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Last time we checked in with Marc Horowitz, he was shedding light on his idiosyncratic Google Maps Road Trip (RADAR 018) and its potential impact on the rest home community. Marc’s back, only this time he’s one the hosts of G4’s self-proclaimed “series that effs with stuff in the name of science,” Effin Science. Marc is as charming as he is quirky, making him a perfect fit for a show dedicated to the more ridiculous experiments of chemistry, biology, and physics. Catch the show and its Radar-approved host weekly on the G4 network. It’s like Beakman’s World for adults.
New Love – Mike Swoop
Believe us when we say Minneapolis’ Mike Swoop recently released one of the year’s most unique hip-hop/electronic records. Titled New Love, it combines sampled soulful jazz with Swoop’s own downtempo production, like a very chill take on the stylings of RJD2. Love is mostly instrumental (a good thing), features the occasion rap cameo (an even better thing), and it’s one of those records perfect for humid summer nights in your sticky Brooklyn apartment. Look for Swoop in an upcoming Season 3 episode and pick up his LP, available now.
We’ve showcased the fine folks over at MakerBot (RADAR 019) before, but this latest project might just be their most mind-bending. Read on as a MakerBot makes… a MakerBot. We were instantly impressed by the complex machine’s ability to produce its own complex machine and you will be too. Don’t worry, it’s nowhere near as trippy as when Schwarzenegger met his clone in The 6th Day or that creepy Ripley test tube scene from Alien Resurrection. Read the article here.
Art Opening – Lucky Gallery
Pop quiz: Where did we shoot our “Honey I Shrunk Redhook” (RADAR 014)episode? If you guessed the Lucky Gallery, then you’d be correct. The Red Hook art establishment is always hosting up-and-coming artists and cool installations and this Saturday is no exception. On June 19th, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, the galley will host its “Front End to Back End” event. The exhibition is a group showcase of the works of three Lucky Gallery resident artists, Maria Baraybar, Stephanie Homa, and Kathleen Murray alongside special guest artist Hiroshi Shafer AKA an event not worth missing.
Saturday, June 19th – 7-10PM
The Lucky Gallery
176 Richards Street, Brooklyn
Free Event Info
Our friends at SMITH Magazine are always one-upping themselves, releasing new original content everyday. Whether is their Next Door Neighbor web comic, their Six-Word Memoir series, or the Harvey Pekar-centric Pekar Project, the magazine is consistently a home for interesting, creative storytelling on the web. Follow them on twitter for updates, clips, and more than a few six-word memoirs.
The folks over at the the public scene-causing supergroup Improv Everywhere have just released a new video called “The Tourist Lane”. We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say we think there are a lot of New Yorkers out there who are wishing this wasn’t just a prank. While exploring more of their hilarious videos, be on the lookout for RADAR contributor Katie Sokoler (RADAR 011 – Color Me Katie) , who is an Improv Everywhere agent.
You and I – Washed Out
No-fi music maker Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) has just released a new single “You and I” featuring vocals from Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. Head on over to Greene’s merch page to purchase other 7″ featuring Washed Out and another RADAR-featured band, Small Black, and be on the look out for Washed Out touring this summer.
Come on out this Saturday, June 12th, for an evening of life-drawing meets cabaret meets insanity at Dr. Sketchy’s Presents The Art Monkeys Ball. Art installations by Molly Crabapple (RADAR 008 – Dr. Sketchy’s) will be on display, and glitter covered gals will be present. Costume attire gets you in at a discounted price, so gather your most glamorous garb and make a trip to the Red Lotus Room at 6 PM this Saturday.
Saturday, June 12th – 6p
The Red Lotus Room
893 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $15 at the door in costume Event Info
Artist Scott Blake has a thing for barcodes. He started making art with the sales stickers right before Y2K when he was inspired by the impending digital shut-down, and he hasn’t stopped since. Visit his website to have a look at some of his portraits, including Barcode Jesus and Book Cover Oprah, email him your street address to receive a free barcode art postcard, and experience the interactive Barcode Yourself page.
The Power of User Generated Content At SXSW I watched Christopher Poole (founder of the infamous 4chan) introduce his new project Canvas. This isn’t as edgy as his previous meme factory. Canvas provides basic tools for users to post and alter pictures. Think of it like a message board where users have conversations through constantly evolving images. A long thread starting with a picture of… read more
What a Filmmaker Learned From Farmville And Other Social Games Social games are rapidly becoming one of the most successful forms of entertainment:
Disney purchased Playdom for up to $763.2 million and Club Penguin for $700 million.
