Cirque du Soleil is in its 30th year of wowing crowds – and from their humble beginnings in 1984, they’re now known worldwide as masters of performance, with over 100 million spectators having seen shows around the world. And now, after 12 years of performing their show ‘Varekai’ under the Big Top, it’s making the leap to the big arena format. We were lucky enough to see Varekai in Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena – just the second time for the Cirque troupe in Brooklyn.
Purim is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the ‘deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them’. Or in former Hasidic Baruch Herzfeld’s words, it’s ‘the only time of the year when they are really allowed to smile and have fun, and when it’s warm […]
Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder are doing some rather interesting performance art this year. For ten days they’re living on a 25-foot giant hamster wheel in Brooklyn. And there’s no getting off, either!
Eli Elysée is the cutting edge force behind the Black Hole 929 studio, based in Brooklyn. The talented industrial designer and contemporary artist was born in Haiti and raised in New York City. Elysée recently won an impressive Urban Living Award in Berlin for his inspired Missing Link jacket, combining functional handles with fashion to […]
I first met Emil Jattne a few years back not long after he’d launched Brooklyn Gin, and being a gin drinker myself I decided to give his creation a try and since then I haven’t looked back, seriously. It really is the best gin on the market, they use fresh ingredients they make the gin […]
Ok, so maybe the Batcave is already taken. What’s the next best thing for a superhero HQ/villainous lair? If you have $18 million to spare, you can get yourself a cool clock tower penthouse. The Clocktower Building was once a cardboard factory built in 1915, now it is home to a three-story penthouse measuring 6,800 feet with four 14-foot glass clocks overlooking Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Brooklyn-based illustrator Michael Molfetas’ work is a treat to look at, his simple and effective line-work, along with his abstracted characters, make for some really strong imagery. He has a brilliant understanding of colour, which really ties the whole look and feel of his playful illustrations together.
Molfetas has an ongoing project on tumblr where he has been illustrating an apple a day in his own unique character driven style. The resulting images are always fun and witty.
Alana Dee Haynes has real knack for illustrating the unseen. Using ink pens and magazine clippings, the Brooklyn-based artist transforms the human figure into something organic, almost plant-like, and yet cooly seductive. She seems to have mastered the overlap area between illustration and photography as she adds tattoos and, patterns, and fungal growth to beautiful model images.
The Burnside bar is a block from my apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s pretty much our regular hang out before practice. Everyone who works there is really awesome. They have amazing cocktails and a great selection of beers. One of the best things about the place, though, is the food. The Juicy Lucy burger is […]
To listen to Brooklyn band Natureboy is to enter a submerged world. When I first heard them perform live, I was hypnotized. The second time, I walked up to singer-songwriter Sara Kermanshahi and asked her if she wanted to collaborate. The result is the music video Sugar, from their forthcoming album, The Sweep.
Jonathan Zajdman is an illustrator based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He’s worked for a handful of ad agencies and small publishers, but it’s his portraits and story book-styled illustrations that are really worth checking out.
This is a band you should know. I’ve been fortunate enough to write and perform with these guys and gals based in Brooklyn and I’m continually blown away by what they come up with. Sarah Pedinotti is the frontwoman, a brilliant singer, musician, arranger and composer. I’m always surprised how she can take a song […]
There’s just not enough surrealism in the world, which makes Robert Lucy’s paintings extra important to me. I believe he refers to them as ‘figurative’, but I’ve never seen dolls like these before. Maybe they are magical realism. I first got turned on to his work at an open house in Bushwick, Since then, he’s […]
What’s not to like about the fun, fluoro-dripped world of New York illustrator James Blagden, whose work is so bright and trippy, I feel like I need to wear shades just to do them justice. This guy going to be big, big, BIG. If these illustrations don’t do it for you, check out his stunning […]
Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller met at Parsons in 2000 but it took them 10 years and some frustrating work experiences to start their own business, K/LLER Collection. Now they are tearing apart found materials and objects to create androgynous but still quite feminine jewelry. The characters of HBO’s True Blood wear their broken-down-aesthetic-pieces on the show.