Joy’s Picks for Your To-do List, October 11-14: This weekend starts early

 

Sunday: Ginger’s Bar, painting by Ella Yang. Courtesy of 440 Gallery.

Thursday, October 11: Brooklyn Boozehounds: A History of Distilling in Kings County, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. A talk with tasting about the often controversial history of liquor in Brooklyn, and the new wave of distillers who have picked up the torch. Talk will be given by Sarah Lohman, an “historic gastronomist” and sponsored by Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn Gin, and Van Brunt Stillhouse. 7pm, tickets required.

Friday: Williamsburg Every 2:ND. Galleries in Williamsburg are open late (9pm, several until 10pm) with opening events and special performances.

Saturday & Sunday: 16th annual Gowanus Open Studios. A chance to check out artist studios and the surrounding Gowanus Canal area. “A melting pot of aspiring, professional, and amateur artists; our work is avant-garde, craft-influenced, naïve, formally trained, prim, conceptual, whacked out.” 12pm-6pm each day.

Featured lady designer Metals Girl, showing at Gowanus Girls Indie Design+Food Mart

Saturday: Gowanus Girls Indie Design + Food Mart. “A stellar roster of the best, most compelling Brooklyn-based lady designers and food makers we can find.” Presented by Curious Jane, a summer camp and after-school program for girls. 12pm to sunset.

Saturday: Fall Tree Giveaway at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 100 trees will be given away as part of MillionTreesNYC. Trees can be reserved on the website. Volunteers will be on hand to provide a brief tutorial on how to plant and care for the tree. 10am-12pm.

Sunday’s Harvest Moon
Full Moon Party

Saturday: Harvest Moon Full Moon Party at BAM/Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Celebrate the rice harvest with music, dancing and food. 8pm-midnight.

Saturday: Flatbush Arts & Culture Fest, an artisan market for artists and designers to sell their handmade goods to the community. Supported by Community Board 9 and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

 

Sunday: Last day for 440 Gallery’s show Brooklyn Seen, paintings of everyday street life and Brooklyn Botanic Garden water lilies by Ella Yang.

Beer Float from
The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson

Also, Call for Artists deadline of Saturday, November 3 for 440 Gallery’s annual Small Works Show, to be held December 6, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Online: A lovely website The Forest Feast, by Erin Gleeson. A New York food photographer moves to the woods and blogs. Erin’s beer floats—both her recipes and her photography—are not to be missed.


Joy Makon curates Brooklyn Artisan’s Craft & Design coverage and creates the weekend to-do lists.
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The Picks of Brooklyn: To Do List for October 5, 6, 7

Saturday & Sunday:
Open House New York, multiple sites all weekend, many require reservations. Some Brooklyn picks:

Green-Wood Cemetery tour of 478 picturesque acres including rare access to several family mausoleums.

Great for families: Lefferts History House: Sweet & Savory Treats from Mrs. Lefferts Cookbook, circa 1800. Prospect Park.

Kings County Distillery Tour, tour the new home of NYC’s oldest operating whiskey distillery. Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Saturday: Brooklyn Yarn Crawl & Oktoberfest, sponsored by NYC Pints ‘n’ Purls meetup. Four Brooklyn locations, plus an optional stop at the Kings County Fiber Arts Festival at the Old Stone House. “This shindig runs all day on Saturday.”

Saturday: Brooklyn Museum, Target First Saturday. Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe paintings, music, entertainment. Free.

Sunday: Gala Gala Hey! Festival, an apple festival featuring Pie Stand, a cliche-busting pastry academy. Free classes about apples and pie making, treats (brandied apple cardamom pie, JK Scrumpy‘s Farmhouse Organic Cider Duche de Longueville) plus square dancing. At The Drink, Williamsburg.

New: A. L. Coluccio, a new storefront in Bay Ridge, following in the Coluccio family tradition of Italian food importing. Groceries, baked goods, cheeses, cured meats, including several Brooklyn suppliers like Brooklyn Cured sausages and fresh pizza dough from DiFara. Yum!

Read: Dark Rye Tumblr  An online magazine from Whole Foods Market.

Brooklyn Makes It…to Queens at World Maker Faire 2012

WORLD MAKER FAIRE is a West Coast import that is becoming a huge event here every September. Now in its third annual appearance, the Faire this weekend drew massive crowds and it seems to have hit the city just at the crest of the “artisan” phenomenon.

Much of it is best described as “Geekstock,” with booth after booth of electronics gear and gadgets that whir, flash, beep, scuttle, fly, and roll. There were so many robot and science teams from MIT, Columbia, City Tech and other colleges and science high schools as well as random software and hardware aficionados packed into Flushing Meadow Park that for a few hours the average IQ per square foot must have spiked enormously. There were also squadrons of environmental activists, artists and craftspeople, and families dragging their kids around in hopes that enough science, math and engineering will seep in to improve the chance of admission in 12 years to the previously-mentioned elite schools.

Brooklyn was well represented among exhibitors and visitors, making it the ideal event for kicking off coverage of this very exciting part of the artisan movement, the convergence of science, engineering, art, and manufacturing that is best categorized as the “maker” movement.

The booth for Makerbot Industries of Brooklyn was mobbed with visitors evaluating the latest version of the 3D printing machine that is on the wish list for nearly everyone.

3D printing is the hot technology right now, garnering extensive interest at the Makerbot space and at many other booths showing competing printers as well as materials, software and creative output. Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot and coverboy of Wired magazine’s current issue, was a star attraction at the Faire.

Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, presented show awards.

In coming months, Brooklyn Artisan will be covering 3D printing often as these products gain wider acceptance. At the Faire, there were clear signs that 3D has moved from the hobbyist stage. A few exhibitors in the craft area showed jewelry, small plastic vases, and even an espresso cup created using clay laid down in a printer and then fired in a kiln.

3D printing may be the cutting edge, but there were plenty of maker projects applying tech to old technologies. Brooklyn design consultancy Pensawas demonstrating a computer-driven wire bender they have been developing and releasing into the public domain. I would love some personalized wire coathangers!

The DIWire Bender bending.

Watch for more of my coverage of interesting high-, middle- and low-tech from World Maker Faire coming soon.

Weekend To Do List: Sept. 28, 29, 30

Saturday only: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chili Pepper Fiesta featuring local producers The Saucey Sauce Co and Raaka Chocolate among others.

Last weekend for the Dekalb Market. Sunday’s a goodbye party.

Dumbo Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of art, music & performance.

Sunday only: Atlantic Antic, one of the original street festivals in New York City and Brooklyn. Food, craft, music. (Guaranteed to be more than just tube socks.)

Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92. Exhibitions and free tours.

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