It’s a weird weekend for music, with a lot of local name bands playing the East End or upstate.
Their fans are probably laying out some fancy picnic basket on a lawn to hear them somewhere, with champagne and brie. Man, we’ve turned into those Manhattan classical music types, just with brattier music.
But a comfy chair on a lawn with champagne and brie mmm yeah that works for me why let the rich people have an exclusive on the good life.
If you wait to leave until tomorrow morning, there’s tons going on tonight (8/5), from a Purple Rain twisted ‘n screwed screen edit in Williamsburg, to live piano with aerial dancers in Bushwick, and rock and punk at Gutter Bar.
And the Greenpoint club Aviv is active both Saturday and Sunday night, hosting a Latin Punk showcase/zine grab/panel discussion. Continue reading →
A common thread in Pixote’s work is its massive size, matched by ambitious height. His tags are hard to miss. I’ve seen his unique graffiti everywhere—from billboards to high walls all over Brooklyn and NYC—so often that it seems ubiquitous.
A piece that always comes to mind is the tag on the pale yellow wall on the popular corner of Bedford and Nassau north of McCarren park. The giant writing, juxtaposed by the Aaron Swartz memorial mural (by BAMN) seems so iconic that I associate the entire intersection of Williamsburg and Greenpoint with the sight.
My curiosity grew stronger as I learned more about the artist behind the famous tags, the influence of his Brazilian roots, and the mysterious Pixação. We met in a coffeeshop in Greenpoint, and our conversation went far beyond graffiti, as we talked about spirituality, music, and social consciousness.
When I was a 90s kid, my family got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Nielsen Family. Pre-internet and pre-black box, they sent us a survey packet in the mail and we had to write down which TV shows we watched and when. I vividly remember my mom writing down that we were watching PBS when actually we were watching Family Matters on TGIF. “Well, we want PBS to stay on the air,” my mom said. “They don’t need to know what we’re really watching.” These days, with households either having some kind of black box attached to the TV or streaming shows via the internet, big data knows exactly who watches what and when. There’s no way to cheat the system. And the same goes for music streaming services.
Last Thursday night’s Mixcloud panel on the Future of Music Discovery at Good Room had a line stretching around the block outside in the rain. I think some came just to see David Byrne say some wacky things on stage, but most likely others attended with a genuine interest in the modern and intimate relationship between music and data. Nico Perez from Mixcloud moderated the panel of four music experts: music legend David Byrne of Talking Heads; Emily Friedlander, Editor-In-Chief of Vice’s Thump; Ryan Schreiber, founder of Pitchfork; and Alex White, founder of The Next Big Sound (recently acquired by Pandora).
“Online dating can work,” insists Kelly Brixi, heroine of Kim Masson’s debut novel, Craig’s List Chronicles: byte-size tales. “I know a girl who met her husband that way. When they got married, they gave out little chocolate computers as gifts.” The year is 2000, and Kelly is heading off to a blind date at the Met. She runs through the safety precautions with her best friend and hopes for the best, at least when it comes to looks, because she’s never seen her date before.
“Back then, Craigslist did not have pictures,” explains Masson (because I was born in the late ’80s and have no memory of those times), “blind dates were true blind dates.”
We’re sitting outside at Baoburg, where a few diners are bent determinedly over their phones, and I turn my microphone app on, slide it across the table, and begin asking Masson the hard questions about writing your first novel, indie publishing, and meeting the love of your life online. Continue reading →
“This novel will help you survive this election season,” Greenpoint resident Michael Abramson, author of the political thriller, Rebecca Tree, writes. Set in the not-so-distant future, “The American political system is trapped in a death spiral. In an increasingly polarized country, rapidly rising seawater separates ‘wet’ states from ‘dry’ states. Parts of South Florida surrender to the sea as carcasses of once-chic beachfront hotels poke out from the ocean floor. ‘Guest’ agricultural workers from Mexico hand-pollinate fruit trees and vegetable crops in a desperate effort to maintain the country’s food supply. California’s once plentiful fruits are now as rare as caviar in post-Tsarist Russia.”
