• This Food’s For You – Community Supported Agriculture from Upstate

    We’d like to say that more than half of our adult life has not included the daily consumption of the college four basic food groups: coffee, pop tarts, booze, and cigarettes, but that wouldn’t be true. We didn’t consider, until recently, that those things were quickly turning us into fat old farts. Now we actually watch what we eat and are on a constant quest for fresh/organic foods. To our surprise, fresh/organic produce isn’t too readily available in area grocery stores or if it is available, it’s too expensive or we have to do co-op swift with rich peoples’ nannies to get it. We love the markets that are all over the city, but those too can be a bit pricey when buying in bulk. -It totally gives us sad face.The price of living in the Big Apple is that farms, with their delicious natural veggies, are just a little too far away. The only alternative for normal folks like us seems to be to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from a place outside NYC.

    We are super fortunate in South Brooklyn because Build It Green! New York (BIG!NYC) your source for re-use materials, has what’s called the Full Plate CSA from farms just up the road in Ithaca, NY. -bully for locally sourced! Like some other CSAs this group, known as the Full Plate Farm Collective, consist of multiple farms that work together to produce food for a community of members. Each farm produces a large amount of certain fruits or vegetables, which keeps production costs low for each farmer. Farmers share equipment, storage, and have a coordinator that manages members’ signup and farmer meetings. Members in turn pay a fee at the beginning of the season that supports the farmer during the growing/harvesting period. The Full Plate Farm Collective has been around for 8 years and now not only conveniently drops off fresh and organic produce in Brooklyn, it has some bonus features that set it a part from other CSAs. Bonus features like a new walk in freezer at the BIG!NYC location that keeps food fresh and allows for longer pickup times for members, and the possible addition of non-produce items with the normal 1/2 bushel box of veggies. -Awesome!

    We contacted the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA and got the skinny from Sara, the group’s coordinator, to learn more about the collective, what food members can expect from this summer season, and the unique bonus items.

    How did this Collective get started?

    Farmer Nathaniel of Remembrance Farm knew he wanted to start a CSA, but didn’t want to grow all the crops himself. So he talked with his friends Lucy & Chaw of Stick and Stone and the Collective was born….

    What crops can we expect this coming summer?

    Between our farms, we offer a bountiful and varied share: from spinach, lettuce, peas, and strawberries in June to winter squash, brussels sprouts, leeks, kales, and parsnips in November with lots more in between! Also check out our harvest calendar.”

    Image Provided by Full Plate Farm Collective

    Do you expect a large amount of a particular crop?

    Weather has so much to do with it! After last years’ wet spring we are hoping for some good tomatoes!”

    Is it true that you will be providing more than just produce?

    Yes, we are working towards bringing eggs and dairy products to Brooklyn. We’ll keep you posted.”

    Is the collective involved in the building of the freezer at BIG!NYC in Gowanus?

    Yes, our farmers are building an energy-efficient walk in cooler using salvaged parts from Build It Green! and a farmer hacked air conditioner called a Coolbot.”

    future walk in cooler location at BIG!NYC Gowanus

    Any new technology being used to harvest the food or do the farmers use the traditional tools for harvesting?

    Check the video I made on our baby greens harvester:

    What’s the schedule of an Ithaca area farmer?

    When the sun is up and the skies are clear we are outside working. And if its raining we are catching up on office work”

    What are the farmers making for dinner?

    This time of year we are putting the last of our storage roots into frittatas, eating lots of salad and Asparagus, and drinking homemade parsnip ale!”

    Any recipes that you could recommend for Brooklynites?

    These ingredients should be available at Green Markets.

    What music do the farmers jam out to when working?

    Farmer Chaw says this time of year he is digging “his diesel powered drone machine” also know as a tractor.”

    Full Plate Crew - Image Provided by Full Plate Farm Collective

    The Full Plate Collective CSA share is certified organic. The core farms are Stick and Stone Farm and Remembrance Farm, but Youth Farming Project, Black Oak Farm, Solana Farm, and The Good Life Farm are also adding to the members goodie box. The Summer CSA offers a pre-packed 1/2 bushel box of veggies. It will be delivered to Build It Green! NYC every other week starting in June: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, September 6, 20, October 4, 18, November 1, 15. Pickup for members’ 1/2 bushel box is anytime BIG!NYC in Gowanus is open, beginning late-afternoon on Thursday through 5pm Sunday of each delivery week. You can learn more and sign up for the Full Plate Collective CSA here.

