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Have thoughts on the Oscar noms? So do these Greenpointers

Oscar season is upon us, and with it come opinions aplenty about the snubs (there are many), surprises (just a few), and — most importantly — the hot takes. Podcaster, neighbor, and local comedian Stewart Fullerton invites Greenpointers Arts Editor Billy McEntee on the air to discuss this year’s Academy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 9 at 8 PM EST.

In the hour-long episode on Stayin’ Humble with Stew — previously featured in our Thursday Spotlight series — Stewart and Billy dive into their thoughts on this year’s Best Picture nominees (why is Joker included?) and everything from the state of Rebel Wilson’s career to the armed burglary of Jennifer Lopez’ robbed Oscar. On a more poignant note, these cultural omnivores also lament the heavy and misogynist implications of the all-male nominated Best Director category. Tune in for some opinions and laughs, and listen here!

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Welcome Campers! Wild Honey Pies’ Memorial Day Weekend Camp and Music Festival Beckons

A scene from last year’s camp (Courtesy of Wild Honey Pie; Photo: Nicole Potosme)

The Wild Honey Pie is organizing an adult Memorial Day weekend camp and music festival in the Berkshires next spring as a retreat for New Yorkers.

The Welcome Campers music fest runs from May 23rd – 25th at Camp Lenox in Otis, MA, and early-bird tickets are now on sale. An optional bus will provide transportation directly from McCarren Park to the festival. Continue reading

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Is Williamsburg Getting A Vessel at the Domino Development?

A new installation at the Domino development in Williamsburg is taking shape. Photo: @marc @lucas_scherrer_production

The French street artists JR is working on a large-scale installation with shipping containers on the Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino development that is soon to open.

A Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation “JR: Chronicles” also currently displays work from the artist, whose images usually touch on social issues while utilizing size with massive paste-ups and portraits.

Stacks of over a dozen blue shipping containers were placed in a triangle formation at the Domino development last week. JR posted an Instagram update last Thursday indicating that the Brooklyn Museum and Italian architectural design studio LOT-EK are also partners on the work in progress. Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae: Episode 26

Courtesy of Watching New York

For the 26th edition of Fashion Sundae, we’re getting a bit sentimental as this marks the half-year mark of this photo series. Thank you to Watching New York for keeping us up to date on the fashionistas on Bedford Avenue and our stylish neighbors on the other side of the park. As usual, here’s a look at the styles spotted last week in Williamsburg:   Continue reading

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GosT Comes to Knitting Factory on February 12

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of the most electrifying (and scariest?) contemporary bands comes to the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) in Williamsburg. GosT will be on tour supporting his most recent full-length album Valedictionwhich came out this past October. With the release of Valediction, the metal synthwave producer breaks the mold by mixing 80s synth, guitar, gothic vocals and blastbeats that’s propulsive enough to compel the stodgiest of underground metal fans to dance instead of mosh.

Last year Century Media Records welcomed the mysterious producer known as GosT to their roster. GosT embodies the character of Baalberith on his propulsive synthwave solo project, channeling his fascination with the occult, John Carpenter, and 80s slasher flicks. As a teenager he played in metal bands, but eventually drifted toward electronic music which would later become the foundation of his powerful synthwave/retrowave sound. With its haunting atmosphere and aesthetics, influenced by the blackest corners of the metal world, his music quickly garnered GosT a loyal following within the rock and metal community worldwide. Apart from playing his own headlining tours in North America and Europe, he has performed with the likes of Black Dahlia Murder, Power Trip, Khemmis, Havok, Skeletal Remains, Carpenter Brut, and Pallbearer.
Tickets for February 12 are available for purchase here!
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Artist Submissions Sought For Bushwick Inlet Park Gallery Space

The building at Bushwick Inlet Park will display local art in a gallery portion (Image courtesy of NYC Parks)

NYC Parks is seeking artists to submit their works for consideration to be displayed in a gallery near the East River State Park in Williamsburg.

Artists can submit “works for inclusion in the gallery space at Bushwick Inlet Park that draws on their experiences in NYC Parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, on the rich culture of activism and sustainability surrounding parkland in these neighborhoods,” according to the NYC Parks statement.  Continue reading

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Would you like some roller skating with your mimosa? Roller Disco Brunch comes to Williamsburg!

Who’s ready for disco skating?

The trifecta approaches! Get ready for roller disco, mimosas, and music from the ’80s, all under one roof. Starting this Saturday, January 18 — and then returning again on Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 15Schimanski (54 North 11th Street) in Williamsburg will host a series of Roller Disco Brunches.

Ticket holders are invited to transport back to the ‘80s at this pop-up event, which will feature two hours of live entertainment and special performances by professional roller dancers, a live DJ, and brunch items (available for purchase if you work up an appetite).

Each Saturday, the sessions will run from 12 to 2 PM, 2 to 4 PM, and then 4 to 6 PM. See below for ticket info and more details!

📌 Venue: Schimanski

👤 Age requirement: 21+ with valid ID

⛸️ Skate rental: You can bring your own skates or rent some.

❓ Please note: Food will be available for purchase. Tables are first come first served. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are going fast! Visit this site and grab yours now. 

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Free concert: Caroline Polachek comes to Rough Trade

On Sunday, January 19 at 2 PM, acclaimed recording artist Caroline Polachek will be performing an exclusive free acoustic keyboard set and album signing at Rough Trade in Williamsburg (64 North 9th Street).

One of 2019’s most buzzed-about artists, Caroline Polachek released her critically-acclaimed album Pang, which landed on numerous Best Of 2019 Year-End lists, marks the beginning of a new chapter for the former Chairlift singer and has yielded the inescapable pop hit “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings.”
Pang is the most ambitious, hardcore and beautiful album of her career to date. With her signature ‘organic autotune’ and liquid lyricism finally center stage, the record positions her firmly as one of the most singular and captivating singers of a generation.


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New Greenpoint Art Collective Plans First Show (1/11)

The Greenpoint Art Circle at an art-making workshop.

A newly-formed locally-based art group that started through an online message board will hold their first show this weekend in Greenpoint.

Nadia Gomez, the founder of Greenpoint Art Circle says that the groups’ origins began a year ago with a post she made on the NextDoor app asking if “anyone might be interested in gathering to create an accountability group for creators, especially those with day jobs,” she wrote to Greenpointers. Continue reading

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