Oh, what bloody fun!!!

It’s been a bloody week! 

As many of you know, we had been gearing up for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Bloody Mary festival- defending our title for Brooklyn’s Best Bloody which we won last year for our Kimchee & Nori concoction.  This year, we wanted to bring something more on the Mexican side. We spent days and hours, pint after pint, and blasted our tastebuds experimenting with spicy, savory, sweet and tangy variations and came up with our Mole Mary- inspired by the earthy, chocolate, spiciness of Oaxacan moles.  While we didn’t take home a prize, we had a blast.  Some 900 hundred bloody mary fans poured into Industry City in Sunset Park to sample the best of Brooklyn.  So come on by and try the new addition to our brunch menu for yourselves.  

 

 

Spring Event Schedule

Lucky Luna EVENTS
Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222 and FREE, unless otherwise noted
Monday, March 30th @7:30pm
Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon
GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.
Come on out and support GAMBA Magazine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon”
Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.
Musicians:
~ Lola D. Pearl
~ Jenny Wren
~ Rickee Stevens
Literary/Visual Artists and Performers include:
~ Nathan Thornhill
~ Autumn Kioti
~ Melissa Hunter Gurney
~ Raquel Penzo
~ Chris Campanioni

 

Monday, April 6 @ 7pm:
Opening Reception for Rachel O’Donnell’s solo show, “Goodbye Lullaby Land”
Join us for the opening reception party and meet Rachel! A little music, full bar, fun people and art- what better way to spend a Monday?!

 

Sunday, April 12th @ 1pm (Event takes place at Industry City):
2nd Annual Brooklyn Bloody Mary Festival
Join us as we defend our title of Brooklyn’s Best Bloody Mary! Worthy fellow contenders include Pok Pok, Mominette, Catfish, Cain’s Tavern, Bar 706, Congress Bar, Black Swan, Beast of Bourbon, Teddy’s, Enid’s, and Char No.4. Tickets include unlimited bloody tastings, lunch from Delaney BBQ, and live music with The Afro-Latineers. You will also have a chance to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award! Must be 21.
Event takes place at Industry City at 233 37th Street, Brooklyn NY 11232 ——Update: !!!!!SOLD OUT !!!!!

 

Wednesday, April 15th @ 8pm: CANCELLED
Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1556213757997865/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
 

 

Monday, April 20th Doors at 7pm, movie starts @7:30pm:
Join us for Monday Movie Night! We will start out debuting the trailer for our very own filmmaker Austin Radford’s grand opus in the making. We will then screen “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” (2012) 155 min. English subtitles. Bar service only. Free!!!
Wei Te-sheng’s epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20th century history which is little-known, even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by the majority (Han Chinese Immigrants) but also by the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the mountainous land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of the Seediq tribe settled on and around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise and was almost entirely successful. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas. “– (C) Official Site- Rottentomatoes.com
 

 

Wednesday, April 22nd @ 8pm:
Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1556213757997865/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

 

Sunday, April 26th @ 1pm (Event takes place at Brooklyn Expo Center):
2015 NYC Hot Sauce Expo and Bloody Mary Mix Down
Both Marisa and Ken will be competing for the title of best bloody in all of the 5 boroughs! A few weeks ago we took 1st and 3rd places in the Brooklyn challenge and earned our spots to try to take home the Screaming Mi Mi Award, so come cheer us on! Tickets are available:http://www.nychotsauceexpo.com/tickets.php

 

Wednesday, April 29th @ 8pm:
Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1556213757997865/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

 

Monday, May 4th @7:30pm:
Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon
GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.
Come on out and support GAMBA Magazine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

 

Tuesday, May 5th @5:30pm:
Not Mexican Independence Day
No, the 5th of May is not Independence Day, in fact, it’s not really even acknowledged in Mexico- it’s commemorating the Battle of Puebla- where Mexicans defeated the French…. point for the U.S. is it helped prevent the French from entering the U.S. when everyone was all distracted with the Civil War….
Anyway, we’ll have some drink specials, tequila shots, Mexican music, tacos and other treats because we love any excuse for a party!

 

Monday, May 11th @7pm:
La Pluma y La Tinta presents: Ser(es) Latino(s): Madre Mia
Lucky Luna has joined forces with Raquel Penzo to host her reading series, with this edition focusing on the theme of “mother”. More information to follow. Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

 

…………………………And more events to come!!!!

