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.
It’s about that time again, to say goodbye to 2015 and look forward to a new year. Do you have plans for New Years Eve yet? It’s your last chance to party before you start on those New Years resolutions of abstinence, exercise, and frugality. (Which, if you’re like most people, you will give up on in a week and a half.)
Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to do right here in Dumbo on the big night. Following are some of the many parties and events happening under the bridges on New Years Eve 2016.
Burlesque Under The Bridges
For pure New Years hedonism, it’s hard to beat this three-and-a-half-hour burlesque extravaganza at The Bridges, featuring, among a bevy of other beauties, “2015 Reigning Queen of Burlesque” Trixie Little and aerialist Elizabeth Munn. Tickets are $250 for table seating and $175 for stageside seating, and include an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight and passed hors d’oeuvres all night.
“Jingle Bells.” “Carol of the Bells.” “Silver Bells.” Along with the smell of pine and the sight of twinkling lights, one of the surest signs that we’re in the holiday season is the ringing of bells. We’ve got Salvation Santas and the sound of angels getting their wings, but to paraphrase Christopher Walken, “I’ve gotta have more bell!”
This Monday, December 21, ring in the holidays with your Dumbo neighbors by heading to the Archway at 6 p.m. and taking part in “Bell by Bell,” one of the events of the Make Music Winter 2015 festival. At 6 p.m., organizers will be handing out 70 color-coded bells to participants. As the crowd parades through the streets of Dumbo, conductors will wave colored flags to let the makeshift musicians know when to ring their bells. (Check out the 2013 video below to hear a sample of the beautiful, eerie music for yourself.)
Since its debut in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker has grown into a Christmas tradition, especially over the past 50 years. It’s so popular, in fact, that many American ballet companies generate a significant percentage of their annual ticket revenues from holiday performances of The Nutcracker. (more…)
Tonight in the Pearl Street Triangle the holiday season begins in earnest with Dumbo’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District, this all-ages block party will ring in the holidays with singing, dancing, cocoa, and a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.
The fun starts at 6 p.m., featuring calypso from the Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, excerpts from the Nutcracker courtesy of Dumbo’s own Gelsey Kirkland Dance Academy, and carols by Opera on Tap, who will be a-wassailing around the neighborhood until 9 p.m.
For you chocolate lovers, the highlight may well be hot cocoa provided by Dumbo’s “Mr. Chocolate,” Jacques Torres. And Santa will be there to greet the kids — make sure to bring unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 14 for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive! It’s a great way to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list.
The big countdown to lighting the tree — generously donated by Adam Parke Trees — will be led by DUMBO BID executive director Alexandria Sica. Be sure to stick around until 7 p.m… the organizers have hinted that there’s a very special surprise in store!
When we popped into Wednesday’s Indie Media Camp at 30 John Street, the Made in NY Media Center was bustling with digital professionals rubbing elbows and digging into the finer points of smartphone pics, podcasting and making it as a freelancer. (more…)