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Annual Good Friday Procession, “The Way of the Cross,” Returns to Greenpoint

“The Way of the Cross” parade and reenactment by the local church St. Anthony of Padua – St. Alphonsus (862 Manhattan Ave.) began on Dupont Street around 1:30 p.m. today and proceeded South on Franklin Street with an impressive cast of costumed actors. The procession marks the Good Friday Christian holiday, or the Friday prior to Easter. The annual procession is one of the most interesting and theatrical events to catch on the streets of Greenpoint; see the footage we captured from today’s festivities:

 

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Lloyd Kaufman Brings His Latest Cult Horror Movie to Film Noir Cinema

Get ready to scream: a new splatter film is coming to Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Avenue) from April 26 to May 2.

Film Noir will host the New York premiere of Lloyd Kauffman’s latest film, Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High aka Volume 2the sequel to his campy cult classic Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1.

Kauffman is most well-known for The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet, and his new film is the final chapter of the epic Class of Nuke ‘Em High series. In the Volume 2, Lauren and Chrissy, two lesbian lovers, must face and defeat the most corrupt and evil forces ever to descend upon Tromaville, and the world.

The original Class of Nuke ‘Em High opened in New York City and major markets in the 1980s and is considered an independent classic. Director Lloyd Kaufman is bringing Troma’s lesbian love story back to his hometown, where he has made feature-length movies for 50 years, 45 of them with Troma, his filmmaking company.

Kaufman will be in attendance the three nights for a Q&A. The feature runs 85 minutes and tickets are $15 each. Catch the gore, destruction, and oozy goodness in Volume 2’s epic trailer.

More about Troma:

Now celebrating 45 years of filmmaking, Troma Entertainment, Inc. is the longest running independent movie studio in North America, and perhaps history. For 50 years, Mr. Kaufman has been making one of a kind movies in New York, such as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Tromeo & Juliet. In Troma’s 45th year, and Lloyd Kaufman’s 50th year, the company has discovered major talents like James Gunn, Eli Roth, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone.

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P.S. 34 Elementary’s Eco-Fashion Show is Tonight (4/18)

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

P.S. 34 Oliver Perry Elementary in Greenpoint is hosting its third annual Eco-Fashion Show tonight (4/18) at Bushwick Inlet Park (85 Kent Ave.) doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

P.S. 34 Green Team Parents describe the show in a statement:

The Eco-Fashion Show raises awareness about the environmental impacts of consumption and waste, and involves the students in designing and then debuting their designs made out of recycled and upcycled items. The kids spend several months learning, designing, and creating their costumes, and the program is supported by the National Wildlife Foundation. The theme of this year’s show is wildlife, and students have selected species and have written narratives that explain how their species impact their environment and how humans impact the species (e.g., poaching, habitat loss, pollution, water scarcity, etc.).

See more eco-looks from last year’s edition:

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

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Thursday Spotlight: Buket Savci on Creating “Fleeting Moments of Pure Joy”

 

BBBBB (Buket’s Bunny Boy Beach Bed), 2017, oil on canvas, by Buket Savci
These are dark times, there’s no denying it. From political unrest and environmental crisis to smaller gripes like seasonal allergies and MTA woes, it’s easy to get bogged down in this concrete jungle we call home. But Buket Savci, this week’s featured artist, is here with a salve in her magnificently colorful and fantastically buoyant works. Buket’s paintings, along with Jacob Hicks’, will be the inaugural works at Wrong Side of the River (67 West Street, Suite 312) now through May 3. Their exhibition, Wonderland, is a welcome balm to our times and a stunning exercise in collaborative creativity. Below, we get to know Buket and her work, but most importantly her contagious and relentless optimism.
Greenpointers: How long have you been in Brooklyn?
Buket Savci: I live and work in Brooklyn; I’ve been in Bushwick for a little over three years. Before that I lived in Astoria for almost 10 years. But I’ve had my studio in Greenpoint since I received my MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2012. I also studied painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Your Wonderland series is so fun! What was the inspiration for that at Wrong Side of the River?
I am so glad to hear you enjoy our title for the show. I have been working on these series of paintings for a few years now, which are about the fleeting moments of pure joy and happiness. I create paintings addressing the ephemerality of happiness while using objects like balloons as a metaphor for our short lived contentment.
I really enjoy using saturated vivid colors, and I think everything else is so negative and dark so at least my paintings should be colorful and fun. That’s why I use the colors that makes me happy, and I enjoy including humor in my art. But actually I am not that joyful. Life is not easy and I had my share of traumas. Unfortunately a few years ago I had a major depression and even my psychiatrist was constantly telling me that my art will save me. Painting is my passion, and it is this wonderland where anything can happen, so I choose to make it fun and colorful like a playground.
Passengers, 2018, oil on canvas, by Buket Savci

