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GOS 2017: Unusual Art Spaces!

NOah Prebish at San Damiano Mission/Lot Radio, GOS 2017
Noah Prebish at San Damiano Mission/Lot Radio, GOS 2017

Since the introduction of its first archetype, the modern “art gallery” continues to evolve into many different forms today—as artists can be found showcasing their work in more intimate settings outside the institutional format of endless rooms and luminous ceilings.

During Greenpoint Open Studios (June 3-4), one can easily come across several types of art in unusual places; like an ambient soundscape from The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave) at the San Damiano Mission, where you can expect to hear a range of midi sound loops through its historic 700-pipe organ. Since its opening a little over a year ago, The Lot Radio has held several events within the church to raise money towards the pipe organ’s renovation. The program during GOS will be performed by composer and DJ Noah Prebish, who plays in the band Psymon Spine when he’s not at The Lot.

“Throughout the day, we’ll have different sized loops playing that will work similarly to a Steve Reich tape loop, so no sound will repeat exactly the same,” explains Noah. “When you walk into the church, each loop is going to sound a bit different. This will kind of showcase the abilities of the organ, which can be played really fast or really slow, or with several different tempos at once.” Prebish will also be accompanied by local musicians like Bryan Ujueta of Mr. Twin Sister and others, who will improvise with instruments over the loops.

Be sure to catch Noah’s soundscape piece at the church (85 North 15th Street) and scope out some of the other types of unexpected art you can find in the neighborhood after the jump. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), 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 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 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Alive with Art, Bad Film Fest, Greenpoint Cat Club, Kite Festival, EATshop — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/17–5/23)

On June 3 & 4th, 400 local artists will open their doors to the public and showcase works and works in progress during this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios! Check out the the full schedule of events here!

 
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WEDNESDAY 5/17

♫ Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Ava Mendoza @ Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, $12, Buy tix
=) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8:30pm, $5,A rotating roster of the very best stand-ups culled from all corners of the five boroughs. This week features, Roy Wood, Jr. (The Daily Show), Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman), Ryan Hamilton (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Kyle Ayers (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jono Zalay (Comedy Central), and more, Buy tix Continue reading

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Pizza Night, Tokyo x Brooklyn, The Hum, Call Your Mom Show — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/10–5/16)

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WEDNESDAY 5/10

*Green Roof Tour & Lecture on Newtown Creek Ecology @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue) 6pm, FREE, Enjoy the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof and learn about the benefits of green roofs for humans and wildlife, RSVP
♦ Stanisław Fijałkowski “A Young Man Plans a Voyage” @ Green Point Projects (27 Gem St) 7pm, FREE, An inaugural exhibition that examines the work of ninety-five years old Polish artist Stanislaw Fijalkowski, one of the pioneers of post-war lyrical abstraction derived from constructivism and surrealism, More info
# Remedi Food Dinner Club : Flower Moon @ Magick City (37 Box St) 8pm, $20-25, Full Moon Dinner honoring this month’s Flower Moon in Scorpio! Everything served is plant-based, ethically sourced, local/organic, foraged whenevr poss, and prepared with love & ecological accountability! Buy tix
=) Drop the Mike @ Threes Brewery new Outpost (113 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Stand up comedy hosted by Kendra Cunningham, More info

 

THURSDAY 5/11

# Pizza Night @ Archestratus Books + Foods (160 Huron St) 7pm, $18, Pick up to ten of twenty available toppings to create the personal pizza of your dreams! We have gluten-free crusts, too! RSVP
♫ The New Mastersounds (Night 1 of 3)
@Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, Buy tix
* Full Moon in Scorpio Ceremony @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave) 8pm, $20, Spring Cleaning for the Soul: The Full Moon this May is in Scorpio, ladies. Come transform collectively. Collective energy is most powerful, More info Continue reading

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Party To Protect The Planet Raises Money For Earthjustice

Photo: Nick McManus
The attendees on stage with headlining band French Horn Rebellion after the raffle drawing finale, 4/26/17 at 12a. All photos by Nick McManus

