It could take something as simple as a step-touch to unite the generations. At least that’s the impression you might get in a room with the company of experimental hip-hop and dance group Yackez. Most contemporary dance projects are rife with young and lithe bodies, but the cast of the latest and largest Yackez production, Give It To You Stage, ranges from ages 25 to 87. Keep Reading »
Deathdays aren’t usually cause for celebration, but in the case of Christopher Wallace– better known as Biggie Smalls– it only makes sense to organize an art show dedicated to the late rapper around the afterlife. Without it, 20 Big Years would have denied the necromancy that runs throughout the life work of Notorious B.I.G. (his mere two studio albums are a clear sign that his life was cut too short), and that has come to define his persona after death. Even if all these ghosts still give his fans the willies. As one visitor, pointing to an altered version of Barron Claiborne’s famous photo of Biggie wearing a crown, said to her friend: “That one with the skull–it’s so morbid, but so deep.” (The friend agreed.)
Tonight, a chasm of art opens up in East Williamsburg. More specifically, tonight marks the beginning of CHASM, a four-day late-night multimedia/nightlife/performance/music event, showcasing some of the most groundbreaking artists working in the Brooklyn scene today. The experience is curated by Julia Sinelnikova, a multimedia artist who often creates under the name The Oracle and is drawn to the usage and interactions of light in her work, whether it be through curation or creation. Keep Reading »
Back in 2014 we told you about British painter Amar Stewart’s “Hip-Hop Royalty” series at the Cotton Candy Machine in Bushwick, a display of “Golden Age”-inspired oil paintings of influential hip hop artists like Rick Ross, Action Bronson, and 10 other rap royals. As of June 2, he’ll be back at it again in Bushwick, with a six-week (maybe longer, depending upon popularity) exhibition and residency at Sweet Science.
His new exhibition, titled “The History of Hip Hop” has all-new work, including more than 20 new portraits of major New York hip hop artists in place of European nobles, as originally portrayed by your Rembrandts and Van Dykes, two recreated “Imperial” Faberge eggs (originally crafted for the last Russian Czar Nicholas II) on canvas, and Stewart’s first-ever sculpture, a collaboration with Russian sculptor Anton Tishchenko. (Check out our photo gallery for a sneak peek, courtesy of Stewart.)
Rising rents and changing neighborhoods got you down? Tonight head over to Bushwick’s main-squeeze community space, Mayday, for an art and music fest to commiserate on our supremely “gentrifucked” city.
The show (which, let’s be honest, will be less misery and more party) is organized by Buendia Brooklyn, a collective of local rappers, graffiti artists, and MCs operating out of Sunset Park– a neighborhood that’s still (somewhat) insulated from twee cocktail bars and doggy spas. (They even have a non-ironic bowling alley!)
Queens-born rapper Awkwafina (the alter-ego of Nora Lum) says she’s been doing some serious “hustling” in the last couple of years: recording an album, putting out an NYC guidebook, and making the big move to Greenpoint. She’s not there for the cute boutiques and charming scenery (after all, she made her fame with “NYC Bitche$”, in which she deftly buried an entire section of our humble Brooklyn borough for being overrun not just by transplants, but adult-baby transplants). Rather, she has a “rent control situation” weighing in her favor (“I’d live anywhere if it was cheap,” Lum told us last spring).
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz will play a special DJ set at the Brooklyn Museum. This is part of their Thursday Evening Series, “Art Off the Wall: FAILE.” Additionally there will be an artist talk and a video game tournament. Free with museum admission.
Ibiza Love Child Pop-Up Weekender+
Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, from 4pm to midnight at Ibiza Love Child, 29 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While it ramps up for a grand opening in February, Ibiza Love Child has been doing pop-ups at Verboten while quietly operating by appointment only on other days. But starting Black Friday, designer Mary Wagman will invite holiday shoppers into her 2,500-square-foot warehouse – a “warm, yummy environment,” she assures us – so they can check out her private line as well as the funky duds she imports from that party mecca of Ibiza.
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Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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While some local designers are leaving Clinton Street, others are moving in. Sabit NYC, a streetwear label championed by Swiss Beatz and sported by other hip-hop acts, is set to open its first store at 43 Clinton this weekend or early next week.
According to partner George “G Studio” Boria, Japanese-born designer Shoichi Amemiya (formerly at Ecko) plans to bring his Garment District showroom down to Clinton Street, where he’ll sell the menswear available on his website as well as some in-store exclusives. He’ll also give store space to some select up-and-coming designers.
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Not only is The Vintage Twin once again popping up at 355A Bowery tomorrow through Wednesday, but next month the space will get a titillating new tenant: Black Boy Place, the Parisian street-wear brand responsible for Jay-Z’s notorious “Tom Ford” football jerz, will make its NYC brick-and-mortar debut there from August 4 to 18.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking: what. is up. with that name. “Unlike what some might think,” explains the fashion house on its website, “Black Boy Place refers to the dark side of men rather than the color of their skin.”
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It’s been 10 years since the inaugural Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and this time around the crew at Brooklyn Bodega—the hip-hop advocates that produce the festival—promise it’ll be the freshest yet (their words, not ours).
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