Lost Valley is named after a place in the mountains of Maine that Williamsburg musician Nick Crane used to go skiing as a kid; he liked the phrase’s sense of mystery and that it also conjures up a feeling of magic. And it just effortlessly sounds like a band name, the same way his first record effortlessly sounds like it goes deeper than a debut. Lost Valley’s self-titled 7-song EP is totally dreamy and mellow electro pop intertwined with sexy arrangements and a high production value. Behind the scenes it’s a one-man operation, with Nick having written and recorded everything solo—save for a friend who recorded a few live drum loops and another friend who mastered the record. But on stage, Lost Valley is a five-piece band made up of guitars, bass, percussion and vocals, with tight sonic choreography syncing up with projected visuals. The band has only performed live once so far, last month at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave.), to a sold out crowd.
This weekend, local gallery concept/artist organization SHIM (289 Meserole St.) is hosting the second edition of Permission Slip, an experimental open call festival of live art performances, interactions, exhibitions, and collaborations.
Details via Facebook:
48 CONSECUTIVE HOURS // Friday Feb 24th @6pm – Sunday Feb 26th @6pm
@ SHIM | 289 Meserole Street
Curators Wilson Duggan and Jackie Cantwell will administer the gallery 24 hours per day, accepting proposals from the public to participate in the weekend’s schedule of activities.
TO PARTICIPATE: Simply fill out a permission slip (email [email protected]) with your proposal for an art performance, activity, micro-exhibition, etc, and bring it to the gallery on Friday evening (2/24) to receive our permission.
Your proposal can literally be anything within the limits of reason, legality, and the safety of the space and participants. Once granted permission, we will schedule a time for you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and provide you with whatever additional support we can to help you realize your project.
Did you stop by our Old-Timey Valentine’s Market on February 11th? If so, you definitely heard the lovely tunes from the oh-so-swell jazz trio, The Big Cat Menagerie.
Who are they? What do they do? And, why can’t you stop dancing?
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center | 135 Broadway
18th Annual WAH Salon Show
This exhibit featuring dozens of artists is closing this weekend, so go check it out! The WAH Center offers an artist membership program called the “WAH Salon Art Club”. Every January, the members can participate in the Annual WAH Salon Show, which gives exposure to artists of a wide range and spectrum – from emerging, to mid-career, and established artists in all media. In concept, the Salon is all the colors of the artist’s palette.
Exhibit closing this weekend, gallery open Friday-Sunday 12pm-6pm
Greenpoint Gallery | 390 McGuinness Blvd.
“Salon De Eros”
This show proposes to be an “erotic showcase of love and its carnal delights, aiming to blush, excite and provoke viewers”, showing a range of local artists.
Opening event Friday, February 17th, 8pm-1am Continue reading
Alison Owen is a Greenpoint-based artist and art teacher whose work is committed to no set medium, but rather to the notion of “responsible consumption.” Her multimedia pieces are highly interactive with their environments, using the neglected materials of an art gallery space to demonstrate how what is no longer valued can be transformed into something beautiful. Alison scavenges for defunct installation tools, old hardware, scraps of forgotten artworks—and even collected dust—to create her innovative and conceptual exhibitions.
In recent years, Alison has masterfully picked up ceramics, which unlike her installations requires a more defined use of media and more prescriptive processes. In addition to her residency at the Wave Hill Estate in the Bronx, she will also be having a spring exhibition at Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) right in our neighborhood that kicks off on March 30. In the meantime, preview Alison’s diverse works on her website.
GP: How will your upcoming show at Greenpoint Hill be different than past shows you’ve had, and how will it be similar?
