OK. Tomorrow is the inauguration. We have all kinds of feels. And if this past election has showed us anything, it’s that we can and will strategically come together to support, defend, edify, forgive one another, and even laugh out loud in the midst of heartbreaking confusion.
Brooklyn comedians Emily Winter and Jenn Welch are doing just that with What A Joke – a national comedy festival which spans across 34 US cities, includes 86 shows, and gives all the ticket sales proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The NYC shows are happening right down the street at the Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave.) and Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.) on Friday and Saturday. And the festival kicks off in Manhattan tonight at The Stand, and includes a happy hour and silent auction. The lineups are full of a number of headliners like Nikki Glaser, Dave Hill, and ‘Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch’ sketch team, the Astronomy Club, among a whole lot more. (Side note: Rough Trade is having another benefit for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood tonight with a nice little music lineup).
We got the chance to ask Emily Winter (co-founder), a few questions about the festival and discuss why good comedy is no joke. Continue reading →
A festival that harkens to Austin’s over-saturated SXSW festival without the tasteless inundation of branding in the name of culture (yet), Northside Festival returns to North Brooklyn from June 6 – 12 and is still a great opportunity to catch bands you know alongside local groups you may have only heard mention of. As you skip around venues old and new, these are some of the acts that would be a shame to miss. Continue reading →
“It is an occasion to see what’s going on the community, meet people who have been there for thirty years and learn about its history and heritage,” says Greenpoint Arts Block Festival coordinator, Marta Pawlaczek. “It also presents an opportunity to discover new things like organizations and initiatives that offer valuable services to people.”
According to the festival’s press release, the 2nd annual neighborhood street festival “consists of various cultural, educational, and recreational events with the goal of promoting Polish and local artists, highlighting the Polish identity of Greenpoint, and integrating its old and new inhabitants.” The festival will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Leonard St. between Norman Ave. and Meserole Ave.
It’s happening! Our most romantic, love and heart-filled Greenpointers Market is taking place at the amazing Greenpoint Loft (67 West St 5th, Fl) on Sunday February 9, 2014 from 1-7pm. Please fill out the below form to apply to become a vendor or click on this link.
Over the past month, your fellow New York-based amateur songwriters have been crafting original songs and music videos that capture the spirit of Coney Island (many of which feature some pretty nifty archival footage). Viewers can vote for their favorite here.
So why is there a Brooklyn-centric festival so far across the pond, you may ask? In it’s second year, BROOKLYN, SWEDEN is a music, food and arts festival in Stockholm, a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery and Sweden’s premier rock club group, Debaser.
This year’s fest, happening Aug 22nd – 25th, will include Brooklyn acts like El-P, Lydia Lunch, DJ Jonathan Toubin and Designer Drugs as well as large scale projection art from NBNY (responsible for that awesomely creepy eyeball projection at the Greenpoint waterfront in 2011). The fest will also feature food from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef, Andrew Gerson, beats and bites from FOTP’s BBQ Blowout, comedy from Found Footage Fest and photography from Slideluck.
The contestant with the most votes by 11:59pm EST Thursday, August 8th will receive airfare, hotel and passes to the fest. Additionally, they’ll perform their song live at the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Send-Off show at the Rock Shop on August 17th with special guests from the festival lineup that, we’re told, are too top-secret to reveal just yet.
Williamsburg Walks begins this weekend, when my dream comes true – an actual NYC street becomes a walking mall for pedestrians with lots of fun and engaging activities that don’t involve dodging buses or flicking off car service lunatics. I have said this before and I will say it again – let’s do this permanently on McGuinness Blvd!
The idea behind this series of car-free Saturday afternoons on Bedford Avenue is for people to use the closure in order to rethink their public space and to celebrate the neighborhood. The event is organized by NAG in conjunction with the NYC DOT as part of their Weekend Walks program.
Williamsburg Walks 2013 will happen on Saturdays – June 8th, June 15th & June 22nd – RAIN OR SHINE!
Bedford Ave will be closed from Metropolitan Ave to N12th. The street closure will run from 1pm to 930pm. Williamsburg Walks programming will run from 3-8pm.
NAG will give away the sod after the events. Volunteers who help roll it out from 12-3pm get first dibs, claiming the amount they will take, and returning at 8pm to haul it away. At 9pm, if there is any sod left, it is full on up for grabs
Email Ryan Kuonen, over at ryan at nag-brooklyn.org, to sign up.
This year’s festival, which returns this Fall, is looking for film in the following categories: Experimental/ Avant-Garde, Narrative, Documentary & Animation.
Last year’s four day festival was a hit and brought together a great variety of films, including several intimate stories that covered many of the concerns and landmarks of our neighborhood and the emotional struggle of urban life.
You’ve got until March 31, 2013 to submit your own film, so don’t delay. Click here for more information and submission guidelines.
This Sunday August 26th, 2012 is the 9th Annual NYC Vintage Motorcycle Show from 11am-4pm on North 14th between Berry & Wythe. Rain or Shine. There will be vintage bikes, awesome bands and delicious BBQ! FREE!!!
One of our favorite community art events, the Greenpoint Film Festival, needs to raise $10,000 by Tuesday August 21, 2012. They are almost there after raising over $8,000. A few more generous donations will get their campaign funded by kickstarter. If you want to see the Greenpoint Film Festival happen this year, then take a minute to make a donation in any amount.
On behalf of Greenpointers.com we just donated $120!