Pick up free trees and mulch at Green-Wood Cemetery on March 15 as part of the MillionTreesNYC campaign. Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery
If you’re one of the lucky few with a patch of greenspace to call your own, this thaw we’re experiencing means it’s time to get work on prepping, pruning and planting for spring. To that end, you’re going to want to swing by Green-Wood Cemetery this Saturday at 2pm to pick up some free supplies. Bring your own bag and fill it up with top-grade mulch; get some tips from the horticulture experts that will be on hand; and even pick up one of the free, 10-25-pound trees being handed out by the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC. Although some trees will be available for walk-ups, you’re better off registering here to reserve one in advance. The best part is that all of this is absolutely free, unlike those pricey trips to Lowe’s that are probably in your future.
Engineer your own accessories at Pioneer Works’ 3D ring design workshop on March 18. Photo: Pioneer Works
Head to Pioneer Works on March 18 for the first of three workshops where you’ll learn to design and print your own 3D jewelry using Rhino–the software program not the odd-toed ungulate. Instructor Sergei Tiourine will walk you through the process, from sketching to surface modeling, creation, manipulation, packaging and printing. You don’t have to be a digital designer or a jewelry maker to get in on this innovative experience. The class costs $150, including materials, and you can reserve your spot here.
Make your way to Rough Trade NYC this month for a music residency featuring some of Brooklyn’s best electronic musicians and a chance to test out the world’s largest installation of analog synthesizers for yourself. Photo: Moog Music
Rough Trade only opened its Brooklyn outpost in November, but the English music import is quickly becoming a mainstay in Williamsburg’s music scene. From now through March 29, Rough Trade has teamed up with TomTom Magazine to present the world’s largest modern Moog installation, a 25-day residency program devoted to sound experimentation with analog synthesizers. Some of Brooklyn’s best electronic musicians will be stopping by all month, and synth enthusiasts are welcome as well, to turn the knobs and push the pedals on 10 voice polyphonic analog synth, six voice Minimoog drum synth and over 50 analog effects boxes available everyday from 11am to 11pm. Record free samples from any of the showcases, including a set by Kiran Gandhi, MIA’s drummer, on March 20 and an appearance by Anna Barie of These Are Powers on a date that’s still TBA.
Catch a screening of the New York classic, Regeneration, a silent film about mob life on the Bowery in 1915, this Wednesday at BAM. Photo: Fox Film Corporation/Photofest
Way before Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos or even Scarface and The Godfather set the gold standard for gangster sagas, director Raoul Walsh was one of the first to turn his lens on organized crime, bringing realism to the rough-hewn existence of immigrants living on the Bowery in 1915′s Regeneration. The silent, biographical film follows the rise of an Irish petty thief in the city’s criminal underworld and the society girl whose affections might be his only salvation. Beautifully shot in black and white, Walsh’s classic is being screened at BAM on March 12 with live musical accompaniment from Steve Sterner, a pianist who has scored music for over 300 silent films, as well as performed in places like MoMA and Lincoln Center. Grab a ticket here and be at BAM Rose Cinemas by 7:30pm to see why Regeneration was named one of the 100 best New York movies.
If you fantasize about becoming your own boss, now is the time to make your dream a reality. Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition is back to offer one lucky Brooklynite $15,000 in start-up cash–plus more cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 for winning business plans. All you need to do to throw your hat in the ring is register and attend an orientation session at one of five branches across the borough. Then comes the fun part: The library helps you figure out what’s needed to get your business off the ground, and offers you access to a ton of resources so you can write a winning business plan, develop a marketing strategy for your idea or product and, importantly, find a way to bankroll your dream. And best of all, a business counselor will help you keep your eyes on the prize. Orientations run through April 12.
Brooklyn has no shortage of prix fixe dinner specials, but every once in a while one comes along that is the perfect combo of inspired food, delicious drinks and a reasonable price point. This Tuesday’s Founder’s Keepers, a six-course beer dinner collaboration between the always excellent Allswell and Michigan-based Founder’s Brewing Company, seems like it fits that bill. You can’t go wrong with dishes like warm pretzels with beer cheese, beer braised short ribs or oatmeal stout ice cream sundaes, especially not when each is thoughtfully paired with a tasty craft brew. There are two seatings available—one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm—and tickets are $65, which is a pretty good deal for a half-dozen courses and as many drinks.
Grab a late brunch and garage-band set from Chain & the Gang this Sunday at Union Pool. Photo: Chain & the Gang
Ian Svenonious brings his gang back to Brooklyn for a night that’s sure to leave you lying In Cool Blood. Chain & the Gang hits Union Pool this Sunday for a post-brunch romp in the club, complete with lo-fi garage rock, El Diablo tacos and the other usual Union Pool fun. Tickets are $10-$12, and you’re sure to hear some new tracks from their upcoming album, Minimum Rock n Roll, due out in April. Why not check out a track now? Here’s a link to Devitalize, their latest single. If you’re drawing a blank here, frontman Svenonious was the lead singer for legendary DC bands Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up, and has also authored a few books including The Psychic Soviet and Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘N’ Roll Group.
Make your Tuesday nights something to talk about by hitting up Splitty for a live showcase of tunes dubbed Campisita! It features musicians from Fela! and Antibalas, which means you’ll be grooving to Afrobeat, jazz, improv and more. Admission is free, making it easier to drop a few bucks on cocktails, like the Shave and A Haircut or Spanish Harlem, and some delicious steamed buns. The tunes go from 8–11pm, but you can of course hang out and party all night–’til the bar closes anyway.
Get help growing a garden this Saturday at the 33rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom symposium at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo: BBG
I didn’t exactly walk away with a green thumb from my experience as a community gardner last summer, but I’m having a change of heart about giving it another go this year, which is why I plan to make my way to Prospect Heights on Saturday for Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Making Brooklyn Bloom. The annual event, now in its 33rd year, serves as a kickoff of sorts for the spring growing season. Informational talks, workshops and film screening about sustainable horticulture will take place throughout the day from 10am to 4pm for anyone interested in picking up new techniques and advice on how to get their garden to grow from local community gardeners, as well as BBG staffers and exhibitors from regional greening organizations. The event is free, and a full schedule can be found here. –JG
Leah Vincent’s new memoir, Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood, covers her secular life in New York City after being cast out of her fundamentalist, ultra-Orthodox Jewish family for passing letters to a male friend. It’s being called a brutally honest and intimate coming-of-age story (albeit one with unorthodox adversities) in the same vein as other popular prose like Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted. Vincent will join Rabbi Dan Ain at Randolph Brooklyn on March 7 to discuss her new work as part of 92Y Friday Nights in Brooklyn, a series of cultural events the Manhattan community center occasionally hosts in our outerborough. The evening also includes dinner and drinks. Tickets are $36 and available here.