I didn’t realize it, but Williamsburg Cinemas (217 Grand Street) occasionally hosts art shows. They have a really good one going on through the end of April. If you go catch a flick there, you can also see the Vinyl Pop Art by Greg Frederick. His work depicts famous celebrity and cultural icons (the pop art) and he utilizes actual vinyl records reshaped and re-textured as his medium (the vinyl). Wow! Continue reading
I am always amazed at the creativity of people around here. It seems like everyday I’m reading about a cool new project or better yet, seeing the fruits of someone’s labor and passion blossoming on stage, screen, page, or canvas. The latest to come along and get me excited is Prism, a (hopefully) forthcoming anthology film by six local filmmakers. I say “hopefully” because there is an Indiegogo campaign underway to raise funds. I also had the chance to speak with the project’s producer Anna Dale-Meunier. You’re going to want to learn more about this one, believe me. Continue reading
March was our floating deadline for our Neon Documentary but in order to get everything just right and to submit the film to some MAJOR film festivals we aren’t rushing it and we plan on doing some more shooting while we continue editing. Continue reading
A cool new web series called Barmaids hit the Internet last month. You should check it out. Coming from the creative team of Anna Callegari, Caralyn Stone (who both star in the series) and Brett Haley (who directs), this series looks into the life of two female bartenders. Continue reading
When we heard that Film Noir (10 Bedford Ave), our local destination for cult-favorite film rentals, had started handing out monthly flyers that curate a small selection of recommended films, we wasted no time in heading over to talk to owner Will Malitek about this refreshingly anti-technology customer service concept.
With the recent news that the Greenpoint video store Photoplay is closing today, our profile comes at just the right time to remind you that you have another excellent place to take your business. You might just learn something new when you stop by, too. Continue reading
Over the weekend, I attended the first day of the first Picture Farm Film Fest and I greatly enjoyed it. The team at Picture Farm, long used to holding art exhibitions and other community events at their space at 338 Wythe Ave, decided to launch a free film festival this year. The schedule mixed features, shorts, and documentaries. Continue reading
This is shaping up to be a big weekend full of cool stuff to do in North Brooklyn. Besides our very own Valentine’s Day Market, Gallery Night, and tons more, there is an exciting new film festival taking place February 8th & 9th hosted by Picture Farm - and it’s FREE. Read on for more details and some interviews with the festival organizer and film makers.
* Natural Makeup Class @ Brooklyn Groove (102 B Nassau Ave) 6-8:30pm, FREE, learn tips and tricks to create a flawless makeup routine that highlights your natural beauty, More Info
♦ Comic Book Night @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, Get the inside scoop on the comic world with experts Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story) and Time Leong (Super Graphic) with a signing and Q&A, RSVP
☺ Daniel Koren: The Most Important Thing @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8-9pm, $10, composer Daniel Koren’s one-man show features piano tunes accompanies by projected figures, paired with stream of consciousness in this bizarre fusion of music and comedy, More Info
♫ Belly Fire / Hard Nips / Roth Bart Baron @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8:30pm, $10, RSVP
♫ Endless Boogie / Hans Chew / Syphilitic Lust / Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $9, RSVP
☺ Split Personality: Storytelling and Character Open Mic @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 7-8pm, FREE, Put your name in a hat for a chance to perform a 5 minute story or character sketch, with special guest performers Leslie Meisel (30 Rock, Bachlorette) and Ben Rameaka (UCB, Wolf of Wall St)
♫ Prism House / Foxes in Fiction / Daytona / XNY / Palehound @ Spike Hill (184 Bedford) 7pm, FREE, More Info
♦ Uta Brauser– Human Matter @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, Opening Reception for the artist’s collection of line drawings, which explore the nature of matter and the traces of cell life
* Beauty Beyond Boundaries @ Villain (50 N 3rd St) 9pm-1am, FREE, Get free cocktails (until 11pm) in exchange for being marketing targets for the new Ricoh Theta spherical camera (which actually looks pretty fun anyway), featuring art installations, live painting, music from Kaoru Wantabe & Motions, a tap-dance bit from Tamango, and DJs all night, plus you get a camera to play with for the evening, RSVP Continue reading
Photographers and filmmakers, your lives are about to get a little easier. CSI Rentals is opening a new location in Bushwick where you can rent pro cameras, lenses, gels, video equipment and sound gear. Just to clarify, CSI:Miami is not coming to Bushwick, although it really should.
The Grand Opening will take place tonight from 5-7:30pm and will feature live demos of the latest from Sony HD Cinema (camera nerds, go wild), shooting and work flow samples, and as the flyer states (in caps) “FREE GIFTS FOR ALL.” What will these gifts be? We have no idea, but my best guess is a rental coupon or maybe a camera strap? CSI also promises that you will meet friends. So if you want friends, a new camera strap, and some free snacks, this could be the night that changes your life 4EVER. The new location is at 1138 Flushing Avenue, between the Morgan and Jefferson L stops.
Seriously though, it’s about time we had a place to rent equipment locally, since the hood has become home to so many professional photographers, filmmakers, and artists, as well as photo studios, sound stages, and galleries. Also it’s worth it to note that they have a delivery option, for the super lazy or super busy among us (could go either way on this one).
FREE GIFTS FOR ALL!
Wooden Houses, a Touch of BDSM, & a Zillion Art Openings – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (11/6- 11/12)
♦ The Shape of Control @ Java Studios Gallery (252 Java St, Suite 308) FRIDAY (11/8) 7-11 pm, FREE, Group show featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures that depict human interaction with nature, exploring the way in which reality is preserved and/or distorted through documentation and storytelling, includes work from artists Robby Rose (paintings of defaced sculptures of ancient Greek heroes)/ Nathalie Shepherd (paintings of idealized female muses) / Vriginia Ines Vergara (photographs wilderness dioramas through multiple lenses) / Divya Anantharaman (brings the animal into our environment with Black Bear Taxidermy), on view through December 6, RSVP, Catalog
• Muchmore’s Free Poker Tournament @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7-8:30pm, FREE, ok gamblers, this one’s for you… except instead of losing money you get to play for free and potentially win a $25 bar tab (!!), RSVP
* GCEF Networking Event @ Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St) 6:30-8:30pm, FREE, network with community members who are applying for grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund
♦ Opening: John F. Moore Jr. @ The Habitat (998 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Moore exhibits his abstract, trippy paintings, RSVP
* Greenpoint Designers MEET UP @ Broken Land (105 Franklin St) 7-9pm, there’s a lot of you design-y folks around here (I see you lookin’ all cool, working on your typography), how about you meet each other and talk about it over drinks and prizes and form a community, or whatever RSVP
♦ Daniel Johnston: here @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) 7-9pm, Opening for a traveling exhibition of images taken of the iconic singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston by documentary/portrait photographer Jung Kim, capturing his life on the road and at home in Waller, TX, More Info
* Everyday is Like Sunday @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Catch a special screening of this Toronto film about “being young and getting older/drinking too much,” co-starring Nick Thorburn of the band Islands and formerly The Unicorms, the theme hits a little close to home, but hey, the Toronto Star called it “Scrappy but endearing,” RSVP
♫ Heliotropes / Flown / Black Lagoon / Beech Creeps @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury St, Bushwick) 8pm, $10 (I must be tired because I read Beech Creeps as “Beach Crepes” and got really excited/hungry), RSVP