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America Yeah: Some Nighttime Celebrations after Brats Beer and Fireworks

Las Cafeteras. They start at 7 tonight. Get there. (Good Room, on Meserole)

Asking me for recommendations for local live music while the Grateful Dead + Trey Anastasio are playing is about as advisable as tapping killer Richard Matt on the shoulder during a midnight balling.

But here are some fine shows you can catch after showing off your beer gut (guys) and ssssizlin’ mid-thigh tattoos (advantage: ladies) at the beach this weekend. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Make Music in McGolrick Park

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On a recent Sunday, Greenpointers at the McGolrick Greenmarket were serenaded during their shopping thanks to Make Music New York, a free musical celebration that takes over subways, parks, and clubs every year on the longest day of the year.

The McGolrick show featured performances by IOLA, Kevin Alvir of The Hairs, Mason H., and Dylan Ewing. Carey Sveen from IOLA curated the lineup.

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Curb Your Litter Hits Greenpoint Streets

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We’ve been talking a lot about trash these days. Whether it’s about the pilot composting program or the new Big Belly Solar Bins hitting the streets, garbage is a serious problem for Greenpoint and high time it got fixed.

Say hello to Curb Your Litter, a GCEF grant winner and trash program designed to figure out why Greenpoint looks like a gigantic festering rats nest and how best to get rid of the filth. The three year project in connection with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce has big plans to go block by block and get down to the nitty gritty of our garbage issues. They want to know what kind of trash is being discarded, and who or what is causing such a mess.

Is it stores? Coffee houses? Restaurants? Your neighbors? Out of towners? Or maybe the source could be as simple as the piglet in front of you who mistook your foot for a trash can. No one knows yet, but Curb Your Litter is determined to find the answers and ways to fix it. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: June 26 – 28

Butler Bernstein & The Hot 9

I am heading out to Reno tomorrow, where I promise not to shoot a man just to watch him die. But with travelling on my mind, this week I have you biking to Bushwick for a couple of shows, and on the G train Saturday heading to some modern stride jazz piano at an outdoor dance party in Prospect Park.

Thanks to Sonya P. who wrote up some of her own recommendations for part of this post.

Here are our weekend picks. Continue reading

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First Apartment Checklist: Renters Insurance

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It’s finally happened. It’s time to leave the nest.

You are ready to be a grownup, with a genuine grownup apartment. You are striking out on your own and taking over the world! You’re not going to need help from anyone!

(Wait, I didn’t invite all of these people to this party. How do I put out a grease fire without waking up my roommate? I don’t think that graduation present from grandma is a strong enough table to support a keg!) Continue reading

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The Moth Grand Slam, Beer Cocktail Showdown, The Hunger – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/17–6/23)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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# Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes @ Glasserie (95 Commercial St) 6pm, $175, Unlimited tastings from Brooklyn’s finest restaurants, liquor from Brooklyn distilleries, and thrills from surprising and quirky entertainments, Buy tix
^ Meet the Presses with Akashic and Dzanc Books @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Featuring two authors from each press for a night of readings, More info
♫ The Hunger (Third Course) @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8:30, $10, With Hungry March Band / Shayfer James / The Woes, RSVP

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Northside Music Picks: Day Four

eggsSome of you may be old enough to remember the Reagan-era “this is your brain on drugs” TV ad, the one that shows an egg frying in a pan.

I can now personally report to you the effect on the brain of three straight days and nights of manic sun-baked body-slamming and the occasional 3 AM audio epiphany that you will encounter at the Northside Festival music series. To continue the frying egg analogy, my brain at this point, is kind of like a ridiculously tasty three-egg omelette oozing melted cheddar and mushrooms. It’s a happy sensation.

OK, before I go jump a school bus and drive that thing to Tampico to go hurl empty beer cans at a ranchera band playing on a chicken wire-protected stage, I have a final obligation to you my readers to guide you to the best bands playing on this, the final day of music.  Continue reading

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Northside Music Picks: Day Three

Traxman does not forgive

If you are guilty of escaping to the beach on this bright, hot day, you still have plenty of time to catch some great shows at the Northside Festival tonight. You can even keep the party going past 3 AM, because that’s when DJ and track producer Traxman takes the stage at Palisades. More recommendations below…

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Abstract Offerings at Calico Brooklyn

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Eric Lee Bowman

Colin Ruel, Eric Lee Bowman, and Jon Legere‘s work showing at West Street’s Calico Brooklyn through tomorrow (6/13) can only loosely be thought of as working in the abstract. All works are generally two dimensional, non-representational, and refer to a history of this sort of thing.

Any parting from history might be due to art’s continuing blur into the real world, as well as a change from working with material to using abstract art for varying adaptations. There is a dizzyingly unending array of work out there, slipping between the transcendental and the formally grounded, so it’s a pleasure to drop by a space offering such open and easy suggestions. Continue reading

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Northside Music Picks: Day Two

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Whether you are feeling contemplative, playful, or ready to rumble, there is a performance for you at Northside on Day Two. Our recommended shows, in chronological order, can be found below. Continue reading

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