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3rd Ward Philadelphia (Image courtesy of Laura Kicey/3rd Ward/uwishunu.com) The Observer reports that Brooklyn’s ever-expanding artist gym 3rd Ward has closed. The news comes seemingly out of the blue; just last year 3rd Ward just...
3rd Ward Philadelphia (Image courtesy of Laura Kicey/3rd Ward/uwishunu.com) The Observer reports that Brooklyn’s ever-expanding artist gym 3rd Ward has closed. The news comes seemingly out of the blue; just last year 3rd Ward just opened a second 27,000 square-foot space in Philadelphia (where according to Philly Mag, they’d hired around 150 people), were setting up a pop-up in Chelsea Market last month, and were soon slated to open a culinary space in Brooklyn. In an interview in January, 3rd Ward’s CEO Jason Goodman predicted that in five years, 3rd Ward would be “a household name.” Since 2006, 3rd Ward has been running shared studio spaces, jewelry, photo, metal, and wood shops in its Brooklyn space, where members could take art classes in anything from painting to business development. The culinary endeavors planned to replicate the model of community sharing and teaching, with hundreds of classes and a “food technology lab”. All of the recent expansion seems to be to blame for the forced closure. On its Fundraise page, 3rd Ward cites three factors in its recent operating losses: Our revenue at the Brooklyn location fell as a result of a change we made to one of our membership products earlier this year. The new location in Philadelphia is requiring more capital than expected to achieve profitability or reach cash flow break-even. The development of the Culinary project required advance spending. According to a tipster at The Observer, 3rd Ward plans to shut down all of its Brooklyn facilities tonight and cut the power by midnight. Thousands of members will need to grab their art and tools now.
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In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that rece...
In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that recently celebrated its sixth anniversary. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). We're a small operation, just 1000 square feet and four people, but we read too much, so it all works out. If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores. WORD also hosts the monthly Largehearted Lit reading series, featuring authors who participated in this blog's Book Notes series and musical guests. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver A must read for dog lovers, a must read for poetry lovers, and especially a must read for those who love both. The Circle by Dave Eggers CJ says: This very timely novel follows Mae Holland, a young woman who has been hired to work at The Circle, a Google-like company based in California. What initially seems to be a dream job quickly becomes Mae's entire life, and her privacy becomes a thing of the past. I raced through this novel. Eggers has written a suspenseful, creepy story, and I love the places he is going as a writer. The Best American Infographics 2013 edited by Gareth Cook New to the Best American series, the infographics included in this book contain information about everything from the Breaking Bad body count to the most common birthdays. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis Told in twelve threads from the perspectives of Hattie's children, this novel reveals an original, compelling version of the American dream, with all its hope and disappointment illuminated. WORD Brooklyn links: WORD website WORD Tumblr WORD on Twitter WORD's Facebook page WORD's Flickr photos also at Largehearted Boy: other Largehearted Word Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights) Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists 52 Books, 52 Weeks (my yearly reading project) Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists) Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics & graphic novel highlights) Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book) guest book reviews musician/author interviews Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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D.C.s GEMS have released the title-track of their forthcoming EP Medusa. In their cinematic delivery, the boy-girl synth pop duo unravel"Medusa" like an emotional purge in a visceral alley that echoes soulful electronics. Instant emot...
D.C.s GEMS have released the title-track of their forthcoming EP Medusa. In their cinematic delivery, the boy-girl synth pop duo unravel"Medusa" like an emotional purge in a visceral alley that echoes soulful electronics. Instant emotional gratification. Look out for their debut EP Medusa out November 12th. Even better, see them all around NYC next week for CMJ including at Brooklyn Bowl for my good friends' showcase presented by All Things Go, The Most Definite and Blah Blah Blah Science. Listen and check out all the info below: Read MoreBlog: mostly junkfoodRelated: stream: GEMS - Medusa[new]: GEMS MedusaStream: GEMS - Void Moon. Seriously though, this...New: GEMS Medusalisten: GEMS Medusa
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The well-heeled Westchester woman busted for running a lucrative marijuana grow farm in a Queens warehouse is throwing herself on the mercy of the court. Andrea Sanderlin, who was arrested outside the warehouse in May, admitted in Brookl...
