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GO Brooklyn Artists + Voters Meetup // Aug 13 // 6 – 8pm

Brooklyn Museum is producing a BOROUGH WIDE open studios event Sept 8 + 9th called GO Brooklyn. I along with my studious UDA team Leia, Peter & Victoria have been chosen to represent Greenpoint and coordinate the community and all the artists within to register (registration is closed but we’ve got over 200 artists in Greenpoint waiting to open their studios), browse through the site with a total of 1800+ registered artists, create itineraries, visit studios and VOTE for their favorite artists for an opportunity to show their work at the museum this winter.

We’re hosting an artists + voters meetup this Monday, Aug 13 at Diamond Bar from 6 – 8pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet artists, mingle, browse the site, register and support the creative community of Greenpoint. Come by and take advantage of happy hour specials from the bar (43 Franklin Street)!


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Health & Wellness Reminders from Work It Brooklyn Panel

Last Wednesday Aja, Briana and I hosted another Work it Brooklyn panel, this time centered around health & wellness for the freelance creative. Aja is a natural food chef and organizes North Brooklyn Runners so naturally she moderated the event with panelists including Dishan Elise, a certified personal trainer and the founder/owner of Human At Ease, Kim Ann Curtin, a life coach who is founder and CEO of The Wall Street Coach and Andrea Moss, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach of Moss Wellness.

It was a very casual and informal setting, hosted inside a yoga room at Human at Ease (it is the ONLY gym that successfully integrates a gym and yoga studio without falling off the tacky ditch) and was unsurprisingly attended mostly by women. This led to that danger zone where guests start talking about hormones and periods and how it affects their work flow and exercising routine. It was a bit self-helpy and life coachy but I learned some pretty basic but helpful reminders on how and WHY I should maintain regular exercise for a healthy state of being.

Some quotes & notes:

– Increase your degree of effort and cut back on hours both at work and exercise. 30 minutes once a week is TOTALLY possible if you push yourself.

– Schedule the time on your calendar as motivational reminders and tasks to go to that damn yoga class.

– Catch yourself off guard and ask What’s happening to my body now? Can I be with it? Tune in with your body and be present, connected.

– Stock up on quick cooking, buy in bulk and focus on in season vegetables which are local and more affordable.

– Create pillars for emotional and physical well being. Eat well and find balance between work and personal.

– You can’t FIND discipline. You have to create it.

– Jump rope.

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Dekalb Market Lauch // Spring Weekender / / April 7 – 8

Did you hear? Dekalb Market is launching as a multi-purpose cultural destination featuring a new outdoor event space with a full season of free, curated music, art, food, film and eclectic experiences in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.

Dekalb Market 2012 will include: Dance parties, free open-air markets, unique foodie events, bike in movie nights, lobster boils, roller derbies and an ongoing series of special live music performances. All of this alongside the new permanent Dekalb Market Beer & Wine Garden, featuring local craft beer, wine and sangria, the ideal spot to hang out with friends, relax in the sun and take a break from shopping, set against the gritty-cool urban backdrop of downtown Brooklyn.

Open seven days a week, locals and visitors can now spend a leisurely morning, afternoon or evening while enjoying a Robicelli’s Cupcake along with a cup of Joe or partake in Maharlika’s Filipino street food while browsing among the additional 45 retail shops including Etsy Collective, YakBlak, Hank & JoJo, Harriet’s Alter Ego and Pip & Estella.

Situated over an entire square block – voted best New York Architecture of 2011 by New York Observer – Dekalb Market is built from recycled shipping containers converted into over 60 food & retail shops which frame a distinct space for this year’s outdoor events and programs.

SPRING WEEKENDER // APRIL 7th & 8th // 10 – 6pmSPRING WEEKENDER will be held April 7 – 8 to celebrate the inaugural market in 2012. The two-day extravaganza will be host a myriad of activities including:

* 40 retail & food outdoor vendors showcasing arts & crafts, antiques, new & vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, prints and more

* A curated flower and garden market

* Classes & workshops for adults and children centered around cooking, farming, gardening,  and crafting

* Easter activities including a market wide Easter egg hunt

* Live music from local bands & DJ sets

* Beer & wine garden featuring local brews

Other exciting programming we have planned for this year include:


With a capacity for 2000 revelers and a state of the art sound system, Dekalb Market will be a one of a kind Brooklyn destination for live music, festivals and parties alike. A taste of what’s in store:


* Dance parties Sunday afternoons

* 60 open-air vendor markets adding to the roster of amazing local food & retail merchants

* Live concerts weekly both ticketed and free


* Bike in movie nights

* Lobster boils hosted by Red Hook Lobster pound

* Roller derby hosted by Down & Derby

* Twilight Market

Special Events

* 718 Sessions // Dance party

* Good Room // Interior Design Show

* Vegan Shop Up // Vegan food & retail market

* Brooklyn Busk

* Rooftop Films

* Supperclubs

* Food Competitions & Festivals

* Contra Dance


Dekalb Farm is a collaborative project that unites members of the Urban Agricultural community to provide fresh produce and public workshops to market goers. Additionally, it is home to Food 360, a farm-to-table job-training program run by Family Cook Productions and housed in a brand-new incubator kitchen designed by Marketshare. The kitchen will eventually become a functional space for local makers, entrepreneurs and culinary professionals to prepare their products for sale at the market. Just another way Dekalb Market is bridging makers, artists, farmers, chefs and the community!

