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From April 15-21, the Metrograph will host a restoration of Diego Echeverria's 1984 documentary Los Sures, a vital portrait of the predominantly Puerto Rican lower-income neighborhood of Southside Williamsburg. The film has been restored by the Williamsburg nonprofit center for documentary art UnionDocs, and it inspired their wide-ranging, community-based documentary project Living Los Sures. Among the strands of Living Los Sures are a number of short documentaries about the neighborhood. In cooperation with UnionDocs,...
Opera: For those unfamiliar, the word itself conveys a world enjoyed by the moneyed, those who enjoy black formalwear and small chairs upholstered in red velvet. This is unfortunate. Especially since, thanks to LoftOpera—a two-year-old nonprofit opera company—it's now possible to see classical opera that has the feeling of punk rock. Or even metal, says 26-year-old LoftOpera co-founder Daniel Ellis-Ferris—at least compared to the versions usually staged. Ellis-Ferris, who studied music at The New School, wanted to introduce opera to...
There's only one "cultural hip-storian" in all of Brooklyn, and if you find yourself at the right underground warehouse, rave, or music venue on a Friday night, chances are that you may run into her. In fact, Oriana Leckert has spent years in Brooklyn's creative underbelly, seeking out the coolest DIY-spaces, passion projects, and eclectic venues that made this borough scrappy and edgy before it became (unironically) its own brand. Leckert's recently published book, Brooklyn...

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