Art/Music

New Incubator Program Dobbin St Concepts Now Accepting Idea Submissions

Dobbin St — the former-factory-now-event-space located at 64 Dobbin Street in Williamsburg — is introducing a new incubator program called Dobbin St Concepts. The event space is opening its doors to New York City creatives and allowing them to produce, build, and curate an event that is impactful for the community.

This program is now accepting open submissions each month for cutting edge event concepts needing real estate support.  If chosen, the winner of Dobbin St Concepts will not only have access to the venue but will also be assigned an experienced Dobbin St team member who will support by sharing resources and their expertise.

Dobbin St is known for hosting high-end events and luxury weddings. In the three years of operating, Dobbin St has hosted experiential events by renowned brands and companies including Spotify, Adidas, Vice, Everlane, and many more. Dobbin St is a transformed Brooklyn factory the exudes a minimalist and luxury feel, boasting stunning Manhattan skyline views and vaulted 22 foot ceilings. Dobbin St was designed with the sole intention to create the most exceptional and stunning event experience. Clients have the use of 4,250 sq ft of internal space, a 750 sq ft dedicated client mezzanine, and a 900 sq beautiful hidden courtyard that completes the space.

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Learn the Art of Henna Tatooting at This Beginner’s Workshop (9/15)

 

[email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) is presenting a beginner’s henna tattooing workshop on Sunday, 9/15, from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Greenpoint’s “zen chill zone” recently expanded their selection of classes which includes Tibetan sound baths, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training amongst others. Here’s some info on the upcoming Henna workshop (tickets available now): Continue reading

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Art Heart Bus Hosts Art Activities for All Ages Saturday

This Saturday, the Art Heart Bus, run by Greenpoint-based art teacher Moira Tuohy, and tie-dye artist Starhawk will have three tables near McCarren Park with activities for all ages! Look for the colorful bus located on Bedford Avenue close to No. 12th Street corner from 1 pm – 8 pm and bring some art supplies and for a small suggested donation create a tie-dye shirt, paint a planter and make a dream catcher.
Starhawk will be sharing his expertise and demonstrating how to make tie-dye clothing.
You are invited to make own tie-dye, just bring your own shirt (they will have extra shirts as well).

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Beyond The Streets Extends Through September 29th

Beyond The Streets in Williamsburg

Beyond The Streets, the exhibition celebrating “street art, graffiti, and beyond” with over 150 artists showing in over 100,000 sq ft of space at Williamsburg’s Twenty Five Kent, announced an extension through September 29th.

To celebrate, the kind folks at BTS are offering 200 free tickets, just use code GRNPT100 at checkout on their website.

The free tickets are likely to be claimed quick, so BTS is also offering Greenpointers 20% off tickets from now until September 29th with the code GRNPT204.

Checkout our interview with BTS founder Roger Gastman where he explains how the artist-driven exhibit aims to capture the excitement and allure of street art and graffiti.

BTS is open Thursdays – Sundays from 11 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

 

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Thursday Spotlight: Meet The Brick’s New Artistic Director, Theresa Buchheister

Theresa, photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Theresa Buchheister is a successful artist because she is a generous one; through multiple festivals and off-the-beaten-path venues, clandestine locales and dive hives, she has created myriad opportunities for creators of various stripes to express themselves and their craft. How fitting that she should rise to be The Brick’s new Artistic Director.
The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue) has long been a haven for comediennes, interpreters of classics, and everything in between. Now, Theresa — founder of the lauded and Brooklyn-based Exponential Festival — takes her vast producorial and artistic know-how to Williamsburg’s vital and ever-evolving destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Get to know this indefatigable artist in this week’s Thursday Spotlight!
Greenpointers: We cover artists in Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Williamsburg — but it’s certainly not uncommon for folks to move in and out of the boroughs. If memory serves, you’ve moved around quite a bit during your time in New York, but so much of your work has touched these neighborhoods, right?
Theresa Buchheister: Indeed. The first shows I did in the early 2000s were more in the East Village and LES, as that is where weird and wild stuff was still happening. But, as that started to really really change around 2008, I found myself more and more in Brooklyn doing shows in the backs of CC Rentals (as part of the Night Market), on boats on the Gowanus Canal (with Jeff Stark), and in DIY music venues (RIP Silent Barn, Secret Project Robot, Shea Stadium, soon The Glove), as well as lovely theatrical spaces, like The Brick.
Title:Point was a part of Silent Barn for almost four years, and that was the first home we ever had. It really taught us a lot about what is possible when you have even a little patch of land to build on. Vital Joint is in East Williamsburg and we started doing things there almost three years ago, which has also been a great home base, especially being on the same block as Panoply Performance Lab, now called Parallel.  There is a vibrance that comes from relentlessly working with artists of all practices and learning from them and also struggling to make things work  — I have dealt with more dead rats and sewage and toilets than I ever predicted I would.
I love Brooklyn. It is my home. It is where amazing people live and venues come and go. But we all still keep finding ways.

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National Sawdust Announces Fifth Season: “Take Root”

National Sawdust is a leading non-profit music venue dedicated to building new audiences for classical and new music

National Sawdust, the hot-on-the-rise performing arts institution in Williamsburg, announced its landmark fifth anniversary, “Take Root.” This season will be focused on celebrating the artistic process, from incubation to dissemination, while honoring the local and global artistic community that National Sawdust serves.

An artistic home for creatives and an incubator of vital new works, National Sawdust has practiced a devotion to representation of voices. In its fifth season, National Sawdust deepens its ties to its community and digs into its roots with the Artists-In-Residence program, which takes artists’ work from incubation to dissemination. This season’s class of residents are Lucy Dhegrae, Ash Koosha, Against The Grain Theatre, Kinds of Kings, Mwenso & The Shakes, and Sonic.

