Author Archives: themerryness

A roots throwdown in Brooklyn

Jalopy in Red Hook is the place for roots music almost any night of the week. But that’s especially so this week, thanks to a 20-plus musician showcase put together by Ken Waldman, aka “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.” I previewed the … Continue reading

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A rockabilly birthday bash for Elvis

This Elvis birthday bash at Radio Bushwick is truly fit for a king. In one night, you can hear four rockabilly bands and participate in a Elvis-themed dance, costume and trivia contests.  I talked with the producer in advance of … Continue reading

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Funny business

Some time ago, Seth Olenick started taking pictures of comedians for a photography book. What started out as a six-month project and 30 comedians turned into more than six years and 200 comedians. I talked to the Greenpoint photographer for … Continue reading

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Make Music Winter taking it to the streets

The last place you probably want to be right now is outside for an extended period of time. But the one-day Make Music Winter festival might just drag you out. I rounded up all the parades happening in Brooklyn for … Continue reading

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The many ‘Nutcrackers’ of Brooklyn

According to the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, there’s a record number of productions of “The Nutcracker” happening in the city right now. They all aren’t traditional, either. At Galapagos Art Space, “The Nutcracker Suite” incorporates burlesque, Massive Attack, aerial acts, … Continue reading

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Less Etsy, more art

This event has already passed, so forgive my tardiness in posting. But I enjoyed talking to Brooklyn jeweler Christine Mackellar about her craft. She was quite poetic.

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A Brooklyn cookbook holiday shopping guide

This one was fun to put together. For the Brooklyn Paper, I did a definitive roundup of Brooklyn cookbooks that came out this year. There were many.

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To the market we go

There are a ton of holiday markets in Brooklyn this season. I tried to compile them all for the Brooklyn Paper.

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The photography of war

Since moving back to Brooklyn from Houston, I am finding all sorts of connections between the two art worlds I never would have previously put together. There was an exhibition of drawings by Robert Pruitt, a widely respected Houston artist, … Continue reading

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Thai-ing it all together with Andy Ricker

Andy Ricker is widely considered the U.S. ambassador for northern Thai food. He considers himself more of a student. With a new cookbook out, I talk with him about his growing Pok Pok empire and his favorite recipe, as well … Continue reading

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