* CB1 Housing & Public Housing Committee Meeting @ CB1 District Office (435 Graham Ave) 630pm, FREE, monthly public housing committee meeting; NYCH/new INA regulation to be discussed, More Info * Skee Ball Invitational @ 18th Ward Brewing (300 Richardson St), 8pm, FREE, put your skills to the test and become Lord Of the Ward!, More Info ♫ Sinead Harnett, ILHAM@ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 8pm, $26, Buy Tix ♫ Ambient Sets @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, FREE, Sueño con belugas/Federico Balducci/Panophonic/Meviu§/Sin Tribu, More Info
*♫ From Chopin to Gershwin @ St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton St.), 7pm, $15 -$25, World acclaimed pianist Paul Bisaccia will perform a piano concert, From Chopin to Gershwin: For Our Freedom and Yours, Za Wolnosc Nasza i Wasza, More Info ☺ BYOB Comedy Show @ WORD (126 Franklin St.), 1030am, $12.50, (Bring Your Own Baby) plenty of soft toys, baby mats and stroller parking. Babies of all ages welcome, Buy Tix ♫ The Revolution @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $15, Vol. 44: RINI, Wayne Tucker, & Jill Peacock, Buy Tix ♫ Daniel Silva Afro-Brazilian Jazz @ FourFiveSix (199 Richardson St.), 8pm, FREE, More Info
A Chopin and Gershwin concert with pianist Paul Bisaccia happening this Thursday in Greenpoint was originally scheduled at Carnegie Hall but the event was canceled following controversy over the main sponsor’s anti-gay background.
There are lots of galleries and art spaces in Greenpoint; this is no secret. But HACO is attempting something fresher, bolder, and — most inherently — communal. In today’s Thursday Spotlight, we speak with HACO’s managing director Yoko Suetsugu about her work and pursuits, HACO’s current show Drench, and the art of building community. Located at 31 Grand street and open Wednesdays to Sundays from 1 to 6 PM, HACO is now celebrating its two-year anniversary and will have a closing party for its current show on Saturday at 5 PM. Catch the show before then, and learn more here!Continue reading →
* Transportation Committee Mtg — Community Board 1 @ Swinging 60’S Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St) 630pm, FREE, monthly public transportation committee meeting, Calyer triangle intersection safety proposal and Maspeth Ave improvements to be discussed, More Info * Black and Pink Mail Processing @ Sunview Lunchnet (221 Nassau Ave), 6pm, FREE, meet to read and respond to letters; snacks provided, More Info ♫ Dervisi @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE, More Info ♦ Spider-Man: From Amazing to Spectacular @ WORD (126 Franklin St), 7pm, $5+, an animated discussion about everyone’s favorite web-slinger, Buy Tix
* North Brooklyn Development Meeting – Revisiting the Rezoning of 2005 @ Polish and Slavic Center (177 Kent St), 7pm, FREE, Join local politicians and the Dept. of City Planning to discuss where new affordable and market-rate housing is being built, jobs, and open green space, More Info * Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign Open House @ Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave), 6pm, FREE, an open house session hosted by the MTA to gain community input on the bus network redesign, More Info * Change Our Air-Community Forum (Foro Comunitario) @ El Puente (211 S 4th St), 5pm, FREE, artists, youth activists, help advocate for the right to clean air and green open spaces through art and activism, More Info ☺ Hey! It’s a Comedy Show @ Villain (307 Kent Ave), 8pm, 730pm, $5 door, a stand-up comedy show featuring Aparna Nancherla this week, More Info
New York City’s scariest film festival, FEARnyc, will conclude its 2019 festival tonight at Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave) with a tingly, sensational, and sneakily immersive screening. But who’s the man behind the madness? Get to know festival founder, advocate, and horror film fanatic John Capo in this week’s Thursday Spotlight. And remember, if you’re looking to join the spooky fun, Greenpointers get a 20% discount on tonight’s Halloween Night Tingler Event with code GREENPOINTERS20.
Greenpointers: I see that this is your third FEARnyc; how long have you been affiliated with Film Noir Cinema?
John Capo: I founded the festival in 2016 but we took 2018 off to reassess our model. This is our first year at Film Noir Cinema! We were previously in Manhattan but we moved to Greenpoint this year because I love the neighborhood’s vibrant community. We love Greenpoint.
Are all of the film entries original ones? I love that you are spotlighting underrepresented groups in your programming.
