"Vuvuzelas for BP" Sending 1,000 Vuvuzelas to BP's Headquarters in London: An Interview With the Project Creator

Adam Quirk is a Park Slope-based video producer behind “Vuvuzelas for BP,” a Kickstarter project that’s been getting some traction lately for its aim to buy a shitload of vuvuzelas, pass them out around BP headquarters in London, and have people blow on them all day, every day, until BP fixes the gushing oil spill in the Gulf. Quite frankly, it’s genius. His goal of raising $2,000 is nearly 75% complete, and with 7 days to go on the Kickstarter timeline, it’s looking quite likely that this will happen.

We reached out to Adam to get the story and ask a few questions after seeing a link to the project blow up on Reddit. Adam told us, “I’m very happy that people have gotten behind this. I think the response has been so positive mainly because it’s seemingly a fun mixture of memes, and the end result is a net positive in that BP gets real-world pressure, and the Gulf Fund gets real money.”

FREEwilliamsburg: What gave you the idea?

Adam Quirk: It was inspired by the incredible annoyance of millions of people by the vuvuzela drone on all the World Cup broadcasts, and the seemingly cold indifference postured by Tony Hayward in his Congressional hearings. I am a video remix artist, so it’s sort of my job to combine memes and current events to make new things.

FW: How has the internet community’s (namely: reddit) attention, feedback, and/or support affected your plans & expectations?

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The Domino Development: FREEwilly Readers' Opposing Views

Matt writes:

Let’s think about all the people that commute to the city every morning. THE CONGESTION IS INSANE ALREADY. Not only will the L train become un-usable (which is practically is every morning) but it’s going to literally change the vibe, and eventually culture of the neighborhood, and not in a good way. The dust, noise, etc that goes along with this construction is going to be HORRIBLE and especially damaging to the new buildings and businesses such as Glasslands Gallery and the new IndieScreen.

Josh counters:

dude, you’re one stop away from manhattan, and the earth’s population is going to rise by another 30% in the next 40 years. how do you think that your neighborhood is not going to change? if you’re worried about the stress on public transporation, then argue for better public transportation. don’t argue against infill development. infill (as opposed to sprawl) is the most environmentally sensitive (and socially smart) way to build housing, and more housing will always be needed. not to mention, using an existing building is also recycling!

You Eat Basically Everything: Bistro, Italian, New American, Polish, Bar Food, Traditional

Very Small Array, via Gawker

The Postelles "White Night" Video

The boys will be playing a show at Bowery Ballroom with the So So Glos and Ambassadors on the 28th of July… maybe we’ll even have a pair of tickets to giveaway. I’d be on the lookout if I was you…

Quotable: "Look, tenants like the guy. Yazmany's young and hip, which matches our renter profile."

“Look, tenants like the guy. Yazmany’s young and hip, which matches our renter profile,” says David Sigman, senior vice president at LCOR, a building that has commissioned the artist behind those “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton” and “The Assassination of Barack Obama” faux-galleries.

Dinosaur Feathers on the Big Ugly Yellow Couch

The first time I heard Dinosaur Feathers I couldn’t help but blurt out “these guys kind of sound like if Del Shannon hung out with sweet little robots”– everyone laughed at me. These acoustic sets are proof that I’m right… or totally wrong. [More videos over on Big Ugly Yellow]

Domino Development Passes City Council, Loses 4 Floors & Will Pay "Prevailing Wages"

It’s a go. The 36-floor project, which will create 2,200 apartments (660 of which will actually be affordable), 143,000 sq. feet of community, office, and retail space, keep the iconic sign, and create some new waterfront space, will break ground in one year and take ten years to complete.

Here’s the good:

During last-minute negotiations, the developer agreed to reduce two planned 40-story towers to 36 floors. The lost space from those floors will be added to other buildings on the site. The corporation also agreed that construction, building service and eventual supermarket workers at the New Domino would be paid prevailing wages.

and from before, the bad:

Levin (D-Williamsburg) and his mentor, Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick), had railed against the project, leading rallies against it and charging that thousands of new residents would overwhelm the neighborhood, especially already-packed subways and buses.

The spin cycle is on full throttle…

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Win VIP Passes to the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival in Maine

Bryan Bruchman, Flickr

The Kahbang Music and Arts Festival launched last summer in Bangor, Maine with Matt & Kim and Ra Ra Riot headlining — but it’s still relatively unheard-of. This year Kahbang will be running from August 6-14, and the list of performers includes Ok Go, Biz Markie, The Gay Blades, BoB, Free Energy and more. There will be plenty of art installations and a film festival portion as well.

Kahbang’s concept is to translate some of the live music energy from Brooklyn way up north. And in that spirit, we’re offering two pairs of VIP passes to FreeWilliamsburg readers. Just leave us a comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll randomly select two winners who will each get a pair of VIP passes to the festival. Summer road trip, anyone? And speaking of road trips, Kahbang’s planners are still looking to book more bands and artists, so if you are interested in participating, go ahead and contact them here.

VIP ULTIMATE FESTIVAL PASS

Pass Includes:

  • Entry to festival grounds (2-Day Music pass)
  • Entry to any film screening (Film Pass)
  • Access to all special events (Q/A sessions, Panels, etc.)
  • Access to KahBang VIP events
  • Advanced seating/reserved seating/preferred seating
  • Limited edition 2010 festival T-shirt
  • Limited edition souvenir ticket
  • Complimentary beverages (water, soda, juice)*
  • VIP Bar specials ($2 drafts / $3 well drinks)*

*Music Festival Only