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  1. Dec

    1

    Thu

    1. 718 Cyclery: Free Class – “Brakes and Their Adjustment”
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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      Learning
      718 Cyclery

      (Free) Bike Maintenance Classes

      Our free classes are incredibly integral to who we are as a shop. Our Fall Semester schedule is set. Register for our free classes here:

       

      https://www.timecenter.com/718cyclery/

       

      Note: All classes start promptly at 7pm, and are in our shop space at 254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn. If you cannot attend, please “unregister” so that the slot is freed up.

      • Class 01: Basic Maintenance and Flat Fixes
      • Class 02: Brakes and their Adjustments
      • Class 03: Drivetrains (gears, derailleurs, chains, etc)
      • Class 04: Bearings and Wheel Truing (headset, bottom bracket, hubs, wheels. Note Class 04 is a 2 hour session)

       

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      7:00 pm
      718 Cyclery: Free Class – “Brakes and Their Adjustment”
    2. Learn to Boulder
      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Learning
      Sports

      Brooklyn BouldersLearn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your wa

      y to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available. Back to top.

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      8:00 pm
      Learn to Boulder
    3. IBEAM: Sperrazza and Stacken
      8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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      Music
      IBeam

      830pm
      Vinnie Sperrazza and friends
      friends (tba)

      10pm
      Jesse Stacken Trio
      Jesse Stacken (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

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      8:30 pm
      IBEAM: Sperrazza and Stacken
    4. Bell House: Hot Snakes
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Music
      Bell House

      After a six year hiatus, most of us thought we would never hear again from post-hardcore punk heroes Hot Snakes. We figured their awesome new projects Obits and Night Marchers had long since taken precedence over any Drive Like Jehu or Hot Snakes reunion.You get where I’m going with this, right? We were wrong.The Hot Snakes are set to reunite in Minehead, UK this December for All Tomorrow’s Parties. But will the band play any dates in America? Co-leader John Reis had this to say over at theSwami Records message board:
      “yeah, im super stokified on this. so far just ATP is confirmed. we are talking about maybe doin a couple more shows before hand. not sure where but not west coast. we will be hangin on the east coast so most likely out there or in europe.i will letchu know. don’t know who is playin drums. trying to figure out the scheduling and who is up for it and what makes the most sense. please do not share your thoughts or preferences on the matter. not interested in suggestions. Night Marchers shows most likely will not coincide with this trip. good times.” -John Reis
      Reported by Chris Cantino for The Portland Mercury End Hits music blog

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      9:00 pm
      Bell House: Hot Snakes
    5. Littlefield: ELIZABETH AND THE CATAPULT, Sonya Kitchell, Christina Courtin
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Music
      Littleifield

      Tickets

      “I’d hope there’s humor to both of our albums, but they’re actually quite different from one another,” says Elizabeth Ziman, the singer/songwriter/keyboardist behind Elizabeth and the Catapult. “While Taller Children has the sarcastic lightness of a Woody Allen film, the new record’s more in the vein of Kubrick or Lynch. It’s a bit darker, a bit more tongue-in-cheek – another side to who we are.”

      The reason for this shift isn’t as simple as a sudden breakup or breakdown. The dissonant strains are lurking between the lines, from the clanging chords and galloping groove of “The Horse and the Missing Cart” to the hopeful but bitter contrasts of “Thank You For Nothing,” a heartbroken ballad that channels the Buddhist teachings of an old Leonard Cohen poem.

      As it turns out, Elizabeth read Cohen’s Book of Longing collection from cover to cover while working on the Lincoln Center song cycle – performed last spring for a commission from NPR’s John Schaefer – that gave The Other Side of Zero its title and a handful of tracks. As the pages sunk in, one particular theme stood out: Cohen’s struggle to meet Buddhist goals in a monastery, which Elizabeth felt paralleled her own coming-of-age struggles while living and growing up in New York City.

      “Once I finished the book,” she says, “I realized that reaching this zen state wasn’t a realistic goal. Not for Leonard, and certainly not for me. It’s more about the intent of letting go, and being able to laugh after you fall.”

      Cohen’s book also helped Elizabeth see parallels between the pain and growth in relationships and the gestures of balance in Buddhism. Songs about taming the extremes, finding similarities between opposites, and accepting the moment. While “Thank You for Nothing” sounds pretty self-explanatory, it does more than pull the plug on a flat-lining relationship. It exposes the blurry line between gratitude and ingratitude, and how they often feed off of each other. (“I’ll just keep saying it/Thank you, thank you/Thank you for everything/Thank you for nothing at all.”) Meanwhile, “The Horse and the Missing Cart” is a cautionary tale about seizing the day; about actually doing things, rather than worrying about whether or not you should act.

      Which brings us to why The Other Side of Zero is Elizabeth & the Catapult’s rawest set of recordings yet. Unlike their thoroughly-demoed debut – an album that took two years to complete – the Zero sessions boiled down to a month of recording with producer Tony Berg (Peter Gabriel, Phantom Planet, Jesca Hoop) and such respected sidemen as guitarist Blake Mills and Tom Waits’ longtime touring keyboardist, Patrick Warren.

      The result was rough but refined, bruised but beautiful, as if Berg had placed a mic in a room and walked away, letting Elizabeth and drummer Danny Molad do their thing. Or as Elizabeth puts it, “This record’s more abrasive, more blatantly honest – perhaps even rude at times. Maybe intentionally so.”

      Rude isn’t the right word. More like scrappy and spontaneous, with Elizabeth’s film score skills – for a while there, she wanted to be a scene-stealing composer – coloring each song like a Technicolor movie print. Take “Go Away My Lover,” a dagger-drawing duet that brings a couple to its close alongside speaker-smacking drums, demented whistles, and a call-and-response chorus that races to put all of this – the memories, the longing, and ultimately, the regret – to rest.

      And then there’s the title track. Led by a lean, winding piano line, it builds to a spine-tingling crescendo alongside the honey-dipped harmonies of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings – a collaboration that was completely unplanned. Not that you’d notice, considering how seamless it sounds.

      One thing Elizabeth made sure to write down months in advance were her lyrics, which often take months of intensive editing. And even then, it’s hard to let them go without poring over every last word. Especially in this case – a highly personal examination of love and loss, and growing older.

      “Even the happiest sounding pop songs on this record have a tinge of regret and darkness to them,” explains Elizabeth. “And thank goodness for that. Ultimately that’s the only way I’d feel comfortable singing them. I’m drawn to the ambiguity like a menacing smile.”

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      9:00 pm
      Littlefield: ELIZABETH AND THE CATAPULT, Sonya Kitchell, Christina Courtin
  2. Dec

    2

    Fri

    1. Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
      12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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      Art Show

      HYBRID WORLD: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology
      opening reception November 11th, 6-9pm
      November 4th-December 6th

      The Gowanus Print Lab and the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild are pleased to present “Hybrid World: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology.

      Featuring work by:

      Craig Brown
      Ellen Rixford
      Hannah Morris
      Jen Bissu
      Dale Gladstone
      Virigina Asman
      Nancy Sampson
      Tim Goldman
      Muddyum/ Maryam Choudhury
      Mark Wall Bennett
      Lisette Rotman
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      Anthony Bracco

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      12:00 pm
      Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
    2. Issue Project Room: Swedish Energies: The Magic State + Sewer Election + Hana Hartmann + Altar of Flies + Kathy Hinde & Daniel Skoglund + Leif Elggren
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Performance / Theatre

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      The two-night program, presented by Issue Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, WELD and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC, will feature a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians. Performances will include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists as well as a cross-section of Swedish groups, such as the prolific The Skull Defekts (joined by C. Spencer Yeh), and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, one of the most important free jazz and improv musicians working today. Leif Elggren will open the event with a reading of his “The North is Protected.”

      Lineup for Friday 12/2 (subject to change):

      Leif Elggren, reading “The North is Protected”
      Kathy Hinde & Daniel Skoglund
      Altar of Flies
      Hanna Hartmann
      Sewer Election
      The Magic State

      KATHY HINDE & DANIEL SKOGLUND

      Sound, video, moving objects, drawings in layers, birds and traces. Every movement is creating a chain of reactions which is affecting other parameters. Kathy Hinde is an artist working with different medias, combining different art forms. She has worked a lot with video screenings for dance, live art and theatre and is collaborations with scientists or direct in put from the audience. Daniel Skoglund is a sound artist building his own machinery. His weapons and friends are operated through choise or accident.

      HANNA HARTMANN

      Having developed her very own language, the Swedish sound artist and composer Hanna Hartman creates compositions that are exclusively made up from authentic sounds which she has recorded around the world. Sounds are taken out of their original context and thus perceived in their purity. Hanna Hartman seeks to reveal hidden correspondences between the most diverse auditive impressions and in new constellations she creates extraordinary worlds of sound. Hartmann lives and works in Berlin.

      ALTAR OF FLIES

      Altar of Flies is Mattias Gustafsson from Mjölby, Sweden, a village basically in the nowhere. Gustafsson has been a key character in the Swedish underground for a few years now releasing a stomachful of cd’s, cassettes and vinyls and performing intense shows in basements and castles. His “Permanent Cavity” CD on iDEAL brought him to a wider audience and this is his first show in the Us. His music is breathing European 80’s industrial spiced by 21st century American noise acts.

      THE MAGIC STATE

      The Magic State is the audiovisual project of sound- and visual artist Nadine Byrne from Stockholm. Her art draws inspiration from the occult and 60’s psychedelia. Nadine is also part of the great Ectoplasm Girls duo together with her sister Tanya. While Ectoplasm Girls is a duo dealing with dreams, life and death – The Magic State is a deeply personal project.

      “The Magic State is sound and moving images, suspension of time, transcendence, mysticism, rituals and poetry. A magical state of mind and a physical sovereign place.”

      SEWER ELECTION

      The sound of everything falling apart. Sewer Election is Gothenburg’s Dan Johansson who performs bent, crude and raw experimental noise touching elbows with both the Swiss action group Schimpfluch and contemporary underground noise. Dan has put out a fine line of releases for the past decade and is known for giving his audience sort of a in-of-body experience, whatever that means. Dan was one of the guys running the filthy but nice Utmarken venue in Gothenburg for a few years, the centre for various odd balls and lost kids into weird sounds on the west coast. Johansson is also running two labels; Harsh Head Rituals and Ljud & Bild Produktion.

