Remember the block parties with the BBQ and the inflatable pools? The band that would play until the sun went down and your parents dragged you home? And eating cotton candy in the street and then “washing” your hands in said inflatable pool? Just kidding about that last one…
Luckily, the summertime Brooklyn tradition of throwing a block party comes to Williamsburg in two weeks—June 13 and 14—when Bedford Avenue gets completely shut down from Metropolitan Avenue to North 12th for the Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks. There will be fun times, local artists creating art live, hanging with friends, tons of food, and bands playing until the sun goes down. I hope that there’s an inflatable pool…
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WEDNESDAY 5/29 ♫ Weed / Call Of The Wild / Cascada / Giant Peach @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7 ♫ Hungry March Band @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $5
THURSDAY 5/30 * Spring Fling @ PS31 (75 Meserole Ave) 4-7pm, $1 fundraising event, open to the public, face painting, bouncy house, arts and crafts ♦ Adaptfest @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7-10pm, $15, More info ♫ Confronting Bushwick 2: The Politics of Empty Buildings / Bushwick Daily Launch Party @ Art Helix (299 Meserole St) 7pm, panel discussion, town hall meeting following by launch party for Bushwick Daily’s First Print Publication “NO BS BOS” A Curated Guide to Bushwick Open Studios, DJ Set by THE DRUMS!, RSVP ♫ Tropic of Pisces / Corbu / Wanda & Wonder @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $8 ♫ Shilpa Ray / The Veda Rays / Haybaby / WALTZ @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8
♦♦♦ All Weekend (5/31-6/2) : Bushwick Open Studios, FREE, a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community’s vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents, More info ♦♦♦
FRIDAY 5/31 ♦ ORANGATANG(sic) @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, an exhibition of photographs, drawings and prints by Bill Abdale, Steven Rose and Joanna Seitz, RSVP ♦ Based On A True Story @ Pierogi Gallery (177 No. 9th St) 7-9pm, an exhibition of new work by Daniel Zeller, More info ♫ Glank All Ages Show @ Secret Theatre (4402 23rd St, LIC) 8pm, $15, Suit-up in lab coats, blend in with the performers and have a blast at this interactive, multimedia music performance, More info • Grateful Dead Night Featuring Dead Tape @ Europa (98-104 Meserole Ave.) 8pm, $10, Buy Tix ♫ Secret Band / Lodro / Darlings / EULA / Ric Leichtung @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm, $10
SATURDAY 6/1 • 119 Underground @ Jewel St Paradise (119 Jewel St, BSMT) 12-6pm, “a new way to shop local,” ceramics, paper goods, refreshments & performances – all in a Brooklyn basement, RSVP * Brooklyn Arbor Playground Festival @ PS414 (325 South 3rd St) 12-4pm, $10, Free for kids under 12, a family music, craft, and food festival on the school playground, obstacle course, face painting, breakdancing, story time, dance performances, arts & crafts, kids dance party, food by Urban Rustic, Allswell, Il Passatore, Van Leeuwen, Papabubble, Buy Tix ♦ Punk Your Way Shop @ Dobbin Project Space (50 Dobbin St) 12:30-6pm, Cost: 5 Brooklyn Torches, Hack using Punk’s Code and get paid for it. Hacking Couture will open a pop-up atelier during the Brooklyn Torch Trade Store. Hack your fashion, Thru Sunday, More info ♫ The Call Up @ Boulevard Tavern (579 Meeker Ave) 9pm, Free, Reggae, Soul & Punk, all vinyl spun by DJ’s Sandinista and Tiny Gem, $5 all YOU can eat BBQ, RSVP ♫ Grass is Green / Ovlov / Appomattox / Miniboone @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $7
SUNDAY 6/2 ♥ Sunday Supper # 6 : SALO A Filipino Feast @ Domestic Construction (218 India St) 7-9pm, $45, Prepared by Yana Guilbuena, Menu: Seaweed Salad, Deep Fried P ork Rinds, Grilled Stuffed Squid, Garlic Fried Rice, Banana and Jackfruit Spring Rolls, Brooklyn Gin Cocktail, Reserve Supper ☺ Run From The Police Comedy @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8:30-11pm, FREE, a mix of the best professional and amateur comedians performing today, beer,wine, soju and espresso, also laundry rooms in the back if you feel like getting your Sunday laundry done with a comedy backdrop,
MONDAY 6/3 • Public Speaking Workshop @ Dobbbin Project Space (50-52 Dobbin St) 7-10pm, $45, 3-hour workshop, participants will get expert coaching and feedback on ways to strengthen their presentation skills, from techniques to calm frayed nerves to exercises designed to build confidence and improve focus, More info
TUESDAY 6/4 ♥ Things That I Have To Tell You Right Now (and other tales) @ Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave) 7-9pm, FREE, read, sing, show, and tell us anything you want under 10 minutes, participation optional, More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺ Comedy Event # Foodie Event
Remember to get your tickets early! (4 day pass and single day passes available)
We interviewed Luis and Gabo and picked a few shows we are extra excited about:
GP: Can you tell us how Brain-Cave Festival came to life and how the festival is structured? Luis: I started Brain-Cave with Justin Stivers (former member of the Antlers) back in April 2011, at Shea Stadium in Bushwick. I wanted to bring-out and pay respect to Brooklyn’s artists from all mediums that represent the culture of this neighborhood. Gabo: This year, we’re planning a 4-day multimedia experience, that includes most forms of art and entertainment. We want people’s senses to be stimulated at all times.
