Gowanus Happenings: Oct 20th – Oct 23rd

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Thursday October 20th, 2011

Comedy 
Bellhouse: HOW WAS YOUR WEEK? LIVE / JULIE KLAUSNER / TED LEO / PAUL F. TOMPKINS / FRED ARMISEN / BILLY EICHNER  - *sold out Join How Was Your Week? host Julie Klausner on October 20th as she welcomes guests PAUL F. TOMPKINS, BILLY EICHNER and rock star TED LEO, who will be on stage the entire night to play a live, full-length version of the How Was Your Week? theme song, in addition to other music that is important for you to have in your ears.

Foodie

Halyard: Vegan Thursdays - Vegan bar food from our lovely pop-up chef Emma is on as usual beginning

Music

IBeam: Darius Jones Trio Four Week Residency - The Darius Jones Trio will be in residency to celebrate the release of Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) which officially hits the streets October 11th. This is Jones’s eagerly anticipated second recording as a bandleader that documents the next chapter of his autobiographical “Man’ish Boy” series of compositions introduced on his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing).

Littlefield: FRANKIE ROSE, WIDOWSPEAK, TALK NORMAL, BLUES CONTROL, AMEN DUNES, NOVELLER WITH WNYU DJS - WNYU Presents CMJ:Fucking amazing music

Rock Shop: Dinosaur Feathers / the Lonely Forest / Lord Huron / Strand Of Oaks - “Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers are plenty fun to listen to, but even more fun to watch. Between the mohawked drummer, left-handed bassist rocking a Hofner (just like Beatle Paul McCartney), and bespectacled Stewart Copeland look-alike on keyboards, they offer up a spectrum-ranging study in visual contrasts. Playing on borrowed gear at Kings Barcade on Thursday, they took the skittery rhythms of Vampire Weekend and rocked ‘em up.

Performance

Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

Friday October 21st, 2011

Artastic

Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

Lecture

Observatory: Manly P. Hall and The Secret Teachings of All Ages - A Talk and Visual Presentation by Mitch Horowitz

Music

Bellhouse: JONATHAN RICHMAN - Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

Douglas Street Music Collective: Dollshot - Rosalie Kaplan (voice) Noah Kaplan (sax) Wes Matthews (piano) Giacomo Merega (bass)

IBEAM: Soren Raaschou Trio feat. Travis Laplante - Soren Raaschou – guitar / Travis Laplante – tenor sax / Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – doublebass / Rasmus Toystrup Iversen – drums

Littlefield: CAITHLIN DE MARRAIS (EX-RAINER MARIA) / LAURA STEVENSON & THE CANS / THE SHONDES / ALINA SIMONE – CMJ: fucking more awesome music!

Rock Shop: Masters of the Hemisphere / Hallelujah the Hills / Plus / Minus (+/-) - Masters of the Hemisphere is an indie pop band that originated in Athens, GA and have been making music since 1996. In 2002, the band took a break to explore new locations and solo projects. They recently recorded a new album, Maybe These Are The Breaks which is set to be released by Kindercore and Magic Marker Records in late 2011

Performance

Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

Saturday October 22nd, 2011 

Artastic

411 Gallery at Digital Plus: On the Line - New Yrok Kitchen presents a photography exhibit and food event featuring images from its blog and food provided by selected restaurants. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit SHARE OUR STRENGTH.

Proteus Gowanus: Migration - Worldwide, human migration is accelerating at a pace that makes the migratory patterns of the industrial revolution look trivial. These changes of course affect the migratory creatures with whom we share the planet: birds and beasts, microorganisms and the ideas or memes that travel like lightening across continents and, like live creatures, require care and feeding. All this movement drives and is driven by the movement of stuff, the products and things that are consumed, discarded, recycled, dumped and consumed again.

Textile Arts Center: YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste

Comedy

Bellhouse: PAUL F TOMPKINS – *sold out - Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian. I’m sorry– Paul F. Tompkins is THE comedian. He was the host of VH1′s Best Week Ever for a while. You may have or may yet see him on Mr. Show with Bob and David, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Real Time with Bill Maher, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and over four other things.

Halloween Party

Observatory: Halloween and Day of the Dead Party - costume party featuring brand new episodes of Ghoul A Go-Go and The Midnight Archive, as well as burlesque, music, piñata, food, beverages, sugar skulls, a costume contest, and more! Please, please (!!!) come in costume! All costumes welcomed!

Foodie

By Brooklyn – Brooklyn Hard Candy *just outside Gowanus

Music

Bellhouse: JONATHAN RICHMAN - Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

Douglas Street Music Collective:  ANGELICA SANCHEZ TRIO / JESSE STACKEN TRIO - 8 pm – ANGELICA SANCHEZ TRIO Angelica Sanchez – piano, Sean Conly – bass, Rogerio Bocato – drums. 10 pm – JESSE STACKEN TRIO Jesse Stacken – piano, Evind Opsvik – bass, Jeff Davis – drums. Part of the “October at Douglass Street” series $10 suggested donation each set.

IBEAM: Fabien Sevilla - Fabien Sevilla solo bass with special guest Andy Milne.

Issue Project:  Ensemble Klang - Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang’s innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become “one of the top ensembles” (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene.

Lelya’s: Youth of Today (secret show) - Special guests: The Last Stand, Mouthpiece *GYFO recommends to use caution with event 

RockShop: Last Good Tooth / Elizabeth and the Catapult / Matt Cranstoun, Chris Cubeta & Liars Club, Misty Boyce, Bryan Dunn, Little Anchor – CMJ Presents

Performance

Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

Protect Yourself

Crossfit Brooklyn: Self Defense Training – THERE IS NO REASON TO LIVE IN FEAR! Learn how to protect yourself and kick major ass!

Sporty

Gowanus Canal: Canoeing – join the Gowanus Dredgers in taking an epic trip down the Gowanus Canal

Triomph Fitness & Hot Bird Running!: Get running this fall with Hot Bird Running and Triomph’s 4 week Running Program. We’ll take you from 0 to 3.3 miles (Prospect Park loop) in 4 weeks. You’ll feel great and learn how to run strong!

Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Comedy

Bellhouse: PAUL F TOMPKINS - *sold out

Family

Brooklyn Lyceum: Mil’s Trills - An innovative way to share music with your child through an engaging live performance series with weekly musical guests. Led by composer & musician,  Amelia Robinson who charms audiences with quirky, whimsical original songs and an enchanting voice.

Environmental 

Ennis Park: Plant a tree  - Join Gowanus Alliance and Gowanus Conservancy in planting some brand spankin’ new trees.

Music

Issue Project: Share – because music should be played together

Rock Shop: Polica / Votel / Paper Tiger - The crowd that had gathered at Nick and Eddie on Sunday for the debut of Polica, the new band led by Channy Moon Casselle of the recently split Twin Cities favorite Roma di Luna, was teeming with excitement. The little that has been heard of Polica so far on the band’s website is as promising as a Ryan Olson-produced project could sound: Auto-Tuned majesty, with a heavy bassline and a sexy, lonely rhythm. It is Gayngs featuring Channy, essentially, and without the whole ’70s-bedroom vibe.

Performance

Old Stone House: Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers - Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn’s lodgers – the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton – are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice’s future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day – the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice” by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

TY Watchin’

Halyards: Dexter / Boardwalk Empire - serving up more authentic Mexican for the evening — the guac is killer. Just like Dexter, which screens at 9 pm. And, come to think of it, also just like most of the characters on Boardwalk Empire, which we show at 10:15ish (so you can enjoy a short, drink re-filling intermission).

Future

Film Biz Recycling: Lights Camera Auction