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      8:00 pm
      Issue Project Room: Swedish Energies: The Magic State + Sewer Election + Hana Hartmann + Altar of Flies + Kathy Hinde & Daniel Skoglund + Leif Elggren
    3. Learn to Boulder
      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Learning
      Sports

      Brooklyn BouldersLearn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your wa

      y to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available. Back to top.

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      8:00 pm
      Learn to Boulder
    4. Bell House: MAX BEMIS (SAY ANYTHING) / SHERRI DUPREE
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Music
      Bell House

      Say Anything join Equal Vision Records from Equal Vision Records on Vimeo.

      MAX BEMIS (SAY ANYTHING)
      SHERRI DUPREE
      On … Is a Real Boy, Say Anything told the ultimate coming-of-age story in a swirling storm of sex, drugs, angst and gut-wrenchingly honest rock & roll. Now the band is back with In Defense of the Genre, a wildly eclectic double album that tells the ultimate love story, complete with madness, exhilaration, depression and redemption. It’s an astonishing achievement of impeccable songwriting and raw emotion that could only spring from the brain of the band’s 23-year-old leader, Max Bemis. “I got my first long-term girlfriend when I was 20 and that really thrust me into the human experience of dealing with other people,” Bemis says, explaining how he became obsessed with something he once considered to be contrived: boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl songs. “I thought if I can make a Say Anything record that’s funny and weird but still telling that story it would be awesome.” Singer/guitarist Bemis, along with drummer Coby Linder, bassist Alex Kent, keyboardist/guitarist Parker Case, and twin guitarists Jake and Jeff Turner, have achieved that goal in the 26 songs of In Defense of the Genre, which traces one man’s attempt to find love, pursue his career while battling heartbreak, and put his life back together again (it’s loosely based on Bemis’ own tumultuous love affair). Recorded in New York at Electric Lady and in Los Angeles at the home studio of producer Brad Wood (The Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, mewthoutyou, Pete Yorn) In Defense of the Genre has a vast, dramatic sonic palate that embraces the band’s indie/hardcore roots and stretches the sound in dozens of directions. Bemis, who’s been writing songs since he was 14, was offered a record deal before he was out of high school and slaved over …Is a Real Boy his first year of college. Smoking pot and staying up nights stressing, he began to unravel. Then he had the psychotic episode that would largely influence In Defense of the Genre. “I woke up one morning manic,” he says. “I started to feel like I was being videotaped. And that’s sort of how the rest of the afternoon unfolded, with me walking around Brooklyn being like, whoa, I’m in The Truman Show.” Bemis was diagnosed as bipolar, and finished the album – a theatrical bunch of quirky, confessional pop-rock songs that showed off his vocal talents and stunning emotional range – which made his name as one of the most brilliant songwriters of his generation. Everyone from Rolling Stone and Blender to The New York Times and Billboard praised the record, and the video for phone-sex anthem “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too,” which featured a memorable turn from Henry Winkler (“The Fonz”), was a staple on MTV, Fuse, AOL and Yahoo. For In Defense of the Genre, Bemis and his band mates tracked down the producer who made one of his genre’s hallmark albums (Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary) and pushed themselves to the limits. “We used all kinds of crazy amps and sounds and pedals and creative little ways of micing and singing,” Bemis says. “It’s more hard-hitting than the last record. This one is really raw but big sounding; it’s a perfect balance.” The first LP kicks off with Bemis furious at the world (and with his new love interest’s boyfriend) as he spits vitriol over the chunky riff of “Skinny Mean Man.” Frustrated that he can’t be with the girl, he buries himself in drugs and suffers a manic episode – “Throbbing in my flesh breaking out in scarlet sores /In therapy, I’ve been enslaved. I think I’ll medicate this rage” he yelps on the alternately ominous and poppy “Surgically Removing the Tracking Device”; the powerfully upbeat “This is Fucking Ecstasy” describes the bizarre euphoria of being delusional, taking imagery from Bemis’ real-life episode. After a romantic encounter in the mental hospital, Bemis and his love interest become involved. “A few songs including ‘Baby Girl, I’m a Blur’ and ‘Shiksa (Girlfriend)’ are about finally being happy and all the experiences I have with this person,” he explains. “But it comes to a point where I mess it all up, and everything begins to go sour, marked by the song ‘An Insult to the Dead.’” Their rift grows while Bemis is on tour, and as the second album begins he’s burying himself in random sex and “exploring the void.” He convinces girls he knows he isn’t capable of love (“The Truth Is, You Should Lie With Me,” which could easily be a Pinkerton outtake) and calls out hypocrites over the layers of circular guitar riffs that comprise the winding, beautiful “Vexed.” Eventually, Bemis has a fleeting reunion with his ex, which makes him reevaluate their time together, and he starts to mount an effort for reconciliation. “It sort of ends on that note,” he says. “It doesn’t say what happens because nothing is certain in life and it’s more about knowing how important a person was to you than whether you actually end up with the them.” To say that In Defense of the Genre is the kind of experimental album that can redefine a genre is an understatement. First single “Baby Girl, I’m a Blur” pulses with a synth beat and unwinds into a tangle of doodling riffs, fast-strummed guitars, and layers of vocals; Bemis says he actually nailed his vocal in one unexpected take. The track is dancey, slick, and giddy with the obsession of new love: “Pray I’ll find you with your flame-throw eyes and jilted smile / So you can soothe my wounds and drain my bile” Bemis croons. The second disc is anchored by the title track, which Bemis calls “a statement of purpose.” The song comes at the part of the narrative where he’s letting loose on tour, but it’s largely metaphorical. “It’s about expressing your heartbreak through art, and not listening to the nay-sayers,” he explains. “The music I grew up on was early emotional hardcore, and since it’s become popular, people rarely recognize the culture behind it. There’s no need to make fun of “emo kids “all the time, but that’s trendy now. It’s important to know that you love something because you love something and it shouldn’t matter what other people say.” Bemis decided as the songs came to fruition that Say Anything’s new record would be a metaphor for affecting personal and social reform through telling the story of a relationship, a form used in the early records he cherished by artists such as the aforementioned Sunny Day Real Estate, Fugazi and Rites of Spring, but endowed with his own band’s progressive style and black humor. Bemis is an unabashed lover of Queen, Pavement, Refused, Saves the Day and Weezer and there are flashes of At the Drive-In, Elliott Smith and Justin Timberlake tucked amongst the album’s shape-shifting tracks. Delicate, finger-picked songs sit beside metallic songs with roaring vocals. The band also experiments with 1980s-style synths (“Died a Jew”), orchestration (“Spay Me,” “Goodbye, Young Tutour, You’ve Now Outgrown Me”), and big-band swing (“That Is Why”). Guests include Chris Conley from Saves the Day, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Trevor Keith from Face to Face, Anthony Green from Circa Survive, Anthony Raneri from Bayside, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit, Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio, Kenny Vasoli from the Starting Line, Caitlin de Marrais from Rainer Maria, Adam Lazzara and Fred Mascherino from Taking Back Sunday, Pete Yorn, Hayley Williams from Paramore and Jordan Pundik from New Found Glory. “There’s a lot of variation on our record,” says Bemis. “I think that’s what makes kids like us; you don’t really know what we’re going to do next. This album expresses what we are to the fullest extent.”

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      9:00 pm
      Bell House: MAX BEMIS (SAY ANYTHING) / SHERRI DUPREE
  3. Dec

    3

    Sat

    1. 718 Cyclery: Bike Tours: Gowanus Bridges
      9:00 am – 11:00 am
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      Biking Tour
      Sports
      718 Cyclery

      The Gowanus Canal is spanned by 5 bridges, some over 100 years old. These bridges are still in service, and are incredible examples of the engineering of last 100+ years.

      The tour takes 2 hours, and starts at 718 Cyclery (254 3rd Ave).

      Sign up online here

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      9:00 am
      718 Cyclery: Bike Tours: Gowanus Bridges
    2. Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
      12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      Read more »
      Art Show

      HYBRID WORLD: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology
      opening reception November 11th, 6-9pm
      November 4th-December 6th

      The Gowanus Print Lab and the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild are pleased to present “Hybrid World: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology.

      Featuring work by:

      Craig Brown
      Ellen Rixford
      Hannah Morris
      Jen Bissu
      Dale Gladstone
      Virigina Asman
      Nancy Sampson
      Tim Goldman
      Muddyum/ Maryam Choudhury
      Mark Wall Bennett
      Lisette Rotman
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      Anthony Bracco

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      12:00 pm
      Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
    3. Gowanus Studio Space: Chine Colle for the beginner
      12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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      Learning

      This one-day intensive workshop will demonstrate the chine colle technique that will promise consistent results every time. Chine collé roughly translates to “tissue glued,” and it traditionally refers to printing an inked intaglio plate and mounting a shaped sheet of paper onto a backing sheet at the same time. As this process was originally used with Eastern papers, this workshop will explore utilizing Gampi and Kozo fiber printmaking papers onto traditional Western papers. As the fiber structure of many Eastern papers offers a more delicate surface, Gampi and Kozo can capture finer details from an intaglio plate. Chine collé enables a printer to then mount these lightweight papers onto heavier weight cotton-based sheets. When using two colors of paper, subtle and beautiful results can occur!!

      This highly technical, detail-orientated process has its secrets, which will be disclosed.  Preparing your own wheat starch paste will be covered along with basic printing strategies. It will be easy, clean and fun! While not mandatory, students are encouraged to bring their own etching plates to be used during class. Previous etching/printing experience suggested.

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      12:00 pm
      Gowanus Studio Space: Chine Colle for the beginner
    4. Learn to Boulder
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      Read more »
      Sports

      Learn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your way to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available.

      At Brooklyn Boulder

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      6:00 pm
      Learn to Boulder
    5. Build it Green: Gowanas Canal Conservancy Winter Festival
      6:30 pm – 11:45 pm
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      Auction / Charity / Benefit
      Foodie
      Music

      Please join the Conservancy members and friends for a night of food, fun and live rock and roll, while helping to support our mission to improve the Gowanus Canal and its watershed. The night features a three-course dinner (from 6:30 pm – 9:00pm) by local favorite Lot 2 and beer provided by Butternuts, Captain Lawrence and others. Dinner will be accompanied by a DJ set and silent auction.

