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Brooklyn Art Book Fair, Queer Cult Pride, Take the L — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/12-6/18)

WEDNESDAY 6/12

^ BookBook Club: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, FREE, read a new memoir, a collection of essays, novel, or anything else Archestratus finds interesting that somehow, in a big or small way, relates to food. Then discuss, RSVP
♫ Jog Blues @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 7pm, $18, deep tradition meets spontaneous improvisation in Jog Blues, a daring new combination of jazz, blues, and Indian classical musicBuy Tix
Hydroponics 201: Intro to Plant Nutrients @ AgTech X (40 Bushwick Ave), 630pm, $29, learn what plant nutrients are; how to ensure you’re picking the right fertilizer for what you’re looking to grow; and understanding the various metrics for maintaining healthy nutrition, Buy Tix
♦♫ Brooklyn QUEER CULT PRIDE  @3 Dollar Bill (260 Meserole St), 830pm, $10, a ridiculously fun filled rainbow unicorn queer performance art show, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 6/13

* Walking Tour: History of Domino Sugar @ Domino Park Rock Shop (Kent Ave at Grand St), 6pm, FREE, join author of “The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King” Geoffrey Cobb as he explains the history of the Domino plant, which was the largest sugar refinery in the world and the linchpin in the “Sugar Trust, RSVP
* National Axe Throwing Day @ Bury the Hatchet (25 Noble St), 4pm, FREE, grab your friends and family for free axe throwing sessions (quick training provided), More Info
♫ New York Public Radio featuring a special performance by Real Estate @Brooklyn Bowl (67 Wythe Ave)630pm, $75, a party with all your WNYC favorites and Real Estate, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley performing a DJ set, Red Baraat, and the High and Mighty Brass Band, Buy Tix
♫ Vomit Nose @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $5, with Mouth Reader, Jeff Draco, and Nick Cage, More Info Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios, Brooklyn Pride, Synth Expo — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/5-6/11)

WEDNESDAY 6/5

♫^ Bruce Conforth for “Up Jumped The Devil” q+a @ WORD (126 Franklin St.), 7pm, $5, Bruce Conforth discusses his new book “Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson,” and will be joined in conversation by guitarist John Hammond, Buy Tix
♫ Mah” Zeh? b Omer: Revelatory Songcircling @ Healing Movement at Ohev Shalom (284 Rodney St), 7pm, $18, an embodied and participatory meditation, movement and song circling, Buy Tix
♦ Documentary Screening: The Barese Icemen of New York
@ Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie St), 7pm, FREE, documentary film that follows the story of the Italian immigrants from Apulia who dominated the NYC ice trade from the 1920s to the 1960s, More Info
♦♫ Limited Resources 30 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 9pm, FREE, 30th installment of the monthly experimental series, More Info

THURSDAY 6/6

♫ Brooklyn Brass Bash @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St), 9pm,$10, kick the summer season off right with the brass band series with June’s amazing lineup, More Info
♦ Beginner Embroidery @ Brooklyn Craft Company (165 Greenpoint Ave), 630pm, $45, in this beginner workshop, you’ll master embroidery basics as you complete a cute little peace-sign hoop design, Buy Tix
# Sicilian Vegan Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 630pm, $30, An evening of Sicilian, family-style food inspired by Nonna. Three courses cooked by Archestratus owner Paige Lipari. Si, one of those courses is dessert, Buy Tix
* Environmental Protection Committee Meeting @ Brooklyn Community Board 1 (435 Graham Ave.), 630pm, FREE, presentation by NYC EDC on the future demolition of oil tanks on the Bayside parcel of Bushwick Inlet Park, More Info


For one weekend (June 8th & 9th), 300+ local artists and designers open up their Greenpoint, Brooklyn studios to the public to showcase work in a variety of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, to ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered in the northernmost tip of Brooklyn. Plus guided tours, talks, workshops, parties & more! Greenpoint Open Studios is a grassroots organization that aims to provide a free and open platform for local arts that builds, sustains, and supports the thriving creative community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

