“This novel will help you survive this election season,” Greenpoint resident Michael Abramson, author of the political thriller, Rebecca Tree, writes. Set in the not-so-distant future, “The American political system is trapped in a death spiral. In an increasingly polarized country, rapidly rising seawater separates ‘wet’ states from ‘dry’ states. Parts of South Florida surrender to the sea as carcasses of once-chic beachfront hotels poke out from the ocean floor. ‘Guest’ agricultural workers from Mexico hand-pollinate fruit trees and vegetable crops in a desperate effort to maintain the country’s food supply. California’s once plentiful fruits are now as rare as caviar in post-Tsarist Russia.”
Out of this chaos emerges Rebecca Tree, the rebellious granddaughter of America’s most powerful politician, Merewether Tree. A successful inventor and businesswoman, Rebecca’s life is marked by a string of tragedies. Her parents died in a plane crash when she was two, and her twin sister Allison passed before her fourth birthday. Determined to honor the memories of the ones she lost, Rebecca’s personal pain propels her into a life of accomplishment.”
Released in March, the book has already garnered 4.5 stars on Amazon. I spoke with Abramson about what motivated the novel, the places in which it takes place (including our very own Greenpoint), and how he shaped his characters.
Brooklyn has no shortage of its creative talents. From dedicated writers and enthusiastic musicians to dynamic artisans and engineers, we’ve got it all. Shibori Haus is another tool that should be in any Greenpointer’s arsenal when you want to get down and crafty. Shibori Haus, founded by Jes Vuong, offers workshops in the art of shibori dyeing.
I sat down with Jes to chat about our favorite place (Brooklyn) and to learn more about this slammin’ and mindful art form.
Cymbeline is tonally ambiguous, dramaturgically elusive. This is no weakness of Shakespeare’s so-called tragedy, but it stands out in being one that ends in reunions and discoveries instead of wars and death while featuring beheaded characters and disguised lovers. It’s no wonder, then, that critics have long debated whether Cymbeline is drama, romance, comedy, or something in between. Perhaps Shakespeare was pushing genres out and contemporary storytelling, with its mix of laughter and catharsis, forward. Regardless of category, Stay Awake! Theatre’s production of Cymbeline at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg is firm in its footing thanks to its minimalist approach and rather strong performances. Continue reading →
A fascinating story in the December 12, 1917 Brooklyn Daily Eagle explained that almost a century ago our local library hosted a blockbuster art show of Greenpoint artists. It is too bad that the article did not go into more depth about the show, but it did mention the three stars of the show: Ralph Blakelock, George Inness and John Mulvany. If you are not familiar with the artists in the show you should be, because they were not only locals, but they were also greats. Continue reading →
Please join the Newtown Creek Alliance in helping to clean up and improve the North Henry Street shoreline site this Sunday. Volunteers can assist with tasks like garbage pickup, weed removal, planting and path making. Gloves will be provided, and please dress accordingly. No RSVP required.
The North Henry Street site is host to the NCA Living Dock. With money from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, NCA created the Living Dock; a 200-sq foot floating habitat structure for marine organisms. Despite poor environmental conditions, wildlife is returning to the Creek. The Living Dock is a way to encourage and document this trend. Come see the site, visit the Living Dock and lend a hand!
Well, we’ve made it. To where? I’m not quite sure but it’s hot and sticky and ain’t nobody wearing any clothes. Welcome to Summer in Brooklyn!
This weekend the moon will pass both Saturn and Mars, which means you absolutely should ride yr bike, say hi and smile to strangers, accept an invitation to dinner, and enjoy a frozen beverage, but only one. (BRAIN FREEZE, Y’ALL).
Curated by norton, this group exhibition includes works by Joshua Rosenblatt, Chris Rucker, Levi Haske, Eleanna Anaganos, Jenyu Wang, Patrick Neal, Richard Schwamb, norton, Hazel Lee Santino, Chris Ketchie and includes a live performance by Dirty Churches at 8pm.
These ten artists express the landscape journeys they traverse in the ways their unique individual natures and intelligences take them. They spread across the floor and walls, using traditional as well as variant materials with distinctive results. Representational, abstracted, conceptual, in the end seeing light in the darkness, defying the negation of the black hole. They share their singularities, defying you to leave the strong grasp of their singularities.
BOMB partners with HIP Lit for the launch of our summer issue. Join us for a night of art, drinks, and dancing. Lots of dancing.
The night will include a rare installation of Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier’s “Metal Fatigue Music”—the greatest sound piece ever to incorporate a Toyota Priva minivan—as well as projections from Jason Simon and Moyra Daveys legendary One Minute Film Festival.
All-vinyl DJ sets by Damian & Tallboy (PICNyC)
Additional music by Simone White.
MoonBurn is a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper from Bay Area illustrator and street artist Lauren YS. The product of half dreams and a nomadic lifestyle, MoonBurn is an exploration of the artist’s own fierce imagination as personified through supernatural characters and personal symbols of iconography collected throughout her travels and flights of nocturne.
Utilizing a palette of creams and her signature muted neons, Lauren’s works from MoonBurn approach an updated ukiyoe woodblock aesthetic. Lauren combines melodic application of linework with washes of mint greens and coral pinks to imbue Eastern sensibilities with an astral bent.
The Calico exhibition space is located within the larger “Calico Studio” space, which also currently provides working studio space to five artists. For Calico’s Summer show, we present recent work by this group of studiomates: Mark Mann, Michael Hambouz, Kate Nielsen, Thomas Henry, and Calico’s Director, Scott Chasse. RSVP here
In its new premises in Williamsburg, The Hollows is pleased to inaugurate The Hollows Eastyard, an outdoors summer programming series taking place in the garden of The Hollows townhouse, housing installations by three artists, kinetic disco ball pieces, Inverse and Tear by Kiichiro Adachi, Shaddows in Faacad, a vertical city mapping mural by Halaburda
With a $10 suggested donation, you’re welcome to hang out all day. For more information on this event and the Summer series, visit http://www.hollows.info/sound/
Hailing originally from Texas, Trey Ditto cut his teeth working for the Associated Press in Dallas and quickly moved into the political sphere, advising legislators and elected officials on their communications strategies. Ultimately this lead him to Washington D.C. where he worked for various political leaders and landed with a position as the deputy press secretary for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, handling local and national media and external relations on K-12 and higher education issues. Continue reading →