      After dinner the space will be in full concert mode, and will showcase NYC bands playing from 9 pm – 12 am.

      9:00PM The Suzan
      10:00PM Savoir Adore
      11:00PM Ambassadors

      Proceeds from the Winter Festival will directly benefit the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, specifically assisting with its Clean & Green Volunteer Program, Composting and Rain Garden projects.

      Ticket’s can be purchased here:
      http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/209134

      $60.00: Conservancy Membership – Music & Dinner ticket, plus a General membership in the Conservancy. A $15.00 SAVINGS!!

      $40.00: Dinner & Music – Dinner, dessert, two beers and the concert.

      $15.00: Music – Concert only, cash bar. Starts at 9:00. What a deal!

      All Conservancy Members can buy up to 10 tickets at a discounted price of $30.00 per ticket.

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      6:30 pm
      Build it Green: Gowanas Canal Conservancy Winter Festival
    6. Bell House: BIBLIOBALL 2011: BIBLIO NOIR
      8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Auction / Charity / Benefit
      Movie / TV
      Music
      Bell House
      Every winter the librarians of New York City let down their hair, dust off their dancing shoes and party with the literati. Archivists, authors, readers and nerds of all kinds gather to enjoy live music, trapeze, a bit of film and some of the city’s finest DJs at Brooklyn’s most wildly bookish event: the Desk Set’s Biblioball.

      On Saturday December 3rd, the Desk Set returns to the Bell House for the fourth annual winter celebration. Proceeds from the extravaganza will benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

      Enjoy:

      -Trapeze performances from Jean Loscalzo and Josh & Ben

      -An original short film from Joy Tomakso

      -Sets from DJ Duane Harriot, DJ Shakey, DJ Mikey Post, DJ Jimmy T, DJ Marty McSorley, DJ John XI, and DJ Brian Blackout.

      -Music from Brooklyn’s own The Jay Vons

      -The third installment of the original Biblioball zine, The Borough is my Library, created and curated by Alycia Sellie

      -Origami book corsages

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      Bell House: BIBLIOBALL 2011: BIBLIO NOIR
    7. Issue Project Room: Swedish Energies: The Skull Defekts + Mats Gustafsson + Ikue Mori & Ida Lunden + CM von Hausswolff + Mats Lindstrom & Anna Koch
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Art Show
      Music
      Performance / Theatre

      12/03 @ 8:00pm – Swedish Energies: The Skull Defekts + Mats Gustafsson + Ikue Mori & Ida Lunden + CM von Hausswolff + Mats Lindstrom & Anna Koch

      Buy Tickets | Admission: $10 (suggested donation) / $8 for members

      The two-night program, presented by Issue Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, WELD and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC, will feature a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians. Performances will include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists as well as a cross-section of Swedish groups, such as the prolific The Skull Defekts (joined by C. Spencer Yeh), and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, one of the most important free jazz and improv musicians working today. Leif Elggren will open the event with a reading of his “The North is Protected.”

      Lineup for Saturday 12/3 (subject to change):

      Mats Lindström & Anna Koch
      CM von Hausswolff
      Ikue Mori & Ida Lundén
      Mats Gustafsson
      The Skull Defekts + C. Spencer Yeh

      THE SKULL DEFEKTS

      For the Swedish Energiesevent, prolific The Skull Defekts is a trio with founding members Joachim Nordwall (iDEAL boss, collaborator with Mika Vainio, Leif Elggen, Mark Wastell and others) and Henrik Rylander (ex-Union Carbide Productions, conceptual artist and photographer) joined by ex-Lungfish guitar player Asa Osborne (who does deep solo recordings as ZOMES nowadays) from Baltimore. While The Skull Defekts was on tour as a quintet with singer and esoteric magician Daniel Higgs in the US in April 2011, ZOMES were the obvious choise as opening act. The artists share the same view upon music and sound. In Pawtucket, RI, they put down three pieces for a 12” on Thrill Jockey. Magic happended. For Swedish Energies, Brooklyn improviser and artist C.Spencer Yeh will join the band (unreleased recordings of Nordwall, Rylander and Yeh exist!). Yeh is a man of magic and we can possibly expect drones and psychedelic electronics. Deep stuff.

      MATS GUSTAFSSON

      As one of the most important free jazz and improv musicians in the world right now, sax man Mats Gustafsson is constantly surprising his audience by ever evolving. Mats is insanely active performing solo shows and with his many groups (The Thing, FIRE!, Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Swedish Azz etc) around the globe, clocking in for some 200 shows per year. His solo gigs are usually blessed with live electronics and something you can always expect from this man – controlled and uncontrolled energy and creativity.

      CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF

      CM von Hausswolff is a master of minimalism in both his visual- and sound-art. Since the 1970’s, he has worked as a composer, curator and conceptual visual artist. In the 80’s, he formed the Radium record label changing the Swedish music scene at the time and forever, releasing everything from pop, nasty garage rock to experimental music and noise. Hausswolff is working with electronic drone, electricity, frequencies, colors, state of minds and so forth. There is always a presence in his work, difficult to explain. Carl Michael von Hausswolff is also one of the kings of the imaginary (?) Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland.

      IKUE MORI & IDA LUNDÉN

      Ikue Mori is a true legend in the contemporary improv music scene, with her background as the drummer for the infamous NYC no wave outfit DNA and has a long, impressive career as laptop improviser, composer and musician. Mori brought drum machines into improv music in the 80’s. She has worked with Zeena Parkins as Phantom Orchard, Kim Gordon and John Zorn to name a few. Ikue Mori is one of the most important creators of sound today. Ida Lundén from Stockholm focuses mainly on electronic and chamber music as a composer and performer. Lundén is part of Syntjuntan – a female ensemble to combine women’s curiosity for technology and electronics and true DIY synth building. At Swedish Energies, Ikue Mori & Ida Lundén will perform together for the first time.

      ANNA KOCH & MATS LINDSTRÖM

      Anna Koch is a dancer, choreographer and musician. She is also the curator of the venue for experimental stage arts WELD, probably the most important one in Scandinavia for these kind of activities. Koch is comfortably moving between modern dance, theatre and electro acoustic music. Mats Lindström is the main man at EMS (the Electronic Music Studio) in Stockholm and a master of the pure electronic sound. Lindström recently performed with jet engines in Russia (!!!), and has worked a lot with dance vs light in his performances.

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      Issue Project Room: Swedish Energies: The Skull Defekts + Mats Gustafsson + Ikue Mori & Ida Lunden + CM von Hausswolff + Mats Lindstrom & Anna Koch
    8. IBEAM: Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day Octet
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Music
      IBeam

      Friday, December 2nd 9:00 PM $10 Suggested Donation

      Eisenstadt convenes a special octet edition of Canada Day, adding alto sax, trombone and tuba to the core lineup.
      The group will perform Eisenstadt’s suite “The Ombudsman” in preparation for its 482Music recording (to be released spring 2012).
      harriseisenstadt.com

      Friday, Saturday December 2, 3 2011

      9pm – open rehearsal
      10pm – performance

      Jason Mears – alto sax
      Matt Bauder- tenor sax
      Nate Wooley – trumpet
      Ray Anderson – trombone
      Dan Peck – tuba
      Chris Dingman – vibraphone
      Garth Stevenson – bass
      Harris Eisenstadt – drums, compositions

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      IBEAM: Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day Octet
  4. Dec

    4

    Sun

    1. 718 Cyclery: Class – Bike Safety
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
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      Learning
      718 Cyclery

      (Free) Bike Maintenance Classes

      Our free classes are incredibly integral to who we are as a shop. Our Fall Semester schedule is set. Register for our free classes here:

      https://www.timecenter.com/718cyclery/

      Note: All classes start promptly at 7pm, and are in our shop space at 254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn. If you cannot attend, please “unregister” so that the slot is freed up.

      • Class 01: Basic Maintenance and Flat Fixes
      • Class 02: Brakes and their Adjustments
      • Class 03: Drivetrains (gears, derailleurs, chains, etc)
      • Class 04: Bearings and Wheel Truing (headset, bottom bracket, hubs, wheels. Note Class 04 is a 2 hour session)

       

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      718 Cyclery: Class – Bike Safety
    2. Moving Forward
      11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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      Art Show
      Set Gallery

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      11:00 am
      Moving Forward
    3. Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
      12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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      Art Show

      HYBRID WORLD: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology
      opening reception November 11th, 6-9pm
      November 4th-December 6th

      The Gowanus Print Lab and the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild are pleased to present “Hybrid World: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology.

      Featuring work by:

      Craig Brown
      Ellen Rixford
      Hannah Morris
      Jen Bissu
      Dale Gladstone
      Virigina Asman
      Nancy Sampson
      Tim Goldman
      Muddyum/ Maryam Choudhury
      Mark Wall Bennett
      Lisette Rotman
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      Anthony Bracco

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      12:00 pm
      Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
    4. Gowanus Print Lab: DIY Photo Studio
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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      Learning Making

      Do you need professional-level photos of your artwork, crafts or products for your website, Etsy or Ebay account?

      Are you a photographer who wants to set up a low cost DIY photo studio in their apartment?
      Then DIY Photo Studio is the answer! Learn how to create a‘professional’ photo studio set-up in your apartment using household materials totaling $20 or less! Students will also get tips n’ tricks on basic digital photography, lighting, and digital photo editing.Bring in 1 piece of art, craft or product to work with in class and leave with a flawless photo!


      One 3-Hour Session

      Price: $80
      Instructor: Anthony DeFranco

      CLASS SCHEDULE

      Sunday, December 4th, 2-5pm buy here

      JANUARY (4 Sessions, $235) buy here
      Session 1: Sunday, January 8th, 2-5pm
      Session 2: Sunday, January 15th, 2-5pm
      Session 3: Sunday, January 22nd, 2-5pm
      Session 4: Sunday, January 29th, 2-5pm  
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      Gowanus Print Lab: DIY Photo Studio
    5. Gowanus Studio Space: Brush Bot Class
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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      Family Focused
      Learning Science/Nerd Stuff

      Brush Bot Class - December 4th

      What is it? Our pop-up foundry classes are designed around building simple robots. We create a collaborative environment where the kids have a good time, and learn something too.

