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Major Tom Is ‘Maybe’ in David Bowie’s New Video, Says Director Johan Renck

The video for David Bowie’s new single, “★” (pronounced “Blackstar”), is now up on YouTube, but those who made it to Nitehawk this afternoon to watch it on the big screen got a special treat. And not just the free ★-branded boxes of popcorn. After the screening of the 10-minute mindfuck featuring human scarecrows, sorcery, and a blindfolded Bowie, its director, Johan Renck, fielded questions from Noisey editor-in-chief Eric Sundermann.

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Wanna See David Bowie’s Sold-Out Musical, Lazarus? Don’t Buy That $1,000 Ticket

(Photos: Other Music’s Facebook)

(Photos: Other Music’s Facebook)

If you want to see the short film accompanying David Bowie’s new song, “★,” when it premieres at Nitehawk on Thursday, there’s still one time slot that isn’t sold out. But if you want to see the new play, Lazarus, co-written by Bowie and featuring original songs, it won’t be so easy. The last batch of tickets sold out soon after we gave you the heads up about them (after all, the New York Theatre Workshop has a capacity of around 200), and there are just four tickets on StubHub: two for $600 each, and two for $1,000 each.

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David Bowie Will Premiere a Short Film For His New Song at Nitehawk

It’s a good time to be a David Bowie fan. Not only is a play based on The Man Who Fell to Earth, featuring original songs, set to begin next week (the Times visited the “strange, secretive world” of Lazarus earlier this week), but a new album, titled ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”), is also forthcoming. It’ll drop on Bowie’s 69th birthday, January 8.

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Week in Film: Blue Tops Filming Blue Tops and Kidnapping at the Hands of Crazed Makeup Man

Sup film lovers? We’ve got some new things and old things for you this week, as usual. But this time around even our new film selections have a heavy gaze toward the past, whether it’s a 93-year-old woman who still reigns as a style sultan for women of all ages or a Mexican film that looks like it could have been made by Jean Luc Godard in 1968. Time is elastic y’all we know but stop wasting it sitting in front of your laptop and shell out a few bones to support your local independent Cini Mini and see reels on the big screen. It’s worth it, believe us.

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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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Labyrinth

Just Labrynth. You know you love it. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you should probably go to this screening for reals. Because this is cultural knowledge you need—complete with David Bowie in full weirdo (read: Goblin King Jareth) regalia and Jennifer Connelly as a girl on the brink of womanhood. Also puppets. Lots of puppets.

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Hunter S. Thompson Carved From a Phone Book, David Bowie Made With a Typewriter

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

For Raoul Duke fans, the highlight of Select Fair, which opens on West 18th Street today at noon, has to be this Hunter S. Thompson bust, carved by Alex Queral from three glued-together phonebooks.
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‘We’d Found This Cave Out of Time’: A Look Back at Glam Rock’s Club 82

(Photos: Aileen Polk)

(Photos: Eileen Polk)

When Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Liz Taylor and the glitterati of the ‘50s wanted to walk on the wild side, they headed to the East Village’s Club 82, “New York’s After-Dark Rendezvous.” The notoriety of the basement club, at 82 East Fourth Street, came from its elaborate stage shows performed by 35 female impersonators. Strippers, dancers, comedians and singers, all men in drag, staged three shows nightly, seven days a week well into the ‘60s, when the novelty wore off and the club’s popularity faded.
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Hang On to Yourself, We’ve Got 30 Images From BowieBall

Marissa Braddock

Marissa Braddock

"I love David Bowie. He's my soulmate forever and ever. My roommate is a makeup artist, so she helped make this insane lightning bolt on my face."

Demanda Dahling

Demanda Dahling

Q. What inspired your look tonight? A. Marijuana

Chris Alberts

Chris Alberts

"This is my first time wearing a wig. As for the mullet, it's my first multi-colored one."

Olivia Barr

Olivia Barr

"Hopefully David Bowie would be amused if he saw this."

Princess Mickey Jager

Princess Mickey Jager

"What I'm wearing is just things I've had around. I'm a drag queen working in the Brooklyn circuit. So these are just normal items in my wardrobe."

Aaron Bolt

Aaron Bolt

"The rhinestones are staying on because of a combination of eyelash glue, rubber cement and spray glue. I don't think it's healthy to put rubber cement on your body -- my right side is burning. My look is a lot of David Bowie, a little disco, and a little Maison Margiela."

Andrew Clancey

Andrew Clancey

"I wanted to look glamorous, but still representing David Bowie."

Noreen Souza-Bailey

Noreen Souza-Bailey

"I am dressed as David Bowie in the labyrinth. I just happened to have this wig, I'm a prop master for TV and film. This is from a movie on a punk rock heroin addict -- some really crap B-movie."

Devlyn Disguise

Devlyn Disguise

"My thought was to be inspired by David Bowie, but not take it too literally. So many people did the lightning bolt -- I didn't want to be so expected. I did the stars, I did Mesh -- I feel like I am glam rock. This is 1984 fabulous."

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

"I was working on a music video all day, I just came dressed with stuff from the video. I did a song called Foxy Dude with my band, ya know. I'm in a glam rock band. I'm from LA. So of course I am at the Bowie Ball."

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Mike Greco

Mike Greco

Q. What were your thoughts when you were getting dressed for tonight? A. I dress like this everyday.

Mike Greco's shoes

Mike Greco's shoes

Lisa McQuade

Lisa McQuade

"My hair is basically an extreme rock n' roll mullet with a unicorn twist."

Holly Coddington

Holly Coddington

"I felt like there was so much pressure to, like, be David Bowie. Then I realized we're all David Bowie -- and we've all got our fucked up fabulous shit in our closets."

Jon Neuman

Jon Neuman

"My favorite Bowie song is 'Rebel, Rebel.' I don't know many of his songs, it's just an excuse to wear makeup."

Haley Nicholson

Haley Nicholson

"I honestly found this outfit at Buffalo Exchange, and I was like this is 80s Bowie."

Giozanka

Giozanka

"This look is an intrepretation of myself, the 80s, and David Bowie."

Deryck Todd announcing performers.

Deryck Todd announcing performers.

MaryAnne Piccolo

MaryAnne Piccolo

MaryAnne Piccolo performing.

MaryAnne Piccolo performing.

Chain-smoking performance artist Sheila takes the stage.

Chain-smoking performance artist Sheila takes the stage.

30 seconds into Sheila's performance, the stripping begins.

30 seconds into Sheila's performance, the stripping begins.

Faces in the crowd.

Faces in the crowd.

Kitten LaRue

Kitten LaRue

Liz Connolly.

Liz Connolly.

Stella Rose

Stella Rose

Kaul Grice

Kaul Grice

Lenka Varekova

Lenka Varekova

Fake eyelashes left on the bathroom sink.

Fake eyelashes left on the bathroom sink.

Last week Glenn Branca recalled meeting David Bowie: “He was a trip. He really felt like he needed to be the person you imagined him to be.” Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge, everyone felt they needed to be the Thin White Duke, or Ziggy Stardust, or any of Bowie’s countless other personas, because it was the annual BowieBall. Click through to see Amy Lombard’s shots of the action and get a glimpse of life on Mars.