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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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...