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enjoy december

826NYC is delighted to be involved with (and honored to be benefiting from) an awesome project this week at the Jen Bekman Gallery.

Thrilla in Manila, is a draw-a-thon hosted by artists Jane Mount and Jason Polan. Come by Jen Bekman Gallery this week: Dec 3-6, that's starting TODAY, Wed-Sat, between Noon and 6pm. Draw, be drawn or learn HOW to draw. They'll have supplies on hand, but you're welcome to bring your own, too! Drawings created during the Thrilla will be sold to benefit 826NYC.

There's a reception and benefit on Monday, December 8th, from 6pm-8pm, where there will be some amazing drawings, at super prices, for a great cause.

Far away? Lazy? Feeling frugal? A related 20x200 benefit edition, released ONLY to 20x200 list subscribers, on Tuesday (Dec 9) should be extremely swell as well. It will be comprised of a selection of unique drawings from the draw-a-thon priced at $20, $200 + $2000 each. Again, the edition is being released to list members ONLY, but you can sign up here to be included in that.

Thrilla in Manila, a Jen Bekman Project to benefit 826NYC
Jane Mount vs. Jason Polan in a no holds barred draw-a-thon at Jen Bekman Gallery (6 Spring St NYC)

Drawing Hours:

Wednesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 6, 2008. | Noon - 6pm
A liveblog at will feature on the scene reports, including celebrity spottings and snapshots of works-in-progress.

Reception + 826NYC Benefit Sale:

On Monday, December 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the gallery will host a reception and benefit sale. Work will be available to buy right off the walls, at affordable prices from $50 to $1,000.

20x200 Benefit Edition:

On Tuesday, December 8, 2008 @ 2PM, a unique 20x200 edition will be released to 20x200 mailing list subscribers ONLY. Don't miss out - Sign up now! The edition will feature a blind selection of 222 original drawings created by the artists and special celebrity guests, hand-picked by yours truy and priced at $20, $200 + $2000 each.

Want to know more? Visit


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The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce and the Buy in Brooklyn campaign are putting on the Second Annual Snowflake Celebration this December, and this time around, it's going to be twice as nice!

On the first two Thursdays of the month, December 4th and December 11th, more than 120 participating businesses throughout Park Slope will stay open late ('til 10 p.m.!) and offer special promotions -- maybe a sale, a freebie or raffle, a nosh or a complimentary beverage.

Visit Buy in Brooklyn for a list of participating merchants and restaurants and their special offers, and for more information. And remember, shopping locally supports our community, keeps dollars in the local economy, and shrinks your carbon footprint, to boot. So buy in Brooklyn!


Every Saturday & Sunday
Free to the Public
268 Mulberry Street (btw Prince & Houston)

12 Noon-7PM
490 Hudson Street
(btw Christopher & Grove)

urbanseashell note-I checked out the market on Hudson Street one Saturday and will share a few websites so you can get a feel for what to expect when you venture over there. Most of the vendors have tables at both venues. There are many talented people and it's a great way to buy local and support independents this holiday season, or anytime of the year!

Suzanne Bagdade the designer from Brooklyn Refinery sells her handbags (see below) & accessories. Check out her website.

(photo from her site)

This vendor was selling very beautiful boiled wool products. Among them were some gorgeous bags for very reasonable prices. These products are made by a fair trade women's group from Nepal.
STYLE, not the status quo.

This designers graphic t-shirts take that creative leap and you get to wear someones artwork. The fabric used is a very light thin cotton which feels good against your skin. Check it out:
(photo from their site)

Mark Sanford designs of one of a kind handmade leather bracelets. Don't let the name of the company fool you. These are hand crafted one of a kind gems. His website is under construction.

Vernakular Photo Designs
is a showcase for indie photographers whose work is used on messenger bags, clutches, tote bags, and journals.

Happy Shopping!
(photo from their site)


Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum's

Games, Movies, Cookie Decorations, Clam Chowder tasting, and live music
by Too Busy Being Bored

Saturday, December 6th, 2-5PM
10% off Holiday Gift Shopping

2PM Holiday Celebration
4-5:30PM Santa Arrives by Fire Truck
5:30PM Holiday Light-Up at the Long Wharf

200 Main Street, 631-725-0770
(photos from their site)
step right up & get your
wafels & dinges

authentic Belgian Waffles
On December 6th, the Waffle Mobile will be on
7th Ave & Carroll Street (at Keyfood)
Park Slope, Brooklyn NY


This Online Art Gallery, Open Shoppe will throw a Winter Art Party and Exhibition on December 6th and 7th, 1-6pm. It features the works of visual artists Ted Berkowitz, Amir Bey, Mitsuyo Mori; jewelry artists Joan Fleur, Barbara Sfraga; and also the photographer, Karen Tweedy-Holmes, who will join the site in January 2009. Barbara Sfraga and Golda Solomon will read their poems from their books, whlie they will be joined by guest musicians (see below). Books by Golda, Barbara and Karen are available at the show as well as the CDs of innovative musicians Fay Victor, Eri Yamamoto, Ras Moshe, and Barbara Sfraga and Center Search Quest.

