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This article was written on 11 May 2011, and is filed under Happenings.

Gowanus Happenings: Your Guide for May 12-15

Thursday May 12th, 2011

Bellhouse: 6th Annual Blogfest - “Where better to take the pulse of this rapidly growing community of writers, thinkers and observers than the Brooklyn Blogfest?” ~ Sewell Chan, The New York Times

Brooklyn Lyceum: The Little Prinsinn - From Dhira Rauch & Alyssa Ciccarello Inspired by Antoine Saint-Exupery’s famous fable, a team of visual artists, puppeteers, movers & doers weave a dream circus told through many mediums

Douglass Street Music Collective: The Sporting Life; Baloni; Christian Mendoza - 8:30pm Baloni (Frantz Loriot – viola; Joachim Badenhorst – bass clarinet; Pascal Niggenkemper – bass) — 9:30pm – This Sporting Life (OS-R – guitar; Jacob Wick – trumpet; Josh Sinton – baritone sax and bass clarinet, Myk Freedman – lap steel) — 10:30pm – Christian Mendoza Trio (Mendoza – piano; Pascal Niggenkemper – bass; Devin Gray – drums). Suggested Donation: $10 Also: This will be the first performance on the beautiful new stage (being built by Andrew D’Angelo and co) at DSMC!

Halyards: Trivia Nighthosted by David Smithyman & Josh Guarino. Prizes include jars of pickles & LOCAL 1

Issue Project Room: Table of Elements: Copernicum Festival - TotE from A-Z: Zeena and the Adorables + M2 (Roger Miller & Ben Miller) + Agathe Max + Ateleia

Littlefield: EZEKIEL HONIG / Xela (DJ set) / Borne - Using the loop as more of a tool than a rule, Honig paints outside the lines, nestling into a comfortable, shared space between muted techno, melodic, event-driven ambient, downtempo and slowmotion house. / Xela: Having recorded a series of collaborations with Brad Rose (aka The North Sea) and Matt Christensen (of Zelienople) to name only two, Twells is best known for his work released under the Xela appellation. / Borne: plays a diverse montage of musical influences, from experimental ambient to minimal techno and all that lies between.

Rock Shop: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / Generationals / Deleted Scenes - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: the sounds of Motown and the bleeps and bloops of drum machines and samplers. / Generationals is the collaboration of Ted Joyner & Grant Widmer. Following the breakup of their previous band the Eames Era, they returned home to New Orleans in 2008 to form Generationals and record their first record, Con Law.

Root Hill’s Trash Pony: Get It Out – Comedy Night

Zora’s Space: The Mist - documentary about modern Iran

Friday May 13, 2011

Bellhouse: Feelies - After a 19 year break, the Feelies are back with Here Before an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. T

Brooklyn Lyceum: The Little Prinsinn - From Dhira Rauch & Alyssa Ciccarello Inspired by Antoine Saint-Exupery’s famous fable, a team of visual artists, puppeteers, movers & doers weave a dream circus told through many mediums

Gowanus Print Lab: ”identity shift” –  Gallery Opening, ”Identity Shift” successfully groups together works of diverse approaches around the common theme of physical and emotional migration. Encompassing abstract, figurative, graphic, symbolist, and primitive art, “Identity Shift” ties together the work of fourteen local and international artists around themes of longing, belonging, and transition. Withers describes “Identity Shift” as a depiction of how we “migrate between the reality of the daily grind of our lives and the ones created in our minds and art.” “Identity Shift” will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, installations, photographs and sculptures.

IBeam Brooklyn: GOWK - Teun Verbruggen on Drums, Yannick Peeters on Bass, Joachim Badenhorst on Tenor Saxophone, Christian Mendoza on Piano

Issue Project Room: Table of Elements: Copernicum Festival - Guitar Trio (by Rhys Chatham) with projections by Robert Longo + Text of Light + Jon Mueller + Peg Simone

Littlefield: ROCK TO WALK: A BENEFIT FOR LEO MARK HODSON – Featuring: MC Sir Sabrina and Host Erin Hodson, Dirty Excuse, Bellewether, DJ Roze-Royze, DJ Noa D, DJ TRX, Ingie Pop

Mini Space: Erik Saxon: Select Works, 1973-2011 - For the past thirty years, Erik has experimented broadly with the concept of the monochrome. He has worked with a wide variety of shaped painting supports, including squares, rectangles, crosses, circles, and ovals. He has produced single panel paintings, as well as diptychs and triptychs. His paintings commonly featured layered surfaces sometimes involving up to thirty successive layers of paint, which according to the artist, “frees the paint from its support enabling it to become an independent surface”.