      What will we build? For this class we will be building an awesome Brush Bot. The class includes all materials and tools required to build this cute little guy. We will start the class by allowing the kids to customize components of the kits to make them their own. We will then go step-by-step and teach the kids how to build the robot. It will be a fun, exciting and educational intro into simple mechanics, motors, and circuits. We will end the class with a robot race where the kids can put their robots to the test to see which robot can make it across the finish line first.

      Ages: 8-10 year olds

      Tickets

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      Gowanus Studio Space: Brush Bot Class
    6. Learn to Boulder
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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      Learning
      Sports

      Brooklyn BouldersLearn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your wa

      y to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available. Back to top.

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      6:00 pm
      Learn to Boulder
    7. Bell House: LATTERMAN
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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      Music
      Bell House

      Latterman was a four-piece punk rock band from Huntington, New York. They played a style of melodic punk rock with shouted dual-vocals by Phil Douglas and Matt Canino, and their songs often contain political and/or socially-conscious lyrics. The band has been compared to the likes of Against Me!, The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Fifth Hour Hero. On October 18, 2007, music website Punknews.org reported that the band has officially broken up.[1] The band issued a statement which indicated a number of reasons for the split, including turmoil with their label and misinterpretation of the band’s message and intentions. Members have since gone on to play in bands including Shorebirds, Mutoid Men, Iron Chic, Bridge and Tunnel, RVIVR, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Daytrader and The Brass. This upcoming December they will be performing some very special reunion shows.
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    8. Jarrett Cherner and Mivos Quartet
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Pianist Jarrett Cherner will bring a new set of compositions for piano and string quartet to Douglass. Not to be missed! Jarrett Cherner (piano), Haggai Cohen (bass), Ziv Ravitz (drums); Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney (violins), Victor Lowrie (viola), Isabel Castelvi (violoncello)

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      Jarrett Cherner and Mivos Quartet
    9. Issue Project Room: Share
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music

      12/04 @ 8:00pm – Share – free audio & video jam

      Admission: free

        What is share?

      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.

      Share is an open jam, not just for digirati, but for all new culture lovers. Participants bring their portable equipment, plug into our system, improvise on each others’ signal and perform live audio and video. We furnish the amplification and projection. Share happens every Sunday.

      open jams and walk-in sets — Bring your equipment/instruments/gear etc. to join the jam!

      audio jam: Prepared and spontaneous music from eight plus simultaneous performers. This is the time and place to perform a piece of music you’ve written and hear it on a large sound system, improvise spontaneously with other participants, get feedback on your latest project or try out that new max patch/software setup. Bring your noise maker of choice and an XLR, quarter-inch or RCA cable to join.

      video jam: multi-user live video synthesis. Generating an immersive visual environment, in the SHARE tradition, in which multiple participants are able to jointly compose the video output. Try out and learn about new VJ wetware. As with the audio, walk-in sets are encouraged. Bring your clips or camera or laptop/amiga and VGA, S-Video, or RCA cables to join

      8pm, free —

      Share @ Issue Project Room @ The (OA) Can Factory
      232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
      Brooklyn, NY 11215

      direction/map:
      http://issueprojectroom.org/contact
      http://is.gd/ljow

      SHARE is always 100% FREE!! (no admission!)

      Show up early!!! and stay late!!

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      Issue Project Room: Share
  5. Dec

    5

    Mon

    1. Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
      12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      Read more »
      Art Show

      HYBRID WORLD: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology
      opening reception November 11th, 6-9pm
      November 4th-December 6th

      The Gowanus Print Lab and the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild are pleased to present “Hybrid World: The Evolving + Increasingly Overlapping Worlds of Illustration, Design & Technology.

      Featuring work by:

      Craig Brown
      Ellen Rixford
      Hannah Morris
      Jen Bissu
      Dale Gladstone
      Virigina Asman
      Nancy Sampson
      Tim Goldman
      Muddyum/ Maryam Choudhury
      Mark Wall Bennett
      Lisette Rotman
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      Anthony Bracco

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      12:00 pm
      Gowanus Print Lab: Hybrid World
    2. First Book-Brooklyn: “The Best of Brooklyn”
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      (this event is a little outside Gowanus, but we love books, so deal!)

      First Book-Brooklyn piece from NYTs: A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

      The Brooklyn Chapter of First Book is just jumping off (thus 1st annual)!

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      7:00 pm
      First Book-Brooklyn: “The Best of Brooklyn”
    3. Bellhouse: TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE BELL HOUSE
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
      Called one of the hottest new trivia nights in NYC by Time Out New York, come enjoy our monthly trivia in The Frontier Room! Presented by TrivWorks, New York’s premier trivia company, see firsthand what New York Magazine, CBS New York and Yelp have ranked the best trivia nights in the city!
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      Bellhouse: TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE BELL HOUSE
    4. Littlefield: HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN, Phoebe Robinson, Dave Thunder
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Comedy
      Littlefield

      Tickets

      Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen

      Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, this weekly variety show features comedy from New York’s best comics and sketch groups, new music, and the occasional oddity.

      Phoebe Robinson

      Since her debut in 2008, Cleveland-native Phoebe Robinson is steadfastly rising up the ranks in the New York City comedy scene. Recently, she was a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity competition and is joining the Stand Up for Diversity College Tour, which begins in the fall and travels around the USA. She has performed in the New York Underground Comedy Festival for the past two years, and this spring, she performed in Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. Phoebe has also been featured in the New York Times, The Daily News, and the NY Post as well as on The Smoking Jacket and Rooftop Comedy websites. She regularly appears at venues such as New York Comedy Club and Carolines. Currently, she hosts a weekly comedy show at Manchester Pub called Case of the Mondays and co-created and co-hosts a weekly podcast called Shelarious. And this winter, be sure to check out her television debut on TV Guide’s “100 TV Shows to Watch Before You Die.”

      Dave Thunder

      Dave Thunder is an actor and comedian from New York City. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been acting professionally since the age of eleven and has a repertoire of over seventy-five distinct comedic characters and impersonations. His television credits include “Conan O’Brien,” The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, ESPN, and programs for The Children’s Television Workshop. He can also be heard as the English voice of “Signal,” in the Japanese anime series, “Twin Signal.” He has written and performed stand-up, sketch comedy, and improvisation at various theaters and clubs throughout the country, including notable runs with The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Gotham City Improv, and The Magnet Theater. Highlights include appearing as “Mark Twain” for the Chicago Improv Festival, performing his successful one-man show (“Don’t Laugh, I Might Be Retarded”), and a four-year run as the opening act for the comedy/interview show, “Inside Joke.” He can currently be seen performing in the popular sketch comedy duo, M4.

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      8:00 pm
      Littlefield: HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN, Phoebe Robinson, Dave Thunder
    5. Observatory: Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Learning Lecture / Reading
      Observatory

      Illustrated Lecture and book signing with Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS of the Burns Collection and Archive

      Presented by Morbid Anatomy
      *** Books will be available for sale and signing; see bottom of this page for complete list of books available

      Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

      About Sleeping Beauty: Dr. Burns’ first book on postmortem photography, Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America (1990) has been widely recognized as one of the most important photography books of all time. Sleeping Beauty has influenced an eclectic array of fields, from bereavement counseling and education to cultural anthropology, history, medicine, philosophy, religion and spirituality (not to mention pop music) and has been cited in debates on the death penalty, euthanasia and abortion. It has been the subject of numerous scholarly papers as well as seminars and exhibitions at notable institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. A decade later the Archive published Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography American & European Traditions in conjunction with an exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay.Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children, the third installment in this series was released this year to accompany a traveling exhibition.

      About the Burns Collection and Archive: The Burns Collection, founded in 1975 hosts the nation’s largest collection of early medical photography and has been generally recognized as one the most important private comprehensive collections of early photography (over one million photographs). The Collection is best known for images of the dark side of life: death, disease, disaster, mayhem, crime, racism, revolution, riots and war. Dr. Burns has authored forty-three photo-historical texts and curated more than fifty photographic exhibitions. He is a founding donor of several museum photography collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In addition to being an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, publisher, and archivist, Dr. Burns is a New York City ophthalmologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. The Burns Archive produces publications, exhibitions, and manages image licensing for the Burns Collection. To find out more, you can visit theBurns Archive Blogwebsite, or press website.

      These Burns Archive titles will be available for sale and signing:
      Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children $36
      Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography… $85
      Shooting Soldiers: Civil War Medical Photography by R.B. Bontecou $50
      News Art: Manipulated Photographs from the Burns Archive $50
      Deadly Intent, Crime & Punishment: Photographs from the Burns Archive $75
      Seeing Insanity: Photography & The Depiction of Mental Illness $40

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      Observatory: Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
  6. Dec

    6

    Tue

    1. 718 Cyclery: Movie Night – “RAD”
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Movie / TV
      718 Cyclery

      The film’s story focuses on Cru Jones (Bill Allen), a young BMX racer who lives in a small town with his mother (Talia Shire) and sister. Cru is faced with a tough decision: the qualifying races for Helltrack are the same day as his SATs, which he must take in order to attend college. However, winning Helltrack means a lucrative sponsorship deal and fame. Cru chooses the latter option, ignoring his mother’s wishes.

      Sign up for free here

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      718 Cyclery: Movie Night – “RAD”
  7. Dec

    7

    Wed

    1. Bellhouse: FARMERS MARKET WINTER WARM UP
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Dancing
      Bell House

      GREENMARKET AND HARVEST HOME PRESENT:
      WITH
      Farmers, Shoppers, Cooks and Neighbors unite for a night of revelry December 7, 2011

      Join Greenmarket and Harvest Home for an end-of-season party to wring out a soggy year and plant some hope for a strong harvest in 2012. Warm up to winter and dance our regional farmers into the night with music by Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens and Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band at the Bell House on Wednesday, December 7 from 7 – 10 p.m.

      Groove to sensational gospel music and soul-rattling Balkan beats, bid on books in our ‘Cookbook Library’ silent auction, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres prepared with locally grown ingredients and $3 Brooklyn Brewery brews all night. Proceeds will benefit participating Greenmarket and Harvest Home farms that were devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in September. Come shake it with us as we bid good night Irene once and for all.

