Weekly Arts Roundup April 26–May 2: Art with a Cause, New York Polish Film Festival, + More

Artwork by Adam Fu, check out his electric Instagram!

We’re almost in May, the homestretch before Greenpoint Open Studios — a weekend-long, Greenpoint-wide art walk all around the nabe on June 2 and 3. ‘Til then, there’s more art to view, Polish films to see, and local theater to experience. Below is your weekly roundup, neighbors! Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Director Jon Lutz at 106 Green

Jon Lutz at 106 Green speaking about a Karin Campbell piece, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

106 Green, located at 104 Green Street in Greenpoint, is an alternative gallery co-founded by artists Holly Coulis, Ridley Howard, and Mitchell Wright. Established in 2009, and open only on weekends, this space provides exhibition opportunities for artists with exceptional talent but who are undiscovered. The man behind the scenes at 106 Green is director Jon Lutz. Jon has been an integral addition to the gallery since 2016, providing a breadth of curatorial and gallery expertise as a former gallerist at Sardine and independent curator at Daily Operation. Since his arrival, 106 Green has successfully exhibited solo shows of several notable artists including Elise FergusonJulie Curtiss, and Ginny Casey. Here, Jon and I discuss his role at 106 Green, alongside their current exhibition, Sunnyside, featuring artist Karin Campbell. Continue reading

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Buy This Badass Vintage Stationary Bike and Donate to Magick City

Vintage spin bike

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box Street) has announced they’re ending their run of vintage spin classes, and selling off the rad-as-hell vintage bikes—and purchasing one is a donation to Magick City. If you haven’t been to this super cool community space, they boast a commercial kitchen, bar and an amazing sound system, and play host to a variety of events including film supper clubs, art-themed dance parties and meditative sound baths. To buy one of the bikes, send them a message on Instagram. Continue reading

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Flying Trapeze Showcase, Margarita Rumble, Grilled Cheese Cook-Off and May Day Flower Party — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/25)

WEDNESDAY 4/25

Fonema Consort // Charmaine Lee, solo @Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 7:30pm, $10,Chicago-based ensemble Fonema Consort will perform four new works for electronics, two voices, clarinet and trombone, Buy Tix
♫ Bit Brigade performs “The Legend of Zelda”, Double Ferrari, Cheap Dinosaurs @St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $12-15, Buy Tix
* Trivia Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, Join our News Editor for Trivia at Archestratus! There will be food! There will be beer! Get your game on RSVP
♫ Los Perros/The Stance/Les Frappes (Sweden) + MORE! @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, $8, More Info

THURSDAY 4/26

♦ Talking Trash screening @City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 6pm, $5, Throwing out the Big Apple, More Info
♫ Open Mic Night @New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Road) 7pm, $10, New Women Space’s first community open mic Buy Tix
☺ The Mess @The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue), 8pm, $10, part solo show, part variety show part of Brooklyn Comedy Collective, More Info
♫ Hard Pass, Mean Girls (TX), Granddad (MN), Fear Not Ourselves Alone @Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), 8pm, $10, RSVP
♫ Minus the Bear @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave), 8pm, $30, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Eckford Street Feral Cat Colony Needs New Home

Eckford St. Cat Colony
The Eckford Street Cat Colony. Photo by Shane Gill

Over a year and a half ago, Greenpoint resident Shane Gill began feeding a colony of feral cats on Eckford Street. The Cats had congregated at a construction site there, which lay dormant due to a stop work order. Now, construction is set to begin again, and the cats’ displacement is eminent. Gill reached out to the Greenpoint community for advice about how to help relocate his feline fellows, and Greenpoint residents responded with overwhelming support for our neighborhood cats.  Continue reading

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Where do you Ramen in Greenpoint?

Photo Cred: Daniel Birnbaum from Ramen Railroad

Ramen, once associated with the easy-to-cook dorm room staple Cup Noodles is now synonymous with hip Japanese food culture and can be found in cities across the globe. The ramen-only restaurant is now a viable business, and ramen can even launch empires (Momofuku, anyone?). If you haven’t tried ramen in a restaurant yet, the variety, not to mention the size, will blow away that old styrofoam cup.

