OF NOTE- People In The News: Tuesday, November 19

Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def. AP photo by Shiho Fukada

Brooklyn-born artist YASIIN BEY, formerly known as Mos Def, debuted his latest recording as a multimedia installation at Brooklyn Museum last week. The exhibit, called “Negus” after the word for ‘king’ or ‘ruler’ in an ancient Ethiopian language, is a 28-minute listening experience, which includes visual artwork by ALA EBTEKAR, JULIE MEHRETU and JOSÉ PARLÁ, inspired by the album and curated specifically for Brooklyn Museum. “Few American art forms have grown to be as globally influential as hip-hop, a genre which was largely crafted on the streets of New York City,” LAUREN ZELAYA, director of public programs at the museum, told BK Reader. “Negus” will be playing at Brooklyn Museum through January 26, 2020. 

Lauren Zelaya, director of public programs at Brooklyn Museum. Photo via brooklynmuseum.org


Former elementary school teacher, author and master brewer JEPPE JARNIT-BJERGSØ launched his latest venture, a taproom and beer garden for his widely beloved “nomadic” beer brand Evil Twin, in Ridgewood, Queens last month. Originally hailing from Copenhagen, Jarnit-Bjergsø moved to Brooklyn in 2012, joining forces with former Momofuku head chef DAVID BURNS to open Tørst Bar in Greenpoint the following year. Many of the beers offered at the Ridgewood taproom, housed within a large glass greenhouse steps from the Halsey L stop, are New York City-inspired, with names like “Chuck Berry Twister Bodega Smoothie,” “Today’s Forecast: Unhealthy Air Quality for Sensitive Groups” and “Isn’t Brooklyn a Little Sketchy? Why Would You Live There?” The brewery’s name is apt as well — Jarnit-Bjergsø has an estranged twin brother, MIKKEL BORG BJERGSØ, who also owns a brewery, the Copenhagen-based Mikkeller, which opened a taproom in Flushing last spring. 


“Little Women” Director Brooke Viegut. Photo via Twitter

Fort Greene’s HEDGEPIG ENSEMBLE will stage a production of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” this holiday season, directed by BROOKE VIEGUT using a script adapted from the novel by Viegut, MOLLY HORAN and EMILY DROSSELL. The play is recommended for ages 7 and up, as the story deals with death, sickness and grief, while remaining mostly upbeat. RACHEL SCHMELING stars as JO MARCH, alongside ASHLEY KRISTEEN VEGA and SAMANTHIA NIXON as the other March sisters. Hedgepig will host panels on a range of topics, like motherhood, female anger and community parenting, before and after select shows. For tickets and more info, visit hedgepigensemble.org. 


Julie Golia. Photo via juliegolia.com 

Join the Brooklyn Historical Society next week to learn the ins and outs of New York City’s favorite mollusks. JULIE GOLIA, BHS vice president of curatorial affairs, will lead a conversation Dec. 3 with ANN FRAIOLI, director of education for Billion Oyster Project, chef and former oyster farmer KERRY HEFFERNAN and MARK KURLANSKY, author of “The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell.” The panel will cover the saltwater bivalve’s pivotal role in New York City history, from serving as a water filter for the harbor, to a humble staple of the Lenape diet, to drawing hordes of happy hour goers today. The group will also discuss the Billion Oyster Project’s mission to bring oysters back to the city’s waterways by building artificial reefs. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. 


Red Hook restaurateur BILLY DURNEY’s Red Hook Tavern has been listed by Esquire as one of the “best new eateries in America,” and is the only Brooklyn business to earn the accolade. JEFF GORDINIER, food and drinks editor for the magazine, ranked the tavern, which opened in July, number 19 on the list. “ALLISON PLUMER is cooking what you want to eat when it’s Friday night and you’d prefer not to ruin your appetite with overthinking,” Gordinier wrote in the piece. Plumer, the former chef de cuisine at South Slope’s Lot 2, is now serving up rosemary-brined chicken, garlicky clams and a dry-aged burger in Red Hook. Two Flatiron restaurants were the only other New York City eateries to make the list: chef STEFANO SECCHI’s Italian joint Rezdôra and HIROKI ODO’s Japanese spot Odo. 


The Museum of the City of New York is unveiling a new exhibit on the importance of the Census. “Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers” will feature old maps, documents, infographics and photographs that demonstrate the importance of getting an accurate population count. “Who We Are” was organized in part by WHITNEY DONHAUSER, the Ronay Menschel Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York, using data visualizations by information designer GIORGIA LUPI. Donhauser told AM New York that the goal of the exhibit is to present “what’s at stake in terms of ensuring fair political representation and sufficient funding for education, infrastructure and social programs.” The exhibit opens Nov. 22.

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