Gowanus Your Face Off
Gowanus, Brooklyn
The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

Gowanus Happenings – May 5th to May 8th

Thursday May 5, 2011

Zora’s Space: Little Canyon / Touch / I Love Luci – Movie Seres

Rockshop:  Cordero / Reid Paley Trio - CINCO DE MAYO PARTY • TACOS!! Ani Cordero founded the bilingual indie-rock band in Tucson, Arizona in early 1999. She borrowed members of Tucson’s Calexico and Giant Sand and called the group by her Puerto Rican family name, Cordero. / Reid Palye: ”A voice to turn good girls bad…Maybe crazy but damn exciting.”–The Village Voice

Littlefield: Barbés presents: CINCO DE MAYO: BANDA DE LOS MUERTOSCHICHA LIBRE - Banda de Los Muertos will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a selection of classic tunes to get dead drunk to, with a supergroup of sorts featuring alumni of Slavic Soul Party and other NY top players. With Oscar Noriega & Chris Speed – clarinets; Jakob Garchick – Sousaphone; Jim Black percussion; Patrick Farrell & Rachel Drehman – ; Alto horn; Curtis Hasselbring & Brian Drye – trombones and many guest singers tba. / While not a Mexican band per se, Chicha Libre plays Cumbia, probably the most popular form of dance music in Mexico and most of Latin America.

IBeam Brooklyn: Vinnie Sperrazza / Mike McGinnis Duo; Mike McGinnis – Clarinet, Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums

Issue Project Room: Kenny Millions + Starlicker - Virtuoso saxophonist and clarinetist Kenny Millions invented the hum ha horn, and unleashes what is sometimes called “creative terrorism,” in performances both comic and enigmatic. / Starlicker is a unique trio, blending the origins of sound with imperative immediacy and sublime power.

Friday May 6th, 2011

Knitted Boobs

Textile Art Center: Day of Service : Knit A Boob Workshop – presented by Oak Knit Studio - knitting prosthetic boobs for patients and survivors of breast cancer who have lost their breasts to surgery. The pattern is inspired by Beryl Tsang, a knitter and cancer survivor who started knitting her own prostheses and began Titbits. In addition, the prostheses will be lovingly donated to BreastCancer.org. So, if you know how to knit, or have been itching to learn, this is a great way to take part in a wonderful day of service.

Textile Arts Center: Oks Gallery: GOOD WORK – A Fiber Arts show curated by Tali Weinberg. This May Day the Textile Arts Center and Oak Knit Studio are celebrating the textile workers, artists, designers, and activists who make our world more beautiful and just—all makers tied together by the products of our labor—all makers whose work tries to do good in a multitude of ways. Artist: Abigail Doan, Atefeh Khas, Belinda Smith, Charlene Lam, El Hombre Sobre la Tierra in collaboration with Global Goods Partners and Via Nativa, Erica Harris, Erin Considine, Hilary Steel, Jill Magi, Maya Valladares, Michele Pred, and Susan Weltman

Root Hill’s Trash Pony Bar: Bonobos in the Mist - prints by Shelly Mars gallery closing. Better known as a performance artist for twenty five years, her latest performance piece, Homo Bonobo Project, led Shelly to print making. These prints reveal a freeness that is consistent with the irreverence and punch of her performance style.

Rockshop: Ferraby Lionheart / Vandaveer / Two Dark Birds – Two Dark Birds: A strange and beautiful trend is making it’s way across the independent music landscape: Talented musicians are paying respectful tribute to the music of classic Americana, while still creating songs and sounds that are unquestionably contemporary. The Felice Brothers are fine examples of this movement, as are Two Dark Birds, a band born of Pakatakan Mountain and the mind of Maplewood alum Steve Koester.

Littlefield: DENISON WITMER & CAITHLIN DE MARRAIS (OF RAINER MARIA) & THE POISON TREE – Witmer, gentle guitar and soothing voice are deceptively powerful, enough to put even the most jaded indie rockers in touch with their inner James Taylor. / Caithlin De Marrais is a torch singer for a novel kind of heartache. She channels Emily Dickinson, telling truth at a slant. It’s no surprise, De Marrais used to be lead singer and bassist with critically acclaimed indie rock band Rainer Maria (’95-’06). / The Poison Tree’s new record could easily have been found on an some old reels of 1/2″ tape buried under a mattress in the Chelsea hotel.

