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Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive, December Babies Party, Christmas Sing-a-long, Deep Freeze Disco — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/13–12/19)

Reclaim your birthright at the December Babies Birthday Party, an all-out celebration for the folks too long forgotten! This Friday at Littlefield (635 Sackett St). Reserve your ticket or RSVP here and invite your friends on Facebook!

WEDNESDAY 12/13

♫ More Women in the Art World @ 188 Broadway, 6pm, FREE, Join us for an art exhibition, music, interviews, activities, and discussions. If you are a female-identifying person in the arts, we want to interview you at our event on what you think is missing in the art world! More info
# Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive @ Anella (222 Franklin St), 6:30pm & 8:30pm Seatings, $75, Fundraiser dinner includes three-courses and wine. All proceeds go towards delivering toys to kids who are most impacted by homelessness, poverty and food insecurity throughout North Brooklyn. Join NYC Together, the local community, and Anella to bring kids in need some holiday cheer!  Buy tix
# Feed the Resistance with Julia Turshen and Jessica Harris @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $25, Cookbook author Julia Turshen and food scholar Dr. Jessica Harris discuss ways we can become more politically engaged and active through the power of food and the dinner table, Buy tix
♫ Inventory @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $20, Follow the journey Inventory has taken since its start in 2014, witnessing the diverse creations and unique style the company continues to develop, Buy tix
♫ The Dear Hunter @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave), 8pm, $25, Buy tix
# Trivia Night @ Archestratus Books + Food (160 Huron St), 8pm, FREE, Expect categories to be various, beer innumerable, arancini aplenty. Win Beer! Win Food! RSVP

THURSDAY 12/14

♫ Re/IMAGINE: Holiday Ball for No Kid Hungry @ The William Vale (111 N 12th St), 7pm, $40 suggested, Peace Accelerators, we are SUPERNATURAL, and Future Clear will transform the Ballroom into an exploration of our high potential. Expect an immersive forum for radical inspiration and community activation and even possibly… romantic connection, Buy tix
♫ Honey Harper, Nicholas Nicholas, Calvin LeCompte @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ Thank You Scientist / Bent Knee @ Rough Trade (64 N 9th St), 8pm, $15, Buy tix
☺ Drop the Mike @ Threes @ Franklin + Kent (113 Franklin St), 8pm, FREE, Drop the Mike 2nd year anniversary/holiday party hosted by Kendra Cunningham, More info
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Candyland Market, Gary Numan, Craftacular, Santa, Qigong — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/6–12/12)


Our lips are chapped, our winter coats on, and our hearts and tummies are ready for some holiday treats and cheer – it must be time for the annual Greenpointers Holiday Market!
This year, it’s going to be extra sweet: We’ll be transforming the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) into a Winter Candyland of local vendors. Come join us and all our favorite indie Brooklyn businesses to reel in 2017 on a sugary high note Sunday, December 10th (1-7pm). RSVP here!

WEDNESDAY 12/6

# Desserts of Nepal and Lebanon @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $25, Rachana and Jeanette from The League of Kitchens will expand your dessert horizons by introducing you to sweet treats from their home countries, Nepal and Lebanon, respectively, Buy tix
♫ Ace Clark @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 7pm, $15, A show full of R&B and Soul to support the release of Dia Malai’s debut project Echo Street, Buy tix
♫ Limited Resources 12 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $6, Drone night at Limited Resources. Come vibrate to some sustained tones, More info

THURSDAY 12/7

* Wildfire & Climate Change @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 6:30pm, FREE, Columbia University’s Park Williams will discuss what we know on recent devastating wildfires in the United States and around the world, and their possible connections to human-caused climate change, RSVP
♫ Vinnie Moore, Gus G, Andee Blacksugar @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $20, Buy tix
♫ Gary Numan @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 7pm, $30, Buy tix
☺ Branded Content 6 Month Anniversary Show! (Party City) @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St), 8pm, FREE, Jackson Fisher and Simone Norman have spent the last 6 months traversing corporate America to learn what it truly means to #rep #that #brand. All of that is behind them now, More info
♫ FOMO Holiday House Party @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl), 10pm, FREE, RSVP
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Video Premiere: Never Die by Local Lo-Fi Rockers Golden West Service + Halloween Show @ Muchmore’s!

