This past weekend, attendees of Bushwick Open Studios had their pick of more than 400 participating art spaces around the Bushwick-Ridgewood area. The weather for the new October iteration of BOS– after years of holding the arts festival during the first weekend in June– was rather dreary, and we heard many attendees say that without the sunshine, the annual art celebration just wasn’t the same. Jan Van Damne, one of the many visitors wandering the private studios at 17-17 Troutman on Sunday, observed that things were “less chaotic” this year, but admitted to us that “springtime was an appropriate date” for the crawl. What was it, the weather? “No, no– it was just bigger before. New York City was waking up, so it was a great time for a creative festival.”
If ever you’ve found yourself getting off the train at Myrtle-Broadway and walking in the direction of Palisades (RIP?), or maybe the Silent Barn, or wherever– anywhere but the nearest K2 dealer– you’ve definitely caught a glimpse of Enrique’s unisex salon. There’s no other place like it, probably on the planet, but certainly in Bushwick.
In 2011, Bushwick-based prop master Jan-Luc Van Damme began crafting the Bushwick Board Game, a Game of Life-meets-Cards Against Humanity “silly underground legend” that was never launched per se, but did land in a select few loft spaces and bars like The Levee, Brooklyn Fireproof (RIP), and Boobie Trap. Because “the hood changes so quickly,” Van Damme has updated the handmade games with new materials every year. And now, for the first time, he has introduced Bushwick Board Game 1.0 to the Apple App Store.
As I stepped into a Bushwick martial arts studio and walked down a tunnel laden with flowers made from egg cartons, I was approached by a stranger and asked, “How would you like to be greeted?”
I was confused. One of the evening’s performers pointed to sheets of paper taped to the tunnel’s wall, where beneath drawings for each of the five senses there were a few options: secret song, gentle breath on the back of your neck, incense.
So a screen-printed canvas banner isn’t exactly in the tradition of Diego Rivera’s proletarian frescos, but the message this building-sized advert is sending to Bushwick residents is loud and clear. Detroit: the land of opportunity, Bushwick: nearing saturation.
A new feature film based loosely on Bizarre, the splendidly raunchy Bushwick performance space and bar, doesn’t exaggerate for the sake of shock value. If anything, it’s a little watered down from reality, according to its owner.
“[The filmmaker] couldn’t put the craziest stuff in the film because I think he didn’t want to maybe shock too much,” owner Jean-Stephane Sauvaire explained. “But I like that many of the regular performers are in the film– it really gives a picture of the different sensibilities and different performers, and at the same time you feel they are all the same spirit.”
All good things must come to an end, and this is the season finale of “Bushwick Elucidations.” Before Tigre and Cricket pack up and do whatever it is they do when not doling out expert advice, they tackle a few last questions — and ask a couple of their own, starting with “What’s a newspaper?”
It’s time again for our favorite advice column. The ladies of North Brooklyn got their career advice earlier today; now Tigre and Cricket dole out some wisdom to guys who are going on job interviews: just be Ryan Gosling!
Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).
Time for the latest episode of “Bushwick Elucidations,” the BK-based advice column we’ve shamelessly appropriated as our own. This week, Tigre and Cricket teach us how to pronounce Thames and also how to Dougie.
When you’re done with that little lesson, check out the latest webisode of “Ajay,” which also dropped today. In it, the East Village’s own Ajay Naidu tells us how his naked girlfriend and Patrick Stewart helped him get over the trauma of balding.