As she slowly rose her body from the stage floor to an upright position, solo dancer Vangeline—founder and artistic director of dance company Vangeline Theater—looked otherworldly. Her limbs twisted gracefully as she ascended, but her facial expression was full of pain. Otherworldly is a fitting description for the traditional form of Japanese Butoh—the type of dance that Vangeline Theater teaches and champions.
Vangeline Theater, along with the New York Butoh Institute, presented Flower-Secret at Greenpoint’s Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) as part of the 2017 New York Butoh Festival (Nov. 17-19). The performance featured two solos of the avant-garde movement form, folding in the traditional practice of Butoh with its social and cultural significance, and bringing it all into the 21st century. Butoh was created post-World War II as a form of protest. The sporadic and unexpected movements and facial expressions of Butoh performers can be unsettling—but the visual impact is indelible. It’s meant to be subversive, but is exhilarating to watch. This historic performance, starring contemporary practitioner Vangeline and Butoh master Tetsuro Fukuhara, is an example of the artists and seminal cultural events that make their way to the corner of Calyer Street and Banker Street in Brooklyn.
Megan Sipe might have the coolest job description around. She’s a Choreographer/Chocolatier and she’s melded both of her passions, dance and chocolate making, into one exciting company: Chocolate Dances.Through Chocolate Dances, Sipe and her creative partners create multi-sensory performances paired with handcrafted chocolates, which they serve to the audience during each performance. The result is a natural connection between performers and audience members.
This week Chocolate Dances’ newest performance is coming to Greenpoint, and you can be part of it! The Chocolate Dances Costume Party Tasting Performance will be in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) Tonight (10/11) and Saturday (10/14) at 8pm. The performance is sure to showcase Chocolate Dances in all its decadent glory, and promises to be an event that “taps into your gustatory cortex, that mysterious part of your brain that allows you to taste the deepest, darkest (or milkiest) chocolate truffles we’ll be serving and provokes the question, what if you could let yourself fully live out your chocolate fantasy without reservation?”Continue reading →
♦ New Paintings by Self-Indulgence @ South 4th Bar (90 South 4th St), 6pm, FREE, All new paintings by Self-Indulgence featuring the writing styles of lengendary graffiti artist OUI, More info # Sex on Stage: Creative Activism Dinner @ New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Rd), 7pm, by Donation, Community potluck discussion with feminist activists who are using the performing arts to educate the public about sexuality, Buy tix * Royal Headache @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St), 7pm, FREE, Hell yeah good times and rad new memories with Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys, RSVP
♫ Spain-Brooklyn Music Series @ Nowadays (56-06 Cooper Ave), 6pm, $15, A celebration of the best independent music from Spain and Brooklyn with El Guincho, Extraperlo, Noia and Turnbull Green (DJ set), Buy tix # Pizza Night @ Archestratus (160 Huron St), 7pm, $2, Pick up to ten of twenty available toppings to create the personal pizza of your dreams! $18 per pie day-of ($2 to RSVP). We have gluten-free crusts, too! RSVP * Resist: Learning from the Young Lords at [email protected]@UnionDocs (322 Union Ave), 7:30pm, $10, Approaching questions of how the Young Lords fight for economic, racial and social justice has changed in the present day. Discuss how the community based in the Southside of Williamsburg views and continues their work today, Buy tix ^ Lips, Teeth, Tongue: An Evening of Food Sex Lit @ The William Vale Hotel (111 North 12th St), 8pm, by Donation, Salacious evening of readings to tickle your tongue, your brain and your funny bone. From New York’s seductive burlesque performers to its hungry food editors, our readers are experts in the sensory pleasures of taste, More info ♫ Panorama x Working Women @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl), 10pm, FREE, With Gene Tellem b2b Lis Dalton and Barbie Bertisch. Chance to win a pair of 3-Day VIP passes to Panorama with RSVP plus a pair of passes will be given out at the show, RSVP Continue reading →
In late February, I had the pleasure of attending SPARK: A Dating Workshop at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street). The low key event describes itself as a dating workshop that’s “not for the faint of heart, where you get constructive feedback from a group of your peers.” As a single lady, I was definitely intrigued. It sounded like my own private focus group where I could ask questions, get feedback, and gain new perspectives on the exciting beast known as the dating game.
