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Tropic of Trash, Summer Fête, Chromatic Modernity — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/17-7/23)

WEDNESDAY 7/17

* Environmental Justice & Health Working Group Meeting @ North Brooklyn Neighbors (61 Greenpoint Ave 6th Fl), 630pm, FREE, help develop community-based strategies to combat issues of air pollution, legacy toxins, toxic sites, and trash & waste, More Info
* Intro to Plant Parenting: Houseplant Fundamentals @ Greenery Unlimited (91 West St), 715pm, $25, plant care essentials such as watering and weekly care will be discussed along with a potting demo and plenty of Q&A time to address your specific questions, Buy Tix
SummerFest 2019 @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 730pm, $18, a series of mixed-bill performances highlighting new created movement-based artists happening, Buy Tix
* From the Bottom UP: A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop
@human @ ease (31 Nassau Ave), 8pm, $35-$40, a Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling combined with live music, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/18

♦ Tropic of Trash: Poetry + Performances @ Brooklyn Windwood and Brass (88 Franklin St), 7pm, $5, poets paired with improv performers, More Info
Sister Nancy, Love Always, Grace of Spades @ El Cortez (17 Ingraham St) 7pm, $27, Buy Tix
* Psychoactivism: Psychedelics and the Climate Emergency
@ Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 7pm, $15, a dialogue on the psychedelic community, the activist community, and the environmental movement at large, Buy Tix
♫ Bowlive VIII featuring Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 8pm, $25-$30, 10th Anniversary with Soulive, Buy Tix

FRIDAY 7/19

# A British Summertime Feast @ Archestratus (160 Huron St), 7pm, FREE (until midnight w RSVP), the meal will reflect a side of British cooking that takes inspirations from a nation’s rich agricultural and regional history, Buy Tix
SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park: “Aquaman” @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, wonderful family-friendly movies in the park, More Info
♫ Gaila / Echo Moth (duo) / Matt Ward@ Magick City (37 Box St), 7pm, $45, More Info
♫ J Hoard @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $20, Buy Tix

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Wilder Shores, Groove Therapy, Movies in the Park — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/10-7/16)

WEDNESDAY 7/10

♫ SummerFest 2019 @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 730pm, $18, a series of mixed-bill performances highlighting new created movement-based artists happening Wednesdays in July, Buy Tix
* Walking Tour: Domino Park Design @ Domino Park (Kent Ave and Grand St), 630pm, FREE, learn more about the park’s design process as the lead designer Sanjukta Sen guides an educational tour, More Info
♫ Noisey Nights @ Villain (307 Kent Ave), 7pm, FREE, a recurring music program that brings the most fascinating, original, and music-defining emerging artists to a live stage, More Info
*  Belle & Sebastian @Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 8pm, $65, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/11

☺ HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke @ Baby Grand (55 McGuinness Blvd), 8pm, FREE, catch NYC’s hottest comedians followed by karaoke, More Info
# In Conversation @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, $20 – $40, join chef, author, and Bon Appetit food director Carla Lalli Music for a conversation, Q + A, and signing of her new cookbook, Buy Tix
♫ Bliss House Sessions @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St), 730pm, $20, an interactive concert series that submerges you into a fun & friendly community of independent musicians, Buy Tix
* Tenant Town Hall @ (66 Clay St), 6pm, FREE, as communities in North Brooklyn are facing displacement, let’s reclaim, remain and rebuild our neighborhood, More Info


FRIDAY 7/12

♦ SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, wonderful family-friendly movies at Transmitter Park presented by Town Square. This week’s screening is “The Incredibles 2,” More Info
♫ Ethno-Soul Latin-Roots Medicine Music @ Golden Drum (97 Green St #G1), 730pm, $20 suggested, Latin-roots flavor, Hip Hop, Reggae, electro-organic medicine music, and Afro-Soulful sound, RSVP
♫ Riot Avenue – An 80’s Hair Metal Party @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 11pm, FREE (until midnight w RSVP), Come in style and party to the soundtrack from a decade in music which celebrated excess and debauchery, Buy Tix
# Grand Opening – Food Truck Fridays @ Smorgasburg (East River State Park), 12pm, FREE, find a curated selection of food trucks and a bar run by Smorgasburg at the corner of N. 6th and Kent Ave, More Info Continue reading

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Eckford Street Studio Launches Art Classes for Adults

A figure drawing session in action (courtesy of Eckford Street Studio)

The Greenpoint-based community art studio Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) is offering drawing classes for adults beginning next week.