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      Bellhouse: FARMERS MARKET WINTER WARM UP
    2. Proteus Gowanus: An Evening of Migratory Deformations with Gretchen Henderson
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Continuing our yearlong drift through the theme of MIGRATION, Proteus Gowanus and the Writhing Society beckon you to join us for a conversation with Gretchen E. Henderson, a writer whose deforming “novel” is a migrating across genres, disciplines, material and virtual realms.

      Gretchen E. Henderson’s Galerie de Difformité is a deforming book that invites collaborative participation, as this novel-as-poem-as-essay-as-art migrates outside of the bounds of the Book and communally redefines Deformity. Her wide-ranging critical and creative practices and projects explore aesthetics of deformity, museology as narrative strategy, poetics, the history and future of the book, and literary appropriations of music.

      Gretchen received the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize for Innovative Writing and is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. She is the author of a critical work exploring literary appropriations of music and silence, On Marvellous Things Heard (Green Lantern Press, 2011), a poetry chapbook based in cartographic history, Wreckage: By Land & By Sea (Dancing Girl Press, 2011), and the deforming novel, Galerie de Difformité(&NOW Books, 2011), which invites participation at:http://difformite.wordpress.com.

      Copies of Gretchen Henderson’s books will be available for sale.

       

       

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      Proteus Gowanus: An Evening of Migratory Deformations with Gretchen Henderson
    3. Rock Shop: Plants And Animals
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music
      Rock Shop

      Plants And Animals

      It’s not easy to label the kind of music Plants and Animals make, but it’s easy for it to feel instantly familiar. Maybe that’s because they record to tape, and their records sound like they could have been made in 1972. But for all their analog warmth, it’s also impossible to deny how raw and recent the songs sound, and harder still to find anything else that sounds quite the same.

      Anyone who took their debut, Parc Avenue, into their home and hearts probably already knows this. Since that album was released in early 2008 the band has played over 100 shows, circling the Western world more than once, including appearances at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, Primavera in Barcelona, Central Park Summer Stage with the National, and even one night in Columbus opening for Gnarls Barkley, after Danger Mouse discovered Parc Avenue and invited them out. But regardless of where it happened, anyone who has seen the three of them perform live knows that their big sound isn’t some kind of studio wizardry.

      Plants and Animals are Warren C. Spicer, Matthew ‘the Woodman’ Woodley, and Nicolas Basque, the product of a musical three-way between two boyhood friends from Canada’s East Coast, and a French-Canadian. As their name suggests, the band has been a creature of evolution from the start. Its first incarnation was entirely instrumental, with loose song structures that built sound around themes and came out like epic folk music. By the time Parc Avenue was complete, Warren was singing and some of the songs were even under four minutes.

      Tickets

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      8:00 pm
      Rock Shop: Plants And Animals
  8. Dec

    8

    Thu

    1. Halyards: Art Lunch
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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      Foodie
      Halyards

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      12:00 pm
      Halyards: Art Lunch
    2. 718 Cyclery: Free Class – “Drivetrains”
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      Read more »
      Learning
      718 Cyclery

      (Free) Bike Maintenance Classes

      Our free classes are incredibly integral to who we are as a shop. Our Fall Semester schedule is set. Register for our free classes here:

      https://www.timecenter.com/718cyclery/

      Note: All classes start promptly at 7pm, and are in our shop space at 254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn. If you cannot attend, please “unregister” so that the slot is freed up.

      • Class 01: Basic Maintenance and Flat Fixes
      • Class 02: Brakes and their Adjustments
      • Class 03: Drivetrains (gears, derailleurs, chains, etc)
      • Class 04: Bearings and Wheel Truing (headset, bottom bracket, hubs, wheels. Note Class 04 is a 2 hour session)

       

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      7:00 pm
      718 Cyclery: Free Class – “Drivetrains”
    3. Rock Shop: Tatters & Rags, Christy & Emily, Harpoon Forever
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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      Music
      Rock Shop

      Tatters & Rags

      “A lo-fi twang experiment with tinges of psychedelia, they play pastoral sea-side songs layered in textures of feedback, accordion, and violin. A group of scholars, history buffs, [and] international trouble-makers.” — TASTY WORLD

      “…the real draw here hails from, you’ll never believe it, Brooklyn. Tatters and Rags deliver a batch of baroque country that catches you off guard. In a good way. hitches baroque pop with country.” — L MAGAZINE

      Tatters & Rags have been playing since 2008, at times being a drone post-punk folk band, other times being a sweaty, whiskey-fueled electric honky-tonk band. Fans of the band state that their eclecticism is part of their charm, and it’s always accompanied by a frenetic energy that makes them one of the most exciting live bands in New York City. A 7″ single, Heartache, was released in 2010, and quickly sold out. The band’s debut album will drop in 2012.

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      7:30 pm
      Rock Shop: Tatters & Rags, Christy & Emily, Harpoon Forever
    4. Bellhouse: The Party Machine Holiday Spectacular Benefit
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music
      Bell House
      HOSTED BY ARDEN MYRIN & LISA DELARIOS
      FEATURING
      MICHAEL SHOWALTER, BOBBY TISDALE, SETH HERZOG, ANA GASTEYER, COLIN QUINN, ADIRA AMRAM
      ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER (THE FIERY FURNACES)
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      8:00 pm
      Bellhouse: The Party Machine Holiday Spectacular Benefit
    5. Learn to Boulder
      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
      Read more »
      Learning
      Sports

      Brooklyn BouldersLearn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your wa

      y to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available. Back to top.

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    6. Littlefield: THE PENDULOUS BREASTS QUARTERLY 1493RD ANNUAL REVIEW
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music
      Littlefield

      Tickets

      The Pendulous Breasts Quarterly 1493rd Annual Review

      The Pendulous Breasts Quarterly 1,493rd Annual Review – featuring the comedy of Todd Barry, Michael Che, Matt Koff, Joe Randazzo, Pangea 3000, and with music from The National Reserve and Kelli Scarr featuring WOLF!

      Admission include a copy of the bound 88 page 4th issue 1,493rd Edition of Pendulous Breasts Quarterly: a literary magazine for the discerning breasts enthusiast, edited by John Howell Harris.

      Poster art: Ascending House by Ben Grasso

      Todd Barry

      New York City-based comedian and actor Todd Barry is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar winner The Wrestler, and renowned throughout the entertainment industry for his nuanced, measured, and thoroughly original approach to stand-up. Drawing audience members in with his deadpan self-deprecation and ability to pile punchline upon punchline, his decidedly low-key stage persona belies a deeply intelligent, often biting, occasionally absurdist worldview, one lauded by discerning fans who seek a fresh yet honest update to traditional observation and social commentary.

      Boasting multiple stand-up appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and two Comedy Central Presents specials, Todd’s resume also includes such hit TV shows as Louie, Delocated, Bored to Death, Tim and Eric, Chappelle’s Show, Sex and the City, and even Sesame Street.

      Matt Koff

      Matt Koff is a comedy writer and performer in New York City. He is a contributing writer for the Onion News Network. His webseries, 9 AM Meeting, won “Best Animated Pilot” at the New York Television Festival.

      He has also written for The Newlywed Game on GSN, Onion SportsDome on Comedy Central, “Plot Summary” on Cinemax, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

      Kelli Scarr

      Kelli Scarr was born in Monterey, CA and spent the first part of her childhood in the Salinas Valley, a part of California referred to by author John Steinbeck as the “pastures of heaven”. At the age of twelve, Kelli moved with her mom and brother to the small mining town of Folsom, California, made popular by its’ local prison and a very special concert held there in 1968. It was during her frequent drives between her parents’ homes in these two towns that she spent her time listening to the radio and soaking in the dusky skies that would later provide the colors for her music.
      Her interest in music and recording grew early, starting at the age of three with her nana using a handheld cassette recorder to record her singing. Growing up amongst the soundtrack of her parent’s records and singing in the Lutheran church of her hometown, music quickly became an important part of Kelli Scarr’s life.

      After high school she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study voice at Berklee, and she soon joined the band Moonraker. Following college, Kelli, along with Moonraker, moved to Brooklyn, NY where they were thrown head first into the ever-expanding indie scene, opening for bands like the Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. After several years of touring and three albums, the band dissolved in 2005 and Kelli started to shift her musical focus more towards film scoring, composing the score for Matthew Nourse’s full-length feature, “The Pacific and Eddy” and Jeremiah Zagar’s documentary, “In a Dream” (HBO). Kelli soon found herself nominated for best original score for, “In A Dream” by the Cinema Eye Honors alongside fellow nominees Nick Cave and Danny Elfman. It was also during this time that Kelli joined Brooklyn-based alt indie group, Salt and Samovar. During an almost accidental bill sharing, Kelli was noticed by local NYC musician, Moby. After striking up a friendship, Kelli and Moby were soon working on music together with Kelli singing the title track of Moby’s haunting and introspective 2009 release, “Wait For Me” (Mute). Kelli also quickly joined Moby’s touring band for a world tour to support the critically acclaimed album. On top of singing and playing keyboards within Moby’s band, Kelli was also asked to open the shows, playing her own music in supporting slots for Moby and winning over crowds all over the world.

      Amidst all of the transitions and touring, Kelli had begun recording songs on her own. She began simply by recording quiet piano songs at home in between working her hospital day job and in brief moments to herself during her three year old son’s naps. From what began as a simple process Kelli quickly found herself with a collection of recordings that spanned the world, two and a half years and included a diverse cast of musicians, engineers and producers. From sessions at home with amps in the corner of her bedroom, to sessions recorded in a secluded cabin in Canada, to Moby’s home studio in NY, her music soon expanded into the vision of the winter days and lush landscapes in which they were captured, resulting in a swelling, lo-fi dreamscape. The themes and inspiration for her music ranged from the once small gold rush town of Folsom, CA, now turned suburban sprawl, to the raising of a child and the wishes of a parent. For a majority of the record the songs acted as a therapeutic release and moment of reflection for the relationships in her life and the struggle to find peace within them. Along with these moments of self-release, her songs captured the images of her childhood and reflected everything from scenes of driving through California to the memories of her favorite childhood movies like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. After a long and exhausting two and a half year process Kelli had a record of mainly home recordings, which she named, “Piece”; a name she adopted early on with the advice of friend and filmmaker Matthew Nourse, to help her visualize the album as a “snapshot in time” within an otherwise hectic time.

