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Bowery Teahouse Invites You to ‘Relax the Nerves’ and Admire Its Art Shows

(Photos by Junyan Hou)

More than a year after Agozar closed shop after a decade and a half on the Bowery, its colorful, brick-lined interior has been replaced by sleek, white walls, and its Cuban food and mojito happy hours have been replaced by Ceylon fresh milk tea and bento boxes with tofu. Today, a tea house/art gallery celebrates its grand opening at 324 Bowery. More →

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Art This Week: Photography After Stonewall, IRL Investigation, Jojo Abot

(image by John Paul Evans, via Soho Photo Gallery / Facebook)

Photography After Stonewall
Opening Tuesday, June 4 at Soho Photo Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through June 29.

As I’m sure you’ve heard (and if you haven’t, you might want to broaden the types of media you consume), it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots this year, and it’s Pride month. Events commemorating this historic milestone can be found pretty much everywhere you look, including at the Soho Photo Gallery, which will be showing creative photography works from 23 living artists making work about queerness today. The pieces on view include portraits, abstract works, documentations of romance and love, images that have more of an editorial flair, and more.

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Photos: The Bright Side of a Washed-Out Governors Ball

Attendees at Governors Ball’s main stage during The 1975’s set on Saturday afternoon (left pic) and moments after being told to evacuate after Nas’s set on Sunday night.

Legitimately dangerous weather marred the last day of this year’s Governors Ball, overshadowing what was otherwise an awesome event. Friday was gorgeous and the late rain predicted for Saturday never came. Whenever possible, attendees enjoyed the relatively mud-free man-made meadow on Randall’s Island’s western edge. But a mandatory evacuation on Sunday didn’t make anyone happy, and some thought its implementation was downright unsafe. More →

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The ‘Shining’ Girls Showed Up to This Exhibit of Twins Photos

The attendees of Twin Flames’ opening in its main room inspired by The Shining.

Fresh off his solo show Cactus Dreams last month, photographer Justin Aversano is back with Twin Flames, an exhibition of Polaroid and large-format-film prints of 100 pairs of twins. The expansive, lavishly presented show, featuring work taken over the past two years, has been wowing audiences during its two weeks at Superchief NY in Ridgewood. It closes Saturday night with a ballroom party hosted by The Bailey Twins, who also posed for Aversano’s project. More →

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Performance Picks: Patti Smith Drag, A Disappearing Band, and More

(image via Queer as in F$ck You / Facebook)

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Queer as in Fuck You Presents Just Kids
Thursday, May 30 at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 10:30 pm: $10

Though technically Pride month doesn’t kick off till June, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy some good old fashioned queer performance before then (and, of course, during Pride month too). Tonight, it’s the return of Vylette Tendency’s punk drag showcase Queer as in Fuck You, taking up residence at East Village bar for tiki weirdos, Otto’s Shrunken Head. This time, they’re paying tribute to the OG punk poet, Patti Smith. Grab a drink, park yourself in the back room, and have a queer old time watching performances by C’était BonTemps, Ash Blight, Chris of Hur, and winner of this year’s Brooklyn Nightlife Award for Drag King of the Year, God Complex. More →

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Brooklyn’s Secret Party Boat Says ‘Save Our Ship’

(Photo via POP Yachts)

The Schamonchi, aka the Bushwick Boat, might be one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets: a former 650-passenger ferry docked in Newtown Creek, tucked behind a lumber yard, that’s used for Burning Man-style parties and other word-of-mouth events. Now the creatives who consider the 6,000-square-foot, 130-foot-long boat their community space are trying to raise money to fix up the ailing, 41-year-old vessel. More →

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BAM Is Latest Arts Institution to Face Union Push

(Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons)

As has happened in media, white collar employees in arts institutions are rediscovering the power of organized labor, as efforts to unionize the Tenement Museum and the New Museum show. The latest cultural institution in the city to see employees organize is the Brooklyn Academy of Music; its administrative workers are seeking to join up with the UAW, in a move they say will ensure stable careers with the arts academy. More →

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Art This Week: A Mexican Collaboration and the Perils of Cross-Border Travel

Ahmad Hammoud, Passport for the Stateless, 2016, Color-printed paper booklet, 4.9 × 3.5 in

Occupational Hazards
Opening Wednesday, May 29 at apexart, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through July 27.

The central concept of apexart’s latest exhibition is pieces of art that have been “lost, damaged, or destroyed when shipped through the Middle East,” a theme that seems so specific it might seem like it could only result in a meager showcase. As the show contains over a dozen artists from all over the world, particularly those with ties to places like Iran, Kuwait, and Palestine, it is apparent that art in international transit can meet this fate more frequently than one might surmise. This can encompass more mundane wear and tear from the everyday bumpiness of travel and the customs process, or it can have more complicated, insidious origins, such as the time artist Ahmad Hammound’s passport-esque creation got torn up and marked with red pen for daring to remotely resemble a travel document. More →