Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Local Arts: Writing Workshop, Google Glass Documentary, LaunchPad's Holiday Appeal

Some things from the inbox. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

- Local scribe April Hope (who took part in a writing workshop with ILFA way back when) has launched a pair of local writing workshops on Monday afternoons and Wednesday (that's today) evenings. Complete info below.

Home alone struggling with procrastination?  Join us for inspiration!

The Crown Heights Writing Workshop is accepting members now for two FREE 8-week workshops.
The workshop is open to all genres. Each week we will have writing prompts, and feedback will be given for previously written work.
Join us for one, or both!

Every Monday from 1-3pm LAZY IBIS CAFE, 663 Franklin Ave. (at St. Marks) Brooklyn, (Park Place Shuttle)
Every Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. NIMBA CAFE 619 St. Johns Pl. (at Franklin Ave) Brooklyn (2/3/4/5 Train Franklin Ave./Botanic Garden)

* Workshop is free but be sure to purchase delicious beverages and snacks to support these new businesses!
Space is limited, so contact April Hope at to reserve your place.

- The documentary Project 2x1, shot in part with Google Glass, opens next Sunday, December 8, at Mister Rogers on Rogers and President. Complete info from their press release is below:


Project 2x1, a Google Glass documentary, will premiere in Brooklyn on Sunday, December 8 with a film screening, Q&A with the filmmakers, and a cultural celebration of the film’s subjects: The West Indian and Hasidic communities of Crown Heights.

The event brings to life the film’s mission of cultural appreciation and inter-community dialogue through:
  •     Live music performances
  •     Ethnic cuisine
  •     Interactive photo installation

The audience will include film subjects and members from both the Hassidic and West Indian communities. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be hosted on Sunday, December 8th, by Mister Rogers 
231 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Gallery opens at 7PM
Premiere starts promptly at 8PM


Shot in part with Google Glass, Project 2x1 is a short documentary film exploring the distinct cultures of the Hasidic and West Indian communities living side by side in the 2 mile x 1 mile radius of Crown Heights.

Project 2x1 tests the limits of Google Glass to tell a truly collaborative narrative about one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods. By putting the device on as many community members as possible, the filmmakers capture life through the eyes of Crown Heights’ Caribbean and Hasidic neighbors, documenting their rituals and routines,their parallels and unique differences.


Locally, Project 2x1 strives to increase cultural awareness and inspire inter-community dialogue in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood. Universally, the project aims to spark a movement to encourage more people to get to know their neighbors and to tell the stories of their unique neighborhoods.

Visit the film’s site here:

- Finally, the folks from LaunchPad have just sent around their holiday appeal. It's copied below for your consideration.

Dear Artists, Curators, Art Lovers, and Community Members,

This has been an amazing year of growth for LaunchPad; we received 501(c)3 status, we've hosted over 300 events, we've recruited an amazing volunteer staff, and we've launched a grant-writing initiative. We want this growth to continue while we transform LaunchPad into a totally sustainable institution that will serve our community for years to come.

And now you can help us achieve this goal by contributing to our first-ever annual fundraising initiative. This year we are aiming to collect donations from 100 individuals - even donating just $5 will count towards our goal. Help us keep growing, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are one of the original funders of this important organization. Please use this link to make a donation today: Donate Now. Or you can mail your donation to the address below.

When I was asked to take over the day-to-day operations of LaunchPad on a volunteer basis, it seemed like a daunting task. But, I felt an obligation to the community to keep this space running. As a musician and curator, I know that often the most difficult part of planning any event is finding a venue. LaunchPad eliminates this headache by booking any public event that is feasible, and by providing a beautiful, well-equipped space.  The friendly LaunchPad staff are an added bonus, they're always passionate about helping in any way they can.  By letting the community dictate our programming, LaunchPad is consistently hosting some of the most unique and exciting events in Brooklyn. Every night that I'm at LaunchPad, I can't help but be blown away by the creativity and talent of this community, and it makes me so proud to be part of this organization and to volunteer so much of my time and energy to the greater goal of community arts.

LaunchPad is a unique space that provides an alternative to the bar scene. Almost any night of the week you can come into LaunchPad, pay $5 (or less), experience something creative and exciting, and interact with all sorts of interesting people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. I like to think of it as a clubhouse for our community where everyone can hang out and share what they've been working on without any pretense. If you're like me, there's been at least a couple times when you came home tired from your day job, walked into LaunchPad, and instantly felt rejuvenated by the energy and creativity within this space. And, if you haven't had a chance to visit, I encourage you to come visit and experience this for yourself.

We've grown a lot in the past year, but we still have a lot of growing to do. Please consider making a donation to help us take the next big step in this journey.

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