Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Saturday night’s alright for 2010 transformations

The Brooklyn Museum’s January 2 Target First Saturday celebrates transformation. These monthly First Saturday events attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment.

The January 2 event celebrates the transformative power of the new year with an exciting lineup of programs. Highlights include a performance by the indie rock band Cordero, a screening of the film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” accompanied by a special live performance, a masquerade ball, karaoke, and an old school rockin’ dance party with New York Night Train.

From 5-7 p.m., Punk meets Latin as the bilingual indie rock band Cordero mixes Southwestern ballads with the gritty feel of the Brooklyn arts scene. At 6 p.m. Daphne Brooks, associate professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University, discusses women of funk rock and the aesthetics of James Brown (free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.).

At 6 p.m. Stepping Out Studios gives group waltz lessons in preparation for the Masquerade Ball. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. enjoy some hands-on art. Sketch a charcoal portrait from a live model posing in graceful dance steps (free timed tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.).

Then, at 6:30 p.m., there is a film and performance. Based on the rock musical by the same name, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001, 95 min., R) tells the story of an East Berlin boy who undergoes a sex-change operation in order to marry and flee to the West.

This screening will be accompanied by a special live performance by a group of Hedwig enthusiasts known as the Midnight Checkout Queens (free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.).

The Masquerade Ball is from 7-8:30 p.m. Get decked out for Brooklyn’s highly anticipated annual Winter Ball. Dance lessons are at 6 p.m.

A Young Voices Gallery Talk is slated for 7:30 p.m. Student guides give a Sign Language-interpreted talk on the theme of transformation in Buddhist art. From 9-10 p.m., author John Sellers discusses his book “Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life.”Karaoke is a favorite from 9-10:30 p.m. Belt out your favorite rock tune. Expressway Music hosts.

The night ends with the Dance Party from 9-11 p.m. New York Night Train conductor Jonathan Toubin spins his trademark 45 rpm “maximum rock and soul” sound.

Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and must be ticketed; lines for free tickets often form 30 minutes in advance. Parking is a flat rate of $4 from 5-11 p.m.


Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

Point Break - A Perfect Bar Experience in NYC

A local friend recommended and took my Cali group to this amazing bar. He said that mostly locals came here so I didn't really know what to expect ambiance wise... but screw it, the view at this bar was absolutely breathtaking! No joke. I felt like a celebrity w/ superstar treatment as the staff are friendly and amazing to say the very least.

I don't know who the house DJ was but he definitely was playing music right up my alley. It would've been my dream for people to start dancing, but it's all good.

It's a bit sceney for my taste, but it really didn't bother me much. the bartenders knew their stuff, although their 1st cocktail was a little weak, when he saw i understood cocktails the next 2 were stronger. I also liked that even though the place was really hopping the bartender remembered what i was drinking when i came to order another. (he also understood how good a gin hendricks is, and not to overpower it with the mixer). It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied..try it will love it!! can I forget, they even have a wheel o' shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!!

We ordered the Veal and Fish Tacos. They were delicious. Mm! We ended up asking for spoons to polish off whatever remained in the platter. (Faux pas? Who cares as long as it gets in my tummy.) The fries were crispy, but not overcooked, just the way that I like them.

So take in this scene: You walk in to what seems like an overly crowded place, but soon fine an empty table. Time seems to stop and the only indicator of the night moving on is the moon and your brain cells slowly going to bed forever. The music is not to loud and the people around look good, the only thing left for you to do is to enjoy that drink you paid ridiculously low for and laugh at the joke your co-worker just told.

The vibe of the place just never seems to die out and if you happen to spot some NYC socialite, sports player, or star, don't let it get to you... because for that moment, this night they are no long more important than then you. In fact go up to them and introduce yourself!

All in all just a great place to meet new people, or just have drinks with people you already know. I've been to numerous bars in the city but i would say this place is just great. Very welcoming staff, very laid back ambiance. I’ve been here twice after my first visit with my Cali group . I would say its worth the every penny you spend!!

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