“What is Banji?” I asked myself as I read an email from Babes announcing Saturday’s event in Secret Project Robot. The event caught my interest especially because it comes from the person that conceived Bushwig, takes place at the same space and, as Babes told me, is kind of a pre-roll for the upcoming reincarnation of Bushwig. In the end I did what every person in the 21st century would do - I googled it. After weeding through entries about dinosaurs and small villages in Iran, I found Sharaya-J’s newest single called “BANJI,” which stands for Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality. I thought I understood, but when I talked to Simon he told me that it wasn’t quite that.
By Allison Galgiani & Katarina Hybenova
While many people will be flocking to Randall’s Island for the second annual Frieze New York Art Fair and the plethora of other fairs that have temporarily infiltrated our fair city, the art galleries of Bushwick/Ridgewood have put together a collaborative Gallery Late Night in honor of the art-centric occasion. This weekend’s installment will prove to be even bigger and more exciting with over FORTY participating galleries spanning across our entire neighborhood! As we take pride in our dear Bushwick and Ridgewood, and congratulate ourselves on its prowess. From 6-10PM come enjoy the gorgeous weather from and check out some fabulous art! Don’t forget to follow the fabulous beta version gallery map!
What’s as awesome as the animated gif above of The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne dancing in a giant ball? Our list of the top 8 shows for you to check out this weekend. We’ve got something to recommend for everyone - from shows of pop-folksters to a rock’n'roll fundraiser to a performance from a girl-fronted band that parodies The Ramones. We didn’t forget it’s 420, either. We’ve got a few special shows for Saturday below and have written a dedicated post to the top 10 events happening that glorious day as well.
The art scene in Bushwick is as unique and diverse as its residents. Just as we hate typecasting ourselves, our galleries are both true to their identities yet flexibly push their own boundaries (and ours!) in order to continue to challenge and engage our community’s many faces. This week’s art picks offer an array of themes and medium – from exploration of modern myths to sustainable societies, and from abstraction to interaction – that are guaranteed to entice and excite each of Bushwick’s multiple facets.
This Saturday is April 20th, otherwise known as 420. Whether you wake ‘n bake, are stoned all day, or just take a hit here and there, it’s the one day of the year dedicated to weed. Maybe you don’t even smoke weed! But you can appreciate the holiday for what it is. Celebrated around the world, there are many different theories about why that date was chosen. Among them are the police code theory, the San Rafael High School theory that in the 1970s a group of kids would get high at 4:20pm every day at a designated location, or the theory that the numbers in Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″ equal a sum of 420 and contain the lyrics “Everybody must get stoned.” Others think that it has to do with the number of active chemicals in marijuana or even Hitler’s birthday. Whatever the origin, stoners around the world light up in honor of the precious plant.
Overcome the February/March gloominess with some dance endorphins in your system! Here are five fantasy and body-stimulating parties in Bushwick and beyond that you need to check out!
NEW YEARS EVE! NEW YEARS EVE! I’d chant it from the Empire State Building if only they wouldn’t handcuff me and take me somewhere not as bright and sparkly. New Year’s Eve in NYC can be awesome, but you need to know where the party is at in order to have a minimal stress and maximum fun experience. Don’t sweat- we’ve gathered the 25+ of the BEST New Years Parties we’ve heard about around Bushwick, Brooklyn, and even a few in the city in a handy, catagorized list for you to peruse. So if you want to rage, or go out to eat, or go see a concert, we’ve got some options, or if you’re broke, or want to stay in Bushwick we’ve also got some parties for you…let’s make this the best NEW YEARS EVE ever! Shall we?
This gif was clearly not created in Bushwick. (via flick.com)
In December, you can easily find me running around and peeking into every single Holiday market stand, sipping egg nog directly from the box, inhaling the smell of live Christmas trees by the Morgan L stop and dragging my boyfriend under every single mistletoe (“What do you mean that that branch is not a mistletoe? MUAH!”). In other words, I am a holiday sucker. Big time.
If you feel similarly, I am sure that you will more than appreciate the number of holiday markets popping up around our beloved pigeon town. At Bushwick Daily, we counted five of them happening in the upcoming two weeks. Make sure to check them out, take a big sip of the holiday atmosphere and support local vendors by shopping for presents there!
Hey My Music Ragers! Hope everyone survived Thanksgiving with their families, friends or that devious talking fridge that begs to fill up your stomach. Either way, what better way to unwind and shed the haunted leftover T-G weight by dancing at a couple of live music shows in the hood this week? Get back into the BK groove of things and remember diet pills never work.
CMJ aka College Music Journal is the second largest U.S. urban indie music festival after SXSW. If you’ve never experienced it in years past, now’s the time! Although most of the “official” shows take place in Manhattan, we’re making it easy for you to see a plethora of awesome bands, without a badge and for pocket change, without even leaving the ‘hood!