Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Dumbo Arts Festival


So many cool things happening this weekend, and I won’t be around. But you should definately check out the Dumbo Art’s Festival.

“Imagine artists working in their studios, musicians and street performers appearing out of nowhere, artists creating murals before your eyes, poets reciting to passers-by, kids enjoying puppetry and music, DJs spinning in the streets, and wildly creative art installations everywhere. The Dumbo Arts Festival takes place on September 24th, 25th and 26th and attracts 150,000 visitors over 3 days and includes 150+ studios, 35+ galleries, 40+ arts organizations and a host of family friendly venues. The festival strives to offer something for everyone with artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It strives to be accessible and sophisticated, to reflect New York’s creative community, to be real and flavorful, to show some grit and some polish, to be smart, creative and high quality – it is the Dumbo Arts Festival.”


Warpaint + Javelin at the Whitney


Celebrate this Friday the 13th at the Whitney because Warpaint and Javelin will be playing there at 7pm. Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6–9 pm; there are no special tickets or reservations. See you there!

Photo by Adrien Chabal


the ravers


Friends of Bubblewrap Refugees, The Ravers, are playing next wednesday (July 21) at 9:30 at Cakeshop. Go check em out!
Photo: Seth Wimpheimer


national design triennial


Every three years (starting in 2000) the Cooper-Hewitt museum located in the Upper East Side, hosts the National Design Triennial. I have been to 2 of the past exhibitions, and I really enjoy them. This year’s Why Design Now opens today.

“…the Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes.”

catalog details

One of my design heroes, Michael Bierut of Pentegram has designed the catalog for this years event. According to Pentegram “Michael Bierut’s Green Patriot Poster campaign is one of the graphic design projects selected for the triennial, and he and Yve Ludwig have designed the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Bierut was the 2008 Design Mind honoree in Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards. Bierut and Ludwig will discuss the design of the catalogue in a special presentation with Bill Moggridge, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, on Thursday, May 27.” I really like the color highlighting motif used throughout the book.

So be sure to check it out. You can get more info at the Why Design Now site.

Side note: There is a great interview with Michael Bierut at Facing Sideways.


Brooklyn Bike Jumble


From Saturday April 10, 2010 to Wednesday June 30th the Brooklyn Bike Jumble takes place at the Old Stone House. Vendors will be lined up selling all sorts of bike parts and paraphernalia, and you can also learn about some of history of cycling in NYC.

“An exhibit at the Old Stone House that will tell the story of the Coney Island Velodrome, New York’s last commercial velodrome. As I started researching this exhibit, one thing that struck me was just how far off the radar the track had ended up. Not one history of Coney Island mentioned the track, and it was a 10,000 seat arena right by the subway station! Come to the exhibit and see bikes, programs and pictures of the track. Lets not forget the rich history of cycling in New York.”

I will probably be headed there this Sunday in search of a few last things I need to start a new bike build for Mk. Keep your eyes peeled for that post.

Visit for more info. Thanks to Mike for reminding me.


Vice Guide to travel / Nothing to declare


I first became a David Choe fan when I saw the Vice Guide to Travel, an absolute must-see (and a steal of a deal for only $20 I might add).  The Guide is a series of mini documentaries on topics ranging from the Chernobyl meltdown and dirty bombs in Bulgaria (particularly how easy they are to buy), to the Favelas of Rio and Choe’s segment, the Congo. It is at once harrowing, cleverly presented, and entertaining. Seriously. See it.

Always the Vice groupie, I caught the word that Choe has an exhibition in his hometown and mine, Los Angeles! Hoping to make it out to Lazarides in Beverly Hills to see it for myself. His show, “Nothing to Declare,” will be on display until May 23.

Great interview with Choe here.  My favorite quote: when asked if being Korean-American has affected his art, Choe replied, “Of course you big dummy! I don’t have to squint my eyes when I’m painting small details because they already squinty.” I love it.

See Choe’s work at:  320 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.
Photo via: mymodernmet.