Eric Austin is the punk rock proprietor of Williamsburg establishments The Grand Bar and Grill, Second Chance Saloon and the venue The Acheron. If there’s something that Eric loves, it’s telling stories, and he’s got a lot of great ones – many of them not fit to print here, though we tried.
Performance art is happening all around us. Engage your life with this art by attending some of this month’s performances as part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival. This is a non-corporate, totally DIY, one time festival, which does not run any concurrent events, so you may actually catch them all. Most of the presentations are free or by donation.
I’d like to take a minute to reply to the Wall Street Journal article “Brooklyn Before the Hipsters” on July 4th, 2013 – Independence Day. It was Gilbert Gottfried grade business propaganda.
In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal a lot of my friends keep asking how I get around the walls and watchers that the internet has installed all around us in Web 2.0 land. There are no surefire ways to be completely anonymous, and most of the time I’m not, but there are definitely ways to mediate who knows what about your personal preferences and search habits. Here is a comprehensive guide to bypassing the people who want to watch you.
A feminist critique of Kanye West’s latest effort Yeezus, which recently debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.
The Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective, or BFC, was founded by filmmakers Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine. It’s now a five-year-old informal but tightly knit group of about fifty local filmmakers who meet weekly to critique work that they have total creative control over.
“There’s a search box and they own it and we put our dreams in it and they eat them,” said Columbia Law professor Eben Moglen in a lecture called “Freedom of Thought Requires Free Media” at the 2012 re:publica conference in Berlin. His was not a new revelation, even then.
On May 29, 2013 there were two back-to-back panel discussions, one in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, which drew two different crowds of artists, feminists and leftists. To my knowledge, only two people attended both: myself and the journalist and author Sara Marcus. Listen right here, or click through to read more, listen to audio and see video of a live performance of Habibi.
“I think a lot,” laughed the artist Itziar Barrio, stationed at the desk in her…