(+ the Waterfront Museum + The Brooklyn Rail…)
Remember that post about former DTE’er Katya Schapiro’s upcoming show with her company, Polybe + Seats? The show- A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things (say that x times fast)- continues to build interest as the performances approach.
The Brooklyn Rail just did a nice piece on the company’s process, the show, and the way they got down to the barge for their Earth Day-aligned performances. And props to Katya for dropping a DTE mention:
Schapiro previously worked for Dance Theatre Etcetera, a performing arts organization headquartered across the street from the Barge. Through DTE’s Executive Director, Martha Bowers, Schapiro got to know the proprietor of the Barge, David Sharps. “When the time came for us to find a place to do Slimy Things, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate location.”
Check out the entire piece for more interesting factoids (including the story behind Brooklyn’s own merman). Can’t wait to see the show!
What more needs to be said to entice someone to visit CIRCUSundays at the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge?
They start up again June 6th, the day after we wrap up the Red Hook Fest. Get the details the same place I did- broadwayworld.com
Two great things that go great together.
Actually, I’m talking about the latest show from Polybe + Seats, the theater company that former DTE GM Katya Schapiro often works with. The Red Hook connection doesn’t end there, though:
Inspired by the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Park – one of the nation’s oldest roadside attractions (and smallest cities) – A THOUSAND THOUSAND SLIMY THINGS is a floating fantasia, staged on board a docked barge in Brooklyn’s historic Red Hook District.
That barge, of course, is the barge, AKA the Waterfront Museum, AKA home of our friends and neighbors, the Sharps family.
Sounds like a groovy production, and with an Earth Day tie-in to boot. Take a look at the P + S website for details.
The Clearwater Sloop is a replica of 18th & 19th century ships that sailed the Hudson River. Launched in part by Pete Seeger back in the 60s, the sloop has provided maritime education and advocacy for about four decades now, and is coming to Brooklyn on Saturday.
Schedule of Events
3 – 6pm: Sloop Clearwater sails from Manhattan to Brooklyn (spots on the sail are still available; see below).
5 – 6pm: Start your evening with a family-friendly rendezvous aboard the Historic Waterfront Museum, a beautifully restored showboat barge and floating classroom. Catch great views of the historic tall ship Clearwater as she returns to the Brooklyn waterfront. Snacks, music and fun provided.
6 – 7:30pm: Welcome the sloop to the dock, then hop aboard for a tour of the deck and meet n’ mingle with the Captain and crew!
8 – 10pm: Head around the corner with the crew to Sunny’s Bar, a Red Hook mainstay for sailors for over 100 years. A suggested donation of $5 – $10 gets you great music, refreshments, and a warm mug of mulled cider. Sunny’s weekly bluegrass jam follows close behind, so be sure and bring an instrument along!
If the weather cooperates (and even if it doesn’t), you can’t get better views than aboard the Waterfront Museum, and I’m sure the Sharps family has some good times in store.
The Sloop is on facebook (of course), or you can get more info by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Yorker with a writeup of events going down at the Waterfront Museum:
“VESSELS & PROFILES OF THE QUADRICENTENNIAL” The Waterfront Museum’s ongoing lecture series about life in and around the harbor continues on July 30 at 7. Carolina Salguero, the director of PortSide New York, an organization housed in a nineteen-thirties coastal tanker called the Mary A. Whalen, talks with the designer Tim Ventimiglia, about the ship’s history and the potential future of Red Hook as a maritime hub and as a place for the arts (the vessel has already been the site of a live opera performance). (Pier 44, Red Hook, Brooklyn. For more information, visit http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org.)
But what else is new?
Frogma has a super-cool video of a “kinetic sculpture” by artist George Roads, apparently outside of the Waterfront Museum right now.
I’ll have to check it out when I go downstairs to get lunch. Hopefully it’ll still be there this weekend when you come to the Hook for DTE’s hip hop dance classes or the Museum’s CircusSundays (or both).
If you’ve never made it aboard the Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge, target the next three Sundays for that first trip. Examiner.com has a brief writeup about this unique show aboard Red Hook’s own nautical performance space, appearing only until the end of June.
Advance tickets are $14, kids under 12, $12. Tickets at the door (when available) are $18. and $12 for kids 12 or younger.