Art/Music

Sunday: ZineFriends Zine Fest

ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK
ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK

While you’re bopping around this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios stop by ZineFriends at Tender Trap at 66 Greenpoint Ave. on Sunday.

“Dude, sounds cool,” you say. “Who’s all gonna be there?”

“Some real cool dudes are gonna be there,” I say. “Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Desert Island Comics, Killer Acid, Wizard Skull…” Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Greasy Migas Are the Best Migas (4/29 – 5/1)

taco2It’s music and food pairings at Weekend Music today. Where to find the best local wursts, feijoada, and gumbo, all with live bands to accompany the food.

Plus country rock, funk, and best bets at the WFMU Record Fair, below. Continue reading

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Get Yo’ Art On: Greenpoint Open Studios is This Weekend!

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) kicks off tonight and goes all weekend (April 29-May 1), celebrating Greenpoint’s rich pool of artistic talent. From paintings to sculptures, video to photography, weaving and textiles to ceramics and more, there are seasoned artists to honor and emerging artists to be discovered among more than 350 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS2014_Visitors_670pxIt’s an uncurated free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills.

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Thursday Spotlight: A. Brian McDonald & Sara C. Sun

A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013 Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)
A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013
Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)

This week we’re spotlighting two neighborhood artists participating in Greenpoint Open Studios this weekend: A. Brian McDonald and Sara C. Sun. Their styles may be different, but their work is equally captivating.

 

Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-channel video, 2:37
Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-Channel video, 2:37

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A New Local Gallery Offers More Than Art

Gallery AWA
Gallery AWA (via Facebook)

Abhay Wadhwa’s Gallery AWA is a unique addition to our neighborhood. Located on the third floor of the Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Avenue, the gallery is an attempt to reverse the trend in the art world that sees art solely in terms of profits and the bottom line. Abhay has decided not only to show great art, but also to use art as a vehicle to raise social consciousness. He’s decided to curate exhibits that provide great artists from under-represented parts of the world with a venue to show their talent. The art he chooses is not only beautiful, but also socially-engaged. It’s art that makes the viewer aware of the issues that billions of people around the world face on a daily basis. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

As you know, Greenpoint’s West/East running streets are named in alphabetic order from North to South, starting with “B” for Box Street “A” for Ash Street. This art walk, at less than a mile, takes you criss-crossing through Greenpoint’s “alphabet city” to visit five artists participating in this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios.

Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint's Alphabet City
Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

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Jim Testa Q&A: On the Trump & Christie Double Bill, Jersey Bands, and Making Music in North Brooklyn

Jim Testa (far left) with a folk brigade. Photo by Andrew McInerney.

Whether you are fourteen or forty years old, your parents went through some boom years, either the go-go ’80s or the post-war Baby Boomer era.

People were making good money, but some songwriters knew there was a lot going wrong on the social and political scene.

In the ’60s you had Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to point it out. For my generation, it was Henry Rollins and the Dead Kennedys.

Now Jim Testa has appeared as the critical voice for our time. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #2: Art Near McCarren Park

With the beautiful spring weather we’re having, chances are you and your friends will be hanging at McCarren Park at some point this weekend. Why not check out the participating artists at this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios.

This “Art Near the Park” Route is less than 1 mile and includes five studio visits, enjoy!

GOS Near McCarren Park
GOS Near McCarren Park

The Brooklyn Art Library at 28 Frost Street is home to The Sketchbook Project collection in its physical form, which means they house 35,000 sketchbooks created by artists from all over the world. Each book is catalogued and tagged and visitors are invited to view and explore all of the books on site or online. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #1: One Stop, Dozens of Studios

The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Ave, featuring 18 open studios and a group exhibition
The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Avenue

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck at this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios, you can rely on the studio-rich block of Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West. If you’re short on time or not up for a stroll around the neighborhood, head straight for The Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Avenue. Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Project Is A Garden Of Artistic Goodness

The Brooklyn Sketchbook Project
Photo: Christine Stoddard

If you spent your childhood lusting after the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a place in Williamsburg you have to visit. It’s called the Brooklyn Art Library and it’s the home to The Sketchbook Project, a collection of more than 35,000 sketchbooks from artists in 135 countries, and the space’s main attraction. Every single sketchbook in the collection is on display and available for your perusal. All you have to do is swing by 28 Frost Street Thursday through Saturday for looksie. Continue reading

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