David Walentas Is A Psychopath

credit: NY Mag

credit: NY Mag

If you haven’t already read New York Magazine’s profile of David and Jed Walentas, the father and son duo who plan to do to Domino what they did to DUMBO, you should.

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Cibo Matto & Javelin are playing a free show tonite


Hopefully the weather will behave. The show is free at 7pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park:

The Japanese art-pop duo, Cibo Matto, is back and just as sparkly as ever. After a fourteen year hiatus, these ladies, famous for their songs about food, return to the scene with a new celebrated album Hotel Valentine. With brushstrokes of hip-hop, funk, and pop, their colorful songs are the perfect palette to cure us of our winter blues. Nels Cline will also be joining them on stage. Second in this musical collage are the cousins of Javelin who are known for their synth-hammering, knob-twisting, sample-happy beats. And to kick it all off JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) will prime the evening with a DJ set.

Today: Food and Beer under the Manhattan Bridge

We’ve already been infinitely impressed this summer by Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea‘s weekly event bringing a bazaar of delicious food to the Williamsburg Waterfront. Now – perfectly timed but not affiliated with the NYC Craft Beer Week – the Flea (along with the DUMBO Improvement District) is putting on this food- and beer-centric event, Under the Archway.

From 12-9 today, head down to DUMBO, to the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge to enjoy food from Mile End Chinese Food, Rachel’s Pies and more. More importantly, though, wash this food down with delicious craft beer on tap from Stoudts and Sixpoint.

According to the Flea’s site, “We’re going to activate this unique public space and help knit together the neighborhood by getting residents and workers out for a fun Friday hang.” If you’re in the area for lunch, food starts at noon. For the after work crowd, the beer will start flowing at 3, and the whole event will keep going until 9 pm.

First Thursday of 2011

It’s not far from Williamsburg, and if you’ve never checked out the First Thursday Gallery Walk in DUMBO, 2011 is a good year to start. This Thursday, the first one of the year, will feature many impressive, interesting, and entertaining works by local, national, and globally renowned artists. Among the collections to be highlighted that night, are a survey of pieces in various mediums by woman from all over the world at A.I.R. Gallery, which advocates for female artists. Umbrage Editions brings us Wyatt Gallery‘s “Tent Life: Haiti,” photos of Haitian people living and surviving almost a year after 2010’s notorious earthquake, and at DIS Micro Gallery check “Rimx’s 16 Murals: The Beginning.” The White Train presents the installation as the introduction to a poem that will be divided into sixteen murals throughout New York City. For the tech savvy, or tech wary, Central Booking Gallery II, features the work of artists who deal with the physics of push/pull magnetism, and Amos Eno Gallery presents Jon Barwick’s newest paintings, mixed media collages, and installations calling out our technology driven, media saturated society. In addition to sensory spectacles, there is free wine at a few of the openings, and drink specials throughout the neighborhood bars. Some openings start as early as 5:30, so get there. See you down under.

According to DUMBO Culture 411:

…galleries showing works from artists of many disciplines while hosting receptions, producing live music performances, screenings and curator/artist talks among other highlights. Event is free to the public. No RSVP required. Attendees choose their own routes. Maps & location flyers on-site.”

The Truck Project

No, it’s not that old Chevy your uncle has in his garage.  It’s mobile theater right here in Brooklyn, and they’re taking the show on the road. Touring the East coast, eventually planning to perform at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Jean Ann Douglass and Eric Meyer are kicking off their trip Nov. 4-9 with shows each night in a different Brooklyn neighborhood.  The idea behind the project is a theater that moves from place to place. An unassuming moving van is actually a stage for installation and performance.   They use the back of a Budget Rental Truck and set up the “theater” to suit each piece, changing the interior, rearranging seating, and shaping the entire experience around the play, and well, the truck. From their website:

For each work, the truck interior is transformed into a dynamic playing space, based on the needs of each piece. As much an installation as it is performance, one show creates a vaudeville theater…another is performed in a barren, dark space where all audience members are led to their seats with flashlights. Each configuration of the truck can seat 20-35 people, and several short works are performed in repertory each evening.”

The Truck Project is looking for donations to fund the tour, but buying a ticket for the Brooklyn shows will help too. With limited seating, you should get yours here soon.  The Brooklyn showings feature a play about the inner workings of Amy Winehouse’s mind called “Not Winehouse” and the aforementioned vaudevillian production “The Backroad Homeshow.” The weekend of the performances, try to save any free parking spots you see around town until a moving van drives up.

The Truck Project Kickstarter Video from Jean Ann Douglass on Vimeo.