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Throw on a Romper and Smear Mud on Your Butt, It’s Wet Hot Brooklyn Summer!

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Michelle Joni is kind of a pro when it comes to fun and games. The party and event planner is captain of the New York City Skipping Club, a counselor at Soul Camp (an “adult sleepaway camp for the soul”) and a teacher at her very own concoction, Preschool Mastermind, a preschool for… you guessed it. But her next feat will be transforming a Bushwick venue into everyone’s favorite summer camp.

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‘Magical Creatures’ Gathered For a Sexy, ‘Heart-Opening’ Party

(Photo via Body (un)Bound Facebook)

(Photo via Body (un)Bound Facebook)

As I stepped into a Bushwick martial arts studio and walked down a tunnel laden with flowers made from egg cartons, I was approached by a stranger and asked, “How would you like to be greeted?”

I was confused. One of the evening’s performers pointed to sheets of paper taped to the tunnel’s wall, where beneath drawings for each of the five senses there were a few options: secret song, gentle breath on the back of your neck, incense.

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From the Factory to Clublandia, Two Exhibitions Will Bring You Back to the Good Ol’ Days

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

While wandering from gallery to gallery yesterday in the Lower East Side, soaking up a pair of museum-like nostalgia exhibitions focusing on at least one part if not all of a few-decades long span from Warhol’s Factory days through the ’90s club kid scene, I started thinking about a conversation I’d had with one JJ Brine, Satanic gallerist extraordinaire. Before JJ took off for Vanuatu (btw according to his Facebook page, he made it just fine), he explained he was departing indefinitely because he was frustrated with what he understood as New York City’s unusual fixation on the past at the expense of devoting energy to the future. I couldn’t have agreed more, but somehow The Last Party and Michael Alig’s appropriately-titled solo exhibition, Inside / Out succeed in drawing a line, however crooked, between the past and the present and making this nostalgia part of current existence. How? Well, I felt as though I could almost see myself in some of the blurry old party photos and even the creepy clown-like painted odes to various poisons of choice.

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Morbid Anatomy Is Celebrating Its First Year Inside Its Very Own Temple of Weird

(Photo via Morbid Anatomy)

(Photo via Morbid Anatomy)

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is one of those institutions that makes Brooklyn, well, Brooklyn. Where else can you catch a lecture about psychedelics, get your hands dirty picking at corpses, and mingle with other brooding singles? We’re guessing nowhere, at least not in this dimension. That’s why it’s fitting the institution of esoteric knowledge, that has amassed a loyal community of followers who share a gothy disposition and twisted curiosities, plans to celebrate the first year inside the Gowanus home where it’s been pumping out creepy programming and hosting deathly exhibitions almost nonstop. Care to party with them? Step right up to the Festival of Arcane Knowledge and ensuing Devil’s Masquerade happening Saturday, July 18.

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Cure Thrift Shop 6th Anniversary Party

Cure Thrift Shop marks its sixth year in operation with live music, an open bar, a raffle and dashing duds. Liz Wolff, founder of the East Village vintage haven, says it has been stockpiling its most exciting inventory for months so that party-goers can purchase them at the party.

Tickets go for $15 in advance on Cure’s website or $20 at the door, and all proceeds from the party, like all proceeds from the shop itself, go to juvenile diabetes research.

Rest assured, this is no small-time shindig: 450 people showed up to the last party Cure threw in 2011.

Plus, this is your chance to see the store’s bright new look. “We recently renovated the shop, so it’s a totally different look and feel,” Wolff says. “It used to be more furniture and household items, and now it’s kind of a mix of furniture and clothing. But we’ve completely revamped the store. It’s newly painted, newly decorated, and it’s really awesome inside.”

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A Newly Jazzed-Up Thrift Shop Celebrates Six Years With a Blowout

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Cure Thrift Shop marks its sixth year in operation next Friday with live music, an open bar, a raffle and dashing duds. Liz Wolff, founder of the East Village vintage haven, says it has been stockpiling its most exciting inventory for months so that party-goers can purchase them at the party.
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Prove How Cultured You Are by Coming to DenimSkin’s Open Bar Party

This Friday's Denim Skin Party

This Friday’s Denim Skin Party

You know what they say: nothing goes with literature readings quite like an open bar.

This Friday, forthcoming literary and art review DenimSkin is hosting a shindig at The Suffolk featuring readings from the publication’s first issue, live music from Jillian Bordeaux, Milk & Honey and Esta Coda, tasty snacks and an open bar. Guests are invited to bring their own art/words/music to share in between enjoying beverages from an open bar. Did we mention there’s an open bar?!
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Here’s What’s Popping Off This Fourth of July Weekend

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013: Dance floor

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The Macy’s fireworks may have permanently decamped to the Hudson, and the city’s slowly bleeding out to the Hamptons, so it might seem that Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods have nothing to offer for Independence Day weekend. Au contraire! Herewith, a round-up of events and on-goings to keep you celebrating our great nation through the weekend.
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Here’s Where You’ll Find Fun in the Sun This Weekend

Make Music New York. (Photo: Erica Smith)

Make Music New York. (Photo: Erica Martin)

It’s the first day of summer, in case ya hadn’t heard. Make Music New York (above) is winding down over on Astor Place, but don’t get your Brooklyn Surf Shorts in a bunch: there are plenty of after-parties, and the weather’s going to be glorious all weekend. If you’re too lazy to make it to the Mermaid Parade (King Neptune = Judah Friedlander this year) here’s where to soak up some sun locally. (All events are free unless noted.)

SATURDAY
Hillstock Festival Block Party
This Brooklyn-wide festival by the Never Break Down music collective features dozens of bands. Their block party on Saturday on the outskirts of Williamsburg is free and lasts all day. Afterparty at The Bishop at 8 p.m.
106 Emerson Place, nr. Myrtle Ave.
11 a.m.
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