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Opera In Bushwick: Not Your Grandma’s Rosinni

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Photo by Robert Altman

Aerial stunts, fake fruit by the thousand, and a warehouse. Throw classical music in the mix and you won’t find yourself at the Met, but you will have a rager at LoftOpera.

“It’s everybody’s mission to bring something new to the art form,” Daniel Ellis-Ferris says. As founder of LoftOpera, Brooklyn’s performance company that generates hip yet accessible opera, he should know best.

Since its founding in 2013, LoftOpera has created a home — or the Brooklyn equivalent, various warehouses — for its artists, singers, and audiences. Next up is its tenth production to date, Le Comte Ory, running June 2–11 at The Muse in Bushwick. In Rosinni’s comic romp situational humor and mistaken identities abound, two ingredients that jive nicely with LoftOpera’s vibe. Continue reading

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Suffragette City, The Quirk Thing, Pole Position – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/25–5/31)

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Orphan-Action-League-Promo-ImageWEDNESDAY 5/25
 Orphan Action League @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 8:30pm, $10, Watch as the orphans battle child-labor-factory-owning Grandpa Moneybags who’s out to overtake the town, More info
* Blonde Ambition @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8:30pm, FREE, A comedy show by blondes, for blondes, More info

6806e62c-7df4-4fe8-8fcf-c69c00a4a5f5-219x323THURSDAY 5/26
* The Quirk Thing @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 6:15pm, FREE, A talent show with a twist, More info
^ Ladies Night 
@ Big Irv’s (381 Hooper St) 7:30pm, FREE, An evening of storytelling by all girls hosted by Shelby Thompson and Adam Selbst, RSVP
* Kevin Geeks Out Abou Sex Scenes @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Comedian Kevin Maher welcomes his wife and co-host (romance novelist Rebecca Rogers Maher) for a two-hour video variety show looking at pop culture’s most memorable sex scenes, More info

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Weekend Art Roundup: May 20-22

 

 Work by Karen Marston exhibited in Demeter's Wrath

Work by Karen Marston exhibited in Demeter’s Wrath

Karen Marston – Demeter’s Wrath
at Owen James Gallery

Karen Marston is a painter focused on the fundamental contradiction of natural phenomena, the pairing of powerful terror with majestic beauty. Her large-scale oil paintings portray this strength at its extremes: tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions. While many of these events have occurred naturally throughout the history of the Earth, they have also been exacerbated by the influence humans have on the environment.

Opening Reception: Friday May 20th, 6-8 PM
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61 Greenpoint Ave, #315 Continue reading

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Renegade Craft Fair, Real Cool Times, Triskelion Gala – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/18–5/24)

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13254290_1037112079716342_8570134165112949629_nWEDNESDAY 5/18
^ Book Launch: Shrill @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer Lindy West’s memoir, More info
 Real Cool Times @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Musician, artist, and longtime Greenpoint resident Dylan Ewing spins an eclectic mix of musical delights, More info

main_fit_300THURSDAY 5/19
# Tracing North Brooklyn’s Polish Food Heritage @ MoFAD Lab (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $16, A panel discussion moderated by educator Annie Hauck-Lawson and featuring urban anthropologist Filip Stabrowski and local business owner Andrew Konopka, More info
* Performancy Forum @ Panoply Performance Lab (104 Meserole St) 8pm, FREE, With Michael Reinsch, Jennifer Williams, Florence Nasar, and Uniska Wahala Kano, RSVP

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Introducing Dobbin St. – A New Events Venue in Greenpoint

The new events venue, Dobbin St.
New events venue, Dobbin St.

Have you noticed the new bright blue building on Dobbin Street? It used to be an auto garage, but that former identity is now completely unrecognizable at the newly renovated 64 Dobbin Street. After 18 months of intense demolition and reconstruction – not to mention a new coat of paint – the 8,500 sq. wedding venue and events space Dobbin St. will open this summer. Continue reading

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Let’s Get Erotic with Frugging Parties, Blue Movies, Go-Go’s, and Filthy Tracks this May

Back in my single days I had no problem getting attention from women.

Didn’t even have to try, wearing pants that were two sizes too big, in order to feel comfortable after a large meal. Or a suede jacket in the pouring rain.

Women would stop and linger on me with their eyes. For some reason, it never turned into a date.

If you have the same problem, maybe what you need is to meet people in a sexually charged atmosphere. But sexy, not skeevy. Skeevy just feels predatory.

Avoiding skeevy this month, and leaving other seduction advice to the experts, here are some hot tips on the local scene. I’ll give you DJ’s playing vintage vinyl to accompany vintage X-rated movies. I’ve also got a lead on a local club with drag cabaret and less innocent offerings on tap in a same-sex friendly setting. Continue reading

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Secret Spring, Prose Bowl, Record Fair – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/11–5/17)

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ScottIanWEDNESDAY 5/11
 Sacred Song Study @ The Ark (107 Green St) 7pm, FREE, An intentional gathering promoting the development and deeper learning of traditional sacred songs from around the world, More info
^ Scott Ian in Conversation @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $20, Word presents Scott Ian discussing his memoir I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax with Keith Buckley, vocalist of Every Time I Die and debut author of the novel Scale, More info

707678-250THURSDAY 5/12
^ Book Launch: Spontaneous Urban Plants @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Spontaneous Urban Plants investigates the role of weeds in the urban ecosystem by profiling a cross section of weeds, More info
☺ Detention @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 8pm, $5, Watch the Annoyance NY’s improv instructors screw up everything they teach, More info
* We Know Edie LaMinx Had a Gun @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $15, A play exploring the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a fabulous drag queen, Buy tix

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Austin-Style Tacos, Screenprinting And More At The Greenpoint Library This Saturday

Bike the Branches 2016If you hadn’t heard, Bike The Branches is this Saturday, and offers bike lovers a two-wheeled tour of Brooklyn via our public libraries. Stop at as many branches as you can, get your event passport stamped at each spot and then head to Central Library where there’ll be a block party with awards, live music, food, beer, and activities for adults and kids alike.

In conjunction with this fun event, The Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) is going to be poppin’ all day, and they’ve got a robust schedule of events planned. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016: 2 days, 350 studios, 1700 Instagram photos, and 1 incredible community

GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.
GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.

Wow! What an awesome weekend with Greenpoint Open Studios this year — I’m still recovering!

GOS had a record-setting 350 artists open their studios to thousands of visitors. But don’t take my word for it, check out Instagram’s #GreenpointOpenStudios. Continue reading

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