Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bushwick the 'Site' for art this weekend

By Aaron Short

Brooklyn’s most intriguing spectacles can be found in Bushwick this weekend.

The neighborhood’s visual artists, dancers, theater geeks, comedians and musicians will all come out for the third annual Site Fest — a two-day, 100-event spectacle on March 5 and 6.

The number of acts is simply overwhelming, so grab a map and make your first stop at the five-year-old Grace Exhibition Space on Broadway, which will host Psychotherapy Live! and the Frankenstein Sweater Party.

Then walk up to Chez Bushwick, where the neighborhood’s best dance performers reside. We recommend Regina Nejiman’s untitled performance at 4 pm before heading over to the Bushwick Starr for experimental theater.

On opening night, Con Lab’s Rafael Gallegos will present “#loveislove,” which employs found footage and text from basketball star Stephon Marbury’s social media accounts (is it too late to add Carmelo Anthony’s Twitter feed to the show?).

On Sunday, head to 3rd Ward for a series of interactive performances and lectures — Arts in Bushwick veteran Laura Braslow is leading a talk at 3:30 pm, and Sarah Conde will speak at 7:30 pm about two mixed-media paintings she made.

But the oddest stuff may be what you encounter in the street or at satellite spaces, art galleries, coffee shops and vacant lots in between theater and dance studios.

The quirky-yet-notorious performance art troupe Baby Skin Glove is offering a “Zen experience” at its Stanhope Street lair, and a Belgian choreographer flew in from Europe to perform an endurance piece on the streets of Bushwick.

“Basically she’s going to dance until she drops,” said festival organizer Chloe Bass.
You know you want to be there when it happens.

SITE Fest (various locations in Bushwick), March 5-6, 1 pm-midnight. Tickets $5 per show ($10 day pass; $15 weekend pass). For info, visit


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