By Megan Penmann

About Megan Penmann

Not only the Content Manager for Greenpointers, Megan is also a freelance creative director, writer, DJ and jane of all trades living in in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Film, Art, Music + Free BBQ: Bicycle Film Fest Comes to Greenpoint Next Week (June 19-24)

Bicycle Film Fest

Back in 2001, Brendt Barbur got struck by a city bus in NYC while riding his bicycle. Seventeen years later his brainchild, The Bicycle Film Fest, sets up in nearly 100 cities around the globe and celebrates our favorite two-wheeled mode of transport in film, art and music. And, parts of this year’s phenomenal six day fest will be held in North Brooklyn! Read on for more details about what’s going on in our ‘hood during the event (including the free and open to the public opening night BBQ). Check out the BFF site for a full schedule of events.

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Let it Fly: Freak Flag Fest Comes to the Brooklyn Kitchen This Weekend (6/15-17)

Freak Flag Fest 2018

Mind-boggling puppet monster movies made on smart phones, an experimental music/tawdry sorcery project, a bloodthirsty feminist cult, fermented foods inspired by Tennessee commune cultures, a living a living VHS museum, underground rock n’ roll, and more are coming to North Brooklyn this weekend! Freak Flag Fest (FFF) is bringing live music, films, art installations, interactive projections, food and drinks to the Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost Street) from June 15th through the 17th, starting at various times each day. FFF is “sonic, video, projection and installation art, plus awesomely discordant music loud and quiet. FFF is homemade vegan treats inspired by queer hippies. FFF is a totally legal underground rock show revival for all, from legit youth to the somewhat middle-aged. There will be chairs and drinks and inflatables. Let your freak flag fly, and remember why we love this town.” The event will be livestreamed on Wave Farm.

Tix range from $15 to $45 for all weekend pass. More info

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Greenpoint Restaurateurs React to Anthony Bourdain’s Death

via Xi'an Famous Foods on Instagram
via Xi’an Famous Foods on Instagram

This morning, New Yorkers woke up to the unexpected news that famous food writer, chef, critic and travel tv show host Anthony Bourdain, at 61 years old, was dead. He was a legend in the culinary world, inspiring and encouraging countless chefs to follow their dreams, in addition to motivating the world to travel, meet strangers and break bread with them. Jason Wang, CEO of famed Xi’an Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Avenue) says in an Instagram post, “[Anthony Bourdain] helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream.” He will be greatly, greatly missed.

Below, here are some tributes from local restaurants and businesses.

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The Spirit of the City Rises at A/D/O

A/D/O - Spirit of the City by United Visual Artists
A/D/O – Spirit of the City by United Visual Artists
A/D/O - Spirit of the City by United Visual Artists
A/D/O – Spirit of the City by United Visual Artists

SPIRIT OF THE CITY art installation
A/D/O | 29 Norman Avenue
On view this weekend in the A/D/O courtyard as part of Greenpoint Open Studios, Sunday June 3rd from 12pm-5pm (and during normal business hours; note: A/D/O is closed this Saturday June 2nd for a private event)

Spirit of the City is a site-specific installation by London-based United Visual Artists that explores the physical and emotional response that individuals experience when navigating urban environments. Visitors are surrounded by 9-foot high gold mirrored rotating cubes which mimic Manhattan’s (and now Greenpoint’s) high rise skyscrapers. During the day, the reflective cubes cast beams of light onto the ground and walls in an ever changing confetti of light, while at night, the cubes are illuminated.

 

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Screenprinting Workshop, Indigo Dying Demo + More DIY Fun With Greenpoint Artists This Weekend! (6/3)

Kate McQuillen
art by Kate McQuillen

This year for Greenpoint Open Studios (June 2-3, 12-6pm), in addition to opening up their studios to the public, some of our favorite Greenpoint artists are offering rainbow-tinted workshops and live demos of their craft. From a screenprinting workshop to textile dyeing to pottery demonstrations, here are our our top picks for you to get a little more DIY during GOS this weekend!

