Saturday, September 29, 2012

Obama Fundraiser Tomorrow at Little Zelda

Oysters on Friday, politics on Sunday ... the folks at Little Zelda always have a great event coming up. Click on the flyer or read on below if you're interested in joining with other folks in Crown Heights to keep Barack in the White House.

OBAMA­-BIDEN FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY IN CROWN HEIGHTS
Come join community members for coffee in Crown Heights, while donating to the Obama Victory Fund

When: Sunday, 30 September 2012. 8.30‐11.30 am 

Where: Little Zelda’s @728A Franklin Avenue (between Park Place and Sterling Place)

The first 20 people to donate (minimum $10) get a free cup of coffee.

Organized by Crown Heights/Crow Hill residents : Raquel Wexler, Kate Blumm and Michael de Zayas.

On site online donations, checks and cash will be accepted. Contribution forms will be filled for all donations.

For further information call Raquel : (347) 673‐3212 Email: raquelcrowhill@hotmail.com 



Friday, September 28, 2012

Crown Heights Oyster Party at Little Zelda's Tonight 7-10pm

Little Zelda, who've been in the news lately for leading the charge to get a bike corral placed on Franklin between Park and Sterling, are hosting an oyster party tonight (and every Friday night) from 7-10pm. Brooklyn Oyster Party will be providing the bivalves, and they'll be providing the wine and beer.

Also, just in case anyone wasn't sure if Crown Heights has been "discovered," the Daily News asked a broker (in their regular "ask a broker" column) what the "next hottest nabe in NYC" was. You'll never guess what she said.

Barclays Center Opens Tonight


It's heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere! After years of protests, politics, and promises, the Barclays Center, which hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony a week ago, opens for its very first event tonight with Jay-Z onstage. Like every other moment in the history of the arena, the curtain will not rise uncontested; local Occupy groups are planning a teach-in from 4-6pm, and other local opponents of the arena marched last night in protest

While Crown Heights doesn't immediately abut the arena, and thus hasn't seen the kind of reaction that our neighbors to the west have, it will be interesting to see what happens now that the place is finally open. Will carmageddon (parking-mageddon?) ensue? Will foot traffic to local business increase as people walk over  a a mile from their cars (parked at one of the local lots that will doubtless be cashing in on these events)? Will nothing much change? And will locals adopt the Nets (as Jay-Z and his followers have) or stick with the Knicks (as Spike Lee has)? The next chapter in this saga begins...readers, your thoughts?

Along these lines, NYMag has a long, reflective piece about the Barclays Center and change in Brooklyn more generally here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Franklin Avenue Merchants Meeting Tonight with Pratt Area Community Council

The Franklin Avenue Merchants are meeting tonight at 6:30pm in the back bar at Franklin Park. Pratt Area Community Council, a local organization that supports community associations and merchant groups in the area, will be there to discuss new ways for the merchant community on Franklin to move forward as a group, so if you're a merchant (or a prospective one), come out to tonight to meet your neighbors and learn about ways to better serve and promote the Avenue.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

E-Waste Recycling Event Today


Another quick one - this is today, a great way to get rid of old TVs, computers, phones, etc.

FREE Saturday 9/22/12 10am–4pm . Rain or Shine
Drop Off Site: Brooklyn Avenue
between St. Marks Ave & Prospect Pl
Crown Heights
We would like to thank Brooklyn Community Board 8 for supporting this event and
we would like to thank the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for hosting this event.
The electronic waste collection program is made possible by:
E-WASTE RECYCLINGEVENT
WE ACCEPT: Working & non-working computers, monitors, printers,
scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, phones,
audio/visual equipment, cell phones & PDA’s
For more information contact the
Lower East Side Ecology Center
lesecologycenter.org or
212.477.4022
Lower East Side Ecology Center presents

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brooklyn Book Festival Coming to Franklin Park Tonight and Tomorrow


Brooklyn has long been known for its writers, but only in the last few years has Crown Heights made its way onto the borough's literary map, thanks in large part to the efforts of local organizers who've put together great events and projects including the Franklin Park Reading Series, the Renegade Reading Series, and the Crown Journal. This weekend's Brooklyn Book Festival has acknowledged the neighborhood's efforts with a pair of "Bookend Events" at Franklin Park tonight and tomorrow - check them out!