For its fifth season, National Sawdust is dedicating a week to each of its diverse National Sawdust Curators to better ensure that the organization’s curatorial model provides an invaluable platform for the artists selected and guided by the curators to advance their careers through performances on National Sawdust’s stage. This season’s curators are Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and Ted Hearne.

“Take Root” also sees the public debut of National Sawdust’s partnership with Juilliard: the BluePrint Fellowship Program, a dual-track career, project mentoring, and commissioning course designed to leverage the extensive project development and presenting experience of the National Sawdust team and guest women and female-identifying mentors to help bridge the fellows’ training and bring their interdisciplinary projects to completion at National Sawdust. Guest composers for this first round, spearheaded by Prestini, include Prestini, Claire Chase, Reena Esmail, Nathalie Joachim, Alex Temple, and Laura Kaminsky. 

Also, National Sawdust continues to stretch the boundaries of creative possibility through the launch of a long-term sound partnership with legendary Berkeley company Meyer Sound. With the installation of Meyer Sound’s Constellation® acoustic system as well as its immersive component Spacemap®, National Sawdust builds upon its already stellar reputation as a place for bold experimentation and creativity. Spacemap’s sophisticated, multi-channel panning system provides artists an extraordinary amount of freedom to explore and play with three-dimensional spatial sound, while Constellation offers an almost unlimited palette of acoustic possibilities with the press of a button.

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Thursday Spotlight on Roger Gastman: From Tagging Up to Curating “Beyond The Streets”

I hardly noticed when NYC’s gritty vibe, with graffiti ubiquitously peppering the subways, started fading away. I notice it more now, now that it has devolved into the realm of nostalgia, of how things used to be, and reemerged into a respected art form – enough to have mass-market appeal and allow a rebellious kid who went around tagging up to grow up and make a career out of these once seemingly aimless interests.

“Beyond The Streets,” an exhibition celebrating “street art, graffiti, and beyond” is the brainchild of Roger Gastman, born from his affinity for counter-culture. Underlying the grandiose scale at which the works of 150 artists show in over 100,000 sq ft of space at Williamsburg’s Twenty Five Kent, is a personal homage to the excitement and allure of those formative years that buttressed the evolution of his passions into a sold-out show in L.A. In its NYC debut, the array of art including new works from widely recognizable names like Shepard Fairey, show alongside ephemera for context and memorabilia from Roger’s personal collection.

The juxtaposition of underground and mainstream, of play and profound, sets a unique experience of discovery that appeals to visitors of all ages. One minute you stumble upon a collection of graffiti-ridden model trains by Tim Conlon and the next minute you will find yourself immersed in a beautiful installment of flowers by DabsMyla. The majority of artwork has been made exclusively for the show, and for those of us who are locals you might see some familiar names – FAILE, whose mural dons the brick wall in Transmitter Park, is one of the participating artists.

There’s less than a month to catch the show, which runs through August 25th, so check it out before it closes. Here’s a discount code for 20% off: GRNPT203

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Thursday Spotlight: Get to Know Local DJ and New Zine Publisher Josh Craig

Brooklyn celebrates artists of all stripes, but it’s rare you get one as versatile as Josh Craig. A professional DJ and, now, also a zine publisher, Josh has been a staple in the Brooklyn community for a few years. Now, he’s pulling double duty as he paves the way for his new publication, 11-18Get to know this disk-spinning neighbor in this week’s Thursday Spotlight!
Greenpointers: Do you live in the neighborhood, and if so for how long? How’s it treated you?
Josh Craig: Currently I’m residing in Mallorca, Spain but I’ve been in Greenpoint for a good three years now.  It’s treated me well. I’ve made some solid relationships, leveled up as a creator here and built my 1st home recording studio.
How did you get your start as a DJ, and what advice would you share with young artists getting their start?
I got my start DJing as a kid in New Jersey going to DMS parties on Fulton Street in Newark and making mix CDs for my friends with the Jersey Club tracks everyone loved at the raves we attended. Those mix CDs were my first stab at DJing. It wasn’t until I moved to Bushwick like six, seven years ago that I started playing records in clubs. Shouts to KLIENFELD of Suavehaus who put me on game.

The advice I have for any young artists getting started is to play what you feel in ya heart. Play your friends music not just top 40. Support only what is real and invest in some turntables. Vinyl helps too.

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Enjoy a Summer Sunset with Free Music at Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue) is now hosting Sunset Songs, a five-part series curated by IAMSOUND at Lemon’s — the newest summer rooftop concept by Jon Neidich and Golden Age Hospitality.  Zsela, a rising singer and songwriter of melodic, folksy ballads popular with the bicoastal art and fashion scene, recently kicked off the program, and the lineup continues on various Tuesdays this summer.

Attendance to Sunset Songs is free with RSVP, and guests are encouraged to secure their spot early. See below for the full details!

WHO: Sunset Songs curated by IAMSOUND

WHERE: Lemon’s at Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY

WHEN: See artwork above for various Tuesday dates from 6–9 PM

RSVP for FREE: Here

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Kickstarter Seeks Creators and Artists for Fall Residency

Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence (courtesy of Kickstarter)

Greenpoint-based Kickstarter is seeking NYC-based artists and creators for their fall 2019 residence program to gain mentorship on projects by staff at the company’s headquarters.

The fall 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence program runs from 9/10 – 12/13 and the deadline to apply is 7/31.

Last spring the company hosted 11 creators “to work on Design & Technology, Journalism, Art, Comedy, Publishing and Games.” More on the residency: Continue reading

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