On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Winter Warmer took place at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.
I attended the winter themed event that featured beer, spirits, food, DIY hot chocolate and more.
Check out the full gallery now live on BTRtoday here
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, the fifteenth edition of Idiotarod took place in New York City. Teams raced around the city in shopping carts, instead of sleds, that emphasizes showmanship over speed.
I was stationed at the first checkpoint and took photos of the teams for a gallery that is now available on BTRtoday here.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Brooklyn Public Library held an anniversary party in honor of the 75th anniversary of the release of Betty Smith’s novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A new anniversary edition was released by HarperCollins, featuring cover art by local artist Amy Lyons. The celebration took place at Leonard Library, located at 81 Devoe Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, located only four blocks way from where Smith lived on Grand Street.
In attendance to help celebrate were members of Smith’s family, including her daughter, Nancy Smith Pfeiffer. United For Libraries designated the library branch a literary landmark and a plaque was unveiled so all visitors who come to the location in the future will be aware of Smith’s connection to this particular library branch (the main character in ATGIB, Francie Nolan, visits the library in the novel like Smith did growing up in the neighborhood).
There was a live band who performed before and after the ceremony, plus speeches by Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson, local elected officials (Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams), Nancy Smith Pfeiffer, Katherine Drew (Associate Commissioner of Media Strategy for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment), Jennifer Civiletto (HarperCollins), and Amy Lyons. After the speeches, a plaque was unveiled and attendees were treated to food from local businesses Campbell Cheese & Grocery and The Meatball Shop, wine from Vine Wine, and were able purchase the book directly from Steven of Quimby’s Book Store at the event.
Despite being born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I didn’t read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn until seven years ago. I fell in love with it and was very excited to attend the party in honor of Smith’s wonderful novel. I decided to bring my camera and document the evening in the gallery above.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the sixth edition of Comic Arts Brooklyn took place at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. This was the second year in a row the event took place at Pratt and I documented the event for BTR. The full gallery is now available on their site here.
The Eyeslicer is a DIY TV series that embarked on a tour to screen their Halloween special in spaces around the country. On Thursday, September 27th, The Eyeslicer held a sold out screening of their Halloween special at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“The Eyeslicer Halloween Special” is comprised of horror shorts that features Carrie Coon ("Great Choice" by Robin Comisar), John Carpenter ("The Puppet Man" by Jacqueline Castel), and the return of Gwilliam. The costume contest gave out prizes for best costume, worst costume, and middle of the road costume. The prizes were a copy of The Eyeslicer Halloween Special on VHS (which is the only way to see the entire special outside of the screenings), a bag of Brachs pumpkin candy, and a copy of the Eyeslicer 2018 zine respectively. Filmmakers Robin Comisar and Sophy Romvari ("Pumpkin Movie") were in attendance and judged the costume contest.
If you missed their tour, they will be showing it once more at Nitehawk tonight at midnight. If you’re outside of the NYC area, you can purchase the special online up until Halloween. More information about the special can be found in this Vulture article.
On Saturday, August 25, 2018, The Baffler celebrated their 30th anniversary with a show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY featuring Deerhoof, Palberta, and Maneka.
I covered the celebration for BTR and the full gallery is now on their site here.
On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Meowmania took place at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The event featured cat swag, adoptions, a hissing booth (for taking pictures with cats), drinks, and more.
I covered the afternoon event for BTR and more photos can be found here.
On Friday, June 29, 2018, Rooftop Films presented a screening of the film Family by writer and director Laura Steinel followed by a performance of Insane Clown Posse. The event took place at The Well, the same venue ICP played in October 2017.
Laura Steinel and actor Taylor Schilling introduced the film before the screening. I covered the event for BrooklynVegan and there are more photos in the gallery available here.
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, there was a celebration of the life and music of David Bowie at House of Yes in Bushwick. The dance party featured DJs, aerialists, and a beauty parlor (where one could be made up to look like Bowie).
I photographed some of the people who attended the event for BTR and the full gallery is now available here.
