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Nirvanamania: Rarities Leaked, More Coming, Plus a Montage of Heck Q&A

Back in May, when Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was screening at IFC Center before its HBO release, director Brett Morgen revealed to Bedford + Bowery that an album of previously unreleased Cobain material was on the way. Now he tells Billboard a little more about it, saying that the as-yet untitled release, out in early November, will consist of everything “from thrash to ragtime and everything in between,” including audio montages and “a sketch comedy routine featuring Kurt voicing all of the characters.”

While you wait on tenterhooks for that, Morgen has a few more gifts for you. For one thing, he’ll be doing a q&a tomorrow, August 7, after a screening of Montage at IFC Center (that’s right: the film is back in theaters, and will be at IFC through August 13). Snag a ticket (still available) and ask him about the above outtake from the film, which he shared with Opie with Jim Norton today. In it, Cobain, in bed with a puke bucket, talks about his chronic stomach pain and jokes about heroin — “needles, needles, keep ’em coming!”

As if all of that isn’t enough for Cobain die-hards, a slew of recordings claiming to be Nirvana rarities surfaced online this week, including the demo that Cobain’s pre-Nirvana band Fecal Matter made in 1986 and alternate takes and demos from Nevermind and In Utero. Head over to Reddit to have a listen.

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Caitlyn Jenner Has Become a Muse For Mixologists

11041258_844937295555694_8058926355490696239_oShe likes the nightlife, baby, so it’s no surprise that Caitlyn Jenner has inspired some new cocktails.

Have a look at the drinks menu that Williamsburg’s Trophy Bar launched this week and right under the Paris Is Byrrhning you’ll see a Call Me Caitlyn, consisting of gin, egg white, absinthe, and lemon juice.

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Film Right Now: Male Muscle Epics and Transmutation by Jazz

This week our film picks are all ones in which context weighs heavily on the experience. While two of these movies are rendered incredible beyond their usual bounds by some seriously insane soundtracks, whether it’s a live one or a rescued one, the remaining two would be nothing without considering seriously their place within the current state of things. None of the films would function properly on their own without their other pairing. Boom. If that all sounds vague, it is — but I’m taking this opportunity to practice my powers of divination so that when I’m reading my friends’ tarot cards later, they’ll look deep into my eyes and be all, ‘Holy shit.’ Here’s to hoping that’s your reaction, dear reader, when you obediently check out each and every one of these movies and decode for yourselves their star-crossed connectivity.

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Two Chances to Soak Up Some Sun Ra

A little over a year after Sun Ra’s centenary celebration, the far-out work of the jazz musician, poet, and Afro-futurist who taught us that “space is the place” is still alive and well. Case in point, these two upcoming chances to take a trip to Saturn.

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‘Did You Ever Think This Would Happen?’: Scenes From the Celebrations at Stonewall

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(Photo: Talya Galasko)

“Excuse us, we’ve both had champagne,” Robert Cammiso laughed, pushing aside the bouquet of balloons in his hand as he leaned in to kiss his partner for a photograph.

“Share this with everyone, because we fucking won!” he shouted from the crowd that had gathered at Stonewall Inn on Friday afternoon to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide gay marriage.

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8 Things Portrait of a Park Will Teach You About the West 4th Courts

Still from Portrait of a Park (Simeon Soffer)

Still from Portrait of a Park (Simeon Soffer)

If your movie-going schedule is already jam-packed with all those other film fests (LES, Rooftop, and Nitehawk, just to name a few) you probably haven’t even realized that the Manhattan Film Festival started Thursday and runs through June 25. But don’t sleep on it: the fest is offering excellent opportunities to see two docs about Greenwich Village institutions.

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Astoria Comes to Astor Place Via This Meat, Cheese and Beer Spot

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

(Photo: Giulia Alexandra)

The Village just got a little slice of Queens. Tonight Milk & Hops, a Manhattan spinoff of Astoria Bier & Cheese, celebrates its grand opening with a par-tay: $35 gets you in on a buffet-style meal of meat, cheese and sandwich platters, Mast Brothers chocolate, and a steady flow of draft beer.

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Keith Haring’s NSFW Bathroom Doodles On Display at Relaunched LGBT Community Center

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Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.

Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor.
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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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This Exhibit of Radical Art Speaks to the Power of the Pen

Mabel Dwight, "Danse Macabre," c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Mabel Dwight, “Danse Macabre,” c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Anyone needing a crash course in the ways the pen can confront the gun should head over to NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, where a decade’s worth of revolutionary art celebrates immigrants, denounces tyrants, ennobles workers of every race–and even illustrates the very idea of terror.
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The Secret Lair of Dr. Strange, His Creators, and a Ghost of Christmas Past

All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.

A passerby casts a typical Dr. Strange magical spell.

A passerby casts a typical Dr. Strange magical spell.

If you walk past 177 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and see a middle-aged guy in black clothes and a flowing red cape making a horn sign with both hands, watch out for the multi-dimensional mayhem about to be unleashed.

To us mere mortals, 177 Bleecker may be a stately Queen Anne-style apartment building that rises five stories above a busy Manhattan street. But in the Marvel universe, the building has long been the home of Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme who’ll be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a hotly anticipated film. Since Marvel introduced the master magician to the comic world in the 1960s, he has lived in his Sanctum Sanctorum at 177 Bleecker Street, and much of the universe-threatening action perpetrated by the forces of darkness against our unsuspecting world has taken place within these walls.
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