I made a couple of mistakes when I first spoke with Rashaad Newsome— a visual and performance artist who makes digital and video work largely inspired by vogue– ahead of his third King of Arms art ball. In these situations I usually shrug and move on, but what I assumed were slight missteps actually indicated a larger misunderstanding on my part of some essential tenets of ballroom culture. Thankfully the King of Arms, held Sunday night in Bushwick, offered an introduction to the pillars of vogue for many newcomers like myself, while pushing the medium beyond its bounds for the old school ballroom crew in attendance.
Like the people of Bushwick themselves, the speakers at the first ever TEDxBushwick on Saturday were a diverse bunch, ranging from Emmy nominated TV news reporter Debra Alfarone, who shared her journey from high school dropout to professional journalist, to Leon Feingold, who talked about his life-changing discovery of polyamory. “Translating Transformation” was theme of the day at the Livestream Public, and that specific brand of change known as gentrification was the focus for several speakers, including Bushwick poet Emanuel Xavier.
The once dark and desolate area around the former 3rd Ward building is brightening up. Months after Livestream Public moved into 195 Morgan Avenue in May, Sugarlift is now up and running across the street, in a second building leased by Livestream.
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The Livestream Public space in East Wiliamsburg just got its first tenant in Sugarlift, an online art boutique that commissions and sells exclusive limited-edition prints from a seasonally rotating group of artists.
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