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HYPE at The Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Takes a Deep Dive into Film History

HYPE: Billy Baxter show at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Greenpoint
Opening night of “HYPE” at the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery c/o Matt G.

Last Saturday, the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery opened its last show—HYPE—a look at the life and work of the legendary press agent Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter. The show is a collection of writings, photos, videos and vintage audio recordings that Baxter was part of during the peak of his career in show business in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“Greenpoint has always been made up of hardworking individuals: people who have the do-it-yourself attitude and Billy was all about that,” the show’s curator, David Ohliger, explains. “He loved the challenge of going against the Hollywood establishment. He was a true believer in doing a lot with very little and he loved undercutting the big dogs. And this show’s got it all. It’s a really unique look into a person’s showbiz life in that Mad Men era where different rules applied.” Continue reading

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Summertime Studio Sale & Indoor BBQ at Calico Gallery this Saturday! (8/8)

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Artwork by Scott Chasse

This Saturday (8/8, 2-7pm) at Calico Gallery, artist Scott Chasse is hosting an indoor BBQ and selling some of his recent and not-so-recent artwork at massive discounts!

Everything will be marked down up to 75% off. Plus there will be free beer, veggie burgers, regular hotdogs, and chips. Music by DJ Ning Nong from 4-7PM.

RSVP for more details and stay updated.

Calico Brooklyn
67 West Street, Suite 203
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Dru Cutler, Bushwick resident, performs perilously close to Greenpoint but is found worthy

Dru Cutler at the Living Room. (c) Vladimir Weinstein.

We here at the GP like to tell you about local bands we recently saw live, because they play in a lot of local places and you should know what to expect if you go.

Dru Cutler played at the Living Room recently and the audience was having a great time, so here is why I think that happened.

First off, the guy cares a lot about his band being in tune and tight to the rhythm. That’s important when you have an audience like this one, which looked like it was composed of a lot of earnest nice folks out on a first or second date. Cutler’s primary goal, it appeared, was to endear himself to them and show he’s a good guy with relatable stories. This was not a punk show where everyone there was only looking to GET LAID or GET PAID, including the band. Continue reading

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Artist Community Rallies for Bryan Osburn: Fundraiser this Sunday (8/9)

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Bryan Osburn. Untitled. Oil on canvas. 14 inches x 12 inches. 2012

A few weeks ago, painter Bryan Osburn was brutally attacked near his Greenpoint studio by a group of thugs who shattered his jaw and took his cell phone. Bryan has undergone extensive surgery to put his jaw back together and will need financial assistance as his body and mind heal.

106 Green has set up a fundraiser and the local artist community has rallied by donating artwork to help out one of their own. Donate, buy a raffle ticket, attend this Sunday’s event and show love the Greenpoint way! Here’s how you can help: Continue reading

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Working From Home? Check Out These Greenpoint Cafes

c/o SweetFoxCafe.com
c/o SweetFoxCafe.com

Our little neighborhood is home to a lot of cafes—from your quick go-to spot (that’s you, Cup) to your second-home-away-from home (thank you, Cafe Grumpy) to everything in between. If you’re a freelancer, however, some of the cafes are better for you than others because they consistently offer the essentials (like free WiFi, an empty seat, good coffee, and decent music). Some may have it all but come with baggage (like spotty WiFi, sparse seating, bad music, or lots of babies). And some don’t have anything to offer you (except for good coffee on your day off). So, where should you go? Check out this quick freelancers’ guide to see what fits your vibe. Continue reading

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Artist Salon at Lucky Luna’s Tonight! (8/3)

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Tonight at Lucky Luna (167 Nassau Ave) starting at 7pm, artists and performers will gather to celebrate the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change in GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon. Artwork by A.J. Springer is on display and there will be live performances followed by an open mic. Invite as many people as you like and join to support and empower the creative community! RSVP for updates and more details.

Lucky Luna is usually closed on Mondays and will not be serving its usual Mexican-Taiwanese fare but a full bar will be available.

GAMBA Z is a platform for a residency and monthly salon that promotes a familial artist community.

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Open Call at ROOT Studios for #WORKinPROGRESS

c/o ROOT Studio
c/o ROOT Studio

**August 5, 2015 deadline**

“Because it’s summer and everyone is thinking about vacation,” writes Mickey Boardman, editorial director of Paper Magazine, what better time than the present to guest curate a travel-themed show at ROOT Studios in Williamsburg?

“Almost anyone with a decent eye can take a great travel photo, whether it’s at the beach in Montauk or the ruins of Machu Picchu,” Boardman explains. “So a travel theme seems like something everyone can feel good about.”

Are you a New York City-based photographer? Find out how you can submit photos to ROOT’s open call for the #WORKinPROGRESS show.

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Hot Sauce, Summer in the City: A Scorching Afternoon with Heatonist

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Heatonist Founder Noah Chaimberg

One of the great things about writing for Greenpointers is occasionally getting to watch dreams transform into reality.

When I first met Heatonist founder Noah Chaimberg, it was on a bitter, snowy Sunday morning back in February. He was shivering on the doorstep of a Wythe Avenue construction site, kindly waiting to greet me and explain his zany vision for a spicy future. He was part-way through a Kickstarter campaign, with the hope of raising enough funds to turn said construction site into a hot sauce tasting room and events space, complete with the world’s first hot sauce sommelier. Continue reading

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Olek Crochets the Jan Karski Bench at the Polish Consulate

A new suit for Jan Karski c/o Gen. Consulate of the Republic of Poland in NY

Polish crochet artist Olek—known for dressing the iconic Charging Bull of Wall Street and ‘yarn bombing’ everything from the Cube in Astor Place to a locomotive in Łódź to a minotaur in Switzerland—has just completed her latest work, crocheting a ‘new skin’ for the statue of Jan Karski and his bench located in front of the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York (233 Madison Avenue).

“As an artist, I have made it my duty and mission to draw attention to various issues around the world that are crucial to me: humanitarian causes, women’s rights, sexual equality, [and] freedom of expression,” Olek explained in a press release. “My general practice is to highlight everyday objects and give them new and profound meanings by dressing them in colorful, intricate crochet.” Continue reading

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Gigawatts and Summer Thunder festivals this weekend for local bands, tans, and beer

Looks like another great beach weekend is ahead for us. Here are some obvious concert picks: Jason Isbell tonight in Prospect Park, and Nicki Minaj Sunday night at the Barclay’s Center. During the day let’s just meet on the deck of this boat

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