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A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch at the Park Church Co-Op

Lydia Lunch performs, speaking about misogyny and today’s pessimistic world. Photo: Angelica Hill

Last Thursday, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak hosted “A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch” at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) to support her McGolrick Park community art installation, Ziemia.  Ziemia, when finished, will consist of a large ceramic orb made from soil from across the globe and placed in a carefully cultivated meadow in McGolrick Park, adjacent to Russell Street between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave.

The Park Church Co-Op was dimly lit, the stage awash with red and blue light. Meditative electronic new-age music played as the image of Jesus on the crucifix centered on the back wall looked over the scene. It may not seem like the most likely venue for a night of experimental jazz, but Pastor Amy Kienzle remarked that this event was part of the church’s larger event series that supports community art. And with Wawrzyniak being such an enthusiastic member of the church she felt it was important to support. She added that the church “believes in art and it being spiritually beneficial.” Continue reading

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NYC Art X Sweet Treat 311 Fundraiser at Cafe Edna Tonight (7/10)

Local artist Hannah Simmons and Greenpointers Market coordinator Yuka Miyata are fundraising to bring an important art project to children in an area of Japan that is still recovering from the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. It’s call NYC Art X Sweet Treat 311 and we created this video to help get the message out.

Tonight the folks at Cafe Edna (195 Nassau Ave) are hosting a fundraiser for the duo from 7-10pm. All drink profits will be donated to the cause, plus free mini burritos (while supplies last). Also there will be Japanese oldies music, raffles, prizes, gifts and the chance to write a message to the children in Ogatsu that will be delivered personally when the women head to Japan to realize their project.

Check out the video below and RSVP to the fundraiser. If you can’t make it – donate via Indiegogo here.

NYC Art X Sweet Treat 311 Fundraiser Video from Jennifer Galatioto on Vimeo.

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On My Block Film Challenge

When you walk down your block in Greenpoint do you run into a ton of interesting characters that would be great on film? I can think of a few off the top of my head. I live on Kingsland Ave, the block where the giant yellow monster truck is chained to a pole along with a flaming corvette. I could imagine the old chain smoking Polish lady and Mrs. Garcia, the badass Puerto Rican Grandma who I’m certain carries a knife, enlisting the crew at Vinnie’s Pizzeria to break the chains and hot wire the vehicles so the two can take joyrides to Rockaway Beach, Thelma & Louise style, and maybe pick up a few bearded hipster boy toys on the way. I’d watch that!

Now is your chance to celebrate all of those endearing, funny, outrageous or perhaps crazy people and get to know them a little better. On My Block Films, who goals it “to capture a wide spectrum of blocks throughout the five boroughs … to create a sense of belonging within a community,” is presenting On My Block: A Neighborhood Filmmaking Challenge in order “to create stronger communities in New York City through the collaborative filmmaking process.” And what a cast a bunch of Greenpointers would make!

Here is the deal: Beginning August 1, all eligible films will be posted and screened online from the time they are finished until November 1, 2012. The public will be able to vote on a film by liking it on Vimeo. The 30 films with the most Vimeo likes will move on to be judged by the Judging Panel the first week of November. The top-scoring 15 films will be screened at a physical outdoor festival in November. Awards will be presented to Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film and Best In Show.

Click here for more info.

Website: www.onmyblockfilms.com/
Facebook:​ facebook.com/OnMyBlockFilms
Twitter :​ @onmyblockfilms

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Featured Artist: WEBCATS

How much do cats rule? When you can’t get enough cats in real life, check out WEBCATS, a series of hilarious cat drawings along with sarcastic and witty phrases that only a cat would be thinking. Greenpoint artist Scott Chasse is the brains behind Webcats. We started worrying about Scott when he began obsessively using Tumblr to post hundreds and hundreds of cat photos daily.

Scott is previously recognized for his obsession with painting Burt Reynolds so the obsessive part wasn’t a surprise, but cats? He is elusive about why cats are his focus, even though he is an avid cat lover and owner of a very handsome feline. My guess is it’s a riff on the internet itself, because apparently the two biggest searches online are porn and you guessed it – cats.

WEBCATS is not only on the web, you can now purchase screen printed t-shirts made by Scott right here in Greenpoint. When the entire world almost imploded after Instagram got hit by lightening, Scott said, “this is why I had to put my internet cat drawings on t-shirts – in case the internet breaks.”

And right now you can have Scott create a digital cat drawing of your cat for only $10 (on sale.) All you have to do is send him a photo and some text (optional) and he will draw your cat in true WEBCATS fashion.  These make great birthday and holiday gifts for your cat obsessed friends and family.

You can look forward to Scott’s weekly Wednesday cat drawings right here on Greenpointers!

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