FRIDAY 6/7

*♦♫ Launch Party – Greenpoint Open Studios @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), 730pm, FREE, Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 will launch with an explosion of music, dancing, full bar with frozen cocktail specials, and lots of live art installations, More Info
♫ Tōth @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 730pm, $15, a new project of Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist songwriter Alex Toth, known for collaborating and writing with Kimbra, Alexander F, Rubblebucket, Cuddle Magic and others, Buy Tix
♫ Dance Yourself Clean – Indie Dance Party  @ Baby’s All Right, 11pm, $10, North America’s biggest indie dance party is not just a party, it’s an experience, Buy Tix
♫ TOKiMONSTA, Rosehardt, bad tuner (Rooftop) @ Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave.), 5pm, $25, Buy Tix Continue reading

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The McGolrick Park Roam: GOS Self-Guided Tour

Bisected by the rumbling BQE and hugged by Newton Creek, the southeastern parcel of Greenpoint is a hot spot for a self-guided Greenpoint Open Studios walking tour. Are you up for an adventure off the beaten path? Ready to see some fabulous art and get to know Greenpoint’s industrial southeastern edge?
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Your Guide for Special Events This Weekend (6/8-6/9) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Blast from the past: Juan Miguel Marin adding a new piece to his ongoing series titled “Drawing Under The Influence” live outside of his studio at The Pencil Factory during GOS in 2018.

Back for its sixth year and stronger than ever, Greenpoint Open Studios will bring the neighborhood an art-filled weekend this Saturday and Sunday (June 8th & 9th) with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events, and some stellar artist-organized workshops. We will also, hopefully, be bringing the sunshine. Continue reading

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Sacred Cacao, Go Green Festival, Gov Ball After Dark — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/29-6/4)

WEDNESDAY 5/29

♫ Bateria with Toribio, Mickey Perez and Djoy de Cuba @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave), 9pm, FREE, More Info
# Intro to Plant Parenting: Houseplant Fundamentals @ Greenery Unlimited (91 West St.), 715pm, $25, learn the basics of “right plant, right place” to keep your plants happy and thriving! Buy Tix
♫ DigitalArtNight with Duckwrth, Mndsgn & SadhuGold @ Kinfolk (94 Wythe Ave.), 8pm, FREE, an immersive art and live music experience, More Info
♫ Sooner « Absent City « Irrevery « Shop Talk @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 9pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 5/30

♦ Movies Under the Stars: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again @ Bushwick Inlet Park (50 Kent St. Pop-up Park), 8pm, FREE, movie screening outdoors with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, More Info
♫ Tasha Blank’s Bday + Record Release @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff St.), 6:30pm, $5 – $25, an epic night of surprise guests, brand new music, nonstop art, live performance + plenty of shenanigans, Buy Tix
# Family Style PIATTI Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7 pm, $50, an endless antipasto, a many course family style Italian dinner of abundant platters, served a few at a time, some warm and others at room temperature. Buy Tix
♫ Morgana @ Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Ave.), 7pm, FREE, Serge Devant, Ryan Crosson, Dinky, Connie, More Info Continue reading

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In “Cabin,” A Queer Thriller Takes Over The Bushwick Starr

Tyler Ashley in “Cabin,” photo by Maria Baranova

We’re always voyeurs, as audiences in a theater, but the three-paneled walls we peer through in Cabin only heighten our perverse role. In this titular cabin, men are spied on by more than just the audience.

Is Sean Donovan’s new play a bittersweet romance, a queer thriller, or a haunting look at outsiders in unfamiliar terrain? It boldly marries all three in its intricate constellation — or cobweb — that is now playing through June 8 at The Bushwick Starr.

S meets Paul, then S meets Stewart, and soon the three are escaping the city to galavant and smoke and make love deep in the woods, high in a relative’s getaway home, so elevated it sits above the rolling fog. The home’s clear vistas offer no safety.

