10/30/14 4:00pm
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Greta Gertler and Adam D. Gold are about to take up residence at Barbes. Photo: Vincent Douglas

For over 10 years now, Australian singer-songwriter Greta Gertler has been a regular staple of the New York City downtown music scene–she has played pretty much every local venues past and present, from Manhattan’s Fez Under Time Cafe to Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Whether as a solo artist, a member of the bands Peccadillo and the Extroverts, or as one-half of the duo The Universal Thump with her husband, drummer Adam Gold, Gertler has always specialized in well-crafted, whimsical orchestral pop music that reflect influences include the Beatles, Billy Joel, Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building.


Next month, The Universal Thump will be performing a residency at Barbes, one of Gertler’s frequent haunts, every Saturday that will draw on a different theme every week. From animals to relationships to musicals to journeys, the shows will also feature special guests. Following their 2012 self-titled double album, The Universal Thump will soon release an EP, Walking the Cat, which was recorded at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles made their landmark albums–one of the songs off of it is “Sunset Park,” where the couple also resides. (You can also stream a demo of Walking the Cat below). I’ve seen Gertler a couple of times on stage in the past couple of years and the experience has always been warm and joyful, so this upcoming Barbes residency should be more of the wonderful same. Meanwhile, sample some of the Thump’s and Gertler’s music below, and you’ll see what I mean.

The Universal Thump will perform every Saturday during the month of November at Barbes, 376 9th St., Brooklyn. Suggested donation is $10.

Nov. 1 — The Universal Thump & Pete Galub
Nov. 8 — The Universal Thump & Joshua Douglas Camp
Nov. 15: — The Universal Thump & Rachel Taylor Brown
Nov. 22 — The Universal Thump & Oren Bloedow

10/30/14 1:40pm

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We started Indie Media Camp last year as a way to bring independent media makers together to network with and learn from one another. It was such a hit that we’ve decided to make it an annual event, and IMC 2014 returns to Gowanus on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 10am-6pm at 501 Union. (more…)

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10/30/14 12:28pm

We’re on the slow train to winter, with shorter, colder days ahead and a lot of pumpkin spice in your future. The bright side? The first annual New York Festival of Light is debuting in DUMBO next week, disrupting the darkness with three nights of light installations throughout the neighborhood. Before the big feast looming at the end of the month, Pie Corps will help you perfect your pie crust, and if you don’t have a Thanksgiving dinner planned, The Water Table is actually booking seats for one aboard its floating tavern. Just remember, it’s not time to hole up yet—here are 17 things to look forward to in November. (more…)

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10/29/14 4:17pm

 

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Fort Greene resident Glenn McQuaid stands next to an enormous tree that fell on the roof of a second mausoleum. The mausoleum, which is inscribed with the name William Smith Brown, has yet to be repaired. Photo: Claire Landsbaum

On the third day after Hurricane Sandy, Art Presson, superintendent of grounds at Green-Wood Cemetery, arrived at the gates to see the land, the grass, and the trees strewn about as though an ill-tempered giant had rearranged them. He started repairs right away, knowing it would be a long time before things were back to normal at Green-Wood. Two years since Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast, they still aren’t.

When Sandy hit New York and New Jersey on October 29, 2012, its winds reached nearly 45 miles per hour, and its size made it the largest storm on record since 1988. It was also an unusually deadly storm, causing 72 fatalities in the United States. Surely Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the living, but it also ravaged the dead.

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10/29/14 3:00pm

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Sponsored By car2go.

car2go will get you to where you need to be: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

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Some day your grandkids will ask you where you were when car2go first arrived in Brooklyn, and you’ll be able to tell them: In one of the cars, taking it for a spin.

