Greenpoint Reads: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Perhaps you just heard of The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker – either randomly browsing the shelves at Word Bookstore (126 Franklin St.) or you stopped by the author’s reading at the cozy shop. What happens when you meet your best friend at university? Meet Mel and Sharon in The Animators, two women who forge a kinship and friendship in art school and endure the trials and tribulations of living and working in Brooklyn while making a path for themselves as animators. They’re on the brink of success with their first full-length feature film while living in a fragile world full of urgency, love, sex, and drugs.

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Celebrate Beer for 8 Days with NYC Beer Week (2/24-3/4)

Any beer geek is living in heaven right now. New York City is home to over 50 breweries, while the state has over 150 microbreweries and over 130 farm breweries. The vast majority of these breweries came into existence during the last decade. There’s now a LOT of beer being brewed pretty close to home, and many are widely available throughout the city. The year is filled with events to celebrate such bounty and one of the best festivals starts today with New York City Beer Week.

The nonprofit NYC Brewers Guild is behind the annual New York City Beer Week. The NYC Brewers Guild works as an advocate for its members, helps grow the craft beer industry, and throws events like this. They help with everything from needing niche ingredients or brewing help to getting involved with local, state, and federal policies. New York City Beer Week is their “8-day celebration of good beer” and more than a few events will be taking place in North Brooklyn and LIC, including NYC’s first Fermentation Festival ($20) tomorrow at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Noble St @ Franklin St. Here’s a rundown of everything going on close to home, and apparently, we can expect more than a few tipsy souls belting out ABBA. Continue reading

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Synth Pop For The Subconscious From Williamsburg’s Lost Valley

Lost Valley's Nick Crane. Photo by Megan Penmann
Lost Valley’s Nick Crane. Photo by Megan Penmann

Lost Valley is named after a place in the mountains of Maine that Williamsburg musician Nick Crane used to go skiing as a kid; he liked the phrase’s sense of mystery and that it also conjures up a feeling of magic. And it just effortlessly sounds like a band name, the same way his first record effortlessly sounds like it goes deeper than a debut. Lost Valley’s self-titled 7-song EP is totally dreamy and mellow electro pop intertwined with sexy arrangements and a high production value. Behind the scenes it’s a one-man operation, with Nick having written and recorded everything solo—save for a friend who recorded a few live drum loops and another friend who mastered the record. But on stage, Lost Valley is a five-piece band made up of guitars, bass, percussion and vocals, with tight sonic choreography syncing up with projected visuals. The band has only performed live once so far, last month at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave.), to a sold out crowd.

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Isn’t It Dreamy?: Line and Label’s Spring Collection is Everything

It’s probably global warming, but the temperatures are rising. It seems like our fellow Greenpointers are loving the warm weather (me too!) because we’re all reaching for light leather jackets, ripped skinny jeans, and breezy pieces. It’s making me totally excited for spring. And, that’s where our local stand-by, Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) comes in.


Line and Label’s Spring Look Book is just the icing on the cake for warmer temps: with gauzy pieces with a definite vintage flair, the collection has friendly and inviting silhouettes with a cheeky, flirty feel. Not to mention, some of these pieces double for their Ceremonial Collection – perfect if you’re tying the knot or just attending a bevy of weddings in the coming months.
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L Train Shutdown Solutions Meeting – Tonight 2/23!

photo via Riders Alliance

The Riders Alliance, a grass-roots membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York City, are hosting an L Train Shutdown meeting tonight.

Riders deserve a voice in the L train shutdown!

Are you worried about how the L train shutdown will affect your community? You’re not alone!

We’re fighting hard to make sure you’ll be able to get around easily when the L is out of service–but we can’t do it without your help!

Come join us at our first L Train Riders meeting to discuss what riders like you need during the shutdown–and how we’re going to make sure the MTA and DOT listen to us!

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 6pm-8pm

Where: The Carto Center: 201 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206

Food will be provided. Two way MetroCards for those in need.

RSVP HERE

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Depeche Mode Party, Bad Jazz, Structural Constellations, NYC Beer Week, Oscar Parties – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/22–2/28)

Can Release @ Greenpoint Beer (7 North 15th St), Saturday (2/22), 5pm, FREE, Releasing 2 killer new IPA’S with Dankonia & Apply Formula. Dankonia showcases pine, resin, sap and citrus with an earthy, dank, coniferous and cannabinous finish. While Apply Formula is soft, hazy and tropical with highlights of juicy fruit stripe gum and raspberry. Hop heads unite, you’ve landed in sticky, fruity, earthy IPA heaven! More info

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There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

 

WEDNESDAY 2/22

♥ SPARK: a dating workshop not for the faint of heart @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St)) 6:30pm, $40-55, Get constructive feedback from a group of your peers – your very own singles focus group. Energizeyourvoice.net founder, Minna Taylor, will facilitate a structured analysis to get to the root of what’s holding you back, Buy tix
♫ Sound Art Performance: Bad Jazz @ IDIO Gallery (976 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, Improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next, More info
♦ Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard, and Margaret Wescott’s Some American Feminists @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, Shot in NYC in 1975 and 1976 by an entirely female crew, the film serves as a record of political awakening, both personal and collective, with subjects describing childhood stirrings of radical consciousness, More info
♫ An ACLU Benefit with Sam Cohen, Scully, Dark Tea @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $14, A Song A Day presents an ACLU benefit showcase featuring Sam Cohen, Scully, DARK TEA to continue fighting the good fight, Buy tix Continue reading

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This Weekend! Open Call For 48 Consecutive Hours of Art

permission slip - shim galleryThis weekend, local gallery concept/artist organization SHIM (289 Meserole St.) is hosting the second edition of Permission Slip, an experimental open call festival of live art performances, interactions, exhibitions, and collaborations.

Details via Facebook:

48 CONSECUTIVE HOURS // Friday Feb 24th @6pm – Sunday Feb 26th @6pm
@ SHIM | 289 Meserole Street

Curators Wilson Duggan and Jackie Cantwell will administer the gallery 24 hours per day, accepting proposals from the public to participate in the weekend’s schedule of activities.

TO PARTICIPATE: Simply fill out a permission slip (email [email protected]) with your proposal for an art performance, activity, micro-exhibition, etc, and bring it to the gallery on Friday evening (2/24) to receive our permission.
Your proposal can literally be anything within the limits of reason, legality, and the safety of the space and participants. Once granted permission, we will schedule a time for you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and provide you with whatever additional support we can to help you realize your project.

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Don’t Miss This Pop-up Shop: We Are The Resistance, Thursday 2/23

If you’re looking to make a difference and get a little escape at the same time, then you must check out the latest pop-up shop at Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) this Thursday, 2/23. We Are The Resistance is a one day pop-up that promotes mindful and intentional shopping while connecting the community with other artists and creators.

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