GP: Explain the partnership with Carabella and Supercrush. How do you guys know each other and why are you working together? Gabo: We met by chance but, one might say it was fate. Luis is part of the art collective, Art Pussy. They were planning a 2-day festival in Puerto Rico, his mother’s native homeland. They contacted me for one of the artist I book for, and we started talking about the festival. I’m also Puerto Rican, so I was really interested in the festival they were trying to produce. Being that we both had the same interests in producing something beautiful for the island, we both decided that it would be a good idea that I go help out. I did, and from then on we’ve been working together! Luis: I think we’re both honest and true to ourselves when we do something. That’s an important quality to have when you’re trying to create any type of art.
GP: Brain-Cave moves to different hoods ever year. Why Greenpoint this year? Did you have any other parts of Brooklyn in mind? Luis: We chose Greenpoint because, similar to the festival, it’s a neighborhood that’s always changing. Greenpoint has a lot of history. Also, my brother was born in Greenpoint, so there’s a lot of personal history there, as well.
GP: Europa?! What should we expect? Luis: A dark cavernous space that will mess with your senses.
GP: The flyer artwork is rad. Who is the artist? Luis: The artwork was done by Abbey Ley. She’s an amazing illustrator, with a lot of history in the indie-DIY scene.
GP: How did you curate the bands? Luis: We both did a list of all the artists that we respect and would love to see live. We combined them, and saw which ones would do great together. It’s definitely a work of collaboration.
GP: How many people are you expecting? Gabo: We hope the whole neighborhood shows!
GP: Who are some of the big headliners of the festival? Gabo: We consider all the artists headliners, and we’re excited to see all of them! Here are links to most of the artists! – Check-out the full Brain-Cave Festival 2013 Line-Up, here!
GP: Where will you be grabbing a beer when you are done working? Luis: Beloved is definitely like a second home to me. They treat me like family there. Gabo: Diamond Bar is definitely great for a chill beer spot. But, I’ll probably be hanging with Luis all weekend, so, Beloved it is!
WEDNESDAY 8/29 • Screening: Empire Records & Performances by La Big Vic / Life Size Maps / Fuck Ton @ McCarren Park, 6pm ♫ Turbonegro, Doomriders, Night Birds @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, Free ♫ Lost Coves / The Netherlands / Fashion Week @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8
FRIDAY 8/31 ♫ Free Pussy Riot! @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St.) 10pm, $5-20 Suggested donation; no minimum, 1st 250 ppl in colorful ski masks get a free PBR, RSVP
SATURDAY 9/1 • Pig Island III @ Governors Island, 11:30am-4pm, a celebration of local pork, seasonal foods, craft beer and New York State wine, Buy Tix ♫ Warm Up w/ James Holden, Kassem Mosse, Om Unit, Silent Diane @ PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 2pm, $15 ♫ Celestial Shore / Strange Shapes / Leapling / Half Waif @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm
TUESDAY 9/4 * The Ins and Outs of Self Publishing with Rachel Fisher and Caryn Rose @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Find out what it means to self-publish in today’s literary world from two ladies who have been there and done that.
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones Likely ♦ Art Event
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Thursday 4/12 ♦ All A Are Not B: On Diagrams @ Triple Canopy (155 Freeman St) 7pm, $5, a discussion of diagrams with David Joselit, Susanne Leeb, Prudence Peiffer, & Amy Sillman * Lagunita Brewery Event @ One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Ave) 6-8pm, featured beer cocktails & discounted growlers
Friday 4/13 ♫ Hello Phones @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 10pm, RSVP
Saturday 4/14 • FEAST #13 @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) 5-8pm, $20 donation, More info ♦ Everything That Rises Must Converge @ 950 Hart Gallery (950 Hart St. #103) 7pm, A group exhibition that explores the connection between six emerging photographers and their neighborhoods. Curated by Carl Gunhouse and Ginevra Shay, More info ♫ Manawi Thorn/Heavy Breath/Dagwood/Fake hooker @ Tommy’s Tavern (1041 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, $6, “the best dive bar in greenpoint, you, me, and up to 80 metric tons of fresh suet,” RSVP
Sunday 4/15 * Vegan Shop-Up @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St.) 12-6pm, Free, We’re talkin’ kale chips, raw cookies, croissants, mac ‘n’ cheese, fresh juice, marshmallows, kombucha, teas, granola bars, falafel, soft pretzels, cake truffles, plus, eco-friendly clothing, soaps, tinctures, jewelry, plants, etc, More info ♫ Confessions of an Online Dater @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10:30pm, an evening of music, comedy and titillating stories
Monday 4/16 * Yummy Eats Dim Sum Dinner @ EAT (124 Meserole Ave) 7pm, $75, Join in a night of whimsical dim sum fantasy at Eat Cafe with Yummy Eats preparing dishes featuring all natural and organic foods, wild caught fish, and sustainably grown meats, BUY TIX
♥ Coming Up: Wednesday 4/18, 8pm: Greenpointers Comedy Night to Benefit Dog Habitat @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.) RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones Likely ♦ Art Event