The McCarren Park pool, which has only been up and running as a functional pool since 2012, is back in business for the summer 2016 season.
The pool was originally opened in 1936 by Robert Moses, who was curator for many of New York City’s open spaces and actually opened one pool every week during the summer of ’36, totaling 11 pools for the Works Progress Administration project, with the help of Mayor LaGuardia. At the time of its opening, it was one of the biggest public pools in the world, and is three times the size of a standard Olympic pool. It had a capacity of 6,800 swimmers. Today, officials cap it at 1,500 people. Continue reading →
With July 4th on the horizon, it feels like most of North Brooklyn is at the beach (or heading to Saratoga to see a band play) but there are a couple of receptions this evening, Friday, July 1st, in Bushwick, just a few blocks away from each other. Kick off your weekend with some visual art!
This collection of new tapestries, being the largest to date (some as large as 8 x 8 feet), captures traumatic moments of turmoil in the artists personal narrative, moments of her youth pre-smart phones, and images referencing a battle with Trichotillomania. A formidable depiction of self portraits and the obsessive documentation of an image saturated life.
“In more than a way, Summer Anagram is a summer show like every other summer show. It embraces its format and its season. It claims no conceptual crutch. The exhibition’s title is also there to confuse so, please, do not think too hard about it. It happens that it is summer here, as I write this.
Artworks are as strong and relevant as the more or less transparently structured algebra backing their visual, conceptual, technical and material components. The ones selected for this exhibition make no exception. Their units can be taken apart and recombined around new formulas, overlap and complement each other like the abstract-sounding, recurring letter clusters of an anagrammatic poem.”
Featuring: Cortney Andrews, Courtney Childress, Theresa Daddezio, Amanda Friedman, Rachel Phillips, Cheon Pyo Lee. Curated by Marco Antonini.
WEDNESDAY 6/29 * Summer Shakeup @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 7:30pm, $16, Featuring Ezra Goh, Nicole von Arx and Dancers, Sarah Rose and Dancers, and many more, Buy tix ♫ Rocker Stalker Presents Rock for Orlando @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Courtesy Tier / Pussywolf / Marco With Love / Outernational, RSVP
THURSDAY 6/30 ♫ Covers Night @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $10, With The Sweater Songs performing Weezer and The Chumps performing Green Day, More info ☺ The Dingleberry Theater Foundation @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Attendees of this interactive theatrical seminar will learn valuable office skills to optimize their performance in the workplace and their personal lives, More info
Veteran hardcore punk bands are an odd thing. I’m thinking about the bands you listened to twenty years ago. The ones where you see their name in the concert listings and think, “They’re still around?”
Those type of bands are just not mainstream enough to land endorsement deals, multi-album recording contracts, or other obvious means of sustainability. It’s almost as if the doggedness and passion of their music carries them through hard years on the road.
Murphy’s Law, the hardcore band formed in 1982, pulls into The Grand Victory tonight (6/24) with just one remaining original member, but with the gravitas of a cultural mainstay. They’ve appeared in one of artist Matthew Barney’s Cremastermovies, and been featured in both Grand Theft Auto IV and Backyard Wrestling 2.
In another generational disconnect, Greenpoint metal institution St. Vitus puts on its grown-up clothes this weekend and hosts, of all things, a metal-themed flea market during the daytime. It’s your chance to engage in a little friendly haggling over the price of a replica blood-stained corpse. DJ Hellspell will establish the ambience. Continue reading →
Hey guys, welcome to Summer! If you’re anything like me you’re still vibing off this week’s cosmic combo of the full moon with the Summer Solstice. Ride that wave through Sunday if you can, with a few suggestions here…
But firstly, we have to tip our hat to the good folks at Secret Project Robot who recently announced that they’ll be leaving their space at Melrose Street at the end of the summer. “We’ve moved before, from Monster Island in Williamsburg to Bushwick, and we shall persevere, and move again… In many ways, We are ourselves to blame, we’ve helped to create a hipper safer neighborhood and higher rents, as so often do, have followed… ” They’re hosting a ton of events in the coming weeks, including a series of dance parties this weekend.
The new show by Jake Dibeler featuring Ms. William “Performance artist Jake Dibeler […] uses his unique brand of disarming, semi-tragic humor to sweep us along for the ride. Like a full-throated rendition of your favorite pop song in a sleazy bar, Dibeler’s performances may have the veneer of naive optimism but they twang with the dissonance of an emotional breakdown.” -Philadelphia Weekly
The Greenpoint Gallery has bounced back from the devastating fire back in February and has been actively up and running with some cool exhibits and art shows! At this time, it is now accepting submissions for the Annual Drawing Salon Show: Deadline is tomorrow! (Thursday, June 23rd at 11pm), and “Best in Show” wins $200 cash and a solo exhibition!
Drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel, etc, will be considered within 36″ x 48″.
WEDNESDAY 6/22 * Himapan: Lotus Leaf Painting @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 3pm, $95, Flex your creative muscle and paint a lotus masterpiece; get 30% off with code PAINT, More info ♫ James Brown vs. Prince @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave) 8pm, $18, Featuring members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Lettuce, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Rubblebucket, Jazz Is PHSH, and more, Buy tix
THURSDAY 6/23 * Craft Party @ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $55, Make five different DIY projects, from macrame to mini-bookbinding to glass etching, More info ♫ The Wild Honey Pie Presents @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 8pm, $15, With Soak and Overcoats, Buy tix * Puppet Playlist #21: Dolly Parton @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8:30pm, $13, A group of puppeteers and musicians create original works of puppetry and music based on a musical theme, Buy tix
As Greenpointers we’re quite fortunate to have so many sweet amenities at our doorstep—a bounty of delicious restaurants and artisanal food sources, more than enough bars where we can sling back a drink or two, and swimming pools to cool off in if we’re trying to survive the summer without A/C. As rough as NYC life can be sometimes, we’re pretty gifted with a life of lesiure. But one local Greenpoint resident, Jens Rasmussen, endured totally different harsh elements—the savage expanse of Africa—to star in the new NatGeo reality series Mygrations. The show follows 20 tough women and men as they track a wildebeest migration through the rough savannah in Kenya, unarmed and without map or compass. Their journey from the southern Serengeti to the Mara River lasted six weeks, and Rasmussen tells us he lost 20% of his body weight on the perilous journey. It’s tough enough surviving in modern day Brooklyn, so we can’t imagine how he persevered through this epic trek.
And tonight (Monday June 20), our friends at Greenpoint Beer and Ale(7 N 15th Street) are hosting a show watch party at 9pm. It’s the second-to-last episode, so the stakes are high and a perfect time to tune in.
WEDNESDAY 6/15 ♫ Antibalas @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, With special guest Kyp Malone, More info ♦ “Electrique” Opening Reception @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, A group show featuring electrical, mechanical, and sound pieces, More info
THURSDAY 6/16 ♫ ACJW Ensemble Presents “Connections” @ National Sawdust (80 North 6th St) 7pm, $15, Featuring Paola Prestini’s G-Force and a world premiere by Brad and Doug Balliett commissioned by Carnegie Hall, More info ♫ Wild Honey Pie Presents Coast Modern @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) With Strange Names / Ryan Egan, More info * Alice @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $10, Czech director Jan Švankmajer’s surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book with a live electronic score, More info