Weekly produce pick-ups will be organized by Plovgh and will have a weekly theme correlating with the crops available that week. There will also be monthly programming centered around farming.

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Dekalb Market // April 1st

FYI, this is coming. And I’m making it awesome, just for you.

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Events and Vendors Needed at Dekalb Market

Calling all Vendors, Producers, Organizers, Artists, Musicians, Shakers and Movers!

I need you!

I’ve officially signed a contract (Can you believe I’ve never signed one before?!! A HUGE freelance no no!!) to manage vendors and lead the marketing, programming and events front at Dekalb Market. If you haven’t been to DM in the past year, it’s an amazingly designed outdoor space with 60 container vendors cut out to house various vendors from clothing and food to toys and art installations. There is also room for outdoor table vendors for special events. It is a magical outdoor space and will be fully stocked as the go-to summer beer garden destination.

Jen Lyon, of MeanRed Productions fame, and I have partnered up and will be spending the next couple months preparing for a great year at Dekalb Market and would love for you to join us in one form or another! Some things we have planned:

– Beer & Wine Garden
– Programming & Events
– Ticketed evenings for music and nightlife entertainment including a DEKALB NIGHT MARKET!
– Happy hour specials
– Weekly CSAs and farm based events
– Movie Screenings (Bike Ins!)
– Classes & workshops for retailers
– Weekends
– Highly curated weekend markets
– Free daytime events
– Local bands
– Food competitions
– Supperclub dinners
– Marketing
– Updated website & newsletter
– Revamped social media
– Media partnerships
– Updated roster of vendors featuring the best in their field: food, crafts, art, music, clothing, accessories

If you’re looking for a space to host your performance, food competition, or product please let me know. Anything goes, if you want to showcase your best wood planer, or the latest gizmo. If you’re a vendor and would like either a permanent container space or participate in vendor specific events please let me know. If you know folks who’d love to take this opportunity to use Dekalb Market as a venue for any fun activity, please let me know!

Any questions? Let me know. 🙂


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Work It Brooklyn @ 3rd Ward // February 8th

AAAAaaaand we’re BACK!

Briana, Aja, and yours truly are excited to bring you another edition of our infamous speed-networking event for creative professionals, Work it Brooklyn. We’re partnering up with 3rd Ward as they graciously host us on February 8th. Full details below, make sure to RSVP now as tickets are FLYING off the wall.

Ah. That moment, when you first see them across a crowded room. Your eyes lock. You approach with confidence. The moment is finally here. You’ve met the person you’ve been looking for all night – the WordPress developer who can finally get your website just right.

It’s true, Brooklynites, love is in the air and we at Work It Brooklyn are here to help you find a place in your heart … for networking, that is.

Join us at 3rd Ward on February 8th for one of our signature events, the first of 2012, designed to connect creatives of all stripes – graphic designers, dancers, musicians, tech gurus, painters, writers, etc… – in a fun collaborative and productive environment. Arrive by 7 to ensure your spot in our revolutionary, and much-loved, speed-networking and stick around to mingle until 10PM. We’ll have PBR and wine on hand, free, to help ease those networking nerves.

During the event, you’ll have a chance to check out 3rd Ward’s new retail shop, fully stocked with books, tools and designy goodness for every creative taste and aesthetic. In addition, the fine folks at 3rd Ward will be offering hands-on demos all evening – maybe you’ll get lucky … and have a chance to get your screenprint on. If you’re not familiar with 3rd Ward, and the amazing programming they offer for creatives of every part of the spectrum, our event will be a great way to learn more about their services.

Register today for this free networking mixer. You never know, you might just meet your next collaborator, business partner or employee.

Work It Brooklyn at 3rd Ward
February 8th, 2012
7 to 10PM

Click here to register.

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 715-4961

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Vote and RSVP // #100proofartists // Jan 18th @ Knitting Factory

A little over a month ago I posted the open call for 100 Proof Project, an art competition presented by Southern Comfort and L Magazine, produced by yours truly. Since then we managed to filter through about fifty submissions and chose an awesome roster of ten artist contestants to create an original artwork inspired by Southern Comfort. Within a very very very short period of time these contestants have managed to make pieces that I’m very proud to present. Making studio visits over the last week I was surprised by the urgency and active participation from each artist, their enthusiasm to dig deep and infiltrate the rooted history behind Southern Comfort to incorporate into their own practice.

Majority of the works centered on New Orleans, home of the original Southern Comfort brand, each work outpouring with celebration, jazz, carnival, and recipes. The first artist to be featured on the site today is photographer Kathryn Friedman and you can read all about her work and process here.

Here is where I will need your help: Check out the website featuring works of all 10 artists. RSVP to the one day event happening January 18th (that’s next Wednesday! Gulp) at Knitting Factory, and the most important part of all:

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ARTWORK!! Get on twitter and use the hashtag #100proofartists to vote. You have from now until January 18th to decide.

Read the SoCoPressRelease and see you January 18th!

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