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Weekend Music Picks, or, Nights in Black Satin (1/29 – 1/31)

Lily Virginia; black velvet

 

I’d like to make you feel something and maybe one day you’ll sing a song of mine a little too loudly walking down the street. 

That’s what we’d all want out of life, right? Or at least out of a recent crush.

I grabbed that from Lily Virginia’s Bandcamp page. She plays the Brooklyn Convergence at Muchmore’s on Friday.

Details, and dirty music from Mexico plus Mardi Gras magic below. Continue reading

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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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Maeven: A Vintage Pop-Up You Must Visit

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Brace yourselves. Maeven, an online vintage store, is rocking a pop-up shop on 170 Franklin Street. Enjoy scoping out their dreamy and whimsical pieces until 1/31.  The classy but Greenpoint-edgy pieces are delightful and I can’t wait to add a few to my collection.

Scroll through for some of my favorite picks and store hours.
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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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Support the Family of East River Skate Shop Owner Rich Oates

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If you’ve walked past the East River Skate Shop in the past couple of weeks, you’ve seen the tribute to Richard Oates outside his shop. Oates was tragically killed while skateboarding on the Lower East Side on January 12.

He is survived by his wife, Marisa Kompar, and their two children, Finnegan, 4, and Theodore, 10 months. You can contribute to the children’s education fund here.

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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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“Nightcap Riot: Mombucha”: Culture and Live Cultures Make for One Heck of a Night Out

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JC Brooks & The K.i.D. ©Erik Herrstrom

When “I can’t feel my face,” refers to the walk from the subway instead of Drake’s oeuvre, you know the deep freeze of mid-January has descended. It’s hard to find entertainment that justifies donning a puffy coat and wrapping up like a woolen burrito. But no one can Netflix and chill forever. If you’re like me and you’ve logged at least ten hours of couch time binging “Making a Murderer” this month, it’s time to get out of the house.

Luckily, a group of nightlife veterans are eliminating the guesswork and serving up the perfect night out, right here in Greenpoint. “Nightcap Riot: Mombucha” is one part concert, one part immersive theater, one part kombucha brewing tutorial, with a dash of comedy, and plenty of kombucha-infused cocktails. The resulting two and a half hours go down smoothly. It’s fresh, different and way more interesting than spending winter downing pints at the same old bar. 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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