Alison: I tend to work site-specifically, responding to the architecture, the history, or the current use of the spaces where I show. I gather up materials from the site or from people connected to the site, and use those in the space. At this point, I have a large collection of materials that have been donated or scavenged from other artists over the years, and I have been using these materials to make collages and paintings and small sculptures that I’ll show at Greenpoint Hill. This will be less of a site-specific installation and more a show of individual works, which is kind of new for me. Continue reading
80’s New Wave Dance, Salon de Eros, Korean 101, Conscious Consumption – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/15–2/21)
Conscious Consumption: Eating Practices for Soul Nourishment & Body Healing @Maha Rose (97 Green St), Saturday (2/18), 6pm, $35, Learn eating practices for nourishment that will positively impact all other areas of your life. Tune into your bodies true needs and abilities to self heal from emotional distress, mindless and stress eating, damage done from autoimmune disease and more, More info
♫ Benefit for Southern Poverty Law Center @The Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, Benefit show featuring Dreamcrusher, M Lamar, Jono Mi Lo, Michael Hix, The Imaginary Orchestra, Visuals by Julieta Triangular, More info
♦ Black History (month) Movie Night @The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $5, Celebrate Black history every day of every month. Proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter, More info
♦ Aggie Pavlidis: Dream Lines Opening Reception @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 6:00pm, FREE, Aggie Pavlidis’s work focuses on the ways in which we process and internalize our surroundings and experiences. She makes and creates as a means to better understand herself, and the world around her, More info
♦ Dames Who Give Damns @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $10, Benefit for the N Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence. Visuals by Screaming Horses, Art and Raffle prizes by Ella Desmond, eforeffort, Natalia Zamora / denimindenial, and photos by girls of the lower east side girls club, Buy tix
* Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $10, Broadcast your message and get your voice heard! Keisha “TK” Dutes will show us how to create a podcast, from the required equipment to interview techniques. After learning the basics, you can tape your own live 30-minute podcast! Try engineering, hosting, producing, or whatever role suits you best, Buy tix
♫ A Valentine for the Cause @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 8pm, $5, Benefit for The Mount Sinai SAVI Program supports survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Featuring two melodic, guitar-based bands with DJing throughout the night, all acts hailing from Brooklyn’s indie rock community, More info Continue reading
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: we’ll be waxing nostalgic at our vintage-themed Valentine’s Market on the 12th, and if you miss out, it’s your own damn fault.
To recap, we’ll be dishing out the swinging jazz tunes, Prohibition-era cocktails, and all kinds of free activities beyond the shopping (but have you seen the shopping?): face painting, nail art, massages by by [email protected], personalized stories by The Roving Typist, tarot readings, and free mini astrology readings by The Daily Hunch. You can also say hi to Cupid — and maybe convince him to work his magic on you. You can read all about it here!
For now, we’d like to bring your attention to all the other stuff — you know, the amazing local vendors who’ll be hawking their wares.
Sara Radin is a writer and curator living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Full time, she is the Youth Culture Editor for WGSN. Outside of work, Sara is the co-founder of It’s Not Personal and she has previously curated 20+ events including workshops, pop-up exhibits and more in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and London.
Recently, Sara and I met to discuss her work in today’s political climate, and about her current project, a growing anthology and collective that creates opportunities for women to share their dating experiences in a positive environment.
Radiant Reveries, Nosaj Thing, Hard Times Showcase, Super Bowl – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/1–2/7)
♦ Art Mart for Art Start @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 6pm, FREE, Charity art sale to benefit art-start.org! Original pieces for sale at affordable prices ($40 cash-only). 2-1 wine and $5 rum cocktails, RSVP
♦ Craft Table @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, #BYOWIPS (bring your own works-in-progress & supplies) and enjoy the company of fellow crafters as you knit, crochet, weave, cross-stitch, color or decoupage your way to la nirvana, RSVP
♦ Spaceballs Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch Spaceballs in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP
# Jackson Diner Indian Pop-Up Dinner @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 7pm, Feast your eyes and your tummys with the famous Jackson Diner Indian, RSVP
♫ Radiant Reveries @Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St) 8pm, $10, Exploring the light and dark and spaces in between. 5 piece psychedelic folk rock band based in NYC, Buy tix
Check out some 80’s sci-fi films presented by Polish Filmmakers NYC this Friday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), at 8pm—there will be Polish food and vodka! The films will be presented in Polish with English subtitles. Bring your own pillow and blanket and get cozy. Facebook invite here. Tickets are $15. Continue reading