services 03.8.04

Aswoon

Susan Woods, painter, sculptor, and furniture maker, has refashioned her studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a company called Aswoon, Bklyn Navy Yard, Building 131, 718.858.7006. It's a design and fabrication collective that works in wood, metal, plaster, and plastic, among other materials.

Ms. Woods has assembled a group of designers and artisans who can make room dividers, custom ceilings, metal mesh screens on wheels (pictured), assorted furniture pieces, and most anything else you can imagine. And some things that you probably couldn't have: designer Oliver Beckert's wonderfully-named "Aquariass," for instance, which transforms your toilet tank into a fully-functioning aquarium.

You're likely to be hearing more about the 300-acre Navy Yard this year when construction is completed on the new motion picture and TV studio complex there. Meanwhile, talented people like Ms. Woods and crew are already putting the place back on the map.

WFMU has, since 1967, been improving the airwave quality with its mix of blues to Bartok, Tuvan throat singing to doo-wop, punk rock to hip-hop, Brazilian tropicalia to electronica — sometimes in a single show. As radio stations go, it's sui generis.

91.1 is able to maintain is distinctive personality by remaining independent from everyone but listeners. That means they count on the kindness of friends during the annual fundraiser, which begins today and runs through March 21. You can make a pledge on their website or by calling 800.989.9368. Give 'til it hurts!


Christopher Street

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