In case you haven't heard, Bushwick Open Studios, always a great big event, is very seriously, this year, gargantuan—a proper Nimrod to the hood's resident Himrod.
As such, try though one might, it's really impossible to narrow down recommendations for the weekend to anything along the lines of manageable, for recommenders and recommendees alike. Unless one limits oneself to one night, perhaps. And to more or less one of the festival's various aspects.
So that's what I figured I'd do by putting Friday alone in the spotlight, and by focusing on gallery openings and inaugurations and other launch-type things. That way, perhaps, if you make it to a bunch of these at the get-go, you can then spend the weekend milling around and about the hundreds of wide open artist studios.
Below are some spaces and shows and so forth. For at least relative navigational ease, I have split the list into a couple big groups according to the L stops implied by the broader area's unofficial (and extremely, indeed gravely unpopular) moniker, Jekalb's Morgue.
I guess the submissives over at the Wayback Machine have fallen under the spell of Christian Grey's smoldering eyes and multiple grey ties (Isn't that what the book is about? I don't know, I don't have a Kindle) and disappeared the evidence of Snowqueens Icedragon's—aka EL James's—early work on Fanfiction.net as dug up by Galleycat a while back.
Newly released surveillance footage reveals that the crazed assailant, Rudy Eugene, possibly high on "bath salts," fed on the unconscious Poppo, "actually swallowing pieces of the man's face," one police source told the News, for 18 minutes before being shot by a police officer.
This is the last of Glenn Heath's dispatches from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend.
In the Fog’s title is indeed overtly symbolic and quite literal: war blurs the line between reality and perception, good and evil, creating a desperate environment of ambiguity, unanswered questions, and crushing heartache. But director Sergei Loznitsa’s harrowing examination of three Belarusian soldiers trying to survive Nazi occupation is not simply an example of blunt proselytizing. Entirely constructed from brilliant long tracking shots that stalk worn-out characters slowly traversing a landscape dominated by silence and sudden violence, In the Fog explores the organic overlap between ideology and physical action within a volatile space. The background of each fluid frame momentarily hints at other experiences grappling with same dynamic, people caught in the middle of life-changing moments.
Motorists suspected of intoxication in Brooklyn are brought to the station for blood-alcohol level testing; DWI arrests are now being processed in Staten Island. Other prisoners are being held in the 72nd Precinct house in Sunset Park, on Fourth Avenue.
WWAV has made national news for leading the fight against Louisiana's Crime Against Nature Statute, which targeted poor women of color, transgender women, and anyone forced to trade sex for food or a place to sleep at night. The law forced women to register as sex offenders in a state database and placed a "sex offender" label on their driver's licenses, among other requirements. With the grassroots leadership of WWAV, a national coalition that also included the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Loyola Law School, and police misconduct attorney Andrea Ritchie was able to get the law off the books and has won a series of further victories in the process of removing the sex offender registration requirements for those convicted in the past.
The attack seemed political in its nature, directly targeting the crucial information, files, and materials needed for WWAV's work. According to an email report from Bill Quigley, a social justice attorney and friend of the organization, "Major fire damage was done to a room which contained education and outreach materials. The arsonist seemed to have deliberately targeted this room. Destroyed were: three plastic and silicone breast models which were used to help people learn how to do self-examinations for breast cancer; a plastic pelvic model of a vagina; a two feet by one and a half foot plastic model of a woman's reproductive system; boxes of male and female condoms; flip charts demonstrating the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV; several wooden penises which were used for condom demonstration; and boxes of educational materials. The fires in that room seem to have been set with some accelerant and scorched the walls, ceiling fan and ceiling and destroyed everything in the room. . . . The offices were ransacked leaving drawers pulled out and papers and files on the floor. A TV and a laptop were taken but many valuables were left including computer monitors, office equipment, even some beer left over from a reception held earlier in the week. Several small fires were started inside the offices, in the bathroom, the hallway and in a sitting room."[Monthly Review]
"Black Box," which will also be published in the magazine and features a character from Good Squad, is being tweeted in installments, one per minute for an hour, starting nightly at 8 p.m., the Local Fort Greene reports. The tweeting began on Thursday, and continues through Saturday.
Arts in Bushwick, the volunteer-fueled creative entity behind a number of yearly Bushwick-wide events, is gearing up for its biggest iteration yet of its biggest annual event, Bushwick Open Studios.
To help you sift through the well over 500 listings this year, and to introduce you to some of the festival's special features in 2012, I asked one of the volunteer coordinators, Holly Shen Chaves, a few questions about what's new, what's neat, what she's particularly into.
Field reports from conservation group Protect the Forest, Sweden and Russian environmental organization SPOK have found Swedwood, IKEA's own subsidiary industrial group, responsible for clear-cutting forests with trees up to 600 years old. But it's not only the age that matters—along with harboring significant biodiversity, old-growth forests serve as invaluable "carbon sinks" by sucking up carbon dioxide and working against the process of climate change.
The Byrds' druggy, jangly forays into traditional American country, together as solo artists, and with enablers from more conventional country backgrounds, are rightly and enduringly revered by generations of indie rock bands (see Teenage Fanclub's "Gene Clark"). I first heard Dillard & Clark via a cover, by Velvet Crush, of "Why Not Your Baby," from The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (1968; strings, about which some YouTube commenters are ambivalent, arranged by Van Dyke Parks). How did Dillard get swift, expert banjo picking to sound so sad?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and current director of the Hayden Planetarium, claims to have coined the term in 2002. He explains that Manhattanhenge occurs on days other than the equinoxes because the city's grid is skewed 30 degrees east of geographic north. That means that this year, the sunset will harmonize with the streets on May 29 and July 12. One can also catch the full, aligned disc of the sun before it fully sets on May 30 and July 11. To view the bisected or whole sun touching down on the concrete horizon, Tyson advises the following:
Is this just the usual pattern of sexual assaults that any big city sees, or is the South Slope/Sunset Park area being target again? It's not possible to say yet, though it looks like the NYPD is paying attention, at least. The police have released a video of the guy from Wednesday's attack, and have assigned Detective Victor Paribello to the case. Per KARMA Brooklyn:
The 72nd Precinct's Detective Victor Paribello has been assigned to investigate the sexual assault that took place on 16th Street this past Wednesday, May 23rd. Anyone who has information about the case—no matter how much or how little—is urged to call him at (718) 965-6336, the phone number for the Detective Squad.[KARMA Brooklyn]
Welp, keep your eyes peeled and guard up, I guess. At least we're allowed to wear skirts this time, because it is hot as balls out there.
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The evening with Nas and Clemente was amazing. Read about it here: