By Billy McEntee
Full disclosure: Mary Houlihan and I used to carpool. The guest star on “Difficult People” and I would be shuttled to Brookside Middle School by my neighbor’s mom, but it was always a mystery whether or not Mary would join us on a given school day. Hers was the last house on our carpool journey, and — after a few car honks — Mary emerged, or didn’t. I was always grateful for the mornings she did. Even then, she had a stupefyingly offbeat wit — generous but dry, subdued but bonkers. Chipper as we were bitter with her tardiness, Mary would enter the car and chime, “Good morning, friends.”
We once shared a commute; we now share a neighborhood. Houlihan embodies the best parts of Greenpoint in her life and career — she builds community, as with her Three Chickies musical improv series, and maintains a signature self-awareness, even as careers (and neighborhoods) change. I’m happy to have caught up and discussed the comedy scene with the sly wizard behind “Learn To Paint With Mary Houlihan!“.
Greenpointers: How long have you been in Greenpoint?
Mary Houlihan: About six years. When I first moved here I lived off the Myrtle/Willoughby G stop in Bed-Stuy, then I moved to a big building that flooded in Hurricane Sandy after living there for just a month. Then I moved in with my parents in New Jersey. Then I moved to a green house off Calyer Street, then I lived near Grandma Roses, and now I’m in my current location. I’ve moved a lot.
The neighborhood’s treated you well?
It’s treated me well, me likely. It’s quiet. It’s hidden but not insane.
Ghosts, Ghouls, and Greenpointers: Celebrate Halloweekend with Our Samhain Fall Market on 10/28 (Sunday)!
Throw leaves in your hair and arms in the air: our annual Fall Market returns October 28 from 1–7 PM! This year, we’re celebrating Samhain — a traditional Gaelic holy day marking the end of the harvest season and the nearness of winter. Our market will be a fall festival in the fullest: a celebration of Greenpoint’s autumnal splendor and the 60+ talented crafters our neighborhood supports. RSVP here, and spread the word around!
As our Instagram has shown, nobody celebrates Halloween like Greenpoint, so join us for our market in the stunning (and seasonally appropriate rustic chic) Greenpoint Loft at 67 West Street. Up on the fifth floor, enjoy for a variety of treats including: Continue reading
Areté Venue and Gallery is hosting two unique concerts to kick off Halloweekend: Musical Oddities and Monstrosities. These “strange symphonies of unusual instruments” will be at 4 and 7 PM on October 27 at 67 West Street nestled in the gallery’s backyard.
Sip cocktails as you take in sounds that you’ve never heard before, and may never hear again. In this special concert event, Atlas Obscura — keeper of all things quirky — and sound artist Nick Yulman partner together for a program of musical oddities and delights. Hear books that growl like synthesizers, Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz and her singing saws, new musical inventions by Merche Blasco, and more unusual instruments coaxed into creating hauntingly beautiful, mind-blowing experimental music.
Your sonic evening will begin with Nick Yulman’s orchestra of robotic instruments playing his original songs in a gallery at a former rope factory. You’ll hear the surprising stories behind groundbreaking musical inventions and a chorus of rare instruments — charming and cacophonous — played during this intimate concert. The event promises to be a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate Halloween, with instruments that seem haunted themselves and the themed Monster Mash specialty cocktail. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Nick’s solo show will also have an opening reception on October 21st from 11AM–4PM, and gallery hours on November 2nd from 6–9 PM.
Virginia-based rock band Mae comes to The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) this Sunday for a concert during their nationwide tour. Doors open at 7 for the concert, and tickets are just $25 when purchased in advance. Mae, an acronym for Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience, recently released a new EP entitled 3.0 that will be highlighted on their current tour. 3.0 is a preview to the band’s self-titled full-length album, due out October 28.
Alright film buffs: this coming week, from October 10-14, the Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) returns for its 11th anniversary. The annual celebration of Brooklyn’s finest filmmaking talent hosts shorts and homegrown films galore, plus interesting and timely panels like Women in Film & TV and Perspectiva Latina.
Founded in 2007, BFF is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. It attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love.
The five-day festival has a myriad of passes available — from press to weekend screenings — so viewers can customize their experience (and their spending). More information can be found on the website, Instagram, or at the box office (100 Bogart Street), and a list of films can be found here. Plus, read our exclusive Thursday Spotlight interview with Kweighbaye Kotee, founder and CEO of BFF!
Lots to check out at Triskelion this fall! Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) presents Split Bill #29 October 11-14 at 7:30 PM. The Split Bill program aims to serve emerging and mid-career artists looking for a stepping-stone between the showcase format and evening-length self-production. Unlike many showcases, this series encourages the development of premiere, long-form pieces between 20 and 40 minutes. Split Bill presents all kinds of movement-based work with each night offering two different companies.
For a taste of a dance and performance powerhouse producing strong, cutting experimental work, stop by Triskelion to support local art of all stripes. Tickets are $18 via this link, or $22 at the door.
Thursday, October 11: Zehnder Dance / VALLETO
Friday, October 12: Emily Climer / Zehnder Dance
Saturday, October 13: VALLETO / Joan Bradford
Sunday, October 14: Joan Bradford / Emily Climer
Bushwick Open Studios — #BOS2018 — returns this weekend! Though it of course can’t compare to our own neighborhood’s (and Greenpointers-produced) Greenpoint Open Studios earlier this summer, this weekend’s art fest in Bushwick will be a blast of art filled fun and madness. Take a tour of the industrial chic neighborhood we all love and take in some local art while investigating open studios.
Hundreds of Bushwick artists will have their studios open Saturday and Sunday for visitors to meet them and see their work. For the 2018 edition of BOS, Art During the Occupation Gallery is pleased to show SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE, a painting solo by Sharilyn Neidhardt concerning the rootlessness, alienation, and ultimate freedom of city living in the 21st century.
For a timeline of events, see below, and for more info, visit the BOS site here.
Friday: Launch Party 7–10 PM at 119 Ingraham Street
Art During the Occupation Gallery — in partnership with our friends at Trans-Cen-Der Art Group, Temporary Storage Gallery, and Brooklyn Fire Proof — are throwing an art networking party to mark the LAUNCH of 2018’s Bushwick Open Studios Festival.
Saturday and Sunday: BOS from 12–6 PM (120 Ingraham Street)
Come to the Brooklyn Fire Proof building to take in four floors of local artists! Run by Art During the Occupation Gallery Bushwick — a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work — BOS is an annual event celebrating the multitude of talent and artistic achievement Bushwick has to offer. They delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual. Our gallery was launched in 2015 by Christopher Stout who serves as gallery founder and director.