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Starting Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 22th the annual CMJ Festival is breaking out new music all over Brooklyn, NY. Up and coming bands from all over the country get the chance to show there stuff and a part of this incredible event. One of my personal favorites, These Animals, will be opening for The Black Shades Saturday at midnight. These Animals have a sound that is both familiar and innovative: underlying beats and bass lines that make you move make way for ethereal guitar tones and catchy lyrics.

And did I mention there is free beer? That’s right. I said: FREE. BEER. So now there’s absolutely NO EXCUSE! Come see the show, come party with a couple of amazing bands that are trying to make it. Show your support and come out to the CMJ 2011 Music Festival!

This post is dedicated to all of the people out there who have ever had an Etsy account or thought about an Etsy account or just plain love to do crafts. A lot of folks wouldn’t consider crafting to be an art form, but the number of hours that go into some of these pieces and the amount of skill that is needed to execute them leads me to believe otherwise. I’ve even seen exhibits that include extensive quilting, embroidery and crochet in museums and galleries across the country.

So for this post, we have two great crafting events for you to curb your urge to craft:

On Sunday, October 15th, the New York Public Library will host a crafting event hosted by librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden, with special guest Lisa Daehlin, who will share her knowledge of knitted and crocheted lace. The NYPL has a limited amount of supplies and tools to share so please check out the website to see what you can bring to help complete your crafting project. Doors open at 1:30pm and the event is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. There is only room for 96 crafters, so be sure to come early and make a reservation by emailing with your name and the date of the event.

Every Monday the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY teaches a craft lesson that ranges from physical computing to sewing. This week will be a lesson in papier-mâché: a type of sculpting with layers of paper usually dipped in a flour-water paste. The guest artist is Maria Berrio, a Brooklyn based artist who earned her BFA at Parsons School of Design, and MFA at the School of Visual Arts. She currently has her studio in the same building as the Etsy Labs and you can visit her website or Etsy shop to see some of her work. Etsy provides all the supplies needed for this project but suggests that you bring a any special paints or collage materials that you may want to have on hand. The event is from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and if you plan to attend, please RSVP, but if you can’t make it in person, they will be hosting an online lab that afternoon at 3:30pm.

Both of these are a great way to spend time with fellow crafters, family or a great idea for an easy and free date with that special someone! Just remember to reserve a spot and arrive early for a good seat!


Jess HartleyEvery now and then, when I’m thinking about my own artwork and recalling certain lessons I learned in painting class, I think about the other students and wonder if they’re still at it. I got an answer from one of them through a Facebook invitation to a solo exhibition by Jess Hartley, a fellow student at Houghton College, my alma mater. While she didn’t finish her studies there (she graduated from Gordon College in Boston) her work is enough to make me proud to have studied with her. Her current show, titled “Confluence”, features abstract paintings that capture a movement reminiscent of oil in water. The layers of vibrant color seem to float on top of one another, gliding across the canvas and inciting the imagination.

This Friday starting at 8pm, the Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, New York will feature works from “Confluence” as well as live performances and DJ. This is a great way to get to know the talented young artists in the New York City area and best of all, it’s completely free.


This week’s post is for all my music lovers who love going around the city checking out the ‘new young sound’. So mark your calendars for this week’s free live music offerings! (You just have to be 21+ sorry kids!!)

Tuesday, April 5, 9pm: Live at the Coco 66
Ras Moshe Trio

Tuesday, April 5, 8pm: Live at Pete’s Candy Store
Keith Haman, Ian Bjornstad, Cherokee, 7 Orange ABC

Wednesday, April 6, 10pm: Live at Pete’s Candy Store
Nehadar, Aaron Cohen, Drew Victor

Sunday, April 10, 8pm: Live at Bruar Falls
The Newton Gang, The Buddy Hollers, Ernie Vega