Last week, Party to Protect, a local socially-conscious fundraiser produced for Earthjustice, one of America’s major non-profit public interest law organizations for the environment rocked Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave). The concert was the second half of Party To Protect’s all day program that started earlier in the day with Tattoos to Protect The Planet at nearby venue Magick City (37 Box St) where artists from Magic Cobra Tattoo Society offered $60 black-only tattoos. A similar tattoo event held in February raised over $4,000 and though the rain wasn’t helpful Magick City’s owner Rich Awn reported that most folks came early before it really started to pour. Continue reading

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Geeks Who Drink, Overnight Sleep Concert, Greenpoint Film Festival — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/3–5/9) – The Dirty Derby Edition

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WEDNESDAY 5/3

* Geeks Who Drink @Bar Schimmi (60 North 11th St) 6pm, FREE, A homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. Quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television, More info
=) The Juice Comedy Variety Show @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $5, The Juice is a comedy variety show including some of the best stand up, improv, & sketch, hosted by Carmen Christopher, Buy tix
♫ Talib Kweli LIVE with full band! @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $17-20, Buy tix
Greenpoint Film Festival (Thursday, May 4th- Sunday, May 7th) @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave), various times from 5/4-5/7, passes from $10, Buy tix


THURSDAY 5/4

# Spring Spirits: Mezcal and the Taste of Oaxaca @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $60, An evening of Oaxacan food and drink to usher in Cinco de Mayo. Learn more about the production of mezcal, its diversity of flavors, and the important role insects have played in Mexican cuisine long before guacamole with grasshoppers appeared on American restaurant menus, Buy tix
♦ The Art Party 
@ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $50, A wonderful evening of art, music, online art auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres supporting the arts for children at PS 34, Buy tix
♦ Saving Jamaica Bay Screening @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (437 McGuinness Blvd) 7:30pm, $5, A great movie about nature and a wildlife refuge in NYC you have to see, More info Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gallery Night, Crawfish Boil, Experimental Noise Rock — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/26–5/2)

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*♦ Greenpoint Gallery Night #10 @ All Over Greenpoint 6pm, FREE, The historic neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is filled with exceptional galleries, alternative exhibition spaces, and working artists. Greenpoint Gallery Night is a voluntarily organized event happening twice a year in an effort to highlight the art scene in this unique corner of Brooklyn. More info

TUESDAY 5/2
*♦ Greenpoint Open Studios Artist Sign-Up Party @ No. 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave.) 7-10pm, FREE, Registered GOS artists and artists who sign up on the spot will receive one FREE BEER! More info


WEDNESDAY 4/26

* Lunation New Moon In Taurus: Shakti Transmission @ Golden Drum (97 Green St) 7:30pm, $25, Reset through a clear head and open heart through Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Ground yourselves with a sacred New Moon ritual to plant your intentions that are aligned with your higher self while letting go of stagnant energy that keeps us from vibrating higher, More info
*A Clockwork Orange @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Clockwork Orange screening in the Main Ballroom! Restaurant and bar open before, during and after the movie! In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,”, RSVP
♫ Anni Rossi / I Am The Polish Army / Echo Moth / Jane Church @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 8pm, $5-7, Buy tix

THURSDAY 4/27

* BettVR With Age
@ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave) 7pm, FREE, A virtual reality film series created to benefit the senior community. Short documentary screening as well as five interactive virtual reality stations to experience some of the VR films that comprise Kahana’s innovative project, More info
^ Jamie Brenner presents The Forever Summer with Amy Poeppel 
@WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Jamie Brenner’s latest novel, THE FOREVER SUMMER. Jamie Brenner will be in conversation with Amy Poeppel, author of SMALL ADMISSIONS, More info
♦ Notes from A North Korean Tour Bus @ UnionDocs (322 Union Ave) 7:30pm, $10, Matt Hulse has been traveling to and from North Korea, working as a tour guide for Beijing-based Koryo Tours. He’s been capturing his experiences on camera and also recording the soundscapes of that isolated and little-understood country, Buy tix
♦ Post-Dance 3X3: Devices @ Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole St) 8pm, Pay-what-u-can, Three movement artists perform their own work, detly disabusing us of any remaining subject-object dichotomies while distanciating, operating and defining other (non)human devisions, distances, differences and devices, More info
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Flirt Reynolds, Pole Play, Underground Heroine Showcase, Duo Scorpio– What’s happening, Greenpoint? (4/12–4/18)

