arts 10.26.11

Walking Off the Big Apple

A sign of the times, perhaps, that many of the best movies we've seen in the past few years have been documentaries. Last year alone gave us Inside Job, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Tillman Story, Bill Cunningham New York, Waiting for Superman, A Film Unfinished, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Restrepo, and Gasland.

DocuClub is a monthly screening of a documentary that hasn't been entirely finished. That means you get to see a film in the pipeline, in the company of its director, and to offer feedback following the screening. At the DocuClub events we've been to, audience members have offered (mostly) thoughtful commentary and criticism to appreciative directors.

Next up will be Brasslands, on November 16th, 7pm, at DCTV, 87 Laf [Walker]. It's the story of what happens once a year to a small Serbian village when it hosts the world's largest trumpet competition—half a million trumpet fans show up every year in Guča (population 2,200).

Annual DocuClub membership is $50, which includes free admission to all events.

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

A Steampunk Walk Down Under the Manhattan Bridge

For a second steampunk excursion into New York – Union Square was the first – Dumbo in Brooklyn provided a most suitable location. With its industrial built environment, heavy infrastructure, and fantastical views of the bridges and Manhattan, the area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass hardly needs visual alteration for this sort of aesthetic. While its warehouses and factories now serve as repurposed spaces for apartments, retail stores, and arts groups, it's not too difficult to imagine the waterfront streets populated by velvet-wearing inventors, top-hatted mad scientists, or eccentric 19th century archivists. In short, Dumbo hardly needs steampunking. It's already there.

In point of fact, I happened to visit the area this past Sunday when several merchants had gathered in the Dumbo Loft for a Steampunk fashion market and show.



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