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Weekend Music: The Andy Travis Shearling Coat (9/23 – 9/25)

Semi-secret show alert!   Our favorite creepy-looking Aussie Alex Cameron is playing Aviv tonight (9/23) at 9:30. It just got announced yesterday by the club. In case you are not familiar with his work, he lays lounge singer sleaze over retro synth sounds.

And the ugliness is actually a makeup job, to help him get in character.

Elsewhere this weekend, there’s SNL’s Maya Rudolph performing with her Prince tribute band, The Levellers and John the Martyr in town, and filthy soul 45’s to sing along to at Our Wicked Lady. Continue reading

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Experience the nautical, inventive, and gorgeous world of “In a Sea of Faces”

"In a Sea of Faces" plays now through September 25 at Williamsburg's Cloud City venue.
“In a Sea of Faces” plays now through September 25 at Williamsburg’s Cloud City.

The hero’s journey often follows three simple steps: protagonist leaves home, protagonist faces challenges in the world, protagonist returns home, changed. But with In a Sea of Faces, composer and librettist Jahn Sood turns this adventure on its head, all the while achieving depths as great as the ocean from which his hero originates.

Sood’s new folk opera at Cloud City (85 N 1st Street) is as playful as waves, as theatrical as changing tides. In the wildly inventive world directed by Katie Melby, the ocean talks back, handheld flashlights articulate battle and shipwreck, and swaying sails cradle a wayward father’s song of homecoming. Continue reading

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The Revival of the Greenpoint Growler

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Many Greenpoint beer afficianados these days do not drink cans or bottles of beer. In places like Beer Street (413 Graham Avenue), One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Avenue) and Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), drinkers quaff growlers of beer, but the growler is nothing new in Greenpoint. It has a long local history.

There is no clear idea of where the term growler comes from. A growler has been defined as:

Growler: A pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.)

In early days the expression “work the growler” meant go on a spree. An article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the 1880s describing the gang-infested Greenpoint area between Ash and Eagle Streets known as Dangertown (gotta love the name) reported that the local gangs robbed people to get money for the sole purpose of “working the growler.” Continue reading

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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 23 – 25

Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural on Berry Street for The Greenest Point
Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural for The Greenest Point

Funny stories, Mozart in a Loft, a choreography competition, a street art rooftop party, and a “roof (farm) to plate” pizza party… here’s your weekend roundup!

Also? Ted Leo is playing BK Night Bazaar, Morrissey is playing Kings Theatre, but you knew that already. Y’all love that Morrissey!

See ya in the streets!
Andy

 

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Summer Stories at The City Reliquary: Back To School
Friday, September 23, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
at The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave
$5 at the door

Summer Stories is a monthly comedic storytelling series hosted by City Reliquary in Williamsburg. Come enjoy one of Brooklyn’s quirkiest museum, grab a drink at our donation based bar, and hear some of the city’s best comedians, writers, and storytellers present personal anecdotes with a new theme every month.

Hosted by NYTVF’s Kady Ruth Ashcraft & Alise Morales, this month’s theme is “Back To School” and will feature Meghan Ross (Slop Sandwich), Alyssa Limperis (The Scene), Pat Regan (UCB), Ian Adams (ISTDM Podcast), Sydnee Washington (The Warm Up), Steven Poletta (UCB), Catherine Cohen (UCB), and Gary Richardson (Don’t Think Twice).

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Thursday Spotlight: DiMoDa Brings a Digital Museum to Superchief Gallery

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Visitors visit the Digital Museum using Oculus Rift while the visualization is projected on screen at the Superchief Gallery

I just had a trippy time in the back room of Tender Trap and not because I was beer happy and dancing to old school hip hop. The back space moonlights as Superchief Gallery (66 Greenpoint Ave), and it’s there that I stepped into the virtual world of the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDa), where it is currently exhibiting the works of four New Media artists in DiMoDa 2.0: Morphé Presence.

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Render of the museum in the virtual realm of DiMoDa

Equipped with the Oculus Rift and Xbox controller, I landed in what looked like a deserted space station with a futuristic Pantheon in the distance. Here is where you see the work of DiModa’s two founders – Alfredo Salazar-Caro, who designed the terrain and the 3D modeling using a medley of tools (Blender/Z-Brush/Substance Painter/Unity) and William Robertson, who did the programming to make it fully functional. Once inside the museum, you are faced with four monoliths, each of which take you to one of the artists’ works. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Oysters: An Old Local Tradition Revived

It seems that Greenpoint is in the midst of an oyster invasion. The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave.) and other places now offer dollar oysters during happy hours. Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) hosted an Oysterfest about a week ago. And The Brooklyn Barge (3 Milton St.) and Transmitter Pier is home to the Billion Oyster Project in the East River. But actually oysters are nothing new to New York or Greeenpoint. If you want the best history of this tasty mollusk read Mark Kurlansky’s book The Big Oyster. It seems before we polluted our New York waterways there were massive oyster beds. In 1860, 12 million oysters were sold in New York markets; by 1880, our oyster beds were producing a mind boggling 700 million mollusks a year!

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Greenpoint Tattoo Guide Part 4 – Greenpoint Tattoo Co.

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Greenpoint Tattoo Co. – Photo © T. Joseph

Greenpoint Tattoo Co. (131 Meserole Avenue) was started by John Reardon in 2011. The shop’s interior walls are covered top to bottom with sheets of tattoo flash designs. Almost all the flash displayed is custom painted by the crew of artists who works there. So just because you choose a tattoo off the wall doesn’t mean it’s generic. If you’re just in to browse, they’ll let the books full of artists’ work and flash tell you what you need to know, or you can follow them on Instagram and browse from home. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Tattoo Guide Part 3 – Evil & Love

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Evil & Love – Photo © T. Joseph

On the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eagle Street you’ll find Evil & Love Tattoo (211 Franklin St.). A signboard hangs out front with their distinctive umbrella-eye logo, and a chalkboard advertises walk-ins. The windows are full of modern shelves that could be mistaken for a trendy coffee shop, but through these you can see large designs painted on the walls.

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Via Instagram @evilandlove

Inside, I was greeted by a man with a friendly demeanor and tattooed head. This was Joey Rosado, who began as an apprentice shortly after the shop opened in 2013 and is now a full-time tattoo artist there. When I complimented the giant squid attacking a submarine tattooed on his arm he told the story of how he got it (you’ll have to ask him yourself). Continue reading

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Four of Wands Wellness Collective: Self-Care and Community

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Four of Wands exterior; all photos via Four of Wands

Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for  doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”

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Greenpoint Tattoo Guide Part 2 – East River Tattoo

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East River Tattoo – Photo © T. Joseph

East River Tattoo (1047 Manhattan Ave.) opened in 2000 out of a storefront on Franklin Street, making them Greenpoint’s first tattoo shop. They have since moved a few blocks to their current Manhattan Ave location, where a glance in the window reveals a taxidermy fox next to a spotted and stuffed fawn. Continue reading

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