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A Hermit, A Rat Slayer, Dull Men, A Green Card Hopeful, Newbies, Cuddle Connection Customers: Protagonists of Brooklyn Film Festival Documentary Shorts

Q/A with filmmakers of six documentary shorts in the Brooklyn Film Festival

Northside Film Festival starts June 8, but if you are a cinephile, you don’t have to wait until then to feast your senses on what’s new. This is the last weekend of the Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) and two main venues for the films are in North Brooklyn: Windmill Studios (300 Kingsland Ave, Greenpoint) and Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg). There is no shortage of stories to be seen and heard. Here are the schedules for Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

There are 23 selections in the documentary shorts category this year. The six documentary shorts reviewed below are worth the watch tonight in their encore presentation (runtime total of 77 minutes altogether). They play at 10:30pm at Windmill Studios. Tickets are $13. Continue reading

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Wanted: Volunteers for Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks

Art + Outside + Williamsburg c/o Northside Media

Remember the block parties with the BBQ and the inflatable pools? The band that would play until the sun went down and your parents dragged you home? And eating cotton candy in the street and then “washing” your hands in said inflatable pool? Just kidding about that last one…

Luckily, the summertime Brooklyn tradition of throwing a block party comes to Williamsburg in two weeks—June 13 and 14—when Bedford Avenue gets completely shut down from Metropolitan Avenue to North 12th for the Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks. There will be fun times, local artists creating art live, hanging with friends, tons of food, and bands playing until the sun goes down. I hope that there’s an inflatable pool…

Find out how you can volunteer (which gets you hooked up a Northside Festival Badge)! Continue reading

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REVERSE Gallery Open Call for Curatorial Proposals

Calling all curators! c/o REVERSE Gallery
Calling all curators! c/o REVERSE Gallery

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 19TH, 2015

Have you had cool ideas percolating in your mind since before Richard Prince unleashed his Instagram “paintings” series at the Gagosian Gallery last fall? Did you end up kicking yourself since that was your idea, too (and he beat you to it)? And, thus did Prince’s updates to said series at the Frieze Art Fair this month really have you wishing for a place to explore your most experimental ideas?

Great, because here’s your chance: REVERSE Gallery has an open call going on right now for curators to submit proposals for an exhibition of contemporary art. Find out the details. Continue reading

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Gay Pride Festival Coming to Williamsburg!

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If the landslide victory in Ireland is any indication the movement for gay rights is finally getting the respect it deserves, North Brooklyn will continue to carry that torch this June by hosting a gay pride festival in Williamsburg. While a gay pride event is nothing new for Chelsea or Jackson Heights, hosts of some of the most fabulicious gay pride celebrations in the city, North Brooklyn business owners and the LGBT community felt it was high time the area had its own celebration.

And anyone who knows Williamsburg, knows this is going to be one affair to remember.

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New, Old Photographs of the Neighborhood: Catalán @Picture Farm & Salamone @GCA Salon

‘From Ash To Apollo’ by Sara Maria Salamone c/o GCA Salon via Instagram

One more side effect of North Brooklyn’s rapidly mutating scene is the ramping up of  “I was here when…” memories, which are arriving in shorter and tighter cycles. This means that the new, old neighborhoods are now garnering nostalgia with stories from recent history. And, photographs are a trusted way to collect these stories—”Take a picture. It will last longer.”

Two photography exhibitions on view now, Mara Catalán’s “A Place I Once Called Home: Williamsburg” at Picture Farm Productions & Sara Maria Salamone’s “From Ash To Apollo” at GCA Salon, appropriately locate and illustrate newer recollections of these moments. Continue reading

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For Love of Performance & the ‘Hood: Triskelion Arts Opens Its Doors in Greenpoint

Upstairs at the new Triskelion Arts, during the Spring Gala 2015 ©Jay Miriam

Until February, Triskelion Arts shared a space deep inside a three-story, brick warehouse on 118 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, across from Mable’s Smokehouse and, more famously, on the same block as the ever-expanding Brooklyn Brewery.

