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4th ANNUAL BOCOCA ARTS FESTIVAL SET FOR THIS JUNE IN BROOKLYN
The 4th Annual BoCoCa Arts Festival is ushering in summer with nine exciting days of theater, music and visual arts.
The festival, produced by Brooklyn-based Husky Dog Productions, will crisscross the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens from Friday, June 22, to Saturday, June 30, presenting theater, music and visual art. The aim is to simultaneously showcase the neighborhoods, local businesses and emerging artists. All work will be “cast” in unconventional venues.
This year’s BAF venues include Ceol Irish Pub on Smith Street; Linger Lounge and Cleo’s Palace Boutique on Atlantic Avenue; Carroll Park on Court Street, and the YWCA on Third Avenue.
“We integrate music, theater and visual arts,” says Eileen Trilli, the festival’s artistic producer. “And then we showcase the art and artists in local businesses. We strive to make the experience a part of the community.”
Two strong plays will anchor the festival. The first is “By the People ...,” by Serge Burbank, from Oracle Theater Company, which is making its second BAF appearance. The second, “Foreplay,” a presentation of four one-act plays by Sean Michael Rice, is being produced by Husky Dog Productions. It is the first time the festival producer is also producing an individual work in the festival.
Musicians will be presented in double bills with plays or showcased with visual art exhibitions and artist talkback events. Returning musicians include the band BR and Timebomb, which has played a prominent role in all four BoCoCa Arts Festivals. Other returning musicians include Dan Furman and the Primordial Jazz Funktet, Colorform, Ferns, Devlin Miles, Ganessa James as part of Onliest, Chris Blacker, Eric DiVito and Lisa O’Brien. Also returning is Gilbane Peck, who has a unique one-two punch. He is both a musical performer and an exhibiting visual artist. New musicians include Evan Wilson, Ramzi, Strange Loops, and Moth to Flames. Musical sounds range from folk to jazz to alternative rock to rhythm and blues.
The Visual Art division features thought-provoking paintings, photographs and multi-media works that will make use of the unique and challenging spaces they will inhabit.
One of the highlights will be the outdoor event at Carroll Park on Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This is a family-friendly live music event, and we’re going to have an amazing variety of musicians,” says Trilli. “We will also have artists, venders, sports, arts exhibits and arts and crafts where kids can really get involved.”
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Interviews: We would be happy to arrange interviews with Eileen Trilli, the festival’s artistic producer, and/or some of the individual artists participating in the festival.
2nd ANNUAL BOCOCA ARTS FESTIVAL OPENS THIS JUNE IN BROOKLYN
Husky Dog Productions, a Brooklyn-based company, is pleased to inaugurate Summer 2010 with a hot event: the second annual BoCoCa Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, June 18, to Sunday, June 27.
Building on the successful launch of the BoCoCa Arts Festival last summer, this ten-day event will criss-cross the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, presenting emerging works in theater, music and visual art. All work will be "cast" in unconventional business venues, challenging the perception of art, as well as showcasing the characteristics of these three unique neighborhoods.
Eileen Trilli, the festival's artistic producer, is excited about the diversity of this year's festival venues. They include, Deity Supper Club and Linger Lounge on Atlantic Avenue; Archip Gallery Theater, and Vespa Real Estate on Court St. and Ceol Irish Pub on Smith Street.
"It has been our vision from the beginning that theater, music, and art be paired and then "cast" into a venue that compliments yet challenges the artistic works and the communities' perception of where one finds art -- all while bringing revenue to local businesses," said Trilli.
The lineup of the Theater and Performance Art Division ranges from classic works (with a twist), to a Stephen King musical satire, to an onstage exploration of the physical, emotional and mental health of humanity.
The festival's Music Division is equally exciting and diverse. Woven into double bills with theater performances and showcased with visual art exhibitions are talented musical groups and solo artists playing independent rock, folk, improvisational jazz, funk, hip-hop, bluegrass and everything in between.
The Visual Art Division will present inspiring and thought provoking works in painting, costume and multi-media, while incorporating the unique spaces in which the art will be exhibited and embellishing the energy of the live performances.
The goal of the festival is to connect emerging artists, local businesses and the public to challenge the perception of art and foster community.
We invite you to look at our webpage, www.bococaartsfestival.com.
BoCoCa Arts Festival 2010 Season Launch At Deity Supperclub in Brooklyn
In celebration of its second season, the BoCoCa Arts Festival would like to announce the success of their invitational Season Launch Event at Brooklyn’s Deity Supperclub this past Tuesday, April 27th.
The BoCoCa Arts Festival is an annual 10-day festival set in the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens communities of Brooklyn. Productions from emerging theatrical, musical and visual artists are cast in the neighborhood’s businesses, including bars, restaurants, schools, and galleries. The Festival aims to support the expression of promising emerging artists, showcase the eclectic businesses and highlight the beauty of the neighborhoods.
The BoCoCa Arts Festival Season Launch Event showcased one of its 2009 and 2010 venues, Deity Supperclub, as well as the musical styling’s of DJ Mussy and The Eric DiVito Duo. The Visual Art displayed for the evenings festivities were created by 2009 Festival Participants, Linda Kamille Schmidt & Racini Andres.
Eileen Trilli, the Festival’s Artistic Producer, said of the event, “ "The growth and success of the BoCoCa Arts Festival in its first year are due in no small part to the immense talent of the artists, the generosity and support of our sponsors, and the dedication and passion of our team. This event launching our second season is a small thank you to the amazing people involved, and a welcome to those new faces that we hope will join us on this wonderful journey."
Red Carpet pictures of the event featured on www.patrickmcmullan.com.