SATURDAY 4/15, 930pm! Flirt Reynolds takes over the back room spinning 70s disco/funk, 80s new wave/pop, 90s hip hop and 2000s indie dance music, all on vinyl. Dance till you’re dead! Free champagne for those dressed in throwback attire, until it runs out. @ Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street), FREE!

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WEDNESDAY 4/12

* Pole Play Wednesday @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) 9pm, FREE, Safe space for pole dancers in the NYC community to come out and show their friends and fellow aerialists what they’ve been working on, RSVP
♫ Transit.FM presents Local Service 006 @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 10pm, FREE,Transit.FM returns to take over the Bad Room. Breaks, jungle, and more from some of NYC’s best drum and bass selectors, More info
♫ Hot Chip (DJ Set)/ Mike Simonetti @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10pm, $30,Renowned indie/electronica band Hot Chip bring their DJ skills alongside one of Brooklyn’s finest selectors Mike Simonetti, Buy tix Continue reading

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ItaliaNites, MetalSucks Bash, Oddities Flea Market, Gross History – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/8–3/14)

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WEDNESDAY 3/8

# ItaliaNites: Malèna @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7:30pm, FREE, Viewing of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malèna in celebration of la Festa delle Donne (International Women’s Day). A coming of age film, it follows one teenage boy’s infatuation with a village siren during World War II Sicily, RSVP
♫ NVRSleep: Across The Pond Edition @ Kinfolk 90 (90 Wythe Ave) 9pm, FREE, An Experimental Music Platform for Today’s Creative Class. Audio trip Across the Pond via Jamaal Fisher, Nasty Nigel, Rodney Hazard, and Special Guests, RSVP
=) Popcorn Hour @ Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $5, See New York’s finest comedians put on a show for you that’ll leave you much more satisfied than a damn $15 movie and $20 soda. Free popcorn, Buy tix

 

THURSDAY 3/9

* Reclaiming Our Estuary: The Newtown Creek Experience 
@ LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave), 4pm, FREE, Learn about rediscovering the commons, our waterway and its life, case studies, and the future of Newtown Creek, RSVP
# Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce, and Sriracha Became American @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $10, Learn how soy sauce, curry, and Sriracha became part of everyday dining. How have these three distinct flavors come to represent Asian food in the US, Buy tix
♦ FREE LIKE OSCAR: Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $8-10, A discussion with Melinda González, co founder of BombaYo, on Latino cultural traditions rooted in the African diaspora that are particularly effective at teaching us resistance and resilience, More info

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Feminist Tattoos, Putin + Trump Lovefest, and CB1 Livestreams — The Hook-Up 2/17

McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann
McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann

In case you missed it, an illustrated image of Putin/Trump embracing was projected onto a building on North 6th Street this week.

Police are investigating after an apartment building with mostly Hasidic residents in Williamsburg was vandalized with swastika graffiti.

Hurrah! Community Board 1 will now be livestreaming their lengthy meetings! Here’s the meeting from earlier this week, which runs almost four hours.

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box St.) hosted a tattoo event to benefit Planned Parenthood last week, which got completely booked up, drawing crowds from all around the city.

Applications for affordable housing ($596 for a studio!) at the Domino Sugar Factory reached a whopping 87k—only 104 are available, with half designated to go to residents of CB1.

Will makeup giant Sephora be coming to Williamsburg? It’d probably look right at home next to the Apple Store, Levis Store and Whole Foods.

Following two pedestrian deaths, neighbors are speaking up about making Grand Street a safer place to walk.

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