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Brooklyn Night Bazaar at Dekalb Market: October 9th

I had the opportunity to co-produce this event and I’m super excited to announce the inaugural Brooklyn Night Bazaar to be held at Dekalb Market for a single night – Sunday October 9, from 5PM to 12 Midnight. The inspiration for the event comes from the night markets across Asia. On this night we will be showcasing local artists, vendors and musicians from Brooklyn and beyond. Here’s what you can expect to experience:

·      Live music with YACHT, Monogold, Trouble Andrew, and DJ Sets
·      More than 50 independent merchant and food vendors
·      Beer & wine garden featuring local breweries courtesy Sixpoint, Great Brewers and Brooklyn Winery
·      Light and sculpture installation by Jason Krugman
·      Games like Petanque and more

When: Sunday October 9th from 5:00 PM until Midnight

Where: Dekalb Market @ 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn – An outdoor market with retrofitted cargo containers in the heart of Brooklyn between Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Clinton Hill. The Bazaar is a stone’s throw from the B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, and F trains, numerous bus routes and bike lanes. Transportation Alternatives will be providing free valet bike parking.

Several months ago we put together a successful Kickstarter campaign and despite some initial hiccups, we are very excited to be launching the concept at Dekalb Market for a single night. The event will be free to the public, except for the performance area which will be ticketed.  The Bazaar is expected to attract thousands from the surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods and throughout New York who enjoy vibrant community gathering spaces with live music, warm ambiance and great times. Come out and enjoy!


Music: Tickets available on Ticketfly
YACHT
Monogold
Trouble Andrew


Art:
Light and sculpture installation by Jason Krugman


Food:


Crafts, Accessories, Clothing & Design:


Sponsors:

Brooklyn Based // The Village Voice // Transportation Alternatives // Sixpoint Brewery // Great Brewers // Dekalb Market // Brooklyn Winery // Rebel Angel Productions

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A Dance for Japan This Saturday

Fellow Greenpointer Kat is hosting a fundraiser Japan at Trophy Bar this Saturday. Show your support by donating to the relief, dancing to the tunes of awesome DJs, and purchase raffles for a chance to win prizes from Skimkim, Brooklyn Bodega, and more.

Full details at A Dance for Japan.

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Work It Brooklyn returns February 23 at Public Assembly!

Last year 3 Greenpointers; Briana, Aja and I organized a social networking event for all the freelancing creatives out there called Work It Brooklyn and it was a raging success. The best part was speed networking, which as you can imagine, is a more productive and less awkward version of speed dating where you get 3 minutes to promote yourself, exchange business cards and make some new connections that’ll help your professional path take another step up.

We’re back again this year with another kickass event, to take place February 23rd at Public Assembly. We will have more speed networking than you can handle, drinks at the bar, and a slideshow of submitted business cards (which is also available on our website).

We’re capping the event at 250 and we’re nearing that end so make sure to register today on Eventbrite and email us your virtual business cards (workitbrooklyn@gmail.com). There’ll be raffles as well for a chance to win a free workday at Greenpoint Coworking and more.

Get your business cards ready and see you February 23!

WORK IT BROOKLYN

FEBRUARY 23, 2011
7 – 10PM
$5 Suggested Donation

PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
70 N. 6th ST btw Whythe & Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

http://workitbrooklyn.wordpress.com/

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A Few Things Up My Sleeve

I’ve been scheming my ass off the last couple days, brainstorming and planning a few events. I hope you can join me in all:

First and foremost:

Greenpoint Food Market returns February 13th. It will be a love day extravaganza with enough hearts installed to keep you nauseous for days. There will be aphrodisiac inspired treats, a secret foodmirer bulletin board, and a kissing photo booth courtesy Color Me Katie and my dearest Hyla. Also performance by Rifle Recoil and music provided by dj Jimmy T. I am very excited.

Then on the following day is another love day inspired event. Greenpoint Girls Group‘s FUCK LOVE BRUNCH AFFAIR. I really like the invite I made, which is just paper I held with my mouth whilst sticking up my finger and forming a heart on photobooth. All you Greenpoint Ladies, single or tied, come forth and let’s celebrate the death of love. just kidding…

And finally, I am very proud to present Work It Brooklyn. My dearest Aja originally thought of this event where freelance creative types in North Brooklyn would get together and share their skills and contacts for potential gigs and collaborations and healthy competitions. She brought me along and I brought dearest Briana along and we made this baby called Work It Brooklyn to happen February 24th at the Arsenal. There will be stations pertaining to your field (art, dance, graphic design, etc) as well as speed networking (like speed dating but productive and less awkward). It’ll be fun, join us. Add us to your facebook groups too.

