Art/Music

Open Call at ROOT Studios for #WORKinPROGRESS

c/o ROOT Studio
c/o ROOT Studio

**August 5, 2015 deadline**

“Because it’s summer and everyone is thinking about vacation,” writes Mickey Boardman, editorial director of Paper Magazine, what better time than the present to guest curate a travel-themed show at ROOT Studios in Williamsburg?

“Almost anyone with a decent eye can take a great travel photo, whether it’s at the beach in Montauk or the ruins of Machu Picchu,” Boardman explains. “So a travel theme seems like something everyone can feel good about.”

Are you a New York City-based photographer? Find out how you can submit photos to ROOT’s open call for the #WORKinPROGRESS show.

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Olek Crochets the Jan Karski Bench at the Polish Consulate

A new suit for Jan Karski c/o Gen. Consulate of the Republic of Poland in NY

Polish crochet artist Olek—known for dressing the iconic Charging Bull of Wall Street and ‘yarn bombing’ everything from the Cube in Astor Place to a locomotive in Łódź to a minotaur in Switzerland—has just completed her latest work, crocheting a ‘new skin’ for the statue of Jan Karski and his bench located in front of the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York (233 Madison Avenue).

“As an artist, I have made it my duty and mission to draw attention to various issues around the world that are crucial to me: humanitarian causes, women’s rights, sexual equality, [and] freedom of expression,” Olek explained in a press release. “My general practice is to highlight everyday objects and give them new and profound meanings by dressing them in colorful, intricate crochet.” Continue reading

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Gigawatts and Summer Thunder festivals this weekend for local bands, tans, and beer

Looks like another great beach weekend is ahead for us. Here are some obvious concert picks: Jason Isbell tonight in Prospect Park, and Nicki Minaj Sunday night at the Barclay’s Center. During the day let’s just meet on the deck of this boat

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Eight Greenpoint Artists Working Their Magic with Ceramics

"Tufted Containers" c/o Michiko Shimada
“Tufted Containers” c/o Michiko Shimada

Humans have been making pottery objects for at least 27,000 thousand yearslet that sink in for a moment—and the earliest ceramics were either made simply from clay or from a mixture of clay and other materials, like silica. They were then hardened and heated at relatively low temperatures in a fire. Now, flash forward an astounding number of millennia, and we can produce a variety of ceramic products, from bricks to tableware to nuclear fuel uranium oxide pellets.

Recently, we tracked down eight artists based right in our neighborhood who have been making some ceramic magic in their studios.

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A Greenpoint Artist was Brutally Attacked and Needs our Help!

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Bryan Osburn. Untitled. Oil on canvas. 14 inches x 12 inches. 2012

Boy oh boy, are things are getting rough on this northern tip of Greenpoint. If it wasn’t bad enough neighbors are having deal with insane rent increases, head-splitting piling driving , sex-offender rumors, and Superfund sites, now folks need watch their backs each time they go the to deli. Just ask Bryan Osburn, a 40 year old artist who was brutally assaulted by a gang of 4 thugs all for a cellphone, in front of God Bless Deli 2 on the corner of Clay Street and Manhattan Avenue. Continue reading

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Nostalgic in NY: Dru Cutler Tells Half-Remembered Stories through Music

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Photo by Vladimir Weinstein

Day to day life and love in New York as standalone themes are trite but not when they are expressed in the form of Indie Rock, down-to-earth lyrics, and versatile tempos. In Dru Cutler’s latest single “Familiar” these come together in one beautifully composed piano ballad.

Familiar” now has an accompanying music video and will be debuting this Saturday, July 25, 2015 at The Living Room (134 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY) at 11:00PM. Continue reading

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Reach Out And Touch Faith: Havanah Jesus Makes Divine Skate Style

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Chiara-Livia and Mi Gerer are making some serious waves. The sisters are the creatives behind Havanah Jesus, a fashion skate apparel line that is also a film and tv production company, which also produces events and parties. With a “cross between urban life style and holy imagery,” the images have a lifestyle brand down pat. Oh, and it’s pretty awesome  that they’re based in our beloved Greenpoint, too.

I’m particularly psyched about the idea of two sisters running a business, since I’ve been working towards similar goals with my best sister (and only sister). I had the pleasure of catching up with Chiara and Mi to discuss designing and sisterhood.
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2015 Brooklyn Short Script Contest!!

Rector Studios & Carrier Lighting
Rector Studios & Carrier Lighting

Filmmakers, scriptwriters, or those aspiring to be! Here is your chance to win $1000 in cash and get your film produced! Rector Studios & Carrier Lighting is giving Greenpointers an exclusive discount to enter.

“This year the Brooklyn Short Script Contest is expanding its Grand Prize to include the full production of the winning script! A unique opportunity for aspiring writers to take home the 1000$ cash prize & have their story brought to life! Continue reading

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Rachael Pazdan’s HYPNOCRAFT Presents…

Cultural innovator Rachael Pazdan, founder of Brooklyn-based HYPNOCRAFT, has been organizing artistically interdisciplinary performances at a grassroots level since she was a 19-year-old SUNY Purchase College student.

Her latest project is a monthly residency called At the Inn. She also curated The Hum, the popular, hypnotic series, back in April.

This month’s At the Inn event is called the Manhattan Vampire’s Club and is an homage to Hollywood Vampires like John Lennon and Harry Nilsson. It takes place Monday, July 13th at 8:30 pm at Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave.) Continue reading

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