Wednesday, September 19th

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations Pub Quiz

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of Little, Brown and Company and the 18th Edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, this pub quiz will test your knowledge of who said what! Introduced by Bartlett’s editor Geoffrey O’Brien. Co-hosted by Franklin Park Reading Series.

Location: Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 618 St. John’s Place (between Classon and Franklin Avenues)

Time: 7:30 pm

Price: Free

Thursday, September 20th

ringShout: A Place For Black Literature Celebrates its 3rd Annual Reading Series

Join ringShout for its 3rd Annual BookEnd event -- a special evening of readings by and conversation with notable African-American writers. Featuring Jacqueline E. Luckett (Passing Love), Calvin Baker(Dominion), and a tribute to novelist Erica Kennedy (Feminista) by her friend Eisa Ulen. Co-hosted by the Franklin Park Reading Series.

Location: Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 618 St. John’s Place (between Classon and Franklin Avenues)

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Price: Free


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CHCA Meeting Tuesday at 7:30


The Crow Hill Community Association returns from their annual summer break tomorrow with their September meeting at the Gospel Tabernacle Church (725 Franklin Avenue, between Park and Sterling). For those who are new to the neighborhood, these meetings are fantastic ways to get to know your neighbors, learn about what's happening in the community, and get involved in efforts to improve everything from the streetscape to educational opportunities for youth. If you've never been to one, make tomorrow your first. The fun starts at 7:30pm. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Franklin Avenue Merchants Never Sleep


Brooklyn Fit Lab, Open For Business


The Avocado Sandwich at TasteBuds (with a shoutout to Sidney, who made this particular sandwich look extra-good and taste extra-delicious)


A new coffee shop on Park Place.

ILFA takes the better part of a week off, and what happens? I miss a whole pile of news and notes from the Franklin Avenue Merchants, who are forever building, renovating, improving, revamping, and reinventing their businesses in the endless quest for your patronage. Some of the latest bits and pieces are bundled here, but the best way to find out about new places or changes at old ones is just to walk in - I've never met a merchant along Franklin who wasn't happy to talk to a potential customer about what they have to offer and why.

- Local blogger Krystal caught up with Chadon Charles today, owner of Brooklyn Ink Spot and Bella Greens, to hear about his new venture, Brooklyn Fit Lab, at 654 Sterling. They'll be offering a whole range of fitness, martial arts, and dance classes for adults, as well as dance classes for kids, too.

- A whole range of places along the Avenue have started offering brunch, including 739 Franklin (who have fan-dam-tastic food - if you've only stopped in for a drink, you're not getting the whole experience), the Candy Rush (red velvet waffles, anyone?), and Barboncino (ok, they've been doing this for awhile, but still, brunch pizza!). Check them out when you need a break from the old standbys.

- Speaking of restaurants, 95 South is being re-invented as a soul food restaurant, and they, too, will be offering brunch upon their re-opening. Meanwhile, a coffee shop is moving into one of those corner lots on Park Place that were destroyed by the fire in Homage's kitchen a few years ago (poor Homage - they had just hit their stride, too). Unlike most places, which have to pay for sidewalk permits, their lot extends to the little fence in front of the building, which should make possible some great outdoor seating options. 

- Speaking of re-openings, for those in need of nail care, Posh Nails will be getting a re-launch very soon.