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A few things

I’m completely overwhelmed by the vast array of Halloween parties going on ALL weekend. I made the firm decision to check out a hazardous loft party in Brooklyn and make my way to The Danger party tomorrow and nothing more, nothing less. I’m still completely uninspired to costume myself and decided to just put a bunch of cut up fabric on myself and call it a collage. Nothing more, nothing less.

I want to note a few things though:

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Duke Riley,  (tattoo) artist extraordinaire is opening an exhibition this Sunday  from 3-6pm at Queens Museum. He’s an amazing artist that I’ve written about here and he planted an octopus on my foot with ink and I am grateful for his artistry. The exhibition will be a continual extension on the recent havoc wreaking performance “Those Who Die Salute You.” Can’t wait!

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Brooklyn Artillery closes this weekend, Greenpoint Open Studios participated form the beginning with group exhibitions and collaborative installations. Come by the closing gala tonight and celebrated the momentous collaboration of organizations and artists in the creative community in the heart of Bushwick!

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Greenpoint Food Market teamed up with Word Brooklyn for this radical children’s book reading to be held Nov 15th at 2pm. It’s a whimsical story that involves grilled cheese. We provided bread from Sweetie Pies Brooklyn and You Can’t Eat Bread? and called up a local farm Pampered Cow to provide cheese and Brooklyn Standard to provide milk from Hudson Valley Fresh. Come be entertained and eat grilled cheese!!

 

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House of Yes tonight

House of Yes is an unassuming space for the creatively inclined based in Brooklyn and tonight there will be sewing and crafting extravaganza titled Make Fun, which used to be a weekly event taking place at the founder’s apartment. It is now in Bushwick and they will be hosting many events so you should check it out.

Tonight’s crafting affair is from 7 to midnight with a cover of $10, sewing machine and materials included but bring whatever you want.

Address: 342 Maujer Street in Brooklyn

Fine more info at Brooklyn Based.

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Weekend Recap

Friday night was my friend Catalina’s birthday and this is an yearly event where I get to get all teary eyed with laughter and nostalgia as all my Hunter folks gather and bask in memories. This is also the time of year where I spend the most money on a single meal, only because Catalina chooses the priciest restaurants worthy of its price.

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This year we met at Per Lei in the old stomping ground of the upper east side. It’s a pseudo hooty tooty Italian restaurant, dimly lit with super accomodating polite servers and hosts. I’m guessing it was the manager/owner who was exuberantly welcoming of the birthday girl and served us cheap diluted shots of whisky(?) on the table. They also played Happy Birthday more than once and flashed the huge chandelier centerpiece turning the sheek restaurant into a guido club. A table of half naked women started dancing with this manager/owner amongst a creepy greasy bearded man. As disturbing as it was we laughed our brains out and swayed along with pasta in our mouth. We all ordered some form of ravioli or fetuccine or chocolate pasta and it was absolutely delicious. And it’s in our nature to pass the plates along and share the goodness. But wait, there’s more. The dessert was a compendium of crispy breaded creamy sandwiches, tiramisu and ice cream. And of course, of course, they serve the tiramisu in a oversized margarita glass with a sparkling fireworks candle and everyone, EVERYONE, in the restaurant claps and sings happy birthday and gets the whole place all pumped and clapping along. It was so cheesy but stupendous. We walked out pregnant with food babies (this has become a hobby of mine apparently) and in such happy statures it was hard to refuse ending the night with some booze and dance.

We headed down to the lower east side and joined a friend at Ella on Ave A. There was some special dj friend playing downstairs and I was fuming with frustration when they refused to let us in. This lounge is nothing but snobbery and I ban them for good. They did have some very good looking cookie cutter white girls though, with their skinny bodies and mod fashion and blond hair. eh. So we walked on over to Annex instead and I danced my brains out for a short while to mind numbing head bashing trance dance music. It was good times and I went home inebriated.

Where's Mellow?

Where's Mellow?

