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Psych Band Tonsstartbandht Grooved In Greenpoint Sunday Night

Tonstartssbandht at the Park Church Co-Op

Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit) isn’t just a psych band with a challenging name—their music creates sonic collages that take you on a journey through a misty rainbow forest odyssey. This past Sunday night, they played the evocative Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), and if you haven’t been there for a show it’s definitely worth checking out. The acoustics and the atmosphere is truly breathtaking. On Sunday, Tonstartssbandht was supported by Dougie Poole and Turnip King.

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We Heart This Greenpoint-Produced Love Podcast: Essie’s Hour of Love

Essie's Hour of Love
The Essie’s Hour of Love team (from bottom L to R)—Essie Zar, Nancy Pappas, Grace Taylor. Photo: Chris DeMairo

Ever stumble into a café on a Tuesday morning with a dozen people plugging away on their laptops and wonder, “What are you all doing and working on?” If you said “yes,” you’re not alone. And right here in Greenpoint, you may be surprised to know that a podcast is being produced right across the table from you.

No matter what your interests or where you are in the world, the topic of love is universal. For many, it’s a question with an ongoing search for an answer—and a subject that rarely has a single point of view. Australian native Essie Zar explores perspectives on and experiences of love with those from all walks of life through her podcast Essie’s Hour of Love, produced and broadcasted right from her Greenpoint ‘shack d’amour’ a.k.a flat—a.k.a apartment—on Driggs Avenue. From other fellow podcasters, to childhood friends, to strangers along her path, Essie focuses on the identities of her subjects and their individualized, unique journeys in love and life. While her interviewees talk about things like fairytale endings, headstrong partnerships or the balance between the head and the heart, Essie’s intuition always leads her to capture their most vulnerable stories. We interviewed Essie and her team finding out how they got started, where they are now and how Greenpoint has played a part in not only the podcast’s production but also in their lives. Continue reading

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GOS 2017 Artists to Watch! (Vol. 1)

Here are just a few of our participating GOS 2017 Artists! Register now and join us at Tuesday’s Sign Up Party!

Artists and visitors are welcome!

See you for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 this summer, June 3 & 4, 2017.

Abby Lloyd, Sculpture
Challenging female archetypes, Lloyd uses the viewer’s own culturally constructed beliefs against themselves.

@sassy_dude
255 Calyer Street, 3rd Floor

Julia Norton at GOS 2017

Julia Norton, Painting
Simulated oases, adventure game shows, and gymnastics are amongst the varied references in Julia Norton’s (b.1985, New York City) ongoing exploration of environment, body, and form. Her most recent series, Things That Could Go Wrong in the Holodeck, builds upon Norton’s interest in spaces as sources of fantasy, reinvention, and things gone awry.

julia-norton.com
at 307 Eckford Street

Macha Studio, Sculpture
Jewelry which often represents commitment, inspired by the harmonies between nature and manufacture.

machajewelry.com
67 West St #328

 

See you for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 this summer, June 3 & 4, 2017.

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Game-Changing Pins from Pinpoint

Pinpoint has a little piece of my heart: this tough-but-chic brand run by two clever Greenpoint ladies in the jam. So, step up your accessories game and style up that banging denim vest you thrifted from Dusty Rose or the dreamy leather jacket you spied in Fox and Fawn. Besides looking cool, these lil pins are totally wallet friendly. All of these pretty metals and patches are only 10 bucks or less!

Check out these 10 oh-so-cool pins and show us your swag!
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If You’re A ‘Plant Killer’ This Workshop Is For You

plants via @tinybloom Instagram
Tiny plants via @tinybloom Instagram

Local atelier 7115 by Szeki (223 Grand St.) is kicking off Spring with a plant propagation workshop hosted by Suji Lee, plant whisperer and ceramicist from tinybloom. Suji will share tips and tricks for taking care of houseplants, and show you two methods of plant propagation, which is an inexpensive and clever way of creating new plants from existing plants.

The workshop is FREE. Get some hands-on knowledge about the magic of plant propagation!
7115 by Szeki | 223 Grand St.
Wednesday, April 26, 7-9pm
RSVP here

Learn more about our workshop instructor Suji here or follow along on her plantstagram @tinybloom.