We’ve had over 60 films, events, and other activities over the past eight days. Most of them are premieres although we did show some retrospectives including the 35th anniversary screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fritz Lang’s M, a program of surreal short films by David Lynch, and the premiere of the new 4K restoration of George A.Romero and Dario Argento’s Two Evil Eyes. We always spotlight underrepresented groups in our programming. That’s a big part of our mission. This year we focused on queer horror with a discussion on queer themes and characters in horror films curated by The New York Times‘ Erik Piepenburg and the world premiere of the LGBT thriller Hurricane Aaron. We also had films centering on the Native American and Latinx communities.
Now in its fourth year, how do you think FEARnyc has evolved?
We’ve matured just as horror filmmaking has matured. Almost all of our films this year focused on the horrors of real life, whether that’s the dark underbelly of Instagram culture, beauty obsession, conversion therapy, Grindr hookups gone deadly. We even had a film about a mass shooting. I know these topics sound dark, but they really show that horror filmmakers are focusing on relevant issues and moving away from the stereotypical “let’s kill a bunch of pretty girls” tropes that have defined the genre.
Tonight’s the Tingler event! What can audiences expect?
It’s going to be insane. So when The Tingler came out in 1959 its producer William Castle knew that even thought it was a Vincent Price movie it wasn’t the greatest film so he marketed it by staging all these gimmicks in the theater. Buzzers on seats to jolt people, fainting audience members being carried out on stretchers, a monster jumping off the screen and into the theater. We’re recreating that experience at Film Noir Cinema just like it happened in the ’50s. We have showings tonight at 7pm and 9pm. People can get tickets in advance at FEARnyc.com or at the door.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just a big thank you to the people of Greenpoint for embracing our festival and to all our filmmakers who’ve come from everywhere from Brooklyn to LA to Germany who’ve made this experience incredible.
♫ Halloween Cover Show @ Rose Gold (96 Morgan Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info ♫* 94 Precinct Halloween Carnival @ NYPD 94th Precinct (100 Meserole Ave), 3pm, FREE, games, candy, and other treats…& maybe a couple of tricks, More Info ♫ Wiremen @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE, More Info ♫ Hard Times Book Release Party @ Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $30, with hardcore legends Killing Time (NYHC) and guests Rule Them All and Perfect World, Buy Tix
*♦ FEARnyc Film Fest Halloween: The Tingler @ Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), 9pm, $20, This Halloween Night event celebrates the 60th Anniversary of “The Tingler” with some of the famous gimmicks unfolding around you in the theater — and maybe on you — in a live experience you’ll never forget. Sponsored by Greenpointers, Buy Tix ♫ Hardcore Halloween @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave), 10pm, $15, Altern-8 / Mark Archer & Joey Beltram, Buy Tix ♦ ♫ “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” Halloween Live Score @ National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) 8pm, $25, screening and live score with Ricardo Romaneiro + Party with Soundwalk Collective and Brian Close, Vandana and Coen Aerst, and special guest DJ, Buy Tix ♫ Noisey Nights Halloween PARTY @ Villain (307 Kent Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info ♫ Gutterween 2019 @ Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St), 8pm, FREE, More Info
* Greenpoint Library Community Advisory Committee Meeting @ Anella (222 Franklin St), 630pm, FREE, one of the last meetings before the library is open again! More Info ♫♦ Peach&Tomato/Fung Chern Hwei’s Fungal Bloom @ Areté Venue and Gallery (67 West St #103, ), 8pm, $15, More Info ♫ Wiremen @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE, More Info ♫ New York & The Urban Crisis of Affluence @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, a short reading from the author, followed by a conversation and an opportunity for questions from the audience, More Info
*♦ FEARnyc FILM FESTIVAL opening night: THE VILLAINESS_immersive @ Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), 10pm, $15, this ever-evolving, multimedia visual album experience is a feast of surreal horror, heavy psychedelia, anthemic rock + urban goth! More Info ♫ * 2019 NYC wayOUT Gayla @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 630pm, $100+, this year’s theme: Masquerade! A night of community, food, drink, and AUCTIONS to support a great cause! Buy Tix ☺ Ghost Town Comedy **Spooky Edition** @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 630pm, FREE, More InfoContinue reading →
Calling all art lover: the 15th edition of Greenpoint Gallery Night returns on October 25! A neighborhood gallery crawl, this long-standing tradition spotlights exhibition spaces and other venues that host art shows throughout Greenpoint. Select neighborhood galleries and businesses that feature art will be participating on Friday, October 25th, from 6 to 9pm. Join us at this free event celebrating the diverse and unique art scene in our corner of Brooklyn!