BoCoCa Arts Festival would like to thank its 2010 Season Launch Event sponsors:
Brooklyn Oenology (brooklynoenology.com)
BR & Timebomb (brandtimebomb.com)
Ceol Irish Pub (ceolirishpub.com)
Deity Supperclub (deitynyc.com)
Jason’s Vineyards (jasonsvineyard.com)
New York City Parks & Recreation (nycgovparks.org)
Paul B. Reinitz, Esq. (paulreinitzlaw.com)
Ruthie’s Restaurant (bridgeandtunnelclub.com)
Vespa Properties (vespaproperties.com)
Welcome Moxie (welcomemoxie.com)
Waters Crest Winery (waterscrest.com)
BoCoCa Arts Festival 2010 Season Launch Party
368 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
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Come to Brooklyn's First Annual BoCoCa Arts Festival, July 17 - July 26
By Christopher Hundley
If you love art - visual, performance, or theater, and music, come and see some great artists and musicians at the BoCoCa Arts Festival in downtown Brooklyn, beginning July 17, with performances and exhibitions every day through July 26. Husky Dog Productions, a theater production company based in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York, will be sponsoring the first annual BoCoCa Arts Festival this year. According to its website the mission of the festival is "to incorporate the varied and unique aspects of the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens Communities through artistic expression, support of local businesses and the provision of entertainment and inspiration relevant to members of the BoCoCa's community and beyond."
The BoCoCa Arts Festival will draw musicians, actors, visual artists, and performance artists from the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Gowanus, and allows them to perform and display their artwork in a number of local venues in Downtown Brooklyn. Locations include The Archip Gallery Theater, Artez'n, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Ceol Irish Pub, Deity Bar & Lounge, Fiona & Ryan's Art Exchange, Micro Museum, and Mobile Mutts.
Given the diversity of the Festival's participants, the art on display will combine the classic and the cutting-edge. Theatrical productions range from Communicable Arts rendering of Shakespeare's ageless comedy Twelfth Night or The CHILDREN's Theater Company's presentation of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer to The Border Project, a dance and performance piece concerning immigration, presented by T. Lion Dance BodyStories or The Impulse Initiative's Down and Dirty Debutante's Ball. (Tickets for the performance pieces are $16 dollars each and can be purchased here.)
Musicians range from Project Trio, a chamber music ensemble to Hans Blix, an innovative trio that combines electronic, jazz, and rock sounds to Uganda-born vocalist Rhoda Njoko to progressive underground hip-hop act BR and Timebomb. And the visual artists, whose work will be on display throughout the Festival, vary widely in style, influenced by impressionism, realism, popular culture, geometric abstraction, and other aesthetics.
For a complete schedule of artists and their locations, visit the official BoCoCa website: http://www.bococaartsfestival.com/home.php, or click here. They also are on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter - check them out. Also, if you would like more information, email email@example.com or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer, click here. Fair organizers will also be at Smith Street Funday Sunday, a street fair on Smith Street between Bergen and Union on June 28th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
BOCOCA ARTS FESTIVAL TO OPEN THIS JULY IN BROOKLYN
Husky Dog Productions, a Brooklyn-based theater production company, is pleased to announce the first annual BoCoCa Arts Festival, to be held July 17th-26th!
Set to run for ten days in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus, the BoCoCa Arts Festival will present outstanding, emerging works in Theater, Music, and Visual Art, and showcase the unique and varied characteristics of the neighborhoods.
Eileen Trilli, the Festival's Artistic Producer, believes that the area's artists and local business owners are a perfect match - “By staging the Festival's performances in local unconventional venues, we hope to reflect the truthful and exciting expression of human aspiration evident throughout these communities, and, in these tough times, provide a stage for artists and welcomed revenue for local business.”
Venues include area schools, coffeehouses, bars, lounges, storefronts, and art galleries, and will represent the diversity, caliber and energy of the neighborhoods.
And the venues are not the only unique aspect of the BoCoCa Art Festival. Trilli and Husky Dog want to present not only a theater festival, but a night of remarkable performance. "The BoCoCa Arts Festival offers the opportunity to spend a night in a beautiful neighborhood, in an interesting venue, and experience outstanding art from multiple disciplines. It was our vision from the beginning that a combination of theater, music and art be paired and "cast" into a complimentary venue," said Trilli.
The combinations are certainly limitless. The Festival's Theater and Performance Art Division will offer Festival-goers a plethora of options, from avant garde modern dance expressions to classic plays. Solo shows, improvisation, and sketch comedy, including many exciting premieres round out the Festival's theatrical lineup. The Festival's Music Division is just as solid - woven throughout the theater performances are musical groups and solo artists playing everything from independent rock and soft folk to improvisational jazz and heavy funk. According to Music Division Director Adam Scherer, "This year's Music Division lineup features artists whose innovative works capture the breadth, vibrancy and energy of the New York music scene - it's going to be exciting to watch." Finally, the Visual Art Division will present inspiring and thought-provoking installations from artists throughout a number of the venues.
Of course, along with the incredible talent, the BoCoCa Arts Festival will put on display the great neighborhoods that host it, including their professional and genuine art scene, delectable restaurants and great nightlife. "This is an excellent opportunity for the neighborhoods to show off what makes them great places to visit and live. There is a rich history of life and art in these areas and I think the new businesses coming in respect and appreciate that richness. Just being here and taking it in is an experience," noted Trilli.
"The goal of the Festival is quality art; to evoke emotion, thought, questioning and healthy debate. To give that to the audience, that is why we do this," said Trilli.
Whatever the topic of debate after a Festival performance, the consensus will surely be "What an amazing night!"
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Mary Jo Keating