It serves pickled pomegranate, fried chickpea, and grilled sage.
No, it’s not the organic/gluten-free/farm-to-table market down the street; it’s the rustic gastropub in The Bushwick Starr’s (207 Starr St.) new play [porto] —though based on Brooklyn’s artisanal food scene trends, these bites might soon appear on your go-to bar’s menu. And like those snacks, the play is a concoction of the satirical, savory, and flat-out strange.
[porto] is part of this year’s (and the second annual) Exponential Festival, a theatrical series promoting works created in New York and performed in Brooklyn. Kate Benson’s funny, meandering, and world-premiere play centers on Porto, a young woman for whom the hipness of Brooklyn’s cultural and foodie offerings has perhaps grown dull.
♫ Riverwild E.P. Release @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Riverwild’s musical influences are as diverse as the sounds of the Catholic liturgy, the racket of cult worship services, late night F.M. radio and the music found on stolen cassette tapes, More info =) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ Gutter Bar (200 North 14th St) 9pm, $5, Featuring Sam Morril (Comedy Central) Samantha Ruddy (CollegeHumor) Saurin Choksi (Brown Privilege) Erik Monical (Red Clay Comedy Festival) & more, RSVP ♫ Limited Resources 1 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $6, Experimental music featuring Brandon Lopez (composer/bassist), Platypus Revenge (improvisation collective) Hendley/Khilko/LiButti, More info
♦ Williamsburg Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, Meet other locals and get free stuff from local businesses, More Info * Toasted Wedding Event @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St) 6pm, $12, Curated mix of 40+ independent wedding vendors, alternative and modern wedding ideas, handcrafted and eco-friendly goods and a party-like mood. Music, food, goodie bags, raffles, photo booth pix, Buy tix ☺ Trump University Alumni Ball @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, $5, Since leaving from our tremendous, really fantastic alma mater Trump U, we’ve come to realize how important it is to give back. Raising funds for Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Comedy show Catch A Writhing Star returns, RSVPContinue reading →
WEDNESDAY 11/09 ^ Romance Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Novelists Joanna Shupe and Jennifer Gracen in conversation with Sarah MacLean, More info ^ Antagonist Storytelling Series: 3-Year Anniversary @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedians tell true stories about the worst things they ever did on purpose, RSVP
THURSDAY 11/10 ☺ Ghostwriter Viewing Party @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, $5, A screening of the first story arc of the early ’90s PBS kids’ show Ghostwriter, which was filmed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, More info ^ Reading of King of Greenpoint@ T.B.D. Bar (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Learn about Peter J. McGuinness, one of the most colorful characters in Greenpoint history, More info Continue reading →
Watch the Election Results come in on the big screen @Sottocasa Pizzeria Williamsburg (232 North 12th St) Tuesday, 11/8, 7PM Celebrate or commiserate with 2-for-1 drinks specials, like the “That Nasty Woman” or “The Deplorable”, as states are won and lost. Win a round or Nutella pizza by competing in short rounds of presidential. [Sponsored]
WEDNESDAY 11/02 * Zodiac Club: Wiiiitch @ Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, An observation of liminal time with film screenings, tarot readings, and potion service, More info ♫ Toots & the Maytals @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $28.50, One of the great voices of Jamaica, with opener Selectress Iriela, More info
THURSDAY 11/03 ☺ Laughter in the Darkness @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $12, With Mother of Three, Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Seth Herzog, and Lauren Mayberry, More info * 8th Annual Collaborations in Dance Festival@ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A celebration of movement-based performance developed along with artists working in other media, More info
WEDNESDAY 10/19 ☺ Stir Crazy Wednesdays @ Slick Willie (179 Meserole Ave) 8pm, FREE, A weekly comedy show hosted by Aldo Marachilian, More info * Final Presidential Debate @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 9pm, FREE, With free popcorn both to eat and to throw at the screen, More info
THURSDAY 10/20 * Damn Good @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A performance art series that brings together artists whose work resists categorization and invites experimentation, Buy tix * Pat October @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Ani Klang / Adam Radakovich / Volvox / JD Samson / OLIVE T / Amber Valentine, RSVP * Dragnet Halloween @ The Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St) 11pm, FREE, With Maddelynn Hatter / Crystal Mesh / Zenobia / Merrie Cherry / Francesca, More info