FAB Minute with Steel Neal – Artmerica Starts in the East Village

Steel Neal, Fourth Arts Block‘s favorite Local 40 Union Ironworker / Artist, sat down with us for a FAB Minute to chat about the Kickstarter campaign for his TV series, Artmerica!

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If you haven’t checked out the series trailer, you’re in for a treat! Read more about the series below, and show your love for art in America by supporting the project:

“Artmerica with Steel Neal aims to discover and uncover the unique individuals and original thinkers that are making the world a better place by creating the world around them [. . .] Steel Neal is a charismatic New Yorker who has achieved notoriety from his artistic endeavors and is on a quest to find more like minded makers of art and bring their stories to a broader audience. His passion for inspiration will take us to the far reaches of the creative mind where the unknown possibilities of the human experience are just a dream away.”


Beer Sessions Radio!

Beer lovers know that the craft of beer is an art in and of itself. Tomorrow, you can learn more by tuning into Beer Sessions Radio!

“Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM, New York City publican Jimmy Carbone plays host to an audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer’s craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting [Read more].” Stop by Jimmy’s No. 43 to try artfully crafted beers first hand!

FABnyc gives a BIG thanks to Jimmy’s No. 43 for generously hosting FABnyc’s volunteer party on February 11th!

And speaking of events, Jimmy’s always has a lot going on, so be sure to check out their website for upcoming happenings you can enjoy…

Experience AFRAZZ at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Multi/percussionist and producer, Ronnie Roc brings together an eclectic array of skilled musicianship to present the music of AFRAZZ at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Bridging the musically rich tradition of West African & Afro-Caribbean rhythms to jazz standards and originals, AFRAZZ delivers traditional jazz melody and improvisation with the spice of polyrhythmic flavor. Tickets are $10

Figuratively Speaking at Wow Cafe Theater

Which East Village show has got nerve and verve? Which East Village show won Best Box Office at the San Francisco Fringe Festival of 2011?


In this striking solo performance, the audience is privy to the protagonist, a fine art model, posing for the artists who sketch her. But the muse is quickly reframed as the creator as she offers personal accounts of her life and work, and her influence in the Figurative Art sphere.
Come and see this colorful memoir at the Wow Café Theater at 59-61 E. 4th St. between Bowery and 2nd Ave.

The show is playing February 24-25 at 8:00 P.M. and February 26th at 2:00 P.M.

Written by Molly Kirschner

2012 EMERGENYC Program Accepting Applicants


Are you an artivist?
The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU is calling applicants for the 2012 EMERGENYC program. This yearly workshop trains young artists who believe in activist performance as a catalyst for social change, within the eclectic and vibrant New York City culture. The program will consist of classes with artists and scholars, and will culminate in a public performance and a talk-back. Apply by 5pm on Monday, February 20, 2012 to join the fourth annual political theatre workshop, and exercise both your talent and your freedom of expression!

Cooper Square Committee Meeting and Potluck!

Cooper Square Committee is having their next membership meeting and potluck dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15th! The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm at 59-61 E. 4th Street, 4th floor loft. New members are welcome, so put it on your calendar and join in. Discussions about new initiatives (greening, developing affordable housing), and the looming threat of budget cuts. Help Cooper Square Committee remain a progressive force in our community.

All community members are welcome. Join the meeting and become a CSC member for just $1!

Chef Danny checks out a map of the Fourth Arts Block while waiting for Culture Nosh to Commence

Culture Nosh – A Recap of Festivities and Flavors

Last Thursday at 7pm, FABnyc had the pleasure of co-hosting East Village Eats: Culture Nosh, a fusion of local flavors hosted by the Whole Foods Market’s Bowery Culinary Center.

Chef Danny checks out a map of the Fourth Arts Block while waiting for Culture Nosh to commence.

Culture Nosh chefs pre-gaming for an evening of eating.

This special Chef Demonstration and Tasting served as a benefit for FABnyc, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in the culinary experience provided by the likes of Tom Birchard, owner of Veselka; Danny Mena, Chef-Owner of Hecho en Dumbo; and Scott Morris, Executive Chef of Mama’s Food Shop. (See the links to read our special features on each of the restaurants!) Culinary Center Director Min Liao, Culinary Center Educator Wai Chu, and FABnyc’s Executive Director Tamara Greenfield kicked off the evening by presenting the fabulous chefs and giving the crowd a taste of what lay in store…

Tom Birchard, Chef Michael Sullivan, and Manager Anthony Rotella, from the new Veselka Bowery, took the stage first, starting us off with homemade pirogis and potato latkes.

