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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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Japanese Backyard Grill “Yaki Tiki” Launches at A/D/O

Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.

The outdoor grill

Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).

We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:

Maitake w sansho lime; shishito w nori, lemon; potato salad

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Greenpoint Open Studios Kicks Off This Weekend! (June 8-9)

Get ready for Greenpoint Open Studios, an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 8-9), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where the artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators.

Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 350 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events. 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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Against The Grain, Paper Marbling, What The L? — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/22-5/28)

WEDNESDAY 5/22

*Wine Glass Terrarium Plant Nite
@ Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $55, Cultivate your creativity, naturally. Gifted growers will guide you step-by-step as you make a mini Zen garden, succulent arrangement, or tiny terrarium, Buy Tix
♫ DUCKWRTH @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 930pm, FREE, with special guest Dylan The Gypsy and Alex Mali, RSVP
♦ Brilliant Champions Art Exhibition Pop Up Show @ Ghost Robot (346 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, More Info
☺ Sunday Night News @ The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave), 930pm, $10, a new play about a news reporter who, in an effort to follow in her mother’s footsteps, does anything to climb her way to the top, and become the best local news reporter the greater tristate area has ever seen, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 5/23

* Lag B’Omer Family Fun Fest
@ McCarren Park (Lorimer St at Bedford Ave), 4pm, $10 suggested donation, face painting, balloon twisting, Israeli food buffet & drinks, crafting, sports, kite making & flying. bubbles & balls, bubble soccer! (for ages 6-12), More Info
♫ “Against The Grain” Featuring Min Jin Lee, Tracy K. Smith, and SŌ Percussion @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 930PM, $29, the third installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon’s new literary-music series, Buy Tix
♥ Un)binding The Body @ New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Rd), 8pm, $5 – $10, we’ll unpack our experiences with gender dysphoria, identity, and relationships, map out our desires, explore communication tactics to use with partners, and come out feeling seen and empowered, More Info
# Celebrating Immigrant Daughters, Mothers & Authenticity @ Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard St), 630pm, $30, celebrate the launch of Indian-ish and the special bond between food, mothers, and daughters, More Info

FRIDAY 5/24

♫ Left Bank Magazine 5th Year Anniversary Party @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 7pm, $10, on the rooftop: Poppies, VAMANOS, New Myths, Animal Show, Fat Heaven, Buy Tix
♫ Outdoor Beer Garden Silent Disco @ The Well (272 Meserole St), 11pm, $5 – $20, live DJs will be spinning everything from Latin, to throwbacks, to hip hop, Buy Tix
♫ Brooklyn Swings Presents: Cookie Night
@ Brooklyn Swings (231 Ainslie St), 6pm, $5 – $10 suggested, all are welcome, no partner needed! Instructors will teach a short dance combination, and there will be delicious sweet treats, More Info
♫ Good Vibes Only @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $9, Indie Bushwick presents “Good Vibes Only” a night of wavy sounds featuring local artists Tattoo Money, R I I O S, Michael From The East and A. Sarr, More Info

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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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