THIS WEEK IN BIRDSONG : 6/7-6/13

June 7, 2010

by Tommy

Thanks everyone who came out to Bushwick Open Studios this weekend, and to Vol 1 and Slice Magazine, who let us take part in the BOS zine fair. We met a lot of fellow zinesters/independent publishers and and a lot of generally curious people who walked in on a whim. Tabling took a lot more out of me than I realized (all that socializing and pep) and at the beginning of the season I always underestimate the physical toll of the heat/humidity– so this morning I definitely had to remind myself that water goes in the coffee maker before you press brew. #mondays #whatsthatsmell

u lyke my sliperzzzzzz

Also, I had yet to officially announce this on the blog, but you should know what we at the Birdsong HQ are holding a writing contest for our Winter 2010 issue.  $50, publication in birdsong #14 and a featured spot in our December reading series awaits one short (less than 1500 words) prose piece and one poem.  We’re changing things around, publishing the zine just three times a year– but laying it out in InDesgin (instead of Word), printing the art in full color (instead of photocopying it), and screenprinting the covers.  The deadline is October 1st, and the details can be found here. And on to the week.

Monday, June 7 (tonight!)

Little Victory is playing tonight and I don’t think I can top my blurb from before, so I’ll just reiterate: they “make fun music that sounds like jumping on the hood of a purple Impala while spray painting Newt Gingrich’s leathery face.” Yup.

Bruar Falls, 245 Grand St., 10pm free

Thursday, June 10

This is where the week gets a little busy. Tonight, birdsong contributing editor Lauren Wilkinson is a judge at the L Magazine’s 3rd (and final) semi-final round of the Literary Upstart Short Fiction Competition. Here’s a photo from the last one, where a birdsong face-off ensued during the literary trivia round.

birdsong videographer Diego Medina vs publicity maven Chantal Johnson. It's you-know-what is crooked.

and here we are, deep-dishing/I’m clutching my pearls.

C: "it engorged" T: "oh dear!" D: "tell me moreeee"

and Lauren, getting her judge on.

Three men and a rude baby

ALSO!!! that night, and closeby,  birdsong‘s  favorite band PAPS plays Mercy Choir’s CD release party.  I just heard their new song and it’s the SHIIIIIT, it just keeps getting better and better.  I know I’ve posted this before but I love it so who cares, here is a really great video of PAPS (shot by Diego) at the release party for Max Steele’s Scorcher #5

Lit Upstart- Spike Hill, 184 + 186 Bedford Ave, 7pm
PAPS for Mercy Choir- Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave, 8pm

This Weekend: Hillstock 2010: a D.I.Y. Music Festival

This weekend you should definitely check out the Hillstock Music Festival.  Like BOS, there are a lot of different shows at different venues around Brooklyn, including rooftop picnics and backyard BBQs (clearly the only place you want to be in the summertime), so check out the schedule.  And come see PAPS play the roof (they go on around 7:30pm).  T’will be on fire.

PAPS @ the singer/songwriter rooftop picnic, Sunday June 13 7:30pm, 967 Bergen St.

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THIS WEEK IN BIRDSONG – Bushwick Open Studios Edition

June 1, 2010

by  Tommy

Sorry this is a day late.  I spent yesterday in a fishbowl with a cold compress, slices of cucumber and processing.  There’s lots of art happening this week, in addition to it being Bushwick Open Studios this weekend.  You can catch us tabling at 3rd Ward (the big one) for the Bushwick Open Pages mag-and-zine fair.  Although you should definitely check out the BOS directory for yourself, with almost 300 listings, it can be overwhelming.  So I thought I’d make a lil Birdsong-friendly survival guide for a few associated shows.  Feel free to comment with yr suggestions!

Friday June 4- June 5 –  BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS!!!


  • The Cedar House, where veteran birdsong artists Julia Norton (1/2 of PAPS) and Danielle Rosa lay their weary heads, is hosting a massive group show called, “Hey, is that our boat?”  Lots of artists, lots of fun, closing party on Sunday night.

12-7pm (Friday and Saturday); 1-11pm (closing reception 6:30-11pm, Sunday) @ 751 Bushwick Ave


12pm-6pm @ 3rd Ward (the big one), 195 Morgan Ave. (Saturday and Sunday)


  • Sometime birdsong artist Cat Glennon is showing some guache and colored pencil drawings alongside sketch collages which, if the above drawing is any indication, will be completely rad.  Cat is like MacGyver + James Bond + Jessica Rabbit—maybe variations on a theme? Anyway, check it out!

12-7pm @ HOTEL, 796 Broadway, 2nd Floor


  • Centotto :: galleria [simposio] salotto, “Hinterlands and the Hegemon” curated by birdsong’s own maven of tablin, Paul D’Agostino. Featuring works by Brock Enright, Andy Piedilato, Tim Kent, Oliver Jones and Nat Ward.  “Fervidly disquiet, indistinct visions of histories decadent, horizons distant./ Apotheoses of severance,/ forces, depths, instants./ Dashed angels aloft in the wind of ruin./ Egressive tumult in periled glow.”

2-7pm @ Centotto, 250 Moore St. #108 (Saturday and Sunday)


  • 7&7: An Evening of Lushy Lit with the Numu Arts Collective, plus booze.  Readings by RYDELL BIXBY, MATTHEW ZINGG, GUS IVERSEN, MIKE LALA, CASSANDRA KATSIAFICAS, ERIC NELSON, LEILA BEN-ABDALLAH

6pm @ The Numu Loft, 75 Stewart Ave (I assume there will be some chalk markings directing you to their lair) Saturday only


8pm @ their co-op, 75 Stewart Ave #425, Saturday only (swing by after Numu?)