    Where: Build It Green! NYC, 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY

    When: Every other Thursday, June through November

    How Much: $325 for 12 boxes of organic produce over the period of 23 weeks.

    To sign up: Please visit the website or call our coordinator Sara for more information. (607) 379 – 2866

     

    Bonus Your Face Off

    If you consume produce like the little woodland creature your are, you are going to need a place to put all your scraps. You could be a jerk and put all your biodegradable items in a plastic bag and let it do nothing in a landfill for the next year. Or on your way to BIGNYC in Gowanus you can swing by the Salt Lot, managed by Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and drop off your compost like the super star you really are!!!

    Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Salt Lot

     
  • LUNATION – Art on the Moon

    A new exhibit at the Observatory explores the moon.
    Artists and scientists have always been attracted to the moon…

    Our closest celestial neighbor, the earth’s little sister, the moon creates the tides and illuminates the woods at night. For centuries, humanity believed the moon provided a key into the invisible realm: it called out the beast within us, freeing us to act as wolves, to run, to dance, to chant—and sometimes (as in Duncan Jones’ Moon) to split in two, to find our double, our changeling moon-self.

    Is the moon home to life? Today we know it isn’t, but even as of 1830, speculation was rampant that the moon was inhabited by Christianized bat-people who worshiped in great ziggurats. (See The Sun and the Moon by Observatory alumnus Matthew Goodman for details.) Still, life comes to the moon. We know the moon contains frozen water, and we dream of using it as our jumping-off point for visiting even more alien vistas.

    Down here, despite all the prowess and nuance of our latest telescopes, earthlings still look up naked-eyed with excitement at the full moon. Lovers and children gaze up at its slowly blinking façade in mute wonder. Artists portray the moon as a source of danger and power, and latter-day sorceresses and men of magic call up to that heavenly lamp, seeking to transcend the ordinary night. For them, the old myths have not changed so much: the moon is still a secret mirror, showing in pale light how the familiar contains always an element of the unexpected…

    Artists Included

    LUNATION Dates to Save:

    • Sat., Jan. 7 – LUNATION opening! Come drink wine with us and celebrate the many phases/faces of the moon—including ones you’ve never seen before
    • Sat., Jan. 22 – Moon Magick ritual workshop presented by Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile
    • Sat., Feb. 18 – 3rd Anniversary Observatory Fundraiser Party: Help support your favorite interdisciplinarian art, science, & occult event space!
     
  • Gowanus Happening: Oct 27th – Oct 31st Halloween Your Face Off

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

    -GYFO Staff

    Thursday October 27th, 2011

    Artastic

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

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Music 

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

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

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

    Rock Shop: Eli Lieb / We Were Lovers

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

    Performance / Theatre

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

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    Trivia

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

    Friday October 28th, 2011

    Artastic

    Brooklyn Artist Gym: “within________distance” by Just Us Artist Initiative - The idea of distance, in its various forms, is so often simplified and overlooked, despite its presence in our daily lives. The exhibition will include artists presenting their perceptions and interpretations of distance. Whether it is within viewing, reaching, or even a non-existent distance, the work presented in “within_______distance” will approach spatial distance, literally and figuratively. “within_______distance” will include works in various mediums, including video, animation, printed and painted images, and three-dimensional installations.

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

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Charity / Benefit 

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

    Dance Party

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

    Halloween Related

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

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

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

    Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Performance / Theatre

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

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

    Sporty

    Homage @ 615 Degraw St: Friday Night Skate

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    Brooklyn Lyceum: Zumba – Sportball

    Saturday October 29th, 2011

    Artastic

    Brooklyn Artist Gym: “within________distance” by Just Us Artist Initiative - The idea of distance, in its various forms, is so often simplified and overlooked, despite its presence in our daily lives. The exhibition will include artists presenting their perceptions and interpretations of distance. Whether it is within viewing, reaching, or even a non-existent distance, the work presented in “within_______distance” will approach spatial distance, literally and figuratively. “within_______distance” will include works in various mediums, including video, animation, printed and painted images, and three-dimensional installations.

