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Frugal in New York City – Bee Thrifty: Yes We Can, A New Deal, and a Real Steal…

Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am by Christine in Cultural Bees. More in 10013

Hi All, Sorry to have been out of touch lately. The new year brought me a new home and all that goes with it. Change of address, activating electric bill, stealing someone’s wireless until I get a hold of an ISP…

Oops. Turns out my neighbors are all super-responsible, so I was unable to pirate anyone’s connection and had to wait until Time Warner found time in their busy schedule for me. So, we are up and running in our new neighborhood. I am happy to say that I am still in Brooklyn, and I am even happier to say that I am now in Clinton Hill.

Clinton Hill is an awesome neighborhood. People say hi to you on the street. Really. And I attended my first neighborhood meeting last Wednesday, which was great. According to, Clinton Hill is the “bloggiest” neighborhood in the US. Looks like I have found a home. Now, on to some free and enriching events:

Powerhouse Arena says Yes We Can!

Last Wednesday I stopped by the Powerhouse Arena for a book release party. If you have never been to Powerhouse, I recommend it. Dubbed “An Athenian Theatre of Pop-Culture Debate” by Wallpaper Magazine, it is always hosting the perfect combination of art party, book party, and house party. They will supply a hip DJ when appropriate (last week it was DJ Disco Wiz), and in my experience the crowd is a great group of urban intellectuals who aren’t afraid to dance. Disco Wiz kept my feet happy. (If you want to hear his jams, check him out here.) Apathetic hipsters may hang in the corner at Powerhouse, but they will not look cool doing so. There’s a new batch in town and they are at the arena.

Last week, Powerhouse launched Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign, Photographs by: Scout Tufankjian. (Rose highlighted Tufankjian’s beautiful book of photography earlier. powerHouse arena are also the same folks behind Jessica Lange book.) I went with my good friend photographer Diane Wah, who concurred with my amateur opinion that Ms. Tufankjian’s photos were masterful and beautiful. The celebration was a great pre-game for yesterday’s events. I got to dance a little in the gold Nikes I bought at the Goodwill for $7, and I got to practice getting choked up while I looked at pictures from an amazing campaign trail. Success.

Check out their other events here. Tomorrow, January 22nd is Independent Press Night with premier publishers Johnny Temple of Akashic Books and Richard Nash of Soft Skull Press and their authors Amiri Baraka (presenting the log-awaited reprint of Home: Social Essays) and David Rees (presenting his infamous cult cartoon Get Your War On). Yes folks, that’s Amiri Baraka, the former Leroi Jones, poet playwright, activist. Should be a good time.

Rotunda Gallery Presents A New Deal.

And tonight, I hope to check out A New Deal: Art and Currency, an exhibition for which BRIC Rotunda Gallery has an opening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. According to their website, the show “highlights relationships between American Presidents and the economy, while observing how these relationships affect art-making.” The event is free, and the subject matter should be right up this thrifty’s alley. Score!

Housing Works Does it Again!

Finally, Housing Works is doing it again, folks. They are going to top this past Christmas season’s White Saturday event with the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Geektacular Basement Sale, which will feature records, comics and vintage paperbacks at a crazy price of 5 for $1.00. I am afraid you will not see me there, because after this most recent move, I mysteriously have 4 boxes of books left and no shelf space, me and my bookish man must stop collecting, at least until we can afford an extra library. That is not in the budget…..yet.

Ta Ta for now!

Love, Christine

Powerhouse Arena calendar

DJ Disco Wiz

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