Fundraiser

Day Drinking to Fight Parkinson’s at Good Co. Bar on Sunday (4/6)

There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon in the spring than meeting your friends at a sweet bar in the neighborhood to have a few drinks. Such an act becomes even more awesome when it benefits an outstanding cause, like fighting Parkinson’s Disease. April is National Parkinson’s Awareness month, after all, so why not?

My fellow Greenpointers, I cordially invite you to meet me just south of the Greenpoint border this Sunday 4/6 at 3pm at Good Co Bar (10 Hope St) in Williamsburg to toast to spring (the sun is supposed to be out!) and help me rid the world of Parkinson’s Disease. Continue reading

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Now You Can Own a Customized Vinnie’s Special Board!

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Photo: @vinniesbrooklyn

If you’ve ever enjoyed a slice from Vinnie’s Pizzeria you’ll have enjoyed their brilliant, endlessly inventive Special Boards designed by co-owner and comic-genius Sean Berthiaume.

The pun-tastic  boards are usually based around a TV show, movie, or celebrity. A particular favorite of mine features a Bacon Bad and Meth-Ham-Feta-Bean pizza, whilst another warns of Beef Noodlety and Graphic Violentils. Continue reading

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Benefit for Public School Art Programs – at Wythe Hotel tomorrow (2/25)

As a product of the NYC Public Education system and an art lover, I am excited to let you know about a Benefit for Public School Art Programs, taking place at Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) tomorrow February 25, 2014 at 8pm.

Kids need art, and we all know that art programs are underfunded. This article on the importance of art in child development from PBS.org cites that, “art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.”

And according to a report by the Center for Arts Education in NYC, “in schools with the lowest graduation rates,  where arts could have had the greatest impact - students have the least opportunity to participate in arts learning.”

Let’s change that – and have some fun!

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SALO Pop-Up Video!

Our wonderful Yana hosted a Salo Pop-Up Dinner at Sindicato Cocineros in Greenpoint on Monday to raise money for typhoon disaster relief and Bedford and Bowery made this short video about it – paying special attention to the pig hearts that were served. Mind the after school special narration and enjoy gorgeous Yana and her beautifully prepared Philippino food! You may also recognize a lot of Greenpointers in the video…PETER!

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No Lights No Lycra Benefit for Common Ground (12/14)

No Light No Lycra, the weekly dancing in the dark party at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) is having a special group show benefit on December 14th, 2013 to benefit Common Ground, a homeless outreach program. Tickets are only $7! (in advance), $10 at the door.

100% of ticket sales will be donated!

BANDS
Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic)
Jo Schornikow (of Phosphoresent)
Woodsman
Laura & Greg
Single Ben
Eastern Midwestern
& DJ Pumpkin Patch

Beer lovingly supplied by Brooklyn Brewery

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Soup Bowl Fundraiser Fun – and BIG Thanks!

On Sunday Greenpointers hosted one of my favorite of all the events that we organize, first because it supports my favorite local cause the Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen and secondly because it’s the most chill event we do and I actually get to talk to people and not run around like a lunatic. And we raised over $700! Continue reading

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Dine for a Cause: A Filipino Pop-Up Dinner in Greenpoint

 

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In the horrifying aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines recently, local resident and chef extraordinaire Yana Guilbuena will be hosting a benefit dinner, SALO Labing-Isa, in Greenpoint next week to raise urgently needed funds for victims of the disaster.

On Monday, November 25th at 6pm, Yana will be serving an incredible five-course Filipino dinner at Sindicato de Cocineros on Nassau Ave. The meal will feature dishes from islands affected by the typhoon: Cebu, Panay, Negros, Leyte and Masbate. In keeping with other SALO dinners, the meal will be served ‘Kamayan’ style, a.k.a sans utensils. Continue reading

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Art Auction for Typhoon Victims at Champion Saturday (11/23)

Greenpointer Serge Milli is organizing an art auction and donation drive to benefit typhoon victims this Saturday November 23 from 6-8pm at Champion Coffee (1108 Manhattan Ave). Bids for artworks start at $50. RSVP

100% donated to www.doctorswithoutborders.org

If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to the cause click here.

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Yellow Dogs Tribute Show TONIGHT at Brooklyn Bowl (11/18)

Victims Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand, and Soroush Farazmand (photo by Gabriela Fellet for SPIN)

If you were reading Greenpointers last week or keeping up with the news in general, you probably haven’t been able to shake a general feeling of shock and horror in the wake of the tragic triple murder-suicide that happened in an unassuming East Williamsburg apartment just after midnight on Monday. Arash Farazmand (27) and Soroush Farazmand (28), brothers and members of the local indie band, The Yellow Dogs, were killed, as well as their friend and fellow musician, Ali Eskandarian (35).

Tonight Brooklyn Bowl is hosting a tribute show and fundraiser in memory of the three victims. All of the proceeds (100%) will go to the families of those killed, the hospital bills for Sasan Sadeghpourosko, the bandmate who was injured in the shooting, and the two surviving members of the band. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are still available for $15-$30.

The memorial will feature performances from Nada Surf, Habibi, James Chance of the Contortions, Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, Dirty Fences, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Shirin Neshat, and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. There will also be DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), Jonathan Toubin, Nick Offer (of !!!), Sinkane, The Men, and more.

The victims were all expatriates who fled Teheran to pursue freedom of expression, in search of a place where they could perform their music, free of political constraints. Several months ago, Arash Farazmand became the last member of the band to be granted political asylum.  But despite the way the story is being reported in the mainstream media, the band’s Iranian roots did not define their identity as artists.

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Update: Neon Kickstarter Goal Reached (2 Days Left!)

Good morning! While out last night celebrating Director Miguel’s birthday at Manhattan Inn, I got an alert on my phone announcing that our Kickstarter Fundraiser for our Neon Sign Documentary was 100% funded! It was such a proud and exhilarating and relieving moment and wonderful that Miguel and I could toast the success on his birthday!
I want to thank everyone who supported by donating and sharing the project. We obviously could not have done it without you all – our awesome friends, family and readers! It’s not just Miguel and I making this documentary – it’s all 74 backers who are making it happen. The crowd support is so motivating. We will work on a more formal thank you in video form – so stay tuned for that next week.
What’s next? Well now we are getting the Greenpointers Neon Sign and making a great documentary about it. Oh and we will be sending you your rewards, too! We can’t forget the goodies…
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work hard on creating the documentary.
If you want to make a donation, there are 2 days left to donate, and we could certainly use any funding over our goal as things keep coming up, like the need for more hard drive space and costs associated with travel to do pick-up shots.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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