We’re living in what is commonly referred to as the “Information Age.” With the emergence of social networks, we build new communities by pressing the “Like” and “+1″ buttons and becoming fans. As we become increasingly interconnected with the Brooklyn community in these new ways, we find ourselves grasping for a new common ethos. In other words, we are striving to refine and define “better.” On December 2 at Brooklyn Bowl, we will address these issues with talks from the best and brightest minds of Brooklyn and beyond.
OPERA ON TAP/Roulette Sisters.
Opera is fun. Most people don’t seem to realize how much fun it really is. In order to prove it, Opera on Tap has taken its act to barrooms where they found out that beer on tap enhances the operatic experience. The company is made up of young singers and instrumentalists who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited in their reactions by the looming menace of giant chandelier.The Roulette Sisters have been turning heads and stopping traffic since forming in the cold winter of 2003. Noticing that their warm velvet harmonies and spicy hot licks were melting the snow outside, the sisters realized that they had started something not only weather-altering but soul-stirring as well. The sexy sisters play a hip-shaking blend of American country blues, traditional songs, popular tunes and old timey music from the first half of the 20th century. With Mamie Minch: resonator guitar, Meg Reichardt: electric guitar, Megan Burleyson: washboard, Karen Waltuch: viola.
Swedish Energies: The Magic State + Sewer Election + Hana Hartmann + Altar of Flies + Kathy Hinde & Daniel Skoglund + Leif Elggren
The two-night program, presented by Issue Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, WELD and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC, will feature a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians. Performances will include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists as well as a cross-section of Swedish groups, such as the prolific The Skull Defekts (joined by C. Spencer Yeh), and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, one of the most important free jazz and improv musicians working today. Leif Elggren will open the event with a reading of his “The North is Protected.”
Wingbridge at Papacookie-different location-in Harlem!
Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum: Jalopy Presents: Folk Art Instruments in Sound
WHEN WILL WE GROW UP?
A Black and White Christmas
Margot Spindelman drawings and paintings
Opening Night Benefit to support LAVA Atlas
Baths/Dinosaur Feathers, Ki:Theory
Mike Huse, Valerie Kuehne, Pool Party
Seven in One Blow – 10th Anniversary Production!
Shifting Communities: Action Club; Hatuey Ramos Fermin and Elizabeth Hamby
Abraham Gomez-Delgato & Action Theory
Gifts of the Magi
Tudo Isto É Fado
Happy Hour Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown and Mark Doty
Book Arts Lounge: Wearable Narratives
KINGS COUNTY COMEDY HOUR
With or Without Me
Staged Reading of ‘Glass House’
Abraham Gomez-Delgato & Action Theory
The Montclair Int’l Film Festival Presents An Evening With: Stephen Colbert
Vitamin B Presents: Occupy House of Yes
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL VIOLI
ART EXHIBITION – FOREVER YOUNG – SUNG HO CHOI
Happy Hour Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown and Mark Doty
Biblioball 2011: Biblio Noir
Every winter the librarians of New York City let down their hair, dust off their dancing shoes and party with the literati. Archivists, authors, readers and nerds of all kinds gather to enjoy live music, trapeze, a bit of film and some of the city’s finest DJs at Brooklyn’s most wildly bookish event: the Desk Set’s Biblioball.
On Saturday December 3rd, the Desk Set returns to the Bell House for the fourth annual winter celebration. Proceeds from the extravaganza will benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.
The Believer/McSweeney’s Party in the Yurt
+ Artist talk by Letha Wilson
+ Talk and screening of video work by Carlos Charlie Perez
+ Chinnie Ding reads “Pipe Dreaming: What Can Screensavers Tell Us About Our Wishes, Our Anxieties, and Our Obsessions?” from the Art Issue
+ Matthea Harvey reads OF LAMB and projects artwork by Amy Jean Porter
+ Molly Young reads “Sweatpants in Paradise: The Exciting World of Immersive Retail” from the Sept 2010 Issue
Neighborhood Concert: Hazmat Modine
Hazmat Modine’s music is a glittering collage of colorful styles: The group dips into bluesy roots and old-school jazz, mixes in Caribbean calypso and ska, and splashes the canvas with Eastern European klezmer and Balkan brass. The result is something unidentifiable but inexplicably familiar and authentic. The band is driven by a pair of dueling harmonicas, backed by tuba, drums, guitars, and a horn section. The main impression that you’ll get from the performance is genuine, uncontainable joy from every musician.
BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN@ The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
UnCage Toy Piano Festival
Buy Crafts, Not War: Grassroots Holiday Shopping
War is Trauma: Justseeds & IVAW
BRIAN, WENDY & TOBY FROUD: VISIONS FOR FILM & FAERIE
M Shanghai String Band and Friends
Gowanus Canal Conversancy Winter Festival
ARTIST MULTIPLES @ THE DECEMBER STORE
SCOTT G. BROOKS/FRED HARPER @LAST RITES
Insight Out Book Party/Reading!
Built In Brooklyn Market Day at LaunchPad
DJ Rupture & Nettle Presents “El Resplendor”
ROBIN AIGNIER & PARLOUR GAME/BANDA SINALOENSE DE LOS MUERTOS
Mark Ryden: Editions
Holiday Art Sale: Screwball Spaces
Lesley Heller Holiday Salon
The Liar Show/FABIAN ALMAZAN TRIO
BaroQue Across the River: Sortilège d’Amour! the French Cantata
TRANSMISSIONS: THE LITERATURE OF AIDS
Zebulon: NY Night Train Great Parties presents Oldies NIght (SF) w/DJ Primo and friends
In and Around the Avian
Annie Sing-a-long Hosted by Raven Snook
VICKIE & NICKIE’S HOLIDAY SLEIGH RIDE!
Music Under the 7
Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology
POETRY – THE HAIKU SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Performers Forum at Exapno (PERFECT LIVES)
On Nov. 6, Performa 11 presented Perfect Lives Manhattan, a day-long, site-specific celebration of Robert Ashley’s seminal opera for television, arranged and performed by the burgeoning art collective, Varispeed. Please join Varispeed at the monthly Performers Forum where members Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle and Gelsey Bell will be presenting a performative “live documentary” and public forum on the process, practice and production of Perfect Lives Manhattan. Site-specificity, arrangement, ownership and questions of what contemporary opera is will be discussed through live excerpts, new musical compositions, video and dialogue with attendees.
Southern Gothic Witchcraft! Rachel Mason’s Little Band of Sailors, Hans Chew & Woodsy Pride
An evening of murder ballads, supernatural love songs and dark melodies. Hans Chew brings to life a world of exuberant sorrow with his unique singing and honkey tonk piano playing. Little Band of Sailors brings to life a world of heavy metal, hybrid alien and Victorian costumes influenced by science fiction and the dark bellowing of a bass clarinet.
The Writer’s Studio: 2011 Pushcart Prize Reading
The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections. Writers who were first noticed here include: Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, Rick Moody, and many more. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series.
Screening of Gasland + Environmental Discussion
Parents for Climate Protection, Brooklyn for Peace and Kolot Chayeinu invite you to join us for an afternoon of environmental discussion and action, targeted for adults and teens, on Sunday, December 4th at 1pm. Come join us as we watch Gasland, the hydrofracking documentary; a discussion led by a speaker from United for Action will follow.There is currently a public comment period on the proposed New York State hydrofracking regulations. The comment period ends December 12th, so we have little time to make our voices heard. Public outrage has already had some effect. We have to keep the pressure on and protect our food, water, wildlife, tourist industry, agriculture industry, and the whole ecosystem of NYS. Please join your friends and neighbors: see this film and write your letter. The event is being held in a member’s home in Park Slope. To get the exact address, RSVP at (917) 328-0089 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHORT STORIES, PART 4: PERFORMANCE PROGRAMSARAH CHACICH, ANGIE KEEFER, DANNA VAJDA
The Big Fix Documentary Premiere
Staged Reading of Glass House at the Center for Architecture
Artist Talk: Fado: History; Fado: Form
David Wax Museum
Ed Wood’s Sleaze Paperbacks exhibition (CLOSING PARTY)
Serial Underground/BOBBY AVEY QUARTET FEATURING MIGUEL ZENON
“Junior Aspirin Records” Listening Session
Share – free audio & video jam
THE MARATHON READING OF THE ADVENTURES OF MAO ON THE LONG MARCH BY FREDERIC TUTEN
PICTURES AND PERFORMANCE: A MELODRAMA (Sun 12/4 @ 3pm FREE – First come, first served!)
