Art/Music

Funky Plot and Savory Performances for Shakespeare in the Theater’s “Cymbeline”

Curt James (foreground) and Josh Krebs in "Cymbeline" at The Brick
Curt James (foreground) and Josh Krebs in “Cymbeline” at The Brick

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

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Thursday, 7/21: Up Late on The High Line

Up Late on The High Line
Up Late on The High Line

Roam the High Line after-hours and be transported as dancers, musicians, and visual artists illuminate the park with participatory performances, installations, and a world of hidden surprises.

This event is free, and admission is based upon capacity, first-come first-served with RSVP

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Weekend Art Roundup: July 15 – 17

End of Days or Beginning of Summer? Photo: @femmmbot
End of Days or NYC Summer? Photo: @femmmbot

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).

Oh, and check out some arts!

See you in the streets.

 

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A Decalogue of Tenebrous Luminaries
Friday, July 15, 6-9pm
at 289 Meserole St.

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.

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The Summer Party: An Issue Launch for BOMB 136
Friday, July 15, 9pm
at Be Electric Studios
1298 Willoughby Avenue

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.

More Details and RSVP here.

 

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MoonBurn: Lauren YS solo exhibition
Friday, July 15, 7pm
at SuperChief Gallery in Tender Trap
66 Greenpoint Ave

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.

 

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Studiomates
Friday, July 15, 7-9pm
at Calico
67 West St, suite 203

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.
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Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair 2016
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17, 1pm-7pm
at SIGNAL
260 Johnson Ave.

The fourth annual BLONDE ART BOOKS – BABZ FAIR will feature new and recent publications by independent publishers, and individual artists and writers.

Since 2012, Blonde Art Books has been dedicated to promoting independent publishing & self-published art books through exhibitions, book fairs, talks, and online exposure.

This year, for the first time, we have invited exhibitors from outside the New York City region.

Book launches, readings, and other diverse programming will take place throughout the weekend. Full Program here.

 

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Outdoors: The Hollows Eastyard
Saturday, July 16, 2-8pm
at The Hollows
151 Bedford Avenue

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/

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Summer Festival Update (7/15 – 7/17), and Northside Memories

Thinking of heading up to the mountains this summer?

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Some music festivals take a journey to see. For this weekend, here’s a suggestion for the Catskills but also a nice outdoor band line-up in Bushwick for those who prefer to stay close to the L train.

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Weekend Music: Sunnyvale, of the Inland Empire

When asking about shows to catch this weekend, friends clued me in to Sunnyvale. It’s on Grand Street, just before the creek.

I like the fact that when you search for photos from the club, this is what you get. It’s totally off the Twitteridiot radar, with no <hits> except from friends. In other words, the only ones that matter to most of us.

Other shacks blowing great horn this weekend include Knitting Factory and 4Knots.
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The Lot Radio & Crowdspacer present: 67Yarc at The Mission

67Yarc is a multimedia project by Joakim
67Yarc is a multimedia project by Joakim

Greenpoint’s only outdoor/online radio station, The Lot Radio, is hosting a series of events with their neighbors the San Damiano Mission. Join them this Saturday evening for a special performance of 67Yarc.info, an interactive multimedia project by Joakim, followed by an ambient live set, befitting to the pious venue.

Brother Nick and Father Raphael with The Lot Radio DJs
Brother Nick and Father Raphael with The Lot Radio DJs

Suggested donation is $10 and 100% of all proceeds go towards the renovation and refurbishment of the San Damiano Mission’s pipe organ, originally installed in the mission in 1912.

 

The Lot Radio & Crowdspacer present: 67Yarc at The Mission
Saturday, July 9th
8pm
at The San Damiano Mission
21 Nassau Ave. (next to The Lot Radio)
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Thursday Spotlight: Sarah Merenda

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Contemporary wallpaper designer Sarah Merenda

Since 1999 Sarah Merenda has called NYC home though her travels have brought her all over the world. Growing up in Eastern Maryland and joining the family wall paper installation business as a young woman earned her an expert education in a trade that she later paired with a formal arts education in textile design. Sprinkle in a little grit and graffiti with a dash of Indian flair, stir together and you get MerendaWallpaper.

Having discovered her work initially at the Dobbin St. events space, I now realize I’ve seen Merenda’s custom wall paper in hotels, workspaces, and residences over New York City.

We were lucky enough to chat with her about her inspiration and process here in NYC, just before she left for another trip!

Sarah Merenda with works
Sarah Merenda with works

Greenpointers: You’ve traveled quite a bit… Even just in the USA: Baltimore, Atlanta, New York City… would you call NYC home? What makes NYC special?

Sarah Merenda: Yes, I feel like I have traveled more outside of the US then in it actually, but I would say New York City is my home. I’ve been living here since 1999.

I immediately felt at home in NYC the first time I visited when I was 15 and was inspired by the graffiti, the people, the ability to choose what you can do each day and be stimulated and learn from the cultures around me.

GP: In your travels, home or abroad, where would you say you’ve found the most inspiration?

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Weekend Music: We Sold the Farm to Pay the Band (7/1 – 7/3)

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Thanksgiving has the biggest club night of the year.

Christmas week, Regina Spektor and El Vez put on legendary holiday shows.

But 4th of July, it’s like a blizzard hit here. Greenpoint empties out. Major venues don’t even bother to put on a Saturday show.

Fortunately, Union Pool, Shea Stadium and Knitting Factory still feature noteworthy acts this weekend. There’s punk, Latin boogaloo, and a Disco Biscuits tribute available to light your holiday firecracker. Continue reading

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Weekend Art Roundup: July 1

Bushwick in the Summer
Bushwick in the Summer

With July 4th on the horizon, it feels like most of North Brooklyn is at the beach (or heading to Saratoga to see a band play) but there are a couple of receptions this evening, Friday, July 1st, in Bushwick, just a few blocks away from each other. Kick off your weekend with some visual art!

 

Erin M. Riley, The Beginning, 2016 Hand woven wool tapestry on a cotton warp
Erin M. Riley, The Beginning, 2016
Hand woven wool tapestry on a cotton warp

Erin M. Riley – 18/bi/f/ma
Friday, July 1, 6-9pm
at Brilliant Champions Gallery
5 Central Ave

This collection of new tapestries, being the largest to date (some as large as 8 x 8 feet), captures traumatic moments of turmoil in the artists personal narrative, moments of her youth pre-smart phones, and images referencing a battle with Trichotillomania. A formidable depiction of self portraits and the obsessive documentation of an image saturated life.

Summer Anagram at NURTUREart
Summer Anagram at NURTUREart

Summer Anagram
Friday, July 1, 7-9pm
NURTUREArt
56 Bogart St.

“In more than a way, Summer Anagram is a summer show like every other summer show. It embraces its format and its season. It claims no conceptual crutch. The exhibition’s title is also there to confuse so, please, do not think too hard about it. It happens that it is summer here, as I write this.

Artworks are as strong and relevant as the more or less transparently structured algebra backing their visual, conceptual, technical and material components. The ones selected for this exhibition make no exception. Their units can be taken apart and recombined around new formulas, overlap and complement each other like the abstract-sounding, recurring letter clusters of an anagrammatic poem.”

Featuring: Cortney Andrews, Courtney Childress, Theresa Daddezio, Amanda Friedman, Rachel Phillips, Cheon Pyo Lee. Curated by Marco Antonini.

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