Color Theory Through Screenprinting
Sunday, June 3rd | 1pm
71 Sutton Street, Garage
In this workshop with Greenpoint artist Kate McQuillen, participants will learn about color theory through printing spectral gradients. After a brief demo, everyone will be able to create their own individual spectrums through choices of pre-mixed gradients. Each participant will leave with a few works on paper, each approximately 8” x 8.”
$35 per person includes materials.
Tickets and info here

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Guided Tours of Artist Studios This Weekend (6/2-6/3) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Visitors inside Colleen Blackard's studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard
Visitors inside Colleen Blackard’s studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard

This year Greenpoint Open Studios promises once again to be a spectacularly art-filled weekend on June 2nd & 3rd, with more than 400 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events and guided tours of artist studios. Greenpoint Open Studios is free and open to the public all weekend (from 12pm-6pm each day), but if you want to get sone one-on-one time with select local artists and have a little help navigating the hundreds of studios, a guided tour is the best way to go. The tours, hosted by Greenpointers art writer Madeline Ehrlich and former art dealer turned realtor Lynn Del Sol, will help you get up close and personal with participating artists and their work, learn about their craft first-hand and ask questions about their practice.

Here’s a rundown of all the tours offered this weekend. Registration is $20, and you can buy tickets in advance or pay cash on-site. The tours include a stop at a local bar with one FREE BEER per participant!

-SATURDAY TOURS-

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: South Greenpoint
Saturday, June 2nd | 12pm-2pm
Tour starts at 231 Norman Avenue
Artists: Aaron ZulpoShane WalshVincent DermodyKate McQuillenHillary Doyle
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: Careful, This is Art
An exploration of Greenpoint artist studios that push the boundaries of art making and conversation. 
Saturday, June 2nd | 1pm-3pm
Tour starts at 276 Greenpoint Avenue
Artists: Michael ScogginsJake ScharbachBarnaby WhitfieldLaura SplanDouglas Goldberg
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: The Other Side of the BQE
Saturday, June 2nd | 3pm-5pm
Tour starts at 473 Porter Avenue
Artists: Rosalind TallmadgeJeff Kraus, Danielle Orchard, Devra Freelander, Kristina Lee
Tickets and info here

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Celebrate and Send Off 10 Years in Greenpoint at Cleopatra’s This Saturday Night! (5/26)

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It’s been a good run. Celebrate ten years of art and fabulousness, and the end of their lease, with local art space Cleopatra’s this Saturday.

Cleopatra’s Closing Party | 110 Meserole Ave
Saturday, May 26 | 6pm — 7pm

Followed by Dancing and Performances at Capri Social Club (156 Calyer St)

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A Pair of Greenpoint Locals are Your One-Stop-Shop for a Low-key Wedding

Bláth & Danny - McGolrick Wedding - Johnny Cirillo
Bláth & Danny tie the knot in McGolrick park. Photo by Tatiana Katkova

Say yes to the dress and get ready for your big fat whatever wedding, ‘cause as they say, the more the merrier. Big weddings are the bomb, but often they can leave the bride and groom feeling bombed out. These days, people are getting married later in life, and a massive wedding often seems inappropriate past a certain age. Plus, many Brooklynites have a desire to elope, and keep things simple by inviting only a couple key people for a brief and intimate celebration. Living in New York is hectic enough, so let’s not make this too complicated, right? Also, wouldn’t it be nice to save your nest egg for oh, I don’t know… New York real estate? A trip around the world? A lifetime supply of La Croix?

More than a year ago local photographer Johnny Cirillo and his friend, officiant and planner Grace Steite started talking about the world of weddings, and realized that no one in Brooklyn was tuned in to the small wedding phenomenon—people were having the kind of low-key weddings that seem naturally suited to a neighborhood like Greenpoint, but no one was helping plan them. And so, Bodega Weddings was born. The pair focus on elopements and small weddings under 30 people (occasionally up to 50 on request), and “swoop in, get the romance of it, and then it’s over,” Cirillo says. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Artists To Watch (Vol. 2: Sculpture)

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Gravitational Space, Alison Kudlow

Once a year, hundreds of Greenpoint artists open up their studio doors to the public for a unique peek inside their process. This year’s Greenpoint Open Studios is happening June 2nd & 3rd, and promises an exciting weekend of art in every medium— from fiberarts to virtual reality to painting to architecture and more. Here are six of our favorite sculpture artists you should definitely check out while you cruise the neighborhood that weekend.

Be sure to check out the full list of artists and sign up for the email list to find out more about fun Greenpoint Open Studios events happening that week!

Alison Kudlow | sculpture
255 Calyer St, third floor, 8A

Based in Greenpoint for about five years, Kudlow’s sculptures explore the sun, cosmos, gender and the ethereal, through the physical translation of her sculptures using a few different mediums: glass, ceramics, resins, and thread. This year, she is creating a body of work specifically to show during Open Studios.

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