The Laughs Grow in Brooklyn

Aug 20, 15 The Laughs Grow in Brooklyn

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Ever since 2013 New Yorkers have been treated to a comedy festival with that special Brooklyn flare, unexpectedly known as The Brooklyn Comedy Festival. This year the festival runs from Sunday, August 19 to Sunday, August 27, and is a full week of non-stop laughter. First conceived by comics Julian Kiani and Chris Nester several years back, the pair recruited producer Ashleigh Walker and started the festival in 2013. Unlike some of the better known comedy festivals like Just for Laughs in Montreal and the New York Comedy Festival, which feature superstar comics and pricey entrance fees; The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is much more than stand-up, features up and coming comic artists, and strictly maintains ticket prices at earth-bound numbers. Just compare the $150 ticket price for the NY Comedy Festival with a $20 entrance fee for Brooklyn’s festival. But it’s not just the price that is different. The types of performances are eclectic: it’s not at all just stand-up. “God forbid this ever becomes just a stand-up comedy festival,” Mr. Nester said, “because there is so much great comedy in and around New York City and Brooklyn that is sketch and improv and musical comedy.” To keep things really interesting, this festival is not afraid to invite comedians from other cities, something smaller festivals tend to shy away from. This year audiences will be able to enjoy talent from as far away as Boston, Chicago, and Washington. “We do want to be more inclusive,” Mr. Kiani said. “It is the Brooklyn scene that we’re celebrating, but it is a comedy festival in...

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Major Upset in Nathan’s Dog Eating Contest

Jul 05, 15 Major Upset in Nathan’s Dog Eating Contest

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After eight years of bringing home the championship, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut had to concede this year’s first place title to long-time rival Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, in the 99th edition of the famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Stonie only won by two dogs, but he still had to devour an unbelievable 62 hot dogs with their buns in a lightning time of only ten minutes. To think second place went to someone that could actually eat 60 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes is mind-boggling. The contest was first established on July 4, 1916 by Nathan’s one of America’s most well-known seller of hot dogs. Back then the winner only had to consume 13 dogs in ten minutes. The contest was always held in Coney Island, one of the world’s most famous locales for amusement parks, one hundred years ago, and today as well. Today the contest has elements of a sporting event, with live coverage on television, and a female division as well. Miki Sudo, the women’s division champion, wolfed down 38 hot dogs. The second place female contest winner, Sonya Thomas, a former champion who is an eating-contest veteran, only managed to swallow 31 hot dogs in the same amount of time. Aside from the ESPN broadcast, thousands of spectators came to observe the contest in person. Stonie was crowned the hot dog eating champion, and also receives a generous $10,000 cash prize. “I trained hard for this,” Stonie explained. “We don’t just go up there and eat hot dogs. We practice for this. We prepare our bodies.” Anyone who regurgitates is automatically...

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Robert Simons & Bill McGlashan in Final Negotiations with Jackie Chan

In exciting news for STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan, they are in final negotiations with Jackie Chan to star in the action thriller “The Foreigner.” Shooting is expected to start in October and the script is supposed to be based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman,” published in 1992. The story focuses on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who wants to hunt down a group of Irish terrorists that killed his daughter. STX was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and TPG managing partner Bill McGlashan with the goal of producing projects in the $10-80 million range. This area is virtually vacant in the studios, as they favor making massive superhero movies. STX hopes to release as many as 15 films each year by 2017. They have already lined up projects that include Matthew McConaughey (“The Free State of Jones”) and Julia Roberts (“The Secret in Their Eyes”). For this venture with Jackie Chan, David Marconi wrote the adaptation. Chan, of course, brings a slew of credits with him including being in more than 150 films since the 1960s. STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan has already lined up financial backing from venture capital firm and co-founder TPG, Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and investors Gigo Pritzker and Beau Wrigley. They also have backing from China’s Huayi...

