May 22, 2011
It took me six months in my apartment to put a single thing on the walls. I live in one open room, the wideness of which threatens some form of permanence, its potential spatial arrangements daunting and utterly unfamiliar. But I will forever be inspired by Margaret and Dan, who manage to make every house they live in feel exactly the same magical way, as if they had never moved at all. The cover of Chez Panisse Fruit? Those were Margaret's figs.
May 4, 2011
Spent yesterday with Lauren and her mom Carman at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden where I got my first official sunburn of the season, then had a wonderful dinner at the Waverly Inn over a bottle of '03 Chateau Pradeaux by a patio fireplace.
I love my busted little neighborhood for a multitude of sins, including some awesome, accessible performance resources that I've only recently discovered.
An approachable, affordable dance class series, some of which takes place around here, some of which happens in the city. Actually started three years ago by Jmy Leary of MGM Grand.
Founded by dancer Anna Sperber in 2005, this charming little space in a warehouse around the corner is perfect for classes, rehearsals and small performances.
Just a tiny hop into Ridgewood, The Barn was founded by three dancers (one of whom I will see tonight at PS122) to support their practices and yours.
An artist-run interdisciplinary space offering space rentals for just $8/hr and a wide variety of programming.
THE BUSHWICK STARR
A full-scale non-profit presenting venue with tech riders and all.
ARTS IN BUSHWICK
A volunteer community organization working to engage and sustain the neighborhood creatively. Known for putting on free festivals.
A large-scale center for continuing creative education, 3rd Ward offers classes and facilities in everything from photography and woodshop to upholstery and inflatable sculpture. (Sadly no ceramics... hint,hint.) The classes are not cheap, but if you know how to utilize the resources and become a member of the space itself you have full access to all they offer.
Technically speaking, the Center for Performance Research is in Williamsburg. But it's real close, and they're connected to Chez Bushwick, and seem an amazing organization (and a totally LEED certified facility) for classes, shows and connections.
Now if this isn't enough to make you become my neighbor, I'll start talking tacos.