The well-heeled Westchester woman busted for running a lucrative marijuana grow farm in a Queens warehouse is throwing herself on the mercy of the court. Andrea Sanderlin, who was arrested outside the warehouse in May, admitted in Brooklyn federal court yesterday that she operated the facility between 2009 and 2013. The 45-year-old mother of two faces a 10-year minimum sentence for growing a plant that's legal to smoke in an increasing number of places across America. [ more › ]
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Brooklyn drug-rap group Flatbush Zombies released their Better Off Dead mixtape last month, and now they’ve made a typically grim and theatrical video for the mixtape track “Death.” For this one, directors TONE and Vinn...
Brooklyn drug-rap group Flatbush Zombies released their Better Off Dead mixtape last month, and now they’ve made a typically grim and theatrical video for the mixtape track “Death.” For this one, directors TONE and Vinny Picone have made a fake retro horror movie, replete with chainsaws, masks, and remote cabins off in the woods somewhere. The most unsettling moment in the video, though, isn’t any of the implied onscreen violence; it’s group member Meechy Darko making what might be rap’s first ill-advised Boston Marathon bombing joke. Watch it below.Read More...
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It was only a few months ago that Paul McCartney serenaded Brooklyn with Beatles and solo songs galore at Barclays Center, but he's already back in NYC this week to promote his forthcoming record, New. And it seems that he will be perfor...
It was only a few months ago that Paul McCartney serenaded Brooklyn with Beatles and solo songs galore at Barclays Center, but he's already back in NYC this week to promote his forthcoming record, New. And it seems that he will be performing at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts this afternoon, judging by the breathless tweets of teens. Hey, at least no one has asked "Who is Paul McCartney?" yet. [ more › ]
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The latest episode of the Reserve Channel-sponsored ARTST TLK finds Spike Lee letting his guard down in a candid discussion with Pharrell Williams. Via Hypebeast: Though Lee is generally isn’t one to mince words, he speaks comfortabl...
The latest episode of the Reserve Channel-sponsored ARTST TLK finds Spike Lee letting his guard down in a candid discussion with Pharrell Williams. Via Hypebeast: Though Lee is generally isn’t one to mince words, he speaks comfortably with Williams, giving a detailed account of how he got his start filmmaking, his undying love for Brooklyn, the canon of black cinema, and his most recent projects. Read and comment. From thedailyswarm.com.
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It was very strange to me that Randy Wittman brought Nene back into the game in the fourth quarter of yesterday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. I know Wittman said there would be no minutes restrictions for him, but what was...
It was very strange to me that Randy Wittman brought Nene back into the game in the fourth quarter of yesterday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. I know Wittman said there would be no minutes restrictions for him, but what was the point of stretching him in a meaningless situation? Now, I'm even more puzzled. In an interview with CSN Washington, Nene said he still feels sore and would like to play fewer minutes in Brazil and going forward. (Emphasis mine) "No, no no no," Nene said quickly to CSN Washington, though with a smile, about playing more Saturday when the Wizards face the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro. "I don't worry about minutes even in Brazil because I'm a pro. I don't want to get sore, get hurt. I still have a couple of issues. Just because I feel better, they think I feel great but they're wrong. We need to reduce (it) a couple minutes. "My knee is still sore. My foot still hurts a little bit. Just trying to push (through)," said Nene, who didn't play basketball during the off-season and opted for rehabilitation. "The therapy is making me feel better." This is a problem. There's clearly some sort of communication breakdown here if Wittman is saying Nene is ready for no minutes restrictions and Nene himself is saying that he still doesn't feel great. First and foremost, Wittman and Nene need to get on the same page and craft a plan that makes sense for both parties. After that ... well, it's clear Nene's injury issues aren't going away yet. Honestly, it's naive for anyone to suggest that a player's pain would magically be solved with no hitches just with offseason rest. There always needs to be a gradual build-up. I know the Wizards are shorthanded with other injuries, but Nene still needs to be brought on slowly so problems like these don't result. If I had to choose sides between player and coach, I side with Nene. Now is not the time for Nene to push through too much pain. It's the preseason. The games don't count. We're just getting started. Those minutes need to be carefully managed now so they don't need to be carefully managed later. More from Bullets Forever: Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Nets: D.C. not allowed to watch D.C. basketball team Glen Rice Jr's amazing putback, buzzer-beating slam Preseason loss to Brooklyn Nets offers few frontcourt answers for Washington Wizards Nets vs. Wizards final score: Washington drops preseason opener in OT, 111-106 Wizards vs. Nets preview: (Preseason) basketball is back!
