• Ted x Gowanus!

    Hang onto your nerd hats Gowanus peeps, it’s about to go all Ted Talks in Brooklyn’s Superfunest area!

    Ted, the global spreader of ideas via epic presentations, is coming to Gowanus January 26th, 2014 at The Green Building and 501 Union.

    According to the website the theme seems to be “Inspiring Community”, which is clearly Gowanus! (Suck it everywhere else!)

    TEDxGowanus is an event featuring TED-style talks inspired by the unique ideas, stories and arts that have incubated in or are related to the Gowanus area.  This event will involve a cross section of attendees and speakers, from original Gowanus residents and business owners to recent entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers. The TEDxGowanus agenda will include a full spectrum of topics: from performances and presentations by local artists to stories and ideas that explore the neighborhood’s history, industry, ecology, and evolution.  During breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with an exhibit area featuring displays and booths by local businesses, speakers’ projects, and artists of Gowanus.

    So, it’s like an epic nerd lecture Gowanustastic mix!

    tedxgowanus

    Speakers so far include:

    Ate Atema – (who did this great talk already about bitches street creeks, which we assume he will talk more about at this event). He is the Managing Principal of Atema Architecture, ‘an award-winning New York-based architectural practice, and Flow Collaborative, an international team he formed to work on large-scale projects integrating architecture, ecology and infrastructure.’

    Eymund Diegel – (aka Professor Gowanus) ‘is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s Eymund Diegel is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s insights help improve Google Earth and City mapping of our neighborhood. As a Gowanus resident, he also helps out at the Hall of the Gowanus, a community historic research resource. ‘

    Andrew Gustafson - a geographer, historical researcher, and New York City tour guide. He develops and leads tours for the Brooklyn-based company Turnstile Tours, and his projects have included the research and development of tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, as well as about Brooklyn’s rich baseball history.

    Hans Hesselein – (aka the Green Planter) Hans joined the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as the Director of Special Projects in December, 2010 and was asked to serve as Executive Director in 2013. Throughout his time at the Conservancy, Hans has been responsible for developing and managing green infrastructure projects, watershed planning initiatives and volunteer stewardship programs. Hans comes to the Conservancy with a strong background in horticulture, construction technology, community engagement and landscape architecture.

    Plus a whole lot more see here!

    *code names from GYFO; speaker details from TedxGowanus website
     

    Grab your tickets early for $25 bucks today here

    Shout out to both the Team over at TedxGowanus for setting this bad boy up. Special big luv to Sean Gannet who’s organizing stuff and Joseph Alexiou (Gowanus history buff) who’s co-curating.

     
  • In a world where cooking is boring and lame and filled with nothing but normalcy… comes an dinning event so epic that you won’t even know the people you’re eating with. 

    Choas Cooking goes like this. You get a bunch of people in one room… make some awesome food… and watch the socializing unfold. It’s epic! (we know we used the word epic already, but it’s the best word…deal). Here’s why it’s epic: Attendees get a 100-Course Meal for $20 and only 150 peeps can go. So, do the math. That’s a lot of food, with a lot of great peeps, for like nothing. What are you going to do April 11th sit at home and watch House of Cards? Don’t be lame get out a be social!

    CCC_Image_Girl_2more details:

    Chaos Cooking Cambodia Hosted by Gowanus Girls
    A Spontaneous, 100-Course Meal * Part of the Forward Festival, celebrating Cambodian Arts + Culture * A Very Loose Theme, Cook What You Like!
    Thursday, April 11, 7pm – midnight
    Gowanus Loft – 61 9th Street, #C8, bet 2nd Ave + Smith St, Brooklyn
    $20 / person, space limited

    Tix + full info!

    Bonus: Gowanus Girl’s website says there are a few other nice people join the fun:

    “fab tarot card reader (Theda Jackson-Mau— she was also at our market last fall and she’s phenomenal), tunes by DJ Claudio and retro-fun from our friends over at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Parlor.