EA purchased Playfish for $400 million.
The research form Next Up for pre-IPO trading service SharesPost estimates Zynga is worth three billion dollars.
Why are they thriving (even in a recession):
Social games… read more
RADAR NYC 9.9.10 PLAY
HOTEL (creepy interactive story/game)
There’s something pretty slick and trippy about HOTEL, the latest interactive Flash-based story from our friends over at SubmarineChannel. The story, now ten chapters deep, starts off some in sort of disjointed, Lynchian world, where each click of your mouse propels you deeper into the rabbit hole. With a story that sucks you in like… read more
The Brian Eno-approved Eclectic Method (RADAR 003 – Eclectic Method) have to be one of the more innovative acts out there right now. Yeah, they’re mashup artists, but the guys do more than simply juxtapose Notorious B.I.G. with Elton John, they add live video editing/sampling to the mix. Picture YouTube getting drunk and hooking up with Girl Talk and you’d come close to describing them. The group is amazing to see live and is currently on tour, but in case they’re not coming to a town near you, check out their latest video featuring R2D2 and a few of your other favorite robots.
Before we release our Season 3 episode showcasing a song by Caleb Burhans, we wanted to give you guys a heads up on the music he’s been making. Sounding like a more classically minded Owen Pallett, Burhans is a violinist whose resume is too long to list here, having collaborated with everyone from Aphex Twin to The Hold Steady. Listen to his tunes, look for the upcoming RADAR episode from Season 3, and keep an eye on him. Burhans is one talented dude.
Next Door Neighbor is a webcomic series we’ve featured before (RADAR 001 – Next Door Neighbor) and it’s still worth more than a few curious clicks from your mouse, if only to read about some ridiculous neighbors as told by comic’s best writers and artists. While Josh Neufeld has contributed art to the project – check out his charming “Beekeeper” story – he’s more notably the brains and brushstrokes behind the critically acclaimed A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Part journalistic Op-ed, part comic book documentary, A.D. tells the story of post-Katrina New Orleans through the eyes of real people who survived the storm and its aftermath. If you’re a fan of creative non-fiction, curious about what it meant to live in N.O. after Katrina, or even dig David Simon’s Treme, then Neufeld’s book is a must read. You can find it in print or in its original webcomic form.
The Brooklyn International Film Festival is about shedding light on independent filmmakers, while at the same time showcasing Brooklyn as a first class center of cinema. This year’s 13th Annual BiFF is no exception. Featuring one hundred films from twenty-four countries (whoa), the festival has a little something for everyone. This year’s theme is Stunt. What does that mean exactly? Well, the festival “intends to take a snapshot at some of the hottest issues affecting our times while emphasizing weight and gravity of being on a critical collision path with history.” Think of it as acknowledging your own independent butterfly effect on the world around you, both locally and globally. Things kick off this Friday and run until June 13th. Their website is chock full of useful goodies, everything from ticketing to the film schedule.
If you’re not already following friend of RADAR Jah Furry (aka Jeff Newelt), you need to be doing so ASAP. Not only has he curated a few RADAR episodes himself, but his Twitter feed is essential following for anyone interested in comic books, music, or cool events around the city. He is also the Comics Editor of SMITH, Heeb, and Royal Flush magazines, and is Harvey Pekar’s (American Splendor) editor on Pekar’s webcomics series THE PEKAR PROJECT. It’s also worth noting that Jah Furry has a wicked reggae baritone that he busts out from time to time – a must see.
Remember when we showed you the awesome sustainability powers of the living art satellite, Waterpod (RADAR 017 – Waterpod) Well, if you were struck by the project’s use of appropriate technology and green living, you’re going to want to check out Appropedia. Yeah, it does sound a lot like Wikipedia, except this web-based resource is a how-to guide on sustainable living. So far, the site has reached over 100,000 edits and is growing every day. Curious about food, water, agriculture, energy, or starting your own sustainable project? Appropedia’s got you covered.