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Photo: Courtesy of Danny Brown; Courtesy of GEMS; Courtesy of Motion Studies; Courtesy of Kurt Vile & Sore Eros. Today's This Is Our Jam roundup features new acts, old favorites, and two pleasant collaborations. We start things off with ...
Photo: Courtesy of Danny Brown; Courtesy of GEMS; Courtesy of Motion Studies; Courtesy of Kurt Vile & Sore Eros. Today's This Is Our Jam roundup features new acts, old favorites, and two pleasant collaborations. We start things off with a fuzzed-out anthem from Perfect Pussy and a new-old song by Kurt Vile. Then, it's an unheard team-up courtesy of Burial and Four Tet, Danny Brown's wild new video, and a danceable jam from Brooklyn's Motion Studies. Last, we chill out with a new track from D.C. duo GEMS.Perfect Pussy "I" Subtlety is not Perfect Pussy's strength, and that's just fine with us. "I" comes straight out of the gate with ripping guitar, roaring lyrics, and enough fuzz to knit a sweater. Righteous. I have lost all desire for feeling by PERFECT PUSSY Kurt Vile & Sore Eros “Serum” While we've still got Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze LP on heavy rotation, it's always nice to hear something new from the the man. "Serum" is a lilting collab with ex-Violator Robert Robinson from earlier in the artist's career. It's quite beautiful. Burial & Four Tet "Untitled" Anything new from Burial gets treated like a big event in the electronic music world — and for good reason. "Untitled" is an unreleased collaboration between the producer and Four Tet that contains the darkness and depth that we've come to expect when the two work together. Danny Brown "Dope Song" Danny Brown just dropped his new album, Old, and it is very good. Along with it, he's got some new visuals for "Dope Song" that have the rapper spitting through tripped-out psychedelic filters. It's all very Danny Brown in the best way possible. Motion Studies "Matter of Time" Synth-pop artist Tyler McCauley just dropped two new tracks via Brooklyn label God Mode. "Matter of Time" is a danceable cut that gains steam as it moves along, with DFA-inspired production from Andrew Raposo of Midnight Magic.GEMS "Medusa" D.C.-based duo GEMS make dreamy pop in the vein of The xx. "Medusa" is the latest cut from the band's upcoming record and sees Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts trading vocal takes over cavernous guitar. Read More
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After delaying his debut album, it seems like Star Slinger is finally set to let it come out in early 2014. Here is a new taste from the LP, "Free." The song is a light, groovy, grin-inducing exercise that is, for the most part, drop-...
After delaying his debut album, it seems like Star Slinger is finally set to let it come out in early 2014. Here is a new taste from the LP, "Free." The song is a light, groovy, grin-inducing exercise that is, for the most part, drop-free. Here are some North American dates for Slinger : 11-06 Las Vegas, NV - Commonwealth 11-07 Las Vegas, NV - Ling Ling Lounge 11-08 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest 11-10 New York, NY - Brooklyn Electronic Read MoreBlog: Pretty Much AmazingRelated: Star Slinger FreeStar Slinger FreeStar Slinger FreeStream: Star Slinger, FreeStar Slinger Take This UpMount Kimbie Before I Move Off [Star Slinger Refix] & Rihanna We Found Love (Star Slinger Refix) Free Download (2011)
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