Out of this chaos emerges Rebecca Tree, the rebellious granddaughter of America’s most powerful politician, Merewether Tree. A successful inventor and businesswoman, Rebecca’s life is marked by a string of tragedies. Her parents died in a plane crash when she was two, and her twin sister Allison passed before her fourth birthday. Determined to honor the memories of the ones she lost, Rebecca’s personal pain propels her into a life of accomplishment.”
Released in March, the book has already garnered 4.5 stars on Amazon. I spoke with Abramson about what motivated the novel, the places in which it takes place (including our very own Greenpoint), and how he shaped his characters.
Cymbeline is tonally ambiguous, dramaturgically elusive. This is no weakness of Shakespeare’s so-called tragedy, but it stands out in being one that ends in reunions and discoveries instead of wars and death while featuring beheaded characters and disguised lovers. It’s no wonder, then, that critics have long debated whether Cymbeline is drama, romance, comedy, or something in between. Perhaps Shakespeare was pushing genres out and contemporary storytelling, with its mix of laughter and catharsis, forward. Regardless of category, Stay Awake! Theatre’s production of Cymbeline at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg is firm in its footing thanks to its minimalist approach and rather strong performances. Continue reading →
Well, we’ve made it. To where? I’m not quite sure but it’s hot and sticky and ain’t nobody wearing any clothes. Welcome to Summer in Brooklyn!
This weekend the moon will pass both Saturn and Mars, which means you absolutely should ride yr bike, say hi and smile to strangers, accept an invitation to dinner, and enjoy a frozen beverage, but only one. (BRAIN FREEZE, Y’ALL).
Curated by norton, this group exhibition includes works by Joshua Rosenblatt, Chris Rucker, Levi Haske, Eleanna Anaganos, Jenyu Wang, Patrick Neal, Richard Schwamb, norton, Hazel Lee Santino, Chris Ketchie and includes a live performance by Dirty Churches at 8pm.
These ten artists express the landscape journeys they traverse in the ways their unique individual natures and intelligences take them. They spread across the floor and walls, using traditional as well as variant materials with distinctive results. Representational, abstracted, conceptual, in the end seeing light in the darkness, defying the negation of the black hole. They share their singularities, defying you to leave the strong grasp of their singularities.
BOMB partners with HIP Lit for the launch of our summer issue. Join us for a night of art, drinks, and dancing. Lots of dancing.
The night will include a rare installation of Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier’s “Metal Fatigue Music”—the greatest sound piece ever to incorporate a Toyota Priva minivan—as well as projections from Jason Simon and Moyra Daveys legendary One Minute Film Festival.
All-vinyl DJ sets by Damian & Tallboy (PICNyC)
Additional music by Simone White.
MoonBurn is a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper from Bay Area illustrator and street artist Lauren YS. The product of half dreams and a nomadic lifestyle, MoonBurn is an exploration of the artist’s own fierce imagination as personified through supernatural characters and personal symbols of iconography collected throughout her travels and flights of nocturne.
Utilizing a palette of creams and her signature muted neons, Lauren’s works from MoonBurn approach an updated ukiyoe woodblock aesthetic. Lauren combines melodic application of linework with washes of mint greens and coral pinks to imbue Eastern sensibilities with an astral bent.
The Calico exhibition space is located within the larger “Calico Studio” space, which also currently provides working studio space to five artists. For Calico’s Summer show, we present recent work by this group of studiomates: Mark Mann, Michael Hambouz, Kate Nielsen, Thomas Henry, and Calico’s Director, Scott Chasse. RSVP here
In its new premises in Williamsburg, The Hollows is pleased to inaugurate The Hollows Eastyard, an outdoors summer programming series taking place in the garden of The Hollows townhouse, housing installations by three artists, kinetic disco ball pieces, Inverse and Tear by Kiichiro Adachi, Shaddows in Faacad, a vertical city mapping mural by Halaburda
With a $10 suggested donation, you’re welcome to hang out all day. For more information on this event and the Summer series, visit http://www.hollows.info/sound/