      In the end “Piece” reflected a large portion of Kelli’s life and those around her. From the sounds of her creaky upright piano and midnight acoustic recordings to the whimpers of her son waking up from a nap in the next room, “Piece” captured an extremely personal journey, providing a photo album’s worth of lush images. “Piece” will be released on July 27th, 2010 as the debut for indie start-up label, Silence breaks.

      The National Reserve

      The National Reserve are an American indie-rock band. Steeped in the traditions of country, motown and classic rock ‘n’ roll, their debut full length–Homesick–is a catalog of heartbreak, highways, and the lonesome human condition. Written over the course of one month in Northern Ontario, Homesick was recorded in June of 2008 at three locations in New York: Headgear Studios and Monster Land in Brooklyn, and Buddy Project in Queens. Co-produced and engineered by Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Fischer Spooner, Rogue Wave), Homesick also features vocal contributions from Michelle Casillas of Ursa Minor.

      After touring in support of their 2006 EP–American Music, released on Eyeball Records the band found time to record their debut full length — Homesick. Since recording Homesick in the Summer of ’08, they’ve toured the East Coast and Midwest–playing with bands like Dr. Dog, Vampire Weekend, Vandaveer, Laura Burhenns, and Hymns.

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      8:00 pm
      Littlefield: THE PENDULOUS BREASTS QUARTERLY 1493RD ANNUAL REVIEW
    7. Rock Shop: Dax Riggs, Man’s Gin
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music
      Rock Shop

      Tickets

      Dax RiggsDax Riggs
      Dax David Riggs (born 15 October 1973 in Evansville, Indiana, United States), is an American musician from Houma, Louisiana, most well-known for formerly fronting the sludge band Acid Bath in the 1990s. Dax has been a part of many projects since then, including Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy & the Elephantmen. In 2007 he began releasing material under his own name. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
      Man’s Gin

      Man's Gin

      Man’s Gin supports: Guitars, strong drink, strange experiences, both natural and induced, intelligent minds. the strong survive.
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  9. Dec

    9

    Fri

    1. Gowanus Studio Space: Meditations on the Multiple
      12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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      Art Show
      Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by The Gowanus Studio Space 2011 Printshop Residents.

      Meditations on the Multiple

      An exhibition from the GSS Printshop Residency Program

      December 9th – January 13th

      Opening Reception: December 9th, 7pm – 10pm

      Featuring work from Yunmee Kyong, Michelle Levy, and Jomar Statkun

       

      The Gowanus Studio Space presents Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by the GSS 2011 Printshop Residents. Residents have focused on printmaking as not simply the result of an artistic process but an essential part of a multi-disciplinary work.

      In keeping with the GSS mission to facilitate production of artwork and encourage cross-disciplinary exchange, the GSS Printmaking Residency brings accomplished artists and dedicated printmakers into a community with fellow GSS studio members with the goal of fostering experimental collaboration along with ensuring the relevance of Printmaking in contemporary art practice.

       Opening reception, December 9th, 7pm to 10pm with performances by Jomar Statkun and Michelle Levy.

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      The Gowanus Studo Space is a non-profit organization and a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, providing equipment, exhibition opportunities, and space to work for the artists and designers of New York City. To learn more about our space and mission, please visit www.GowanusStudio.org

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      Gowanus Studio Space: Meditations on the Multiple
    2. Gowanus Studio Space: Meditations on the Multiple Opening
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
      Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by The Gowanus Studio Space 2011 Printshop Residents.

      Meditations on the Multiple

      An exhibition from the GSS Printshop Residency Program

      December 9th – January 13th

      Opening Reception: December 9th, 7pm – 10pm

      Featuring work from Yunmee Kyong, Michelle Levy, and Jomar Statkun

       

      The Gowanus Studio Space presents Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by the GSS 2011 Printshop Residents. Residents have focused on printmaking as not simply the result of an artistic process but an essential part of a multi-disciplinary work.

      In keeping with the GSS mission to facilitate production of artwork and encourage cross-disciplinary exchange, the GSS Printmaking Residency brings accomplished artists and dedicated printmakers into a community with fellow GSS studio members with the goal of fostering experimental collaboration along with ensuring the relevance of Printmaking in contemporary art practice.

      Opening reception, December 9th, 7pm to 10pm with performances by Jomar Statkun and Michelle Levy.

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      The Gowanus Studo Space is a non-profit organization and a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, providing equipment, exhibition opportunities, and space to work for the artists and designers of New York City. To learn more about our space and mission, please visit www.GowanusStudio.org

       

      The Gowanus Studio Space

      166 7th Street, Ground Floor – Brooklyn, NY, 11215

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      Gowanus Studio Space: Meditations on the Multiple Opening
    3. Rock Shop: The Minor Arcana, Calm Blue Sea, Buried Beds, Emilyn Brodsky and Anthony Da Costa
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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      Music
      Rock Shop

      Tickets

      The Minor Arcana

      The Minor Arcana

      The Minor Arcana are the brainchild of musician-poet Matthew Landis, composer, pianist and lead singer for the ensemble. The band’s full-length debut Emotional Alchemy is built around a blunt, hooky intensity as well as an overtly brainy approach to lyrical themes and musical arrangement. “Emotional alchemy,” the frontman explains, “is the process through which we convince ourselves that hope is warranted.”

      Matthew Landis is best known internationally as the menacing keyboardist for the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Local audiences in his Philadelphia hometown will recognize him as a sideman to standout artists like Ross Bellenoit, Joshua Park and Liz Fullerton. His poetry was compiled in a 2010 chapbook, Like A Moth From His Dead Mouth.

      Guitarist and composer Carl Cheeseman (Papertrees, Sweetheart Parade) joins Landis in defining the Arcana’s searing yet densely orchestrated sound. Iconic drummer Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails), who joined Landis on multiple Inferno tours, contributes his trademark ferocity and intelligence to the ensemble in the studio.

      Other key contributors include prolific bassist Philip D’Agostino (Hezekiah Jones, Wissahickon Chicken Shack) and percussionist Tony Mascara. In the studio, the Arcana are augmented by a quartet of impressive singers: Dawn Iulg, The Wadsworth Sisters, and Todd Barneson (The Lowlands, Ben Arnold). Also imported from the Inferno crew are Peter Hess and Ken Thompson on horns.

      Accomplished producer-engineer Jeff Hiatt (Chris Kasper, Like Moving Insects) presided over the Minor Arcana’s maiden voyage in the studio, co-producing the debut record with Landis and Cheeseman. The Minor Arcana will release Emotional Alchemy in spring 2011 and tour in support through the rest of the year.

      Calm Blue Sea

      Calm Blue Sea

      The Calm Blue Sea’s lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The music the (mostly) instrumental band from Austin, Texas creates, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With song structures measured in minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. The end result is stunning.

      Following a nearly year and half hiatus, The Calm Blue Sea is back, once again establishing themselves as one of the most anticipated and talked about bands to come out of the fertile Austin music scene in years. Their recent return to the stage at this year’s SXSW wowed fans and garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music and Esquire.com, who singled them out among thousands as one of the festival’s highlights while describing their songs as “epic thunderings.”

      Originally formed in late 2007 as a side project to simply make a lot of noise and blow off steam, The Calm Blue Sea quickly became something much larger in scope and concept than originally intended. By early 2008, the band was already searching for the right studio and the right partner to help capture their sonic expression. Cacophony Recorders and noted engineer, Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions In The Sky), seemed like the most logical choice and the band recorded their self-titled debut in a single weekend that spring. It was self released a few months later in fall 2008.

      While continuing to develop a captivating live show and a devoted local fan base, the band’s DIY ethos propelled them ever forward, with increasing momentum and a strong sense of purpose. However, the vigorous pace challenged the band’s time, energy, and resources, resulting in some membership changes. “The Calm Blue Sea is bigger than any one member,” explains guitarist and sometimes vocalist, Chris Patin. “We have always approached this band as something more than the sum of our individual contributions.”

      In one year between fall 2008 and fall 2009, the band self-released its self-titled debut, toured the U.S. twice, wrote/performed/recorded and released a 96-minute original film score entitled Siegfried, and broadened its reach to a worldwide audience, often shipping albums across the globe to Japan, Australia and Europe. Doing this without the support of a label, booking agent, publicist, or any funding other than what the band could scrape up themselves started to inevitably take its toll on the members’ lives. The stress of maintaining such a high level of activity and managing so many processes internally eventually led to the decision at the end of the their tour in 2009 to take time apart from the band and ultimately each other.

      The next 18 months saw Patin, drummer Stephen Bidwell, bassist Kyle Robarge living in different parts of the country, pursuing other musical endeavors, and generally just getting on with life. However, the gravitational pull was too strong and the band reunited in late 2010 with the intention of regrouping, writing a new record, and setting the all-too-familiar wheels in motion.

      As soon as music industry veterans, Chip and Erin Adams, heard the band was back together, the longtime fans asked The Calm Blue Sea to be a part of their new endeavor, Modern Outsider Records. The band quickly signed a deal with the Austin-based label and the self-titled album, joined now by two unreleased songs, is finally getting the wide release it has always deserved.

      Now joined by newest member, Taylor Wilkins on guitar, The Calm Blue Sea are excitedly entering into the second chapter of their storied career. Work on their sophomore album has begun with an eye on releasing the record in 2012. Most importantly, the band has never been more hopeful for its future. “We’re eager to stretch our musical boundaries and create something new and fresh while still maintaining the sense of what makes us The Calm Blue Sea,” Robarge says. It’s going to be very exciting to see where this path takes us.”

      Buried Beds

      Buried Beds

      “This is one of those bands that’s so good, you simply cannot understand why the world hasn’t discovered it yet. Buried Beds is a pop group – no apology necessary, because doing pure pop well (i.e. not boring people to death) is a high-wire act not too many people can pull off. The band was formed in 2003 by Philadelphia indie music mainstay Brandon Beaver (how’s that for a pre-existing stage name!) and Eliza Jones. Check out the latest Buried Beds collection, Tremble the Sails, to understand what talented people can do with piano, acoustic guitar, banjo and violin. The arrangements are lush and interesting, the lyrics focused and funny, and the vocal harmonies are Beach Boys good. All the vocals, by the way, were recorded at home, with the band members in their PJs.”
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      Rock Shop: The Minor Arcana, Calm Blue Sea, Buried Beds, Emilyn Brodsky and Anthony Da Costa
    4. Bellhouse: The 6th-Annual Carnivorous Nights TAXIDERMY CONTEST
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Just in time for the holidays . . . the beasts are back!

