1. Celebrate the season at Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest, a temporary outdoor beer hall with oompah bands, virtual apple picking, arts & crafts, festive food, and Bavarian beer in limited-edition steins. (Friday & Saturday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)
2. Furnish your digs at Housing Works’ popular interior-design benefit, Design on a Dime, with a Brooklyn outpost for the first time ever. Kicking things off is the Creative Independent’s Friday Party, with readings, music, and art. (Friday through Sunday, Industry City, FREE / $20)
3. Explore the nuances of cultural identity at What’s an Afro-Latina/o?, a panel discussion with Afro-Latina poet and artist Venessa Marco, Owner of the Peralta Project M. Tony Peralta, and more. (Friday MoCADA, FREE) (more…)
Forces of Nature Dance Theater will take the International African Arts Festival by storm (#1)
1. Get your culture on at the 45th annual International African Arts Festival, a four-day extravaganza with music, dance, symposia, workshops, a food and craft marketplace, and on and on. (Friday through Monday, Commodore Barry Park, $5)
2, Immerse yourself in “a light and sound environment” at Sight Unseen, an experimental musical work by Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer. (Friday & Saturday, Issue Project Room, $15)
3. See some great moves at the SummerStage presentation of Maimouna Keita Dance Company, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history. (Friday, Herbert Von King Park, FREE) (more…)
Sergei's sound massage in action. Would this be considered infidelity?
I’ve only paid for a few massages in my life, but I know how they work. Walk into a softly-lit room, drop trow and wait on a cushioned table for a quiet healer’s oiled hands to pull back the sheet and hit play on a Pure Moods cassette. Then again, this is Brooklyn. A place where cartoonists will sharpen your pencils, the arteesenal way. And a massage can be a “massage performance” using sound waves instead of oiled-up palms.
This weekend at Issue Project Room downtown, Brooklyn-based electronic musician Sergei Tcherepnin is hooking up volunteers to his synthesizers via “magnetic transducers (like a speaker without a cone)” For a half hour, he’ll pump his music into your bod, and rather than hearing it, you will feel a “six-channel electronic composition.” All I really know is that it sounds cool, and I’m SIGNING UP.
It’s free, but they’re asking a suggested donation of $10. Get all the details, including RSVP info, on our Brooklyn events calendar.
Pine needles or sap en brochette? Prospect Park photo by Karen Orlando, of the Outside Now blog.
The feast-happy foodies over at Issue Project Room tell are sponsoring a free (multi-course!) meal on Feb. 4, featuring foraged and gleaned local plants and animals. We’re not exactly sure what sort of vegetation to expect in the dead of February when even the feral cats are on the DL, so we’ll let hand it over to them:
Hungry? Make some totally non-sexually-suggestive metaphorical sandwiches with Body Language tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. Or go folk yourself with some classical guitar melodies and ambient keyboards at the Issue Project Room on the Gowanus waterfront. Stroke your bagpipe urge with the caterwauling Celtic/South East Asian ensemble group that is Blarvuster. Or finish off your week with The Ravages at Hank’s Saloon. As always, free to $5. (more…)