Popping Up on the Bowery: “Abode” From Contestants on ABC’s “The Taste”

Gregg Drusinsky and Sarah Ashley Schiear. Photo credit: Openhouse.

If you’ve passed through the intersection of Bowery and Kenmare lately, you might have wondered what’s up with the sleek new storefront at 168 Bowery.  Here’s one answer: a special pop-up dinner series called “ABODE” from Gregg Drusinsky and Sarah Ashley Schiear, competitors in the ABC series, “The Taste.”  Next Thursday-Saturday, they’ll be hosting intimate, five-course gatherings at the Old Bowery Station, the new event space run by the owners of Openhouse Gallery and the Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

On the $85 menu, which includes wine pairings, are dishes such as fluke poke, a roasted shiitake salad with black garlic, a curry lobster bisque, cumin lamb and passion fruit panna cotta.  There are two seatings with only 24 reservations available at each seating.  Previous pop-up dinners at Bowery Station have sold out quickly. Click here if you’re interested in reserving a spot.


Today and Tomorrow: Iranian Artists ICY & SOT at Openhouse Gallery

ICY & SOT’s “Made in Iran” at the Openhouse Gallery. Photos by Tim Schreier.

Last night Iranian street artists ICY & SOT debuted their new show at Openhouse’s Broome Street gallery space.  If you want to check it out, you’ll have to act fast!  The exhibition closes after tomorrow before moving on to other international venues. Stencil artists ICY & SOT get at themes such as “love and hate, war and peace, and hope and despair” in their pieces.  Take a look at Tim Schreir’s from the opening and, if you’re interested, there’s an interview with the artists on the Brooklyn Street Art blog.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

Mommy Mornings at Park Here every morning through February 15.

Every morning, from 9 until 11:30am, Park Here – the pop up park at 201 Mulberry from the Openhouse Galley – is the exclusive domain of mothers and kids. Special events, including trunk shows, sing-alongs and book readings, occur on different mornings. This Saturday, there is a yoga class for 1-4 year olds from 10 to 10:45. There is tea, coffee and snacks from Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar. The cost for Mommy Mornings is $25 for a single visit, or a season pass can be purchased for $200. Park Here is free and open to the public from noon until 8pm.


A Digital Graffiti Throw-Down Happens Tonight with Questlove

Work by AEON of Animal Planet Collective, who will be joining the battle tonight, via Openhouse Gallery

There’s a fun, free “digital art battle” happening in Nolita at The Spot tonight and Questlove, from The Roots will be at the turntables. Our friends at Openhouse Gallery write: The Spot’s digital art battle pits four pairs of Latino creatives against each other in what promises to produce bursts of creativity not seen since Rupert Murdoch got pressed for the truth. Remezcla, curators of The Spot, picked eight New York City artists, and they’ll each have half an hour to work. Meanwhile, DJs will be spinning, drinks will be flowing, and no one will be wondering what the art means. AEON + Rimx vs. Frederico Frum + Buttsup vs. CERN + Marthalicia vs. Miopuma + Rage Johnson.

Free // RSVP here // 7p // 201 Mulberry St.

Latino Cultural Fest Pops Up at Openhouse Gallery

Mexican-Institute-of-Sound-+-Nacotheque via Openhouse Gallery

Openhouse Gallery, the folks behind the popular indoor park, “Park Here” on Mulberry Street, among other fun projects, are teaming up with Remezcla, an all-things-Latin cultural guide to curate “The Spot” (a la Heineken). It’s a three-week Latino-themed pop up festival starting today and running through July 30. They will feature live music, digital art battles, wifi lounges, movie screenings and DJs. For a full schedule, go here.