Issue Project Room: Paul Flaherty Quartet + Indignant Senility + Family Underground w/ DJ Sets by Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting - aul Flaherty (tenor & alto sax ) has been playing free improv music for the past 40 years. His music is an attempt each time to release to whatever sounds or improvised themes that need to emerge. There are no written tunes, pre-arranged outlines, or  group leaders once the music begins. / Indigent Senility: Slowly demented and nightmarish wasteland sequences from Portland, Oregon’s Pat Maherr, crafting his debut album under the Indignant Senility moniker. / Pat Maherr aka Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting (aka DJ Yo-Yo Dieting) first appeared on the radar with the dilapidated droneworks of his Indignant Senility releases.

IBeam Brooklyn: BEN HOLMES & PATRICK FARRELL/Curated by Rich Johnson – Ignite a Noise Brass. Holems & Farrell: The duo of Patrick Farrell (accordion) and Ben Holmes (trumpet) have collectively traveled to study music in Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and Hungary. The duo combines the results of these journeys with a deep knowledge of the Klezmer repertoire, original writing, the odd 60s pop chestnut, and an all-abiding love of a good melody regardless of source to present an exciting and varied program of music in an intimate chamber setting. Curated by Rich Johnson – Ignite a Noise Brass Free jazz fire, a Nick Drake cover, and melodious folk tunes.Rich Johnson – trumpet; Kirk Knuffke – cornet; Brian Drye & Curtis Hasselbring – trombones

Bellhouse: REVEREND HORTON HEATREVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND - Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. The king of Rockabilly Music! / The Big Damn Band is very much a family affair, with the good reverend on finger-style resonator guitar and lead vocals, his wife “Washboard” Breezy Peyton on washboard and vocals, and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger on drums and bucket. *GYFO pick of the wknd

Saturday May 7th, 2011

Rock Shop: Julia Nunes / Allison Weiss – Julia Nunes (pronounced NOONZ) is a native of upstate New York. She is a talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ukulele player. Allison Weiss is an energetic 23-year-old with an electric guitar, an avid online following, and a whole lot of feelings. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes losing a little more fun.

Rock Shop: Dax Riggs / Cristina Black - Louisiana’s own dark star and Orpheus of the underground, Dax Riggs – the fool in your tarot deck – trippin’ over his own tombstone, reaching into the atmosphere and pulling spirits from the air. An alchemy of all roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry.  It sounds like voodoo, feels like redemption and puts off heat like a burning oil rig. / Cristina Black is a singer – songwriter.

Littlefield: REGGAE RETRO 1ST SATURDAYS PARTY – Littlefield welcomes the legendary dance party Reggae Retro, which features a blend of classic reggae music and pays tribute to the legends of reggae music. Established in 2002, Reggae Retro is NYC’s longest running reggae dance party and takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month. Since its early roots at the dawn of the new millennium, Reggae Retro has become the most anticipated underground monthly reggae event, featuring DJs Jase, Silence, Point Blank Sound & Strugglers Movement.

Issue Project Room: David Linton + Bruce Tovsky - All of David Linton‘s time-based multiple media work of the last 30 years has it’s roots in the late “electric” phase of the second half of the 20th century as it anticipated and thereby prepared the transition to the “electronic” present which we now inhabit. This is not to say that he advocates nostalgia… but that he chooses to continue to pursue understanding the elusive miracles of this formative transitional period in mass human communication and technology through the perspective of his own lived experience – by now ever so slightly enhanced by the wisdom of hindsight – above all else. / Bruce creates live video and sound improvisations, often in collaborations with other artists and musicians. He studied with Fluxus greats Bob Watts, Geoff Hendricks and Daniel Goode, and showed his video work across the USA, Europe and Japan.

IBeam Brooklyn: Lash,Dent, Eisenstadt Trio / The Quartet - Trio: Dominic Lash on Bass, Harris Eisenstadt on Drums, David Stent on Guitar, The Quartet: Josh Sinton on woodwinds, Matt Bauder on woodwinds, Kamala Sankaram on  voice & accordion, Cory Smythe on piano & electronics.

