03/05/15 4:26pm
Tavi Gevinson will be at the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday. Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Tavi Gevinson will be at the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday.
Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Everyone’s favorite multi-hyphenate, Tavi Gevinson, will be appearing at the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday, where she will be in conversation with writer-editor Anna Holmes as part of the museum’s First Saturday programming. This month’s theme is “Women Changemakers” and the day’s free events will include music from Alissia & The Funketeers; a viewing of the film LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, directed by Julianna Brannum, and centering around the life of Harris, a Comanche activist; music from Princess Nokia, singer and voice behind the Smart Girl Club radio show; a workshop with the performance collective Colored Girls Hustle; and “a range of healing activities, including herbalism, tarot readings, acupressure, and partner stretch, among others… led by Harriet’s Apothecary, a collective of black healers continuing the legacy of abolitionist, community nurse, and herbalist Harriet Tubman.” And, also, there’s much, much more!  (more…)

03/05/15 4:15pm
Hall & Oates, in less litigious times. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Hall & Oates, in less litigious times. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Hall and Oates are an American musical duo who achieved success in the 1970s and early 80s on the relative strength of pop-rock singles like “Out of Touch”, “Private Eyes”, and “Rich Girl.” The duo’s smooth, soft-rock-inflected take on Philadelphia soul netted them, in all, 34 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, election to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the ironical re-appreciation of hipsters some three decades after their heyday.

Haulin’ Oats, meanwhile, is a small-batch granola made by Early Bird Foods & Co., an artisanal granola manufacturer based in Red Hook. Early Bird offers several types of granolas; the Haulin’ Oats line consists of rolled oats and maple, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil for a sweet and salty flavor combo. It’s purportedly delicious in a parfait. A three-pack retails for $27.

Hall and Oates aren’t happy about Haulin’ Oats—so unhappy, in fact, that they’ve filed suit against Early Bird for trademark infringement.

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03/05/15 3:24pm
Catherine Green, Founder and Executive Director of Arts East New York (Photo: Jeyhoun Allebaugh)

Catherine Green, Founder and Executive Director of Arts East New York (Photo: Jeyhoun Allebaugh)

East New York has been the topic of a great deal of debate recently—will the blighted, crime-ridden neighborhood be the next real estate hot spot? What kind of impact will the de Blasio administration’s rezoning project have on the area? Could this be the city’s last chance to get it right with affordable housing? Will they succeed?

But in speaking with Catherine Green, Founder and Executive Director of Arts East New York—an organization that supports artists, provides educational opportunities in the arts for local students, and spearheads public art projects—it’s clear that the East New York community is taking an active roll in its own revitalization and transformation in anticipation of change. (more…)

03/05/15 2:00pm

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I spoke with Mark Greif about his new book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America 1933-1973, and we covered topics ranging from Flannery O’Connor’s antipathy toward James Baldwin, to the role of novelists in our current era, to the plurality of “truth.” Greif’s book—which holds the singular distinction for me anyway, of being one of the only books that I have continued to carry around for easy reference long after I finished it—is one of the most accessibly intelligent and provocative looks at a fascinating period in American intellectual life. Read it, if only for Greif’s exploration of white Americans’ appropriation of the phrase “The Man.” But also, read it for so much more; it will stay with you for a long time. (more…)

03/05/15 1:29pm
Photographs by Jane Bruce

Photos by Jane Bruce

In the crowded world of Brooklyn fashion, it can be difficult to stand out from the pack. And yet, the first time we saw Rebecca Wolsten’s designs for her label Liam of York, we were smitten. Wolsten, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been working in the fashion industry for the last several years, but her line possesses a fine art influence that is rare to see in such eminently wearable pieces—think an immaculately hand-embroidered coat that provides not only style but also warmth, or a beautifully cut sleeveless jumpsuit with extra wide legs. (more…)

03/05/15 10:44am
Photo by Jane Bruce

Photo by Jane Bruce

Wool Sucking, the second album by Brooklyn neo-no-wavers EULA, is named for an acute anxiety that’s also just plain cute. “It’s thought that when kittens are weaned too early they have a kind of nervous anxiety disorder going on, so they suck wool to emulate their moms,” explains the band’s songwriter and front woman, Alyse Lamb. “It’s like a comfort thing, a weirdo compulsion, basically.” Perhaps that’s too gentle an image for a record full of sudden, savage roars? “It was sort of a transition album. You start off as a baby animal and then kind of grow into this lion woman,” she laughs. “I thought it fit.”

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03/05/15 10:00am
Photo by Jane Bruce

Photo by Jane Bruce

Most of the time, poet Jynne Dilling Martin lives in a beautifully decorated duplex in Park Slope with her partner and their two cats, working as publicity director and associate publisher for Riverhead Books, where she champions novels from the likes of Meg Wolitzer, Nick Hornby, and Junot Diaz. But for six weeks last winter, Martin lived in Antarctica as the continent’s artist-in-residence through the National Science Foundation.

Martin shadowed scientists and filled up Moleskines with observations of life in one of the most remote places on earth. The resulting poems, just published in the volume We Mammals In Hospitable Times, are as rich, unique, and full of wonder as the landscape and animals that inspired them. (Even the titles are tiny, wonderful creatures in themselves: “We Can Eat Only Marshmallows And Still Survive” and “Always Throw the First Fish Back.”) We talked to Martin about her book, living at the end of the world, and Werner Herzog. (more…)

03/04/15 3:59pm

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The nasty weather this week is doing more than just ruining your shoes. Some 2,000 ConEd customers lost power on Wednesday thanks to water from the rainstorm mixing with the rock salt strewn to melt the snow from earlier in the day and corroded underground wiring. It’s just like that old nursery rhyme: February arctic freeze brings March showers, and March showers bring widespread power outage.

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