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Feminist Fashion, Drinks, Giveaways & Music at New Women Space This Thursday (2/15)

A Space for Women - Design Circle

WHAT: A Space for Women / Hosted by Design Circle NYC
WHEN: February 15th, 2018, from 7 pm – 10 pm
WHERE: New Women Space | 188 Woodpoint Road

Design Circle NYC, a philanthropic fashion design collective, is presenting clothing for Fashion Week and a fundraiser this Thursday February 15th. Six fashion designers will showcase clothes that reference feminism, and are influenced by local female-centric nonprofits. Guests will view the designs while enjoying FREE drinks, music, interactive installations, and giveaways! The proceeds will benefit the designers’ chosen organizations: My Sisters’ Place, Hollaback!, Sanctuary for Families, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and Susan G. Komen of Greater NYC.

An RSVP with an advance donation of $10 or more will secure your choice of one limited-edition enamel pin at the event that each designer has made with their organization in mind!

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Review: Bushwick Film Festival Opening Night’s “In Case of Emergency”

In Case of Emergency film still, Bushwick Film Festival
Still from In Case of Emergency, the opening night film at the 2017 Bushwick Film Festival. L-R: Stefanie Sparks (as Sarah), Jenni Ruiza (as Melinda) and Phoebe Robinson (as Charlene).

October 12th was the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival‘s opening night, which showcased the film “In Case of Emergency,” directed and written by Stefanie Sparks. Sparks has been working in film for half her life; In Case of Emergency is her second feature film.

Entering the film festival was a bit daunting for me—I don’t usually attend these types of events. To celebrate the opening night, there was a red carpet reception at the well known House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave). Photographers, journalists, and other press and filmmakers were in attendance and mingling amidst bright flashing lights. I was mostly looking forward to the film screening and hadn’t thought about networking, but was approached by a director/producer and a couple of artists. It was a pleasant surprise but also appreciated. Once I entered the theater, I was taken aback by the grandiose scene. The night started off with an emcee and an interview with the founder and CEO of Bushwick Film Festival, Kweighbaye Kotee. She’s an 11-year resident of Bushwick with a passion for independent films.

“Stories are the best way to bring people together,” Kweighbaye says. Her hope with BFF is to inspire women; in particular, women of color. She chose Stefanie Sparks’ film In Case of Emergency to kick off the opening night and the festival itself. “What I’m looking for is diversity on and off camera. An extra bonus with this film is that it was local,” Kotee says. Continue reading

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Postcard Writing Party + Rosé TONIGHT (10/24) at Bulletin!

Aria Jay & Rhino Parade are hosting a postcard writing party tonight (Tuesday, 10/24) at girl-powered giftshop Bulletin Market (145 Wythe Ave), from 6-8pm. They’ll provide protest postcards, pens, and addresses, and you should bring your lovely resisting selves! Plus rosé, cookies, and a a kick ass girl power play list 👯💪

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Greenpoint’s Tom Tom Magazine Takes on the World

Tom Tom Magazine
Ladies of Tom Tom—Pippa Kelmenson, Mindy Abovitz Monk and Marisa Kurk. All photos by Mitch Boyer

In the seven years since its creation by founder and publisher Mindy Abovitz Monk, Greenpoint-based lady drummer publication Tom Tom magazine has gone from being a simple music blog to a media company consisting of a quarterly print issue, digital issue, website and creative collaborations and events with contributors from around the world. In their sun-drenched office in Greenpoint’s historic Pencil Factory, a metallic drum kit takes center stage, along with an oldschool ghetto blaster, brightly colored, hand-painted drumsticks (created by Mindy’s artist mother) and usually at least one office dog.

At a time when being a female drummer in some parts of the world can still lead to death threats or imprisonment, I sat down with Abovitz, her lead designer Marisa Kurk (featured on the cover of the magazine’s current Nepotism issue) and Pippa Kelmenson who runs the Tom Tom office to chat about music, their magazine serving as a metaphor for anyone wanting to do anything they’re told they can’t do and what being based in Greenpoint brings to their work.

Tom Tom Magazine - photo by Mitch Boyer

Greenpointers: How did Tom Tom start?

Mindy Abovitz Monk: In 2009, I was working at East Village Radio in the city and I had already been a drummer in New York for about seven years. I had volunteered at Rock Camp for Girls and I also experienced Riot grrrl as it was happening as a teenager and that had brought me to music in the first place. Around 2009 Riot grrrl was seeing a resurgence. People my age and people younger than me were becoming inspired by a movement that had already inspired me. It gave me anxiety thinking that possibly nothing had changed since I was a teenager in the effort to encourage girls and women to be the rock stars that we are. Continue reading

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