- Finally, a number of places up and down the Avenue have begun offering promos and discounts, often through their websites or twitter accounts, but sometimes just posted in the window. TasteBuds, where ILFA had a killer sandwich for lunch, is offering students (with ID) a 10% discount all this week, and may consider extending it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

VOTE TODAY

Yes, yes, voting is usually reserved for Tuesdays in our fair republic, but thanks to the strange and wondrous workings of New York State, we have a Thursday primary for State Assembly today. If you're a registered Democrat (and if you live in Brooklyn, you should be, purely for practical reasons - Brooklyn votes 7-1 Democratic in general elections, so decisions are made in the primaries), then you can vote to replace Hakeem Jeffries in the 57th Assembly District. Because this is a primary on an unusual day, turnout will likely be low, which means the votes of those who do get to the polls will matter, so make the time to cast yours tomorrow.

The Candidates:

- Walter Mosley
- Olanike Alabi
- Martine Guerrier

Election coverage and endorsements:

- Prospect Heights Patch
- The Brooklyn Paper
- New York Times
- Daily News

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Weekend Never Ends on Franklin: Reading Series and Stage One TONIGHT

It's the second Monday of the month, and you know what that means - time for the Franklin Park Reading Series! Come out to Franklin Park at 8pm for what has become on of the hottest literary events in the city (and did I mention there are $4 pints all night?). Complete info on the event and authors from their FB page is below:


Also tonight is the first-ever installment of what will hopefully become a regular event, Stage One at Little Zelda from 7-10pm. This evening of live music is sponsored by Secondary Sound, the guys who host the Jam Night at the Breukelen Coffee House, and features singer-songwriters Bree Ann Klauser and Randy Niles

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES 9/10

Disoriented by sudden violence, sped-up technology and social upheaval? This month, hear how five fiction writers confront our modern malaise through gripping stories of alternate realities, shifting identities, and time-space distortions. The featured readers are BRIAN EVENSON (Windeye, Immobility), JOSHUA HENKIN (The World Without You), KATHLEEN ALCOTT (The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets), COURTNEY ELIZABETH MAUK (Spark), and J.E. REICH (Armchaor Shotgun).

FREE ADMISSION!!! DRINK SPECIALS: $4 PINTS, PLU
S $1 OFF THE 1ST 100 DRINKS!!! LIT TRIVIA!!! PRIZES!!!

LOCATION:

FRANKLIN PARK BAR AND BEER GARDEN
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue
http://franklinparkbrooklyn.com/category/events/
http://franklinparkreadingseries.tumblr.com/

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: The website SMALL DEMONS (smalldemons.com) will be providing a $1 discount on the first 100 drinks, along with coastesr imprinted with their logo. And we'll be raffling off a Small Demons T-shirt!

And our great appreciation to BOMB Magazine for recording podcasts.

MORE ON OUR AUTHORS:

BRIAN EVENSON is the author of over ten books of fiction, including, most recently, the short story collection Windeye and the novel Immobility. He has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel. His short story collection Fugue State was named one of Time Out New York's Best Books of 2009. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, including one for the title story in Windeye, he lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directed and currently teaches in Brown University's Literary Arts Department.

JOSHUA HENKIN is the author, most recently, of the novel The World Without You, as well as the novels Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

KATHLEEN ALCOTT is the author of the debut novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Slice Magazine, American Short Fiction; Vol. 1 Brooklyn; The Rumpus.Net, The Bold Italic, Explosion Proof, and Rumpus Women Vol. 1, an anthology of personal essays by women. Born and raised in Northern California, she currently resides in Brooklyn and is working on her second novel.

COURTNEY ELIZABETH MAUK is the author of the debut novel Spark. She received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has been published in The Literary Review, PANK, Wigleaf, Superstition Review, and other places. She is an assistant editor at Barrelhouse Magazine and teaches at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Juilliard. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.

