First Annual Relix Live Music Conference – May 10th

Relix Live Music Conference

The Relix Live Music Conference​ is billed as “a conference for professionals in the live music industry, designed to shed light on the fast-paced and ever-changing live music business.”

For one day only, on Wednesday May 10th, a full line-up of panels and discussions will take place at Brooklyn Bowl
, including a presentation on Technology by Justin Bolognino (META.is), who invented and spearheaded The Lab at last year’s Panorama Festival.

Keynote speakers include Peter Shapiro (​​Founder of Dayglo Ventures, Relix, BK Bowl, etc) and Ron Delsener (​NY Music Live Nation), moderated by the great Peter Fricke (Rolling Stone). Another panel features Dave Frey (Lockn’ Festival & Silent Partner Management), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), and Robin McNicol (Superfly) discussing the current state of music Festivals, with a capital “F”.

Tickets are $115 now, and may soon jump to $125. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a year’s subscription to Relix Magazine, and a ticket to that evening’s show The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl.

RIP Leonora Russo, “The Queen of Williamsburg”

Leonora Russo circa 2011, Photo: Anna Gianfrate

Leonora Russo circa 2011, Photo: Anna Gianfrate

My personal interactions and friendship with Leonora was limited to brief chats on Bedford Avenue as she made her rounds through the neighborhood, although I truly cherished those conversations. Sitting on a bench among the quickly changing storefronts of Williamsburg, Leonora Russo always helped me feel rooted and connected to the neighborhood, despite sometimes feeling like I moved without going anywhere.

She was a stalwart citizen, an accomplished actress, singer, and storyteller. Always dressed up, always smiling, always sharing, Leonora was an inspiration to many. Long Live The Queen.

Posted today by Leonora Russo’s friend William Basinski:

It is with great sadness that I report that my dear friend, Mrs. Leonora Russo, The Queen of Williamsburg, has died. Leonora lived in Williamsburg for over 60 years and was known for her incredible style and fashion sense as well as being an activist and stalwart supporter of The People’s Firehouse.

Never venturing out of her 3rd floor walk up on North 11th Street without being completely turned out, her glamour and outgoing, friendly personality attracted people to her like moths to a flame. People from around the world came to visit her on Bedford Avenue on her daily walks to do her shopping.

She was photographed and videotaped daily and featured in articles in numerous magazines around the world. A short documentary film about her was featured a few years ago at the Brooklyn Film Festival. She was a natural entertainer, an incredible singer with perfect pitch and could easily be encouraged to give advice or break out into one of her hilarious vaudeville era songs. She always wanted to go to Hollywood, but Hollywood came to her in her later years. God broke the mold when he created Leonora and a few Cadillacs were destroyed as well when she would walk down the street in her younger days.

There will be a memorial service and viewing at Arthur’s Funeral Chapel, 207 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, on Monday November 21, 2016 from 6-9pm. Please come and help us celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen of Williamsburg.

Best dressed exhibitors at this year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn

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This year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, presented by Desert Island, brought together the best comic artists in the world with the best locals-only vibe you could ever ask for. Sure, there were a ton of awesome comics, and prints, and shirts, and patches and buttons and all sorts of special happenings and mingles. And I’m sure someone is blogging about all that.

But not me! I went solely as a Fashion Blogger. Why shouldn’t the CAB Fest have it’s own red carpet? I think it should!

Until then, here’s just a quick look at the best dressed exhibitors from this year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn. Enjoy!

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Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

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It’s hard to deny the recent surge in clinical and educational interest in psychedelics. With shows like Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, conferences like Psychedelic Science in California, and local groups like The Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn, the study and research of the benefits (and risks) of psychedelics has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. [Read more…]

Greenpoint Avenue pins from BK Buttons

Die cast street sign pins

Die cast street sign pins

Last month the guys at BK Buttons released their first Brooklyn street sign pin, Greenpoint Avenue, and today they announced that anyone ordering a button can swing by the Pencil Factory Thursday evening to pick up their order:

For those of you working/living in Greenpoint, we will be hosting a “pin pick-up” at the Pencil Factory at 142 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, on Thursday (7/14) evening 6:30 – 8:30pm – please do swing by and pick up your order!

They’re still taking orders now through BKButtons.com but when we asked if we could pay cash for a pin tomorrow evening at the Pencil Factory pick up, they replied saying just “Maybe?”

Not a bad way to rep Greenpoint, I suppose! What’s next, a “West St.” pin?

Dobbin St + Wedding Crashers open house Tuesday 7/12

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Dobbin St
 is a new tailored event space and wedding venue just steps away from McCarren Park, and next Tuesday they’re hosting an open house for the local community. Partnered with Wedding Crashers, Brooklyn’s wedding fair and event series, this open house event will include preferred vendors Magnolia BakerySilkstone CateringIl Buco VitaJove Meyer EventsDesigns by Ahn, Scratch DJ Academy, and Broadway Party Rentals. [Read more…]

Open House New York invites you to Field Guide: North Brooklyn

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Dobbin St., a new events venue and participating Field Guide space

artist: Christine Gedeon, Splits & Skylines, site-specific tape installation, 2016.

This Saturday, June 11th, Open House New York hosts Field Guide: North Brooklyn, a self-guided walking tour of individual sites offering tours, talks, and demonstrations. [Read more…]

Urban Wellness Retreat at The Wythe

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This weekend The Aerie Collective premiers in New York City with the first of two events at The Wythe hotel. “We want to treat our guests to an experience,” says The Aerie Collective co-founder Laura Sniderman. “One which leaves them convinced that their everyday can be beautiful, inspired and healthy.”

Together with co-founders and twin sisters Elle and Claire Bourgeois, Sniderman aims to reverse the concept of a retreat. “The need is closer to home,” she says. “People often feel as if they must step outside of their lives to feel empowered, connected and alive. But why? This question acted as the spark that ignited our initial Urban Retreat.”

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