Tonight, over 15 local galleries will stay open late tonight, hosting special events and receptions for October’s First Thursday Gallery Walk! It’s the perfect night to stroll around DUMBO and browse art. Plus neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for art lovers and appreciators!
Dumbo will live up to its namesake when flying elephants descend upon Washington Street tomorrow (Thurs, 9/28) at The Great DUMBO Drop! For the first time ever, everyone’s favorite street for photos in Brooklyn will feature food and family fun during this new annual block party hosted by the Dumbo BID.
Starting at 6PM, mini dumbos will parachute down from rooftops onto Washington Street and depending on where it lands, you can win a $500 shopping spree in the neighborhood! All you have to do is adopt your own baby elephant for $20.
You can also expect some local fun in the festivities:
Folk music. Bluegrass. Country. These are not genres one necessarily associates with the Brooklyn waterfront. Until recently, Dumbo’s previous musical claim to fame was being the backdrop of the 1987 Bananarama video for “Cruel, Cruel Summer.” During the past three years, however, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival founder Jan Bell has worked to change that.
Photo by David Donohoe via Facebook
The sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and lots and lots of guitars echoed throughout Dumbo and Red Hook this past weekend, thanks to the festival, which started in 2015. This year, the 2017 Brooklyn Americana Music Festival consisted of more than 60 acts across seven stages and four days, kicking off with a sold-out gala last Thursday at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook–showcasing bands from as far away as Kansas (Truck Stop Honeymoon) and Indiana (Tim Grimm Family Band)–and finishing Sunday night with an afterparty at Dumbo landmark Superfine.
The Aching Hearts Play Pier 6 | Facebook
Over the weekend, performances took place in the Archway under Manhattan Bridge, at beloved Red Hook watering hole Sunny’s, Red Hook Bait & Tackle, 68 Jay Street Bar, and the picnic tables at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Shows started on Saturday and Sunday around noon and went, in some cases, past midnight. Local performers included 12-year old Little Nora Brown, the Brothers Brothers, the Chapin Sisters, Gangstagrass impresario Rench, and the Defibulators. (more…)
* Body Combat @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, 7pm, FREE, Be lead through a workout which combines upper and lower body moves using power training, muay thai and karate, More info ♫ Leos Do It Better @ Amarachi (189 Bridge Street), 10pm, FREE, More info
* Green Team @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 10am, FREE, Provide essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants, More info ^ ACID TRIP: Travels in the World of Vinegar Demonstration @ DUMBO West Elm (2 Main St), 2pm, FREE, Author and photographer Michael Harlan Turkell will be demoing vinegary recipes and signing his cookbook, More info ♫ Absurdo & the Coyote @ Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (481 Van Brunt St), 2pm, FREE, Absurdo & The Coyote are an Astoria-based folk- and philosophy- punk duo, More info(more…)
Wachob describes Wellth as “a prescriptive memoir where I share my journey from Wall Street to wellness entrepreneur, and also share simple tips from the best wellness experts in the world.”
A sold-out crowd of 200 listened to see Wachob being interviewed by Charlie Knoles, a Vedic meditation teacher, director of The Veda Center, and cofounder of the meditation event series The Path. (more…)
Siobhan O’Loughlin of Broken Bone Bathtub. Photo by Jason Speakman.
In October of 2014, Brooklyn playwright and performer Siobhan O’Loughlin embarked on an unusual tour of New York City. Her arm was in a cast following a head-on collision with another cyclist that resulted in two broken fingers, and she didn’t want to risk getting it wet in the shower. Her small Brooklyn bathroom, however, didn’t have a bathtub.
Using social media, the Bushwick native called on friends and acquaintances to let her use their bathtubs, never bathing twice in the same place so as not to overly inconvenience any one person. People across Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens opened their homes to her. Some even provided candles, bubble bath, and chocolates.
The kindness she experienced in a time of need inspired her latest performance piece, Broken Bone Bathtub, where an intimate audience of six to eight people joins her in a bathroom as she takes a bath and shares her story. After sold out shows in the UK, Japan, and across the U.S., Broken Bone Bathtub has come to New York, with dozens of performances across the city, including two dates in DUMBO on January 13 and 20, at 7 and 9 p.m. You can buy tickets — which are going fast — here.