For the past eight summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have produced a series of Saturday afternoon crawls that hit up the best bars, restaurants and shops in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Incredibly, they’ve never held one of these Immersions in the Brewery’s own neighborhood, until now. Their first-ever Total Williamsburg Immersion is Saturday, June 23.
Not only will Immersion goers get free Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars and cash in on food and retail deals, attendees will also be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room, where they’ll be serving complimentary brews there, too.
This Saturday, June 23rd you can compete in a scavenger hunt all over Greenpoint! At 2pm, you can pick up a challenge list from BklynQuest in Father Jerzy Popielsko Square (the little triangle park in between Nassau Ave & Bedford Ave, across from McCarren), and assemble your team of 5-10 people. Expect the challenges to involve eating, drinking and “general tomfoolery”. You can check out the #bklynquest IG tag to see examples of challenges from past events. It costs $20 to compete (only one ticket needed per team to compete), and you can come alone or with a friend and they’ll put you on a team. There’ll be prizes and drinks for the winners and a closing ceremony at a TBD venue in the ‘hood.
Before the Sketchbook Project heads out on tour this summer to share their awesome handmade art journals in cities around the country, the Brooklyn Art Library (the project’s home, 28 Frost Street) is having a party this Saturday June 23rd from 7pm-11pm. There’ll be music, art and free beer!Continue reading →
When you’ve got a little one, it can be tough enough to wrangle some fun time outside of the house, let alone find grown up activities where bringing your noisy baby won’t annoy the crap out of everyone around you. For moms and dads who are looking to have a little fun with their kid in tow, Edamama (568 Union Ave) is hosting a baby friendly comedy show for adults this Thursday June 21st at 1030am. Tickets are $12, more info here and below! Continue reading →
SummerScreen, presented by Northside Media (Northside Festival), has revealed its movie lineup for the summer! Brooklyn’s favorite free film and concert series will return this summer to McCarren Park for its thirteenth consecutive year. Taking place every Wednesday in July and August, the weekly event will screen eight films in the park and will offer food, beverage, and live music. Screenings kick off Wednesday, July 11. Continue reading →
Would Northern Brooklyn be complete without its own film noir jewel box theater? Film Noir Cinema, located at 122 Meserole Avenue, is a hidden gem in Greenpoint that will soon screen the revival of INCALL, a coming-of-age film with a twist. In the film, After the accidental death of a massage client, and through a bizarre set of circumstances, a young masseur and a seductive cat burglar begin killing massage clients for profit. The film, previously a hit in the nabe, returns Thursday, June 21 at 9 PM.
We spoke with filmmaker Brock Riebe — a local artist who wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the movie — about his influences, social commentary in film, and how to succeed while working on a micro-budget.
Greenpointers: INCALL has had a few encore presentations at this point. What do you think audiences find most appealing about this film?
Brock Riebe: Many people can relate to the struggle of the lead character, Kasey, who has been playing by the “rules” in life but who still can’t seem to make ends meet. In the film, Kasey begins questioning who exactly is making the “rules” and for whose benefit? As a result, he ends up going down a very dark path in which he, with the assistance of his cohort Marco, begins making his own rules for his own benefit. In this age of 21st century, greed-based global capitalism (an age in which many feel forced to play by “rules” that are not for their benefit, and that they had no say in making), many can relate to this theme and are asking similar questions. Continue reading →
“Welcome to the magical world of Sadi Tekin,” the artist’s website proclaims. And magical it is — local artist and illustrator Sadi Tekin is a known for his enchanting and whimsy drawings that touch the heart and often go — per his recent venture into tattoo creations — skin-deep. We caught up with the Greenpoint artist (a recent presence at Greenpoint Open Studios) to discuss his Brooklyn dwelling, Kickstarter project, and upcoming projects.
Greenpointers: Do you live in Brooklyn, and if so where/how long have you been here?
