OK not only do we have the AGAST open studio tour, the e-waste recycling on Bond Street but now I have just heard that Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum is going to be docked at the end of 2nd Street on the canal. Jerko is " a salvaged houseboat that has been transformed into a laboratory and showspace for do-it-yourself sustainability projects."
Get there at 1:30 if you want to pre-register for a tour of Jerko. Go to the website for more info on all the projects that the Jerko crew are working on. There are some photos on the website and I swear in one of them, there is a guy with his hand in the water...yikes!
Tour at your own risk people! Go to the website here
There is also some sort of Green Sustainability type fair going on on Third Street between Bond and Hoyt Streets on Saturday afternoon. Proteus Gowanus will be there with a table top replica of their Hall of the Gowanus. Check it out!
Links to the other happenings on Saturday:
AGAST open studios here.
E-Waste Recycling here.
Bambi the Mermaid performs to the Andrew Sisters at the opening party for the Coney Island film festival.
Once again the opening films and following party was a smashingly entertaining affair that did not disappoint. Sideshows by the Seashore knows the meaning of entertainment. Burlesque, fire eaters, exotic snake handlers, human blockheads...now THAT's a party! You all better go next year!The winners of the festival have been officially announced, and I am happy to say that I was lucky enough to see quite a few of them. Congratulations to all!
2010 Award Winners
Best Animation - Birth - Signe Baumane
Best Experimental - My Own Private March - Howie Alex
Best Silent Film - Loop-da-Loop and Giuseppe - Jason R. Jaworski
Best Horror Film - Alice Jacobs is Dead - Alex Horwitz
Best Music Video - "This Town" Gambit - Randy Scott Slavin
Best Documentary Short - The Faux Real - Suzanne Hillinger
Best Documentary Feature - Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque - Gary Beeber
Best Short - Flat Love - Andres Sanz
Best Feature - Satan Hates You - James Felix McKenney
Best "Made in Coney Island" - Last Summer at Coney Island - JL Aronson
Also! I just want to let you know that there is more burlesque happening this Thursday and Friday, and it's well worth the trip, they've got thee best in the business in that place!
Click here for the schedule and more details on that and many other events.
This event is hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, click here to find out more details and a complete list of what will be excepted and what will not.
Where: Bond Street between 3rd & 4th Streets.
When: 10 am to 4pm.
Then you can donate your unwanted books for a good cause at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. The even is hosted by Better World Books and will raise money for the Brooklyn Public Library as well as global literacy initiatives.
There will be music by Lost in the Stacks (great name!) and the event will also include a used book sale.
When: Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am to 3pm.
Where: Brooklyn Public Library Plaza at the Main Branch -10 Grand Army Plaza.
The poor dear....trapped inside the BO Concept Store window during the Dumbo Arts Festival.
Cocooning? Pod people? What's it all about? Probably brought people into the store, that's what!
Next Saturday is the unfortunately named but excellent A.G.A.S.T open studios in Gowanus, a bit more casual and less slick, it's a great way to actually go inside the studios of the many artists who are inhabit the Gowanus and actually SMELL the paint (that is, if they paint). I love the voyeuristic aspect of it. It's a fab opportunity to be able to go into the great buildings in the area such as the one on Union & Nevins and the big warehouse on 9th Street by the canal amongst many others. Some of the studios are even in people's row house apartments as well. As an artist, I really enjoy seeing the process part of art making, there is more to a work of art than just the finished piece and I find that checking out the vibe in the artist's studio and seeing what is hanging on their walls, hearing what they listen to and perhaps seeing sketches and stuff like that really gives you so much more of a window into just what drives an artist to make something.
It is usually 2 days long, this year it is just on Saturday, October 3rd, from noon to 6pm.
Click here for more details.
Click here to read about the history of Gleason's gym.
Click here to find out how you too can work out there.
P.S- Excuse the wonky layout, blogger has been out of whack lately....
I know, I know, I am talking about the weekend AS it is happening but whatever...F.I.B once again attended the fab kickoff for the Coney Island Film Festival and if the opening films were any indication of what else to come on the programs, it would be worth your while to check the festival out. It goes until Sunday night so there is still time. Get some sun and catch a flick!
Schedule and info here!
So hard to pick what to do because this weekend not only is the film festival happening but the Dumbo Arts Festival and also the Atlantic Antic!
Dumbo Arts festival goes until Sunday. It has all sorts of art and music happenings. The schedule and all info is here.
Atlantic Antic runs the length of Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to 4th Avenue. F.I.B tends to hang out around the Last Exit bar where Les Sans Culottes perform every year as they do this year with sets at 2 & 4pm.
Lots of automotive repair shops on Third Avenue..I was shocked to see a Chevy Chevette, not a car known for it's longevity! I think you can have it for $1600.00.
Icon of Third Avenue.
This bus parks all over the Gowanus, who ARE they? Reminds me of when I briefly lived in the upper Haight of S.F and buses like these were de rigueur.
READ is still here but all kinds of cluttered these days.
The weather was just like it was on "that day" 9 years ago. Perfect with a crystal blue sky. I was invited to a picnic on Governor's Island and I have to admit, I was a little nervous about going somewhere where the only way out was by boat. Last year, 9/11 passed by quietly. This year it did not. But the day did pass peacefully if you avoided lower Manhattan and eclipsed with this sunset, the clouds dramatic and glowing. A sky that seemed like it was honoring the people that didn't make it home that day nine years ago.
Proteus Gowanus is unique in that they pick a theme and go with it all year; curating three shows within the theme. I really like the theme they have this year....Paradise!
From the gallery's press release:
"Whether a garden of innocence or a heaven that only the chosen few can enter, the concept of paradise has entranced us across cultures and eras. In stark contrast with the daily grind, Paradise calls to us and we respond with our imaginations. Pliny the Great added to his idyllic description of the Islands of the Gods:
"These islands, however, are greatly annoyed by the putrefying bodies of monsters,
which are constantly thrown up by the sea."
And this is, indeed, the paradox of paradise: for every heaven, there must be a hell.
This year, Proteus Gowanus will explore the theme Paradise, examining the light and
the dark sides of this alluring word and inviting our friends and visitors to join us as we roam with irony, sensuality and longing in search of paradise."
Angelo Bellfatto, Diane Bertolo, Svetlana Boym, Dominique Cooper, Ernst Haeckel, John Hudak, Okay Karadiyalar, KC Lack, Eva Melas, Lado Pochkua, Lance Rutledge, Adine Sagalyn, Erik Schurink, Suzan Shutan, Suzanne Silver, Josh Stern, Robert The, Friese Undine, Kit Warren, Audra Wolowiec
When: Friday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
543 Union Street down the alley off Nevins Street
Click here for the gallery's website.
Anyone know who the responsible party is? Is it Elbow Toe?
I received an email about this performance at Joe's Pub on Friday, September 10th. It's a precursor to "In the Footprint" which will happen at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene in the fall. Let Me Ascertain You: Atlantic Yards explores the many voices of an urban community facing industrial-sized growing pains.
This particular performance on Friday includes monologues taken from interviews with Brooklyn residents, community activists, and politicians, including Marty Markowitz, Bertha Lewis, Daniel Goldstein, Jonathan Lethem and Letitia James.
Let Me Ascertain You: Atlantic Yards
Friday, September 10 at 9:30 PM
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, New York
To learn more, visit TheCivilians.org.
To purchase tickets, click here.