There is this profound quote from a Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet; he asks to Abidin Dino, who was a famous Turkish artist. “Could you make a painting of happiness?” So all these led me to question what is real happiness, when and how we feel real joy, and how do I express this through painting.

Painting lets me live these fleeting moments in detail and throughly over a course of weeks even months. I want to create a niche of fantasy, where both the figures and I as the painter can be just like a child — innocent and playful, carefree and bold. A visual playground far away from all the darkness enclosing us outside and inside, blossomed through sincerity and trust.

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Our Spring Market Flower Power Was Groovy!

Roof Deck Yoga with Hosh Yoga

The rain stayed away, and the neighbors came in! Thanks to all of our visitors who came out on April 7 to support our Flower Power Spring Market at the Greenpoint Loft. Attendees enjoyed nail paintingyoga on the roof deck with Hosh Yoga, Dreamcatcher workshops with Living the Dreamcatcher, and more. To dive deeper into all the springtime festivities, take a look at some of our event photos below, or visit our Facebook album here. Thanks to all who joined us, and be on the lookout for news about the next market!

Over at the bar, our friends kept us hydrated with bevies like BABE Wine, Greenpoint Beer, and a specialty cocktail. Lots of lovely drinks for lovely neighbors. Don’t forget to water the flowers! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gallery Night, Pink Moon Farmraiser, and Earth Love Festival — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/17- 4/23)

WEDNESDAY 4/17

# A Tale of Two Cities: Immigrant Foodways in London & NYC @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.), 6:30pm, $20, signing + bites from the cookbook, Buy Tix
* Greening the Concrete Jungle: An Intro to Green Roofs @ AgTech (40 Bushwick Ave.), 6:30pm, $29, Buy Tix
♫# A Dinner Party with Daisy the Great @ Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave.), 7pm, $50, Italian food, music and bourbon, Buy Tix
♫ FULL FLEX w/ Dave Q + Ripley @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 4/18

♫ Pink Moon Farmraiser @ The Palace (206 Nassau Ave.), 7pm, $20, a fundraising party for North Brooklyn farms, Buy Tix
# A Brick Lane Bangladeshi Dinner with author Dina Begum @ Archestrauts Books and Foods (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $50, a three course meal, Buy Tix
* Open Full Moon Ritual: The Pink Moon @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave.), 7pm, $15, Buy Tix
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Greenpoint Gallery Night Returns Friday (4/19)

Greenpoint Gallery Night returns this for its 13th installment on Friday, April 19, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Local businesses and galleries will extend their hours to open their spaces and display the work of artists to the public; check out the Greenpoint Gallery Night map to plot your route.

Participating locations include:

Areté Venue and Gallery – 67 West St. suite 103
Brouwerij Lane – 78 Greenpoint Ave
Calico Brooklyn – 67 West St. suite 203
Dandelion Wine – 153 Franklin St.
Dusty Rose – 67 West St. suite 216
G-Spot popup @ Brooklyn Safehouse – 120 Franklin St.
Imagic Studio – 937 Manhattan Ave.
Plexus Projects – 198 Greenpoint Ave.
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Greenpoint Soil Safety Workshop Teaches How to Test for Lead

(Image courtesy of GCEF)

As a result of Greenpoint’s rich industrial and manufacturing history, significant contamination of the local soil with toxins such as lead remains a problem.