So where’s the ramen in Greenpoint? If you look far and wide, you’ll see ramen is on the menu and more ramen-focused shops are a-coming. Find out all the places you can sit or stand and slurp that soothing soup after the jump. Continue reading

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Shake off the Monday Blues at The Williamsburg Hotel’s MNDFL Meditation

The Williamsburg Hotel, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel is not just for tourists and out-of-town guests — the plush boutique is expanding its public services, and this includes open meditation every other Monday.

Starting this month, the hotel at North 10th and Wythe opens its doors to launch a partnership with MDNFL, a meditation studio with outposts in Williamsburg and Manhattan. With classes in the hotel’s library bar, MNDFL will pop up every other Monday from 7–7:45 PM to help you relax and reflect. Classes cost $10 for hotel guests and $20 for visitors; cushions/mats are provided, but of course bring your own if that’s your jam. There’s no strict dress code — just come cozy.

A certified MNDFL instructor will guide guests through a step-by-step meditation practice, encouraging everyone to turn their attention inward to detox. These evening classes may improve sleep cycles, and more info about future sessions can be found here.

The library space where MNDFL classes take place, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel has a host of other eventful offerings including jazz nights on Thursdays, Sync Yoga, and — of course — Harvey, the hotel’s on-campus bar and restaurant. If you want to grab a bite after your class — and maybe a drink as well — Harvey hosts Mindful Mondays where guests who turn in their phone get a free cocktail. It’s like a sunnier episode of Black Mirror; you’re rewarded for surrendering technology. It’s the perfect way to cap off a meditation session — that is, if you don’t mind a little extra buzz.

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At Triskelion, A Feminist Dance Piece by Denisa Musilova

Dancer-choreographer Denisa Musilova has put a modern twist on the classic love triangle. Yes, there are one man and two women in her dance piece, Fitting Rooms, but a Marius-Cosette-Eponine reimagining this is not. Instead it’s more like if Handmaid’s Tale were set to dance — but with a more theatrical and less grim tone.

Fitting Rooms at Triskelion Arts

The lithely and talented Massimiliano Balduzzi, Giulia Carotenuto, and Musilova herself perform in this feminist and individualist piece, which concludes at Triskelion Arts (106 Cayler Street) this evening at 8 PM after its three-day run. Continue reading

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Get Elevated to a New Universe with DJ The Josh Craig at Our Spring Market (4/22)

Photo via The Josh Craig

When you stop by our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market this Sunday (4/22), you’re going to be surrounded by some celestial music. Meet our master DJ, The Josh Craig, who will be guiding your Sunday afternoon with some galactic beats and blissed out vibes.

Josh Craig is an artist of many talents. The audio and visual artist, explores narratives in art with music, photography, video game design, and more. His latest project is an interactive album, Closed Doors, pairs with a video game, Doors To The City.

Adding this into the mix, you can expect a futurist DJ performance that’s out of this world. Browse our amazing local vendors, relax at a yoga class, drink some rose, but most importantly, get down with some galactic sounds and positive vibrations from Josh Craig’s turntable mastery.

If you’re digging the star-studded beats our market, head over to Magick City afterwards to continue the dance party where The Josh Craig will take over the venue.

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Greenpoint’s Tiniest Building Will House a New Mexican Restaurant

128 Greenpoint Ave
image: via Google Maps

If you’ve ever wondered what’s up with that dwarfishly charming building sitting empty on Greenpoint Avenue for quite some time, the former plumbing store will soon give birth to its new life as a Mexican restaurant, Oxomoco (pronounced oh-shoh-moh-coh). With 30 outdoor seats, they’ll be taking full advantage of the fact that the quirky little building is set back from the street. Chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm, and his other (Italian) restaurant Speedy Romeo is known for its wood-fired ‘za. So the restaurant will put an emphasis on the fire concept, with two wood-fired ovens reportedly as the restaurant’s centerpiece. Oxomoco is an Aztec deity, goddess of the night, astrology and the calendar. She is also the “first woman,” the Aztec equivalent to Eve. No word on an opening date, but they are hiring—and we predict they’ll be open by summer for outdoor drinking/margarita season! Continue reading

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