09/02/15 2:00pm
All photos via Gatorade

All photos via Gatorade

To put it plainly, Serena Williams is one of the most dominate athletes ever to have laced up a pair of sneakers, but the story undergirding her rise can’t be chalked-up to a Disney Channel narrative. Her indomitable prowess is evident in her accolades though: the tennis player currently maintains twenty-one grand slam titles, and is trying for another at the US open this week in Queens, where a victory would ensure her place among the greatest of all time. Luckily for us, a new mural in Williamsburg, commissioned by Gatorade, adds literal color to Williams’ previous grand slam triumphs, as it depicts twenty-one different moments from each of her victories on the way to grand slam godliness. It’s a real vibrant and linear piece, located right on the corner of Kent Avenue and Grand Street.

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09/02/15 1:30pm

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Creep
Directed by Patrick Brice
Opens September 2 at Videology

Before this summer’s The Overnight shot him to fame and fortune, by which I mean a bunch of articles about stars wearing prosthetic penises, writer-director Patrick Brice made a movie with low-budget maestros Mark Duplass and Jason Blum, hybridizing Duplass’s loosely constructed slice-of-life style and Blum’s low-budget, often found-footage horror (not unlike the mumblehorror the Duplass Brothers already toyed with when they made Baghead). The result, Creep, debuted on iTunes shortly after The Overnight came out this summer; it’s now streaming on Netflix, and receiving a limited theatrical release that includes a one-week engagement at Videology in Williamsburg.

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09/02/15 12:30pm
Photo by Jane Bruce.

Photo by Jane Bruce.

“Sour beers will never become the pale ales of craft brewing,” opined Vinny Cilurzo, owner of Russian River Brewing Company, in 2010. His quote is from a New York Times article titled, “Sour Beer Is Risky Business, Starting With the Name.”

Russian River, based in Santa Rosa, California, is among the elite of United States’ swelling sour-beer vanguard. Its members, influenced by the techniques and flavors of Belgium’s Cantillon and other Traditonalists of Tart, are boundary-busting, bacteria-adoring breweries on a risky, expensive, educational, and time-consuming pursuit to produce palate-pleasing sours. They also yearn to stand atop the planet’s highest precipice and shout,” By the Power of Grayskull! I HAVE THE SOUR!

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09/02/15 11:15am
Photos by Alex Srp

Photos by Alex Srp

You are most likely, at this moment, surrounded by more martial artists than you’ve ever realized. The woman you brush shoulders with in the deli might be a seasoned Judo black belt capable of throwing your much heavier ass to the ground. The quiet kid in your son’s chemistry lab might be a Muay Thai champion, brandishing the silent ability to wield not-so-subtle kicks to the face.

Yes, the martial arts are ancient and reflective of various cultures around the world, but they also exist right here in our backyards. They’re entrenched in society, albeit in a kind of hidden way, but don’t think for a second that they’re all about beating people up. In fact, the martial arts exist to inspire much more peaceful sentiments in practitioners. To glean a sense of the pugilistic and spiritual world that exists right under our very noses, we decided to examine some of the most ass kickin’ dojos in Kings County, which we’ve listed for you right here.  (more…)

09/02/15 10:15am

When asked “How do you put on pants?” Air Force veteran Judy McCombs laughed. “In bed with a lot of wiggling. It’s like putting on skinny jeans.” Erika Morales, a Technical Design student at Fashion Institute of Technology, listened carefully and took notes. McCombs, a patient at the Veterans Affairs St. Albans Community Living Center, has multiple medical problems and is wheelchair-bound. In the spring, Morales and four classmates worked to engineer clothing that is comfortable, stylish, and easy to put on for veterans who use a wheelchair or prosthesis. Nastaran Rivera worked with Army vet Pamela Winfield, who lost her left hand shielding an elderly woman in her neighborhood from a sword-wielding assailant. Rivera said, “Most people take fastening zippers and buttons for granted, but amputees have to overcome these challenges every day.” The assignment, said their professor, Luz Pascal, was “to engineer garments that will improve someone’s life.”

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09/02/15 10:14am
All photos: Oeuf NYC

All photos: Oeuf NYC

Children like to play dress-up. If there’s anything that serves the wild imagination of a youngster, it might be cosplay: dawning the shining armor of a knight or traipsing around the neighborhood dressed as a pumpkin is surely more enjoyable than wearing garb normally employed by humans. Designer Sophie Demenge seems to share this sentiment, as the most recent clothing line produced by her brand Oeuf NYC is simultaneously quirky and inventive, providing any blooming extrovert under ten years-old a reason to dress like an eggplant or a fried egg. (more…)