     

     

     
  • You Decide How to Spend Taxpayer Dollars: Vote for Public Projects in Gowanus this Weekend!!

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    Residents of the 39th District of New York City — which includes Gowanus, as well as parts of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Borough Park — are eligible to take part in a very unique exercise in public governance this week. Participatory Budgeting, which is now available in eight NYC districts, allows all taxpayers 16 years of age and older to vote on specific public works projects nominated by fellow residents in your neighborhood throughout the past year. For example, last year we voted for an expansion of the composting facilities at the Salt Lot on 2nd Ave that ultimately proved popular enough to win funding!

    Participatory Budgeting in District 39 has been spearheaded by our Councilman, Brad Lander, and this year’s slate of projects has been winnowed down from hundreds of proposals. Now it’s your turn to vote to determine which projects end up getting funded. This year’s slate of options include renovations to neighborhood schools, planting trees to reduce runoff on Third Avenue, adding bus clocks at bus stations throughout the district, improvements to parks, and many more. There are 24 total options, of which you are entitled to vote for 5.

    Voting takes place this Saturday and Sunday! For information about whether you reside in the 39th District (or any of the seven other eligible districts with Participatory Budgeting) and the voting location closest to you, visit this website. Check out a list of the projects that are up for voting this year in the 39th District by viewing this sample ballot.

     
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy Winter Festival

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is have its’ second annual Winter Festival on Saturday, January 12th from 6pm-12am at Ray Smith Studio (261 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY). Three stellar live bands, a DJ, kids activities, and food from the best of tasty peeps and places! Tickets start at $25.

    Grab your tickets here: gccwinterfestival2013.brownpapertickets.com

    Why go to this event? you mean the bands, DJ, stuff for kids to do, and food isn’t enough. Fine, you should know that the Gowanus Canal Conservancy is one of the best things for Gowanus and South Brooklyn ever. Did you see that garden that just appeared magically at 3rd Ave and 3rd St? That’s total Gowanus Canal Conservancy! They make our industrial (former wasteland) into a beautiful area with nature things like: plants and trees… wait a plant is a tree… they do great stuff damn it. Check out this video about them made by the Canal Creatures:

    Gowanus Canal Conservancy – Winterfest This Saturday from Canal Creatures on Vimeo.

     
  • Gowanus Happening: Oct 27th – Oct 31st Halloween Your Face Off

    This week we listed Halloween events in both their normal categories section and in the ‘Halloween Related’ section. Also, we added Monday cause we know after a weekend like this and cause Monday is Halloween (the greatest holiday on Planet Earth) we know your not going to work. We hope you have a happy and safe weekend as you get you freak on! All the best!

    -GYFO Staff

    Thursday October 27th, 2011

    Artastic

    Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Music 

    Bellhouse: Rival Schools / Balance and Composure / Hostage Calm - Nearly a decade after the release of their classic debut United By Fate, Rival Schools have finally returned from their hiatus to deliver their long-awaited follow-up, Pedals, available March 8th on Photo Finish/Atlantic Records.

    iBeam Brooklyn: Darius Jones Trio - Adam Lane – bass; Jason Nazary – drums; Darius Jones – alto sax and composition

    Observatory: ATTACK OF THE MUTANT THEREMIN with Kip Rosser - Thereminist Kip Rosser will demonstrate why Halloween is the perfect time of year for a scholarly and irreverent evening of bizarre history and strange science, featuring live music played on the weirdest instrument on the planet. The theremin was the world’s first electronic instrument, the first amplified instrument, and the original synthesizer. Today, it remains the only instrument ever invented that’s played without being touched.

    Rock Shop: Eli Lieb / We Were Lovers

    Two Moons: Fabien Sevilla - Sevilla will perform works from his solo album, “Kôans.” A series of short, meditative compositions, the Kôans evoke the aphorisms used in Zen meditation to reach a constraint-free level of consciousness. Sevilla makes use of his masterful technique and keen intuition to captivate audiences and guide them into a heightened state of calm, allowing their imaginations to run free. Amidst these shorter works, Sevilla will also perform contemporary pieces written for solo double bass by the likes of Emil Tabakov, Teppo Hauta-Aho and David Ellis.