I spent the day Saturday baking more cookies for a studio visit I had later that day and spent a good amount of time with my dear Mellow at the park. Cookies will be posted separately. I’m part of a women’s arts collective, we call ourselves the Bubble Group, name inspired by a first meeting at Bubble Lounge in the city. The group comprises of artists and administrators from all over the art world whether it be a non-profit, a gallery, a museum, what have you. It’s a support group and although we’ve got a full agenda dealing with showcasing artist work and curating and writing, it’s a difficult task to gather and be productive. But I am very stoked to be part of this group and look forward to future endeavours. Colette Robins is one of these artists and she opened her home/studio ALLLLLLL the way up on 181st in the city.

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It was a lively interior as groups of us huddled in the sweaty hot space munching on homemade chips, salsa, and guacamole and cooling off with sangria. The walls were packed with Colette’s drawings and paintings. Unfortunately we didn’t get to talk about them much, it was more a social affair than anything else. I was curious upon laying eyes on these works as they are comprised of odd forms and weird scenes. For instance, this painting was above the couch in the living room and I had to quirk my head to the side and wonder why and what? Although her execution of form, angle, and perspective are pretty much perfectly executed, the content and concept are a bit static and numbing. This painting is odd and uncanny, perhaps referring dreams deferred, slightly surreal and overtly staged. There are different textures, fabrics, tones and patterns but they seem to fall flat and nullifies the potential for fullness and dimension. But again, I’d like to speak to her a bit more about them to get an idea of what her story is.

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Drawings like these were found in her studio room, disturbing nightmarish, scifi concoctions of stuffed blanket blobs and shell like spiked forms. Again, they’re very well executed but that seems to be beside the point, and the point is something that hasn’t crossed my mind just yet. Nonetheless I enjoyed the evening and had a fair share of wine, salsa and cookies. Everyone loved the cookies I baked by the way, I’m very proud.

Yesterday was easy breezy day despite being in a really indecisive ambivalent grouchy mood. It took a while to decide what to cook for dinner and I finally chose steak with Chinese style stir fry veggies and brown rice.

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I bought sirloin steak and massaged oil, salt and pepper to it and broiled it for 17 minutes. It was a bit well done but it was scrumptiously juicy, and I’m flabbergasted by its heartwarming taste and oral satisfaction despite its simplicity. I must admit though, I don’t eat red meat too often anymore and I ended up feeling really full and heavy and a bit gross afterwards. I got the recipe for the stir fry veggie sauce from the Joy of Cooking:

2 tablespoons cornstarch

6 tablespoons cold water

8 teaspoons soy sauce

3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

In my big pot (for lack of wok or skilley) I combined oil, ginger, garlic, onion and small hot pepper, cooked for a bit, then added carrots, cauliflower, and stirred for awhile and added the sauce a bit at a time then added kale, red and orange bell peppers, artichoke hearts, almonds and raisins. I’ve got a new found love for adding almonds and raisins to cooked vegetables, it offers a great comparative consistency to the softness of the veggies. And we all know by know my obsession with kale, so bittersweet and pungent, and of course artichoke hearts, so salty sour and zingy, it sends a jolt through my mouth and I am giddy with joy. The sauce by the way absolute perfection. It was a taste I haven’t created yet and I was very very satisfied with its sweet and sour outcome.The brown rice has a subtle crispness to it and it was a very appropriate compliment to the saucy herby tastiness to the steak and veggies. Another successful meal by your very own.

Reading the weekend newspaper I learned a thing or two:

– Phillis de Pury only made $9 million in auction sales last week. They’re going down.

– I missed jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson when she was playing with her trio at Barbes in Brooklyn but she’s got a few more shows coming up so definitely check it out. She got reviews in TONY and NYT.

– I want to eat at Lunetta

– I want to read Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. As someone mentioned on NPR, he should be the next head of Agricultural affairs.  Also want to read and cook out of Daniel Boulud’s cookbook.

– I’ve tried reading Swann’s Way, Vol 1 of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past, but this article made me want to  try again.

Dixon Place sounds like a great place to see experimental shows. Can’t wait till renovation is over and I can check out a show or two, hopefully for cheap. She seems like a quirky weirdo and I bet I can learn a thing or two from her. Read about it here.

The Moth are a storytelling non-profit group. Sounds very interesting.

– I want to be like George Plimpton. I’d like to read the bio.

More links, wishlists, compiling, obsessing and daydreaming to come.

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