Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekend Links: Block Parties, Music, Handstands, and More

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ILFA should be resting up for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon tomorrow morning, but before I do, some weekend links (if you're not already racing the half and/or heading down the Great Googa Mooga).

- The CHCA Garden met a bittersweet end this Tuesday, with nice article cataloging the work of Stacey Sheffey and the CHCA on DNAInfo. If you're still aching to work out your green thumb, check out the Roger That Garden over on Rogers and Park, who have a big building day planned for Saturday. 

- The SOS Crown Heights Arts to End Violence Festival kicks of on Saturday with a block party on Kingston Avenue from 1-6pm

- Local band People vs. Larsen plays 739 Franklin (after finding out about the venue on ILFA) Saturday night at 9:30.

- On Sunday, the LAVA Studio in Prospect Heights hosts their annual Handstand-a-thon (complete info on this one below) from 2-5pm.

- On Monday night, Filmwax launches a new monthly film series at Franklin Park, with seating starting at 7:30 and the film at 8pm.  

When: Sunday, May 20th, 2012 from 2-5pm
Where: The LAVA Studio, located at 524 Bergen Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Who: Open to both kids and adults

Handstand experts as well as first-timers, young and old, are invited to come to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to log seconds and minutes with their hands on the ground and their feet in the air! Haven’t done a handstand before?  No problem! Handstanders can use the wall, a spotter, or several spotters. The total time spent upside down will be tallied and added to a collective handstand pool. The goal for the total time of people with their feet raised is 1 second for every dollar raised, with a goal of $20,000.

Handstanders are encouraged to create their personalized fund-raising pages Each person who registers for will receive an "I <3 Handstanding" wristband. As fundraisers meet different incentive tiers they will receive different gifts while helping to keep LAVA accessible to all.

Handstand-a-Thon raises funds to support LAVA’s free activities: Community Class (a weekly class for kids ages 5 to 12), Night of Renegades (a seasonal open mic performance night in the LAVA Studio with music, dance, acrobatics, etc), Magma Mix (a seasonal performance event for kids, hosted by MAGMA, LAVA’s junior company), and the P.S. 9 Pick-Up Program(a weekly partnership with P.S. 9 in which 6 kids from P.S. 9 get picked up at school and brought to the LAVA studio for a class).  It also goes to support tuition subsidies and scholarships for our kids and adult classes which comprises nearly 25% of our student body.

We raise money so that some of our work can exist outside of the pressures of the market economy and provide wider access to the LAVA Studio for the people of Brooklyn and NYC.

Where Handstand-a-Thon donations go:
$125 – 1 day of LAVA’s P.S. 9 Pick-Up Program for kids 
$235 – 1 full scholarship for a session of LAVA Classes for kids
$250 – 1 day of Community Class at the LAVA Studio 
$500 – 1 day of Magma Mix performances in the LAVA Studio
$3000 – 12 weeks of Community Class at the LAVA Studio

LAVA is a performance troupe based in Brooklyn dedicated to creating original, empowering, boundary-breaking performances based in dance and acrobatics.  At the LAVA Studio, ensemble and community members train and teach LAVA’s rigorous, creative and inclusive movement language to kids and adults, and host several community programs.  For more info including photos and video footage of the company as well as last year’s Handstand-a-Thon, go to


  1. RIP Franklin Ave garden...

  2. People Vs Larsen is amazing, come check out some sick blues