All posts by Anna J


The Great Googa Mooga


The Great Googa Mooga -Brooklyn’s answer to a true music festival, served up by the team that brings us Bonnaroo each year-is upon us.  The music and munchies kicks off tonight in Prospect Park with headlining act the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well as The Darkness and The Flaming Lips.  DJ sets include Chairlift and Sam Spiegel of N.A.S.A and the foodie-approved stands are too numerous to name.  Googa Mooga “experiences” include trips to the beer-tasting pavillion (frequent trips) and Hamageddon: a pig roast in “Bacon Land.”  All this set to a background of exceptional tunes in the warm summer air.


Frieze Frame


Today kicks off 4 days of art–installations, sound scapes, collaborations, etc– in the 180 galleries of the Frieze Art Fair.  The New York event in 2013 promises to be the biggest yet with attractions so attractive that the monsoon rains won’t keep us away.  Foodies rejoice in Frieze’s restaurant partners: Blue Bottle Coffee, Frankie’s Spuntino and The Fat Raddish, to name a few.  The sculpture park features Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot inflatable piece named Balloon Dog (shout out to the West Coast) and Frieze Fair Talks abound throughout the long weekend.  If you’re on the market for art (or just looking for an excuse to ride a ferry boat this weekend) details on the exhibitors and the talks can be found at Frieze New York’s website.

How to get to Randall’s Island from Frieze New york on Vimeo.


For the Love of Art – February 13th NYC Events


Love is in the air and I’m slowly crawling out of the cave of my extended winter hybernation: just in time for two much anticipated events. 

The first is Single Fare 3, the third installation of the series brought to you by Michael Kagan and Jean-Pierre Roy, which invites artists to imaginatively transform a utilitarian New York City MetroCard into a pocket-sized work of art.  The show opens at 6pm (tomorrow) February 13th at RH Gallery

single fare 3

Then, starting at 9pm at Kraine Gallery , Dina Brodsky and Bonnie DeWitt bring us “Ladies” a show comprising artwork by all women: a little Galentines treat just in time for February 14th. 

Thankfully, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow.  Early Spring?  I say, bring it on.



I was able to catch Tamara Leacock, creator and designer of ReciclaGEM, for an interview and photo shoot before she jets of to Brazil for the Encuentro 2013 conference.   Her collection, a mosaic of color, texture and pattern, reminds me of patchwork quilts, exotic fruit and flower gardens.  Gorgeous though her clothes are, even hanging on the wracks at the holiday pop-up shop where I met her, I knew that the reciclaGEM designs would truly come alive when worn.  The photographs above and below are just a few of the hundred-something photos we took together last week: breathing some tropical air into a windy Brooklyn night.

The line, “Hesi-cla-gen,” (how it’s pronounced), meaning “recycle” in Portuguese, was created to spread awareness of eco-fashion even in disenfranchised communities where sustainability may fall to the bottom of a long list of other priorities.  Currently at the Gallenton School at NYU, Tamara is working on her self-made degree of Community Development through Ethical Fashion, and creating a gorgeous collection of low-maintenance, low-impact fashion along the way.

A resident of Harlem for now, after Tamara returns from Brazil, she’ll be making the move to Brooklyn. I look forward to welcoming her to the “Buck” as well as keeping tabs on reciclaGEM as she plans for her next local shows and develops a new look for her upcoming collection.


8020 Neckwear for The Holidays


As Seen at WFW Holiday Market: Designer Cristina Rose sources materials fresh out of NYC to create these “it” baubles.  Park Slope made (like yours truly), 8020 Neckwear dishes up a range of what’s happening now: from rocker spikes n’ chains to Native American-inspo collars.  Mother Earth is the New Black for Spring 2013 – grab your first piece of the season from 8020.