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It wouldn’t be a summer weekend without a whole boatload o’ stuff to do, now would it? Here are some music events to check out, plus we catch up with the latest songs, videos, and offerings from local artists. Continue reading

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New Orleans’ Swamp Donkeys Ass-Whipping’ Live Jass at The Exley Tonight! (6/20)

In what we hope will be the first of many live, unamplified and ass-whipping music shows, The Exley (1 Jackson St) proudly presents The New Orleans Swamp Donkey’s Traditional Jass Band.

Following recent NYC shows at Sullivan Hall, The Radegast Beer Hall and SOHO House, the Swamp Donkeys will play their unique version of traditional New Orleans Jazz from 8-11pm on Thursday June 20th at The Exley (1 Jackson Street, b/w Union and Meeker).

Everything happens on the front patio– live music, $8 aged Sazerac cocktails, and expertly (i.e. drunkenly) grilled hot dogs. No Cover charge although the band is known to appreciate tips, CD purchases, smiles, and dancing. Join us on a perfect NYC summer night of booze, humidity, food, and great live music. Get an idea of what you’re in store for in the video below.

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Hard Art, Frack Attack, Swamp Donkeys, Make Music New York, Flash Choir, Summer Solstice, Lu’au: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (6/19 – 6/25)

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WEDNESDAY 6/19
♫ Hard Art, DC 1979 @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, Photographer Lucian Perkins and musician/writer Alec MacKaye present chronicle the rise of punk scene DC, moderated by Jason Diamond of Vol. 1 Brooklyn
♫ WKC / Dead Night / Early Spring / Hemlock Shaw @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, $7
♫ Song Preservation Society @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10
♫ Beach Day / Hellbirds / Butter The Children / Hippy @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10
♥ Circus of Dreams @ Bizarre Bushwick (12 Jefferson St) 9-11pm, a show that happens in the ecstasy of Limbo, the little in between place where circus freak meets beautiful body poet meets performance art meets dancer, interactive, possibly disgusting, possibly sexy, RSVP
♫ Cold Cave / Boyd Rice @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) Midnight, $15

THURSDAY 6/20
☺ The Cause B Show: Frack Attack @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 9pm, $10, a stand-up comedy show to benefit Riverkeeper, NY’s clean water advocate, RSVP
♫ The Swamp Donkeys @ The Exley (1 Jackson St) 8-11pm, FREE, Asswhippin’ Live New Orleans Jazz, $8 Aged Sazerac Cocktails
♫ The Can’t Tells / Hospital Ships / Slow Warm Death @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm

FRIDAY 6/21
♫ Silent Barn & Warper Block Party (Stanwix & Jefferson) 11am-6pm, FREE, Performances by Storyboard P / Run DMT / Hair Jail / Uumans / Amaru Cloud / Ashcan Orchestra & more
♫ Make Music New York @ All Over Greenpoint – Milk & Roses, McGolrick Park, Newtown Nature Walk, Kinfolk Studios, Cato’s Army Navy, American Playground – Life Free Music Festival – All Day, Greenpoint Shows On Our Calendar, More info
♫ Voice Activated: New Music Flash Choir @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Paidge Ave near Provost) 4-6pm, Creative singers take over for a late afternoon event of unamplified site-specific vocal music, RSVP
♫ Summer Solstice Benefit Concert @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (437 McGuinness Blvd @ Ash) 6:30pm, $5, All Ages, Performing: Fetzig / Sasha Dobson / Taluna / Radicators / Daredevils of the Red Circle

SATURDAY 6/22
• Renegade Craft Fair @ East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 11am-7pm, 300+ modern makers, workshops, installations, and food, RSVP
♫ Summer Thunder w/ Jonny Fritz / Wild Yaks @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 2pm, FREE
♦ …all different: for I do, I suppose, partake of multitude @ Interstate Projects (66 Knickerbocker Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, a performance by Kevin Beasley, Curated by Cleopatra’s
♫ Handjob Academy Fundraiser & Bake Sale @ 49 Wyckoff Ave, 9pm, $7, free with Kickstarter donation, Performance by Clint Michigan, Ratchet By Nature, Jams Dean, Zebra Baby, Hand Job Academy, DJ set by Good Goose, RSVP
♫ The Numerators / The Eeries / Trash Tide @ Don Pedro’s (90 Manhattan Ave.) 9:30pm, $6, Brooklyn Burros’ Food!

