Funky See, Funky Do Saturday

These guys always make Williamsburg kids dance, which is usually hard to do (and my thowback little heart go pitter patter). Come out and shake yo’ thang at Savalas TOMORROW night, right around party time (you know, 11pm-ish)- And hey, maybe you’ll even get lucky and someone will funky do you…

Spotted: Nick Pandolfi

Meet the Hipster Grillster, the kid who loves his friends, entertaining, food & Wine,
and has a passion for living the good life.

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Grim Times at New York Observer

We’re big fans, so this really sucks:

The New York Observer said goodbye to Peter Kaplan for good this week. Today, they’ve laid off a huge portion of their writing staff–including some of their very best:
Here are the names we’ve heard from a good source, although they haven’t been officially confirmed by the paper yet:
Matt Haber
Spencer Morgan
Doree Shafrir
Chris Shott
Peter Stevenson
John Vorwald

Good For What Ales Ya: Brooklyn Beer Experiement This Weekend

Have your Advil bottles at the ready because this Sunday is the First Annual Brooklyn Beer Experiment, a beer cook-off and tasting competition put together by two Times-approved stars of the circuit, Nick Suarez and Theo Peck. Twenty-five chefs, armed with all sorts of recipes involving beer, and a small army of local home brewers will descend on the Bell House and compete for your inebriated attention. Now, while the event already has a celebrity panel of judges (Beer Table owner Justin Philips, Brooklyn Brewery brewer Tom Price, PDT/Crif Dogs owner Brian Shebairo, Times food writer Peter Meehan, and others) we here at FreeWilliamsburg will be offering our own comically-biased assessment through one of the competitors and friend of the site, Kyle Spencer. He will have live reports (OK, fine: tweets) from the scene, starting around 1pm. Then, on Monday, we’ll have photos, commentary from chefs and brewers, and a giveaway or two, so be sure to check back then. Just not too early, ok? Things might be hazy for a while.

Win A Pair of Northside Festival Badges!

We’ve got two pairs of Northside Festival badges to give away! Just head on over to our Facebook page, fan it, and leave a comment on the most recent update (the one that mentions this contest).
Two winners will be picked using at midnight on Sunday, and they’ll each get a pair of all-access passes. This is your only chance (other than volunteering) at seeing a weekend full of music absolutely free! It’s also the best way to lock down that budding summer friendship…
Here’s the schedule, this could all be yours…and if you don’t win, we still hope to see you at our showcase on Friday at Death by Audio with These Are Powers, Javelin, Real Estate, Air Waves, and Organs.
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Reminder: Bushwick Open Studios Are This Weekend

As previously alluded to in the Antennas of the Race post, there will be big art happenings this weekend in Bushwick.
Full details may be found here.

Antennas of the Race: Rahul Alexander vs. Jaclyn Conley

Continuing with the Antennas of the Race series, we were fortunate to catch up with two sets of artists who will be participating in Nurture’s first ever Bushwick Biennal which opens on Saturday, June 6th–an exhibition that commemorates young, emerging artists in perhaps the purist spirit. In addition to Nurture, the Bushwick Biennal will be on view at Pocket Utopia, English Kills, and Grace exhibitions.
Our first group of artists in conversation are Rahul Alexander and Jaclyn Conley. Alexander’s work is best characterized as multi-media paintings that utilize found imagery and patterns that suggest that use a sense of nostalgia to suggest the ideals of the future. Conley works in painting, drawing and sculpture to transform the body into complicated compositions that touch upon the collective memory of the viewer.
Jaclyn Conley, No Fingernails Left, oil on canvas, 48×60″, 2008
Q: (Alexander)
So you’re a painter, I’d like to know what drives you to work in such a classical medium.
A: (Conley)
I don’t think I choose paint because of a classical nature just as I wouldn’t choose a material because it seemed innovative. I do appreciate the history of the medium especially when I think outside of a linear progression; I look at equal amounts of new and old art. The dense history of imagery and painting resurfaces in all work, though maybe most obviously when it is the same media. For me these links are usually unintended. I like that a work can change depending on the context, particularly of time; that, in a way, art becomes a changing, rather than a static, singular object.
I hear often from my interdisciplinary artist partner that it’s so much easier to be a painter because at least when you go into the studio each day you know what you’re getting in to. And there’s some truth in that. Limiting myself generally to oil paint, there is a familiarity and it becomes a framework for thinking and acting. I was given pencils and crayons and since then I kept seeking materials that improved on the qualities I liked: versatility of color and mark, a very basic, forgiving and completely independent process and a visible history of an object’s making.

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We Love WFMU

We’ve said it before, but WFMU’s Beware of the Blog is one of our favorite sites on the www.interbloggy webamajig. Get your download-em-all plugin ready and check out this generous collection of 44 old time rockabilly and country tunes. Oh, and there’s more here. Thanks WFMU.