Please come out, enjoy their wonderful arts and warm your heart on a cold winter weekend. You might find a great gift for your friends, family and for yourself!

Music & Poetry Performance
(starts at 3pm both days)

Dec 6th
Barbara Sfraga (poetry, voice),
Michael T.A. Thompson (African tree drum),
Saco Yasuma (bamboo sax)

Dec 7th
Golda Solomon (poetry)
Rosi Hertlein (violin)
Rosi Hertlein + Saco Yasuma

Location: 2130 1st Avenue (at 110th street),
#1008 (door code: 0211),
10th Floor, 212-423-9890

Open Shoppe
(photos provided from pr dept.)

Literary Tuesdays
December 9-Carly Sachs’ first book of poems, the steam sequence won the 2006 Washington Writers’ Publishing House book prize. She is the editor of the why and later, an anthology of poems that women have written about rape and sexual assault. (deep Cleveland press, 2007). She is currently an Arts Fellow at the Drisha Institute in New York City. Recent work has appeared in Nextbook, The New Vilna Review, The Saint Ann’s Review and Present Tense. She received her MFA from The New School and teaches at George Washington University.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)


Evan Laurence's Sexahol Revue
December 9, 7-9pm

The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston
(Avenue B and Attorney)

F train to Second Avenue
$5 and 2 drink minimum
For More info:

presents the rest of their lineup for
Literary Tuesdays

December 16-Rosalie Calabrese is a native New Yorker, and proud graduate of CCNY, whose poetry has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Poetry New Zealand, Poetica, Jewish Currents, Jewish Woman’s Literary Annual, And Then, ByLine, Mobius, Genie and several other publications, including antholo¬gies. She also writes short stories and books and lyrics for musicals. During regular business hours, she is owner and sole employee of Rosalie Calabrese Management Consultant for the Arts.

December 23-Farid Bitar was born in Jerusalem and has been writing and translating poetry for a long time. He edited Treasury of Arabic Love in 1997, and he produced a CD called Fatoosh that deals with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, set to music and featuring three other NY poets. Farid has fea¬tured and hosted many shows at the Cornelia Street Café, The Bowery Poetry Club and the Nuyorican Poets Café among many other venues in New York and New Jersey.
Jean Lehrman has been speak¬ing in poetry since she was a baby. At first, her mother would write it all down, until Jean was able to write it herself. After a hiatus, she recently returned at such places as the Cornelia Street Café, The Bowery Poetry Club, the ear inn and the Big CLWN WR Reading, among other venues. Diana Gitesha Hernandez was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She is a multi-media performance artist; poet and jazz singer, who has been heard on WBAI, among other places. She is author of two chapbooks, Slingshot Luv: Love Poems from a Nuyorican Princess Dreaming of Rimbaud and Raw Lips Melao. In addition, she uses her all-in-one approach to life as school counselor, yoga instructor, massage therapist-and more!

December 30-Robert Gibbons tells the story of a young artist entering Michelangelo’s studio to show him his finished work of art, and how he did not get the kind of response he wanted when Michelangelo smashed the neophyte’s art project against the wall, telling him” Learn the art of model¬ing before you learn the art of finishing.” In the ruins lies the discovery, I am not formed, yet I must study. The road is long and difficult to discovery. A long road is what brought Robert Gibbons from the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee in Western Palm Beach County, Florida to New York. He frequents the local spots on the poetry circuits, and has had featured venues, including The Saturn Series at Nightingale, Stark and others. He has had more than 15 years as a classroom teacher, and is presently a curriculum writer for the New York Junior Tennis League. He will be reading with Precious Jones, whose poetry has been published in Gay Black Female Magazine, Coloring Book: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry and Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly. Her writing tackles issues of race, sex and sexuality, among other things, with honesty and wit. She gives thanks to June Jordon, Chrystos, Sapphire and Neruda: four loving and passionate writers who fed her hunger for good poetry.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)


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