Not Going To Governors Ball? Then Drink Here

When Kanye West, Guns N’ Roses, and Kings of Leon signed on to perform at the three-day, island music party Governors Ball, snagging a general-admission ticket got as hard as grabbing a seat on the 6 train at rush hour. So for all you folks who can’t get the last-remaining tickets or don’t want to pay the lowest-priced $95 stub, there are certain…alternatives. And by alternatives, I do mean very special cocktails made with Governors Ball’s official spirit – SKYY Vodka –  that you can get at two bars in NYC all weekend long: Cowgirl Seahorse and Rockbar.

Cowgirl Seahorse – the nautical spot right by South Street Seaport with mounted fish heads and antler chandeliers – and Rockbar – the grungy West Village gay bar – are doling out these three SKYY cocktails for just this weekend:

Moscato Envy: SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape, tonic, and lime

SKYY Palmer: SKYY Vodka, lemonade, and iced tea

Wild Strawberry Lemonade: SKYY Infusions Wild Strawberry, lemonade, wheels of lemon, and strawberries

Ask the bartender to blast Kanye’s "Stronger," and you’ll feel like you’re on Randall’s Island  – but without the ticket price, face-painted crowds, and nonstop Instagramming.

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MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

See Janeane Garofalo do stand-up:
The prolific comedian from such hit comedies as Wet Hot American Summer and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is coming to cozy West Village landmark Cornelia Street Café for the ninth anniversary of “Morrison Hotel:” a show produced and hosted by comedian John Morrison. While the show usually hosts up-and-coming comedians, tonight’s show is a special one, bringing with it not just Garofalo, but also Last Comic Standing Finalist Myq Kaplan and “This American Life” contributor Dave Hill. 8:30pm, $20 ticket, one drink included. All the details here.

Witness a star-studded burlesque show:
Burlesque celebrity Calamity Chang is hosting and performing at Tribeca’s Asian-fusion mixology haven Macao Trading Co., as part of her praised, once-a-month Drunken Dragon Nights show. The performance also features burlesque babes Gal Friday, Minx Arcana, and Peekaboo Pointe, so expect a high concentration of expert, sexy performers and potent cocktails, all in one space. Oh, and there’s a two-hour open bar before the 10pm show. And it’s FREE. Arrive 9pm. Must RSVP. All the details here.

Honor Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton:
 The New York Society Library honors the 150th birthday of Edith Wharton – the  author of such classics as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence – with a pretty intimate and personal exhibit that launches tonight. Featuring family portraits, books that Wharton read as a youngin, and facts about her life in New York, you’ll walk out knowing so much about Wharton, you could write a book about her. Or maybe meet another devotee and discuss the exhibit over a signature nutella hot chocolate at Max Brenner’s nearby café Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee. Exhibit runs until January 1st  and is free. All the details here.

Hear Jay-Z protégée Rita Ora sing:
Whether you’re a fan of Rita Ora, Jay-Z, or the idea of a female rapper becoming a huge success, the Jay-Z protégée’s show tonight at Chelsea club Highline Ballroom is going to be a huge move in her career. So be there to witness it (and a live performance of “How We Do Party”), and also openers Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown rock the stage. 8pm. Sold out… but you can find a way. All the details here.

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The Summer’s Best New iPhone Apps

It’s hard to define summer. Sure, we can throw a road trip, a couple of beach days, and a fling or three in there, but overall, the year’s hottest season is also its most carefree. And no matter where you go and what you do this summer, your trusty little iPhone is your greatest companion to it all. With these six apps, skip traffic and speeding tickets, watch live concerts, discover obscure music, look and sing like a pop star, and save a North Atlantic whale. Why not? It’s summer. Anything can happen.

Scout by Telenav [Free]
Going on a road trip and sick of relying on your map-averse friend in the passenger seat? Get a hold of Scout, the first daily personal navigator for your iPhone that syncs up with your computer and even your car. Using award-winning Telenav navigation, Scout text and voice guides you turn-by-turn to wherever you want to go. The best part: you’ll avoid traffic and speeding tickets thanks to the app’s real-time traffic updates, automatic rerouting, and alerts about red light cameras and speed traps. Suddenly, life got easier.

