Art/Music

Tomorrow (1/29): See The Giraffes At St. Vitus

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If you’re feeling cooped up from all this snowy weather, why not get out and get into some mayhem this Friday, January 29th? The Giraffes are celebrating their first vinyl release, Usury, with Silver Sleeve Records and it’s going to be a hell of a show at St. Vitus. Plus, Gran Puta and It’s Over will be getting in on the chaos.

Get deets on scoring tickets with a special edition vinyl here. Prepare to get brutalized!
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“What If Brooklyn Was A Cartoon Character?” Conversations With Daniella Urdinlaiz

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“Chainsaw” by Daniella Urdinlaiz

Daniella Urdinlaiz is a Greenpoint-based artist specializing in illustration, animation, and design. From her drawing desk she’s created worlds that have traversed the internet realm onto films, websites, and blogs such as Thought Catalog, working as their primary visual artist.

“I’m drawn to people and things that are strange and bizarre to me,” she exclaimed as I stared at the rubbery octopus tentacle on our plate by the bar top of Alameda. Over shiso cocktails, the storyteller shared a bit of her own story, from her Catholic school upbringing in Miami to dreams of having her own cartoon show. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Bevon St. Louis-Brewster

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Photo source @bevon.stlouis

 

Designer Bevon St. Louis-Brewster is a master of graphic storytelling that’s striking to the eyes. Oftentimes, his preferred medium of choice is the clothing we wear. “What better way to convey a message than by wearing it?” As he puts it. Between working on production for major events, from Art Basel to the Fabric and Textile Festival, Bevon collaborates with other Brooklyn artists and designers for his clothing line labeled Triste. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Blizzard Edition

Mickey Avalon better bundle up after his concert Saturday

I mean c’mon you know it’s just going to turn out to be a normal boring winter storm this weekend.

But just in case, our show recommendations will keep you close to home.

The Mickey Avalon show at Knitting Factory is sold out Saturday night, but when snow is expected, some people wimp out and put their tickets up on Craigslist. Worked for me! Just picked up 2 yesterday that way, so keep an eye online. Continue reading

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Your Chance to Go Berserker Tonight on a Microphone That Smells Like A Beer

I’m not a big karaoke guy. Those private karaoke rooms take too much planning i.e. friends flaking out at the last minute for the get-together. Then to sing you have to wait your turn, haven’t been much good at waiting in line since grade school and it’s even worse now when alcohol is involved.

Mondays there’s the longstanding live band karaoke at Arlene’s Grocery in the city. But read back over that sentence. Mondays. In the city. Good luck on that sub-zero bike ride over the Williamsburg after the show. But it is fun once in a while. Continue reading

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A Crafty Saturday at The Shanty Over Whiskey & Waffles

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Waffles for Days

In the land of pairing food with libations, there are wine pairings and beer pairings but whiskey pairings? Apparently, this is considered “outré by many” but as I learned one late Saturday morning, whiskey not only serves as a pretty effective hair of the dog, but it goes really well with waffles. I’m talking the freshly made, thick, crispy, golden kind that is ready to be topped with piles of toppings like maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate, whipped cream, and fruit. If you’re not groggy from food coma after this, you’ll ease into your lazy Saturday by sipping on Old Fashioneds. It gets your creative juices flowing before you start getting crafty.

At Pop ProductionsWhiskey Waffles Workshop, I got to see The Shanty (79 Richardson St) in a different light. Continue reading

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House of Vans to Resolve Marital Discord this Saturday (1/16)

Her significant other is still at the office crunching numbers. Photo courtesy of Dave and Gabe.

You know the old adage, opposites attract. Admit it, you know of at least one couple where that’s the case. Maybe you are that couple.

She plays lead guitar in a band, he’s a librarian. Or she’s an art critic and her girlfriend is a day trader who skates on the weekends.

Then you know what happens when the weekend comes around. One person wants to do something high-minded, like go to a play or gallery opening. But it’s the weekend and the other person protests that that’s the time to blow off steam while watching football. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Tattoo Artist Jenna Bouma

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Photo source: @slowerblack

You’ve probably seen her work around Instagram. And if you haven’t, Jenna Bouma of East River Tattoo (1047 Manhattan Ave) is known for her signature style illustrations – characterized by bold, vintage icons with a dismal charm… all done without the help of a machine. Her commitment to hand poking purveys a traditional emphasis on taking one’s time and doing it well, despite a high-volume clientele. In the midst of today’s mindful action concerning “faster/cheaper” output (which by the way, her Instagram handle is “@slowerblack“), it’s another admirable reason to put her on today’s spotlight.

To check out more you can follow Jenna at @slowerblack on Instagram and the rest of the East River family at @eastrivertattoo.

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Add Some Brooklyn Mojo to Your New Year’s Eve Party Jam

Album cover from Vanity, a local band. Also, your party tonight.

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party at your place tonight?

If so, what’s on your playlist?

It’s not easy to put together a night everyone will remember. Since North Brooklyn is the best place in the city to discover great music, your guests are going to expect you to showcase some amazing and obscure songs from local bands, not just what you managed to crib off a Best of 2015 nation-wide music critics’ poll.

So, to help you out, we rummaged through our own favorite tracks to provide you just the ones that will bring even your moodiest friends to the dance floor.

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Brothertiger’s Favorite Road Moments and a Return to North Brooklyn

Chillwave producer Brothertiger is, technically speaking, based in North Brooklyn. John Jagos, the “man behind the curtain” for the act, lives in Bushwick, and plays some local shows: Next up is Rough Trade on January 30th, where he will perform with Williamsburg-based Teen Commandments.

And he’s sticking close to town over the holidays, where he’s been recording a cover of his favorite album of all time, Tears for Fears’ Songs from the Big Chair, for the Reimagine Music label.

But like most local performers that have taken off nationally, he spends much of his time on the road, and just completed a national tour. As you can see from his photo journey below, there’s beauty to be had outside of Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park and the crowd at Cameo Gallery. Continue reading

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