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The Burlesque Festival Is Back But Oh Man, Wait Till You See Boylesque

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

“I’m actually fairly shy,” said Eric Gorsuch last Friday night, just hours before he strutted onto a small stage on the Bowery, flicked off some six-inch heels, and stripped down to a thong that resembled a sparkling sea anemone. “I’m not the best conversation starter,” he said. “I’m very self-conscious.” This is a man who, at six-foot-four in height, regularly does the splits upside down over a tiny stool, with abs painted on before each show.

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Apostrophe Got Raided, Exclamation Point

Downstairs at Apostrophe. (Photo: Razberry)

If you read our and thought, “That can’t possibly last,” well, here’s the moment where you say, “Called it.” The brothers who run the Bushwick gallery cum barbershop cum party pad just posted a message on Facebook announcing that the late-late-late-night spot at 440 Irving Avenue got raided on Friday, during its anniversary weekend, and they spent the night in jail. Seems they’ve decided to comply with a , but worry not, they’re “in the process of finding a new space to open a store” and will “continue to throw parties and art shows at clandestine locations all around the city” — with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, natch. We’ll bring you more information as soon as we can get it. In the meantime, here’s the Facebook post.
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Couldn’t Grab Coffee at Oslo This Afternoon? Blame Morgan Freeman

The view from above Oslo today.

The view from above Oslo today.

If you tried to grab a cuppa at Oslo this morning, you were probably turned away and forced to trudge to one of the 5,000 other coffee spots on the avenue. The roaster’s Bedford Ave. location closed around 4:30 p.m. so that Morgan Freeman’s forthcoming dramedy, Life Itself, could shoot there. Oslo employees were incorporated into the shot, giving the celebrity barista at Grumpy a run for her money. One of them told B+B that the scene consisted of Freeman grabbing a cup of coffee — so, nothing exciting. But the movie — which also stars Diane Keaton and Cynthia Nixon and “centers on a married couple who get swept into a real estate bidding war when they put their Manhattan apartment on the market,” according to TheWrap — will be back in the neighborhood tomorrow and the next day.

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Watch Rostarr’s New Mural Go Up at the B+B Newsroom

Last time you saw Romon Kimin Yang, better known as Rostarr, he was 20 feet off the ground, swaddling Music Hall of Williamsburg in his signature “Graphysics” for Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative. Or maybe you’ve seen his smaller ink and acrylic paintings hanging alongside Basquiat, Haring, Scharf, and Pollock in the “Calligrafitti: 1984-2001” exhibit at the Leila Heller Gallery (on display through October 5). Either way, if you’re familiar with the Brooklyn artist you know exactly why we wanted him to paint our Newsroom in Williamsburg. In the video above, he talks about the concept of intersection, which lies at the heart of his work and at the heart of ours.

Come by and see the wall for yourself. We’ll be working out of the Newsroom — at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Avenue — weekdays through October. Our first event, on Tuesday at 7 p.m., is a screening of Captured hosted by the film’s subject, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson.

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There’ll Be a Whole Lotta Soul at Williamsburg Park Tonight

Between the fifth anniversary of Captured Tracks and the upcoming Mexican Summer blowout, North Brooklyn’s record labels have been pumping out a dizzying array of live music lately. Most of it, naturally, has been in the indie rock arena, but Afro-soul fans will have their moment tonight when Bushwick-based label Daptone Records, which makes its home in an actual home on Troutman Street, puts on a free show at Williamsburg Park.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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A Look Back at the Electric Circus, the Greatest Show on St. Marks Place

ElectricCircus6Few nightclubs exemplified the excesses of the drug-fueled ‘60s like the Electric Circus. Trapeze artists, mimes and jugglers illuminated by pulsating strobe and black lights created a psychedelic atmosphere; predictably, the Circus became the club of choice to smoke pot and drop acid. But the Electric Circus also presented a powerhouse array of rock bands, many of who would become superstars: Sly and the Family Stone, Dr. John, Deep Purple and the Allman Brothers Band all played the Circus early in their careers.
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Another Greenpoint Label Is Celebrating Five Years With a Blowout

Last month Captured Tracks turned five with a weekend of shows and now everyone’s doing it! Another one of our fave Greenpoint indie labels, Mexican Summer, is celebrating the big fiver with a two-day festival in Red Hook — and a hardcover book with a 10″ EP.
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Coney Island Film Fest and The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s

This Friday through Sunday, the Coney Island Film Festival celebrates its 13th year with 88 films, some food, some wine, and, of course, some burlesque. Programs include “Coney Island Films,” which are films based in or about Coney Island; “The Jules Verne Project,” a story about a shipwreck and survival; and of course “The Warriors,” which needs no explanation.
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