Matt Rohrer of Golden West Service, photo via Instagram
Matt L. Roar hits the floor after performing as Golden West Service, photo via Instagram

When he was a kid in the San Francisco Bay area, Matt L. Roar’s mom and dad formed a blues band with him on bass, his little brother on sax, mom on the keys and dad on guitar. A guy from their church, who would wear a hat with red lights on it during shows, played the drums. They would perform at watering holes out in the East Bay, and Matt’s dad would dress him up in a big coat and hat as a cheap disguise—to hide the fact that he was only twelve years old and hanging out in a bar. After growing up, playing in hardcore punk bands in San Francisco and the East Bay and later moving to North Brooklyn several years ago, Matt L. Roar is definitely no newbie to the indie music scene.

Equally influenced by a DIY punk ethos, modern rappers like Lil Yachty, oldschool hiphop (Wu Tang and Tribe) and the old timey sounds of Woody Guthrie’s wails, his musical project Golden West Service is an idiosyncratic blend of garage, punk, noise, lo-fi 8-bit and a number of other genres. On GWS’s newly released first full-length album When You Die, he collaborates with a variety of musical friends, including Tim Hellman (OhSees/Flat Worms), who plays guitar on three songs; Evan Smith (Russian Baths) who plays bass on almost the entire record, and Jah Jah Brown (local punk rappers Ninjasonik) does vocals on one of the tracks. His younger brother Aaron Rohrer plays sax on one of the songs, poet Marisa Crawford performs on another and, and friend Andy Del Calvo laid down some drums for the song Blackbird.

We chatted with him about his new album, and the best local venues to see live music (The Gutter, Silent Barn, Trans Pecos and RIP Greenpoint Heights). Continue reading

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Show Your Support for Silent Barn Tonight (7/7) at Brooklyn Bazaar!

last night’s Bambara set ⚡️ 📸: @fa.fina

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North Brooklyn’s music scene is thriving, though our smaller and DIY music and performance venues are dwindling. Greenpoint’s favorite Manhattan Inn closed late last year, to much neighborhood disappointment. Shea Stadium recently shut its doors once again a few weeks ago, for apparently the last time. Legendary venue Don Pedro’s sang its swan song earlier this year. Secret Project Robot, which was a pioneering Williamsburg art/performance/weirdness space back in the early aughts, now located in Bushwick, somehow is managing to stay alive, having recently reopened again.

And now Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave), having finally received its liquor license, is asking for financial help. And to keep things on the up-and-up, they’ve released their official financial history and budgets to the public. Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) is hosting a benefit show for them tonight (July 7) at 7pm, and tickets are $10. There will be a 15-minute Q&A with Silent Barn’s Financial Manager Jordan Michael Iannucci, plus sets from FitsPeaer and Crosslegged. Continue reading

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Booze, Art & Free Nips: Drinkin’ n’ Drawin’ All Over North Brooklyn

This Place Drink n Draw

Dobbin St Rooftop | 64 Dobbin St | subscribe to ThisPlace emails for schedule
Event popup ThisPlace regularly hosts drink n draws all over North Brooklyn. The next one is coming up on June 26 at Dobbin St, from 630-9pm. Tickets are $25 and include rosé, but you should bring your own drawing supplies. Since this is happening at sunset, you can bet the light will be magical so you might want to bring colored pencils or pastels. Join the ThisPlace mailing list to stay up-to-date on future drink n draws and other fun events.

Greenpoint Figure Drawing. Photo: Julia Moak
Greenpoint Figure Drawing. Photo: Julia Moak

Greenpoint Figure Drawing | 67 West St #303 (Big Object Studio) | Fridays at 7pm
Greenpoint Figure Drawing is a Meetup group that hosts weekly drink n draws, for $15. “In each 3-hr session, we will draw from a live model, beginning with quick poses to warm up, and then gradually extend the pose length to a final 1 hour pose to finish the evening.” The sessions are moderated by two stop motion visual artists. BYOB and BYO art supplies. *Note, the next meetup is Friday June 23rd; there won’t be a drink n draw tonight. Continue reading

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The Evolution of Jazz with Angela Morris

Angela Morris at Legion, photo by Peter Gannushkin.