Rock Shop: John Vanderslice / Damien Jurado – John Vanderslide: Matt Fink of Paste said their album Emerald City a “vividly imagined yet subtle in tone, with conflicted character sketches unfolding around somber synth melodies, creaky electronic effects, and fuzzy acoustic guitar strums.” /  Damien Jurado: Damien’s sad and down, Damien’s silly, Damien’s crazy, Damien’s just your average guy. Some confusion, and that’s okay. All of the disparate statements aside, everyone agrees on one thing: Damien writes damn good songs.

Textile Arts Center: Play - Opening Reception of Play a Fiber Arts Show curated by Joetta Maue. Play is an experience we all know one that can bring us laughter and perhaps at times bring us tears.

Zora’s Space: A Bluesy, Funky, Jazzy Friday the 13th - Warren Benbow on rums, Boris Kozlov on Bass (Mingus Dynasty Band), Chris Theberge on Congas (Groove Collective), Paul Metzke on Guitar (The Tony Williams Lifetime, Gil Evans Orchestra)

Saturday May 14, 2011

Bellhouse: MUPPET VAULT: A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

Bellhouse: BATS IN THE BELL HOUSE - A GOTH DJ NIGHT IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Artist Gallery: TWELVE Artists From Ulster County - Yale Epstien, Polly Law, Meredith Rosier, Kim Alderman, Bernard Gerson, Lenny Kislin, Chris Hawkins, Anique Taylor, Kate McGloughlin, Leslie Bender, Mark Kanter, and Rosalind Robertson

Brooklyn Lyceum: GALA/NYC Music Series - (Global Art – Local Audience) is 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: The Little Prinsinn - From Dhira Rauch & Alyssa Ciccarello Inspired by Antoine Saint-Exupery’s famous fable, a team of visual artists, puppeteers, movers & doers weave a dream circus told through many mediums

Brooklyn Lyceum: Gentrify Brooklyn - GENTRIFY BROOKLYN’s 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.

Douglass Street Music Collective: Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Du0 - GOWANUS JAZZ FEST presents the incomparable Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Duo performing a set of compositions and improvisations.

Douglass Street Music Collective: Mike Formanek Quartet - GOWANUS JAZZ FEST presents Mike Formanek Quartet. In addition to the remarkable bassist leader the group features Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks and Gerald Cleaver.

Gowanus Canal: Canoe the Canal with Gowanus Dredgers - Bring a firend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues

Issue Project Room: Table of the Elements: The Copernicum Festival - Drone x 4: Stephen O’Malley + Jonathan Kane’s February + Igor Cubrilovic + Tyler Hubby film with Tony Conrad / Gastr Del

Littlefield: PUCCINI’S IL TABARRO (MATINEE OPERA) - Set in Paris during the first years of the twentieth century, Il Tabarro’s tightly focused plot centers on Michele, the owner of a barge moored on the Seine; his younger wife, Giorgetta, who no longer enjoys their nomadic river life and has taken up with a man her own age; and her lover, Luigi, who wants to settle down in Paris to a more stable workman’s life — hopefully with Giorgetta.

Mini Space: Erik Saxon: Select Works, 1973-2011 - For the past thirty years, Erik has experimented broadly with the concept of the monochrome. He has worked with a wide variety of shaped painting supports, including squares, rectangles, crosses, circles, and ovals. He has produced single panel paintings, as well as diptychs and triptychs. His paintings commonly featured layered surfaces sometimes involving up to thirty successive layers of paint, which according to the artist, “frees the paint from its support enabling it to become an independent surface”.

Old Can Factory: Green Gowanus, Re-Envisioning an Industrial Canal - Exhibition of Student Research Projects:Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,working jointly with Columbia Engineering;and Parsons, The New School for Design, School of Art, Media andTechnology

Proteus Gowanus: Shadow-stalkers and Resurrected Checkens - Craig Townsend presents stories in religious and literary traditions that feature animals on the road to paradise, both as obstacles and as allies.