 

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OK, so obviously we are big fans of our adult education courses here at the studio. More importantly, though, so are our students! 100% (that’s 💯!) told us the class they took at Eckford Street Studio was a better time than programs they had participated in elsewhere. According to one recent artist, “Catherine was such a wonderful teacher! It was a creative and supportive environment and I had a ton of fun.” 💫 Lucky for YOU, our next series of ✍🏾Drawing from Observation👍🏻 starts on Monday! Don’t miss out on the fun creative supportive atmosphere! Register today! . . . #eckfordstreetstudio #esscommunityprojects #esscp #artstudio #communityartstudio #nonprofitartstudio #brooklynnonprofit #arteducation #brooklyn #northbrooklyn #greenpoint #williamsburg #brooklynart #drawing #drawingclass #adulteducation #classesforadults #drawingfromobservation #continuingeducation

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The “drawing from observation” class starts on Monday, July 15, and meets once per week through August 12th. The five-week class is $250 and all skill levels are welcome and materials are provided; register here. The class description:

Enhance your drawings by developing your observation skills.  In this five-session class, we will practice looking deeply and creating mindfully. We will look at our surroundings in new ways and translate what we see into sketches and drawings using a variety of drawing materials. Strengthening our observational skills gives us more information and allows us to draw with intention, making artwork that is uniquely our own. Enjoy a relaxed, nonjudgmental class; all levels welcomed and encouraged to come.


For those looking for a one-off or weekly drawing session, Eckford Street Studio offers a BYOB figure drawing session with a live model that happens on most Tuesdays from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and participants provide their own supplies.

Another five-week class, the “essentials of acrylic painting” is also in the works, which would tentatively meet on Wednesday nights; details for the acrylic painting class are still in the works.

 

 

 

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Artists Open Call: Naval Cemetery Landscape Seeks Installations

Naval Cemetary Landscape (via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced an open call for artists to display their works at the former Naval Hospital Cemetry, now a public greenspace known as the Naval Cemetery Landscape at 63 Williamsburg St. W. The budget for installation and materials is up to $1,000 and the application deadline is July 15th.


The 1.7-acre greenspace opened to the public in May 2016 after being fenced off for decades. The site was an active cemetery through 1910 where more than 2,000 deceased U.S. Navy and Marine Corps servicemen were buried until being relocated to Cypress Hills National Cemetary in 1926, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More details on the artist selection criteria from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

SELECTION CRITERIA

Proposals for potential artworks cannot disturb or penetrate the ground as it is a burial site.

The concepts or subjects of the artwork must relate to the ecological, historical, or cultural context of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Works that enhance or emphasize the sacred and natural quality of the space are strongly encouraged.

Works cannot obstruct the boardwalk or access to the space in any way. If the proposed piece is a time based performance medium it must be able to occur during operating hours (10am-4pm). Any ticketed performances must be free to the public unless paid performances are approved in writing by BGI.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

· A written description of proposed artwork, including: title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method and anchoring procedure; and a short statement clearly articulating how artwork related to NCL’s historical, ecological and/or cultural context (not to exceed 250 words)

· If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork; include reference to human scale.

· If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale.

· Artist’s statement and resume

· Proposed location for the installation within the Naval Cemetery Landscape

· Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of the work, media and dimensions.

· Budget not to exceed $1,000

RELEVANT DATES:

· Application due: July 15

· Finalists notified about studio visits/interviews by: August 6

· Final selection/artists notified by: August 16

· Studio visit/work-in-progress check-in: Mid-September

· Installation period: October 16 – 18

· Presentation Day: October 19

· Deinstallation period: October 20 – 29 (Exact date and deinstallation details to be finalized with artists and NCL staff).

RESPONSIBILITIES

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES:

When exhibiting at NCL, the artist assumes responsibility for funding the project, as well as for obtaining insurance and site remediation. Other artist responsibilities include:

· Propose high quality art that responds to guidelines.

· Provide funding for fabrication, installation, maintenance, insurance, and site restoration.

· Obtain necessary insurance policies naming the City of New York as additional insured.

· Some projects may require technical reports prepared by a licensed engineer.

· A security deposit, which will be returned to the exhibitor upon restoration of the site.

· Oversee installation of artwork (tools, materials and equipment not provided by BGI).

· Coordinate with BGI and BNYDC for publicity.

· Monitor and maintain the artwork during the display period.

· Oversee de-installation of artwork and site remediation.

· Grant Brooklyn Greenway Initiative / Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to the exhibitor).

BGI RESPONISBILITIES:

· Review, select and coordinate projects recommended by the advisory committee based on Selection Criteria.

· Prepare legal documents for signature by artist or organization.

· Grant artist sole ownership and copyright of the final design and artwork.

· Provide general coordination assistance with press, mailing, and other city agencies.

