As I watched many of my friends post their stories of sexual assault and harassment over the past week, I was reminded of the importance of artist collectives that create safe environments for women. This Thursday marks the Bae collective’s one year anniversary, and it couldn’t be better timed.
When my feed first began to fill with #metoo stories, I happened to be in a space cultivated by the Bae team. The collective was hosting another one of its wellness and feminine focused events, which bring women together to collaborate and share artistic gifts they may otherwise be unable to find a space for.
In late May while an L train was stopped at Bedford Avenue, police allege this woman instigated an argument with a man over his coughing, and proceeded to Mace him before bolting from the scene. [DNA Info]
Per Manhattan Supreme Court filings, Maria Hrynenko—the landlord facing manslaughter charges for the Spring 2015 gas line explosion on 2nd Avenue—contends that the true responsible party is the management company who installed gas meters at one of her three properties. [NY Post]
The Denizen Bushwick, an eight-story luxury rental building on the site of the former Rheingold Brewery, has finally opened one of its buildings, consisting of 444 units ranging from $2,000 studios to two-bedrooms exceeding $4,000. The inspiration for the controversial project reportedly stemmed from the idea of a European village, but in reality, the Denizen Bushwick resembles more of a glitzy, almost overwhelming megalopolis that is unlike anything else in the neighborhood.
Vensaire has already garnered impressive buzz in the Bushwick scene, though their debut LP, Perdix, has yet to be released. The “cinematic concept album,” which follows last year’s The Vensaire EP, was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Prince Rama) and should be out soon.
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.”
You’ll have to wait till Friday to see the painting of Donald Duck with his head sliced open and an egg frying on his brain: that’s when Nychos’s show “Silly Slicesophy” opens at Mighty Tanaka in DUMBO. In the meantime, the Austrian artist is spending his time in New York painting a mural on the side of Tutu’s in Bushwick. More →
Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.
It’s time once again to blast Modest Mouse’s “Florida,” pack your whites and jet south for Miami Art Week. This year, the ever-growing phalanx of fairs will include newbs like Zones and Auto Body, where some of downtown’s finest provocateurs will do their thing. The avalanche of art can be overwhelming, but with plenty of NYC galleries in the mix (Bushwick’s Signal and the LES’s Home Alone 2 are just a couple that are doing boozy hotel pop-ups), there’s no need to leave your comfort zone. We’ve rounded up all the LES, East Village, and North Brooklyn galleries who’ll be at the fairs, and (at the bottom of the page) at various pop-ups, performances and parties. More →
Ibiza, Scandinavia — with all these geographically themed pop-ups, why even leave New York to go shopping? Oh, wait, yeah: this shitty weather.
No way is it going to be 70 degrees and sunny like it will be in Texas this weekend, but you can at least soak up someof that Marfa vibe at a three-day pop-up that’ll pair some of the artsy oasis’s makers and designers (and we don’t mean Prada) with some of NYC’s coolest indie brands. Not to mention, gin cocktails at the opening party, Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. More →
Luckily SantaCon and Unsilent Night won’t fall on the same day this year. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)
Let’s ignore today’s indicators that Santacon is coming to Bushwick — not all flash mobs are the domain of boozed-up bros. These roving, interactive performances will allow you to parade through the streets while making a joyful noise. No puking necessary. More →
XXX: Kim Fatale Turns 30 Thursday, September 8 at Bizarre Bushwick, 8 pm doors, 9 pm show: $5 suggested.
Dominatrix and performance artist Kim Fatale will be ringing in her third decade and entrance into the “age of desire,” and not just through any old birthday party. This will be a true show, with appearances from some of the city’s weirdest and wildest creators and performance artists, including Wild Torus (who I once saw perform running naked covered in goo), Jenna Kline (who I once saw with slabs of meat attached to her face, respectively), and Geraldo Mercado. Expect tunes from ski-bass-wielding burst of energy Borts Minorts, the “alluring and feminine” Huisi He, and the birthday star herself, in a performance made in collaboration with sound group SPREADERS. Roll on over to Bizarre and submit yourself to art.