The wait is over. car2go is now in Brooklyn, waiting for you to drive them. If you’ve already signed up for a car2go membership, got your card in the mail, and downloaded the free app for iOS and Android devices, you’re ready to go. Just use the app to find a car near you, drive it where you want to go, and leave it in a legal parking space anywhere in your Brooklyn home area. You just pay by the minute–no reservations needed, no monthly or yearly fees, no paying for gas or insurance.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you might want to hurry…for a limited time registration is free, and you get 30 free minutes of driving. That’s 30 free minutes of drive time you can use to run an errand, commute, or visit that friend who lives off the G train, a 15-minute walk away from the station. (She’ll be so happy to see you!)

Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. Sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free drive time!

10/29/14 9:25am
Catch the last "services" of Chico MacMurtrie's Robotic Church in Red Hook this weekend. Photo: Lori Zimmer

Catch the last “services” of Chico MacMurtrie’s Robotic Church in Red Hook this weekend. Photo: Lori Zimmer

2014 has brought us a lot of frightening things, and Halloween is the perfect way to let go of the darkness. The Friday timing means you are far more likely to wind up at a party, and the weather will be balmy enough for flimsy costumes (though we’re predicting lots of hazmat suits this year, especially if you’re trick or treating at the Gutter). Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday, and start dreaming now of all that work, or sleeping you’ll do in that extra hour. The only ones who will be more productive than you are the marathoners. 61 Local is treating runners to a beer and a sandwich for $9, and if you plan on cheering them on, a Mac Off at Littlefield will help you warm up afterward with 20 renditions on the world’s most comforting dish.

And, if you just want to be past all the slutty squid costumes and discarded PowerGel packets, take a deep breath and look forward a week–BAM just announced that they’ll be screening shorts from the local web series High Maintenance (we interviewed the creators awhile backon Monday, Nov. 10, good news for anyone with a sense of humor.

Here are seven other ways to stay busy this week.  (more…)

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10/29/14 9:00am
Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood (Motormouth Media)

Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood (Motormouth Media)

“I think the one thing that I struggled with on this record was because there were so many different people who helped me record it, their little stamp would be put on it and ultimately, I don’t want that at all–no offense to anybody,” says Natalie Mering of The Innocents, her new album under the name Weyes Blood. “Right now, I’m a little more excited about my live set. I feel a little closer to the ivory tower image in my mind of what it should be.” (more…)

10/28/14 11:00am
Internet addicts unite and take over at Hallowmeme each year, posing as everything ubiquitous and viral, whether it's BuzzFeed or the popular Vine, "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" (right), both from last year's party. Photo: Forced Meme Productions

Internet addicts unite and take over at Hallowmeme each year, posing as everything ubiquitous and viral, whether it’s BuzzFeed or the popular Vine, “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” (right), both from last year’s party. Photo: Forced Meme Productions

Do you spend far too much time on the Internet and also have a penchant for making costumes? If so, Hallowmeme, a party and costume contest inspired by the memes, viral videos, and the GIFs everyone has been posting on your social media all year, is probably already part of your annual October tradition, and if not, you should go anyway for the people-watching alone. Now in its sixth year, this delightfully nerdy convention of professional bloggers and amateur web geeks with serious arts and crafts skills hits the Bell House this Thursday at 8:30pm, and it’s free so long as you RSVP. (more…)

10/28/14 9:00am

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When a friend sent me a calendar invite for a spin date recently it hit me just how over-scheduled we all are these days. Between scheduling work commitments, dates with friends and larger group gatherings, the email and text threads are enough to make you wish for a personal assistant. There are more than a few calendar apps that can help you sort the whole mess, for free (or for a fraction of the cost of an assistant). So if you’re looking for ways to be more organized and spend less time thinking about scheduling, here are a few favorites.

When is Good
Best for: Scheduling multi-person outings, and avoiding dozens of emails just to coordinate a time

This is a simple and straightforward web app that, as the name implies, allows you to find a good time for something, like a dinner party or a meeting. You send a link to the group trying to schedule and each person highlights the times that work best and you’ll see what the overlap is. It’s free, and the design looks like something out of the mid-90s (probably in an authentically normcore way rather than a 90s nostalgia way). For a $20 annual fee you can eliminate ads and get more granular options–i.e. “This time would be possible but not ideal.” (more…)

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