Art/Music

Thinking Big and Living Large in A/D/O’s new MINI Living Cabin

Micro Living in Action. Via A/D/O's facebook page.
Micro Living in Action. Via A/D/O’s facebook page.

Limited space is a hallmark of city life, so it’s not everyday that New Yorkers ask themselves, “where should I put the hammock.” A/D/O, the creative design hub and co-working space at 29 Norman Avenue, has answered this question, and many more in its new MINI Living Urban Cabin. The Cabin is installed in A/D/O’s courtyard, and is on view for free daily between 9am and 7pm through November 22nd. The instillation seeks to “create a house within a limited footprint that is inspired by local surroundings; a cabin that blends into the landscape and illustrates New York as a vibrant city that incorporates cultural influences from around the world.”  Continue reading

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Chicano Batman Packs Warsaw on Fall Tour for ‘Freedom is Free’

All Photos by Onile Thomson

Chicano Batman packed Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) for their second night in New York City. The fall tour supports their album Freedom Is Free, released in March. The album is among Billboard’s Best Albums of 2017 So Far and was recorded at Diamond Mine Recordings in nearby Long Island City. The tour kicked off in their hometown of Los Angeles late September, with three sold-out shows at The Fonda Theatre.

Openers Khruangbin & The Shacks started off the evening with mellow vibes and some instrumental tracks that felt almost improvised. The tempo eventually revved up a bit to pump-up the audience in preparation for the energetic headliners. Chicano Batman blends the sounds of soul, Brazilian Tropicalía and a bit of old school R&B. Like the well-dressed performers of their 1970’s predecessors, these are show men. You can see a display of that showmanship in their debut Conan performance filmed earlier this year. Continue reading

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VENDOR CALL! Winter Candyland Holiday Market! (Sunday, December 10th)

Poster by Kirby Salvador (@kirbysalvador)

On Sunday, December 1oth, we are bringing sugar & spice and everything nice to our Winter Candyland in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft!

At this time, we are looking for some creative crafters, makers of food, art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. to join us!

Our annual Holiday Market is the biggest one of the year and we are expecting 3,000-4,000+ shoppers to join us for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of the most beautifully restored historic spaces in Brooklyn.

Apply to join the Holiday Market here

Deadline to register is November 10th but we start accepting on a rolling basis so the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can secure a spot.

NOTE: Vendor spaces are reserved for local independent makers and small businesses. If you don’t meet this criteria, email [email protected] to learn about sponsorship opportunities and help support local!

Questions? Email Yuka at [email protected]

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Video Premiere: Never Die by Local Lo-Fi Rockers Golden West Service + Halloween Show @ Muchmore’s!

Matt Rohrer of Golden West Service, photo via Instagram
Matt L. Roar hits the floor after performing as Golden West Service, photo via Instagram

When he was a kid in the San Francisco Bay area, Matt L. Roar’s mom and dad formed a blues band with him on bass, his little brother on sax, mom on the keys and dad on guitar. A guy from their church, who would wear a hat with red lights on it during shows, played the drums. They would perform at watering holes out in the East Bay, and Matt’s dad would dress him up in a big coat and hat as a cheap disguise—to hide the fact that he was only twelve years old and hanging out in a bar. After growing up, playing in hardcore punk bands in San Francisco and the East Bay and later moving to North Brooklyn several years ago, Matt L. Roar is definitely no newbie to the indie music scene.

Equally influenced by a DIY punk ethos, modern rappers like Lil Yachty, oldschool hiphop (Wu Tang and Tribe) and the old timey sounds of Woody Guthrie’s wails, his musical project Golden West Service is an idiosyncratic blend of garage, punk, noise, lo-fi 8-bit and a number of other genres. On GWS’s newly released first full-length album When You Die, he collaborates with a variety of musical friends, including Tim Hellman (OhSees/Flat Worms), who plays guitar on three songs; Evan Smith (Russian Baths) who plays bass on almost the entire record, and Jah Jah Brown (local punk rappers Ninjasonik) does vocals on one of the tracks. His younger brother Aaron Rohrer plays sax on one of the songs, poet Marisa Crawford performs on another and, and friend Andy Del Calvo laid down some drums for the song Blackbird.

