Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”
This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.
Reading Così fan tutte, where two young sisters are duped into betraying their fiancés in a seedy ploy to prove all ladies are infidels, it might not appear so. (The opera is often translated as “Women Are Like That.”) But if there’s any company that can dust off a passé story while still retaining its comedic sensuality, it’s LoftOpera.
“It’ll be different than your typical opera,” said Sarah Nelson Craft, the Park Slope-raised mezzo-soprano who’s playing Dorabella. “I’ve always been interested in what Loft’s doing, so I was really excited to be hired by them.” Continue reading →
We had so much fun last year at Williamsburg Walks, and are psyched about this year’s festivities. On June 11th and 12th, Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan and N 12th Street will turn into an artsy public park. Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the blocks. In addition to the installations there will be a variety of activities; last year there were a ton of vendors selling their wares, food and a skateboarding demo.
Northside Art is seeking proposals for:
1. Live painting/graffiti/collage
2. Interactive installations/workshops
3. Sculpture/stand alone installations
4. Performance artists
Until February, Triskelion Arts shared a space deep inside a three-story, brick warehouse on 118 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, across from Mable’s Smokehouse and, more famously, on the same block as the ever-expanding Brooklyn Brewery.
“We were in a landmarked building, surprisingly, even though the building was falling apart,” explains artistic and executive director Abby Bender. One of the original co-founders, Abby is wearing navy coveralls and has a loop of keys at her waist that jangle as we walk around the new Triskelion building, recently opened for business on 106 Calyer Street in Greenpoint.
For the past fifteen years, Triskelion has been a place where anyone could go see performances by emerging artists, rent affordable rehearsal space, take fun classes (hoop dance, Poi, martial arts), and get involved with theater. In 2014 alone, over 15,000 hours of rehearsal time were used in the studios, and 128 different companies were part of the programming, which included three open-submission festivals. Continue reading →
If you love music, videos, community, innovation, and fun, I hope you follow The Wild Honey Pie. It is a Greenpoint-based “online publication, music media, and events promotion collective.” I recently spoke with founder/CEO Eric Weiner and editorial director/CFO Lauren McKinney at the Wild Honey Pie home office on Franklin Street. We talked about many things including their upcoming second season of On the Mountain, an interactive recording series that will feature six bands and provide free lodging, ski passes, and rentals to 100 lucky music fans to participate in the taping. Read on for the conversation and details on how you can be part of the event. Continue reading →
“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second,” said Bob Dylan, “I’ll live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” Through a captivating performance of Crystal Jukebox Hymn, which was devised from Dylan’s book of experimental prose and poetry Tarantula (1966), his words found new life this past weekend at Glasshouse in Williamsburg. Continue reading →
Bushwick Open Studios went down over the weekend and it was quite a blur. Highlights included live street painting, a traveling life-size music box, a sweaty full house at Slideluck Bushwick… and yes, kiddie pool performance art. ALSO homoerotic paintings involving wooden children’s toys, a dancing bearded man in a dress, and life lessons about face tattoos. It looks like there was also a bin of water bottles that people could sit in…unless they were just hanging out in a dumpster. AND last but not least, my personal heaven, A GIANT MACAROON SCULPTURE. Is there anything more Bushwickian?
Enjoy the visual feast below, curated from the finest gallery in all the land: Instagram #BOS. Art selfies included (and encouraged).
A room within a room. A girl within a room, within a room. An artist who hired a girl to live within a room, within a room. This sets the stage for Cy Amundson’s experimental exhibition at Rawson Projects, Emily’s Dorm Room, open through January 16, 2014.
Amundson placed an ad online at NYU for a participant to live inside a dorm room he built in a modestly sized gallery on Franklin St in Greenpoint for over one month. He originally hoped to meet an art student but luckily ended up with Emily, a sophomore pursuing a degree in Gender Studies, whose main area of interest is how women are portrayed in the media.
Don’t miss out on an unforgettable one night only performance and three course dinnerat the Warsaw on Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Chaz Black Promotions presents “Of Sound Mind & Dead Body,” a murder mystery performance and three course dinner performed by The Murder Mystery Company that is sure to be an experience unlike anything you’ve experienced in Greenpoint before!
Tickets are $65 per person, which includes a three-course dinner and can be purchased at the Warsaw, Tuesdays through Sunday after 6pm or by calling (347) 915-9092. Reservations are required to attend and guests are asked to arrive by 5pm and the event will begin at 6pm. For more information, please contact [email protected].
Of Sound Mind & Dead Body, November 24th, 2013 at 5pm