#smallchange is an evening of art, music & community.
Brooklyn’s finest DJ duo, .Doc.Rez. x Tanhands (DRXXTH), and Donna Cocktail Club (Donna) have teamed up to present #smallchange – an evening of art, music and community. With the City constantly changing and recognizing the importance of having an active role in the cultural evolution of our community, these two influencers created #smallchange for our City’s smaller players and dreamers to come together, support one another and cultivate the change we want to see in our community. #smallchange launched June 4th with a showcase that previewed the works of five New York City artists (Netz, Foote, Tuyay, Hula, and Hair Barrels). Each artist will go on to have a solo or collaborative show at Donna this summer. DRXXTH will present sets to compliment the artists’ work and with the help of Donna’s carefully crafted libations progress the night into a celebration of our community.
The inspiration for #smallchange comes in large part from Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and his response to the political issues facing our nation today. Consistent with his constructive criticism regarding today’s society, is a constant call for individuals to take responsibility, engage in their local community and be part of the change you would like to see. Today, New Yorkers are far too familiar with the fear mongering of gentrification and the often-echoed complaints that things were better before. #smallchange is here to say the hell with that! The City will change, it’s alive, it’s inevitable and that’s one of the reasons why we all moved here. #smallchange represents a group of individuals who refuse to dwell on how great things once were, and instead choose to celebrate how great things will be.
HAIR BARRELS: Williamsburg – Hair Barrels are the collective works of Peter Turba and Justin Tuyay. The two met at university and their friendship grew from their mutual interests in surfing, babes, radical extreme sports lifestyles, humor and pop culture. They moved to New York to experience a faster paced lifestyle, leave the beach community and realize what it’s like to live somewhere that actually has seasons. Their work comes from an inherent desire to make their audience laugh and engage them to participate in the process and humor.
COOLCOOLNYC: Boerum Hill – CoolCoolNYC is the moniker of Christopher Tuyay. Currently working as a creative designer in NYC, Christopher is inspired by his everyday experiences mixed with cultural references in music, art, design and fashion. His series of watercolor illustrations, typographic paintings, and sculptures each reflects his boyish SoCal sentiment and explores the idea of conveying one’s style through a visual tapestry of work meant to be considered as a whole.
FOOTE: Bushwick – Benjamin Foote was born in Arvada, Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he studied engineering, mathematics, modern/contemporary art history, painting and drawing. His work explores art as a regurgitation of society and its ideals. It strives to create, shift, mirror, or change perceptions and awareness concerning the impact of American culture on its past, present and future.
NETZ: Harlem – Kyle Netzeband is from Vail, Colorado and moved to New York to do arts outreach work. His work consists of paintings in oil pastels and oil stick where he feeds off the inspiration of living in a city full of beautiful people, people in pursuit of their great ambitions, making connections to people and making it all fit together. Unsurprisingly, his most recent works revolve around the theme of stacks and stacking people.
DONNA: Williamsburg – Established in 2012 by Leif Young Huckman (Freemans, 5 Leaves, Marlow & Sons, Santos Party House), designed by Evan & Oliver Haslegrave of hOmE, Donna is a transportive oasis on the outskirts of Williamsburg. Featuring a rum-driven cocktail list inspired by the classics created by Jeremy Oertel (Dram, Mayahuel, Death & Co.), delicious tacos and other Latin fare by Eduardo Sandoval (ex-Mission Chinese/Cantina) and the best local DJ talent throughout the week.
Leif Young Huckman: After studying experimental theater, Leif promptly formed a band and has been of fixture of the NYC music community ever since, most recently playing bass for Ex Cops. As a musician, Leif started bar tending to pay the bills, and was swept up in the classic cocktail revival. Flash forward several years and you’ll find Leif running one of the most approachable craft cocktail clubs in New York City. Leif set out to create a beautiful environment where you could not only enjoy their now famous Brancoloda, but you can also feel comfortable ordering a Bud Heavy to go along with a taco.
Donna is the mini-vacation you can afford to take any day of the week.