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

    Set Gallery: Moving Forward

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Comedy

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

     

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

    Dance Party

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

    Family

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

    Halloween Related

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

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

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

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

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

    Movie / TV

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

    Music

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

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

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

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

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

    Performance / Theatre

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

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

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

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder: Learn to Boulder

    Gowanus Canal: Canoe the Canal with the Gowanus Dredgers

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

    Sunday October 30, 2011

    Artastic

    Brooklyn Artist Gym: “within________distance” by Just Us Artist Initiative - The idea of distance, in its various forms, is so often simplified and overlooked, despite its presence in our daily lives. The exhibition will include artists presenting their perceptions and interpretations of distance. Whether it is within viewing, reaching, or even a non-existent distance, the work presented in “within_______distance” will approach spatial distance, literally and figuratively. “within_______distance” will include works in various mediums, including video, animation, printed and painted images, and three-dimensional installations.

    Family Focused

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

    Halloween Related

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

    Music

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

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

    Issue Project: Share – free audio & video jam

    Performance

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

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

    TV

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

    Monday October 31, 2011

    Artastic

    Brooklyn Artist Gym: “within________distance” by Just Us Artist Initiative - The idea of distance, in its various forms, is so often simplified and overlooked, despite its presence in our daily lives. The exhibition will include artists presenting their perceptions and interpretations of distance. Whether it is within viewing, reaching, or even a non-existent distance, the work presented in “within_______distance” will approach spatial distance, literally and figuratively. “within_______distance” will include works in various mediums, including video, animation, printed and painted images, and three-dimensional installations.

    Music

    Rock Shop: Yukon Blonde -

    Sporty

    Brooklyn Boulder – Learn to Boulder

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

     
  • Setting Sail in Gowanus: Littleneck Opens

    Though it was a soft opening last night it didn’t keep a large crowd from showing up to try out Gowanus’s brand spanking new New England style claim shack, Littleneck. We arrived last night for an early dinner (that’s 6ish for you late eating folk) and discovered the place had a decent size group already at the bar and at a few table. The boys (owners) were running around with the help of their new staff slinging drinks and handing out seafood to an eager audience.

    We grabbed a seat and took it all in: the buzz of a new restaurant, the smell of the food, and the really great feeling atmosphere. Littleneck is the kind of place that makes you slow down, relax, and hang. The seafaring paraphernalia and rustic wood everywhere captures that New Englandy feel, but yet somehow this place just feels Brooklyn. Maybe it was the locals who stopped in to see what the place was all about; maybe it’s the mix mash of people wearing t-shirts they got in the 80s, next to people who paid a butt load for t-shirts from the 80s; maybe it’s the super friendly chill vibe running through the place; or maybe it’s that Brooklyn is a town on the water and a seafood place just makes sense.

    We grabbed a lobster roll, steamed clams, a few beers, and some fries, which all filled our bellies nicely. Since it was their first day (first few hours in fact) and they are in soft-opening mode the menu and beer selection was small, but what they had definitely worked! Congrats to the owners for bringing New England to Brooklyn and for adding to the unique Gowanus neighborhood.

     

     

     
  • Getting Out of the ‘Game’ & Finding Your Voice

    via: New York Daily News

    Until recently, self-expression was never Miguel (Miky) Solano’s strong point.

    In fact, for much of his two decades, the only thing the Brooklyn native (who bears a striking resemblance to the rapper Big Pun) was good at was getting in trouble.

    To be fair, growing up in a hard-scrabble part of Gowanus, trouble was easy to find.

    Then Solano grabbed a microphone in an Art Start recording studio and suddenly he was Miky, a master freestyle artist who could put into verse the day-to-day challenges of a young man struggling to rise from the streets of Brooklyn.

    Read the rest: Art Start program helped Miky Solano leave behind life of crime, find voice via music and rapping

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Miky Solano shows us his skills

     
  • Gowanus Happenings: Oct 20th – Oct 23rd

    Thursday October 20th, 2011

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

    Foodie

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

    Music

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

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

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

    Performance

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

    Friday October 21st, 2011

    Artastic

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

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Lecture

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

    Music

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

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

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

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

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

    Performance

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

    Saturday October 22nd, 2011 

    Artastic

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

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

    Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

    Comedy

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

    Halloween Party

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

    Foodie

    By Brooklyn – Brooklyn Hard Candy *just outside Gowanus

    Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Performance

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

    Protect Yourself

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

    Sporty

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

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

    Sunday October 23rd, 2011

    Comedy

    Bellhouse: PAUL F TOMPKINS - *sold out

    Family

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

    Environmental 

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

    Music

    Issue Project: Share – because music should be played together

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

    Performance

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

    TY Watchin’

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

    Future

    Film Biz Recycling: Lights Camera Auction

     
 

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