Brooklyn

Rana Santacruz
Erin Patrice O'Brien

Rana Santacruz , a Mexican musician and bandleader who lives in Brooklyn -- his music is a kind of Mexican bluegrass, Irish mariachi, folk alternativo mash-up.
Rana Santacruz and his band will play the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA this Saturday.

LightField is a new visual arts nonprofit founded by NYC-based cultural producer Anna Van Lenten that launched its inaugural exhibition at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, August 20th . Running through September 25th , MAKING A SCENE presents the work of nine international artists who explore the boundaries of storytelling through photography, film, video, and cross-platform installations. The exhibition is accompanied by feature film screenings, public talks, and a youth photo workshop. Anna Van Lenten joins us along with Keith Miller whose film Five Star will screen in Hudson on Saturday. The fiction-meets-reality feature casts a real-life member of the Bloods in a story about gang life in Brooklyn. Keith Miller is an award winning filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn and was named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. As part of the development and production of Five Star , he was awarded a Jerome Film and Video grant and a Rooftop Production grant. He is a professor and curator at NYU’s Gallatin School.

Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s foremost living novelists and journalists. His most recent novel is Nora Webster , which the Los Angeles Times said “may actually be a perfect work of fiction.” He also wrote the novel, Brooklyn , which was made into a successful film nominated this year for an Oscar for Best Picture.

For more than 150 years the Gowanus Canal has been called a cesspool, an industrial dumping ground, and a blemish, but it is also one of the most important waterways in the history of New York Harbor. Yet its true origin, man made character, and importance to the City has been largely forgotten. In his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn's Canal, Brooklynite, author, and Journalist Joseph Alexiou shares the little known history of the small waterway in Brooklyn. Alexiou is the author of Paris For Dummies; ​he is also a licensed New York City tour guide; and his writing has appeared in The New York Observer, Gothamist, and New York Magazine's Daily Intel.

2/26/15 Panel

Feb 26, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf. Topics include: Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu; Brooklyn plot to aid ISIS; DHS Funding Update; marijuana in D.C.

Boris Fishman , a singularly talented writer, makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

Brooklyn is rolling out the red — make that blue — carpet for the Democratic convention.
City officials are hosting a committee from the Democratic National Committee on Monday and Tuesday in hopes of winning the party's 2016 presidential convention.

Sen. Charles Schumer led a rally outside the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. The arena would host the convention and had an appropriately hued welcome carpet for the committee.

Schumer said the convention...

BIFF - "Fort Tilden"

May 29, 2014

The narrative feature, Fort Tilden , will screen twice at The Berkshire International Film Festival this weekend. Tomorrow at 9pm at The Triplex in Great Barrington and Saturday at 2pm at The Beacon in Pittsfield. The film is the full-length feature debut co-written and co-directed by Sarah Violet Bliss and Charles Rodgers. Allie and Harper are friends and roommates in their mid-twenties in Brooklyn, NY. The two are dealing with - or barely-dealing with - the torpor of quarter-life crises and...

Rosie Perez

Mar 20, 2014

Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. In her new book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) , Perez tells her never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have given an all-clear after an abandoned vehicle closed the Brooklyn Bridge at the tail end of the Memorial Day long weekend. Police say the Dodge Durango found stopped along the Manhattan-bound side of the span had no license plates when they investigated Monday evening. Investigators say they received the call around 5:15 p.m. and halted traffic in both directions around 6 p.m. Police gave the all-clear as of 7 p.m. The New York Police Department's...