“We were in a landmarked building, surprisingly, even though the building was falling apart,” explains artistic and executive director Abby Bender. One of the original co-founders, Abby is wearing navy coveralls and has a loop of keys at her waist that jangle as we walk around the new Triskelion building, recently opened for business on 106 Calyer Street in Greenpoint.

For the past fifteen years, Triskelion has been a place where anyone could go see performances by emerging artists, rent affordable rehearsal space, take fun classes (hoop dance, Poi, martial arts), and get involved with theater. In 2014 alone, over 15,000 hours of rehearsal time were used in the studios, and 128 different companies were part of the programming, which included three open-submission festivals.
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Dine al Fresco with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. at BBQ Blowout (05/12)

Greenpoint_fish_bbq_blow_outLove dinner at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. but prefer to eat outside on a balmy evening? Here’s your chance…

Greenpoint’s favorite fishmonger is teaming up with Finger on the Pulse who’re hosting their first BBQ Blowout of the season this Tuesday May 12th on the sun-dappled patio at Williamsburg’s Good Company (10 Hope street).

A mere $10 will get you some magnificent grilled fish tacos with a side of fresh-made tortilla chips and salsa, as well as a Brooklyn Brewery beer and a shot of Jameson Whiskey. Barginzz! The event runs from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available here, or can be purchased on the door for $15.

Let the summer of the great Brooklyn BBQ commence!

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Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks: Deadline Extended to May 8th

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Artists! Community groups! Businesses! Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks just extended their application deadline to next Friday, May 8th. If you missed it in previous years, Northside Art is part of the city-wide initiative where public streets are shut down to traffic and opened up to art, interaction and community—bringing your neighborhood sculptures, workshops, pop-up parks, live painting performances, musicians, joy & more.

Northside Art is seeking proposals for:
1. Live painting/graffiti/collage
2. Interactive installations
3. Sculpture/stand alone installations
4. Performance artists
5. Activities and Workshops

Find out how to apply. Continue reading

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Tasty Reads: The Fourth Annual Food Book Fair is Happening this Weekend

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Foodie book lover? Bookish food lover? If this sounds like you then take note! The fourth annual Food Book Fair is taking place at Wythe Hotel this weekend and it’s probably right up your alley. The fabulous three day event is packed with literary events, panel discussions, delicious meals, and flavorful gatherings that the discerning foodie will not want to miss.

The weekend also plays host to the magnificent Foodieodicals festival, which shines a spotlight on some of the best independent food magazines from around the globe. The Saturday afternoon fair also puts a strong emphasis on local publications and includes stalls from Bakeri Zine, Edible Brooklyn, Diner Journal and Put a Egg on It. Tickets are only $5 and the amount of edible freebies we got at last year’s event more than covered the entrance price.

Food Book Fair runs Friday 10th-Sunday 12th April at the Wythe Hotel and you can see a complete schedule of events here. Tickets for specific events can be booked here.

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Hot Stuff from Greenpoint: Heatonist to Launch a Hot Sauce Tasting Room

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© Heatonist

What’s your go-to condiment? Mustard? Ketchup? Mayo? Even those of us with the blandest of palates have to admit that these tame old options can get boring after a while. In an attempt to spice up mealtimes, a growing number of people have started obsessively reaching for hot sauce but, as flame-haired heat master Noah Chaimberg will tell you, a really good hot sauce is much more than just a condiment, it’s actually a ‘food that goes on food.’

Noah is the founder of Greenpoint-born company HEATONIST. He sources naturally-made hot sauces from suppliers around the world and has them all available for purchase.

Heatonist was founded in September 2013, and Noah started out by hosting tastings at local events such as Brooklyn Night Bazaar and Greenpointers markets. Then, last February, the online store was launched, and rapidly gained a cult following.

Following the success of the mail order service, the dream has now grown even bigger and Noah and his team are in the process of creating the Heatonist Hot Sauce Tasting Room, which they hope will become a kind of global HQ and clubhouse for hot sauce-lovers everywhere.

Noah is currently in the final week of a Kickstarter to raise funds for the new shop front. We caught up with him at the work-in-progress store located on Wythe Avenue to hear more about the venture and discover some little known secrets about the hot stuff. Continue reading

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