We Make Peace (in our Party): Greenpoint Benefit Album and Show (9/21)

“Murmuration” by Flynn appears on the benefit album

Marie Mamonia, founder of, contacted Greenpointers about an album release she is putting out for International Peace Day, on the 21st. She brought in some local acts, and with the proceeds giving 80% back to the cause, we were at least going to have a listen. (Beats the paltry return on the UHO and rapper CD scams in Midtown).

She picked some good acts.

Buy window disappears this Thursday so here’s the link, and here is our favorite performer:

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Kevin Geeks Out brings something weird to Nitehawk Cinema

Kevin Maher is a busy man. In addition to his professional duties as a producer for Comedy Central and freelance writer for IFC, Maher is a full-time husband and father of two boys. Even still, he manages to eek out just enough time to “geek out” on pop culture topics at Nitehawk Cinema once a month. His event, “Kevin Geeks Out“, offers a deep dive into a particular topic by inviting guest speakers, sharing film and TV clips, and producing multimedia presentations.

This coming Thursday, September 17 at 9:30 pm he’s taking on the light-hearted topic of the end of the world: the Apocalypse. It will be his fourth show at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave.) in as many months.

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Brooklyn Books, Arts, Photos, and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) returns to Greenpoint this Weekend (9/19-20)

Various books and illustrations exhibited at BrooklynBAPD
A small sample of the more than 15,000 items which will be on display and for sale. From original children’s book illustration art to first edition books to daguerreotypes, autographed photos and fine art prints.

From rare, signed books to autographed photos and fine art prints, you’ll get it all at Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) held at The Brooklyn Expo Center (9/19-20). BrooklynBAPD is a two-day ‘feast’ for anyone who loves vintage books, art, collectible autographs, and vintage photographs. The art and design row also features dealers of mid-century and vintage jewelry. You’ll have the chance to find out details about your favorite artists, discover new ones, and better yet – you can actually buy the stuff on display. It’ll be like entering a mini museum and walking home with your favorite piece! Continue reading

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2nd Annual Greenpoint Arts Block Festival September 26

C/O Greenpoint Arts Block Festival. Historical photograph, Greenpoint Arts Block Festival 2014.
C/O Greenpoint Arts Block Festival. Historical photograph, Greenpoint Arts Block Festival 2014.

“It is an occasion to see what’s going on the community, meet people who have been there for thirty years and learn about its history and heritage,” says Greenpoint Arts Block Festival coordinator, Marta Pawlaczek. “It also presents an opportunity to discover new things like organizations and initiatives that offer valuable services to people.”

According to the festival’s press release, the 2nd annual neighborhood street festival “consists of various cultural, educational, and recreational events with the goal of promoting Polish and local artists, highlighting the Polish identity of Greenpoint, and integrating its old and new inhabitants.” The festival will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Leonard St. between Norman Ave. and Meserole Ave.

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“Four Films by David Lamelas” at Light Industry on September 8

For one night only, “Four Films by David Lamelas” will be shown at Light Industry (155 Freeman St.) on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 pm. The special screening will be followed by a conversation between Lamelas and Stuart Comer, the Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! Attend The Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo!! (9/19-20)

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

This year marks a major anniversary since Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was published. To celebrate, the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) will return to Greenpoint on September 19-20 with many Alice in Wonderland objects among the more than 15,000 items shown by 145 dealers from all over the country. There will also be live readings of the Mad Tea Party and rare copies of antique publications will be shown.

Did you know that Alice in Wonderland was first published as “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”? Let us know what year it was published for a chance to win free admission because we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away!

How to enter: In the comments, answer the question (correctly or incorrectly) “In what year was Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” published?”

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Matt Siffert: Folk Songwriting with Jazz and Classical Instrumentation at Pete’s Candy Store 10pm Tonight

For Matt Siffert, a junior semester abroad provided the impetus for choosing the life of a songwriter. He studied music and psychology at the University of Havana in the spring of 2008. With less classwork in Havana than in the Iron City confines of Carnegie Mellon, he finally had the chance to explore his love of music, photography, and poetry, and to develop his confidence as an artist.

“It was one of the most important experiences of my life; I grew up a lot and came to embrace my artistic side,” he said. Back home, he had too often let creativity take a back burner to his academic interests.

Siffert has four works as a solo artist, Morningside (2012), Cold Songs (2012), Rise (2013) and Punch, and has performed nationally and internationally. Listen to Siffert perform his original songs infused with folk, jazz, and classical sensibilities tonight at 10pm at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St.).

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Show Off Your Writing Chops at -The Prose Bowl- Open Mic (08/18)

c/o Christopher Green

It’s time to dust off your moleskine notebooks! There’s a new open mic series for fiction writers—The Prose Bowl—starting this Tuesday, August 18 at Pete’s Candy Store, and it’s going to get fierce. “It’s sort of a competition, but a really lighthearted one,” says co-founder Christopher Green. “Slightly American Idol-ish.”

Unlike your regular fiction reading series, The Prose Bowl will have a judging panel and a (hopefully) rowdy audience that will cheer on the four readers. There’s a strict time limit that gives each writer enough space to read about 900 words—flash fiction style. “You read, and then we discuss the story for a few minutes,” says Green. “And at the end, we’ll declare a winner, who will get—I believe—a free drink and perhaps also a small token prize from me and the co-founder.”

We recently caught up with Green to ask the important questions.

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‘Greenpoint: The Transition’ Is Your Little Slice of Polish Culture

All images c/o
All images c/o

Sure, you may have been a regular at Lomzynianka before they closed inexplicably “for renovations” a few months ago. And, sure, you’re always at Cafe Riviera in the mornings for a coffee and a pączek. But, did you know that there’s a way to dive deeper into Polish culture right here in Greenpoint?

For the past year a half, Greenpoint: The Transition has been bringing a little slice of Polish culture to our neighborhood by way of workshops, food tastings, musical performances, fun activities, and street fairs. Recently, we caught up with Marta Pawlaczek, who helms The Transition, to talk about the ‘hood, the food, and, of course, the changes. Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1999: F.A.M. Shindig Hits North Brooklyn Tomorrow (8/9) at The Paper Box

Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists
Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists

“Do you remember what it was like? There was garbage everywhere.” AB and I are talking about New York City in the 80s, when he used to ride along with his father, who drove all over the city for work. I remember what it was like. It was the total antithesis of this sanitized college-town vibe that’s been creeping up and down the East River for the last decade or so. It was nasty and it was New York, and the denizens of that nastiness knew how to look for beauty in the rough. For AB and his boys, that beauty was graffiti art. Continue reading

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