Thursday, September 30, 2010
It's been a busy month for Dean Haspiel. First, he released a new graphic memoir, "Cuba: My Revolution," a collaboration with the artist Inverna Lockpez. Then, a new show at Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook opens on the new graphic novel this Friday. And he finished up his six-part web series, "Street Code," from his studio in Gowanus.
Thanks to his part in that space - dubbed Deep6 Studios, Haspiel has put himself in the center of the Brooklyn comic book scene. We sat down with the acclaimed artist in his studio to catch up with his work, and find out in his own words what he thinks of this scene and his place in it.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
But in case you haven't caught wind, M.I.A. will be playing a free show - yes, FREE - at Brooklyn Bowl on Oct. 6.
Tickets are first-come, first-serve, so, goes without saying, get there early, and are on Maya, according to the release. Doors open at 9:30 pm, with - more important - lining up beginning at 7 pm.
Monday, September 27, 2010
|Daniel Mate will sing you a song about Brooklyn.|
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, Sept. 24
Park Slope: The New York Craft Beer Week kicks off at Rock Shop tonight with Freaktoberfest. It's not as scary as it sounds.
Coney Island: The Coney Island Film Festival is back for a whole weekend of diverse cinema. Don't miss the annual "Warriors" screening.
Prospect Heights: See T.S. Eliot's acclaimed play, "Murder in the Cathedral," in, fittingly, a church.
DUMBO: The DUMBO Arts Festival takes over the neighborhood this weekend.
Fort Greene: Laurie Anderson allures in "Delusion" at BAM, the kick-off to the space's Next Wave Festival.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Williamsburg: Willifest takes over the neighborhood, with film, art and music, with free jams all day long at Washington Plaza.
Fort Greene: Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard by bike.
Coney Island: Clean up the beach, and take in some dance, during the Artichoke Dance Troupe's "Human Mapping Project" performance.
Sunday, Sept. 26
Boerum Hill: The city's largest street festival takes over Atlantic Avenue once again, with music, food and general antics.
Brooklyn Heights: Take a pause from the Antic and explore the borough's largest stoop sale, ever!
Your house: Jonathan Ames much-loved Brooklyn-based TV show, "Bored to Death," returns for its second season tonight. Tune in to HBO or find a friend who has it!
By Thomas Tracy
It’s time to get your celluloid freak on!
Celebrating a decade of proud impertinence, the Coney Island Film Festival promises to bring 90 unconventional flicks to the people’s playground beginning tonight — then flip everything on its head and honor Hollywood-entrenched Brooklyn-born auteur Darren Aronofsky.
Yes, it’s a contradiction, especially since Aronofsky may helm the big-budget “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2” next year. But its still oddly in line with the gritty, “I don’t care what you think” pluck that’s defined the festival, and Coney Island, for so long.
“It’s amazing we’ve lasted 10 years this way,” marveled festival Director Rob Leddy. “We’ve never been as uptight or as snooty as some festivals. We’re more laid back and embrace the vibe of the whole neighborhood.”
As always, Coney Island’s famed and faded amusement area will be showcased. There are more than a dozen films dedicated to its unique beauty, history and controversial revitalization (or Disneyfication, according to some).
Offerings include documentaries “Last Summer in Coney Island,” about the neighborhood’s current transformation and “Last Night in Astroland with Jimmy Prince” which examines how the famed amusement park’s closure affected longtime patrons.
But it’s not going to be all fun and games … or non-fiction.
In what’s become a festival tradition, the violent cult classic “The Warriors” will be screened to a host of fans who will sport gang vests and scream out lines from the film.
Aronofsky’s dark drug abuse drama, “Requiem For A Dream,” which was filmed in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, will also be shown.
Afterwards, Dick Zigun, the unofficial mayor of Coney Island, will name Aronofsky as the festival’s 2010 honoree for his “independent spirit” — even if it’s waned a bit.
“Hey, the guy went from a big Hollywood film like ‘The Fountain’ to the smaller Indie flick ‘The Wrestler,’ ” explained Leddy. “You’d be hard pressed to find any working director that can stay completely Indie these days.”
The Coney Island Film Festival at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Avenue at West 12th Street in Coney Island (718) 372-5159], Sept. 24-26. For a list of films and show times, visit www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com.