Goodbye Lullaby Land

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We are proud to welcome yet another talented artist to grace the walls of Lucky Luna.  Please join us for the opening reception for “Goodbye Lullaby Land” by Rachel O’Donnell on Monday, April 6th from 7- 9 pm at Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222

“Goodbye to Lullaby Land encapsulates work from the portrait series, Motherhood (2015), In Cold Blood (2014) and The Brides (2013). The title for this show symbolizes a shift in my approach to painting and my hesitation to embrace adulthood’s austerity.

The Brides and In Cold Blood series both share inspiration from 1950s & 1960s imagery and focus on a more traditional style of portrait composition. The Brides represent my first use of oil sticks in painting and juxtaposes the very formal and imposing institution of marriage with naïve childlike doodling. The two paintings from the In Cold Blood series are inspired by the revolutionary Truman Capote book which shocked America with its depiction of the 1959 Clutter family murder in Kansas.

My newest series, Motherhood, utilizes another method of creating I call, sticker painting. Sticker painting uses different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, collaged into a singular piece. It represents a large change from the looming singular portraits of my other series. The three paintings from the Motherhood series explore the ideas and fear of becoming a mother and loosing your singular identity in society.

Painted exclusively on canvas, these oil stick portraits are fiercely depicted and unapologetically feminine. With my work, I hope to show that abstract work does not have to be masculine, genderless or monochromatic to be important or good. The theme of the pieces may vary but they all center around the paradox of a creating a vulnerable monster who gains your sympathy but paralyzes you with fear. My artwork serves to express one of the greatest human flaws: the desire to connect and communicate crippled by the inability to do so.”  – Rachel

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Motherhood- This first piece in my Motherhood series explores a new approach to painting using a method I call “sticker painting”. Sticker painting uses different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, collaged into a singular piece. In Motherhood, I wanted to capture the overwhelming anxiety of the subject and used Jean Fouquet’s Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels as inspiration from my central figure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Motherhood: En Colère – This second piece of the Motherhood series also uses a technique I call “sticker painting” where I use different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, and collage them into a singular piece. I wanted to capture the madness and chaos that often follows raising children and the feeling of losing your singular sense of identity. The title of the piece is wordplay on the similarly sounding French phrases en couleurs (meaning to be in color) and en colère (to be angry).

 

 

 

 

 

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Werewolf– This is the first piece from my In Cold Blood series and depicts the tormented and violent Perry Smith. Murderer Perry Smith conjures up dark feelings of sympathy and disgust, making for a rich and challenging subject to paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonnie- This second piece of my In Cold Blood series depicts the fragile and melancholic housewife, Bonnie Clutter. Although she played the part of the Mid-western homemaker, her neighbors first wondered if she could have been behind her family’s shocking deaths in Holcomb, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Dallas, Texas, Rachel O’Donnell is an artist based out of the Brooklyn, New York area. With her BFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, she has spent the last six years pursuing an art career on the east coast. Her work has been featured in art galleries, such as, The Painting Center, Westbeth Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, and in the famed Seagram building for a Gagosian Gallery sponsored show. She has also been published online by Vice Magazine, ArtbombNY, GAMBA Zine and has been featured in the New York Times reviewed Bushwick Open Studios twice. Painting primarily portraits, Rachel O’Donnell’s work is known for its intriguing use of colors and expressionist qualities. Working primarily with acrylic paint and oil sticks, Rachel creates her works at her studio located in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Hey you Spring!!!!

Can you feel it?!

Don’t want to jinx it, but we totally called it! Just last week we announced our new Spring hours- with our hopeful fingers crossed.  And low and behold! 

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That said- Lucky is happy to share our new hours with you all:

Tuesday 5:30pm – 11:30pm

Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 11:30pm

Sunday 12pm – 10pm 

PLUS- Oh snap! Free WiFi Wed- Sat 12-530pm! 

Lucky Luna’s MARCH EVENTS

Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222

unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 2 @ 8pm

(Event takes place at Forrest Point)

Three of Lucky Luna bartenders will be competing at the Brooklyn Preliminary Contest for the NYC Bloody Mary Mix Down. Come and support us and enjoy drink specials @ Forrest Point located at 970 Flushing Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11206

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodymarymixdown

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyc_bloodymarymixdown/

Wednesday, March 4th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

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Wednesday, March 11th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

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Monday, March 16th

Doors at 6:30pm, movie starts @7:30

Join us for our first ever Monday Movie Night! We will start out screening Amores Perros (2000) R 154 min. by award-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel, Biutiful, etc). Screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Bar service only. Free.

“Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog’s success in the ring leads to a violent altercation. Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment. And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he’s following his target, he’s interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help. Amores Perros (aka Love’s a Bitch) was the debut from director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu.” RottenTomatoes.com

Tuesday, March 24th @7pm

(Event takes place at The Greene Space)

The Taiwanese Table: Cuisine and Identity

Join us in The Greene Space for a tour of what’s cooking now led by Cathy Erway, author of the just-released cookbook The Food of Taiwan. Lucky Luna’s very own chef/owner, Ken Ho, will participate in a panel discussing the world of Taiwanese food and identity with James Beard Award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang; Brian Tsao, Executive Chef at Mira Sushi & Izikaya and Matt Gross, “The Frugal Traveler” columnist for the New York Times and former editor of BonAppetit.com.

After the panel, Cathy Erway will do a cooking demo of the gloriously messy, slurpy sensation that is the Taiwanese oyster omelet. And before you leave you’ll enjoy authentic treats prepared by local Taiwanese restaurateurs including Chef Tsao, Bian Dang, and Lucky Luna.

Tickets on sale now at The Greene Space located at 44 Charlton Street, NY

$25 includes one drink and tastings from 3 Taiwanese restaurants. Seating is limited/ general admission.

Monday, March 30th @7:30pm

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change. Come on out and support GAMBA Magazine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon”

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Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.

Musicians:
~ Lola D. Pearl
~ Jenny Wren
~ Rickee Stevens

Literary/Visual Artists and Performers include:
~ Nathan Thornhill
~ Autumn Kioti
~ Melissa Hunter Gurney
~ Raquel Penzo
~ Chris Campanioni

Many more to come. . .

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

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Lucky Luna welcomes you to join our 3rd Artist Salon presented by the Gamba Magazine crew.  

Monday, January 26th at 7:30pm at Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Ave, BK 11222

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change. 

It’s on a  Monday, a day that Lucky is normally closed, so we will be operating bar service only while you are enjoying the performances and art.  So come on out and support GAMBA Magazine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build,  connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. 

If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” or message co-host Melissa Hunter Gurney through the facebook invitation. 

Bring friends, family or kind strangers you meet on the street.

Feel free to share the invite as well! Check it out on facebook. 

Literary/Visual Artists and Performers include:
Musicians:
~ Jenny Wren
~ Rickee Stevens

Literary/Performance Artists:
~ Dolan Morgan
~ Nathan Thornhill
~ Melissa Hunter Gurney
~ Raquel Penzo
~ Joi Sanchez

And many more to come. . .

 See you then!!!!

 

 

 

 

Holidaze!

It’s that time of year that people get and give gifts. 

We are here to help! 

Lucky Luna t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags are on sale now AND we have gift certificates!! 

And just a reminder, we will be closed December 24th and 25th :)  but rocking a fiesta for New Year’s Eve!!! 

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Is it really snowing??????

As we prepare for the full fledged season of hot toddies and all things bourbon, sidewalk shoveling, oversized sweaters and infinity scarves, we would like to take a moment and look back at these past couple of months in our Lucky world.

The Halloween/Día de los Muertos weekend was a fun one, filled with costumes, candy, altars, trick-or-treaters… With the current show, La Vida de los Muertos, the perfect backdrop was set for the festivities.

Friday, Ken and Marisa tried to be as “professional” as possible, and Saturday, our awesome make-up artist neighbor, Kate, donated her time and skills to transform their faces.

Sunday, we cheered on the amazing marathoners for a few minutes before brunch and mimosas.

 

We experimented with new drinks and bites, a few of which have found their way to our autumn menu.

 

We also experienced a little print fame and mingled with celebrities…  our michelada is featured in New York Magazine’s Winter Wedding Issue! And Ken was affectionately “greeted” by Swatch, the beloved resident of Mood, frequently featured on Project Runway.

 

And of course, Drake, our tried and true companion, mascot and comic relief, has been as patient and playful as ever.

So what’s in store????

First- we’re making the move to Seamless and expanding our delivery range- stay tuned!

Second- we’re filling the calendar for New Year’s festivities, art shows, artist salons and events, movies, swap meets, and more! Check back for updates and info on how to get involved.

