Monday, March 04, 2013

Weekend Recap: Never a dull moment

Time was when reporters on Franklin Avenue were as rare as daffodils in winter, but that time has surely passed. Still, it was a surprise to have the ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News team roll into Tastebuds while the lady and I were enjoying our Saturday morning biscuits. Look for co-founder Kevin Philip (pictured above) in the introductory segments ("eyyyyyyyyyyewitness news!") next time you're channel surfing.

A few other tidbits from around the Avenue:

- If you haven't heard, the battle between MySpaceNYC and the Crown Heights Assembly ratcheted up another notch last week when MySpaceNYC filed a suit claiming $31 million in damages from the Assembly. ILFA's no lawyer, but I can't imagine this is the last word. They've been discussing this over at Brownstoner

- Registration is now open for the Seeds in the Middle spring soccer league. Games start on Sunday, March 17. Email soccer@seedsinthemiddle.org for more info.

- Our newly-elected Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries, appeared on MSNBC yesterday to discuss the impending sequester.

- The beautifully-rebuilt Church of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights officially became a cathedral over the weekend. Two and a half years ago, ILFA saw T.S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral" performed there when it was still a parish church. Foreshadowing, perhaps?

- Finally, the folks at LaunchPad pass along this week's calendar:

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Monday, March 4th @ 8pm
Come Crafting

We are gathering tomorrow from 8-10pm.  Our theme is Mending and Darning.  We will have threads of all colors and needles of all sizes.  If you are planning on darning (patching knits) try to bring yarn that is the same fiber content as your piece of clothing or other knit item.  If you want your patched section to blend in the same color is good too.  No experience necessary, I can teach a variety of hand sewing stitches needed to repair whatever you have.  I will be doing reconstructive stuffed animal surgery and at least one other person mentioned wanting to darn holes in socks.  Other things to fix include repairing hems, patching pants, repairing rips etc.

Even if you don't have anything to repair, come to work on your own projects and chat.  Please note that we currently do not have sewing machines available, but we do have some chunky yarn and some needles and crochet hooks and other stuff.  If there is something else you would like to use let me know and I'll see what I have on hand. 

Launchpad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C trains to Franklin Avenue station
8p; Pay what you wish

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Wednesday, March 6th @ 8pm
Best Friends Thread

Improv Comedy's "Walking on Memphis" hosts an all-improv comedy show at the LaunchPad in Brooklyn.

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C trains to Franklin Avenue station
8p, $5 suggested donation

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Thursday, March 7th @ 8pm
Drink and Draw and Draw


Come draw and drink and draw some more at LaunchPad's figure drawing night! We have live models, music and drinks. Drawers of all levels welcome!
Led by artist Jess Worby ( everythingisweird.com)

Launchpad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C trains to Franklin Avenue station
8p; Pay what you wish

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Saturday, March 9th @ 8pm
Hardscape/ABC Release Party


Poet Andrew Spano and artist Ivana Masic present their new collaboration: a collection of poetry and art called HARDSCAPE/ABC, published by Atropos Press. There will be readings from the book, projections of the art, and several featured readers reading from their own work. Books will be for sale, and there will be a cash bar.

ANDREW SPANO

Andrew Spano is a poet, fiction writer, composer, and research scholar. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including journals of poetry, fiction, psychology, and international affairs. He is a senior lecturer in English and Business Communication at Northeastern University, was a full-time journalist in newspapers, magazines, and television for a decade, and was a Foreign Expert in English at Taian Teachers' College in China. He earned a Ph.D. in Media Philosophy (summa cum laude) from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and an M.A. in English from the University of Vermont. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

HANNAH LILITH ASSADI
Hannah Lillith Assadi is completing her MFA in Fiction at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Hannah [She] is working on her first novel. Hannah has also published [Her published work includes] short stories, poetry and wrote the [and a] script for an experimental short film that is being [was] optioned for production in France. In 2011, she wrote the script for a short play which was produced shortly thereafter [omit] in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona [by???]. While pursuing her MFA, she has worked [she has been working] as an administrative and research assistant in the office of Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz. She also [In 2012, she] participated in a literary translation project, under the direction of Binnie Kirshenbaum, with Syrian author Danny Ahmed-Ramadan. Hannah [She] attended Columbia University for her bachelor's [degree] where she graduated summa cum laude in Middle Eastern Literature and Languages and Creative Writing. Her senior thesis, for which she received departmental honors, was a comparative study of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Hannah was awarded the Philolexian Prize in 2008 for her short stories and essays and was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Mizna,Tablet, and The Current. Hannah [She lives in] currently resides in Brooklyn.

IVANA MASIC
Ivana Masic is a well established and professional artist educator from New York. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a Masters in Art Education and teaches at the high school level in Valhalla, NY. Ivana has acted as Art Director in both literary and film media. Currently, she is also the Art Director for the publishing company, The Last Automat Press, and has created over thirty original book covers. Ivana actively collaborates with various musicians, filmmakers, and institutions to exhibit and educate others. She states,“Through and with the arts, we can indefinitely mend our beautiful world.” To read more about Ivana Masic and her creative endeavors please refer to her website: www.ivanamasic.com.

Launchpad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C trains to Franklin Avenue station
8p; Free

8 comments:

  1. Good grief - really, MySpace?!? For $31 million? I didn't think MySpace could act less shitty; then, somehow, they did.

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  2. My post elsewhere re MySpace suit:

    Somewhat happy to hear something is happening that may finally bring to light who is actually telling the truth here. Is MS unethical but operating within legal boundaries? Are slighted residents going to extremes which are illegal as well (threats, threats of illegal activities, and defamation)?

    Maybe MS is more savvy and right in this than you think, and wants a discovery phase...or just hopes the cost of defense kills CHA.

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  3. CHA certainly wouldn't be the first advocacy organization to be forcefully told:

    A. That there are legal and illegal means of protest.

    B. That subjective moral codes tend to lose when they profess standards which are different than that of those defined by law.

    We've been discussing it here: http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/a-look-below-the-surface-in-gentrifying-crown-heights-published-jan-15-2013

    If the case actually makes it to court, it should be somewhat interesting to see the parties throw mud at each other.

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  4. Yes Mike, and I'll be a beer that CHA is going to lose.

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  5. I doubt you'll be able to find someone to take the side of the well intentioned, CHA idiots.

    ...but I bet you MikeF will still have that beer with you.

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  6. It is true: I'll have a beer with just about anyone.

    But, yes, we'd have to define what "CHA winning" and "My Space losing" meant before I would make a bet for a beer.

    ...beer and everything else is getting expensive in this neighborhood.


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  7. Why do I have the feeling that MikeF is just talking to himself in the comments section? LOL

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  8. The ability of folks to post anonymously is somewhat annoying.

    Here's a training for CHA: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12djJO9R01iwcNlKKmzWNC_yx5eHRUcQdlWhgvk_560s/viewform

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