Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 7, left thousands dead, tens of thousands homeless, and large swaths of the country completely devastated. It's easy enough to feel helpless during a natural disaster that happens in your own backyard, but when tragedy strikes on the other side of the world, it's even easier to feel like there's little that you can do to help.
This past weekend, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden capped off its month-long, Japanese-inspired celebration of the cherry blossom tree ("Hanami") with a two-day festival called Sakura Matsuri. The BBG organized an abundance of events, including concerts featuring Taiko drums, tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, and an origami workshop. But the main draw, as always, were the cherry blossom trees. And while the BBG always hopes that the blossoms will peak during Sakura Matsuri, well, you can't always control nature. Last year's warm spring meant that the trees had lost their lurid pink glory and were already green by the time the festival came around. But this year? This year's cold, never-ending winter meant that all the botanical stars aligned and that everyone who went to the garden on what turned out to be the nicest weekend of the year so far was treated to a riotous orgy of spectacular colors and arboreal splendor. And if you didn't make it out to Sakura Matsuri? Well, we've got the pictures to show you what you missed.
Everyone knows the holidays are tough, and sometimes, it's just too hard (and expensive) to think of the perfect, thoughtful gift for every loved one and rando in your life. Really, don't beat yourself up about it. Life happens, you know?
And it's going to be ok. Because it felt so warm and fuzzy to help you out with last-minute Halloween costumes, it seemed almost unfair not to extend the same courtesy when it came to Christmas gifts. So, if you happen to end up empty handed and broke before your last holiday party of the season, we have some heartfelt, festive suggestions, all of which can be found at our local bodega. Just make sure you have a few miniature Santa hats on hand.
Amid downed trees, broken TV antennas, and piles of debris, Brooklynites who still had power did their best to put up a Halloween display for this evening's trick-or-treaters. Sometimes, when terrible things happen, all you can do blow up your inflatable Ghost Rider roof ornament and make the best of it.
Halloween After the Storm
*Park Slope Halloween Parade: cancelled, not to be rescheduled.
*Cobble Hill Halloween Parade: still on, starts at 4.
*Prospect Park South Parade: cancelled.
*West Midwood Parade: still on, starting at 4.
*Williamsburg Witches Walk: still on.
Last three confirmations via Mommy Poppins, who has many other activities that are still happening today if you have a kiddo with a costume who needs some place to go. Or just need to get them the hell out of the house. Either way!
On the chance this storm takes us out, we want to give New York one last stab at love. Below, then, is a survey of the Halloween-related Missed Connections postings on Craigslist from Saturday night until this morning.
Hunker down and fall fast in love. We wish you the best of luck.
Friday, July 20th:
Performance & discussion: Triple Canopy, Amaranth Borsuk and Erica Baum
Billed as The In-Between, this evening with author-artists Borsuk and Baum, in collaboration with LA-based Siglio Press, will challenge various standards of artistic forms and mediation. One look at Borsuk's recently published Between Page and Screen should evidence that these folks are posing proper questions—and that 'in-betweens' are ripe places for probing.
155 Freeman Street, doors at 7pm
Opening: Regina Rex, Practices Remain
In this 12-artist exhibition with organizational roots in Miami, a particular moment in the creative process will adhere the works on display: a moment one might describe as incomplete completion. Spearheaded by artists Alexandra Hopf, Odalis Valdivieso and Marcos Vallela, with critical endorsement by Rene Morales, Associate Curator at the Miami Art Museum.
1717 Troutman St., 7-10pm
(Saturday and Sunday after the jump.)
It might not be a commonly held opinion that the days following July 4th feel a bit like the beginning of the end of summer, but if they do for you (too), then you might be happy to know there's additional spark—and who knows, maybe even some lingering sparklers—to be found in a few art openings and events in Brooklyn this weekend.
We mentioned a thing or two last week about galleries going heavy on group exhibitions come summertime, and about how at times these tendencies can make for some savory exhibitional treats.
Two similarly deep group exhibits opening this week—though not quite the 'gallery roster' genre, given the fonts of their artist lineups and greater conceptual probities—sound very similarly promising. They also dovetail with one another by dint of architectural bases.
In case you missed your chance to show artwork to the masses at Northside Art, or in case you had such a great experience then that you'd like to show it off again, you've an opportunity to do so very soon during the course of a slideshow-accompanied potluck feast.