An Evening of GRANTA writers: Louise Stern, Rajesh Parameswaram
The Anachronism Steampunk NYC IV: Dinosaurs!
CILLIAN MURPHY in MISTERMAN
OPEN SOURCE SOUP KITCHEN
Sex in a Coma
Reid Farrington’s Christmas Carol
RON AGAM AND TONY SOULIÉ
American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family
An Auteurist History of Film
SPANKIN’ STEPHEN’S MONDAY NIGHT PUB QUIZ (FINAL BATTLE MON DEC 5th)
Carsten Höller: Experience
Street Scenes / Visual Narrative/Various Bookworks
Observatory: the ephemera: an exhibition by James Walsh
Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
URBAN BALLET THEATER: NUTCRACKER IN THE LOWER
The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora: A 60 Year Retrospective
C.I.C.T. / Théātre des Bouffes du Nord Fragments
2010 MF TOY SHOW
OPEN INVITATION FOR ACTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY
Simon Denny:Corporate Video Decisions
Behind the Curtains of XXI Century Communism
Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo
Someone’s Trying to Kill Me
The Big Fix Screening and 7 Nights of Awareness
H.C. Westermann:A Human Condition
THE (S) FILES 2011
VIDEOBYTES at Russ & Daughters
Peter Jacobs / The Assistant Theater: SAND
LITTLE LORD’S: BABES IN TOYLAND
POP GOES THE BIBLE! MARK DEMAIO @SYNCHRONICITY FINE ART
Krymov Lab A Story: Dido and Aeneas at CPR – Center for Performance Research
Krymov Lab presents Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as an “object-based opera” performed by a company of stage designers led by Vera Martynova. All graduating students of GITIS, the Moscow Theater Academy, the young artists not only devised, conceived, imagined, and created every element on stage but they are also performers and singers.Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas found its inspiration in the Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid and tells the tragic love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas. Its first known performance was at Josias Priest’s girls’ school in London in 1688, was created for an intimate space, and required only a few instruments. As a consequence, this reimagining of Dido and Aeneas recreates the original intimacy by communicating with the audience in a very personal and direct way: living stage images are constructed and deconstructed ceaselessly in front of our eyes in a montage of real-time sound, technology and performance coming together in song.
WILDLIFE: FETISH SHOW has the honor of hosting the absurdly lovely Monica Emmons of BDSquad-curated House of Fetish–a one night art exhibit exploring the fetishistic response and its ritualistic roots. Free Entry. $5 Open Bar (beer provided by Nock Brewery, among other options). expect magic.
Fred Harper: Head Spin/Scott G Brooks: The Luckiest Widow In The World & Other Tales Of Misfortune
Last Rites Gallery presents The Luckiest Widow In The World & Other Tales Of Misfortune, new works by Scott G Brooks, in what will be his second solo show at the gallery. Last Rites Gallery presents Head Spin, new works by Fred Harper, in what will be his third solo show at the gallery. (MORE.)
CNN DIALOGUES: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender:
Has More Openness Led to More Acceptance? The LGBT community has a long history of participation, activism, and contribution to the fabric of American culture. Its pioneers have paved the way for many policies enacted in corporate America, on Capitol Hill, and within state and local government- all with the aim to include and respect. Now, more than ever before, we find LGBT themes prominently integrated into pop culture and mainstream media. Is the hit television show “Modern Family” pointing us all in the direction of a new American reality?
Steamy Dance Night at the Russian Baths