      The Secret Science Club presents the 6th-annual “Carnivorous Nights TAXIDERMY CONTEST” at the Bell House.
      Calling all science geeks, nature freaks, and rogue geniuses! Your stuffed squirrel got game? Got a beaver in your brownstone? Bring your beloved beast to the Bell House and enter it to win!
      Eligible to enter: Taxidermy (bought, found, or homemade), biological oddities, articulated skeletons, skulls, jarred specimens—and beyond, way beyond
      The contest will be judged by a panel of savage taxidermy enthusiasts, including Robert Marbury of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and beast mistressDorian Devins, co-founder and curator of the Secret Science Club.
      Plus!
      –Groove to furry tunes & video
      –See an illustrated lecture on (yes!) taxidermy
      –Imbibe ferocious specialty drinks! (They’ll bring out the animal in you.)
      Entrants: Contact  to pre-register.
      SpectatorsDon’t miss a beastly second of this wild night!
      For information: contact   Or visit us on the Web at http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/

      Tickets

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      Bellhouse: The 6th-Annual Carnivorous Nights TAXIDERMY CONTEST
    5. Gowanus Ballroom: Longest Night Opening Reception
      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Art Opening
      Art Show
      Performance / Theatre

      The Longest NightA multimedia art exhibition of darkness and light

      Gowanus Ballroom invites you to The Longest Night, a group exhibition that is all about paying a bit of Brooklyn-style homage to the winter solstice. Drawing inspiration from the longest night of the year, the show explores darkness and light through artworks that mesmerize and sometimes deceive the eye.

      Sounds a little bit like the art world gone pagan, right? Because it is, as artists contemporize ancient ritual and totemic celebration through modern artistic expression. Featured objects all but defy their materiality and toy with the peculiarities and sensualities that come with the absence of light. Labyrinthine interactive pieces play on ideas of negative and positive space. They alter the atmosphere and leave a potent experiential mark on viewers. Artworks range across media, from painting, drawing, and sculpture to photography, installation, and 3D light mapping projections and performances.

      Gowanus Ballroom is a vast alternative art space that gives the impression of a gritty cathedral, with 50-ft ceilings and more than 16,000 square feet of gallery space. The Longest Night floods this urban temple with darkness and light, bringing together righteous art with sensational acrobatic performances, incredible sculptural installations, live bands, and interactive works that will see us through the long, dark nights.

      Doors open for the opening reception of The Longest Night at 6pm on Friday, December 9, 2011. Performances start at 8pm each night thereafter.

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      Artists include Jordan Eagles, Leandro Flaherty, Shani Frymer, Robin Hill, Jeremy Holmes, Serban Ionescu, Integrated Visions, Margaret Krug, Kate Raudenbush, Cecelia Rembert, Matthew William Robinson, Charlotte Schulz, R. Justin Stewart, Melanie Vote, Dustin Yellin, and Joshua Young.

      Opening Reception
      Friday, December 9, 2011
      Doors open at 6pm
      $5 suggested donation after 8pm

      Solstice Celebration
      Saturday, December 10, 2011

      *Performers & bands to be announced…SOON!

      Closing Parties
      Friday, December 16, 2011

      *Performers & bands to be announced…SOON!

      Saturday, December 17, 2011

      *Performers & bands to be announced…SOON!

      Dates & Times
      December 9-11 & 16-18
      Fridays: Doors open at 6pm
      Saturdays: Doors open at 12pm
      Sundays: 12-6

      Weekdays: Viewings available by appointment, 347.460.2687

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      Gowanus Ballroom: Longest Night Opening Reception
    6. Learn to Boulder
      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
      Read more »
      Learning
      Sports

      Brooklyn BouldersLearn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your wa

      y to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available. Back to top.

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  10. Dec

    10

    Sat

    1. 718 Cyclery: Bike Safety Class
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
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      Learning
      718 Cyclery

      Online Sign-up Every Saturday, 10am

       

      We get a lot of people who come in to the shop who express their fear and/or inexperience with NYC street riding.  We have designed a class that will go a long way to making riding in the street safe, enjoyable and efficient. This class is a combination of off-the-bike theory and hands-on riding. Using you own bike is preferred, or we can lend you one for a few bucks for class. Helmets are required (and will be available at a deep discount for class participants). The class covers the following:

      • Pre-ride checklist
      • What are “the rules”?
      • How to ride in traffic (day, night, rain, ice/snow)
      • How to make decent decisions

      The class is taught by Joe, who was a bike messenger in the 80′s in Manhattan, and is a regular commuter today.  Read his blog post here about his last day as a messinger, and his other post on red lights.

       

      Class Resources

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    2. Build It Green! NYC: Crafted at the Canal
      10:00 am – 12:00 am

       

      Crafted at the Canal is a new event sponsored by Build It Green! NYC and Sustainable NYC which features local artisans selling fair trade, handmade or reuse items. We will begin the reuse craft fair on Friday, December 9th with a launch party co-sponsored by BKLYN Green Drinks (5-9pm).

      Confirmed Vendors!

      2ndsouls

      Becky Shapiro

      Bespoke Glass Tile

      first world trash

      Julian Rowe

      lauralvarez.com

      LewisAvenueFleamarker

      Reclaimed Home

      Recycle-a-Bicycle

      RePlayGround & Twofold Designs

      Sea Glass Unlimited

      The DIY Spot

      TuraLura

      WILDER ALISON

      WoodKnot Design

      & more to be confirmed!

       

      For more info, please visit: www.bignyc.org/crafted-at-the-canal

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      Build It Green! NYC: Crafted at the Canal
    3. Gowanus Ballroom: The Longest Night
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
      Read more »
      Art Show
      Performance / Theatre

      The Longest Night @ GOWANUS BALLROOM

      A multimedia art exhibition of darkness and light
      Gowanus Ballroom invites you to The Longest Night, a group exhibition that is all about paying a bit of Brooklyn-style homage to the winter solstice. Drawing inspiration from the longest night of the year, the show explores darkness and light through artworks that mesmerize and sometimes deceive the eye.
      Sounds a little bit like the art world gone pagan, right? Because it is as artists contemporize ancient ritual and totemic celebration through modern artistic expression. Featured objects all but defy their materiality and toy with the peculiarities and sensualities that come with the absence of light. Labyrinthine interactive pieces play on ideas of negative and positive space, altering the atmosphere and leaving a potent experiential mark on viewers. Artworks range across media, from painting, drawing, and sculpture to photography, installation, and 3D light mapping projections and performances.
      Gowanus Ballroom is a vast alternative art space that gives the impression of a gritty cathedral, with 50-ft ceilings and more than 16,000 square feet of gallery space. The Longest Night floods this urban temple with darkness and light, bringing together righteous art with sensational acrobatic performances, incredible sculptural installations, live bands, and interactive works that will see us through the long, dark nights.Doors open for the opening reception of The Longest Night at 6pm on Friday, December 9, 2011. Performances start at 8pm each night thereafter.

      ***
      Artists include Jordan Eagles, Leandro Flaherty, Shani Frymer, Robin Hill, Jeremy Holmes, Serban Ionescu, Integrated Visions, Margaret Krug, Kate Raudenbush, Cecelia Rembert, Matthew William Robinson, Charlotte Schulz, R. Justin Stewart, Melanie Vote, Dustin Yellin, and Joshua Young.
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    4. Gowanus Studio Space: Meditations on the Multiple
      12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      Read more »
      Art Show
      Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by The Gowanus Studio Space 2011 Printshop Residents.

      Meditations on the Multiple

      An exhibition from the GSS Printshop Residency Program

      December 9th – January 13th

      Opening Reception: December 9th, 7pm – 10pm

      Featuring work from Yunmee Kyong, Michelle Levy, and Jomar Statkun

       

      The Gowanus Studio Space presents Meditations on the Multiple, an exhibition of work made over the last six months by the GSS 2011 Printshop Residents. Residents have focused on printmaking as not simply the result of an artistic process but an essential part of a multi-disciplinary work.

      In keeping with the GSS mission to facilitate production of artwork and encourage cross-disciplinary exchange, the GSS Printmaking Residency brings accomplished artists and dedicated printmakers into a community with fellow GSS studio members with the goal of fostering experimental collaboration along with ensuring the relevance of Printmaking in contemporary art practice.

       Opening reception, December 9th, 7pm to 10pm with performances by Jomar Statkun and Michelle Levy.

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      The Gowanus Studo Space is a non-profit organization and a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, providing equipment, exhibition opportunities, and space to work for the artists and designers of New York City. To learn more about our space and mission, please visit www.GowanusStudio.org

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    5. Spoke the Hub: Student/Faculty Benefit Concert
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      TICKET COST: $20 Adults & Children seated in a chair
      $5 Kids who will sit on the floor
      FREE small children who will sit on a lap

      All tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Please see concert info below to purchase tickets. Performers do not need a ticket.

