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Life Cafe 983 Dinner Specials for the week of 4.6-4.12

4.6-4.12

 APPETIZER

BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS

6.99

Served with chipotle mayo

 ENTREÉS

 SHELL STEAK

16.99  

With a mushroom, bleu cheese sauce and topped with fried onions 

served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

 BROILED SALMON FILET

14.99  

With a garlic, ginger, white wine, butter sauce and served with white rice and julienne vegetables

 VEGAN MEATLOAF

13.99  

With a vegan mushroom gravy and served with baby carrots, green peas and roasted potatoes

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CHOCOLATE CHIP-BANANA-WALNUT CRÊPE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Life Cafe 983 featured artist in April is Lindsay Hutchinson

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Featured Artist Lindsay Hutchinson

Lindsay Hutchinson

Featured Artist of the Month, April 2012

A review by John Sunderland

Exhibition Title:  ‘101 Hipsters’

Lindsay Hutchinson comes over as a quietly modest young woman from what I could tell during the hour or so we spent early this morning as she and her helper faced the monumental task of installing an exhibit of 101 paintings (or so I thought) in the hour prior to opening the café.  In fact there were, 42 or is it 43. No matter; numbers and volume do not really count in this wonderful exhibition.

In essence it appears simple. Some forty small rectangular flat-colored portraits, head and shoulders only, delineated by sinuous black expressive line.  I watched as each came out of the cardboard box and was held up to the wall for positioning. With every new piece it was like being introduced to someone new, and in a way someone you knew, as so many of the faces seemed familiar.

Lindsay’s multiple stylized figurative portraits are taken from her world of Bushwick Hipsterdom; friends and people she knows from the garden and the store, people from her building and the street. The twenty-something, thirty-something burghers of Morganville are here represented, the class of 2011/2012.

Working from observation and photographs Lindsay renders each in a similar process that looks deceptively simple, using line to delineate and provide form and expression and color, often totally unnatural as expressive decoration. Without resorting to caricature, with a sure eye and hand, she manages each time to capture a real sense of the individual.

Labels for groups of people tend to assist in the mental grouping of them all together as a genre. And here to an extent that happens, Hipsters, but only if your eyes aren’t quite open when all the kaleidoscope colors appear like a jar of jelly-beans.  Open more widely and focus and you will find succinct and character-full portrayals you feel you know —  and maybe you do.

You become captivated by the charm of each and the contact with every single person. But then grouped together as they are in blocks of twelve, you really do gain a sense of the quilted community of colorful young souls that make up a large part of the unique Bushwick community.

Deliberately mounted in irregular style, see how the subjects move about and jostle as though in a village of personalities with messages to keep or share.

It is a really wonderful show. We at Life Café hope you enjoy it. Who knows; you might see yourself up there!

Lindsey Hutchinson, originally from Indiana, is a local artist living and working in Bushwick. She says of this exhibition: “I am a Hipster. You are a Hipster. That dude over there is a Hipster.” Never was a truer word said.


This Month’s Artist @ Life Cafe 983

Leslie Van Stelten Biography

Originally hailing from Denver,Colorado, Leslie Van Stelten is one of those transplants to the Big Apple who has rooted herself into the cracked pavements and graffiti-covered buildings of Brooklyn like a glorious weed that can’t help but grow and flourish in such a steely environment.

She’s a photographer and photo illustrator of exceptional talents whose work appears regularly on CD packages for bands and musicians, in local publications such as The Village Voice and Go Magazine, and prestigious design and publicity projects.  But her heart and soul explode into action when capturing the denizens of the NYC underground scene like no one else – from the unique subjects to the stunning lighting to the exaggerated reality she portrays, Leslie’s work evokes a visceral feeling in the viewer that’s hard to shake and impossible to forget.

She has exhibited her striking work in galleries all over New York Cityand is pleased to be presenting at Sugarland.  For a look at more of Leslie’s work, please go to www.leslievanstelten.com.


SHAKING THE TREE OF LIFE (or) Fresh Life

May 20, 2011

It’s time, well, past time, to shake the tree of Life. And so we have, as you’ll notice.

We’ve lived with scaffolding surrounding the building that houses Life Café for too many months. Our landlords continue to work out their issues over renovations to the buildings leaving us stuck in the middle of their wrangling.

So to give our old tree a shake, I’ve brought in my good friend Darin Rubell, founder of Mercadito and owner of Gallery Bar and Ella in the Lower East Side. Darin’s brief is to re-vitalize Life Café. He loves the East Village and Life Cafe and sees the Cafe’s 30-year history as an essential part of the fabric of the area. His mission is to bring new life to the old girl! And he’s passionate to see this happen. To that end he’s brought in Chef Consultant Paul Yellin to breathe new life and taste into our menu, creating new twists on old favorites and introducing some exciting new ones. The new menu with its fresh graphic styling makes it easier to choose a menu item and it’s much more easy to handle.

First Readers of Redesigned Life Cafe Menu

It’s still the old Life, but when you come in you’ll feel the buzz and excitement from the staff and the customers alike over what’s going on. You’ll notice the improvements right away when you step through the door. This week saw a fresh coat of paint and a new look: a soft creamy white ceiling with soft grey accents brighten up the room. Out have gone our vintage TV’s and in have come flowers and a more open feel. Our cozy corner is still cozy but without the one-eyed monster looking down on you. A second black chalkboard wall helps announce our new specials. John Sunderland’s off-the-wall artwork of his menu-based picture riddles remain in house to continue our policy of connection with the arts and to spur lively conversation among customers.

Fresh Look for Life Cafe for Spring 2011

Outside in back our freshly planted secret garden became a lush tropical jungle this week with all the rain, whilst out front our new bistro style sidewalk café brings a surprisingly European flavor to the corner of 10th and B.

Spring Bursts open in Life Cafe's Garden

We hope you will enjoy the new life we are breathing into the old, just in time for the next thirty years! Tune in tomorrow for “Who’s that Yellin’ in the Kitchen?” where we’ll give you a look into the exciting flavors Chef Paul Yellin has created for us.


Chalk Talk – Menu Picture Riddle

I thought this was as surreal as you can get, an Abacus with eggs?

Easy does it with the sums!


ArtLife September East Village Life Cafe

“DANDYISM’ the exhibition, portraits of the
Dandy of New York by John Sunderland.
One of the true ‘faces’ and fashion icons of New York, Patrick McDonald, the acknowledged Dandy of New York and a regular patron of Life Cafe in the East Village is the subject of an exhibition of pastel portraits, by Life Artist John Sunderland, currently on display at Life Cafe,East tenth and Avenue B. Of the three portraits on display Patrick said, “That’s me, that’s me and that’s me too! Love it.”


The show is up through the month of September with a special reception on the evening of the 20th September.
The artist, dressed in paint soiled shorts, matching T and sweat stained canvas hat, said today of the project, “it took me three months and six portraits to find the real man, inside the chimera. And it has been a pleasure.

BRAIN FOOD AND MENTAL DESSERT


An exhibition of 12 of the best Life Cafe Menu Picture Riddles from the past year by John Sunderland, Artist and Mental Tease, who promises:
“All will be stripped away to reveal the answers and the ideas behind the images.”

July 1 through July 31, 2010

Life Cafe 983, Bushwick Brooklyn

Opening Party Tuesday, July 6,  7 pm -10pm

(*all original works and prints to order for sale)


Life Cafe East Village – Riddle Raffle June 21

riddle raffle

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Life Cafe 983 Riddle Raffle June 18- June 25

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Life Cafe 983 Riddle Raffle June 11 – June 18

Answer : Berry Pie


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