J.E. REICH hails from Pittsburgh and recently received her MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Armchair/Shotgun, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Plain China: The Best of Undergraduate Writing 2010, KGB Bar & Lit Journal, Underground Voices, The Emerson Review, and other publications. Her writing was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. She resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is a social media intern at Critical Mob and a contributor at Thought Catalog. She is currently working on her first novel.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Meet State Assembly Candidate Walter T. Mosley at Calabar Imports on Franklin Tomorrow

As often as ILFA writes about community issues, I've been (justly) chided for not spending enough time on local politics. For those who don't know, New York State has a primary election for state offices this coming THURSDAY (not Tuesday, as is typical), and many residents of Franklin will be voting for a new Assembly Member, as Hakeem Jeffries is off to Congress (provided the general election doesn't produce a mammoth upset out of the blue). You can meet one of the candidates for Hakeem's chair, Walter T. Mosley, tomorrow at Calabar Imports on Franklin just north of Park.

More info from Ede Fox, a local candidate herself (for City Council next year):

Have you met Walter Mosley?  Did you know he was endorsed by Council Member Tish James and Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries?  Wonder what his position is on schools, Atlantic Yards, job creation or affordable housing?  Come out on Sunday September 9th to meet our next Assembly member and support one of our local businesses, Calabar Imports, on Franklin Avenue.  RSVP here.

What:                  Meet & Greet
When:                 September 9th 3-5pm
Where:                Calabar Imports
708 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

GO-files: Brian Knauer, Joseph Bolton, Ian Pawelec, Rebecca Potts, and Paula Overbay

(more profiles of local artists showing their work this weekend at GO Brooklyn)

Brian Knauer invites everyone to check out his work and that of his fellow artists at Fountain Studios (604 Grand Ave), where they will be hosting a reception from 6-8pm.

Joseph Bolton writes "I was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Queens ,then returned to Brooklyn in 1990. Have been  airbrushing cars and motorcycles in the style of Frank Frazetta and Boris forever but decided to concentrate on my real passion of acrylic painting due to the economy collapse of 9/11. I have to admit I was greatly influenced by Rembrant but what as the deciding factor was a piece by Harvey Dinnerstein. My favorite subjects are Brooklyn brownstones and ethnic life past present and future."


Ian Pawelec replied to ILFA's interview questions:


What kind of art do you make? Who are your artistic influences?

I am striving to creat a spiritual astheict for the future. My work explores our journey though the universe and the energy of life that connects us all. Most recently l have drawn heavy influence form the spiritual iconography of Late Renascence painting, Egyptian art, and African tribal culture. Mark Rothko, Blinky Palermo, and Basquiat have also been great influences on my work. 

How long have you lived in Brooklyn? How does being in Brooklyn influence your work?

I first lived in Brooklyn while attending Pratt a number of years ago. I've lived here just over a year since being back in the area. It has changed dramatically, there is just so much more here now. As an artist there is nothing quite like the creative energy of Brooklyn. Everything just moves and evolves here in such an awe inspiring way one can't help but be driven to create.  

If people come to your studio on Saturday and Sunday, what should they know about the work you'll be showing?

Action painting is a big part of my process and I hope to give visitors a look at that. All of my work is really about the viewers interaction with it, they are the ones who truly make it come alive. During GO I will be showing new paintings that no one has really had a chance to see yet. One of the pieces, The Portal of Life  measuring 7'x7' is unique experience to take in first hand. The work represents our journey though time. We are all focused on what lay ahead, though we can only see the bright shrapnel of the moment.

Artist Statement:
Using a unique visual language, Pawelec's pantings take viewers on a soulful journey through the universe. These "Expressions of the Abstract" explore life's energy as well as the great unknown beyond us. In his studio practice the artist employs his own pigment based paints, combining elements of action painting, physical layering, and fine brush work to render furiously free flowing yet intricate compositions. Defying conventional categorization, his work references a wide array of artists including Rothko, Basquiat, and Blinky Palermo. Most recently he has looked to late renaissance painters such as Michelangelo in creating a spiritual aesthetic for the future.



Rebecca Potts also replied to the same questions:


What kind of art do you make? Who are your artistic influences?