On Friday, May 18, 2018, House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY hosted a Girls Skate Jam from 5-7:30PM where young girls and women were invited to skate around the space. Specific vendors were invited to sell their merchandise while a DJ played songs during the event. Artist Robin Eisenberg, one of the first women to contribute to Thrasher Magazine, sold her art, pins, and patches. After the Skate Jam ended, The Kills performed.
I covered the event for BrooklynVegan and more images, along with photos from the Chicago edition, are now available here.
On Saturday, February 24, 2018, NYC Beer Week began with an opening bash at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The well attended event featured 60 brewers in attendance with half from the New York City area. I arrived just after 6PM and it took me about 30 minutes to actually enter the center as the line was over three blocks long.
More photos from the event are now available on BTR here.
The final night of "Interference A.V." took place at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square in New York, NY on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The event was organized by Clocktower and Times Square Arts and featured live performances by The Sun Ra Arkestra, YATTA, a zine fair and a DJ set from Lea Bertucci. The Sun Ra Arkestra played about 45 minutes past the 10PM curfew and more images are now available on BrooklynVegan here.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Interference A.V. continued with performances by Irreversible Entanglements (the free jazz ensemble featuring Moor Mother) and Lightning Bolt.
I will admit that it was a little strange to see Lightning Bolt perform in a movie theater but also kind of relaxing. I didn't have to worry about crowd surfers or violent moshing or being shoved into the stage like the last time I shot them during the final night of Death By Audio in November 2014. They were still loud as hell.
More images now available on BrooklynVegan here.
Photos from the previous night with Jlin and Sadaf are available here.
The first night was held on Monday, February 19, 2018 with sets by Jlin and Sadaf. A zine fair took place in the lobby outside theater #13 where the live music took place.
More images now available on BrooklynVegan here. The series continues tonight with Lightning Bolt & Irreversible Entaglements and tomorrow with The Sun Ra Arkestra and YATTA.
On Friday, February 9, 2018, Acme Smoked Fish and Zucker's Bagels teamed up to create the world's largest Bagel & Lox sandwich. Why was this done? Well, it was National Bagel Day and they wanted their attempt to win the Guinness World Record. The completed bagel, which had 40 pounds of cream cheese, 30 pounds of smoked salmon, plus additional layers of tomatoes, onions, and capers came to an impressive 213.75 pounds. Once it was weighed and cut with a saw, it was given away to those who came to support the attempt.
I attended the afternoon event on Friday and a few images from the event appear in the gallery above.
Comedian Dave Chappelle is in the midst of a 16 show residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. This residency is commemorating his thirtieth anniversary in comedy. For one night only (Thursday, August 10, 2017), he held a party at House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which was free to attend if you RSVP'd in advance. The evening featured sets by DJs (DJ Trauma, DJ D-Nice, and DJ Stretch Armstrong), live graffiti, and free drinks. There was also surprise set from Brooklyn's own Talib Kweli.
I've managed to spend most of my summer at House of Vans this year and when this show was announced earlier this week, I knew I had to be there. I haven't had the opportunity to photograph Dave over the years but I've been a fan of his comedy for a long time and was in the audience during his last big party in Brooklyn. The images that I captured at HOV last night appear in the gallery above.
Chappelle was billed as a host which meant no stand up comedy but considering those who were there last night got to see him dance and sing along to the music the DJs played, it felt as if we were watching someone who seemed to be letting loose and having the time of his life because he didn't have to work at all that night.
On Friday, March 3, Band Practice and Catherine Cohen celebrated the release of Friends Live #1 (which is out now on JMC Aggreggate) with a live show at Shea Stadium. Friends Live #1 was recorded upstairs at Silent Barn in March 2015 and features live comedy from Catherine on one side, and live music from Band Practice (a.k.a. Jeanette Wall) on the other. Helping the two friends celebrate were more of their friends: music from Debbie (Hayley of Human People), Ben Hopkins (of PWR BTTM) and comedy from Sarah Squirm and Ruby McCollister.
Images from the night are above and more can be found on Impose Magazine here.