· Produce identifying signage to display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape for event. Alternative signage can be produced at cost to the exhibitor, subject to BGI approval.

 

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Air Guitar Championships, Evening on the Ganges, Always Happy Comedy Bop — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/26-7/2)

WEDNESDAY 6/26

♫ Brooklyn Air Guitar Championships @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $15, New York’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent Brooklyn in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show, Buy Tix
♫ Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party @ Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St), 8pm, FREE, the top-20 current candidates (by poll + individual donor numbers) split up into two nights of debates, More Info
♫ Stone Series: Simon Hanes @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 7pm, $25, a world premiere of an entirely new composition, Buy Tix
♦ Brooklyn Short Film Festival: 2019 @ Wythe Hotel, (80 Wythe Ave), 730pm, FREE, screening of short films for the 2019 edition, complimentary beverages and snacks, RSVP

THURSDAY 6/27

# World Pride Fundraiser “Infused” Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 630pm, $125, the Dru Project’s World Pride fundraiser featuring a “taste the rainbow” themed menu, featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables to tantalize the eye and the tongue, Buy Tix
♫ The chill | rooftop session @ The Lightning Society (245 Varet St), 7pm, $25, restorative/yin yoga, live sound meditation, breathwork with essential oils, reiki, and hands-on therapeutic adjustments, Buy Tix
☺♫ HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke @ Baby Grand (Greenpoint 55 McGuinness Blvd), 8pm, FREE, NYC’s hottest comedians followed by karaoke, RSVP
☺ No Suggestion Weekly Open Mic @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 630pm, FREE, a mic geared towards improvisers & sketch comedians who want to work on their standup & characters, More Info

FRIDAY 6/28

♦☺ Always Happy Comedy Bop @ Brooklyn Bazaar
(150 Greenpoint Ave), 730pm, $5, night of never-before-seen comedy videos and shorts, submitted each month by NYC’s top comedians and filmmakers, More Info
♦ Mustang | Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, five sisters, driven by the same desire for independence, fight back against the limits imposed on them; in Turkish with English subtitles, More Info
♫ Evening on the Ganges: Indian Classical Music @ Sacred Arts Research Foundation (107 Green St), 7pm, $20 (suggested), a sarod-flute-tabla concertBuy Tix
♫ The Vocal Kalimba – Circle Songs @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 730pm, $20 (suggested), a community music healing experience inspired by the circular music and rhythms of the Kalimba, More Info

 SATURDAY 6/29

♫ This Party Is Killing You: A Very Special Robyn Pride Party @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 1145pm, $15, expect your favorite Swedish chanteuse plus bumping beats plus tracks by queer icons keeping you grooving all night long, Buy Tix
♫ PRIDE 
@ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 3pm, FREE, Starchild & The New Romanic (DJ), Lauren Flax, and Debit will provide a colorful soundtrack to accompany YAKI TIKI tropical refreshments, RSVP
♫ MAMITA PEYOTE + ESCARIOKA @ Kingsland Bar (269 Norman Ave), 9pm, $10, Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska-Jazz, Cumbia, Swing, Funk, Rock, Gypsy Punk and Latin Pop, Buy Tix
 Al-Kimiya rhythmic meditation @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, $75, extended kundalini breathwork and guided sound meditation, Buy Tix
^ Well-Read Black Girl Book Discussion: Sister Love @ WORD (632 Manhattan Ave), 3pm, FREE discussion on the book “Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989,” More Info 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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Immersive “Urban Imprint” Installation Opens at A/D/O Today

“Urban Imprint” (courtesy of A/D/O)

A new installation from artist Nassia Inglessis of Studio INI opens today at A/D/O (29 Norman Ave).

“Urban Imprint” (courtesy of A/D/O)

The “immersive, kinetic,” outdoor installation entitled “Urban Imprint” opens today (5/17) and will run through September 2nd; registration is open for free artist-led tours.

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FOA Collective Brings Local Artists Together at New Home Goods Shop on Franklin Street

Have you noticed the stunning restored stained glass at The Greenpoint Palace (206 Nassau Ave.) or the beautiful light fixtures at Anella (222 Franklin St.)? They’re the creations of Friend of All Glass founder Flannery Cronin who helped to recently open FOA Collective, an artist-run home good collective at 89 Freeman St.


The new shop quietly opened last December, but the official grand opening is May 3rd to coincide with the completion of the custom-designed glass wall in the rear of the shop and the launch of a first Friday initiative where neaby business will extend their hours to 9 p.m. for the summer months.

The stained glass wall at FOA Collective

FOA Collective currently hosts 13 designers, artists, and creators who contribute a monthly membership fee along with a commitment to work two days per month at the shop.