      Buy Tickets
      for program A

      5:00PM – PROGRAM A

      YOUTH CLASSES

      Modern: Tuesday 4:30pm w/Erin Gottwald
      Hip Hop: Wednesday 4:30pm w/Ingrid Alvarez
      Hip Hop: Thursday 3:30pm w/Ingrid Alvarez
      Beginning Ballet: Thursday 4:30pm w/Tamara Saari
      Ballet I/II: Saturday 2:00pm w/Sarah Pope

      ADULT CLASSES

      Hawaiian/Polynesian: Wednesday 6:30pm w/Kaina Quenga

      FACULTY PERFORMANCES

      Erin Gottwald
      Sarah Pope
      Tamara Saari
      Kaina Quenga

      Buy Tickets
      for program B

      7:00PM – PROGRAM B

      YOUTH CLASSES

      Tap III: Tuesday 5:30pm w/Mindy Rebman
      Action Heroes: Wednesday 3:30pm w/Mark Lamb
      Ballet: Wednesday 4:00pm w/Erin Gottwald
      STH Performance Workshop: Thursday 5:00pm w/Elise Long
      Modern: Friday 4:00pm w/Erin Gottwald
      STH Performance Workshop: Friday 5:15pm w/Elise Long
      Improv/Comp: Friday 4:00pm w/Elise Long
      Creative Ballet: Saturday 12:30pm w/Sarah Pope

      ADULT CLASSES

      Step ‘n’ Sculpt and Macho Girls: w/Elise Long & Karen Munson

      FACULTY PERFORMANCES

      Erin Gottwald
      Mark Lamb
      Karen Munson
      Sarah Pope
      Mindy Rebman
      Laurie Shayler / Dance Connection


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      5:00 pm
      Spoke the Hub: Student/Faculty Benefit Concert
    6. Brooklyn Artist Gym: 50/50 Fundraiser
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      One Ticket= One Original Artwork. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

      50/50 is a benefit, curated exhibition and silent auction featuring works by over 35 artists.  Funds go to support artists and programs at BAG that provide opportunities for artists, such as our single parent artist and recent graduate residencies, artist talks, workshops, and gallery space for guest curators. The reception is free to attend, but get your tickets soon if you’d like to bring home original artwork at the end of the event. Just 50 tickets are available for purchase; each guarantees one artwork.

      On December 10th, bring your ticket and claim your favorite work of art.  If another ticket holder wants to pay more than the ticket price for that work of art, they can try to outbid you.  And the game is on!  If you are outbid, there are plenty of other wonderful works for you to select and get at the end of the evening.  (Remember: 50% of all money bid over the ticket price goes directly to the artist!) The event is December 10th starting at 6pm.  We can accept proxy bids arranged ahead of time by phone:  or email: .

      Call, stop by, email, or purchase tickets online at: http://www.brooklynartistsgym.com/5050-fundraiser-2/
      Ticket prices are as follows: Before Dec 1st, $95; After Dec 1st, $100.

      Artwork Available by Participating Artists:
      Meredith Alcarese, Susan AllbertJohn Azelvandre, J Carpenter, Liza CassidyKenny ColeReuven Dattner, Ariana Fields, Veronique Gambier, Daniele GenadryEric GinsburgBrent HallardKristen HaskellRhia HurtWill Hutnick, Richard Kessler, Michele Kucker, Ajit Kumar, Katerina Lanfranco, Annette Laszczkowska, Allison Maletz, Barbara Milot, Melanie Paterson, Evan Peltzman, Bonnie Recca, Mari RenwickRob SamartinoBailey Saliwanchik, Alice Schenker, Stuart Shedletsky, Jocelyn Shu, Radek Szczeny, Matthew Weston TaylorJannell TurnerOsaretin UgiagbeGillian Wainwright, Peter Wallace, Amy Weil, Rachael WhitneyAnn Williams, and Heidi Yockey.

      Their generosity and talent will fill the gallery on December 7th, with all works on display until December 10th, when the fun truly begins. The works below will be available to bid on December 10th starting at 6pm:

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      6:00 pm
      Brooklyn Artist Gym: 50/50 Fundraiser
    7. Learn to Boulder
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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      Sports

      Learn to Boulder

      Want to learn the basics of climbing technique? Learn to Boulder is the class for you. You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique points while learning how to boulder safely and practice safe spotting. This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will get you on your way to climbing stronger and smarter. The package includes your day pass ($22), rental gear, ($8), and the 30 minute class ($25 value) and costs only $45. The LTB class runs at 9pm on weekdays and 9am and 7pm on weekends. Want to gain even more technical knowledge? Try Brooklyn Boulders University, the best, most comprehensive climbing technique class available.

      At Brooklyn Boulder

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      6:00 pm
      Learn to Boulder
    8. Film Biz Recycling: Superfund Super Fun Variety Show: holiday edition!
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Comedy Variety Show

      Superfund Super Fun Variety Show: holiday edition!

      Just in time for the holidays, the first in a new monthly variety show series showcasing performers from the circus to the avant garde!

      Hosted and conceived by Josh Bisker (of Cobra Gold), with a little help from his sister Ellia (aks Sweet Soubrette), featuring a fabulous lineup of stars:

      Adam Kuchler
      Carla Rhodes
      Joel Jeske
      Tanya Solomon
      Justin Walter
      Spine Art
      …and more!

      keep up to date at: peerlbackthecurtain.blogspot.com or Facebook or Twitter   

      RSVP here

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      8:00 pm
      Film Biz Recycling: Superfund Super Fun Variety Show: holiday edition!
    9. Gowanus Ballroom: The Longest Night – Solstice Celebration
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music

      Performers & Bands:

      Morgan O’Kane
      Flambeaux Fire
      Kelvin Daly live musical performance ritual with aerialists Liron Dan & Bree Buryk
      Sullied Accolades
      Performance artist Matthew Silver

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      8:00 pm
      Gowanus Ballroom: The Longest Night – Solstice Celebration
    10. Rock Shop: Toys And Tiny Instruments, Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band, Worry The Worm
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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      Music
      Rock Shop

      Tickets

      Toys And Tiny Instruments

      Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band

      The best kept secret of Titus Andronicus is Amy Klein’s voice. It’s got the purity of a waterfall that cascades over you. It’s got earth-shaking vibrato and shocking emotional depth. It’s got all the passion of Patti Smith and all the solace of Nick Drake. And like those poets who captured the spirit of the 60′s and 70′s, Klein is a poet who seems timeless–or rather, outside time.

      A graduate of Harvard with a degree in poetry writing, Klein
      demonstrates a remarkable ability to turn words into images, and songs into myths. Her work spans the genres of 60′s folk and freak folk, country and rock and roll. Her first full length album, “I Know What You Want,” to be released in February 2011, represents the work of a
      master songwriter with an impressive range.

      The thread running through all the songs is a sparkling intelligence and a real sense of emotional urgency–a vital need to write, to sing, and to be heard. As Tom Tom Magazine writes, in Amy Klein, there are “echoes” of “melodic styles of Joanna Newsom,” but “without that
      element of kitsch.” Instead, “it’s very genuine.”

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      8:00 pm
      Rock Shop: Toys And Tiny Instruments, Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band, Worry The Worm
    11. Littlefield: WHITE HILLS PONTIAK
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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      Music
      Littlefield
      White Hills - (Set time: 12:00 AM)

      White Hills

      Musically, H-p1, White Hills second full-length for Thrill Jockey, expands on the explorations of previous albums in ambience, noise, and space rock all led by guitarist Dave W.’s blistering guitar solos. This is the most fully realized White Hills album to date and the one that takes them furthest from their pure space rock roots. It is also their most angry record. It is a reaction to what White Hills sees as government co-opted and controlled by corporations.

      “A perfect space-rock storm of drone, mind-melting psychedelia, overdriven guitars and heavy bass, White Hills is the rightful heir to Hawkwind’s massive legacy.” – Goldmine

      “Heads On Fire throws down grungy distorted layers of sludge that relentlessly churn along. It’s neither subtle nor pretty, but god damn it rocks. They take the space rock template and inject it with a battered fucked-up New York punk spirit.” –Drowned In Sound

      Pontiak - (Set time: 11:00 PM)

      Pontiak

      Pontiak’s studio in rural Virginia is about 12’x12’ and largely responsible for the saturated sound on their new album Maker. The band recorded the album in the same way as their previous efforts, themselves in a studio of their own making. Preferring the energy of a mostly live recording and understanding how to capture their sound, Pontiak recorded with lightening speed, generally keeping the first take as the final take. A lifetime of shared experiences certainly informs the three Carney brothers playing as a band. Jennings’ bass or Lain’s drums often finish the thoughts of Van’s guitar. This is a level of musical communication that most bands are only able to achieve after years of touring and recording. It also may account for their staggering productivity, this being their third Thrill Jockey release, in just over a calendar year.

      Van blew two amps during the recording of Maker but in the process found a sound he had been searching for – the dwindling life of his amps. It is his distorted instrument that accounts for the overall earthy tones on Maker. The brother’s voices are remarkably similar, causing the lead and chorus to blend seamlessly. Together the vocals bring a warmth to “Wild Knife Night Fight”, “Honey” or Seminal Shining” and an eerie sensation that comes from what appears to be a chorus of one. Van’s guitar work is an exercise in extremes with rhythmic drone, shifting often within one song into sharp lines. He leads the listener through a maze of sustain and hum tones with his piercing phrases, often on this album, punctuated by the intermediary sounds of his overextended amps.

      The adjectives often used to describe their music could also easily describe the musicians. Raised on a farm, the brothers are distinctly rural in their close ties and understanding of the land and our relation to it. When touring they often skip the comfort of the motel bed for the delight of camping under the stars. They paid the price on a recent trip when setting up to sleep at a late hour; they missed a large patch of poison oak. Live they are loud, make that very very loud, pushing the PA as they push their amps. There is a swing to Lain’s drum playing and often in Jennings’ bass rhythms that can be felt and almost seen. One merely needs to stand back to watch the crowd weave in unison, lost in their ocean of sound. Although they formed in Baltimore, it was not long before they returned to the farm country of their youth. There they built their studio, and on their subsequent albums, by combining disparate elements that alone ring familiar, have pioneered a sound that is entirely their own.

      Tickets

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      9:00 pm
      Littlefield: WHITE HILLS PONTIAK
  11. Dec

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    Sun

    1. Build It Green! NYC: Crafted at the Canal
      12:00 am – 5:00 pm

       

      Crafted at the Canal is a new event sponsored by Build It Green! NYC and Sustainable NYC which features local artisans selling fair trade, handmade or reuse items. We will begin the reuse craft fair on Friday, December 9th with a launch party co-sponsored by BKLYN Green Drinks (5-9pm).

      Confirmed Vendors!

      2ndsouls

      Becky Shapiro

      Bespoke Glass Tile

      first world trash

      Julian Rowe

      lauralvarez.com

      LewisAvenueFleamarker

      Reclaimed Home

      Recycle-a-Bicycle

      RePlayGround & Twofold Designs

      Sea Glass Unlimited

      The DIY Spot

      TuraLura

      WILDER ALISON

      WoodKnot Design

      & more to be confirmed!

       

      For more info, please visit: www.bignyc.org/crafted-at-the-canal

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      12:00 am
      Build It Green! NYC: Crafted at the Canal

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