After hitting up some of the city’s more pristine venues lately, I thought it was about time to get down and dirty with a visit to ABC No Rio. The venue, and collective, have a long history in the city.
As there own website notes: ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art and activism. We are known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement and we retain these values to the present.
I say, yeah, what has culture ever done for us!
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After last week’s jaunt to BRIC House in Fort Greene, we’re going to stick in the neighbourhood for BAM, an institution spanning over 150 years.
Founded in 1861, BAM originally presented shows at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. That building burned down in 1903 and they have been in Fort Greence since 1906. Brooklyn Academy of Music, aka BAM, has three buildings; the Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Avenue), Fisher Building (321 Ashland Place), and the Harvey Theater (651 Fulton Street).
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BRIC House opened in October 2013, after completing a $35m+ project to renovate the old Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street. I’ve been looking forward to visiting since we interviewed Jack Walsh of Celebrate Brooklyn back in November about the new space.
Access could scarcely be easier as it is merely a few minutes walk from 12 different subways lines (the nearest is Nevins St on the 2,3,4,5) and it’s certainly hard to miss the building itself, with snow white exterior shining like a beacon compared to the fading BAM Harvey Theater next door.
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Vivian Girls said goodbye with two Brooklyn shows this weekend that combined fans, friends, family, sweat, tears, joy and celebration, with just the odd hint of sadness.
The first night was at my favourite venue, Death By Audio, a perfect match from their DIY beginnings. That they decided to play here instead of a much larger venue, which they surely could have, definitely seemed like a treat to long-term fans.
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It had been a while coming, from the initial planning stages in July 2010, but Radio Bushwick opened its doors for their debut show in November 2013. Also a bar and soon to be radio station, it is of course currently playing host to our Winter Series.
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Converted from an old printing press warehouse, The Bell House opened in 2008. I feel a need to rejoice every time I go to a show outside of the LES, Williamsburg or Bushwick, such is the monopoly of those neighbourhoods for live music.
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Pianos opened in October 2002 without feeling the need to rename or even change the sign at the front of the building (possibly taking influence from the nearby Arlene’s Grocery).
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