We chatted with him about his new album, and the best local venues to see live music (The Gutter, Silent Barn, Trans Pecos and RIP Greenpoint Heights). Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Textile Artist Caroline Z. Hurley

Caroline Z Hurley in her shop, photo by Mitch Boyer
Caroline Z Hurley in her Freeman Street shop, photo by Mitch Boyer

Passion for coziness and a reverence for Dolly Parton sound like the perfect combo in an artist, and Caroline Z. Hurley boasts both of those things. Hurley was originally trained in painting at RISD, but her Greenpoint-based eponymous label (with a shop at 155 Freeman Street) produces textiles for the home using age-old, hands-on processes like block-printing, quilting, and weaving. Greenpointers had the pleasure of catching up with Caroline and hearing more about her artistic process, and how she managed to turn an “accident” into a full-fledged, sustainable manufacturing business. Continue reading

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Immersive Chocolate Dances come to Triskelion Arts Tonight and Saturday

Chocolate Dances via Facebook
Choreography meets Chocolate! Via Facebook

Megan Sipe might have the coolest job description around. She’s a Choreographer/Chocolatier and she’s melded both of her passions, dance and chocolate making, into one exciting company: Chocolate Dances. Through Chocolate Dances, Sipe and her creative partners create multi-sensory performances paired with handcrafted chocolates, which they serve to the audience during each performance. The result is a natural connection between performers and audience members.

This week Chocolate Dances’ newest performance is coming to Greenpoint, and you can be part of it!  The Chocolate Dances Costume Party Tasting Performance will be in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) Tonight (10/11) and Saturday (10/14) at 8pm. The performance is sure to showcase Chocolate Dances in all its decadent glory, and promises to be an event that “taps into your gustatory cortex, that mysterious part of your brain that allows you to taste the deepest, darkest (or milkiest) chocolate truffles we’ll be serving and provokes the question, what if you could let yourself fully live out your chocolate fantasy without reservation?” Continue reading

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A Talk With Farmer, Bird Maven, & Wildlife Illustrator Annie Novak at Kingsland Wildflowers, + Rooftop Tour and Bird Beer! (10/11)

Annie Novak's avian illustrations
Annie Novak’s avian illustrations

We’ve written about Greenpointer, rooftop gardener and farming renaissance woman Annie Novak before—she heads up the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle St), founded Growing Chefs, is manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and she literally wrote the book on how to turn your urban rooftop into a farm or garden. What you probably don’t know is that she’s also a wildlife and nature illustrator, with a new book coming out on bird migration. This Wednesday Oct 11th from 6-8pm at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave) you can see her give a lecture on her latest research and slideshow of her illustrations. The event kicks off at 6pm with a walking tour of Kingsland Wildflowers’ green roof and a cocktail hour, with the Safe Flight IPA” featured beer—a collaboration by local brewers KCBC & NYC Audubon to raise awareness of annual bird collisions.

The event is part of Kingsland Wildflowers’ monthly artist lecture series, featuring local Greenpoint artists who have created environmentally-focused bodies of work. Once a month various artists will speak at Kingsland Wildflowers about their process, inspiration, and ideas behind their unique take on the world around us and the habitat in which we coexist.

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Show Review: Yelle Set Off A Dance Party at Rough Trade Last Weekend

All photos by Desirée Flores

The French dance-pop group Yelle played sold-out shows this past weekend, packing the house at Rough Trade (64 N 9th St) on the Brooklyn stop of their Yelle Dance Party Tour. They filled the space with electric synth sounds topped with sweet-sounding vocals and over-the-top energy. The band was supported by the alt-pop Brooklyn-based duo Glassio for all three nights.

