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John Barclay of Bossa Nova Is Now Brewing Brooklyn’s Own Yerba Mate Soda

(image via White Label/ John Barclay)

(image via White Label/ John Barclay)

There’s no doubt Red Bull has staked its claim on the music industry (it just launched a web series, “Mavens,” dedicated to women in the industry), but how would you feel if we told you that things were going in the other direction, now that the music people are getting involved in the business of energized-drink making? It’s true: John Barclay of Bossa Nova Civic Club recently launched a yerba mate soda company called White Label. And the stuff ranks right up there with the energy-drink heavy hitters.

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Angry Women, Grab Your Brushes: This Art Show Wants You

(image via The Untitled Space)

(image via The Untitled Space)

If you’ve been saving up all your anger from the last two weeks and would perhaps like to slap it on a canvas in a blind rage to create art that will then be shown to the public, keep reading. Tribeca gallery The Untitled Space has put out an open call inviting women artists to submit work for a show called Angry Women, to open in mid-January. Artists are asked to “respond to the political and social climate as well as explore themes revolving around feminism today and female empowerment.”

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Tis the Season: Unsilent Night Gets Bounced By ‘Big Political Rally’

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In the past, the East Village holiday tradition known as Unsilent Night has proceeded undeterred against the red menace that is SantaCon (remember UnsilentaCon?), so it’s surprising that something would stop it in its tracks on its 25th anniversary. But this is a brave new world we live in, and the annual roving sound collage orchestrated by composer Phil Kline has announced that it has moved the date of this year’s stroll “due to a large political rally in Washington Square Park planned for the same evening.”

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City Strikes a Deal to Pay $160 Million For Final Parcel of Bushwick Inlet Park

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

After over a decade of uncertainty, the city has struck a deal to acquire the final 11 acres needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park. The parcel of land on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, a subject of controversy for years, will be purchased for $160 million, according to announcement from the mayor’s office.

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Greenpoint Warehouse Going For $60M; Jupiter Disco Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This Friday afternoon on Palmetto Street, a vigil will be held for Sharabia Thomas, the 17-year-old Bushwick student who died in 2004. Her alleged kidnapper and killer was indicted Thursday. [DNA Info]

In the next year, $1.7 million in new amenities (including sports courts and a skate park) will be added to Bushwick’s Rudd Park and Playground. [DNA Info]

Greenpoint’s 1 Huron Street, a 1.5 acre property featuring an 80K-square-foot warehouse, is seeking a $60 million buyer. [Crain’s NY] Keep Reading »

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De Blasio Vows to Dig In Against Trump and ‘Stand Up For Our People’

(Photo: Katherine Barner

(Photo: Katherine Barner

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to fight back against Donald Trump’s harshest and most regressive plans this morning at a speech in the East Village. All of the nearly 1,000 seats in Cooper Union’s Great Hall were full by 11am, and the crowd was ready to laugh when Ann Mansfield joked about the lack of job prospects for out-lesbian Protestants. She thanked New York for giving her the opportunity to serve as a FDNY chaplain and spoke about the importance of creating an environment where others are also able to “rise up and have their dream job.”

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Talks + Readings: Doulas, Post-Capitalism, and an After-Turkey GMO Lesson

(flyer via The Doulas / Facebook)

(flyer via The Doulas / Facebook)

The Doulas NYC Launch Party
Monday, November 21 at Bluestockings, 7 pm: FREE.

Bookstore, cafe, and activist space Bluestockings is fittingly the space for the NYC release event of The Doulas: Radical Care For Pregnant People. The book was written by Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell, founders of The Doula Project, a NYC-based organization founded in 2007 that works to provide care and support to pregnant people “across the spectrum of choice,” meaning they will be there for pregnant individuals “whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.” Their new book acts as a history of the organization’s work thus far through individual anecdotes chronicling the decision-making that typically goes on behind closed doors, as well as a “guidebook for the future.” The event will feature readings from the book by the authors, and is co-sponsored by a variety of women’s and reproductive health organizations based in New York and elsewhere. Such an evening is unfortunately timely as the future of reproductive choice and health becomes more and more unclear, so there is no time like the present to familiarize yourself with workers and organizations such as this, while you still can.

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Four Shows: Neon Spandex and Hair Metal Redux, Thurston Moore & John Zorn’s Dream Team

(Flyer via Union Pool/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Union Pool/ Facebook)

Ereptile Destruction, Growler, Shitkill
Tuesday November 22, 9 pm at Union Pool: $8

Once in a while, it helps to forget everything that’s happened to metal since nu metal hit, and take a trip back to our roots. Growler, a Brooklyn-based act that describes itself simply as “hard and loud” helps get us there, mainly by defying the trend toward increasingly humorless, doomed and/or blackened what-have-you. Lately, it feels like we’re so chin-deep in sludgy muck that it’s easy to forget where we started. Growler’s throwback sound plops us back in the early ’80s, with their high-pitched, falsetto, bordering on operatic vocals that recall Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

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Incarcerated LGBTQ Artists Get a Gallery Show Curated By Diane Von Furstenberg’s Daughter

Jim S, "Cynosure"

Jim S, “Cynosure”

The obstacles faced by the more than 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States today are enormous, and the consequences of the prison system are felt by whole communities, families, and the 5 million children who have at least one parent either currently or previously imprisoned.

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Ad-Rock Decries ‘Homegrown Terrorism’ and Hundreds Rally Against Hate at Adam Yauch Park

From right: Ad-Rock and Kathleen Hanna (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Last week a pair of swastikas with the caption “Go Trump” were found spray-painted in Adam Yauch Park, a playground, dog run, and ball courts in Brooklyn Heights named after the late Beastie Boy, who grew up nearby. Although America’s president-elect has apparently been too busy scolding the cast of Hamilton to issue any sort of statement condemning the hateful action made in his name, the people of Brooklyn have responded quickly and with force.

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Indictment in Bushwick Murder; ‘Immersive Erotic Dinner Party’ Pix

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Kwauhuru Govan, a 38-year-old man from Florida, was indicted Thursday for the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Bushwick teenager Sharabia Thomas, thanks to DNA found under the victim’s fingernails. [DNA Info]

On November 10, a woman witnessed a man fondling himself in front of Delancey Street’s P.S. 142 elementary school, which she reported to police. [DNA Info]

You can spin your own records at Chao Chao, a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. [DNAinfo] Keep Reading »