Art/Music

Get Your Art On: Two FREE Botanical Illustration Classes (7/20 & 7/25)

illustration by Wendy Hollender
illustration by Wendy Hollender
There’s a handful of figure drawing classes in North Brooklyn, but these two upcoming classes focus on bringing elements of the outdoors into your sketchbook. Both classes are held outdoors, and they’re both FREE!
Botanical Drawing with Gabriel Willow
Friday, July 20 | 4pm-7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Free, Suggested donation $10
Drawing plants is a wonderful tool for closer observation of the natural world. Join naturalist Gabriel Willow on a journey through the Kingsland Wildflowers rooftop landscape, observing & drawing various plants and flowers as you deepen your connection to nature. No drawing experience required; materials provided.

Botanical Art Workshop with Wendy Hollender
Wednesday, July 25 | 6pm-8pm
Franklin Street Garden | 61 Franklin Street
Free, materials provided
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Greening Greenpoint will be hosting a workshop with professional botanical artist Wendy Hollender. Wendy will lead a botanical illustration and plant biology lesson and all art supplies will be provided.
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Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is This Saturday! 7/14

Pete's Mini Zine Fest

The next installment of Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is coming up this Saturday, July 14th from 2-7pm! This zine-fest-in-a-bar has been going strong for eight years. Head on down to Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), drink some booze, meet the talented lineup, and check out some zines!
As always, admission is FREE.

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This Week’s Best Dance Parties! (July 4th Edition)

The Lot Radio Block Party
via The Lot Radio

THE LOT RADIO 4th OF JULY BLOCK PARTY
Wednesday, July 4th | 12pm-11pm
The Lot Radio | 17 Nassau Avenue
FREE; RSVP on Facebook

The Lot Radio is again bringing an all-are-welcome bangin’ block party to the neighborhood, with (of course) a stellar DJ lineup. Drinks available at the kiosk and food from Holy Ground BBQ, a Le Gamin popup and an ice cream stand. 12pm: Dub-Stuy Records; 1pm: Yuki b2b Fa Tik; 2pm: Sanna b2b Image Man; 3pm: Takaya b2b Douglas Sherman4pm: Felipe special Cumbia Set; 5pm: RIOBAMBA_dj; 6pm: Eli Soul Clap b2b Cesar Toribio; 7pm: Kim Ann Foxman; 8pm: Justin Strauss b2b The Juan MacLean; 9pm: Lloyd
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Ticket Giveaway: Bedouin at Brooklyn Mirage July 3rd

SAGA Ibiza 2018 | Photo credit Julián Farina
SAGA Ibiza 2018 | Photo credit Julián Farina

Brooklyn deep house DJ duo Bedouin are bringing their infamous Ibiza club night SAGA to Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Ave) tomorrow—along with Matthew Dekay, SIS, Sainte Vie (Live), Wild Dark and Lovecraft. If you’ve never been to Brooklyn Mirage, it’s an experience unlike any other in the city, with the vibe of a Vegas-meets-Coachella megaclub that was beamed down from a spaceship onto an industrial street in Bushwick. On Wednesday, the epic multi-leveled outdoor venue with views of the city will feature immersive art, custom visuals, performers and of course a bangin’ soundtrack to match. Tickets are available on Resident Advisor.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to tomorrow’s shebang, so visit the Greenpointers Facebook page below for a chance to win!

Bedouin presents SAGA at Brooklyn Mirage July 3rd

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AngelOnce and GoopMassta Come to Bushwick This Friday for a 3D Art Experience

AngelOnce and GoopMassta’s signature characters (see more on their Instagrams — @AngelOnce and @GoopMasta)

This Friday, 3rd Ethos Gallery presents “Pink and Green 2, The Hype Series,” a duo show featuring West Coast artists AngelOnce and GoopMassta who are collaborating in New York together for the first time. Leading to the opening reception on Friday  from 7 to 11 PM, the artists will be transforming the gallery space into a 3D experience of eye popping colors, retro themes, and animal prints.

“Pink and Green 2, The Hype Series” presents the artistic output of two critically acclaimed street-artists bringing a colorful second installment of their Pink and Green party in 3D. Along with a new collection of works, limited edition prints, patches, stickers, and pins will be available for purchase at the show and via the 3rd Ethos website.  Swing by the free event! RSVP (and find more info) below:

Pink and Green 2, The Hype Series in 3D by AngelOnce & GoopMassta
Presented by 3rd Ethos Gallery
Show runs from June 29 to July 29
154 Knickerbocker Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Attendees can RSVP via the Eventbrite link here. No cost to register.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday noon to 8 PM

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The Karcher Hosts Pride-Themed Storytelling Event (with Dandelion Wine!)

June may be waning, but the Pride events keep a-comin’. On Friday, June 28, intimate hair salon The Karcher (760 Manhattan Avenue) is hosting a queer storytelling event with drinks and socializing to follow. Come to the second story hair boutique from at 8 PM this Friday for “What Happens to Boys In Chelsea, A Queer Story Told by Foster Lawrence.”

The Karcher has increasingly become a community events space, and this Friday will further bolster their efforts. The storytelling portion will last about 30 minutes, and then the guests will mingle and enjoy wine donated from the nearby Dandelion. The event will also provide attendees with information for how community members to get involved with SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of older LGBTQ+ adults.

Stop by on Friday for good stories, good neighbors, and good wine!

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Thursday Spotlight: Tony Falcone Captures Portraits of L Train Commuters in the Face of Change

Photo by Tony Falcone

The L Train is closing, this we know. Brooklynites will relocate, biking will increase, businesses may shut down. It’s a great deal of change in an ever-changing borough, and no medium captures this evolution as well as photography.

Enter local artist Tony Falcone, whose portraits of neighbors and commuters will soon be relics of an L Train past. His simple and stirring photos depict people going about their lives — lives that soon will face fierce readjustment and perhaps unwelcome change. We caught up with Tony — a celebrated street photographer — to discuss his experiences and method in capturing his subjects, and a changing neighborhood.

Greenpointers: What inspired you to capture these portraits on the L?

Tony Falcone: It is a current issue that affects lots of people and businesses who had moved to neighborhoods near the L line because of the quick and easy commute to Manhattan. The L Train is a big reason why neighborhoods like Williamsburg grew to what they are now. Continue reading

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FREE Movies In McCarren — Lineup Announced!

SummerScreen returns to McCarren park this July!

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

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Local Filmmaker’s “Incall” Returns to Film Noir Cinema June 21!

A scene from INCALL by Brock Riebe

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

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