Archive for October, 2012
We excerpted the important parts for you but you can and should read the touching invite from the party planner below:
1) Free to ALL with RSVP
2) Drink Specials ALL NIGHT: $5 ESSC Cocktail all night and a late night $4 beer!
Ladies & gentlemen, dear friends,
I would like to extend an invitation to you: Tonight we will be celebrating the [belated] 5th anniversary of East Side Social Club at our usual Tuesday night stomping ground, The Blind Barber (339 E. 10th Street, Manhattan, NY).
It’s been more than 6 years since I started a Tuesday night party with 4 friends (it was called Private Men’s Club: Women Allowed) at the Black & White. After a year, they went on to be rockstars and music industry moguls. At that point, I laid the foundation for East Side Social Club — originally a celebration of the decades and musical genres of the passed that I felt were being over-looked and forgotten. Some years later, the Man Men and vintage crazes began to kick in and I felt it was time to expand and build on what I started at Black and White and avoid the likelihood of becoming a theme-party. A little over two years ago, a dear friend and important part in the longevity and success of ESSC, Nicky Digital, told me about a bar that was to open, perfect for the rebranded ESSC, and so we began to write the next chapter with ESSC Tuesdays now at The Blind Barber. No other choice would have been better. ESSC is now a bridge from the past to present, crass to class, in style, culture, and band-based music – the juxtaposition of antique, vintage, retro and modernity in one place that is not about following a trend, nor is it about creating a trend, its about the timelessness of the good that comes out from human creativity, where even they over-looked may have a chance to shine.
To celebrate properly, we’ve got some ESSC members and friendlies lending a hand: Behind the deck, we’ve got guest DJ sets by Prince Terrence (Hussle Club) and Rok One (Black Russian/Plant Music), and behind the bottle, and on the couch, will be The Crazy 88s (Love to the Rescue/Shhh… Just Take It), Jer Ah Mi, and Kariem 88.
And as usual, I will also be selecting music, and Nicky Digital will be snapping pictures in the photo-booth and around the bar.
Drink specials include $5 ESSC Cocktail all night and a late night $4 beer.
ESSC is an inclusive social club, open to all. Feel free to invite friends: everyone and their mothers are all welcome! (valid ID required, of course)
Looking forward to seeing you who can make it and will catch up with those who cannot at another time…
Omri S. Quire
Philadelphia wanted to send Williamsburg some love. This is the newest video from Blayer Pointdujour & Rockers Galore. He’ll be playing some blaqbook showcases in Brooklyn in the near future so keep those eyes/ears peeled. In the meantime lets get acquainted with their tunes. Enjoy!
The new Williamsburg restaurant Zizi Limona is now open in the Southside:
Sourcing fresh seasonal and local ingredients, Zizi offers updated versions of Mediterranean home cooked classics like the Cowshuka, poached eggs in shakshuka tomato stew served with skirt steak seasoned with preserved lemons & rosemary, or a 5 hour crispy filo bureka stuffed with slow cooked tender oxtail, black olives, and crushed tomatoes. Try the insanely low priced lunch starter menu as you feast your taste buds on flavors from all four corners of the Mediterranean with crazy Italian style babaganoush, North African Tershi, Israeli style stuffed root veggies, Egyptian roasted vegetable hummus, and a signature oxtail Tanzia. Finish with traditional charcoal black coffee and sweeter than sweet Basbosa Semolina cake, Malabi créme, or shaved Halva.
Zizi features a full bar with a cocktails menu drowned in Arak, Pomegranate, and Mint but also classic cocktails, wine, and beer. Like our famous matriarch, our kitchen is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and offer a customized takeout menu that ensures your food travels well.
More information here.
There’s also a new gourmet pizza restaurant at 128 Metropolitan Ave. called L’isola, though we’re yet to try it out. Let us know if you have in comments.
First there’s the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival on Saturday:
Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, The Village Voice is proud to present our second annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event. The event will take place at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Over 3,000 craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area. The best of best craft brews will be represented, along with demonstrations, meet & greets, beer talks, food court and more.
Visit villagevoice.com/brooklynpour for more info and tickets.
And then on Sunday:
Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tour
Beer, Wine, Liquor Oh My! Taste Your Way Through the Boom in Craft Fermentation in New York on This Walking Tour of Williamsburg
Visit the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, and New York Distilling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn all in one afternoon on this Urban Oyster tour. You’ll meet the people behind these artisanal businesses, learn about their crafts, and of course, taste the final products. You’ll also learn about the history of beer, wine, and liquor both overall and specifically in the city. Did you know NYC once was home to America’s most popular wine and that many of the city’s founders were in the distilling business? Learn all of that and more while you sip delicious drinks and get a behind the scenes look at these amazing local businesses.
Also, on Sunday don’t miss Rocktoberfest:
Come down and help put an American spin on Oktoberfest with Rocktoberfest at The Richardson on October 7. All Brooklyn Brewery beers will be $5, and each beer will come with a brat from The Meathook (while supplies last). The event will also feature Brooklyn Brewer Al Duvall playing 1920′s banjo punk rock at 3pm, followed by a very special bourbon barrel ghost bottle tasting with Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his brewers. This is one event you can’t miss. Prost!
This is the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of the Oxymorrons. They were definitely one of my favorite acts of the whole fest. I’m kind of confused why I never came across them because they’re real dope. They had the crowd going crazy. I’m going to try to get my hands on some tracks. Until then I’ll just watch this on repeat. Enjoy!
Caught a quick clip of Reggie Watts during my Afropunk Festival adventures. He pretty much beat boxes, records, then loops it. Then sings, records, loops it. He continues the process until he has a fresh beat. Then he raps over top of it. I need some rest and relaxation in the field after seeing a few sets before this. So while we were on the lawn doing our hippy thing I captured this. I’m pretty far away from the stage so the quality isn’t the greatest but it’s enough for you to embrace the vibe. Enjoy!