Clandestine Loft Party

Would you like to go to a marvelous loft party on Saturday the 13th, at a top secret Williamsburg location, with splendid live music and attractive people? If so, RSVP to [email protected]. Once you’re on the list, you’ll get a message on Friday with the address and other info.
The hosts let some of the secretive goodness out of the bag already:

‚”Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles will be doing a solo set, while Eliot Krimsky and Mike Johnson (who you’ll likely recognize as one half of Flying) will be performing as their latest incarnation, Glass Ghost. Also, Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors will be performing a set of her own. And, Inlets, the brainchild of Sebastian Krueger (of My Brightest Diamond), will preview new material from a forthcoming LP, and doll out the hand-crafted baroque folk of the (still free) Vestibule EP that introduced him to Brooklyn audiences back in 2007.”

The party starts at 8 pm, and you’ll need to shell out $5 (but don’t fret, that covers your beer and wine as well!)

The December 2008 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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The Brothers Bloom
You expect December to be lousy with Oscar hopefuls, but damn.
December 5
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Punisher reboot. After, you know, one film. Kind of like The Incredible Hulk.
WILL IT SUCK?
Apparently, Lionsgate booted director Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans) from the project and started pushing for a PG-13 rating, all this after getting good buzz at Comic-Con. On the other hand, there’s nothing about any of that in this recent interview with Alexander. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, since they don’t reference it at all.
I’d say it doesn’t matter either way given the sad history of comic book adaptations that are not from seriously established indie directors (your Nolans, your Singers, your Raimis), however, there were (are) some interesting elements here. One, Alexander’s one of the first (only?) women to direct a comic book film, a male-dominated genre to put it lightly. Two, the script was based on Garth Ennis’ (Preacher) take on Punisher, which pretty much necessitates a hard R, so attempts to soften that will probably fail miserably. Finally, the script comes from half of the Iron Man writing team and a Prison Break scribe, so there’s potential.
On the other hand, looking at the trailer, I’m not convinced this isn’t just Max Payne 2.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Between the second frame of Transporter 3 and the first frame of Extreme Movie, it’s in trouble. $34mil.

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TONIGHT!

WE ADVOCATE THIS:
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7 pm, $7
49 South 2nd Street

Craft Fairs, Fleas and So Forth…

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This is the weekend you can get all your holiday shopping done if you time things right. There are a handful of craft fairs and flea markets around town that will probably have something for your Aunts and Drunkles. Here’s a couple, if I missed any, leave ’em in the comments.
1. First Annual WNNS Winter Holiday Flea Market!

The Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School is a wonderful grassroots school that has been serving children and families since 1999. This is the first Flea Market fundraiser and we are all excited. Toys, books, furniture, new items, crafts, designer clothes (from cool Williamsburg Moms) and more! The event will be Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 4pm at the school, located at 338 Wythe at South 1st in Williamsburg. Expect a “FLEA MARKET, RAFFLE, CHEAP-ASS GIFTS, BAKE SALE,YUM”.

2. 3rd Ward‘s Handmade Holiday Craft Fair!

Browse the handmade goods & treats of over 50 local artisans, craft mavens & culinary masters including everything from LED Hula hoops & dog costumes, to custom cut clothes & jewelry, furniture & vintage ware from Brooklyn Kitchen, cookies & chocolates, wrapping paper, pillows & body soaps, custom electronics and Cut Brooklyn knives. At 3rd Ward, from noon to 7pm THIS SUNDAY

3. Of course, the Brooklyn Flea is still going strong through Dec. 21st. They also opened up a holiday market called…
4. The Gifted Holiday Market – across the street from the Flea at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. They’ve got “Cider, antiques, crystals, winter plants, local shopping, a flurry or two–Sunday Brooklyn Perfect.”
and then of course, if you’re lazy, there’s always Etsy.

Blip Fest 2008 at The Bell House

If you get the time this weekend, head on down to The Bell House for the 2008 Blip Festival, where artists use old Nintendos, Ataris, and Game Boys to create really rad music and visuals. Performances are at night, and workshops take place during the day. Here’s a video thing for the fest, via McBrooklyn. More at NBCNewyork.

Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo.
More on the fest:

Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4—7, 2008 at the Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.

Get tickets, check schedules, and watch that video on Vimeo.

Hawks!

There are hawks in McCarren Park. Wear your bike helmets, or else.

A Peek Behind the STD-Soaked Curtains

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picture by Billy Parker c/o Gothamist
Gothamist actually got to go and check out the Real World house down in Red Hook, where they took lots of fun pictures for everybody! So, here they are. And look, they like graffiti and rat tails just like you! Go take a peak at who you’ll be hating for the next three months if you still watch MTV.

New Lily Allen Video: "The Fear"

We admit it, we’re suckers for Allen’s mindless pop and her first single sounds great. (Even if she’s a total fucking nightmare).