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A Jazzy Little Joint Pops Up in the Old Fitzcarraldo Space

Periodical’s jazz band with their audience at the conclusion of their performance, 6/16/17 at 2am. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Jazz music emanated on a quiet stretch of Morgan Avenue last Thursday as Periodical, a pop-up lounge by local party organizer Lindsay Arden, held its premiere night. With a full band and classy cocktails, Periodical brought to life the space recently vacated by East Williamsburg restaurant Fitzcarraldo. Lindsay, who has most recently been organizing the mega-parties for JunXion at venues like House of Yes in Bushwick and the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, has started her own quant hideaway with all the little elements that have made her bigger endeavors a success.

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We Went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party and Boy, Are Our Flappers Tired

Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”

Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.

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Tonight, Superchief Gallery Celebrates Five Years of ‘Gettin’ Away With It’

The New York staff, artists and friends of Superchief Gallery in front of their new space in Ridgewood, featuring a mural by Yok and Sheryo, 6/8/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Tonight, Supechief Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary at its new space in Ridgewood. What started out as a live-in loft space has now expanded to two warehouse-sized buildings in New York and Los Angeles that can feature large-scale installations and even larger murals. The anniversary is part of bi-coastal exhibition that opened in LA on June 3, featuring over 50 favorite artists whose work will be rotated over the course of the summer, through September 1.

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This Bushwick Salon’s Music Festival Gives New Meaning to ‘Hair Bands’

Pickthorn Salon founders Chelsey Pickthorn and Jocelyn Simone at their new location. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Tonight, Bushwick’s Pickthorn Salon will host its fourth annual Color Me Bushwick concert at its new location at 92 St. Nicholas Avenue. The show started in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios in 2014 and soon expanded into a three-day affair. Last year, when BOS moved its festivities to fall, Pickthorn founders Chelsea Pickthorn and Jocelyn Simone didn’t sweat the lack of partnership, since the concert had built a following of its own.

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Bushwick’s Art Partiers Went On a Crazy Little Camping Trip

Party contingents from all over Brooklyn convened in Lakewood, Pennsylvania this past weekend for a rural edition of the Elements festival that BangOn! inaugurated last year in Red Hook (it’ll return there this August). From Friday afternoon till Monday morning, attendees danced, relaxed and caroused around four stages, a roller rink, wellness tents, and an all-out techno club run by Bushwick’s Members Only. The rain that was predicted for the weekend didn’t deter the thousands from partying on as the literal elements of water and earth made for a muddy party.

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Owners of Tender Trap Get Mad Tropical in Former Tandem Space

Mad Tropical co-owner Ryan Virag with his wife (third and fourth from left) and patrons during his preview opening in Bushwick, 5/12/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Bushwick space that was home to Tandem Bar until it closed in fall of 2015 has been reborn. Mad Tropical, a joint endeavor between owners of Greenpoint venue Tender Trap and Williamsburg restaurant Donna, officially opens this Thursday, May 18.

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Don Pedro Says Hasta La Vista With One Last Show

Don Pedro co-owner Mitro Valsamis (top, third from left) with his friends and attendees of Don Pedro’s final night, 5/7/17 at 5a. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Don Pedro went out with a bang this past Sunday thanks to a 10-band lineup that went till 4am. The music rocked, beer rained overhead, and cigarettes from the basement made the place smell like a pre-Bloomburg punk paradise. The goodbye had been in the works ever since it was announced in March that the Williamsburg property had been sold.

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At Okay Space in Williamsburg, an Art Opening For ‘Toxic Times’

Artist Akwety Orraca-Tetteh (center with yellow headscarf) with exhibtion attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

During its year in Williamsburg, Okay Space, the arts venue opened by Roots drummer Questlove and run by Okayplayer’s president Dan Petruzzi, has been hosting exhibitions and small concerts that share the aesthetics of the label and its Afrocentric media platform OkayAfrica. Recent exhibitions have included a co-exhibition with rapper Schoolly D alongside painter Pablo Power and Fete Fete’s Baldamore showcase of Baltimore Artists.

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