Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crown Heights Weekend and Links: Farmers Markets, Make Music NY, and a Crown Heights School Reunion 72 Years in the Making

Lots of fun to be had (and already being had) in Crown Heights this weekend: 

- Seeds in the Middle is hosting their weekly Thursday Farmers' Market, which takes place from 1-7pm at Hamilton-Metz Field, as I type this. They're also planning to launch a Brower Park Farmers' Market on Fridays starting in July.

- Make Music NY kicks off the first day of summer tomorrow (Friday) with free concerts across the city. Here in Crown Heights, you can see a great range of music. Click the flyers above for more details, check out the complete Crown Heights listings here, or check in with Secondary Sound and WIADCA, which are both hosting nearby events, for more details.

- The Hoover Dam Collective celebrates their third birthday with "Silver Door," at the Red Lotus Room (893 Bergen) on Saturday night. From their press release:

"Silver Door" brings a new level of immersion to the standard template of our interdisciplinary shows. We will bring the usual variety of art forms together in a more cohesive way and encourage audience participation to a greater extent. The show will include poetry, dance, music, story-telling, burlesque, and other special surprises. 

- LaunchPad has lots of events coming up this weekend, as usual (see below from their weekly email):

Thursday, June 20th @ 8pm
Drink + Draw + Draw

You are cordially invited to a model drawing session at Launchpad at 8:00pm There will be beverages on hand. The recommended donation shall be $5, but any extra support of the space is appreciated. The session will run until 10 pm with a short break in the middle. Please bring your own drawing materials, including drawing boards if you have them. If people are interested, there can also be an open drawing table for collaborative draw jams and general messing around.

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


Friday, June 21st @ 1pm
Make Music NY @ LaunchPad

We're hosting 10 hours of performances by a diverse group of musicians that's indicative of the Prospect Heights/Crown Heights neighborhood: genuinely uncool but unironically fun! With performers ranging from a man who raps the words of William Shakespeare to experimental solo artists who rock-out on delay pedals to the self-explanatory Toys and Tiny Instruments band. All culminating with the opening of "Give Me a Sign" a new installation/event that explores body language and the traces of human presence through performance, sculpture, painting and collage.

1:00 PM     The Sonnet Man   
2:00 PM     Lindsey Wilson   
3:00 PM     Leslie Paris Viking
4:00 PM     discoBAASSIK
5:00 PM    Carter Zumtobel
6:00 PM    Toys and Tiny Instruments
7:00 PM    Anastasia Falcon
8:00 PM    Alissa Vox Raw
9:00 PM    Throw Vision

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
1p, FREE


Friday, June 21st @ 8pm
The Bedroom Presents: Give Me A Sign

One night exhibition/event in conjunction with Make Music NY Artists: Katrina Chamberlin, Katya Grokhovsky, Alisa Ochoa. Organized by Katya Grokhovsky. Performance: Katrina Chamberlin.
Give me a Sign explores body language and the traces of human presence through performance, sculpture, painting and collage.

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


Saturday, June 22nd @ Noon

Popsickle is Brooklyn's literary arts festival. Now in its fourth year, the fest aims to unite Brooklyn's array of reading series and mags into one day-long literary megareading. It's happening this year at LaunchPad. Come for some of it, stay for all of it.

LaunchPad is located at 721 Franklin Avenue, near the 2, 3, 4, 5 and S trains.

PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Michael Robbins | Anthony Madrid | Paige Ackerson-Kiely | Dolan Morgan | Danniel Schoonebeek | Coriel Gaffney | Ben Nadler | Julia Guez | Rangi McNeil | Montana Ray | Jarrod Shanahan | Andy Gittlitz | Nicole Steinberg | Paul Simundich | Allyson Paty | Jacob Perkins | JD Scott | Christine Kanownik | Sasha Fletcher | Seth Oelbaum | Ana Božičević | Leigh Stein | Jennifer Tamayo | Ryan Strong | Hubert Vigilla | Carole Nicksin | Anna Moschovakis | Sarah V. Schweig | Elizabeth Zuba | Marisa Crawford & Becca Klaver & Lily Ladewig & Caolan Madden & Emily Skillings & Jennifer Tamayo | & more tba . . . .

PARTICIPATING SERIES INCLUDE: Bushwick Sweethearts | Hatchet Job | Renegade Reading Series | Fireside Follies | Moonshot | Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Highwaymen NYC | What's So Hot | Death Panel | WONDER | Stain of Poetry | Atlas | Bratty Poets

Popsickle 2013 is coordinated by Niina Pollari and JD Scott.

- Looking ahead to Monday, local folk duo Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne are playing at The Way Station.

And some links:

- Long-form journalism site BKLYNR has a tremendous piece up about the efforts of Crown Heights native Milton Beame to host a 72nd reunion for his elementary school class from PS 167 on Eastern Parkway.  

- Chavela's gets a nice shoutout from Brooklyn Magazine for having an excellent "food-focused happy hour," though describing them as a "Fort Greene Mexican" place isn't so much gentrification-by-rebranding as just plain wrong. Perhaps they're getting their info from Halstead Properties, which lists a ludicrous number of Brooklyn restaurants in many neighborhoods on its Fort Greene info page (thanks to Penina for this amusing tip). 

- Students from KIPP AMP in Crown Heights are competing in the Middle School Nation Debate Tournament this week in Alabama. 

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