Art/Music

Harnessing the Power of Children’s Imagination with Performing and Visual Arts at CAMP! Open House this Sunday (4/9)

Williamsburg’s Creative Arts and Music Programs – CAMP – a performing arts day camp now entering its ninth season is having an open house for its 2017 season this Sunday, April 9th from 10am to 12pm at 361 Manhattan Avenue. The Center For Performance Research, CAMP’s home since its inception, is a beautiful dance theater with full multi-media and LED lighting system set on the ground floor of a LEEDs certified building in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Teaching Artists Seth Ginsberg, Terence Murren, Rozz Nash, and Villi Vilhjalmsson created CAMP in 2009 to provide an enriching and fun arts experience for young people in Williamsburg and the nearby neighborhood of Greenpoint. Campers ages 4-11 participate in dance, music, visual arts and theater classes and learn alongside working artists. Each session has its own script developed by Camp with a professional script writer and theater director. CAMP culminates in a unique, multi media performance presentation with costumes, sets, songs, dances, and video. Continue reading

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LCD Is Playing At My House, And I Can’t Get In

Brooklyn Steel Opening Night LCD Soundsystem Crowd
A crowd starting to form as the venue opened its doors on opening night (4/6)

“Unfortunately we’re not having press at these dates,” is what I was officially told when I inquired about covering the LCD Soundsystem shows at new local venue Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street). Additional requests to the venue and their PR firm were returned with radio silence. If Brooklyn Steel wanted to hype up their grand opening, what better way to do it than having a local band in comeback mode break in the stage with surprise performances? Might as well add a press blackout to the mix to pump up the mystique.

When the five shows were announced just a couple weeks ago, my heart fluttered. The new venue, by far the biggest in the neighborhood, is just a few blocks from my house. Plus, LCD Soundsystem is sacred to me, with James Murphy being an inspiration for me to start DJing at the ripe old age of 35. Last year, I traveled across the globe to see them play (after losing my wallet just 36 hours before, breaking out in hives due to a newly acquired shellfish allergy and leaving my laptop at the Ibiza airport), and I often reminisce about the first time I saw the band live in 2005, gracing the legendary Fillmore’s stage in San Francisco. I’ve seen the band perform live several times, and James Murphy DJ sets about the same amount. So you could call me a superfan. Continue reading

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Taste of Streep Movie Screening Tomorrow Night (4/7)!

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Tomorrow night (Friday, 4/7) local instafamous Instagram Taste of Streep is hosting THREE screenings of The Devil Wears Prada at Syndicated Bar & Theater in Bushwick (40 Bogart Street), at 6pm, 8:45pm and 11:30pm. Tickets ($25) include a cocktail and a genuine Taste of Streep goodie bag, plus trivia before the show. But how to choose which screening? It’s a tough call. They’re so different. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Justin Bolognino’s Business of Evolution And The Future of Experience

Justin Bolognino’s favorite thing is evolution. “I’m a huge evolution theorist at the end of the day,” he tells me. “Conscious evolution, specifically.”

He is the Founder and CEO of META.is and we’re sitting in a coffee shop in Greenpoint on Manhattan Avenue on an unseasonably warm winter morning. I want to talk about his company, META, but he wants to talk about evolution.

“The name of my first company was Learned Evolution and this neighborhood represents that,” Bolognino says. “A lot of people would question whether it’s evolution at all but I think it fits perfectly within the stages of evolution. You can still have an old Williamsburg, or an old Greenpoint-like experience any time you want. Or you can go to the William Vale and stand on the roof. I think that’s really cool. I think we’ve lost a little bit of the grit and dirt but it’s still out there. You can still go to a stinky loft party any Friday or Saturday you want to, but again, there’s the other side of it, the cultural evolution of it… it still is exciting for me.” Continue reading

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Tonight: Alison Owen at Greenpoint Hill Opening

Alison Owen at Greenpoint Hill

Kim Brown’s Greenpoint Hill first opened last October and has since hosted a handful of exhibitions in this unique retail-cum-gallery space on Freeman Street.

