From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum NYC

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

At the Brooklyn Museum

October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

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The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.

This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

High Life / Cat Martino – Take Away Show

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn’s northwest end is one of it’s most beautiful destinations. A restored ferry dock with two Civil War structures nested between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges with a full view of Manhattan’s skyline, romantic capital of the borough, there are few places more suited to music at sunset.

Over the years, no matter what my level of malaise for the iconic sights and sounds of this great city, the sudden illumination of the bridges just after sundown will never fail to remind me of the perpetual allure of New York City.

In the spring of 2010, we wandered down to the Empire-Fulton Ferry with Doug to hear him perform two covers of classic Caribbean songs in the style of his meditative and warmly droning High Life persona.

Two years later, Grimaldi’s famous pizza has moved around the corner, Jane’s Carousel has survived two hurricanes, and the Tobacco Warehouse has been host to hundreds more weddings. We follow Cat Martino, fresh off of a tour with Sufjan Stevens and armed with brand new songs for her upcoming debut LP, for another evening watching the sun creep down behind the majestic cityscape for another night of sleep.

Le Brooklyn Bridge Park, dans l’extrémité nord ouest du quartier de Dumbo, est l’un des plus beau endroit de Brooklyn. Un dock imbriqué entre les deux ponts donnant une vue magnifique sur Manhattan, lieu romantique par excellence, il existe peu d’endroit plus adapté pour apprécier de la musique au coucher du soleil.

Peu importe mon malaise face aux sites emblématiques et aux sons de cette grande ville, l’illumination soudaine des ponts ne manquera jamais de me rappeler cet attrait perpétuel pour New York.

Au printemps 2010, je m’étais promené avec Doug jusqu’au Ferry Empire Fulton pour l’entendre reprendre deux classiques des Caraïbes.

Deux ans plus tard, la fameuse pizzéria Grimaldi a déménagé au coin de la Front Street, le carrousel Jane a survécu à deux ouragans et l’entrepôt de tabac a accueillit des centaines de nouveaux mariages. Je suis Cat Martino, toute fraîche sortie d’une tournée avec Sufjan Stevens et armée de nouvelles chansons pour son premier album à venir, face à un nouveau couché de soleil. Une autre soirée décidément encore emporté dans ce lieu magique.

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High Life is Douglas Shaw.
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Yellow Dogs Benefit Concert and Memorial

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One week after two members of Iranian dance-punk band the Yellow Dogs were killed as part of a tragic November 11 murder-suicide, family, friends, and fans of the group gathered at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night to pay their respects at a memorial concert. The lineup featured an impressive array of talent, including Nada Surf, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, James Chance of the Contortions, and Helado Negro.

Johnny Azari opened the event, which called for $15 donations, with all proceeds going toward the victims and family affected by the East Williamsburg shooting that claimed the lives of Yellow Dogs guitarist Soroush Farazmand and drummer Arash Farazmand, as well as fellow Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian and the gunman, Ali Akbar Mohammed Rafie.

“It’s moments like these that really make you realize how hollow words are,” Azari said to the solemn-faced crowd. “Our Iranian heritage is so rich with poetry — to be left speechless like this is really devastating.”

For much of the show, attendees behaved as if they were in a funeral home, not a bowling-alley-slash-bar-slash-music-venue. The audience maintained only a low level of chatter between performances, and usually settled for close whispers when acts took the stage for sets of varying lengths. Some mourners held flowers, others gripped glasses of red wine. Projection screens above the bowling lanes cycled through photographs and videos of the deceased — shots of them rehearsing, playing gigs, driving, and mugging for the camera were broken up by the occasional childhood photo.

A series of poster boards decorated with photo collages were carried over from a candlelit vigil held earlier in the day at Williamsburg’s Cameo Gallery and rested against the brick of Brooklyn Bowl’s western wall. Sharpie permanent markers occupied the same table, urging fans to write dedications.

For Soroush Farazmand: “I’ll miss playing music with you — you’ll continue to inspire me forever.” For Arash Farazmand: “You’ll wake up and forget this big lie. You are alive.” For Ali Eskandarian: “I still have your scarf.”

The size and the mood of the gathering shifted at an ebb and flow throughout the night, hitting a peak about three hours in, at 10 p.m. or so, when gutter-punks Dirty Fences delivered a surge of adrenalin to the proceedings. In the showcase’s latter half, roughly when Kyp Malone stepped to the microphone, the audience had already begun trickling out and the somber tone had started to seep back into the room.

