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‘Passport’ to Planet Booze, Where Rivers of Craft Cocktails Flow Free (Er, Two-for-One)

Via Passport Program

Via Passport Program

It’s forecast to rain all weekend (boo), but today the weather gods are giving us a pretty tantalizing taste of the summer vibes around the corner. And we all know what that means: soaking up drinks, drinks, and more draaanks galore.

The Passport Program is a not-too-shabby way to make your summer imbibing a little bit cheaper, especially if your #goals this summer include expanding your cocktail repertoire and hitting new bars on the drink scene.

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There’s a Pinkerton Listening Party and It’s Not at Pinkerton

via Vinyl Me, Please

via Vinyl Me, Please

Even as Urban Outfitters continues to market fresh new record players to the masses, record shops seem to be on their way out (RIP, Other Music). So, like everything else, it’s to the digital world we turn: curated record subscription services are moving in with bells and whistles to “disrupt” old-fashioned crate-digging. For example, every month the good folks over at Vinyl Me, Please dig up an often forgotten-about classic, like The Fugees’ The Score, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid or Wilco’s AM, and reissue it with exclusive artwork–for about $23 a month, it’s almost like a fancy, slow-moving Pandora for your record player.

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Vans House Parties and Full Moon Festival Announce Lineups

Summer is really coming together, folks. Especially since two of the season’s highlights, for music lurvers, just announced their lineups.

7b2d41d4-6731-40cf-ad8b-f19cedae03a0Vans House Parties Summer Series
May 19 to July 6 at 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint; free with www.houseofvans.com
This series has brought bands like the Melvins and Dinosaur, Jr. to a massive industrial space equipped with a skate ramp and state-of-the-art stage. This time around, acts will include ’90s NYC post-hardcore band Quicksand; local rockers Dive; Atlanta hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; Helmet/Don Caballero offspring Battles; jazzy hip-hop reimaginers BadBadNotGood; and festival favorites Neon Indian. There will also be a ton of art from local artists, including a massive collage of punk flyers collected by Scott Ewalt, the DJ and artist who is Kenny Scharf’s collaborator in the Cosmic Cavern.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Is Summering in Coney Island, Via the Coney Art Walls

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Coney Island isn’t about to let Rockaway hog all the sun, what with the new food vendors at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and the Rockaway Beach Club. The folks at Thor Equities just announced that their summer pop-up, the Coney Island Walls, will return for its second season May 28.

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Tasty Waves: Riis Park Beach Bazaar Returns Memorial Day With New Eats

(Photo: Dylan Johnson)

(Photo: Dylan Johnson)

As if the Ramones exhibit wasn’t enough, here’s another reason to have “Rock, Rock, Rockaway Beach” stuck in your head: the folks at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar have announced their lineup of food vendors, and it’s got us slathering sunblock on our wind-chapped faces.

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‘Let’s Go Crazy’ at Prince Celebration in Ft. Greene Park, Brooklyn BP Says

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Will it be as uplifting as the impromptu tributes across New York City or the Purple Rain Day second line in New Orleans? It remains to be seen, but Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has announced that he’ll host a celebration of Prince this Friday at Fort Greene Park. A press release promises three hours of his music, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Purple Rain.

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Iron Chef Jose Garces Opens First NYC Tapas Bar Downtown

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz)

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz)

It comes a little too late for the Tribeca Film Festival, but if you’re planning to head down to Battery Park City to peep those giant bunny rabbits, you might want to know that, today, celeb chef Jose Garces opens an outpost of his popular Philadelphia tapas bar, Amada, at Brookfield Place.

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Spend Some QT With Jazz Iconoclast Cecil Taylor at The Whitney

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Let’s face it, Cecil Taylor’s music isn’t what you put on the hifi to unwind after a long day at work— google the pianist and composer and you’ll find words like frenzied, cacophonous, and “acquired taste” used to describe his particular brand of free jazz, a genre he pioneered – along with Ornette Coleman—during late-’50s performances at the legendary Five Spot Café on the Bowery.

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Another Boat to Booze On: Grand Banks Opens For the Season

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday we heralded the return of our favorite booze boat with a post titled, “What About Bobbing? The Frying Pan Reopens Today.” Pretty much no one appreciated our hilarious What About Bob? reference, but that’s okay– we’ve already moved on, because another one of Manhattan’s great docked drinkeries has reopened for the season.

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Ian Vanek of Howardian Moved to Queens, and ‘It Feels So Tuned and Good’

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When I first hit play on A Smurf at Land’s End, the new album from Howardian, for a fraction of a second I thought I was listening to some early Flaming Lips—then there was a Talking Heads sample before it spun off into low-fi raggedy rock. I managed to catch the latest band from artist and rabble-rouser Ian Vanek at their official SXSW showcase late Saturday night in Austin.

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Nathan Lane Fists a Toilet, and 9 More Things That’ll Happen in S. 2 of Difficult People

Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, and Andrea Martin. (Photo: Difficult People's Twitter)

Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, and Andrea Martin. (Photo: Difficult People’s Twitter)

Usually when we spot the cast of Difficult People, it’s because they’re filming on the corner of East 7th and First Avenue, but Friday evening we caught them on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, talking to Patton Oswalt during PaleyFest. And good thing we did– they played a sizzle reel showing some highlights from season two, and then, during the q&a, proceeded to drop even more spoilers. Read ahead if you’re dying to see what’s on deck when the funniest portrayal of NYC narcissists since Seinfeld returns to Hulu in July.

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