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BAM: 24-Hour Movie Marathon

Over the past several years, arts programs have suffered tremendously in schools nationwide. Art and music teachers have been laid off, arts education programs have been done away with and even field trips have been eliminated due to budget cuts.

While the concept of art leaving schools is a bleak one, there are still wonderful arts-forward programs that are alive and well and fighting to keep arts available, and accessible. One is right here in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (better known as BAM) education programs offer creative enjoyment to over 30, 000 students, teachers, and families each year. BAM is the largest cultural center in Brooklyn and is known for its progressive and avant-garde offerings. They are hosting their 24- Hour Movie Marathon For Arts Education, starting at 8pm on Friday, September 5th. Proceeds from the marathon will support BAM Education’s in- and after-school programs in art, poetry, film, dance, theater, and much more.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Blues BBQ at Hudson River Park

This Saturday, August 23rd, Hudson River Park will be hosting an event with good food and good music. While that should be more than enough of a reason to be present at this shindig, the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ will include some of your favorite blues artists and premium BBQ. With names like Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que serving some of the best BBQ NYC has to offer, where else would you want to be?

Come out this Saturday and get a taste of some good food while listening to artists like The Slide Brothers, Samantha Fish and more. Not to mention, it’s completely free to attend! We can’t think of any other reasons to convince you to show your face at the 15th anniversary of this festival. For years, it has dominated part of New York and this year will be no different.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Weekend Pick: AfroPunk at Commodore Barry Park

This weekend, Brooklyn will be hosting one of the most multicultural musical events in the United States. Afropunk will be held in the heart of Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park lasting throughout the weekend. With competition for the top spot from music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo, Afropunk holds the title for being the most diverse musical extravaganza of the bunch.

Starting at around noon on Saturday, August 23rd and lasting until the next evening, artists such as Alice Smith, DJ Underdog, Lonely Horse, Lianne La Havas, and so many more will be taking over multiple stages across the park. Plan accordingly, as there will be more than one band or artist playing at one time, and you don’t want to miss your favorite singer. A scheduled list of the full line up is available on the official Afropunk website.

EARGASMIC Breaking Out
David Vrong Releases Hot New Summer Single "Breaking Out"

House lovers across America, listen up. Late last week, Swedish-born genius and producer, David Vrong, put out a stellar new track on Ultra Music, and it's incredible. Known notoriously for releasing some of the best in deep house and electro, the powerhouse label dropped this insane fusion of the two.

Paired alongside Belgian female vocalist, Amaëlle, the track breaks the limits (literally and figuratively) to create a blend that is beyond addictive. Be sure to purchase your copy over at Beatport today, and get ready to be blown away!

ALL ACCESS PASS
The Zombies Play BB Kings Times Square to a Sold Out Venue

Story by Todd Breland

If you think you do not know who The Zombies are, let us be the first to tell you, you actually do. Although only enjoying a brief time in the sun before breaking up in 1967, the English rock band, which formed in 1962, was a global success. Their album Odyssey and Oracle was named by Rolling Stone to be one of the top 100 albums of all-time, as well as having multiple Billboard chart topping singles. They were also recently nominated for induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame.

On Friday, August 8th the legendary English pop/rock band took the stage at the famous BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square with an acoustic opening set by Springtime Carnivore. The show was sold out and the venue was packed with young and old alike, proving that The Zombies' tunes have transcended generations, becoming timeless classics.

With voices that are still amazing, and talent that is still rocking, they opened their set with their 1965 classic 'I Love You,' which immediately had people on their feet and dancing. "I love you, I love you, I love you, YES I DO!!" The track was originally released as a b-side only, but became more popular than the a-side on the record making it an instant hit and a popular song to play live over the decades.

Being the creative craftsmen they are, they blended old and new songs into their set, showing just how far their music reign has spanned over the years. Newer material with songs such as 'Breathe Out, Breathe In' and 'Any Other Way' were modern but still had that traditional groovy Zombie vibe. The 2011 5th studio album from which these songs came received amazing reviews by both the UK and US press and proved the 70 year olds still have it in them to pound out future classics.

Following the taste of the newer tracks, Rod Argent took to the mic and said that this new tour had sparked them to revive and relive b-side songs that they hadn't ever played live in their careers. Hearing songs such as 'I Want You Back Again' and 'You Make Me Feel Good' played live for the first time ever was an exciting experience for all fans of the band, and an even newer experience for those who had never even heard those songs before.