A soil safety workshop from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund will help you learn “what lead (and other contaminants) in soils – and their soil test results – mean” on Saturday, April 20th, at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Experts on soil contaminants will answer your questions and help interpret soil test results; a 40-pound bag of compost will be available to take home for free.

Attendees should be at least 18 years old and must have completed the GCEF Soil Safety Basics workshop in advance. Contact workshop organizer, Lael Goodman ([email protected]), for permission to enroll if you have not taken the Soil Safety Basics workshop.

 

 

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All The Feels From Our Flower Spring Market Photo Booth!

You all look totally groovy! At our Flower Power Spring Market, we built a floral paradise in in collaboration with local artist Colleen Blackard, with photographer Gus Ponce taking pictures of our stunning neighbors, visitors, and — yes — dogs! For a reel of some highlights and superlatives, take a gander at the sporting pictures below, or visit our Facebook page to view the full, adorable album.

Thanks to all of our talented vendors who made this event such a success — stay tuned for future news about upcoming Greenpointers markets on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. And be sure to mark June 8 and 9 on your calendars for the return of Greenpoint Open Studios!

“Most Regal” — That post, that purple, those glasses! Greenpoint has a new queen.

 

“Best Scarf” — In the liminal season of early spring, this scarf is both a power move and a practical accessory.

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Record Store Day Returns Saturday (4/13) With Special Releases, Performances and Signings

(courtesy of Will Fisher/Fllickr)

Record Store Day returns this Saturday, April 13th and the many record stores in Greenpoint and Williamsburg will be participating by offering limited releases and holding special performances and signings.

Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.) will open at 9 a.m and is carrying the full roster of RSD releases and will host the following in-store performances and signings:

Performances by:
Steve Gunn, Cochemea (The Dap Kings), TEEN, Elijah Wolf, Pearl Charles, and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed
DJ Sets by (Presented by Talkhouse):
Charly Bliss, Chris Cohen, Sad 13 (Speedy Ortiz), Madison McFerrin, Ian Williams (Battles), The Range, Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil)
Plus, Elia Einhorn (Talhouse Podcast Host and Producer, Pitchfork Radio) presents Elia’s Indiepop Student Disco
Signings with:
Wayne Coyne, T Bone Burnett, David J
PLUS
Rediscovering Ecstacy: Recording with Lou Reed | Panel Moderated by Richard Barone
AND
The Flaming Lips present
The King’s Mouth: An Immersive Installation
Kevin Morby and Dead Oceans present
‘Oh My God’ The Film: The Room
NOT TO MENTION
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Bel Air Sour and Brooklyn Summer Ale beer tasting from 4pm-7pm
Giveaways from Bowery Presents, The Heatonist, and more…
Set Times
12:00 | Steve Gunn

12:45 | Charly Bliss DJ Set

1:30 | Eli Paperboy Reed

2:15 | Madison McFerrin DJ Set

3:00 | Elijah Wolf

3:45 | DJ Sad13 (Speedy Ortiz)

4:30 | TEEN

5:15 | Chris Cohen DJ Set

6:00 | Richard Barone presents Rediscovering Ecstasy: Recording with Lou Reed

7:00 | Elia’s Indiepop Student Disco

7:45 | Cochemea

8:30 | Ian Williams (Battles) DJ Set

9:15 | Pearl Charles

10 | Blake Schwarzenback (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil)

10:45 – end | The Range DJ Set

Signings

10am | T Bone Burnett

4pm | Wayne Coyne

5pm | David J

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Tasting 4-7pm

Academy Records (85 Oak St.) opens at 10 a.m. and in addition to RSD titles are promising to have a fresh selection of recently acquired used records.

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