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Art This Week: Radical Love, Abstraction, and Bedroom Exploits

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Umesiyakazi in Waiting​, 2015
Image courtesy of the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD
Photo by Hayden Phipps

Radical Love
Opening Tuesday, June 11 at The Ford Foundation Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 17.

The never-ending slew of Pride-related events of all types continues! This time, with an exhibition at the new gallery within The Ford Foundation, which opened this past February and focuses on the intersection of art and social justice. Radical Love, curated by Natasha Becker and artist Jaishri Abichandani, showcases the work of over 20 artists (many of whom are queer) making work about the impact of love in the midst of a chaotic world. Queer people aren’t the only marginalized community centered in the show; disabled people and people of color are also uplifted. And the theme of “love” may seem corny to those jaded folks out there, but the exhibition expands the conventional notion of love beyond the romantic, dealing in self-love, religion, devotion to the natural world, and more.

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Gowanus-Based Threes Brewing Tries Greenpoint On For Size

(Photo courtesy of Threes Brewing)

(Photo courtesy of Threes Brewing)

Cassette closed (or got “mangled in the tape deck of Greenpoint,” as Eater put it in a headline) back in November, but we’re happy to report that Gowanus-based Threes Brewing is taking over the French-Catalonian spot’s handsome home for a pop-up that could just become permanent.

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Pig Beach Takes Down Its Umbrellas and Pops Back Up as a Burger Joint

(Photo: Katie Burton)

(Photo: Katie Burton)

If you thought Donald Trump would only win if hell froze over, you’re probably putting on a North Face jacket right about now and thinking, “So much for eating outdoors ever again!” Okay, that was an awkward segway from election talk, but come on, we gotta focus on the positive. And here’s a welcome development: the folks who operated summertime barbecue spot Pig Beach in Gowanus are soldiering on through the winter with a new pop-up, Pig Beach Burger. They’ve moved into a 1,900-square-foot indoor space adjacent their sprawling patio and are now turning out some enticing sandwiches in addition to the cheeseburgers they were serving during finer weather.

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Where to Drink in the Election Results On Tuesday Night

Because you probably aren’t going to be at Trump Tower, sipping on that $17 “Boardroom” cocktail, here’s where to watch on Tuesday. 

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Misery Loves Gin Results Party at The Shanty
79 Richardson Street, Williamsburg. 6 pm: FREE

Williamsburg distillery and bar The Shanty seems to really enjoy plying folks with free liquor, and tonight will be no exception. Thank God, as you’ll surely need it no matter what transpires. Sip on complimentary Pink Gin and Rock Rye while you bite your nails in anticipation, and when the end results are called, you’ll be able to soak up all that booze with some pizza. Keep your mouth occupied and maybe everything will be okay.

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Straight Outta Providence: H.P. Lovecraft Spawns Theater Fest and Ghoul School

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Celebrations of H.P. Lovecraft—the master of weird fiction and favorite son of Rhode Island—are poised to take over the city this fall in the form of dramatizations and, delightfully, a new “institute of horror studies.” Much like the mysterious grey infection spreading across Ammi Pierce’s farm, Lovecraft-related commemorations seem to be growing exponentially.

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Follow Along as We Hit the Quirkiest Corners of Gowanus With Brooklyn Spaces

If you read Brooklyn Spaces online or have a copy of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, published last year, you know the site’s founder, Oriana Leckert, has a lock on the quirkiest, coolest places in the borough. Now she has teamed up with veteran tour guide Jonah Levy to make some of those Brooklyn spaces more physically and financially accessible.

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Performance Picks: Tarot Card Donner Party, New Play Readings, and More

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Would you rather spend a short evening watching stuff in a bar or dedicate your whole day to the wildest and most visceral of performance art? This week, you can do both.

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Where The Wild Things Are 8
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here
Party moguls Brooklyn Wildlife present the eighth edition of their evening variety show at Bizarre Bar, home to all shapes and sizes of variety show. At any given moment, you can catch “aggro” raps by Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, beats by Star Falcon and Rob Interface, performance art poetry by Terminal Intrusion (Nyssa Frank, owner of The Living Gallery), burlesque, and more. The event asks attendees to wear a costume from a childhood story, a mascot outfit, or just to come half naked. So, suit up. Or down.
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Inside the Vale of Cashmere, a Bucolic Cruising Spot Threatened By ‘Restoration’

"Untitled" (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), Thomas Roma 2011

“Untitled” (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), Thomas Roma 2011

Like many Brooklynites, Prospect Park is my go-to, but the awesomely named Vale of Cashmere– a relatively isolated area on the east side of the park and the subject of photographer Thomas Roma’s new book– didn’t sound familiar at all. To outsider eyes like mine, the Vale (depending on your taste) is either a beautifully wild or pitifully neglected patch of land, overgrown with disobedient trees and untamed plants, at the center of which there’s a once-elegant fountain clogged with weeds and fetid puddles from years of neglect. Park staff have planted shrubs and flowers there too, lending the area a rotting romanticism.

But the Vale has another history: it’s long been a cruising spot for gay men, but especially gay men of color. Until recently it was considered an open secret, and one that many park powerfuls have decided not to engage, despite demands from elsewhere that they do so (in various ways). While Roma’s series is ultimately a personal exploration of friendship and loss, it’s nearly impossible to unravel his images from questions about what kind of impact a looming project will have on the community that has made this space its own.

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Motorcycle Film Festival Is Not Just For ‘Gnarly, Bearded Harley Guys’

Jack Drury (Photo:

Jack Drury (Photo via Motorcycle Film Festival)

The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films.

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