    Performance / Theatre

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections.

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    Trivia

    Halyards: Brain Machetes Trivia – Chef  Emma’s cooking up plant-based bar snacks

    Friday October 28th, 2011

    Artastic

    Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Charity / Benefit 

    BIG! NYC: BIG!NYC Halloween Benefit -welcome the new green kids on the block BIG! NYC with a Halloween Benefit *thanks Gowans Canal Conservancy for letting us know about this event

    Dance Party

    Bellhouse: HAPPY HOUSE: HALLOWEEN - Not sure what to do with yourself the day before Halloween? Easy answer: come dancing with us! Whether or not you come out costumed, we’ll be dancing our asses off to Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Yuksek and more all night long.

    Halloween Related

    BIG! NYC: Halloween Costume Swap with GrowNYC – swap your costumes (event listed to the right on page) *thanks Gowans Canal Conservancy for letting us know about this event

    BIG! NYC: BIG!NYC Halloween Benefit -welcome the new green kids on the block BIG! NYC with a Halloween Benefit *thanks Gowans Canal Conservancy for letting us know about this event

    Bellhouse: HAPPY HOUSE: HALLOWEEN - Not sure what to do with yourself the day before Halloween? Easy answer: come dancing with us! Whether or not you come out costumed, we’ll be dancing our asses off to Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Yuksek and more all night long.

    Music

    Bellhouse: PETER WOLF special seating show - For some, Peter Wolf is the energetic singer of a handful of major hits for The J. Geils Band–”Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Love Stinks.” For others, he’s the genre-spanning solo artist whose 2002 album Rolling Stone ranked among its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Douglas Street Music Collective: Ca Caw - Landon Knoblock – piano / Oscar Noriega – saxophone / Jeff Davis – drums

    Douglas Street Music Collective:  Jesse Stacken Trio - Jesse Stacken – piano / Robin Verheyen – saxophone / Ziv Ravitz – drums

    Douglas Street Music Collective: Matt Mitchell Quartet - Matt Mitchell – piano / Herb Robertson – trumpet / Travis LaPlante – saxophone / Tyshawn Sorey – drums

    iBeam: ReDDeer DUO - Go-Zee-Lah 8:30 PM Kyoko Kitramura – voice, laptop Yayoi Ikawa – piano / ReDDeer Duo 9:30 PM Fay Victor – voice Elisabeth Harnink – piano

    Rock Shop: The Serious Business Rock & Roll Revue - featuring: Rocketship Park, Benji Cossa, Higgins, Unsacred Hearts

    Performance / Theatre

    Spoke the Hub: Haerfest Showcase - Featuring New Performance Work By Amber Sloan, Grace Drumsand Adrian Jevicki

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections.

    Sporty

    Homage @ 615 Degraw St: Friday Night Skate

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    Brooklyn Lyceum: Zumba – Sportball

    Saturday October 29th, 2011

    Artastic

    Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Comedy

    Littlefield: A HAUNTED HOT TUB HALLOWEEN - Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, John Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats), Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, Found Footage Festival, Ann Carr

     

    Spoke the Hub: Elise’s Creative Clubhouse & Altruism Society – Spoke the Hub’s newest creative bandwagon this fall and join STH Founder/Director, Elise Long, on a multi-disciplinary adventure that expands the innate “generosity” of heart and mind – within ones’ self and towards others — and uses those explorations and discoveries as a springboard for creative actions and altruism.