I work in a variety of media from printmaking and painting to photography and video to sculpture and installation. My work is tied together by its focus on the human relationship to land and environment. I am obsessed with maps and use and/or imitate them frequently in my work. I actually have a degree in Geography and spent countless hours in college in the GIS (Geographic Info Systems) lab making maps. I also do a lot of reading about climate change and that info burrows into my work. Artistic influences... Maya Lin, Agnes Denes, Andy Goldsworthy for his zen, Julie Mehretu, Mary Mattingly, Mark Dion, Phoebe Washburn, Future Farmers, the Canary Project, Edward Tufte, Jonah Lehrer, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge. I could go on and on...I have a rotating list of links on my website here: http://www.rebeccapotts.com/category/news/ that includes artists and organizations doing awesome work, especially connecting art and science.  

How long have you lived in Brooklyn? How does being in Brooklyn influence your work?

About 4 1/2 years, but they were split by 2 years in grad school in the midwest. I lived here from 2005-2007, when I worked at a public school in Bed-Stuy. I came back in 2010 after 2 years at Washington University in St. Louis and a year in L.A. Being in Brooklyn influences my work in a few ways. In terms of content, much of my work deals with mapping and our relationship to place, so the density of this place vs. St. Louis or LA or my Montana home has a huge influence. I have a series mapping my commutes over the years and the ability to take the train, bike, or walk to work makes these pieces and the experiences they represent very different from areas of the country where I would have to rely on driving. The other major influence here is scale - it's difficult to make and store really large work in the city, so I work smaller (for example, making a 4 ft installation instead of 8 ft).

If people come to your studio on Saturday and Sunday, what should they know about the work you'll be showing?

I'll be showing a range of my work (paintings, prints, photos, books, videos), but will have an in-progress installation on my walls. I'm revisiting some small (12" x12") sculptural collages that I made a few years ago (http://www.rebeccapotts.com/altered-landscapes/) and starting to experiment with making them larger and inserting them into a space on the walls/ceiling/floor. This project includes prints, drawings, hand-cut maps, and painting. I plan to continue working on this new idea and playing with it between visitors and I'm excited to hear what people think of it. 


And last but not least, Paula Overbay is not only opening her own studio, but is part of a team that created the "Aspire: GO" mural on Kingston and Bergen. She reports:

It took enormous teamwork from the community, friends and neighbors, our state representative Eric Adams and his staff, the KIngston Avenue Merchants Association, the young intern artists, the SOS team from the Mediation Center, the NYC Graffiti Removal Center and Sandra Hawkins, journalist.

The NUMBER 3 train to the Kingston Stop; out the turnstile to your right. You will notice the Jewish  Childrens Museum behind you as you begin walking on the Parkway. At the coming intersection of  Brooklyn Avenue cross the Parkway and continue for seven blocks, passing the Brooklyn Childrens Museum on your right. 

There will be a young artist intern who will be  delighted to show you the mural site one half block away. 

Friday, September 07, 2012

GO-files - Crown Heights Artists: Nina Meledandri, Erin Gleason, and Sarah Hall


(This is the first of series of posts tonight spotlighting the Crown Heights folks who are opening their studios this weekend as part of GO Brooklyn. Some are drawn from in-person interviews, some from online interviews, and some from artist statements.)

Nina Meledandri

If you live in Northwest Crown Heights, you've seen Nina Meledandri, even if you've never met her. The indefatigable Project Manager for the Crow Hill Community Association can be found at community meetings, events, clean-up days, youth educational workshops, business openings, Kids Day, and the like, often leading the charge and always lending a hand. Since moving to Crown Heights six years ago, Meledandri has been a tireless advocate for the community, so much so that it's hard to imagine she has much time to eat and sleep, much less do anything else, but she's also a working artist who spent 25 years immersed in the Soho scene (where she was also a community leader) before moving across the river.

For Meledandri, community involvement is part of her practice, in a sense, even if it sometimes eats into studio time. When I asked her how being in Brooklyn has impacted her work, she told me that it's not so much about being in Brooklyn, per se, as being at home. As she put it, making a home here (and making Crow Hill feel like home for so many others), gives her work a rootedness, a sense of being in its element, that can't be prepackaged or found without all the legwork and effort she's put in.