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The Phantom Wall – A Conceptual Art Project by Local Artist Jorge Cruz

Sadly, these days walls, and keeping people out of America, is an all too familiar topic of public discourse. Perhaps no people in the world feel as strongly about walls as Mexicans do, so it is entirely appropriate that Jorge Cruz, a talented local artist from Puebla, Mexico is planning an art installation that not only relates to the physical walls that some want to build across the southern border, but also the larger, and more troubling, spiritual, intellectual and moral walls that divide all people. It is hard to think of a more important topic for a conceptual art installation than these walls the show explores.
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Violet Sands, Ian Chang, And Body Language Defy What Indie Rock Bands Can Be

Violet Sands kicking things off – Photo: Nadeem Salaam

Friday nights at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.) are often surprisingly jam-packed with talent sourced from our own backyard. A simple perusing of upcoming shows ties the seemingly endless web of Brooklyn indie music together. Both Body Language and Violet Sands, who played the Bazaar last Friday, have been deeply immersed in local projects over time, and watching artists’ evolution is what scenes are for. We live in a city with exceptional taste and openness to new sounds, and Friday night that curiosity was piqued when Ian Chang, (drummer of Body Language) treated the audience to experimental oddities, performing solo on a drum kit wired to sensors and truly defying the definition of a band. Continue reading

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Celebrate Aussie 4th of July Anzac Day tomorrow (4/25) at Northern Territory!

Northern Territory RooftopGet ready to whoop it up Australian style. Tomorrow, (Tues. 4/25) our local Australian-owned bar Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) will be hosting Anzac Day celebrations. As Australia and New Zealand’s equivalent to our 4th of July, it’s a day of remembrance for those who have served since WWI.

According to Wikipedia, one of the main Anzac Day traditions is the Gunfire Greakfast—rum n’ coffee—generally imbibed just after dawn, and refers to the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Northern Territory will kick things off at 4pm, and the party goes all night long. They’ll have games of Two-Up (a traditional Aussie coin toss game), with all proceeds going to Mates4Mates, an organization that supports injured, wounded and/or ill ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families. Coopers beer and shot specials will be running all night long while they serve up $5 sausage rolls and spinach rolls from Dub Pies. Their awesome rooftop will be open, weather permitting.

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Weekend Art Roundup: April 21 – April 23

Photo: @apsmithnyc “Hiiiii!”

OK, guys… we’re in the midst of some serious cosmic happenings… As you may know, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Pluto are all currently in retrograde. And Mercury turns retro next week. What does all this mean?

Well, Jupiter deals with personal growth and expansion, so don’t freak out if you feel like you’re treading water right now. Pluto rules love and relationships, Mars is all about emotions and *gulp* sanity, and Saturn essentially manages your karma points. in short: if you feel kinda crazy and listless, you’re not alone!

What better time to check out some art? Get pro-active, y’all. The cosmos may be trying to hold you back, but go out there and let yourself be great!

The Hollows: Performance Studio: “Mattress” & “Pressing On”
Friday, April 21
7pm, 8pm, 9:15pm
at The Hollows, 151 Bedford Avenue
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Inside You: A Greenpoint-Based Body-Switching Comedy

Picture this: you and bae decide to spice things up so you get down and dirty with a sex toy—a totally magical night. But, your night was actually so magic that you wake up the next day and discover you’ve switched bodies, which is simultaneously terrifying and awesome. We’ve seen body-switching in movies before (Freaky Friday, Vice Versa and The Change Up, among others), but the new film Inside You goes deeper and explores gender, sexuality and marriage while still remaining hilarious. After three years of challenging production, badass lady director Heather Fink is ready to put her latest film out into the world. Using shows and films like Louis, Girls, Obvious Child and Bridesmaids as the script’s true-to-life comedic inspiration, she shot the film right here in Greenpoint and other parts of North Brooklyn (you can see Bushwick’s Catland in the trailer, masquerading as the sex shop). Heather (a Greenpointer) not only directed the film, but she also wrote it and stars in it. We chatted with her about her filmmaking process and her love of Greenpoint.

GP: How long did the film take to make (from writing the script through production)?

Heather: I finished the script in March 2014, ran the Kickstarter in June 2014, tried to shoot in October 2014 but had the lead actress drop out the day before the shoot. We re-tooled the project, I decided to act in it myself, and we finally shot in June 2015. We locked the picture edit by January 2016, and finished sound, color, VFX, music and titles by June 2016. I applied to festivals with this cut—and waited several months to hear back, taking me into 2017. I ran out of money so I needed to work several months to afford the final pieces—the end credits sequence, and we just finished the trailer. Every step of the way I had to work till I had enough money to pay for each thing. Now, it’s paid for.

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