In the last few years, skyrocketing rents and neighborhood changes have killed some of Brooklyn’s favorite DIY, or “do-it-yourself,” music venues. This month, they got one more celebratory send-off with an exhibit, “RIP DIY,” which was on display at Brooklyn’s Cloud City. Featuring the work of 20 photographers, it showed these independent venues during their glory days, when the bands were loud, the drinks were cheap (and often available for those under age), and the party seemed like it might never stop. Curator Nicki Ishmael, whose photographs were also included in the exhibit, lived in the Williamsburg venue Dead Herring for more than five years before it closed in January 2013. The shutdown followed a trend in the neighborhood, one that has since continued with the recent closings of Glasslands Gallery and Death by Audio. [Read more…]
With the closings of Glasslands and Death By Audio coming soon (not to mention this, this, this , this and this) Williamsburg is feeling pretty gutted these days. Appropriately, the artist collective Cheryl is throwing a funeral dance party to “celebrate” all the closings called “Nail in the Coffin.” They’re encouraging people to come dressed as Starbucks baristas, Scruge McDuck and more. We suggest coming as Jed Walentas, Stephen Levin, or Vice Media founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi.
From the Cheryl website:
A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg. Come mourn the end of era with us before Glasslands closes its doors in Williamsburg forever. In lieu of flowers, a $10 cover will be accepted at the door on behalf of CHERYL.
11:30pm-4am calling hours at Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn.
Need costume inspiration? Just Accept Death.Think FUNeral, Victorian Mourning Merkins, Starbucks Baristas, All Black Everything, Whole Foods Suttee, Goth Immigrants, Winking Widows, Vintage Sorrow, Mast Brothers Conquistadors, Asian Tapas, and Scrooge McDuck. [Read more…]
It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?
Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:
The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more…]
Saturday night marked the second to last night for long running DIY spot 285 Kent. It sort of ended like it started, with lots of technical difficulties and delays. One could say, the place went out in style. A style it had cultivated all by itself for many years. On a more positive note, one just gotta love the ‘lawlessness’ of it all (Think 4/20). Below are the full headlining sets by Wolf Eyes and Deafheaven.
Wolf Eyes at 285 Kent
Deafheaven at 285 Kent
Beyond tonight, we have not announced any other events at 285 Kent, though there may be others in the future.
— Ric Leichtung (@ricleichtung) December 20, 2013
According to a tweet from Ric Leichtung, 285 Kent’s curator, the DIY music venue might be closing its doors after last night’s show. The end of the venue’s lease is nearing and 285 Kent might be added to the list of Williamsburg staples forced to leave the neighborhood due to ever climbing rents. Outside of the Twitter post, Leichtung has not confirmed or denied the rumors publicly.
This Thursday 10/31, Alan Howarth, co-composer of the signature line Halloween Motion Picture Score, will be playing live at 285 Kent to celebrate the composition’s 35th anniversary. From scores to special sound effects, from Halloween stalkers to STAR TREK, Alan Howarth’s electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films of the ’80s. Alternately wearing the hats of both composer and sound effectsman, Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; he’s provided sound design and effects for POLTERGEIST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, all the STAR TREK movies, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Coppola’s DRACULA, TOTAL RECALL, and STARGATE, among others. As a composer, he’s scored all or part of all the HALLOWEEN films, composed music for RETRIBUTION, THE DENTIST, and others. Howard will be joined by the new incarnation of Liturgy. Expect a whole lot of eerieness from the past, the present and the future.
For advance tickets, click here.
285 Kent | Williamsburg | 10/31 | 7PM | All Ages | $15