Thus, it's no surprise that Meledandri celebrates the impact of GO Brooklyn as a community-building enterprise, one whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and which she hopes will make an impact beyond the one big weekend starting tomorrow. The open-ended structure of the program has given longtime creative residents a chance to reach a wider audience and show their work to their new neighbors, and likewise gives new folks a chance to welcome the community into their studios. As she put it, this event is "another doorway to go through," another way for people to step out of their own parallel worlds and into the communal life of the neighborhood. Hopefully, some of that cohesion will help produce more local arts programming, perhaps along the lines of Art Not Arrests, at which she taught a class this summer.

You can find Nina Meledandri at her studio on Park Place tomorrow and Sunday.



Erin Gleason

A brief description of her work and open studio plans from the artist:

Erin Gleason is an artist, curator and designer who lives and works in Crown Heights, and is co-founder of the Crown Heights Film Festival. She works in a variety of media including public art, installation, performance, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Her artwork examines the relationships between environment, activity and art practice with a primary focus on contemporary urban conditions. Valuing the practice of interdisciplinary collaboration and seeking to push its potential, she often works with architects, landscape architects, writers, scientists and performers. 

Last summer at FiveMyles, Erin's installation To Gather; (which included a stoop, makeshift pulpit and barbershop) incorporated a series of performances by people she met socially in Crown Heights during the previous year. Performers included Erik da barber (from Experience Salon on Franklin Ave), poet Lynne Procope, comedian Elon James White, opera singer Malesha Jessie, and hip-hop duo DobleFlo.  Visitors were invited to participate and use the exhibition as their own gathering space for the reminder of the week. The exhibition questioned perceptions of 'authentic' places and activities in our rapidly changing (dare I say gentrifying?) neighborhood.

This weekend, Erin will be showing photographs of To Gather; and other installations, as well as drawings, prints, books, public artworks, and projects currently in progress. Visitors to her studio during GO! will be able to contribute to one of her current projects, Minority Party (the founding of a new political party in which its main focus is racial equality). Erin is currently canvassing opinions about what such a political party would look like and what its primary domestic and foreign policies would be. 

Visit Erin's page on GO! for more information and directions to her studio (located on Union St btwn Franklin and Bedford): http://www.gobrooklynart.org/studio/eringleason

Replies to a few questions from ILFA via email: 
Q. What kind of art do you make?

A.   I am primarily a painter, I also do mixed media and some sculpture.  www.sjhstudio.com

Art is a diary for me, it is the way I illustrate my life and the world around me.  I am interested in the action of painting--application, feeling and reaction to movement and color.  
I am an expressionist and much of my art is spontaneous reaction to the process of illustrating an idea.  I often start very realistic and with layers break down the illustrative components until the work
is entirely abstract -- often confronting and provocative in suggestion.

Q. Who are your influences?
A.  Most all artist inspires my work in some way or another--Rubens, Picasso Pollock and Bourgeois--- the range is vast.  If you asked me who influences my work I would say  it would be DeKooning, Hartigan, Baslitz, Guston, Kiefer to name a few--  Such a difficult question for me, I am sure more will come to my mind once I send this to you.

Q. How long have you lived in Brooklyn? How does being in Brooklyn influence your work?

A. .I moved to Brooklyn in the early 1980's and it has profoundly influenced the way I approach my art.   NYC and Brooklyn particularly has always given me a sense of freedom as an artist I have not felt any other place.  Creating always felt like the canvas was unlimited and experimentation supported and encouraged--I love Brooklyn and the artistic community around me!

Q. If people come to your studio on Saturday and Sunday, what should they know about the work you'll be showing?
The GO tour is a very exciting concept and I am really looking forward to this weekend.  My building has 19 other participating artist I have only recently found out which is great.  Those who come to my studio through the BIG BLUE doors will expect to see a large space with large confrontational paintings in colors and suggestion.  I will also have some smaller works and limited edition prints for sale.   I encourage everyone to come out enjoy the art, some wine and cast a vote in support! 
 