Douglas Street Music Collective: Frank Carlberg Quintet w/Christine Correa, John O’Gallagher, Johannes Weidenmüller, Michael Sarin in a performance of settings to contemporary poets such as Anselm Hollo, Kai Nieminen and Jim Gustafson. This gig is also a CD-release concert celebrating their new “Uncivilized Ruminations” recording on Red Piano Records.

Douglas Street Music Collective: Tony Malaby in a set of rare solo saxophone performances.

Brooklyn Lyceum: Up in Arms - With arms raised high in triumph, the Alternative Arts Association is proud to unite for our five year anniversary show, UP IN ARMS.

Brooklyn Lyceum: GALA/NYC Music Series - a one-of-a-kind presentation of performances from a variety of musical styles and art media, anchored and developed by the versatile Juilliard trained cellist and composer, Mike Block, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the ideal musician of the 21st Century.

Brooklyn Lyceum: Gentrify Brooklyn – Comedy Show: GENTRIFY BROOKLYN is hosted by the twin terrors of east coast improvisation, M.A.D. and SIDECAR. Its’ mission is to take the city’s most talented improvisers, stand ups, and sketch comedians out of hateful, smutty Manhattan and to insert them into pastoral, loving Brooklyn, where they all live anyway.

Bellhouse: THE 137TH KENTUCKY DERBY - ALL DAY (Plates by URBAN RUSTIC) 1pm to 5pm DJ stylings by Party Like It’s 1999′s Steven R. Reynolds in the front lounge. Hats available from Brooklyn milliner La China Loca. 3pm to 5pm Square dancing led by David Harvey & NYC Barn Dance. No experience required: all dances taught on the spot! 5pm to 6pm Call to the Post by bugler Ryan Resky leads to the main room.The singing of My Old Kentucky Home by The Nouvellas.Prizes for Best Formal Hat, Best Informal Hat and runners up, plus Sharp Dressed Man and runners up. Hosted by Michael Andrews Bespoke. 6pmPOST TIME — and they’re off! 7pm Live Band Karaoke with Bunnie England and the New Originals on the big stage. Trophies awarded for Most Inspiring Performances.

Sunday May 8th, 2011

Issue Project Room: Share – free audio & video jam. SHARE is first and foremost a platform to explore expression, in a variety of artforms. Through its weekly open jam sessions, SHARE.nyc engages its participants and spectators in a continually changing dialog on art and culture. As such, SHARE represents an ongoing exploration of collaborative performance as cultural exchange. It mines the relationship of artistic practice to cultural identity, remapping a multiplicity of cultural discourses. The act of creating artistic content in a multicultural collaborative context is a fascinating and natural extension of the SHARE concept.

Douglas Street Music Collective: Family Concert featuring Daniel Kelly. A monthly series presented by Sam Sadigursky

Brooklyn Lyceum: Up in Arms - With arms raised high in triumph, the Alternative Arts Association is proud to unite for our five year anniversary show, UP IN ARMS.

Brooklyn Lyceum: Brandon Lee – Jazz on Sundays

Bellhouse: NACHOSNY.COM PRESENTS: GUACTACULAR 2011 – 20 Guacs face off in a battle of taste and flare! So much guacamoles and craziness that you won’t know what hits you!


May 15th - 248th MAD SCIENTIST SCIENTIFIC EXPOSITION EXPLOSION SCIENCE FAIR! Use all of your most creative intellectual prowess, or borrow some, to construct a verifiable scientific experiment which includes one experimental variable following the scientific method or just make a diorama full of dinosaurs (not everybody has to win)! Having trouble digesting all the information? Worried that it is against the rules to get your parents’ help? Take a look at these ribbon-winning suggestions: Why is the sky blue when reflected in the black Gowanus? Which acts are nominally legal and which ones will actually get you arrested? (highly dangerous research, proceed with caution) How many MORE eggs can a fat person eat?Do people actually look better when I’m drunk?Graphic representation of where your hands have been for the past two weeks.

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