Still from “They Read By Night” (Courtesy of Joe Wakeman)
We’re only experiencing half of Joe Wakeman’s creative self when he’s belting out meta lyrics and writhing his wiry body around stage, frontman duties for his arty indie rock outfit Bodega Bay. He’s part of a network of pals in various other bands like The Yin Yangs, Heavy Birds, and Journalism. Together, they make up a bitty scene of their own within the Bushwick DIY circuit.
Joe’s managed to bring all of them together for his first feature length film, which embodies that other half of Joe Wakeman most of us have yet to see. They Read By Night is “leather jacket film” with plenty of drugs, rock n’ roll, and pulpy mayhem, all against a clever literary background. The film premieres at Gravesend Recordings next week in Bushwick. We were lucky enough to see the film in advance, but for your viewing pleasure here’s a first-look at the trailer and a bit of what we discussed about the film with Joe when we recently caught up with him at Birdy’s.
You better believe we’re back with a sick music lineup for your eyes and ears only, boys and girls. This week, take advantage of the following opportunities to step outside your comfort zone. We’re not saying you should put yourself in a situation where you should dance. As if. Trust us, we’d never ask you to do something as unattractive as that. Rather, swoop into one new East Village venue and hit up another Greenpoint one that gets a lot less love than it deserves. Or just stick with the tried and true party spots, your choice. Gobble up these juicy sound waves while you can still feel em.
What in the world are Buzzfeed, Mashable, and Vice up to as they expand their international coverage? Amy O’Leary of The New York Times innovation teams talks to editors from all three media companies about their recent moves into the global space. On the panel are Louise Roug, Global News Editor of Mashable, Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor of Buzzfeed, and Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief of Vice. This is a free event sponsored by the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
If you’ve managed to miss the somewhat obnoxious Vice/You Tube advertisements plastered all over the city (“YOU don’t just watch the news,” apparently), then let me fill you in: Vice Media, erstwhile counterculture teen zine from Montreal, is now valued at $1.4 billionand radically expanding its international coverage. Their recent Islamic State video series quickly went viral, and no doubt there’s more where that came from. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed and Mashable are also looking to edge into the global space. Join Louise Roug (Global News Editor, Mashable), Miriam Elder (Foreign Editor, Buzzfeed), and Jason Mojica (Editor in Chief, VICE News), for a conversation chaired by Amy O’Leary of the New York Times innovation team.
If you’ve seen Page One, the doc about the New York Times, you’ll remember the tonguelashing media reporter David Carr gave Shane Smith when the VICE founder implied that the Grey Lady’s coverage of Liberia amounted to silly little pieces about surfing: “Just because you put on a fucking safari helmet,” growled Carr, “and looked at some poop doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do.” Keep Reading »
Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy also happens to be an ex-foreign correspondent, and this series sees him in conversation with war reporters and photojournalists who have covered conflict across the globe. Tonight, he’ll be talking to Scott Anderson, author ofLawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East and witness to crises that have taken place from the Middle East to Northern Ireland to El Salvador. Proceeds from the series go towards the non-profit RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues), which provides free first aid training to freelance conflict journalists.
Photojournalist Diego Cupolo has documented sinister environments and the tough lives lived in them from Bushwick to Montevideo. Tonight at WORD, he discusses his recently released book, Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees. Cupolo painstakingly records the lives of survivors of the current conflict, combining text and photos into a series of compelling portraits. He’ll be in discussion with Brooklyn-based writer/essayist Rahawa Haile.