Our favorite (and probably a majority of the crowd) was the mini-set within a set, where the band played 6 songs straight from their critically acclaimed album 'Odessey and Oracle.' As soon as the first note from 'Care Of Cell 44' played the crowd went crazy. "Good morning to you, I hope you're feelin' better baby" could be heard from every voice in the room. The song, an infectious pop melody and upbeat track about a loved one waiting for their significant other to be released from prison wasn't originally a commercially successful single. However over time it has become an extremely popular cult hit. Other tracks to follow were 'A Rose For Emily', 'This Will Be Our Year' (a popular choice for wedding song) 'Beechwood Park', and 'I Want Her She Wants Me'. The final song from the set within a set was the mega-hit 'Time of the Season', a grooving sexy song inspired by the Summer of love that reached #6 on the Billboard Top 100. "What's your name, what's your name, who's your daddy, who's your daddy, is he rich, is he rich like me?" echoed throughout the venue as everyone sang along dancing with their loved one.

A majority of British bands from the '60s were inspired by early American R&B / Motown artists. As a nod to one of their icons, the band did a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles slow jam 'You've Really Got A Hold On Me'.

One of the last, but not least - the band performed their highest Billboard chart success hit 'She's Not There.' The song peaked at the charts at the #2 position where it stayed for 13 weeks. The song is about a guy's entanglements with an untrustworthy female - "Well, let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she acts and the color of her hair, her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there." Aside from 'Time Of The Season," it is probably The Zombies most notable songs.

FASHIONABLE Leo Ilianov
One on One with Lé ONE!

In a world where fast fashion is taking over, and the carbon copies of high fashion designer threads are popping up in your nearest Forever 21; a fresh take on casual menswear is an unwavering breath of fresh air for those of us straining to keep a bit of uniqueness in our wardrobe. Fortunately for us, New York City based designer brands like Lé ONE are offering up new and exciting upscale pieces that are giving those neighboring, and oh so friendly department stores a run for their money.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Julianne Moore Graces The Cover Of Beach Magazine

Donning Marni and Eres, the beautiful and talented actress Julianne Moore graces the mid-August cover of BEACH Magazine. While the A-list star exudes Hollywood glamour on the cover and just won the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Moore speaks to BEACH about an organization that is close to her heart.

Moore began working with the Children’s Health Fund five years ago. The non-profit organization provided preventative care and treatment for chronic conditions to disadvantaged children in need across the country. Moore is now helping the organization with its newest initiative that ensures low-income children are healthy and able to learn in order to close the achievement gap.

THE LUXE LIFE
Weekend Pick: Lobster Art of Expression Presents Phantasm

Tired of clubbing, but don’t want to stay in this weekend? Well, this Thursday, enjoy an interactive art exhibition that forces you to indulge in all 5 of your senses. The Art of Expressions presents you with Phantasm. They will be featuring art from various artists as well as a jewelry exhibition and live performances. This event is meant to showcase all artistic platforms and display the talent of the generation.

Define the meaning of Phantasm with a night surrounded by different ends of the artistic spectrum. Preview intricate fashion lines, and sip on cocktails while admiring the eccentric array of art plastered across the walls. Starting at 8pm and lasting throughout the night, this event is a great way to start you weekend. Gain a bit of culture while creating a slight buzz from the drinks, and meeting some new people.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Lobster Boils at Hearth Restaurant

Looking for an intimate dining experience? Well we have a unique weekly event that is sure to pacify this craving. With the motivation of Chef Marco Canora's family lobster boils on Martha's Vineyard, guests get an experience that one may not expect in the city of New York.

These lobster boils offer an exclusive dining adventure for anybody searching for a differently styled eatery. This three course meal begins with an intricate tomato and watermelon salad, shared among the table. This is immediately followed by a lobster pot containing 1.25 lb lobsters. Finally, if you have room for more, there is peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

EARGASMIC
Dirty South's New Single, "Unbreakable," is Out Today!

Fresh off Dirty South’s highly anticipated, yet to be released sophomore album, is the single “Unbreakable,” which is now available as an instant download. The track is the first release off of the album, titled With You, and debuts the next steps of Dirty South’s musical evolution, as they bridge the gap between electronic, indie, and alternative music to create a sound all its own.

The album was crafted as the soundtrack for the short film of the same name, which was written, directed, and shot by Dirty South and set to release later this year.

Preorder With You and get “Unbreakable” as an instant download.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Block Party at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar

Summer means being outdoors, but summer in NYC means commanding an entire block for your own enjoyment. That’s right, there’s a block party on the horizon and it definitely surpasses your average outdoor rendezvous. The exclusive block party at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at Mondrian SoHo will be something you do not want to miss out on. With multiple ticket options, you have the choice to get a VIP table with pitchers of Sangria and brunch options or the general admission ticket which offers two drink tickets and two food tickets.

The variety of food and drinks are extensive, although they remain the realm of Italian cuisine. Enjoy the cooling taste of gelato in the heat of summer while sipping your favorite cocktails. There will also be pop up markets for those who need a daily a shopping fix. Shop, drink, mingle, and eat to a soundtrack graciously provided by DJ Dangerkat.