Participating locations for October 25 include: • Areté (67 West Street #103): opening of Movement on Film featuring the work of dancer/choreographer/vocalist Janis Brenner and interdisciplinary artist Muyassar Kurdi • The Java Project (252 Java Street): Masquerade, featuring photography, drawings, and other works by Miles Ladin • Auxiliary Projects (212 Norman Avenue) • Calico (67 West Street #203): paintings by Christian DeFilippo • The Yard (33 Nassau Avenue) • Dusty Rose (67 West Street #216): textile works by Frank Locke • Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Avenue) • Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue): Greenpoint-based paintings by Greenpoint-based artist, Steve Wasterval
More details to be announced! Visit the Facebook event for more, and once you’re done bumping around the neighborhood, join us at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue) from 9 pm onward for our after-party.
Greenpoint Gallery Night is a grassroots neighborhood event established in 2013, organized by Scott Chasse of Calico.
♦ Bad Theater Fest 2019 @ The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $20, a collection of low-budget, eclectic, unusual, different, fantastic short plays, Buy Tix *World Food Day Celebration @ FREEHOLD Brooklyn (45 S 3rd St), 530pm, FREE, Help raise awareness for World Food Day and learn about food sustainability. Canned food donations will be accepted to benefit Los Sures, More Info ♫ Taylor McFerrin w/ Raia Wash @ Rough Trade (64 N 9th St) 8pm, $20, Buy Tix ♫ Low Light, Herjaza, Indisposed, On Better Terms, granite to glass @ Kingsland (269 Norman Ave) 7pm, $8, Buy Tix
* Communities Resist Launch Party @ Carneval (507 Grand St), 6pm, $25-$30, Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, raffle, free prizes and more! Learn how you can help keep families in their homes, Buy Tix ♫ Goldie Awards @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 7pm, $25, 3rd Annual DJ & Beat Battle is a new type of competition for DJs and producers that recognizes the endless creative nature in music, Buy Tix * Outlaw Wrestling @ Our Lady of Mount Carmel Gym (275 N 8th St) 8pm, $25-$30, Buy Tix ♫ The Revolution Volume 43 @ National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) 8pm, $15, performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians, Buy TixContinue reading →
More than 60 films and events are featured from world premieres to retrospectives and reimaginings, panel discussions, experiential events, and an award ceremony. Tickets are now available at FEARnyc.com.
Called “a huge, authoritative horror film festival” by Time Out New York film editor Joshua Rothkopfand “the best thing happening in the entire country this October” by Dread Central, FEARnyc was founded in 2016 by John Capo out of his lifelong love of horror movies.
“Our theme this year is Real/Surreal,” said John Capo, founder and festival director of FEARnyc. “From the morning commute to the evening news, New Yorkers are barraged by moments that are relentlessly real and surreal, often simultaneously.”
“Our selections this year, which deal with everything from obsessive Instagram culture, conversion therapy, and a school shooting to severalGrindr-gone-wrong tales, demonstrate that horror filmmakers are moving away from traditional let’s-kill-some-pretty-women tropes and focusing instead on the real life horrors that affect so many of us. In that sense, this year’s selections represent the maturity of horror filmmaking in 2019. I’m also excited to be spotlighting underrepresented groups in horror like the Native American, Latinx, and Queer communities and could not be more proud to present our annual Legacy Honor to iconic producer Debra Hill and our inaugural Trailblazer Award to the team behind Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.”
The FEARnyc Award Ceremony, which will take place at The Green Room 42 at The Yotel, will include the presentation of this year’s Juried Awards as well as the FEARnyc Honors.
The FEARnyc Legacy Honor will be posthumously presented to Debra Hill, writer/producer/director whose credits include the original Halloween, Halloween II, Escape from New York, Clue, and The Fog. Featuring tributes by Paul Reubensand Hill’s producing partners, with Ms. Hill’s brother, Bob Hill, accepting the honor on her behalf, Ms. Hill will be recognized not only for her filmmaking but for her groundbreaking commitment to advancing the visibility and employment of women in film. Ms. Hill is only the third recipient of the Legacy Honor. Past recipients include Wes Cravenand George A. Romero.