The très chic vocalist Julie Budet had the audience bouncing around, dancing and singing along in an obscure mix of French and something resembling French. One of their newly released singles ‘Interpassion‘, touches on their international appeal with lyrics, “Hey, I speak a little bit, you don’t understand, but I speak a little bit, and I’m sure you are my friend.” Crowd favorites, “Que veux-tu” and album namesakes “Safari Disco Club” and “Complètement fou” along with spurts of choreography got everyone pumped up.  Continue reading

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Donate To Puerto Rico, The North Brooklyn Way: Five Fun Events To Hit Up and More Ways To Help!

At our Fall Market this past Sunday, the community came together and helped to raise more than $700 for the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund—where 100% of funds support low-income and communities of color relief and rebuilding efforts.

As we reported earlier this week, the former bartender/manager and chef of shuttered bar The Habitat are also looking for some help after their post-Habitat plans to move to Puerto Rico were seriously derailed following the hurricane. Additionally, local salon The Karcher (72 Greenpoint Ave) is collecting used Halloween costumes, and the proceeds from the sales will benefit hurricane victims. As it turns out, there are tons of upcoming events (including two tonight!) to benefit recovery efforts—so here’s even more ways you can donate, have fun and throw back a drink or two!

Puerto Rico Benefit @ San Damiano Mission

Sanctuary: Puerto Rico Benefit Show feat. Mr Twin Sister, CEP, Juri Onuki
@ San Damiano Mission | 21 Nassau Ave
Friday, October 6th | 8pm-10pm
$35, More info
Live Performance by Mr Twin Sister, Ambient Sine Wave Set from CEP (Caroline Polachek), Dance Choreography by Juri Onuki. Beer from The Brooklyn BreweryThe Old Blue Last & Other Half Brewing Company, Wine from Zev Rovine Selections, Kombucha from MOMBUCHA, Complimentary charcuterie w/ ~tipsy condiments~ from Sable & Rosenfeld. Proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving for both short & long term relief for locals affected by Hurricane Irma & Maria.

Sanctuary After Party @ Magick City
Sanctuary: Puerto Rico Benefit Show After Party

@ Magick City | 37 Box Street
Friday, October 6th | 11pm-4am
$15, More info
DJ sets from: Andrew VanWyngarden (@nadrewvanwyngarden MGMT), Noah Prebish & Brother Michael (@noah_spine @brother.michael PSYMON SPINE), Rory O’Connor (@nitemoves Nitemoves / Tycho) Continue reading

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A Casually Sophisticated Night of Music, Food and the Four Elements at National Sawdust

Singer Magos Hererra and the musical ensemble during the third course FIRE, during Elements of Time + Taste at National Sawdust. Photo: Megan Penmann
Singer Magos Herrera and the musical ensemble during the third course FIRE, during Elements of Time + Taste at National Sawdust.

Earth, air, fire and water: the vital components that make up our living world were the inspiration for a special night at National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) last Thursday, where musicians collaborated with acclaimed chef Patrick Connolly of neighboring restaurant Rider and mixologist Allen Katz (NY Distilling Company) to compose an immersive performance harmonized with food and drink. The inventive evening included avant-garde music spanning several genres (jazz, electronic, folk, world), eclectic performers, and an exceptional food and cocktail pairing set in an informal salon atmosphere.

National Sawdust. Photo: Megan Penmann
Before the show, National Sawdust.

National Sawdust is a beautifully designed black box theatre with acoustics that rival the Sydney Opera House. If you’ve been to NS more than once, you’ve likely experienced a variety of stage setups. The auditorium layout was designed to play a little Tetris, with the stage location and seating arrangement tailored to each performance and always sounding incredible no matter what the scenario. Last week’s show was no different; with tables and chairs arranged cabaret-style to face the stage and corn husks as our plates, the night had a casual vibe nestled in an intimate high-end venue. Continue reading

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