Sadi Tekin: I’ve been living in New York since 2012, and four years of it was in Brooklyn. Now I’m in Greenpoint and loving it. Continue reading →
Field Day Friday at Kingsland Wildflowers Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Friday, June 15 | 4pm-7pm Join Kingsland Wildflowers this Friday, June 15, at 4pm for their Field Day Friday (every 3rd Friday of the month) in partnership with Newtown Creek Alliance where you can volunteer to get your hands dirty and help maintain the beautiful rooftop garden!
Botanical Printmaking / Art + Nature at Kingsland Wildflowers Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave Friday, June 15 | 4pm-7pm And, this Friday as part of their art + nature series, you will also enjoy a guided tour of what is blooming on the rooftop meadow and learn creative ways to get to know the plantsbylearning botanical printmaking with artist Autumn Kioti! $10 suggested donation. More info + registration here.
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
A hodgepodge of artistic events are on display this week, neighbors — Laurie Simmons comes to Nitehawk, DJ Spooky returns to his home borough, and more art delights and invades Northern Brooklyn this week. Take a gander at the eclectic mix below!
Himbad and The 9th Wave by Himbad 3rd Ethos Gallery | 154 Knickerbocker Avenue Now–June 24 More info, free
Himbad is an elusive entity that’s created a set of mystic characters drawn from his studies in Egyptian folklore and Eastern mythology. Originally from London, he has become an internationally renowned street artist recognized for his ability to imagine creatures from the underworld and is now enjoying his first solo show.
SPIRIT OF THE CITY art installation A/D/O| 29 Norman Avenue Now–September 2 More info, free
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.
My Art by Laurie Simmons Nitehawk | 136 Metropolitan Avenue Monday, June 11 at 7:30 More info, $16
Laurie Simmons — acclaimed visual artist and mother to Lena and Grace Dunham — comes to Nitehawk with her new film, My Art, playing a single artist living in New York whose decades-old dream of a respectable place in the art world becomes more elusive. A Q&A will follow this Monday’s screening!
DJ Spooky Deep Space | 74 Wythe Avenue Wednesday, June 13 at 10 PM More info, $15
Deep Space is proud to celebrate the newest work by electronic music’s original Renaissance man DJ Spooky who reinvents dancehall into forward thinking, bass loving and highly dance-worthy summer anthems on his latest musical release, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall. The artist, who is credited as one of the master makers of Brooklyn’s once emerging electronic music scene, and NYC’s signature “illbient” movement, returns to his home town for a rare NYC appearance.
A Rip in the Tide Opening Lucas Lucas | 57 Conselyea Street Thursday, June 14 from 7–10 PM More info, free
A Rip in the Tide, a solo show of hand-cut paper by Sophie C’est La Vie, will open at Lucas Lucas in Brooklyn on June 14 and will be on view through July 15. Through framed pieces of hand-cut paper as a reflection of a thought, mood or feeling at one point in time, the artist explores the collision of poise and primal response.
He Disappeared into Complete Silence with Darius Jones & Angélica Negrón’s Pasajero Areté Venue and Gallery | 67 West Street #103 Monday, June 18 at 8 PM More info, $15
Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.
8pm He Disappeared into Complete Silence A song cycle co-composed and performed by Darius Jones and Mary Prescott, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work, He Disappeared into Complete Silence.
9:15pm Angélica Negrón Pasajero (Passenger/Fleeting) is a collection of three ambient pop songs for voice, live electronics, vegetable synth (via the Ototo interface) and mechanical instruments built by Nick Yulman. Inspired by themes of collective and individual identity as well as the search for home, these songs combine elements of magical realism with fragile electroacoustic soundscapes crafted mostly through micro samples and found sounds. Exploring the convergence between the organic and the artificial by combining an unconventional domestic orchestra with automatic instruments that use robotic modules to play themselves, these songs seek also to highlight the sometimes- overlooked magic in the ostensibly insignificant, the mundane and the quotidian.