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  • Brooklyn Fencing in Gowanus / Carroll Gardens

    We took fencing in college and . . . we sucked at it. But we always thought it was so cool to pull down that beekeeper mask and thrust with that cool pointy sword. After collage we’d tried to kill each other with the cardboard left over from wrapping paper, but it’s just not the same. Luckily the other day we stumbled upon Brooklyn Fencing, which is located in the Gowanus / Carroll Gardens area. SWEET!
    Classes are offered for all ages & the pricing seems reasonable too:
    Kids: ONCE WEEKLY – $125 / 5 weeks
    Junior: ONCE WEEKLY – $125 / 5 weeks
    BEGINNER – $240 / 8 weeks
    Also, some type of cool intro package: 3 group classes and 3 private lessons for $205 – a $40 savings! 7-17 only.
    Spring Break and Summer camp is coming up too!
    We apparently just missed one of their competition this past weekend, but more are coming in April. There is something so exacting about seeing people who are trying to poke one another for the most points. It’s almost silly.
    Hopefully after we take classes we can fulfill our Princess Bride fantasy by grabbing a sword and screaming: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Oh it’s going to be some much fun. Sqwee!
     
  • The Hole Picture: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Erotics & Porn in Lesbian-Feminist Queer Cinema

    On Saturday March 26, Issue Project Room presents a screening of porn from another perspective and film panel discussion with filmakers & an art historian.
    The details:
    “The feminist reception and production of pornography has had a complicated & fascinating trajectory, a discourse of representation often bound by the logic of the male gaze. The Hole Picture brings together a selection of socio-sexual films & videos by artists Barbra Hammer, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner that celebrate desire and redefine notions of queer sexuality and the lesbian body. Presenting a multigenerational overview of representation, this screening and panel discussion will focus on contemporary artistic practices which incorporate avant-garde visions of sexuality and erotics, dissecting the trope of pornography itself. Screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by art historian Kelly Dennis, author of Art/Porn: A History of Seeing and Touching. This event is presented in collaboration with MIX NYC.”
    Dyketactics, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Menses, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Multiple Orgasm, 1976, 6 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Women I Love, 1976, 22 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Superdyke Meets Madame X, 1977, 20 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Community Action Center, 2010, 69 mins., A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner
    Check out more about each film here: IssueProjectRoom.org
     
  • Big Rick & the his South Brooklyn Tales

    If you’ve ever walked around Park Slope / Gowanus then you’ve seen a fedora wearing man surrounded by a group of people who clearly is gesticulating some kind of amazing story. His eyes are bright and his smile is endearing, but you can tell he’s tough…Brooklyn tough.This man is Big Rick, also known as Rick Kadlub. Big Rick has a tour company that tells the history and urban legend of the greatest boro in the world, Brooklyn. By living in the Brooklyn for 45 years and with his love of the boro Big Rick has earned keen insight into the area.
    Big Rick in a sense embodies Brooklyn. He’s got the walk, the talk, and clearly the look. Recently artist have begun to notice his unique character and have tried to capture his look through various forms of media. Over at the Brooklyn Central library you can find an great photo of Big Rick by photographer Joe Delano (also featured above) in the exhibit Brooklyn Portraits by Brooklyn Photographer;you can find drawings done by local Sketch-Artist at both Mission Dolorous and Canal Bar. There are probably more images of Big Rick out there, but are not yet known by GYFO.
    If you’ve never been on Big Rick’s tour or even had a moment with the icon you have a chance to catch him telling his stories tomorrow at Root Hill Cafe. Big Rick will be telling the “South Brooklyn Tales” for (what seems to be) one night only. Check it out.
     
  • Industrial Zoned – Gowanus aka South West Brooklyn

    These signs have been appearing up and down 3rd Avenue indicating an “Industrial Zone”.

    This is from the Mayor’s office of Industrial and Manufacturing Business section or imb.

    The nyc.gov, which is listed on the sign, says imb is…
    “…dedicated to addressing the needs of New York’s industrial and manufacturing businesses.”
    Looks like the city is putting a lot of investment into the booming industry within the Gowanus area by dedicating this part of Brooklyn to Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. That seems like good news for the many businesses that have been around for years in the area and for the new textile groups that have recently moved in. The imb site says that these areas of the cities will be used to…
     

    “…foster high-performing business districts by creating competitive advantages over locating in areas outside of New York City.”

    Within Gowanus the designated Industrial area only covers below 3rd Street and West of 3rd Avenue. The area above 3rd Street are covered by an Ombudsman.
    For more details head over to nyc.gov for more details.
     
 

Gowanus, Brooklyn

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

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