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 Festand 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 →
WEDNESDAY 1/15 * 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
THURSDAY 1/16 ☺ 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).
♦ 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
WEDNESDAY 11/6 • 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
To anyone who lived in Greenpoint prior to 2012, the Manhattan Furrier was a fixture along Manhattan Ave. for many years (it is now occupied by the Vietnamese restaurant Lollipop). The proprietor, Irving Feller, was also a prolific painter and used the back of his storefront as a studio where he would stretch canvases and render his various works. Greenpoint resident Jenn Nielsen has been working on a documentary film about Irving and his art and they are now in the process of completing funding for the film via kickstarter. You can also see a trailer for the film.
These doors may be shut–but there are plenty that are wide open! Photo courtesy of 3rdward.com.
3rd Ward may have had its faults (more of them than we imagined, it seems), but there was something deeply inspiring about a huge workspace and resource center designed especially for Brooklyn’s many talented creators, and we’d be lying if we told you its presence won’t be missed. However, in the wake of the spot’s closure, we’ve found ourselves reminded time and again that 3rd Ward wasn’t the only game in town–so many of our friends and neighbors have other studios, class centers, coworking quarters and event spaces with their own amazing offerings. Bushwick Daily and Greenpointers reached out to some of our favorite such institutions, and it’s with great pride that we present our readers with our official guide to ten of this borough’s greatest places to take your creativity when making is your job. Take a look through–you can thank us when you get settled in at a place that hooks it up and makes it happen!
WEDNESDAY 10/23 • Bear Republic Brewing Night @ The Exley (1 Jackson St) 8pm, buy a beer, keep the glass. Flights, pairings, and great company. • Poker Philanthropy Fundraiser @ t.b.d. Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) 7:30pm, FREE, 20 seat Texas Holdem tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, RSVP to pokerphilanthropy [at] gmail [dot] com for a guaranteed seat, More Info • Storytelling with Barry Gifford @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, FREE, Author of Wild at Heart celebrates his new short story collection, The Roy Stories, with a reading accompanied by jazz guitarist, Miles Okazki, RSVP ♫ New Year World Rock Festival 2013 with SKATERS / Hunters / Teen / Free Time / DJ Vapors @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8:30pm, $12, BUY TIX, RSVP Continue reading →
It all started when we realized that our sign sucks…
We decided to get a badass NEON sign, which we can take to all of our events and markets, a sign that reflects who we are and what we believe in – local MADE IN NYC craftsmanship – and of course document the process from start to finish with the direction of the talented Miguel A. Rodriguez (my best friend in the entire world!)
Our Neon Sign Documentary will star Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, a 2nd generation Neon Sign Maker. This guy is super talented, hilarious and has thee best NY accent ever! Not only will we film him making our sign and teaching us about the process, but we will also interview his father (in upstate NY) and Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the amazing book New York Neon to learn about the history of Neon Sign Making and how it has created a unique visual landscape here for the past 100 years.