Weekend Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair and Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair


Renegade Craft Fair

On the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront this weekend shop ’til you drop, or, well get rained on. On Saturday & Sunday, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair:

The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie-craft explosion. RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 KENT (between 11th and 12th streets) on September 13 + 14. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Just down the street in the just-opened Brooklyn Expo Center, there’s The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday:

110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.

Midnight Movies 9/12-9/14 Include The Crow and Taxi Driver

You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here… so yeah then I guess you must be. Well it’s supposed to rain this weekend, so it’s a good time to get the movies! But hey, it can’t rain all the time, so be quick like a bunny and get through the maze by midnight to check out these late night screenings. (See what I did there?)

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Top five shows of the weekend

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

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LOVEGUN – Williamsburg’s newest gay club opens tonight

LOVEGUN opens tonight at 617 Grand Street

We already love Metropolitan and This & That and tonight, the Coop’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani is opening Lovegun on Grand Street.

From the owners of Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club comes LOVEGUN, a brand new gay bar slated to open on Grand Street next week, September 12. With two main floors, a sunken lounge area and two full service bars, LOVEGUN is clearly set to carve its place out in the Brooklyn queer scene.

LOVEGUN will open with a bang, with NYC promoter Frankie Sharp kicking off his new party “GIRLS” on the first night of business.

Maisani says LOVEGUN is “Studio 54 meets Cruising

At Eastern Bloc, Maisani and Dryden noticed that many of their customers were making the trek across the East River to party, so they decided it was time to bring the party to Billyburg. “We thought we could do something cool out here,” Dryden says.

“Even though Brooklyn has exploded in the last few years, there’s not as much being offered for the community here, as opposed to somewhere like Hell’s Kitchen, where you have 19 bars in a very small radius,” says Raimondi on a hot late-summer afternoon over the sounds of construction going on inside the bar. “That was definitely one of the things motivating us to make the move.” [Read more...]

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist paid tribute to Afrika Bambaataa

cutshadowEveryone’s got that one annoying friend on Facebook who posts endless statuses about “real hip hop.” You know the spiel. Kanye can’t rap. Kendrick’s attempt at beef is weak. Drake is soft. Unless it’s Illmatic, Resonable Doubt, 36 Chambers or Midnight Marauders, it ain’t worth listening to. In other words… they sound as ridiculously closed-minded as a TV dad does when he shakes his fist at those damn kids with their music.

Cultural tropes aside, if there’s anything I’ve heard this year that is honest to god, no BS, REAL HIP-HOP (in all the right ways), it was the tag team set DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist spun this past weekend at Irving Plaza. Oh, and this wasn’t just a tandem set from two of the most acclaimed turntablists of the past three decades… they were spinning records from Afrika Bambaataa’s personal collection, while the the President of the Zulu Nation himself looked onward from the balcony. Including Bambaataa’s own original demo pressing of “Looking for the Perfect Beat.” I think “real hip-hop” dude just splooged. [Read more...]

Video: Ghoul at Saint Vitus (9/9)

ghoul-promo-band-pic-2014-661194If they ever make Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4: Leatherface Does NYC, then chances are its going to look and feel a lot like Saint Vitus on Tuesday night, when self-professed Creepsylvanian splatter thrashers, Ghoul, took over the Greenpoint metal HQ for a night of truly terrifying (albeit totally tongue and cheek) sonic destruction. The video of the full set below says pretty much everything I’m currently at a loss to.  All hail Ghoul.

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Sustain-Release Pre-Party at Output Tomorrow


This weekend welcomes the first ever Sustain-Release, an intimate avante garde music and arts festival featuring dance music from established producers as well as local talent, taking place in the Catskill Mountains of New York. In addition to live music on two stages all day Friday and Saturday, the festival also features shared cabins for participants (tickets limited to 500), heated pools (open til 1 AM!), and nightly bonfires. Come together one last time for a goodbye breakfast on Sunday before packing up and making your way back to the city.

Phantogram Will Play Pier 97 This Saturday


This Saturday, September 13th, marks a big night for celebrating New York musicians when electric rock duo Phantogram and professional chef turned hip-hop artist Action Bronson take the stage at Pier 97. Expect lots of new material from 2014′s Voices, and if you’re lucky, maybe Action Bronson will rap from a port-o-potty again.

Tickets are still available through Live Nation’s website. Snag your GA ticket for $47.00 HERE.

Check out their recent KEXP Presents Live Performance below:

Phantogram With Very Special Guest Action Bronson
JBL Live at Pier 97, Hudson River Park
Saturday, September 13th
6:15 PM