Attendees of the event were gifted with instructions on how to make latkes, and one lucky winner even went home with a much coveted Veselka Cookbook!

While Chef Michael cooked up a storm, Tom shared some of his personal history and experience in the East Village, describing how he came to the neighborhood and worked in Veselka as a young man.

Tom articulated how the East Village community, and Veselka itself, transformed over the course of multiple decades and told of how he became the owner of Veselka through his father-in-law, Veselka founder Wolodymyr Darmochwal.

(Visit Veselka’s website to read more of restaurants fascinating history!)

Veselka's Origional Founder

Though pirogis and potato latkes were filling, we were still hungry for more. Luckily, Chef Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo was up next to cook us tantalizing Mexican antojitos. 

Seafood Ceviche on a Whole Foods compostable tasting plate - Props for sustainability!

Danny started off by preparing some Mexican blood sausage. He described to us the consistency of this dish, for which he then pressed traditional handmade corn tortillas and added fresh salsa. Mmm! The smell of cooking tortillas filled the room, as we waited for their chance to try this delectable, savory treat.

Danny also elaborated on the methods for preparing ceviche with lime juice, topping off this demonstration by serving some beautiful Tostada Gaonera with seafood ceviche and spicy lime-clamato juice.The presentation was impeccable!

Chef Scott Morris of Mama’s Food Shop finished out the evening with some tasty home-cooking: bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and fennel, celery, and apple salad. As we munched on our healthy and hearty samples, Mama’s Food Shop owner, Jeremiah Clancy spoke about how he came to own Mama’s.

Folks from Mama's Food Shop: Chef Scott and Owner Jeremiah chat with noshers...

The original “Mama,” he confided, was, in fact, a robust Italian gentleman, and Jeremiah (a former photography student at NYU Tisch) took over the business from “Mama” after working in the restaurant during college.

Min passes out delicious bites!

As the festivities drew to a close and Culture Noshers finished off their final round of samples, Tamara Greenfield gave all chefs, participants, and Whole Foods’ feast facilitators, Min and Wai, a big thank you for putting this culinary experience together.



We from FABnyc are so thankful for everyone who came out to experience these unique flavors from the East Village, and we look forward to bringing New York City even more East Village Eats!


COIL ’12 Festival Draws to a Close with Deals

This week, FABnyc is bringing you special FAB Deals for to two special shows that highlight two distinct aspects of American society and culture…

Mission Drift makes its U.S. debut, offering New York audiences on a journey to discover the “soul off American capitalism.” This award winning show has received much critical acclaim, being described by The Village Voice as; “The liveliest lesson on desire, destruction, and economics that you’ll see in many a year” and The Financial Times as, “A lush panorama of contemporary Americana.”

Use code: FAB15 to get $15 tickets for February 1st and 2nd shows at 8pm! (normal price $25)


Newyorkland blends mediums to create a window into the lives NYPD police officers, providing a visceral peek at the secretive, and often times frightening, world of the NYPD.
The journey of four police officers is masterfully told in a blend of cinéma vérité, performance, and visual art that critics are describing as, “[A] hypnotic and sumptuous theatrical presentation… [A] wonderful palliative for those who need a break from the tyranny of straightforward narrative storytelling.”  – Seattlest

Use code: FAB10 to get $10 tickets for February 1st and 2nd shows at  7:30pm!  (normal price $20)

Henry Miller Helps FABnyc Keep New Years Resolutions

Yesterday, New York State Council on the Arts shared a special excerpt of Henry Miller Miscellenea, Work Schedule, 1932-1933:

"As we all begin a new week of creativity, something to keep in mind..." - New York State Council on the Arts













Today, we’ve discovered a bit more Miller to fodder our creative work:

Henry Miller Pt. 2

As we read over Miller’s insights, we couldn’t help but think back to our own New Year’s Resolutions (in which we resolve to “attend more art openings” and “meet friends for coffee more often”).

Though not as profound as Miller’s “Work Schedule,” our resolutions certainly beg some action, and we’re determined to see them through! Thanks to NYSCA and Miller for the inspiration.

Be sure to let us know what inspires you to move forward in 2012!