greenpointer to join him on tour as a back-up singer in The Bad Seeds.
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Watch The Never Evers Warm Up For Their Release Party at Spike Hill Tonight

Tonight at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, The Never Evers will play a free show to celebrate the release of their new single, out today on white vinyl. The video for “Cheap Thrills” was shot in the East Village and on the Williamsburg Bridge, and painstakingly produced by guitarist Tony Sjöman over the course of a year.
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Heptagames Will Be ‘Like Gathering of the Juggalos But Way More Interesting’

The barn at the Catskills farm

The barn at the Catskills farm

We’re approaching a cultural moment in the history of New York City where there’s really no excuse not to go upstate for a weekend of arts and games. First, we told you about Offsite; then Summer Camp; and then last week, we wrote about The Last Weekend, a three-day food, arts and crafts festival taking place in September in the Catskills. Now comes Heptagames, a “festival of games, installations, and performances” taking place in the Catskills this weekend.
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