Not long into their increasingly regular sojourns, S (Sean Donovan, who also directs) meets a mysterious older townie who develops a strange and off-putting obsession with the three gay men, who together exist in a relatively stable friendship and romance.

Sean Donovan in “Cabin,” photo by Maria Baranova

This is what S regales in a mammoth monologue at the geographical center of Cabin. We learn about the cabin’s history and tchotchkes, we see Stewart (Tyler Ashley) try out a new dance routine with Paul (Brandon Washington), and we then worry for their safety. But how the play’s eerie quality emerges is both jarring and subtle — it happens all at once, and yet it was there all along. Can queer men be safe even in isolated, fortressed havens?

Brandon Washington and Tyler Ashley in “Cabin,” photo by Maria Baranova

To clearly answer that would both spoil and undermine this play, which provides no easy answers. But here’s what this sly and dangerous play does do: it uses those three window panes for more than just peering, as in one mystical touch they become a reflector for the warm vignettes of memories past. It showcases Tyler Ashley’s virtuosic dance and lip sync talents. (For proof, see last year’s Bushwig performance.) And it ends with a lyrical blow so theatrical you’ll be reminded, again and again, how marvelous The Bushwick Starr is, how idiosyncratic its programming, and how mysterious and tender this gem of a play is.

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Help Design the Future Kosciuszko Bridge Park

A visioning workshop that is open to the public to help plan the future park and green space under and around the new Kosciuszko Bridge will take place next week.
The “Under The K” public workshop is being hosted by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and the landscape architects Public Work on Tuesday, March 21, at Rough Trade (64 N 9 St.); registration is free.

NPBA was awarded a $100,000 grant via the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund in 2018 to help convert to the area surrounding the Kosciuszko Bridge into a public park. Continue reading

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Vermicomposting, Dirty Circus, Elsewhere Rooftop Opening Weekend — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/15-5/21)

WEDNESDAY 5/15

*DIY spring planter: clay hand building class @ Manic Ceramic (395 Graham Ave), 7pm, $50, Each student will receive a slab of clay in which they will be taught special techniques in pottery wet clay hand building. No experience necessary, Buy Tix
♫ AfroBeats @ Bembe (81 S. 6th St), 9pm, FREE, the best of AFROBEATS and GLOBAL RHYTHMS with live percussion all night long, More Info
* Intro to Vermicomposting: A ‘WORMshop’ for New Yorkers @ AgTech X (40 Bushwick Ave) 630pm, $29, Buy Tix
♦ DOOM! the show we are hosting @Muchmore’s, 6pm, FREE, DOOM! (the last improv team you’ll ever see) is hosting a night of variety performance, More InfoTHURSDAY 5/16 Continue reading

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Dharmahuasca, PHYSICALITY, Mother’s Day Rally — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/8-5/15)

WEDNESDAY 5/8

*Dharmahuasca: Buddhist Dharma, Ayahuasca, and Sacred Medicines @ Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 7pm, $20, learn about sacred medicines with the practice of Buddhist Dharma, Buy Tix
♫ The Dandy Warhols @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 7pm, $35 Buy Tix
♫ Delicate Steve with The Muckers @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 9pm, $15, Buy Tix
* Community Reiki (105 Grand St.), 7pm, $40 – $70, a monthly, sliding scale Reiki clinic serving North Brooklyn in the Community Room at Grand Street Healing Project., More Info

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NYPD to Host Community Forum Against Hate (3/14)

The NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North is hosting a community forum and discussion on hate crimes and how residents can work together to stop the noted increase in hate crimes over the past year. The forum will take place on Thursday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 179 Wilson Ave. in Brooklyn; RSVP at [email protected]

NYC experienced a 40 percent increase in hate crimes so far this year; 66 hate crimes in 2019 compared to 47 during the same period in 2018, with 64 percent categorized as anti-semitic, NBC reports.

Greenpointers recently reported on the string of local hate graffiti, a Manhattan Avenue-addressed hate letter, and vandalism at the Chabad of Bushwick.

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