Rooftop Films Brings Focus to New York Non-Fiction Short Films

Rooftop Films is turning its projector towards New York City and its residents this Friday night for its New York Non-Fiction Short Film screening. The majority of the filmmakers are New Yorkers themselves, with topics as diverse as a “cinematographical voyage” into Greenpoint, the Red Hook Pool, a 74-year-old jazz musician recording his album, and the Mysterious Hair Man of Williamsburg.

Drunk History Vol. 1 even manages to find its way in there somehow (Alexander Hamilton was a New Yorker — he was our delegate to the Constitutional Convention and the Congress of the Confederation who lived and died here.)

The doors at the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St.) open at 8pm, live music at 8:30, and the films are at 9pm. The after-party is an open bar at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St.). If you haven’t been to a Rooftop Films screening yet this summer, this would be a great one to kick things off.

[PICS] Warpaint and Beach Fossils at the Knitting Factory 6.15.10

I cannot confess my love for Warpaint any further than saying that they are the sunshine induced sonic love child of HEALTH and Beach House, two FREEwilly favorites. I’ll let your love grow organically with this:

Welcome back Noisemakers, we’ve missed you! Here are some photos from last night’s show:

Ticket Giveaway – Zola Jesus at Glasslands This Saturday

Saturday night post-goth Nika Roza Danilova (otherwise known as Zola Jesus) is playing a full-band show this Saturday night at Glasslands. Zola Jesus will be playing along with Effi Briest, Nice Face and Amen Dunes for their full-band formation debut!

One lucky Free Williamsburg reader will receive a pair of tickets to this show just by tweeting the following at Free Williamsburg:

@freedubya Zola Jesus’ Stridulum cover makes me want a sundae

The winner will be announced on Friday at noon via Twitter! Even if you don’t win, check out the show at Glasslands ($10 advance, $12 at the door) starting at 9PM!

Al Lover – Woodsist Remixed (Free Download)

Alex Gundlach made a fantastic one-track remix album of some of his favorite songs by bands released on Woodsist. Download it for free HERE.

He writes:

This is a project I threw together over the last few weeks. Woodsist is probably one of my favorite labels out right now. Everything they put out is at least interesting, if now really f’ing good. Most of the records remind me of some weird psychedelic shit from the sixties I’d love to sample, with a post-punk aesthetics added for extra awesomeness. Anyhow, I like the music so much I decided to remix some of my favorite tracks from a few of the releases on the label. They are more beats using small parts of the songs than remixes, but remixes sounds cooler. So fuck it, it’s a remix album. Super low-fi, off-kilter, distortion heavy, weirdo beats. This is definitely an experimental approach to beat making for me.

Track list:

The Fresh & Onlys – What Goes in Circles

Ganglians – 100 years

Kurt Vile – Breathing Out

The Art Museums – So Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Any More

Woods – Born to Lose

The Mayfair Set – Three of me

Moon Duo – In The Trees

Meneguar – The Morning, The night

Fergus & Geronimo – Last Letter

Meth Teeth – I Was Wrong

Wavves – Vermin

Real Estate – Black Lake

Woods – Til the Sun Rips

New OK Go Video: "End Love"

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scientist: "Eating baby spinach or arugula is almost like eating a burger"

Take this, New York City arugula-eating liberals:

“Depending on where you live, eating baby spinach or arugula is almost like eating a burger, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.”

That’s a direct quote from Dr. Gidon Eshel, a scientist specializing in greenhouse gases and food. The reason? Trucks! All those tasty greens are trucked in from California and Florida. If you want to eat greens and have have a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, try cabbage.

Williamsburg Walks Confirmed: Shutting Down Bedford June 26 & 27

As we reported back in early April, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the L Magazine and Project for the Public Spaces have cut back Williamsburg Walks to just one weekend in the face of united commercial opposition. They managed to maintain one weekend, and today announced that “Bedford Avenue will be closed to traffic and filled with local artists, craftsmen, performers, community organizations, sidewalk cafes and music” on Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th from 1pm – 7pm.

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the L Magazine and Project for the Public Spaces with the support of the New York City Department of Transportation Weekend Walks Program and Con Edison are teaming up to bring you two days of good old fashioned sustainable fun and a chance to “rethink your public space”. There will be perfume mixing, pickle preserving demos, kids activities, walking tours, 12 public art installations, brewery tours, and a giant picnic in the middle of the street.

I’m particularly excited for the “skillsharing” section, which will include lessons in the following: “perfume mixing; paper making; DIY window farming or terrarium building; ice cream demos; preserving pickles demos; walk up bike repair; DIY crafting; DIY tote bags making and silkscreening; outdoor yoga; and how to make Adirondack chair with salvaged wood.”

More info at

Zach Galifianakis To (Possibly) Star In A Remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet

That’s right…. and who better to play a talking fish from Brooklyn who battles Nazi’s?

More info at filmdrunk.