Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

February Artist Residency: Kristen Haskell

Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, Kristen Haskell is a painter, illustrator and comic. She moved to New York City in 2001, graduating with a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in 2005. Since then, Haskell has shown in a variety of venues throughout New York City, including solo shows at the Gershwin Hotel, Midoma Gallery and the Hewitt Gallery at Marymount College. Her work ranges from large scale abstractions to smaller watercolor pieces and most recently, her work has taken a new turn in the form of humorous comics. Her work reflects her own interests, including animals, real life situations and illustrating the unknown. She is a member of the Brooklyn Artists’ Gym and a Resident Artist for the non-profit organization, Blissful Bedrooms. Haskell lives and works in Brooklyn.

The opening night party will be Thursday, February 2nd from 7pm-9pm. Haskell’s work will be on display at Birch until February 29th.

You can check out more information on her website: www.kristenhaskell.com

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Monday, January 30th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Are you ready for another helping of Music Monday? Good, because we have the best new music just for you!

We’re starting you off with a great new song “Apparition” from the Brooklyn indie-folk artist, Leland Sundries. Have a listen now

…we’ve been loving Kaki King since we first listened to her music, the way she plays is unique and vibrant, take a listen to her music here and watch her interview with CNN discussing her musical techniques…

…lastly, don’t miss Sharon Van Etten’s incredibly intoxicating “Tramp” album stream on NPR before it comes out tomorrow.

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Welcome back to another edition of Birch’s Music Monday featuring the best of new music from this past week.  Check it out!

Watch Cloud Nothing’s eerie video directed by John Ryan Manning.  ”No Future, No Post” is the first video from their third album, Attack On Memory

…listen to the catchy, acoustic “Chair” by boy/girl duo, Big Deal…

…lastly, don’t miss Nada Surf’s new album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy which is available to purchase tomorrow but you can stream all week on Spinner!

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Human Library: Where People are the Books


Originating in Denmark, the idea of a Human Library has traveled across the globe. The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach. Challenge your preconceptions and assumptions, broaden your awareness and understanding of others, and be curious! This is your chance to engage in an open conversation, to ask questions, to listen to life-stories and to learn about someone whose experience, background or viewpoint interests you. You can find a Human Library near you, and find out how to create your own right here!

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

We hope everyone’s holidays were wonderful!  Now that we are all very over the holiday classics like, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Winter Wonderland,” let’s get back to the real music with our latest edition of Music Monday!

Get a First Listen to Laura Gibson’s new album, La Grande, over at NPR before the album is officially released on  January 24th…

…watch beautiful ballerinas turn into gold in Fanfarlo’s latest video “Shiny Things” from their upcoming album, Rooms Filled With Light…

….lastly, take a listen to this new song “Morning Visions” from new artist Expensive Looks over at Spin!

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Want To Grow Your Dinner At Your Kitchen Table?

This beautiful creation, dubbed Plantable, comes from the brains of Jamie Elliott and Liam Healy making it possible to grow delicious things such as  tomatoes, sweet peas, herbs, or decorative vines in your kitchen table . They specialize in human relationships. In this case, how we interact with, and even shape our environments.  Get yours at JAILmake now!

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

January Artist Residency: Katie Flint

This month’s featured artist is photographer Katie Flint.  Katie has loved photography from an early age. Her first camera (a point and shoot Canon) was given to her in 1989 and she took hundreds of photos of friends, birthday parties and her cats.

She’s now moved on to a Nikon D7000 and takes photos of nature, architecture and animals (including her cats). She currently lives in New York with her husband Ben and works as a documentary editor.

Come to the opening night party Thursday January 12th from 7-9 to check out Katie’s work.  Or stop by any time before January 31.

You can find more information on Katie and her photography on her website.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

We’re Nominated!

MadParkNews.com has nominated Birch  for Best Coffee and Best Take Away Lunch Spot in their annual best food in the ‘hood poll!  We’d love your vote.  Thank you everyone for all of your support!

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

An Amazing Artistic Ode to Literature

Imagine a grain of rice. Now, imagine an art installation that consists of writing book chapters word by word on the these super tiny grains. New York City based mixed media artist Trong G. Nguyen took on this incredibly ambitious endeavor to honor literary greats, such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and many more, in a series entitled Library, for which he hand-writes an inconceivable amount of words on rice using a fine-point technical pen — sans magnifying glass. Then he groups the chapters together (in Mylar packets) and hangs them up in very neat rows.  Although the project took off back in 2007, Nguyen has continued to expand with many more great reads.

Learn more about Nguyen’s artistic ode to literature here!

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