Highlights from the Blog: October and November

Missy Mazzoli wrote and performed an opera about a Swiss explorer. David Chius interviewed her for BB. Photo: Stephen Taylor

 

Between Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath and the start of the holiday season, the past month has been particularly busy and chaotic. Here are some highlights from the BB blog that you may have missed. And, don’t forget out about The Kitchen is Flooded and Other Disasters, the food-filled fundraiser we’re throwing with Work It Brooklyn tonight at Brooklyn Brewery–proceeds go to ReStore Red Hook.

New columns: Holly Howard, a local small business consultant, has started writing a weekly advice column for us called Ask Holly How, addressing thorny workplace issues. And in the first installment of Threads, Anne Szustek took a look at the boutique scene in Fort Greene.

Books: Jack Palmer spoke with Daniel Power, one of the owners of the powerHouse in DUMBO, about the damage the bookstore sustained during Sandy, and about their new Park Slope offshoot, powerHouse on 8th. Jon Reiss wrote about gender in the literary world and how authors who are also women struggle against the chick lit ghetto.

The margarita slice at Williamsburg Pizza, a new spot Brenden Spiegel checked out for us recently. Photo: Brenden Spiegel

Food: Brendan Spiegel, our food writer, has been very busy, and presumably, very hungry. He took a look at Broklyn’s BBQ scene at Fletcher’s and BrisketTown, sampled the fare at Mayfield in Crown Heights, introduced the world to The Motherporker, tried out Williamsburg Pizza and located a  palatable lunch in downtown Brooklyn.

Culture: David Chiu interviewed Missy Mazzioli, a performer and composer who was so moved by the story of Isabelle Eberhardt that she wrote an opera about the Swiss explorer. He also and chatted with Nicole Witte Solomon, a film student working on a horror movie based on her experiences as a phone sex operator.  We caught up with artist and musician John Lurie before his recent gig at the Nitehawk. Katya Shapiro reviewed Mies Julie at the new location of St. Ann’s Warehouse, and  Jordan Galloway interviewed Brooklyn’s biggest Barbra Streisand fan in anticipation of Babs’ show at The Barclays Center.

Random Stuff: I also shared Cat Bounce, a weird time waster with you, and introduced Brooklyn to Diner, Paris edition, the only place in Paris you can find a Chuck Norris Burger. Jay Honstetter checked out some damn fine Twin Peaks Bingo at Videology’s new bar, and Kate Hooker profiled the comics who make house calls, Whiskey Tango Living Room.

Kids: Recently in BB Kids (sign up here for our weekly email!) we got great tips from local photographers on getting the best shot for your children’s holiday photo.

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