La Strada – “Wash On By” Music Video
Brooklyn’s La Strada [http://www.myspace.com/lastradanyc] just released their debut LP, New Home, and to christen the occasion, they released a video for the record’s first single, “Wash on By.” The four-minute clip opens up with horror film B-roll, but once the band breaks open their Andrew Bird-meets-White Rabbits sound, the only thing Hitchcockian about the video is the guys jamming in the tennis courts behind the Bates Motel. Plus, the lead singer looks a little like Eli Roth and plays the accordion. We consider that a bonus.
Note: Ted Lattis, who plays guitar for La Strada, also works at RADAR in our music department. Thanks Ted!
Alex Eben Meyer is the site designer of the RADAR-approved Patently Silly (RADAR 023 – Patently Silly); you know, that website where the internet laughs and cries at the country’s most ridiculous attempts at invention. The Brooklyn-based illustrator is also one of four artists tapped to design an exclusive wallpaper for HP. Meyer brought his charming quirk to a recent interview on the project over at HP’s Voodoo Blog. What’s not to love about a self-professed, “curly haired, often times left-handed illustrator” obsessed with sketchbooks, wood grain, and people watching? Read the article here.
We already gave you an insider’s look at Slam Theater (RADAR 005 – Slam Theater), but if that wasn’t enough for the theatergoer, playwright, or actor in you, The Tank is putting on a Slam Theater event this Sunday. Come to collaborate, compete, or just watch.
Sunday, May 23rd, 7pm
354 West 45th Street, NYC
Ever wonder what weird creations the guys and girls over at MakerBot (RADAR 019 – Makerbot) will come up with next? Then your prayers have been answered. Check out Yetis, Transformers, Super Awesome New Ideas, and more over at their blog [http://www.makerbot.com/].
It’s Time to Play: Is It Transmedia? Outside panels, much of my SXSW experience revolved around discussing the definition of the word ‘transmedia’ with creators and industry observers. This question seems to alternate in importance, engaged sometimes as an idle salon topic and sometimes as a critical industry-wide issue. When the Producers Guild added a Transmedia Producer credit last month, its definition of the word kicked off a… read more
Producers VS Aggregators I attended the “Make vs. Gather? Successful Content Business Models” at SXSW. Here’s a description of this panel from sxsw.com:
You make content. Good stuff. But it takes time, and money. Now you’re thinking – maybe I’ll aggregate content and be a trusted filter. Well, here’s your chance to grill the emerging aggregators. We’ll bring together folks from Web Publishing,… read more
Transmedia Talk #13 – Jeff Gomez Welcome to Transmedia Talk a new podcast covering all things story. Transmedia Talk is co-hosted by Nick Braccia and Robert Pratten and looks to shed light on the topic of transmedia storytelling with commentary, interviews and tips on how storytelling is moving into the 21st century.
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Nobody Walks, co-written by Ry Russo Young and Lena Dunham, is one of thirteen projects to be accepted into this year’s Sundance Screenwriting Lab. A synopsis of their script: “When a driven young artist invades the home and family of a Hollywood sound designer helping her finish her first film, their professional connection triggers a sexual and emotional entanglement that lays bare the needs, narcissism, and questionable morality of everyone involved.” Director Ry Russo Young (Director of RADAR 015 and RADAR 024) was awarded the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You” for her last feature, You Won’t Miss Me.
Small Black and tour mates Washed Out scratch each others back on split a 7″. Released on Lovepump United, Small Black’s “Despicable Dogs” gets a reworked by Washed out for a more synthy, airy feel, while the flip has Washed Out remixes Small Black’s “You’ll See It”. The original “Despicable Dogs” will be featured on an upcoming RADAR episode. You can hear the remix here
Jonathan Ames is a busy man. Apart from being a contributor to the RADAR featured webcomic series Next Door Neighbor (RADAR 001 – Next Door Neighbor), Mr. Ames is also the author of numerous written works, and creator of the HBO original series Bored to Death. Check out his latest book, a collection of hilarious and insightful articles, essays, and cartoons, titled The Double Life Is Twice As Good and also check the article on Jonathan Ames
If sensual, scantily clad spoken word happens to be your thing, you must check out the lovely ladies and gents of The Poetry Brothel (RADAR 020 – Poetry Brothel) this Sunday, May 16th at The Back Room in NYC. The cost is free and the performances are always pleasurable, so don’t miss it.
Sunday, May 16th, 8pm-Midnight
The Back Room
102 Norfolk St. NYC