GO See Crown Heights Artists This Weekend!

For those who haven't heard, the Brooklyn Museum is sponsoring a community-based open studio weekend on Saturday and Sunday (the Daily News had a nice article about the event). Every artist working in Brooklyn was invited to participate, from established stars who show their work around the world to local artists and craftsmen who do their creative work for their friends, families, and communities when they're not making ends meet (and everyone in between). No matter who you are and what kind of work you make, opening up your studio is a lot of work, and putting yourself out there for the public takes serious courage. Here in Crown Heights, we have a wide range of participants working in nearly every medium, from 30-year veterans of the New York art world to young up-and-comers to creative nonprofits and community-based muralists. They're all opening up their world to you on Saturday and Sunday, so GO check them out!

More information on artists and logistics (thanks CHCA!) is below. ILFA has had the chance to talk to a number of local participants, and I'll be getting their information posted later today and tonight.

Get Ready To GO

We hope everyone will come out next weekend (Saturday 9/8 and Sunday (9/9) for a day of art and community building. By participating in GO, you can help put a neighborhood artist in the Brooklyn Museum!!!


Watch a great animation on the GOBrooklynArt blog which explains how "GO" works: http://gobrooklynart.tumblr.com/post/30037092669/getting-beyond-the-like-button

The museum will have neighborhood coordinators throughout Brooklyn during the open studio weekend. You’ll be able to stop in at any of these information spots to get a map and talk to GO staff about how to get started. Some venues are even providing specials!

Our coordinator; Victoria Cho, will be at Lily & Fig (727 Franklin Avenue) on Saturday 11am - 6:30pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm. GO weekend special: Free coffee with purchase of any baked good.

Here are some tips for voters: http://gobrooklynart.tumblr.com/post/30393120013/tips-for-voters.

And a great Daily News article hilighting a Crown Heights artist: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-art-people-choose-works-brooklyn-museum-show-article-1.1149130?

Watch for these signs indicating participating studios throughout the neighborhood:








Below are links to artists in the area who you might want to visit, many are included on this map of Prospect Heights artists:

And don't forget all the great artists in the Monti Building at 925 Bergen Street between Franklin and Classon: Monti Building Go Participants
Some Crow Hill artists actually ended up being listed in Prospect Heights, Here is a listing of all Crown Heights and Prospect Heights artists:  All Crown Heights/Prospect Heights GO Participants


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Great Day At Carnival

A partial view of one of the many spectacular masquerade queens. 

A Trinidadian soundsystem. While Carnival is celebrated in one form or another around the world, the Carnival tradition that the West Indian Day Parade draws on originates in Trinidad. 

The Grenadian Soundsystem was particularly raucous, celebrating the victory of countryman Kirani James in the 400 meter dash in London. The Jamaican domination of the 100 and 200 meters and the Bahamanian victory in the 4x4 ensured that track fans were in abundance at the parade.

One of three floats sponsored by 1199 SEIU the healthcare workers union that has supported thousands of Caribbean nurses and nurse practitioners in New York City over the last 60 years. 

In case you missed it, the West Indian American Day Carnival was fantastic on Monday. More photos here, and more chatter/links to more photos here. The amount of Caribbean history that parades down the parkway, from the healthcare workers to the track stars to the shirts bearing pictures of Toussaint Louverture, Marcus Garvey, and Bob Marley, is enough to keep this history grad student up late writing blog posts. While there was some violence at the very end and then after the parade (much less than in years past), and our hearts go out to the victims' families, this year's organizers deserve commendation for running a great show (as do the NYPD and the various city agencies involved).


Saturday, September 01, 2012

Today: Built in Brooklyn, Dean Street Farmers Market


Two more great ways to spend your Saturday on the Avenue while you're enjoying MoCADA's Soul of Brooklyn Block Party (see below) and the children's carnival up Franklin: Built in Brooklyn returns to LaunchPad from 12-6pm, and the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden hosts their regular farmers market on Dean between Franklin and Bedford from 8am-2pm.