Email info@luckyluna-ny.com to be added to our event email list & follow us on twitter @luckylunany to stay in the loop!

 

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Re-imagining Puerto Rico: Lucky Luna’s Cocina Criolla Supper Club

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Re-imagining Puerto Rico

Lucky Luna’s Cocina Criolla Supper Club

7pm on November 17th, 2014

Lucky Luna’s first supper club aims to complicate popular notions of Puerto Rican cuisine and re-imagining traditional dishes. The evening is centered around bilí — a rum that is  infused with vanilla bean, bay leaf, peppercorns and cinnamon that originated on the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico. In collaboration with Von Diaz,  writer, cook, and journalist, we bring you a sit-down dinner with recipes from her Puerto Rican food memoir and cookbook in progress, Gordita, complete with beverage pairings that feature bilí and other Puerto Rican flavors. Each dish will be presented within cultural and historical context, introducing diners to Puerto Rican ingredients and techniques. In an effort to keep the night intimate and allow for conversation, we are limiting the supper club to 20 guests. The $80 ticket includes the 5 courses with drink pairings.* Reservations are required, cancellations are honored though Nov. 14th.

 Tickets can be purchased at: luckylunasupperclub.bpt.me/

For more information about this event, please email: info@luckyluna-ny.com

To learn more about Von’s project, please visit: Vondiaz.wordpress.com/cocina-criolla/

*Please review menu for allergies or dietary restrictions and note that we will be unable to make substitutions

The Menu

 

Bilí

dark rum, quenepas, vanilla bean, bay leaf, peppercorns, cinnamon, brown sugar

Sopa de plátanos fritos

fried plantain and beef soup

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Mas que un mojito

white rum, culantro, lime, raw sugar, vanilla, pineapple, mineral water

Pernil Bao with salsa aji-li-mojili

pork shoulder stuffed steamed bun

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Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc

2012/Central Valley, Chile

Ensalada de Chayote, Habichuelas Tiernas, Tomates, y Aguacate

chayote, green beans, tomato and avocado salad

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Cono Sur Pinot Noir

2012/Central Valley, Chile

Conejo Estofado

braised rabbit with chorizo sofrito and chard

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Cafecito de Naranja

coffee, coffee liqueur, dark rum, orange bitters

Cazuela

pumpkin, sweet potato and coconut milk

La Vida de los Muertos

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El Día de los Muertos is not Halloween.  It is not about trick-or-treating. It is not a celebration of death.

What it is, is a celebration of life.

It is a time to honor and remember the lives of those who have passed.

It is a time for friends, family and communities to gather and rejoice in life.

Muertos is just as much about color, brightness and laughter as it is about mourning, reflection and stillness.

Skulls and skeletons comprise much of the iconography surrounding Muertos, yet the darkness of their morbidity is juxtaposed by the sweetness of sugar from which they are made.  The silence and sorrow that surrounds a funeral, is contrasted by the comparsas band, leading family and friends in a joyful dancing frenzy as they wake the sleeping spirits.

 

Candles illuminate tombstones and altars, covered in marigolds (the flower of death) and gifts of the dearly departed’s favorite beer, tequila, snack and sweet.  Altars and sand “carpets” (tarpetas de arena) also pay homage to the symbiotic relationship that is shared with the earth, using naturally different colored tierra, sand, maiz, seeds, fruits and nuts to illustrate stories of pre-hispanic time and detail the cycle of life.

In Mexico, the word death is not taboo.  It is a part of life and therefore cannot be removed or ignored.  Irrespective of religious beliefs (and at times contradictory), death is not viewed as finite.  El Día de los Muertos (which is actually more than one day), is a chance for the living to gather and visit with loved ones who have left this world.  It doesn’t matter if the spirits – or whatever they may be called –  actually come back to the world of the living— the significance, rather, is in the life of those that have passed, relived in the festivities of remembrance.

 

Lucky Luna’s final show this year, La Vida de los Muertos, is a photojournalistic journey through Oaxaca, Mexico with nearly 100 images taken during Day of the Dead in 2009 and 2010.  Lucky Luna will also feature food and beverage specials October 31-Nov 2 in recognition of this holiday. 

La Vida de los Muertos is dedicated to Lucia Ana Flores Cadena, Jesus Cadena, Herminia Cadena, Tommy Jenkins, Sandy Rademacher, Richard Belski and Daniel Schingeck.