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Bushflix…7PM Tonight…Great Movies and Drinks Specials!!

Bushflix kicks off tonight at 7PM….We will be featuring Naked Gun and 48 HRS…there will be $6 White Russians and $5 Jack and Cokes…so come on in and relax and enjoys the movies!!

Life Cafe 983 featured artist in April is Lindsay Hutchinson


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.

Dinner Specials and Bushflix at Life Cafe 983

Tonight we are continuing are Oscar tributes with 2 films by Christopher Nolan….Memento and Inception…so why not come out and enjoy the movies as well as our dinner specials not to mention some fun drink specials!!







Served with chili-garlic sauce





Served with broccoli and mashed potatoes



Topped with a mustard dill cream sauce and served with sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes





Served with a mushroom-Marsala wine gravy and served with roasted potatoes

and mixed vegetables




Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


It’s Oscar Month for Bushflix at Life Cafe 983!!!

This month is all about the Oscar’s!!!  We will be showing either nominated or former winners of Oscar’s every Tuesday night.  We will also be doing pick’em sheet for $10; with the top 3 winners being awarded.  Tomorrow night will be “Packs a Punch Night with Tarantino”; $2 off Kinda Blue, Hardcore IPA and Old Tom’s beers starting @ 7PM so come on in and enjoy!!

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

Best Wings in Brooklyn for Super Bowl at Life Café 983

Starting at 6 pm, we’re having a Super Bowl (shown on two TV’s) Sunday party at Life Café 983 in Bushwick and guess what? We expect to sell a LOT of our famous chicken wings, you know, the recipe that won the “Best Wings of Brooklyn 2011” contest last February.

There’ll be $2 PBR/Bud/Bud Light, $2 well whiskey shots and $10 pitchers of Brooklyn Lager to go along with them. And for added fun, randomly throughout .the game, we’ll announce funky drink specials that last only 10 minutes.

We’re also offering our popular chips and salsa for $3 and for $2 more you can have Hector’s Spicy Cheese Dip.

You’ll also likely find us testing a new rendition of our famous Veggie Chili. So give it a try too!

I find it interesting that chicken wings are so popular during Super Bowl so I did a little research about them. Here’s a few facts:

It’s estimated there will be 1.25 billion eaten this weekend.

US Dept. of Agriculture says that Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day of the year behind Thanksgiving and chicken wings are on just about every menu.

The National Chicken Council (NCC) says that Super Bowl weekend is the biggest time of the year for wings. Those 1.25 billion wings total more than 100 million pounds of wings.

If the wings were laid end-to-end they would circle the circumference of the Earth more than twice, a distance that would just about reach a quarter of the way to the moon.

According to NCC Sr. Vice Pres. Bill Roenigk, chicken wings will be consumed by three times the number of American on Super Bowl Sunday than a typical Sunday throughout the year. About half of those will be ordered from restaurants.

A chicken has two wings and chicken companies are not able to produce wings without the rest of the chicken. Therefore, the supply of wings is limited by the total number of chickens produced. When the demand for wings is stronger than the demand for other chicken parts, the price of wings will go up.

While I find these facts interesting, I’m sure none of them impress most chickens.


BUSHFLIX Tonight @ Life Cafe 983…Starts @ 7pm!!!!

Bushflix tonight will be featuring the original trilogy Star Wars!!! This will be the original theatrical version of the movies…no remastered or digitally enhanced versions!!  Why not come on in and enjoy $2 PBR and $3 well shots all night long and enjoy one of the greatest trilogies to boot!!

Julia Sinelnikova at Life Cafe 983


Julia Sinelnikova

Life Café Bushwick, Artist of the Month

December 2011

John Sunderland

I have been fortunate in my life to live in some beautiful places, and then I came to Bushwick; which to my mind has to be one of the ugliest places on the planet, why else would the artists of the street try to paint it out?

And here this month we have someone who sees beauty where, in daylight at least I see only the beast.


I have been in two minds about Julia’s show.  To be honest I think the exhibition on the right hand side of the wall, is truly worthy of comment, but not so the three large paintings on the left, which don’t appear to belong in the company of the rest.


Sunsets and reflected light from natural and unnatural sources transform Bushwick from dusk to dawn; then it becomes a place of mystery, Chirico shadows and possible threat. But high on the rooftops above the streets the greatest show on earth is still playing.

Rather than go for the obvious iconic view of Manhattan set against a flame red sky, Julia looks closer and sees beauty in the momentary passing of light above the shadow blocks of Bushwick, and reminds us that nature gives us a fresh start every morning and wipes the slate clean every night.


It’s not easy to capture fleeting moments, and equally it takes a special skill to capture fleeting moods as the artist does so well with her interiors, where she shows us glimpses of transitory loft-life. We may want to know more but we never shall.


The one piece that really does it for me in this show is, “On the Brink”. This is a painting you could live with, it would always draw you to it; there would always be questions, never a dull moment. It could be a canvas that in the end could drive you mad.

Julia has captured here two people standing together, their naked feet in the moving water. That’s all we know, apart from the delicious fact that this is a moment set to pass and unfold. Quite how- we shall have to wait and see. Time for another glass!


BUSHFLIX-Life Cafe 983 @ 7pm!!

It’s that time again for BUSHFLIX!!
Tonight at 7pm we have Matt, Ben and Robin swinging by to bring you some higher learning and good will….then around 9pm we got Leo and Jack hanging out before departing…all that plus $4 Sam Adams Winter lager and Hot Rod Rye’s plus $3 Prima Pils and Old Chub not to mention $6 Tom Collins!!!

Also tonight a special FB check-in deal!!


Tuesdays at starting at 7pm we’re “featuring”  classic  drink specials relating to the featured event of the night!!


November 1stA wrap up for the baseball season

$2 BUD/BUD LIGHTS all night!!


November 8thBack in the saddle again



November 15thCome hang out with George C and a host of other!!



November 22ndTime for some higher learning



November 29thTake a fun trip to Chicago with the gang



See ya Tuesday!!