Artist members in the collective receive 100% of the proceeds from sales helping customers to directly support the FOA Collective’s artists and designers:

Able Ground @able_ground
Erin Louise Clancy @erinlouisdeclancy
Goldie’s Natural Beauty @goldiesnaturalbeauty
Good Connection @good_connection
Interesting Editions @interestingeditions
Lesley Gold @lesley.gold
Trish Andersen @trishandersenart
Neile Cooper @neilecooper
Pore @123pore
Quiet Town @quiettownhomeShira

Entis / Immodest Cotton @fleabg
Two Tree Studios @allisonsamuels

With the growing retail and food scene at the northernmost stretch of Franklin St. a first Friday series for the summer will help to bring more foot traffic and customers to the area. “We’ll have events and feature specific artists eventually,” said FOA Collective founding artist Flannery Cronin. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Buket Savci on Creating “Fleeting Moments of Pure Joy”

 

BBBBB (Buket’s Bunny Boy Beach Bed), 2017, oil on canvas, by Buket Savci
These are dark times, there’s no denying it. From political unrest and environmental crisis to smaller gripes like seasonal allergies and MTA woes, it’s easy to get bogged down in this concrete jungle we call home. But Buket Savci, this week’s featured artist, is here with a salve in her magnificently colorful and fantastically buoyant works. Buket’s paintings, along with Jacob Hicks’, will be the inaugural works at Wrong Side of the River (67 West Street, Suite 312) now through May 3. Their exhibition, Wonderland, is a welcome balm to our times and a stunning exercise in collaborative creativity. Below, we get to know Buket and her work, but most importantly her contagious and relentless optimism.
Greenpointers: How long have you been in Brooklyn?
Buket Savci: I live and work in Brooklyn; I’ve been in Bushwick for a little over three years. Before that I lived in Astoria for almost 10 years. But I’ve had my studio in Greenpoint since I received my MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2012. I also studied painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Your Wonderland series is so fun! What was the inspiration for that at Wrong Side of the River?
I am so glad to hear you enjoy our title for the show. I have been working on these series of paintings for a few years now, which are about the fleeting moments of pure joy and happiness. I create paintings addressing the ephemerality of happiness while using objects like balloons as a metaphor for our short lived contentment.
I really enjoy using saturated vivid colors, and I think everything else is so negative and dark so at least my paintings should be colorful and fun. That’s why I use the colors that makes me happy, and I enjoy including humor in my art. But actually I am not that joyful. Life is not easy and I had my share of traumas. Unfortunately a few years ago I had a major depression and even my psychiatrist was constantly telling me that my art will save me. Painting is my passion, and it is this wonderland where anything can happen, so I choose to make it fun and colorful like a playground.
Passengers, 2018, oil on canvas, by Buket Savci

There is this profound quote from a Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet; he asks to Abidin Dino, who was a famous Turkish artist. “Could you make a painting of happiness?” So all these led me to question what is real happiness, when and how we feel real joy, and how do I express this through painting.

Painting lets me live these fleeting moments in detail and throughly over a course of weeks even months. I want to create a niche of fantasy, where both the figures and I as the painter can be just like a child — innocent and playful, carefree and bold. A visual playground far away from all the darkness enclosing us outside and inside, blossomed through sincerity and trust.

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Thursday Spotlight: Steve Wasterval and How an Evolving Greenpoint Affects His Paintings

Steve Wasterval’s local corner deli next to @alterbrooklyn and @brouwerijlane
Steve Wasterval isn’t from here, but you may be led to believe otherwise given the authenticity and love behind each of his New York paintings. In a culture where the definition of art can often seem haughty, where the medium itself is ever-shifting, there is something beautifully traditional and startlingly contemporary about Steve’s acrylic paintings: They simultaneously represent impressionism from the days of yore while also reflecting the evolving city he adores and inhabits. Steve is participating in Greenpoint Open Studios June 2–3, so if you long to see his paintings in person after reading his interview, you’ll soon have the chance!
Greenpointers: On your site you say you make art for “real” New Yorkers.  Are you a real New Yorker?
Steve Wasterval: I do say that — and no I am not. Unfortunately, I’m from Texas so I am one of those people that moved from the south or midwest and are forever trying to earn our local status. My wife is from here though, and so is her family (her grandparents were born and raised in Greenpoint on Berry Street) so I’d like to think I’m native by marriage. Plus nobody can top me when it comes to love for the city! You may think you love her more cause you’re a Yankees fan, or know where to get the best slice or whatever, but I paint her everyday. She’s all mine in that way, no one loves her the way I do.

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