“I feel very honored and strangely humbled to participate in this,” a noticeably upset Malone said onstage. “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the deceased. I think the only shadow effect that’s a positive that I can see right now is that it’s a reminder of the importance of community… It means something.”

By midnight, just as Nada Surf began their set, many of the people watching were hugging and consoling each other, trying to fathom the enormous loss they’ve suffered.

“I usually have too much to say,” Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws told the crowd before leading a rendition of “Blonde on Blonde,” from 2002’s Let Go LP. “Right now I don’t have enough.”

R.I.P.  Soroush Farazmand and Arash Farazmand

Yellow Dogs memorial concert scheduled in Brooklyn

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A benefit and memorial concert for The Yellow Dogs will be held at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, November 18th. It’ll feature performances from Nada Surf, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, and Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple, as well as DJ sets by The Rapture, The Men, Jonathan Toubin, !!!, and more.

On Monday, two members of the Iran-bred, Brooklyn-based indie band, along with their friend, were shot and killed. The gunman, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie ‘Rafi’, was a one-time member of The Yellow Dogs’ sister band Free Keys, but was dismissed from the band last year.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the families of the deceased band members, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko, who was wounded in the shooting, and the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Sad days for the Brooklyn music scene.

Arcade Fire’s Brooklyn shows bought out… by scalpers!

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Remember those bad old days when scalpers screwed LCD Soundsystem fans and Pearl Jam even tried to sue Ticketmaster? Seems all like ancient history, right? Well, looks like things haven’t changed all that much after all, as evidenced by what just happened with Arcade Fire’s upcoming shows in Brooklyn.

About one minute after tickets went on sale today at noon for the October 18th and 19th gigs at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, they were sold out. Fans who had pre-ordered the album got in on advanced sales yesterday, but anyone hoping to snag tickets today were likely out of luck. Unless, of course, you were a soulless scalper.

As Complex points out, 120 available tickets for the Friday show are already going for $175 to $2,000 on Stubhub, with 103 up for Saturday at $199 to $1,500 (as of this posting). See for yourself:

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The band is going by the moniker The Reflektors for the gigs, in recognition of their upcoming fourth album. But the only thing these shows are reflecting right now is how greedy some people can be, and how much fun they can suck right out of what should be a really special show. Hopefully these jackasses don’t try to mess with Arcade Fire-featuring Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show, because that’d just be a low blow.

Beck Live @ Prospect Park, Brooklyn NYC

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Monday 8/5/2013

Beck (full-band)
Sunday 8/4/2013 – 7:00 PM
$63

Sunday night in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Beck stuck to the tried and the true. With no new album to promote, the chameleonic singer-songwriter played a hits-heavy set, relying on his own natural charisma and road-tested showmanship. We were there to capture all the funky good times, which also included an opening performance from Adam Green and Binki Shapiro.

Beck – Loser

Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Prospect Park West & 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Away We Go: The Fiery Strings of Brooklyn Rider, In The Studio

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Brooklyn Rider (Courtesy of the artist)

 

Hear the inventive string quartet perform in the Soundcheck studio.

Brooklyn Rider is a Brooklyn, NY based string quartet whose members include violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobsen. They are mainly known for playing unusual and contemporary repertoire, and for collaborating with musicians from outside the classical music sphere. The quartet has also founded the Stillwater Music Festival in 2006 to serve as a place to unveil new repertory and collaborations. In 2010, the quartet was invited to play at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, which was also broadcast live on NPR. They are the only classical performers to have been invited to play at the festival to date. Brooklyn Rider made their Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall debuts in 2011.

Our friends at NPR Music have credited Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The group is known for its multifaceted yet cohesive recordings and performances that combine a diverse collection of works by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, and they were chosen by the noted American composer Philip Glass to record his complete string quartets in 2011.

The title of Brooklyn Rider’s sixth album, A Walking Fire, is taken from a poem by the 13th-century poet Rumi. “A Walking Fire” is also the title of the final movement of one of the pieces on the album, written by Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen, titled Three Miniatures For String Quartet. The album also includes works by the Russian composer and violinist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin and Bela Bartók.

Set List:

  • “A Walking Fire”
  • “The Muse”
  • “Love Potion Expired”

Brooklyn Rider performs in the WQXR Cafe (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

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