Weekend Music Picks: Live Soundtracks

Sausalito, from the movie Lost in Translation. Not playing here this weekend, but best lounge band name ever.

Bands often consider it a backhanded compliment if you tell them they would sound great at a party. Most bands prefer a rapt audience to a loud bar crowd.

But is it really such a dishonor to be the soundtrack of people’s lives? Whether it is amping people up for dancing, or bolstering infatuation on a first date, some bands excel in enhancing an experience without distracting from it.

Whether you are ready for decadence or drama this weekend, here are some local performances to help set the scene.

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Meet the Poffee People: A Greenpoint Couple Takes Mini Pancakes to New Heights

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Combine one graphic designer and one marketing mastermind. Add a hot griddle and a bunch of fresh ingredients. Shake it all together with diverse flavor profiles and an appreciation for both sweet and savory. Stick it on a toothpick and serve at your local food market–you’ve got Poffees, a new mini pancake pop-up created by Greenpoint couple Dan Dalzotto and Lindsay Liu.

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Poffertjes, originally a Dutch treat served at markets or festivals, are made in batches on a large cast iron griddle with small indentations, creating a spongy miniature pancake traditionally served with powdered sugar. Dalzotto, who grew up in Melbourne Australia, grew up on the treat and shared it with his girlfriend Liu, who has been a dedicated foodie when not working her day job in marketing. “It’s like a mini pancake but with more burn bits and smothered in butter,” says Dalzotto. The duo wanted to bring some variety to the delicious little puffs and make them as diverse as their backgrounds. From maple bacon to banana Nutella to parmesan pesto to scallion pancake with ponzu sauce, these bite size snacks hit both sugar and salt cravings and are the perfect snack while roaming food fairs like the Queens Night Market or Hester Street Fair, where Poffees will be sold regularly this summer.

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All images © Poffees

Greenpointers caught up with Liu and Dalzotto during their official launch this week about their new business run out out of their Greenpoint apartment, their hopes for even more taste profiles from around the world, and how these mini pancakes brought them together as a couple.

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Tiki Disco, Trampled By Turtles, Force Majeure – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/20–5/26)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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♫ The Hunger (Second Course) @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Hungry March Band / Tipsy Oxcart / The Icebergs, RSVP
* Alotta Stuff @ Metropolitan Bar (559 Lorimer St) 8pm, FREE, Hosts Alotta McGriddles and Thorgy Thor bring you vintage and thrift treasures from their closets in a live auction, RSVP
♫ The Greenpoint Get-Down 
@ No 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, DJ Patrick A. Reed will spin classic hip-hop, heavy soul, deep funk, ska, and rocksteady, More info

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Adios BK Night Bazaar. Willkommen BMW.

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Well, well, the tide of gentrification is officially churning over in our little pocket of Brooklyn. Less than two years after its launch, our very own fun house The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, is leaving the neighborhood. What was once supposed to be a permanent space to play minigolf in a black lit room, pick up that wooden iphone cover you’ve had your eye one, sample some tasty food, or simply grab a brew while enjoying the bands playing in the back room–the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s 23,000 sq foot space was apparently too much fun for its own good.

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New, Old Photographs of the Neighborhood: Catalán @Picture Farm & Salamone @GCA Salon

‘From Ash To Apollo’ by Sara Maria Salamone c/o GCA Salon via Instagram

One more side effect of North Brooklyn’s rapidly mutating scene is the ramping up of  “I was here when…” memories, which are arriving in shorter and tighter cycles. This means that the new, old neighborhoods are now garnering nostalgia with stories from recent history. And, photographs are a trusted way to collect these stories—”Take a picture. It will last longer.”

Two photography exhibitions on view now, Mara Catalán’s “A Place I Once Called Home: Williamsburg” at Picture Farm Productions & Sara Maria Salamone’s “From Ash To Apollo” at GCA Salon, appropriately locate and illustrate newer recollections of these moments. Continue reading

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Block Party this Saturday! Save Bushwick Inlet Park Before CitiStorage is Sold to Developers!

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Ok Greenpointers, we really need to step up our game. In the months since CitiStorage mysteriously went up in flames,we were warned that our promised 28 acre park was in jeopardy of getting turned into more luxury towers.  Sadly, that day of reckoning is near.

According to a recent Crain’s article, CitiStorage owner Norman Brodsky , (the man seen twirling his pinky ring in the photo below) is optioning off his 11 acre land to not one but TWO developers so they can built more luxury apartments and a whole lot of equally pricey commercial space.

Precious, my precious. Norman Brodsky contemplates how to spend his multimillion dollar payday. Photo credit: Buck Ennis via Crain's
Precious, my precious. Norman Brodsky contemplates how to spend his multimillion dollar payday. Photo credit: Buck Ennis via Crain’s

According to Mr. Brodsky, his phone has been ringing off the hook these days with offers as high as $250 million dollars despite the 11 acre property’s current zoning restrictions. If that number weren’t enough to make your eyes bleed, this $250 million dollar price tag is only half of it according to Brodsky, who just a few weeks ago touted the value of his land to be worth a mere half a BILLION dollars.

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Weekend Music Picks: Back to Basics

Frankie Cosmos performs a benefit for the BARC animal shelter this Sunday

Greta Kline and Mac McCaughan revive the best qualities of the early-1980’s nascent New Wave movement, with Kline starting from a folk foundation and McCaughan working in post-punk. They are both playing locally this weekend and are worth catching live.

McCaughan plays Saturday as the headliner in a three-act lineup that starts at 8 pm at Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway). Kline’s band, Frankie Cosmos, plays a benefit for our beloved Williamsburg BARC animal shelter as the last of three acts that start at 6 pm on Sunday at Brooklyn Bow Wow (1581 DeKalb Ave.). Continue reading

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Not the Silent Barn: 603 Debuts a 24-Hour Show

Graffitied cassette tapes line the wall on the way up the stairway to 603 ©Gustavo Ponce

“Oooh, what’s 603?”, you ask. Well, it’s absolutely not The Silent Barn; let’s just get that straight right now. 603 Bushwick Avenue is the fun house that is the collective of apartments directly above The Silent Barn. And, from noon on May 2nd to noon the next day, 603 served as the venue for a 24-hour endurance live music/reading/fundraising/karaoke/yoga/baptism/food and book drive event. I’m sure I’m missing a few forward slashes, too. Funds were raised for The Justice Committee and the Maryland Food Bank.

Overall, it was one of the most friendly, creative, optimistic, life-embracing, and least pretentious events that I’ve attended in a city that far too often leans toward the cynical or jaded. No corner of the residence was left a blank canvas. To be honest, it was so warm and fuzzy that I didn’t quite know how to handle it. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures paint the rest of the picture. Continue reading

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Greenpointer Kate Bell Premiers Now-Sold Out Play About Greenpoint, ‘BLACKOUT03′

BLACKOUT03, a new play by fifteen-year Greenpoint resident Kate Bell, is premiering tonight at Manhattan’s HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave, New York, NY) as part of the legendary Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and stars Alex Major, Chinaza Uche, LaTonia Phipps, and Lindsey Austen. The play is now sold out.

The play takes place on a Greenpoint rooftop during the historic blackout of August 2003, and centers on four friends who meet up to enjoy the magical evening, but “when the lights go out, shit gets real,” says Bell, and issues of race, class, and gentrification bubble to the surface. Greenpointers caught up with Bell today before the show. Continue reading

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