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The writers from Tongues Afire are about to set Brooklyn a-glow

Posted in Guide to What's Good, Mr Slate Honey, People of Color, queer with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by thebrooklynsocialite

By Mr Slate Honey

This year’s members of the creative writing workshop for queer women, trans and gender-non conforming people of color will be presenting new works in two readings.  Common Grounds, the cozy Bed-Stuy cafe at 376 Tompkins Ave, will be hosting the first on Saturday December 6th at 7pm.  Later in the week, The Audre Lorde Project, sponsor to the group, will be hosting the second reading on Thursday December 11th at 85 South Oxford Street at 6:30 pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Be sure not to miss these.  Excellent artists pass through this workshop and judging from friends who have been in it or who will be reading, I can assure you that it will not disappoint even the most fine-tuned ear. For more information about Tongues Afire and applying to the workshop, contact tonguesafire@gmail.com

Shannon on Brooklyn Luv Girls

Posted in Party, queer with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by thebrooklynsocialite

I’ve been to a number of girl bars and parties and Lowpost’s monthly Brooklyn Luv Girls party is a welcome addition to this city’s mix of nightlife options for the ladies.  The first night of this event was on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which caused me to doubt that it would be a lively gathering. Happily, my fears were unfounded, the place was pretty packed.

Lowpost is Habana Outposts’s winter installation. The vibe of Brooklyn Luv Girl was local, young and ethnically, and culturally diverse.  While many of the girls were under 25, brown, and from Ft Greeene, Clinton Hill, and Bed Stuy, there were also a good number of tatooed, mohawked and pierced hipsters and Manhattanites. The space is intimate, with a 6 foot bar at the foot of the stairs, low ceilings,exposed brick walls, and a long, narrow lounge area with benches and tables that give way to a sunken dance floor and stage for performers and DJ’s.

The scale of the club is perfect for a party that attracts a mostly local crowd, and makes it easy to go in alone and make friends or to bump into people you might already know from around the way. I chatted with a few ladies from last month’s Spin Sugar party and ran into some friends of friends. The drinks were affordable, the crowd laid back, and the location perfect for a brownstone dweller like me;  close to work, next to the subway and a quick walk to other bars.

By Shannon Mustipher