At Slideluck Northside, which will be held on 19 July at Brooklyn Brewery.
To be eligible to show your work there, you need to be an artist based in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, and you need to get your materials in by Monday, 25 June.
Oh hi, it's us again. After sleeping for about 36 hours straight in hopes of even beginning to recover from the four-day alcohol binge that was the music portion of the 2012 Northside Festival, we are back, and we are so, so, so fucking thankful that this heatwave bullshit didn't happen a few days ago. Seriously, there is no telling exactly how much physical violence would have transpired between L Mag employees over there at headquarters, but it would not have been pretty.
Anyway, as you may have imagined, we had quite a few photographers out there documenting the goings-on, and they did some staggeringly good work, which we are pleased to present here, in a series of slideshows. Take a look, and maybe share them across your favorite social networks?
Some 400 attendees came out to the riverside venue to mingle, eat and dance. Deejays pounded beats all day amidst the smoke of hibachi grills serving up free grub, while related organizations such as SWIRL and Maven set up tables for information. Cute, mixed-race kids played ping-pong and ran around in costumes. The only interruption to the outdoor dance-a-thon, which included an impressive Electric Slide session, was when Loving Day's founder Ken Tanabe addressed the crowd.
We celebrated the ninth anniversary of a certain pocket-sized, bi-weekly digest this week, and the nice people at Dick and Jane's Bar in Fort Greene were kind enough to host us/ply us with insanely well made cocktails. This weekend, you might find us back there for the Dick and Jane Cocktail Experience, learning all of the necessary steps that go into making a cocktail before it gets knocked back with wild abandon. Click the slideshow below to see photos of your favorite L Mag staffers in their natural habitat (a darkened bar). Photos by Sarah Macel.
Consider this your Post-it note reminder to swing by, um, the Internet, and pick up tickets to see the Most Endearing Pop Songwriter of Them All (that'd be Jens Lekman, we ran tests to confirm), teamed with of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils, for a dream team show at Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. Tickets are $33.50 and available here for your grabbing.
Tickets to The Olivia Tremor Control and Ultramagnetic MC's — both legends in their own right — are also on sale today for their respective shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 16 (OTC) and June 17 (Ultramag MC's). Grab those here and here for $20 each. Or, if you prefer, spring for a Northside music badge, granting admission to all music events throughout the festival on a first-come, first-served basis. Get one here for a limited-time price of $70. I mean, I know we're biased, but $70? Not a bad deal, if we do say so.
As a guest of the BAM Iconic Artist Talk series, Jones will specifically reference the work he has presented at BAM. During the discussion, projections will be used to note specific works. These talks at BAM provide a rare, intimate setting, giving the audience a chance to ask questions formally but also creating an environment where the group as a whole continues to engage and mingle long after the event has ended. It is one of the few, true, Brooklyn salons.
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Thousands of years ago, according to legend, the Rat and the Cat tricked the gullible Ox to carry them across the river in the race that would determine the order that the 12 animals would appear in the Shengxiao, the Chinese zodiac. The dirty Rat then pushed the Cat overboard and jumped off to cross the finish line first.
On Sunday night, Duke Riley, the Brooklyn-based artist who made headlines in 2007 for navigating a replica of a wooden Revolutionary War submarine within 200 feet of the Queen Mary II at the Red Hook cruise terminal, and two years later reenacted a Roman-era naval battle for the Queens Museum of Art, staged a rematch of sorts on a canal in Zhujiajiao, China, a water village on the outskirts of Shanghai. Twelve traditional gondolas, each powered by rowers from the community and carrying one of the 12 animals (with at least one stand-in: dragons are somewhat hard to come by) as well as a local opera singer performing songs praising their passenger, raced a short distance past the arches of the town’s Fangsheng Bridge.
Of course, Miss LEZ isn't your typical pageant, the goal being to turn traditional pageantry on its head and instead celebrate all the wonderful things that lie queerly outside the bounds of normalcy, thrusting them crotch-first and au naturel into the audience while shouting, "Chocha Libré!" as this year's winning, Mexican wrestler-themed act did. Fortunately, L photographer Bex Wade was in the front row to capture the contestants in all their glory—Mary Wanna, "Miss Choice Cunts" Rebecca Macabre, Brown Meshugana, Bambi Galore, Lea Robinson, and, of course, the Chocha herself. Check out the bedazzling, vajazzling photo gallery here.
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