    Dance Party

    Bellhouse: CHERYLWEEN IV: PRELLRAISER - This year we’re encouraging you to look your best by looking your worst. Think BEAUTY PRODUCTS and HORROR MOVIES. This is PRELLRAISER. (Get it? Prell shampoo and Hellraiser. Duh) Need costume inspiration? How about: Puppet Master Cleanse, Aveenosferatu, Oil of O’Child’s pLay, Johnson & Jason, Burt’s Killer Bees, and The Blistexorcist, Rosemary’s Baby Powder, Candyman-icures, Queen (Helene) of the Damned. DJ Nick (CHERYL Resident DJ) and DJ Rok One (Black Russian / Plant Music) spin an amazing mix of electro, new wave, italo and disco. Because you’re worth it.

    Family

    Gowanus Print Lab: EGGHEAD HALLOWEENA no-mess, family-fun Halloween craft activity! Kids choose an Egghead character and dress it up in their choice of silly and spooky Halloween costumes! Start by watching your Egghead character screen printed LIVE on our hand-pulled production press. After choosing from a wide selection of costumes, masks, shoes, and fun accessories to personalize their Egghead, the kiddies cut out the clothing shapes and we heat press the cut-outs on at the end of the activity. Take home your custom Halloween tee that day!

    Halloween Related

    Bellhouse: HALLOWEEN METAL MAYHEM / MISSTALLICA (ALL-GIRL METALLICA TRIBUTE) / SHOW NO MERCY (SLAYER TRIBUTE) / VIOLENT AGE (MISFITS TRIBUTE) -  Halloween is so metal! Get ready for some serious headbanging with 3 ass-kicking/face-melting cover bands. This is the only proper way to bring in Halloween weekend!

    Bellhouse: CHERYLWEEN IV: PRELLRAISER - This year we’re encouraging you to look your best by looking your worst. Think BEAUTY PRODUCTS and HORROR MOVIES. This is PRELLRAISER. (Get it? Prell shampoo and Hellraiser. Duh) Need costume inspiration? How about: Puppet Master Cleanse, Aveenosferatu, Oil of O’Child’s pLay, Johnson & Jason, Burt’s Killer Bees, and The Blistexorcist, Rosemary’s Baby Powder, Candyman-icures, Queen (Helene) of the Damned. DJ Nick (CHERYL Resident DJ) and DJ Rok One (Black Russian / Plant Music) spin an amazing mix of electro, new wave, italo and disco. Because you’re worth it.

    Gowanus Print Lab: EGGHEAD HALLOWEEN A no-mess, family-fun Halloween craft activity! Kids choose an Egghead character and dress it up in their choice of silly and spooky Halloween costumes! Start by watching your Egghead character screen printed LIVE on our hand-pulled production press. After choosing from a wide selection of costumes, masks, shoes, and fun accessories to personalize their Egghead, the kiddies cut out the clothing shapes and we heat press the cut-outs on at the end of the activity. Take home your custom Halloween tee that day!

    Littlefield: A HAUNTED HOT TUB HALLOWEEN - Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, John Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats), Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, Found Footage Festival, Ann Carr

    Lowlands: Halloween Party - come down and eat more Reese’s Peanutbutter Cups than you ever have before in your life, all while shaking your ass to some smooth Kenny Loggins jams. By three in the morning it won’t be ironic anymore. Just fun.

    Movie / TV

    Bellhouse: HALLOWEEN METAL MAYHEM OFFICIAL TAILGATE PARTY: HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT - before the main metal event for the official Metal Mayhem Tailgate Pre-party & free screening of the 1986 cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. We’ll have burgers and dogs courtesy of Urban Rustic, happy hour drink specials for all of your beer-shotgunning needs, and one of the greatest documentaries ever made to get you in the mood for headbanging.

    Music

    Bellhouse: HALLOWEEN METAL MAYHEM / MISSTALLICA (ALL-GIRL METALLICA TRIBUTE) / SHOW NO MERCY (SLAYER TRIBUTE) / VIOLENT AGE (MISFITS TRIBUTE) -  Halloween is so metal! Get ready for some serious headbanging with 3 ass-kicking/face-melting cover bands. This is the only proper way to bring in Halloween weekend!