Tonight, Greenpoint Hill presents an exhibition of new work by Alison Owen.

Inside Greenpoint Hill at 100 Freeman St.

Owen’s new work is assembled from scraps and residue found at the studio; often donated by artists who work alongside her. The work reflects the poetry found in fragments and cast-offs, existing as a quiet, formal response to the found materials.

The exhibition will also feature an installation made from the to-do lists and notes of her friends. Created from pages sent from the notes app, she has created physical versions of this digital ephemera. With some distance, divorced from context, these notes become little poems; dream-fragments.

FRAGMENT
Alison Owen
at Greenpoint Hill, 100 Freeman St.
March 30 – May 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 7-9pm

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Free Film Screening! Kosciuszko: A Man Before His Time

Polish Cultural Institute Film Screening

Tomorrow night (March 30th) The Polish Cultural Institute is screening a documentary about Thaddeus Kosciuszko at 7 pm at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue). There’ll be a Q&A session with the director, and free snacks and drinks. Tickets are free, but only a few seats are still available. RSVP t0 –[email protected]

Facebook Event here

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Pub Crawl/Scavenger Hunt Chicken Chase Tomorrow (3/25) At The Diamond!

The Diamond - Chicken Chase

 

What: Chicken Chase, a charity pub crawl/scavenger hunt at The Diamond!
When/Where: Saturday, March 25, 2:30pm | 43 Franklin Street
It’s part pub crawl, part scavenger hunt, and it’s a great way to give to a cause! Race against the clock to find The Chicken in an unknown bar before they drink away all your prize money. $20 a person; $10 for the prize pot and $10 to be donated (organization to be picked by The Chicken!).

Kick-off party starts at 2:30 pm. We’ll check in teams and appoint our official Chicken for the event! The Chicken (yes, dressed in a full chicken costume) then gets the full prize pot and a head start to find a bar and hunker down. They must stay put in the bar and can use the prize money to drink and drink and drink until he/she is found by a team. Teams are then unleashed on the neighborhood to find where the chicken is hiding. Check in every bar, but if you guess incorrectly, you and your team have to sit and order a drink before continuing on. The first team to find the chicken wins the remainder of the pot!

RSVP today—register your teams here.

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3 Neighborhood Lit Events To Spring You Forward!

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Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”

This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.

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Immigrant Defense Project Benefit + Art Show Tonight 3/23

Greenpoint Hill - Immigrant Defense ProjectTonight (3/23) from 7-10pm, Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) is hosting a benefit to support the Immigrant Defense Project, a NYC-based non-profit. It’s also a good chance to catch Isaac Arvold’s show before it wraps up.

They will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP’s holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses.

Speakers from IDP will be attending to talk more about their initiatives.

Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill
Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill

Work provided by Greenpoint Hill, and Carol Joo Lee, M. MortonDanielle KrollLibby VanderPloegSigne YbergAlison Owen, LeshThe Lost CampIsaac ArvoldAnabella ZubillagaTatiana Arocha, Monty J, and Kim Brown.

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Hey Greenpoint, Registration for Make Music New York is Now Open!

Make Music New York is NYC’s largest one-day, free celebration of music. Let’s make Greenpoint the place to be during Make Music New York!

Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer.

Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. MMNY, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with the city community boards and NYPD to obtain amplified sound permits and block party permits for authorized applicants. Register for a performance on the sidewalk at your address, home or business, and MMNY takes care of the rest! From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.

You can register public parks like McGorlick Park and McCarren Park. And if you apply soon, MMNY can help you register to host a block party!

In year’s past, dozens of MMNY concerts were put on in North Brooklyn during the festival at venues like Jimmy’s, Milk and Roses, Cato’s Army & Navy, and the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue.

MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Let’s show the rest of the world what North Brooklyn can offer!

If you’re interested in hosting a show and would like to coordinate with Greenpointers, please email Art [at] Greenpointers.com

The next Make Music New York is on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Register as a performer or a public venue today!

For more information, visit MakeMusicNY.org

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