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Greenpoint’s Eclectic Art and Performance Space GAMBA Forest is Moving & Needs Your Help!

GAMBA Moving Fundraiser July 29, 2017
GAMBA Moving Fundraiser, July 29. Photo: Lucie Levine

Since last September, when the art space and creative incubator GAMBA Forest opened its doors at 231 Norman Avenue, it has hosted artists working in nearly every medium and genre. Last Saturday night, over fifteen of those artists came out to support the first of two fundraising events GAMBA is hosting as it gets ready to head to new digs. As artists shared their music, poetry and dance, one attendee welcomed others by passing out flowers.

GAMBA Forest and its welcoming vibes will be relocating in September, and is asking for your help to ensure that “the artist community that has united at GAMBA Forest will not be lost or displaced.” To do that, Melissa Hunter Gurney and Chris Carr, of Brooklyn Wildlife, who run the space, need “to raise the money for the ridiculous amount of funds attached to putting down on a new commercial space in Brooklyn.”

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Dervisi Gangsta Blues, Soul Clap Dance Off, Where’s My Polaroid, MVR 2.2 – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/1–3/7)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

 

WEDNESDAY 3/1

* Demystifying Government: Executive Shenanigans @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7:30pm, FREE, How does the government work? For all of us who may have forgotten a thing or two from civics class. The first three programs will cover our three branches, starting all the way at the top, More info
♫ Dervisi Greek Gangsta Blues @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Fragrant songs and dances from a long-lost underworld- Punk Rembetika, More info

 

THURSDAY 3/2

♦ The Apprentices Group show @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave), 6pm, FREE, Group exhibition “The Apprentices” for which artist are reworking art historical pieces with the condition that the originals’ artists are alive, More info
* Castrate the Patriarchy! @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE, March is Women’s History month! What better way to celebrate than a variety show in support of Planned Parenthood? More info
^ American Life Through Muslim Eyes @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $10, Sabeeha Rehman reads from her award-winning book, Threading My Prayer Rug. This collection of Sabeeha’s memoirs presents humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan to the US, Buy tix

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GAMBAZine: An Island of Literary Independence

GambaZine_Chris_Carr“What happens to all of the pages that people put under the bed?”

That is a question that artists Melissa Hunter Gurney and Chris Carr asked themselves during the months before they birthed GAMBAZine, an international publication rooted in Greenpoint and Bushwick.

From the beginning, Gurney says that GAMBA had an activist slant. The duo wanted to create a literary magazine free of the politics and favoritism rampant in mainstream publications.

“Sometimes it feels like your bio has to look a certain way,” Gurney says. But she explained that she and Carr didn’t want to choose work based on writers’ previous publications, literary accolades, or university degrees.

In the spring of 2014, they founded GAMBAZine. The name came from Gambazini, a mythical island that Gurney had dreamt about months earlier. Continue reading

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