    Douglas Street Music Collective: Kaiser & Robinson / Senhor Vargas / Vavatican -  8 p.m. – Jeff Kaiser and Jason Robinson – trumpet with electronics/saxophone with electronics 9 p.m. – Senhor Vargas is: Josh Sinton, Dan Blake, Brian Settles and Greg Ward – saxophone quartet 10 p.m. – VaVatican – Nathaniel Morgan:saxophone, Owen Stewart-Robertson:guitar, Weston Minissali:synthesizer, Booker Stardrum:drums $10 Suggested Donation

    iBeam: Sinopia Quartet - A program of commissions and submissions from young composers who have been challenged to re-imagine the two-piano/two-percussion instrumentation of the Sinopia Quartet.

    Littlefield: THE TOYS AND TINY INSTRUMENTS - The Toys and Tiny Instruments are: Alec Betterley – Toy Piano, Melodica and Vocals; Colin Summers – Charango and Vocals; Karen Adelman – Vocals and Salsa Party Time Percussion; Tom Cryan – Tiny and Toy Percussion; Chris Duffy – Tiny and Toy Percussion; Alessandro Tabora – Kazoo and Vocals; Zane Van Dusen – Stylophone, Accordian and Various Toys; And they sound, well, just like that. Toys and tiny instruments.

    Rock Shop: NY Band Draft Super Bowl - If you’re not familiar with what New York Band Draft is, imagine uprooting a bunch of local “musicians,” reducing them to humiliating data points and auctioning them off like frightened steer to despotic “captains.” The resultant “bands” are then charged with spending four weeks coming up with a decent name, writing two original songs and performing a cover song in such a way that its inspiration isn’t forever ruined in the minds of the voting audience.” see blog: here

    Performance / Theatre

    Issue Project Room: Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz: The Ticket That Exploded: An Opera (based on a novel by William S. Burroughs)- Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz presents The Ticket That Exploded:  An Opera based on William Burroughs’ 1962 dystopian novel about identity disintegration, oppression of humanity’s collective consciousness through technological influence, and revolution through the subversion of those very technologies. Featuring vocalists Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett, Melissa Hughes, Anne Rhodes, Steve Dalachnsky, and Ryan Opperman, an ensemble of fifteen instrumentalists, and live video projections from Jason Ponce, the opera will be organized using the same cut-up techniques and emphasis on language that distinguishes Burroughs’ literary work.

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections.

    Spoke the Hub: Haerfest Showcase - Featuring New Performance Work By Amber Sloan, Grace Drumsand Adrian Jevicki

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder: Learn to Boulder

    Gowanus Canal: Canoe the Canal with the Gowanus Dredgers

    Triomph Fitness:Hot Bird Running!- Get running this fall with Hot Bird Running and Triomph’s 4 week Running Program. We’ll take you from 0 to 3.3 miles (Prospect Park loop) in 4 weeks. You’ll feel great and learn how to run strong!

    Sunday October 30, 2011

    Family Focused

    New Moon Art House Cafe on 4th Ave: GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD - CHILDREN/FAMILY, INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE, VARIETY SHOW

    Halloween Related

    New Moon Art House Cafe on 4th Ave: GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD - CHILDREN/FAMILY, INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE, VARIETY SHOW

    Music

    Bellhouse: THE LITTLE WILLIES FEAT. LEE ALEXANDER, JIM CAMPILONGO. NORAH JONES, RICHARD JULIAN AND DAN RIESER

    Douglas Street Music Collective: Naranjo-Stankova-Young; Dan Blake Solo - a new trio with Ivan Naranjo (electronics) and Maria Stankova (voice-electronics) will be making its debut! The trio has been working on a recording for Peira records that will come out in the winter, and Ivan might even wear the most frightening mask ever conceived (think Karlheinz…)! You can also catch Dan Blake who will play a rare solo set to start things off.

    Issue Project: Share – free audio & video jam

    Performance

    Spoke the Hub: Haerfest Showcase - Featuring New Performance Work By Amber Sloan, Grace Drumsand Adrian Jevicki

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    TV

    Halyards: Dexter / Boardwalk Empire – Dexter at 9 pm, Boardwalk Empire at 10:15

    Monday October 31, 2011

    Music

    Rock Shop: Yukon Blonde -

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    Triomph Fitness:Hot Bird Running!- Get running this fall with Hot Bird Running and Triomph’s 4 week Running Program. We’ll take you from 0 to 3.3 miles (Prospect Park loop) in 4 weeks. You’ll feel great and learn how to run strong!

     
  • Gowanus Happenings: Oct 20th – Oct 23rd

    Thursday October 20th, 2011

    Comedy 
    Bellhouse: HOW WAS YOUR WEEK? LIVE / JULIE KLAUSNER / TED LEO / PAUL F. TOMPKINS / FRED ARMISEN / BILLY EICHNER  - *sold out Join How Was Your Week? host Julie Klausner on October 20th as she welcomes guests PAUL F. TOMPKINS, BILLY EICHNER and rock star TED LEO, who will be on stage the entire night to play a live, full-length version of the How Was Your Week? theme song, in addition to other music that is important for you to have in your ears.

    Foodie

    Halyard: Vegan Thursdays - Vegan bar food from our lovely pop-up chef Emma is on as usual beginning

    Music

    IBeam: Darius Jones Trio Four Week Residency - The Darius Jones Trio will be in residency to celebrate the release of Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) which officially hits the streets October 11th. This is Jones’s eagerly anticipated second recording as a bandleader that documents the next chapter of his autobiographical “Man’ish Boy” series of compositions introduced on his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing).

    Littlefield: FRANKIE ROSE, WIDOWSPEAK, TALK NORMAL, BLUES CONTROL, AMEN DUNES, NOVELLER WITH WNYU DJS - WNYU Presents CMJ:Fucking amazing music

    Rock Shop: Dinosaur Feathers / the Lonely Forest / Lord Huron / Strand Of Oaks - ”Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers are plenty fun to listen to, but even more fun to watch. Between the mohawked drummer, left-handed bassist rocking a Hofner (just like Beatle Paul McCartney), and bespectacled Stewart Copeland look-alike on keyboards, they offer up a spectrum-ranging study in visual contrasts. Playing on borrowed gear at Kings Barcade on Thursday, they took the skittery rhythms of Vampire Weekend and rocked ‘em up.

    Performance

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

    Friday October 21st, 2011

    Artastic

    Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Lecture

    Observatory: Manly P. Hall and The Secret Teachings of All Ages - A Talk and Visual Presentation by Mitch Horowitz

    Music

    Bellhouse: JONATHAN RICHMAN - Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

    Douglas Street Music Collective: Dollshot - Rosalie Kaplan (voice) Noah Kaplan (sax) Wes Matthews (piano) Giacomo Merega (bass)

    IBEAM: Soren Raaschou Trio feat. Travis Laplante - Soren Raaschou – guitar / Travis Laplante – tenor sax / Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – doublebass / Rasmus Toystrup Iversen – drums

    Littlefield: CAITHLIN DE MARRAIS (EX-RAINER MARIA) / LAURA STEVENSON & THE CANS / THE SHONDES / ALINA SIMONE – CMJ: fucking more awesome music!

    Rock Shop: Masters of the Hemisphere / Hallelujah the Hills / Plus / Minus (+/-) - Masters of the Hemisphere is an indie pop band that originated in Athens, GA and have been making music since 1996. In 2002, the band took a break to explore new locations and solo projects. They recently recorded a new album, Maybe These Are The Breaks which is set to be released by Kindercore and Magic Marker Records in late 2011

    Performance

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

    Saturday October 22nd, 2011 

    Artastic

    411 Gallery at Digital Plus: On the Line - New Yrok Kitchen presents a photography exhibit and food event featuring images from its blog and food provided by selected restaurants. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit SHARE OUR STRENGTH.

    Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Comedy

    Bellhouse: PAUL F TOMPKINS – *sold out - Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian. I’m sorry– Paul F. Tompkins is THE comedian. He was the host of VH1′s Best Week Ever for a while. You may have or may yet see him on Mr. Show with Bob and David, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Real Time with Bill Maher, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and over four other things.

    Halloween Party

    Observatory: Halloween and Day of the Dead Party - costume party featuring brand new episodes of Ghoul A Go-Go and The Midnight Archive, as well as burlesque, music, piñata, food, beverages, sugar skulls, a costume contest, and more! Please, please (!!!) come in costume! All costumes welcomed!

    Foodie

    By Brooklyn – Brooklyn Hard Candy *just outside Gowanus

    Music

    Bellhouse: JONATHAN RICHMAN - Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

    Douglas Street Music Collective:  ANGELICA SANCHEZ TRIO / JESSE STACKEN TRIO - 8 pm – ANGELICA SANCHEZ TRIO Angelica Sanchez – piano, Sean Conly – bass, Rogerio Bocato – drums. 10 pm – JESSE STACKEN TRIO Jesse Stacken – piano, Evind Opsvik – bass, Jeff Davis – drums. Part of the “October at Douglass Street” series $10 suggested donation each set.

    IBEAM: Fabien Sevilla - Fabien Sevilla solo bass with special guest Andy Milne.

    Issue Project:  Ensemble Klang - Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang’s innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become “one of the top ensembles” (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene.

    Lelya’s: Youth of Today (secret show) - Special guests: The Last Stand, Mouthpiece *GYFO recommends to use caution with event 

    RockShop: Last Good Tooth / Elizabeth and the Catapult / Matt Cranstoun, Chris Cubeta & Liars Club, Misty Boyce, Bryan Dunn, Little Anchor – CMJ Presents

    Performance

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

    Protect Yourself

    Crossfit Brooklyn: Self Defense Training – THERE IS NO REASON TO LIVE IN FEAR! Learn how to protect yourself and kick major ass!

    Sporty

    Gowanus Canal: Canoeing – join the Gowanus Dredgers in taking an epic trip down the Gowanus Canal

    Triomph Fitness & Hot Bird Running!: Get running this fall with Hot Bird Running and Triomph’s 4 week Running Program. We’ll take you from 0 to 3.3 miles (Prospect Park loop) in 4 weeks. You’ll feel great and learn how to run strong!

    Sunday October 23rd, 2011

    Comedy

    Bellhouse: PAUL F TOMPKINS - *sold out

    Family

    Brooklyn Lyceum: Mil’s Trills - An innovative way to share music with your child through an engaging live performance series with weekly musical guests. Led by composer & musician,  Amelia Robinson who charms audiences with quirky, whimsical original songs and an enchanting voice.

    Environmental 

    Ennis Park: Plant a tree  - Join Gowanus Alliance and Gowanus Conservancy in planting some brand spankin’ new trees.

    Music

    Issue Project: Share – because music should be played together

    Rock Shop: Polica / Votel / Paper Tiger - The crowd that had gathered at Nick and Eddie on Sunday for the debut of Polica, the new band led by Channy Moon Casselle of the recently split Twin Cities favorite Roma di Luna, was teeming with excitement. The little that has been heard of Polica so far on the band’s website is as promising as a Ryan Olson-produced project could sound: Auto-Tuned majesty, with a heavy bassline and a sexy, lonely rhythm. It is Gayngs featuring Channy, essentially, and without the whole ’70s-bedroom vibe.

    Performance

    Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

    TY Watchin’

    Halyards: Dexter / Boardwalk Empire - serving up more authentic Mexican for the evening — the guac is killer. Just like Dexter, which screens at 9 pm. And, come to think of it, also just like most of the characters on Boardwalk Empire, which we show at 10:15ish (so you can enjoy a short, drink re-filling intermission).

    Future

    Film Biz Recycling: Lights Camera Auction

     
 

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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.
 
 
 
 
 

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