Archive for November, 2007


Champagne Tasting Tonight at Greene Grape

November 29, 2007

From 6-8pm tonight, taste four different champagnes:

The bubblies are all from Terry Thiese, the primary importer of grower champagne, and a member of his team will be on hand to answer questions about what Terry calls “farmer-fizz”.  Grower champagnes are made by small producers who have the advantage of growing their own grapes and fashioning their own style.

The Greene Grape
765 Fulton Street
(718) 797-9463


Be Your Own Barista

November 29, 2007

Kitten Coffee, a Clinton Hill-based coffee roaster on Skillman between Dekalb and Willoughby, not only distributes coffee to many of this city’s fine establishments, it also offers a chance for you, the closeted coffee connoisseur, to perfect your roasting and brewing skills.

On the first Sunday of each month, Kitten Coffee experts teach three-hour workshops for $40 per head.  They describe the class as follows:

The Espresso Enthusiasts’ Workshop will answer all the secrets to perfect espresso:What is an espresso blend? How important is the bean?  The roasting process.  The difference between Arabica and Robusta?  How should a true espresso coffee be made?  How to achieve that smooth, textured microfoam milk?  How to handle and store the coffee – delivering all the pro barista’s secrets for you to take home or to your next employer.

 The next class is on January 6th.  Advance registration is recommended.


Wednesday Links

November 28, 2007

*Curb checks in with the latest news from the Atlantic Yards

*Albee Square mall demo is under way (Brownstoner)

*BAM is seeking arts organizations to relocate to its Cultural District (Brooklyn Eagle)

*The Navy Yard is getting even more massive (OTBKB)


Fort Greene: No Country for Anton Chigurgh

November 26, 2007

If you’re walking the streets of Fort Greene tonight and encounter Anton Chigurh, don’t assume that your life is over.  It’s really just Javier Bardem on his way to BAM for a special screening of Before Night Falls.


Bored in Brooklyn

November 26, 2007

This strangely flat first hand account of a visit to the Forte condos leaves the impression that the reporter couldn’t have been less happy to leave her beloved Manhattan for the day.


Now Playing at BAM: Margot at the Wedding

November 21, 2007



Written and Directed by Noel Baumbach

Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black


There’s a scene in Noah Baumbach’s dysfunctional family tragicomedy, Margot at the Wedding, where a character notes, after finding out his fiancé

is pregnant, that he hasn’t had the moment yet where he realizes he isn’t the most important person in the world anymore.  This self-centered malady afflicts most of the characters – especially the adults – throughout the course of the film, leaving the viewer feeling a bit frosty and in the near dark, much like the hazy, naturally lit dusk that permeates film’s look.


The story involves the titular character Margot (Nicole Kidman), a successful fiction writer who, with her son, visits her less successful and previously estranged sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for her wedding to Malcolm (Jack Black), an out-of-work schlemiel.  Each character – especially the adults – carries excessive emotional baggage, highlighted by Margot’s Zelig-like mania, that causes repeated conflicts, especially between the two sisters.  However, most of the scenes destined for conflict cut just before the simmer to a later moment when all seems forgiven and forgotten; that’s the lesson, I guess, when it comes to family.  Compared to Baumbach’s great The Squid and the Whale, with its poignant depiction of the moment one realizes that his parents are truly imperfect beings, Margot at the Wedding, while featuring some top-notch work from Ms. Kidman, leaves a much less indelible mark.

-Corey Green


Bergman at BAM, Starting Tonight

November 20, 2007

BAM’s Ingmar Bergman retrospective begins tonight (in just a couple of hours, actually) with Persona at 6pm, to be introduced by one of its stars, Bibi Andersson.  It will be followed by Shame at 8:45pm, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

Tomorrow we’ve got Fanny and Alexander, with introduction by Pernilla August.


Recycle Your Electronics

November 20, 2007

This weekend, you can drop off your old electronic gadgets at Habana Outpost (corner of South Portland and Fulton), where the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting them and making sure they are recycled and/or disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.  The hours are as follows:

Saturday November 24 from 10am to 4pm
Sunday November 25 from 10am to 4pm
Monday November 26 from 4pm-7pm


Now Playing at BAM: No Country for Old Men

November 19, 2007

Easy Being Greene is happy to introduce our newest contributor, Corey Green, who will be reviewing new films as they premiere at BAM.  First up is No Country for Old Men.  Keep an eye out for his review of Margot at the Wedding later this week.

Written and Directed by the Coen Brothers
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Woody Harrelson


Have you ever been out with an older relative who muses that things were better in the old days?  I’ve always thought these declarations were born out of nostalgia for the past; that things now are more or less the same as they always were.  In the Coen Brothers latest, the magnificent No Country for Old Men, the writer/directors confirm my suspicions by making a movie that can easily hold its own against any film of the Golden Age. 

After indulging their more quirky side with lesser efforts like Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers remake, the Coen Brothers return to the more desolate and violent Midwest aesthetic that made their debut, Blood Simple, and their most feted film, Fargo, so successful.  In No Country, Josh Brolin plays Llewelyn Moss, a blue-collar welder who, out on a hunting trip, finds five deserted trucks, dead people, heroin and two million dollars, which he takes home.  The cash belongs to Anton Chigurh, played wonderfully by Javier Bardem with a distilled and succinct evil that may have gone over the top in lesser hands.  The balance of the movie is a cat-and-mouse game as Chigurh tries to hunt down Moss and his money through Texas and Mexico.  Based on a novel by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy and beautifully shot by Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men feels like a Sam Peckinpah movie refracted through the Coen Brothers’ lens, proving that cinema today can be as good as it was generations ago.

-Corey Green


Thursday in Fort Greene

November 15, 2007

*Cooper-Hewitt curator Cynthia Smith will be giving a lecture tonight at Pratt from 6:30-7:30pm, Main Building, Room 230, FREE.

*Three, choreographed by Ohad Naharin and performed by the Batsheva Dance Company, at BAM, 7:30pm, $20-$55.

*The Greene Grape is hosting a wine tasting featuring six Thanksgiving-friendly American wines.  They’ll also be serving deep-fried turkey, yam brulee, mashed potatoes, sauteed french green beans, cornbread dressing and gravy — a preview of the complete Tday package you can purchase if food preparation isn’t your thing.  5-7pm, FREE.