Rock Shop: David Ford / John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional - Any attempts at modern comparisons don’t quite get to the heart of David Ford. To find his actual peers you have to go back to some of the great curveball mavericks of melody, romance and inventiveness. Artists such as Tom Waits, Neil Young and Todd Rundgren, whose haunting, harmonious melodies are frequently offset by barbed, poignant lyrics.

Rock Shop: The Karaoke Underground - Austin’s awesome indie rock karaoke party makes its way to Brooklyn! Finally!!

Set Gallery: The Interview – Gallery Reception, artworks by Rick Klauber (Brooklyn, NY), Sam Cady (Friendship, Maine), Valeriy Ayzenberg (Moscow, Russia),  Gail Nathan (The Bronx, NY), Zoya Trofimova (Cleveland, OH), Vladimir Danilov (Sudak, Ukraine) and Mark Polyakov (NYC, NY);along with works that reflect the phenomenology of aging, a theme suggested by the curators, by Peter Malone (Staten Island, NY), Martha Wilson (Brookyn, NY), Angelo Riviello (Campagna- SA-NAPOLI, Italy) and Barbara Rosenthal (NYC);and works by Fritzie Brown (NYC, NY), Konstantin K.Kuzminsky (Lordville, NY), Alberto Bursztyn (Brooklyn, NY) that were produced during the interview itself or inspired by it.

Triomphe: New Understanding Live - The 2nd annual expo and marketplace brings New York City’s best Health and Wellness  Specialists – and their products – together for a day of Promotions, Education, Demos,Workshops, Speakers, Merchandise, Raffles and Giveaways!

Sunday May 15, 2011

Bellhouse: Oregon State Fair - FREE monthly State Fair series in May with a celebration of all things OREGON!  ”Come one, come all for $3 beers, blackberry pie, trivia, and . . . .Bigfoot? Oh yeah.”

Brooklyn Lyceum: The Little Prinsinn - From Dhira Rauch & Alyssa Ciccarello Inspired by Antoine Saint-Exupery’s famous fable, a team of visual artists, puppeteers, movers & doers weave a dream circus told through many mediums

Brooklyn Lyceum: Jon Irabagon - Jazz on Sundays

Douglass Street Music Collective: David Boykin Trio / Teenage Burnout / Charlie - 8:00 – Teenage Burnout::j.sinton(low sax/clarinet):o. stewart-robertson(guitar):t. falco (drums) destroy and remake everything in sight 9:00 – David Boykin trio:: stellar tenor player visiting from Chicago shows everyone how to do it righteously (with appropriate cohorts) 10:00 – Charlie:: Jacob Wick (trumpet):Jonathan Moritz(tenor sax):Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar):Ben Stapp (tuba):Simon Jermyn(bass):Devin Gray(drum) They make the beautiful noise. $10 BUCKS SUGGESTED

Gowanus Ballroom: Science Fair - A Scientific Quandary got you down? Need to work out the details of an often-pondered hypothesis? Dream of WOWing your peers with your wanton acts of intellectual inquiry? All problems are solved at the 248th MAD SCIENTIST SCIENTIFIC EXPOSITION EXPLOSION SCIENCE FAIR!

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.

Littlefield: PUCCINI’S IL TABARRO (MATINEE OPERA) - Set in Paris during the first years of the twentieth century, Il Tabarro’s tightly focused plot centers on Michele, the owner of a barge moored on the Seine; his younger wife, Giorgetta, who no longer enjoys their nomadic river life and has taken up with a man her own age; and her lover, Luigi, who wants to settle down in Paris to a more stable workman’s life — hopefully with Giorgetta.

Old Can Factory: Green Gowanus, Re-Envisioning an Industrial Canal - Exhibition of Student Research Projects:Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,working jointly with Columbia Engineering;and Parsons, The New School for Design, School of Art, Media andTechnology

Proteus Gowanus: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts on Heaven - Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of the critically acclaimed recent book, Harlem is Nowhere, reads from new work, “on the nature and power of heaven.”

Rockshop: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / Pearl & The Beard / Seth Herzog & Craig Baldo - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: the sounds of Motown and the bleeps and bloops of drum machines and samplers. / Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.

Future:

Brooklyn Aikikai’s Spring 2011 Fundraiser – May 21st

Textile Arts Center: THE SIMPLE WAY TO TRY WEAVING – May 25th

Gowanus Grove Opening – May 29th


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