Weekend Art Roundup: June 10-12

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Oh man, we’ve got a lot cooking this weekend… I’m not the one to usually say things like “art is all around us,” but this weekend art is all around us: in the streets, wristwatch showrooms, back room bar shows, record label stoop sales, and a Mayan hip hop show. Hell, if that’s not art I don’t know what is.

Cool record label? Or the coolest record label?
Cool record label? Or coolest record label?

Daptone Super Soul Stoop Sale, Friday, June 10
115 Troutman Street

Swing by the House of Soul, Daptone HQ, on Troutman this Friday from 5-8pm.

Selling $10 LPs, shirts, record bags, and some out-of-print and special releases, you’re sure to find a good deal and help support the local, independent record label behind Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, The Budos Band, and more.

We’re told that The Super Soul Stoop Sale will also include “free adult beverages”, so get there early!

Matchless and chill?
Matchless and chill?

Greenpointers Northside Festival  Showcase, Friday, June 10
Matchless, 557 Manhattan Avenue

Partnering with Supercrush Studio and Cara Bella, this year’s Greenpointers Showcase features five bands headlined by Heliotropes.

Kicks off at 8pm, more details here.

Dude. Mayan Hip Hop.

Balam Ajpu: “Tribute to  the 20 Nawales” Live in Concert, Friday, June 10
The Ark, 107 Green St. #G55

Mayan hip-hop group Balam Ajpu (translation: Jaguar Warriors) will perform the NYC debut of their 20-song album, a tribute to the 20 Nawales, energies that guide humanity through time and comprise the 260-day wheel calendar of the ancient Mayans.

This trio of MCs are collectively called “The Three Stones” and individually known as Tzutu Baktun Kan, Dr. Nativo, and M.C.H.E. (an acronym for Memory, Consciousness, History and Evolution.)

Hosted by the Sacred Arts Research Foundation, the show begins at 7:30pm, tickets here.

I mean, you’re not gonna go to the Mayan Hip Hop show in honor of the 20 ancient energies that guide humanity through time?

Like a big sampler platter!
It’s the Summer Sampler!

“Summer Sampler”, June 10
Front Room, 147 Roebling Street

Showcasing over two dozen artist from past and upcoming exhibitions, The Front Room is sure to be packed for this one!

Opening reception, Friday, June 10, 7:30-9:30pm.

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It’s a Literature Festival.

POPSICKLE 7, June 11
Throne Watches Showroom, 41-43 Wythe Avenue

This all-day “mega-reading” literature festival is hosted at a different Brookyln venue each year (Market Hotel, Gowanus Ballroom, Paper Box, Launchpad, Berl’s, The Living Gallery), and this weekend POPSICKLE hits Williamsburg, taking place in the showroom for Throne Watches at 41-43 Wythe Avenue near N.13th Street.

Free and open to the public, the festivities start at 1pm and continue through the night. Full schedule here. I get the feeling you’d be wise to bring a flask.

Whose Streets? Our Streets.
Whose Streets? Our Streets.

Williamsburg Art Walks, June 11-12
Bedford Avenue

On June 11th and 12th, Williamsburg’s main drag Bedford Avenue will transform into a public park (from Metropolitan Avenue to N 12th Street). Art Activations and Community Organizations will bring the street to life with sculptures, live painting, performances and art installations.

Featuring over 50 participating galleries and artists, not to mention all the restaurants and bars along Bedford, this is sure to be a total mob scene of old friends and past lovers… let’s be honest, you won’t be able to avoid  it so may as well check it out. Drink up, y’all! Drink it all in.

 

About Andy Smith

A.P. Smith is a writer, photographer, and record collector living in Greenpoint with his dog, Luigi.

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