A JOURNALIST'S JOURNEY: BEYOND THE EXPECTED … ON THE PULSE OF THE UNDERGROUND
Just when you think you’ve seen it all on YouTube, a new generation of metal band breaks the mold. Unlocking the Truth, pint-sized rockers straight out of Brooklyn, play hardcore as it gets. Embrace the awesomeness of these kids … Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins are a trio of sixth graders talented beyond their years.
Time to get schooled, people. Questlove blew them up on Twitter. Photog Kevin Shea Adams of Noisey raves they’ve been “absolutely destroying Times Square” with their “seriously brutal metalcore.” Listen and learn more about the tweens in W. Kamau Bell’s Totally Biased interview on YouTube.
Unlocking the Truth:
Noisey interview (Music by VICE):
WHAT’S THE ‘S’ STAND FOR, YOU MAY ASK …
Man of Steel, the third installment of DC Comics‘ Superman franchise, worked like a charm opening night, swiftly earning $21 million at the box office ahead of its national release Friday. Fans around the globe are wasting no time filling theater seats for Zack Synder and Chris Nolan’s interpretation of the origin tale which stars chiseled British actor Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and the lovely Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Coinciding with this weekend’s blockbuster début, LA-based original vintage T-shirt company, Junk Food Clothing, launched its first digital pop up on Rotten Tomatoes, featuring limited edition Man of Steel crew neck tees and more Superman styles (cape not included). Now, if only I could find a decent telephone booth to get into character!
Man of Steel official site:
MoS on Rotten Tomatoes:
Junk Food Clothing:
SPENDING A DAY AT THE (GREEN) MARKET
If you live anywhere within the range of a local farmers market, show some love to the folks who work hard at bringing farm-fresh food to our tables. Supporting these small, independent businesses can do a lot to improve the economy, environment and your community. Besides, locally grown produce just tastes better in my opinion (evident in the above photo)!
Taking a recent Internet vacay, I welcomed a chance to make real connections with real people on a stop at Union Square Greenmarket. Who knew how much fun I’d have strolling through this urban oasis on a bright day, with its wide selection of fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables. It was invigorating and quite informative chatting with shoppers, Greenmarket volunteers and regional farmers while sampling spicy cheese wedges and yummy homemade jams.
Greenmarket Farmers Markets began in 1976 with 12 farmers at a Manhattan parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue. Today, this is the “largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country,” organizers say, with 54 markets, more than 230 family farms and fishermen participating, and more than 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development.
GrowNYC explains this “unique relationship between farmers and city residents has not only changed the face of regional agriculture; it has revitalized rural communities and urban spaces, improved consumer health, provided fresh and nutritious food to those most in need through our EBT/Food Stamp and Youthmarket programs, supported immigrant farmers, encouraged crop diversity, educated school children and city residents about the importance of regional agriculture, provided a wholesale opportunity for medium-sized farms, inspired new culinary trends and influenced chefs and eaters in one of the culinary capitals in the world.”
Go have an adventure this summer: I want to hear about the discoveries at your nearest farmers market. Low on funds? Don’t rule out the experience because bargains can be found (making it so worth the trip).
NYC Hunger Free Communities Consortium:
A fleeting moment between passer-by and photographer captured in my single shot for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. New York-based artist Orly Genger’s hand-knotted nautical rope installation, Red, Yellow and Blue, adds an unexpected splash of color at Madison Square Park. Catch this wonder while you can: It remains on view daily through Sept. 8, 2013.
OK, so the East Village may feel like a shell of itself for those of us who remember how it was back in the day. But, if you’re ever in New York for the HOWL! Festival, fear not. Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem comes to life, at least for a weekend, at Tompkins Square Park in varied forms of exhibitionist expression.
This year’s celebration of counterculture included: the always popular “Art Around the Park,” a lively and loud children’s carnival, Soap Box Poets, the Museum of Interesting Things, Riki Colon’s “Men in Skirts and Still I Rise,” Hip-Hop HOWL! and Jackie Factory’s Low Life 7: Bowery Bombshells (paying homage to a “glorious mix of female firebrands, artists, libertines, showgirls and other pioneers” of the East Village and Lower East Side).
The Jackie Factory Presents Low Life 7: Bowery Bombshells:
NYC UNDERGROUND STYLE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Keep an eye out for New Yorker Suzie Muñiz, who shows no fear in fashion-forward, minimalist designs. Ditching the status quo, Muñiz represents a more sophisticated street style that may cause a few heads to turn with her hand-crafted leather body harnesses and accessories. She’s excited about what the future holds as an up-and-coming designer and offers a sneak peek for the curious with Tania Fuentez Media. “In terms of art, I am inspired by my love of NYC’s underground House music scene and all its diversity,” she says. “Culturally speaking, I am Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian and I have never been forced to choose. I embody both and MY style transcends both!!”
NOTE: All images courtesy of Suzie Muñiz.
TFM: Tell me all about this edgy new line of designs you’re launching. What was the driving force behind it? How long did the project take to get off the ground?
SM: The line I’m launching consists of hand-crafted leather body harnesses and accessories. I was inspired by adversity and, of course, Hervé Léger by Max Azria! My love for leather and fashion has been the driving force behind my accessory line. I started with leather handbags in mind in 2011, until my idea was compromised. It then evolved into leather harnesses when I made one for myself and wore it out one night and received tremendous feedback. I then started thinking about creating my line, in Nov. 2012, and began executing it in Jan. 2013.
TFM: How has being a part of NYC’s underground art scene inspired you throughout the years? Has your cultural heritage and neighborhood helped guide you along the way and define your style?
SM: In terms of art, I am inspired by my love of NYC’s underground House music scene and all its diversity. Culturally speaking, I am Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian and I have never been forced to choose. I embody both and MY style transcends both!!
TFM: I heard your leather body harnesses have caught the eye of downtown fashion icon Patricia Field! What else is next for you?
SM: Further refining my designs and simultaneously building my website!
TFM: Summertime looks promising with more avant-garde trends dominating the runways and city streets. Excited about where things are headed and where you fit in?
SM: Without a doubt, I am excited about where my creations will lead me as I continue to carve out my niche in fashion.
TFM: Music plays such a vital part in the soundtrack of our lives. What would be your most valued album of all time? Has music influenced your fashion sense tremendously?
SM: Little Louie Vega‘s Elements of Life CD released in 2003 has touched and influenced me in many ways. It has motivated me and encouraged me to create. Until this very day, it remains a positive source of energy.
SUZIE MUÑIZ DESIGNS
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 3 FINALE: ARE YOU READY?
The Internet’s still abuzz over last week’s visceral episode, The Rains of Castamere (a k a Red Wedding), and fans are bracing for whatever the wind may bring with the Season 3 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Even if you’ve never picked up George R. R. Martin‘s novels or faithfully followed the megahit since its début, you don’t want to miss tonight’s closer (June 9). Anything can happen, which clearly was the case in previous seasons … and THAT infamous Sunday night episode leaving viewers in a state of disbelief.
HBO’s Game of Thrones:
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