Auto-Tune Star [$1.99]
The best-selling music app in 40 countries, Auto-Tune Star uses real Auto-Tune technology to help your voice sound just as manufactured as your favorite rockstar! Just sing into the mic, apply and adjust Auto-Tune, play back, and become amazed at how much you sound like Ciara. Songs from your iTunes music library and beats are available, and your recordings can be easily shared via e-mail and Facebook, straight from your beach towel. What a celebrity.

Whale Alert [Free]
Navigating a boat on the East Coast? Interested in whale-watching? Want to save endangered North Atlantic right whales? We think so. This app listens for right whale calls and plots their location on an easy-to-ready nautical map, thus reducing the whales’ collisions with ships and helping to save their lives. Free Willy; get Alert.

Fitocracy [Free]
Slay the laziness dragon (quite literally) with this video game-inspired app that will get you so addicted to fitness, you’ll want to be naked all summer. Check-in to specific fitness routines, earn points, unlock achievements, beat quests, and track the speed of your workouts on your screen. If you still need a fire lit under your ass, compare your progress with other users and compete for fitness domination.

The Vinyl District
Whether you’re sick of Pandora or you just want to get the heck out of your sweltering apartment, consult The Vinyl District: the first-ever GPS-based record store locator app in the US. Press the "All Stores" icon for directions to the nearest independent record shop, share via Facebook and Twitter the gems you’ve uncovered, and spend some much-needed "me" time listening to good tunes.

Moshcam [Free]
So you can’t make it to Bonnaroo, Summerfest, or Camp Bisco – big deal! Who needs ’em when you have Moshcam, an app that provides instant on-demand music streaming of hundreds of recorded music concerts. Choose from the largest catalogue of recorded live videos in the world and watch professionally-shot performances of your favorite artists straight from your phone, anytime you want. Entry-fee, high beer prices, and long lines to the bathroom not included.

Radiohead Pedals Eco Agenda

Another celebrity attempt to save the world has failed. In an effort to promote eco-friendly lifestyles, Radiohead announced that 50 passes for their show at Paris’ Bercy Arena would be given away to fans who claimed them by bicycle, at record label XL’s Parisian office. Unfortunately, only 15 tickets were claimed for the June 10th show. Perhaps Radiohead didn’t realize that promoting bicycling to pick up tickets would have been a more popular venture in Amsterdam. The band continues to encourage show-goers to use public transportation to attend its shows. We’ll do them one better—we’re backstroking across the Hudson to All Points West.

Martha Does it Wright

Last night at Joe’s Pub Martha Wainwright’s secret (and sold out) record release party was a family affair. Mom Kate McGarrigle drove down from Canada to introduce the songstress, and some cousins were in the audience to show support. Martha paid tribute to absent brother Rufus with a performance of “Stormy Weather,” a song she lent her voice to when he re-created a 1961 Judy Garland performance at Carnegie Hall. McGarrigle accompanied on piano.

Martha Wainwright’s shows are always entertaining in several respects. Last night her theatrical training, songwriting prowess, and raspy-yet-powerfully-expressive voice ensured that the songs performances were exquisite. But between songs audiences were also treated to her quirky and entertaining personality. She bantered with her bassist/producer/husband, Brad Albetta. She wiped her brow and adjusted her halter dress. She stopped one song to ask for sound adjustment and during the pause asked to take a swig from the white wine of one gray-haired lady in the front row. “Are you really gonna say no?” she playfully chided the poor grandma.


The name of the new album is “I Know You’re Married, But I’ve Got Feelings Too,” a tongue-in-cheek folk album with emotionally exposing lyrics like “My heart was made for bleeding all over you.” Out for sale by the ticket counter at last night’s performance you could purchase underwear emblazoned across the rear with the album title. “It used to say Bloody Motherfucking Asshole, but I think I’ve matured,” Martha said, while pointing to her behind. See if she has next week when the BlackBook interview with Martha is posted, or catch a performance yourself when she plays at Highline Ballroom this July.