Art/Music

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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May Days with Club Beats, and Jazz Among the Ruins: Red Bull Music Festival Preview

Dizzee Rascal already sold out. Below are shows you should jump on now.

Anyone who hung out around the waterfront near Pop’s Popular Clothing last summer knows that that area is suddenly humming.

The rooftop bar at Northern Territory is popular with out-of-towners, and The Diamond‘s lovely backyard is a block away.

But that doesn’t explain the pumping outdoor sound stages around there, and grown-ups buzzing around on tiny trick bikes.

Film still from American Psycho

That’s all House of Vans. They host outdoor events in the summer, and Red Bull is a sponsor.

As everyone knows, R.B. & vodka is the go-to drink of the American Psycho and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps crowd, so it’s quirky but good that the company’s always liked skaters too.

Here’s a preview of local shows that are part of the Red Bull-branded festival. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Happening!! Next Weekend (4/29-5/1)!!

billboardGreenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is springing back to life next weekend (April 29-May 1) to celebrate the arts in this fine neighborhood of ours because we have some super talented folks producing cool work in a wide range of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered among over 300 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS 2014
GOS 2014

It’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. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Road Trip with A Poet

S. Kunitz 1905 – 2006

Waking up at 4 AM this morning, I fumbled around on my iPhone for podcasts to kill time until dawn. Garrison Keillor’s show came up first.

Keillor always ends with a poem, and on this episode it was Route Six by Stanley Kunitz, that follows the poet’s summer road trip to Cape Cod with his wife.

To get everyone into the spirit of our own quickly approaching day trips to the beach, I match the mood of Kunitz’ poem by quoting it alongside this weekend’s best live music. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Queen of Tattoo Flowers Amanda Rodriguez

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I recently got a beautiful tattoo of my favorite flower done by Three Kings’ talented Amanda Rodriguez, who specializes in flowers. Amanda lives in Greenpoint and until recently worked at Evil and Love. She’s recently moved to Three Kings and I’m excited to see what she does there.

I was impressed with her floral work and I also really enjoyed hanging out with her, so we chatted about how a portrait artist made the transition to tattoo art.

More after the jump. Follow her on Instagram at @amandatattoos.

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Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery

Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery
Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery

Currently on exhibition at the Owen James Gallery is a unique “collaboration” between Charles Bukowski and the painter Walter Robinson. Working with Bukowski’s poem “The Bluebird,” Robinson has crafted a series of paintings that reflects a debauchery more and more prolific in our social network feeds. Continue reading

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Music Review: Nosaj Thing at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Nosaj Thing and Daito ManabeLA-based DJ Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung; “Nosaj” is “Jason” spelled backwards), and Japanese artist and VJ Daito Manabe threw down an intense collaborative set at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Monday night. I’ve been a peripheral fan of Nosaj Thing for years, seeing him at a festival or two, and been an occasional listener. But this show was proof that he’s an artist with some diverse musical chops. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Instameet This Friday At Transmitter Park!

Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that this week we have Greenpointer Edoardo Monti taking over our account. He’s also co-sponsoring the Greenpoint Instameet (part of Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 13) with us at 6:30pm this Friday, April 22 at Greenpoint’s scenic Transmitter Park. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Man with a Tan

Your mom used to fantasize to this Yacht Rock classic.

For some bizarre reason I’m in a good mood today, so mostly recommending happy music this weekend.

Yacht rock, political parody, and rockabilly are all on the menu.

We also include some punk and gloom at the end of the post, for all of you grumps out there.  Continue reading

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Art Receptions in Greenpoint This Weekend: April 15-17

Hey Greenpoint! We’ve got a pretty good weekend of events here. Plus it’s the Greenpointer’s Spring Market!

See you in the streets!

FRIDAY: The Screaming Hand at House of VansStickymonger at Superchief

SATURDAY: It’s Record Store Day! Also, check out Tropicalia in Furs Pop-Up Record Boutique

SUNDAYJames Brittingham, Real Reasons / Greenpointer’s Spring Market! Continue reading

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