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Touch the Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park

May 25, 15 Touch the Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A new art installation recently opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park, entitled “Please Touch the Art.” Organized and sponsored by New York City’s Public Art Fund, the exhibit, which opened on May 17, is composed of three installations by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. The exhibit was curated by Nicholas Baume and includes Appearing Rooms, comprised of soaring jets of water; Modified Social Benches, made up of sixteen benches painted bright red; and the vertically placed rectangles of Mirror Labyrinth NY. Hein’s work is known for its interactive playfulness, and these pieces are no exception.  Mirror Labyrinth invites viewers to not only look at the complex array of mirror-polished stainless steel posts, but to walk through them as well. The pillars are arranged in three radiating arcs, and serve to mirror and distort the famous Manhattan skyline, seen in the distance, but irregularly reflected in the installation. The sculptures ability to obscure as well as reflect the skyline lends each visitor his or her own unique experience of the display, and gives a new meaning and perspective to the lower Manhattan view. Please Touch the Art will be on display for an entire year at the Brooklyn Bridge Park at 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn, until April 17, 2016. Come and touch the art, and let it touch...

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Spring in New York Means Masters at the Armory

May 06, 15 Spring in New York Means Masters at the Armory

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Art lovers who enjoyed last year’s first international arts fair held within the venerable walls of the Park Avenue Armory will be pleased to know that the time has arrived for the second installment of this marvelous art show. And those who missed last year’s exhibit should be sure to take the time to explore the wonders of the art world at this year’s fair. Opening day is May 8, and the show will run until May 12, 2015. Billed as Spring Masters New York 2015, the fair will showcase the broadest possible variety of art genres, from antiquities to fine arts to 21st century modern and everything in between. The 61 galleries bringing their wares will be sure to make the best possible impressions with their most outstanding pieces. Antiquities will be represented by brothers Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art. With galleries in Geneva as well as New York, Phoenix Ancient Art specializes in artwork dating back to the first century AD and way beyond- they have pieces from as far back as 5,000 BCE. Juxtaposed with the world’s oldest art is some of the world’s newest.  The Michael Goedhuis gallery of London specializes in Chinese contemporary art, and will have on display exquisite examples of modern ink art from China. An Edward Hopper watercolor painting will be shown by Debra Force Fine Art, Inc, and Mullany will exhibit some 16th century Flemish tapestry. There will be an installation of the contemporary artist Kueng Caputo brought to the show by Salon 94 of New York. The list of what visitors will see at the fair is long and wide. Architect Rafael Viñoly designed the layout of exhibitors in a unique and innovative hexagonal style, using the huge space of the armory in a way that delightfully enhances the fair... Våra tjänster: Villatak | http://biverkningarviagra.com/ Kopa Viagra | hemsida | nuoviprezzi.org

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Brooklyn Little League Opens with Fun Day Parade

Apr 12, 15 Brooklyn Little League Opens with Fun Day Parade

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The sun is finally shining, the players are thawing, the field is newly trimmed: it must be Little League opening day in Brooklyn- lets have a parade! With smiles of excitement and joy, members of the Prospect Park Baseball Association’s Little League shared their feelings with their families as they walked down Seventh Avenue together to arrive at Prospect Park in Park Slope for Opening Day. Mayor Bill de Blasio was on hand to toss out the first pitch of the season in front of a happy crowd feeling good that the winter seems to have once and for all come to a close. “It’s beautiful. This is when you know spring is really happening, when you get to Opening Day of baseball,” de Blasio said. One of the parade-goers said to CBS2’s Ilana Gold that: “It feels amazing; we’ve been waiting for weeks!” Another participant, Patrick Watson of Carrol Gardens said: “Thank goodness, it’s about time. We’ve all frozen through a long winter.” When asked “How excited are you to start the season?” Florence Toimil of Prospect Park answered: “Pretty happy. I’ve been waiting for it for a while so it’s nice.” “I’ve been waiting for like five months,” Wallace added. City officials made sure that the fields were ready in time for Opening Day, despite the rough time they had during this year’s harsh...

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