If you’ve heard live music in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the multi-hyphenate and chameleon performer Angela Morris. She often performs around North Brooklyn, frequenting venues such as Silent Barn, Trans Pecos, and Legion, along with now-closed experimental powerhouses Sunview Luncheonette and Manhattan Inn. Blurring musical genres and marrying avant jazz with pop, her music is at once whimsy but wise, stirring yet relaxing. But labeling Morris’s style may be futile; her timbre shifts depending on the night and her role. Morris plays multiple instruments with almost as many bands — including Rallidae, TMT Trio, and Pep Talk — all the while conducting, singing, or switching between strings and woodwinds. Here, she discusses her move from Toronto, Brooklyn’s evolving music scene, and — despite the strains of a performance-induced injury — what continually motivates her to share her craft. Continue reading

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PJ Harvey, Dance Parties and Record Store Day! — Weekend Music 4/20-4/25

PJ Harvey performing at Primavera Sound 2016
PJ Harvey performing at Primavera Sound 2016. You can this goddess tonight at Brooklyn Steel.

Crank. It. Up. With just a toe dipped into Spring, blossoms bursting in McCarren, and a taste of 80+ degree weather last weekend we’re already steam rock-n-rolling into Summer. Here’s our favorite North Brooklyn music picks for this weekend (and it also happens to be Record Store Day on Saturday!).

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

PJ Harvey
In case you haven’t listened to PJ Harvey since the first time it was cool to wear Doc Martens, a choker and a flannel, the woman has still got it. With her witchy ways, this small lady with a big presence will rock your 2000-teen world.
Brooklyn Steel | 319 Frost St. | 8pmQuantic-flyer-good room
$59.50 tickets


Quantic
 (DJ set), Chrome Sparks (DJ set), Ondatropica (Celebrating Baile Bucanero LP), Adi Toohey

Soul, funk, creamy goodness—whatever you want to call Quantic, he’s sure to throw down some good grooves. Brooklyn’s own Chrome Sparks will provide the chill wavvey vibes, and Ondatropica will be keeping things tropical. Sounds like a classic pre-summer Thursday night.
Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave.| 10pm
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Weekend Music: Man with a Tan

Your mom used to fantasize to this Yacht Rock classic.

For some bizarre reason I’m in a good mood today, so mostly recommending happy music this weekend.

Yacht rock, political parody, and rockabilly are all on the menu.

We also include some punk and gloom at the end of the post, for all of you grumps out there.  Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Deep Thoughts

Pooh Bear thinking
Pooh Bear thinking

Our cold and wintry nights have put me in a philosophical mood.

There are hundreds of bands and DJ’s playing in Brooklyn this weekend. How to listen to them all and find only the best for you. It sounds impossible.

What To Do?

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Supervillains, Morning Gloryville, Mallrats – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/29 to 8/04)

[sponsored] KID EXPRESS! classlogoBLUEat Triskelion Arts
After-school classes for children age 4 to 7 in the Expressive Arts.
Trial classes offered in Aug/Sept:
TUESDAYS: Dance as Storytelling – Creative movement and dance, confidence and team building
THURSDAYS: The World’s A Stage! – Life skills and how to be awesome through theater games and circus arts
For more info, visit: www.triskelionarts.org/kidexpress

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

10411862_686182497708_9115951935707975432_nWEDNESDAY 7/29
* Voices of Brooklyn: Alter (Quilts) as Memorials @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 7:o0pm, FREE, Jazz, Soul, and Funk fusion is paired with stories of heroes of Williamsburg past, who are memorialized through art quilts by Smithsonian featured quilter Sylvia Hernandez, aka the Brooklyn Quilt Girl, RSVP
^ Zine Release & Erotic Reading @ Molasses Books (770 Hart St) 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Volume 2 of the She/Folk Zine and relish in a reading of erotica stories by women from the self-published collection Ripe, RSVP

KGO-Villains-Doom-219x283THURSDAY 7/30
 Kevin Geeks Out About Super Villains @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Comedian Kevin Maher takes an obsessive look at some of the best and worst super villains, More info 
♫ Morgan O’Kane @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 10:30pm, FREE, With Lonesome Leash, RSVP  Continue reading

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