Taking a look back at 1 year of For Locals Crown Heights
What a year of Locals it has been! So many talented people from in-and-around Crown Heights, it amazing!
It's just been a year since our first ever For Locals By Locals Crown Heights event, and I would like to take these next three posts, to put the year in review.
It all began back in June 2012, when I was groveling over an idea for an event that will showcase the growth of talent our neighborhood of Crown Heights; While at the same time, offering a place for locals hang out and meet their neighbors. Funny enough, the first For Locals was meant to happen with fellow neighborhood pioneer, Cool Pony. At the time, Cool Pony, - a vintage shop - was brand new to the sprouting Franklin Ave. scene and had already hosted some local musicians. After a meeting with owners Craig and Ari, we agreed for Wednesday night's to host our weekly FLBL series. Then, just as we linked up with curating partners, The Hoover Dam Collective, BOOM, one week before the event a series of unfortunate events at Cool Pony forced us to fall back on the then, very, very raw Mister Rogers.
On the topic of Mister Rogers, I would like to take a moment to show appreciation to my fellow partners, who have been super supportive and monumental in the creation and execution of For Locals. Ruvi Leider, and Schneur Menaker, many many thanks for your hours of hard work and dedication!
So, with a dusty and under construction venue, For Locals By Locals, Series I, was underway.
Series I, Event i, featured the talent of:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/480744425335304/permalink/495018763907870/ Event photos in link are credit to Breegan Kearney:
After a very successful first event, event ii brought a new wave of talent.
Event iii is when the word in the neighborhood started getting out, and locals from surrounding areas started coming too! We also linked with Lincoln Motor Company to display their brand new 2014 Lincoln MKZ on our sidewalk.
Event iii artists are:
By event iv, things steaming up by adding local cinematography artists to the mix. Tons of fresh faces were showing up, excitement was building around the event, and we topped our crown attendance to 150 locals!
event Iv featured:
Powering along. Event v kept the high level of entertainment that has become consistent with our For Local events, featuring visual art and all musical acts.
To bring the series to a close, came event vi. At this point, I was not present for the event as I was journeying across the country to Nevada, for Burning Man! (see The Desert Forrest post)
Event vi featured:
- Marcel Bornstein (painter)
- Sara Erenthal (painter)
- Todd Anderson (poetry)
- Ian Michael Feulner (poetry)
Theo Boguszewski (dance)
- Music - The Stacks
- Music - Jasper Lewis
- Music - The Whistleblowers
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap for series I. I will be posting series II & III, following this wonderfulness.
- All series I articles are credited to the wonderful Alexandra Coffee
- All artist photographs are credited to Schneur Menaker Photography and Ruvi Leider photography
- Talent was curated by the Hoover Dam Collective
- Event was Produced by Werde Productions
Many thanks to ALL the talented performers, and of course to the Locals who make these events amazing!