SUNDAY 6/23
• Sunday Beast @ Bushwick Inlet Park (Kent Betw. No. 9th & 12th) 9am, Pay What You Wish, High intensity interval training that would make the honey badger proud, RSVP
• Renegade Craft Fair @ East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 11am-7pm, 300+ modern makers, workshops, installations, and food, RSVP
# Sustainable Seafood Fest Fundraiser @ TBD (224 Franklin St) noon-4pm, Learn how to shuck and oyster & steam a lobster, Lobster Rolls $16, 1/2 dozen oysters $8, Ceviche $7, proceeds for Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. – opening Fall ’13
# Founder’s Farewell Lu’au @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 6-10pm, $35, founder Dave Herman is saying goodbye to the Big Apple and hello to Hawaii’s Big Island, roast pig, hula dancers, live music, DJ Stasher, local brews and bourbon, surprises
♫ Bring Back the Music Benefit @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) 6-9pm, $10 adults, $5 kids, fundraiser for IS318 After School Program, Stephen Levin and Joe Lentol will be performing

MONDAY 6/24
♫ Live Footage @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, FREE

TUESDAY 6/25
♫ Vinyl Tuesdays @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 7:30-11pm, each week features different genres vinyl records played by vinyl aficionados, More info

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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War Correspondents, Senior Center Art Show, Brooklyn Castle, Eat Your Face Off, Five Windows, Daddies!: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (6/12-6/17)

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WEDNESDAY (6/12)
• OSA Community Committee Public Forum @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7-8:30pm, our chance as community members to bring your ideas for maintaining, improving and celebrating our parks in North Brooklyn,More info
* Sailor Jerry Day – 102 Free Tattoos @ The Gutter (200 N 14th St) 7-11pm, 102 free tattoos in honor of the actual Normal “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the tattoo artist for whom the brand is named, choose your tattoo by throwing a dart – afterwards, a free shot of rum, RSVP
* War Correspondents @ Brooklyn Brewery (70 No. 11th St) 7:30pm, $15, featured guests ABC’s Bob Woodruff, war reporter Janine di Giovanni & author Jim Frederick display their work in the world’s most dangerous conflicts.

THURSDAY 6/13
☺ We Stole These Jokes From Dane Cook’s Dad @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30-9:30pm, FREE, a comedy show, “Make your Dad proud by listening to strangers tell awkward stories about their families”
♫ Northside Festival Begins, thru 6/20 – Check out Greenpointers Music Guide

FRIDAY 6/14
♦ Northside Senior Citizen Center Art Exhibit @ Northside Senior Citizen Center (179 No. 6th St) 1-3pm, original paintings and jewelry hand crafted by members of the Center for sale, proceeds used to support the art classes at the Center
* ‘Brooklyn Castle’ Screening @ Williamsburg Beacon Center (850 Grand St) 5:30pm, FREE, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary about the chess team at Williamsburg’s IS 318, which has won multiple national championships, popcorn, hot dogs, drinks, Q&A with filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, RSVP
♦ Homespun @ the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, collection of mixed media collages by Vanessa Porter

SATURDAY 6/15
• Relay for Life @ CitiStorage (No. 11th & East River) 10am-12am, an American Cancer Society fundraisor with music, games entertainment all day long and through the night.
# Chill Out! Vegan Shop-Up! @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St., Bushwick) 12-6pm, Ice Pops, Seitan Gyros, Nut Butters, Iced Chai, Fresh Salsas, Soul Food, Skin Care, Bug Repellent, Cat Toys
• Eat Your Face Off @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 3pm, Rusty Ralston presents the Bombay Jay Z Dog, Brooklyn meats India, 50 delicious dogs available
♦ Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks (Bedford Betw. No. 8th & No. 9th) 3-8pm, temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works.
♦ Five Windows @ Northside Town Hall (134 Wythe Ave.) 6-10pm, a multi-channel video installation that explores the fluid nature of urban space through a series of static, voyeuristic shots looking through windows into public and private spaces.
♦ Self Help @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, summer group exhibition Jocelyn Miller (Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1) featuring work by CONFETTISYSTEM (Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho), Thomas Jeppe, Georgie Roxby Smith, and Pinar Yolacan, RSVP
♫ Officially Unofficial Northside Show @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $5, Presented by Greenpointers & Supercrush Studios, Performances by Turning Into, Butter The Children, Old Monk, A Bunch Of Dead People, Del Guapo, RSVP

SUNDAY 6/16  * FATHER’S DAY! *
• Daddies! @ Palace Cafe (206 Nassau Ave) 8-10pm, a reading featuring Hedge trimmers! Speedboats! Conspiracy theories! Drugs! and the following writers: Sarah Tomlinson, Sean H. Doyle, Aiden Arata, Kate Mooney, Jacob Perkins and Karina Briski

MONDAY 6/17
# Motown On Mondays & Yummy Eats @ Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St) 6-11pm, soul music and soul food, RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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CREST FEST IS THIS SATURDAY (6/8)

Crest Fest is this Saturday, June 8th from 1-8pm at Crest Hardware. Enter at 558 Metropolitan Ave. or 536 Metropolitan Ave.

I look forward to Crest Fest all year because it marks the beginning of summer in Brooklyn. It’s always a super fun day filled with “hardware” inspired artwork, great food, cool vendors and an awesome music line-up.

This year a high energy band and personal favorite Osekre & The Lucky Bastards are playing. You will dance! Along with live musical performances by Pitchblak Brass Band, Aabaraki, Cold Fronts & See Through. And DJs Petey Complex, Krunk Poney, Rok One, Mama Dom, Lucas Walters, Peter Hale, Gerald Hammill & Chuck Buckett.

Aside from the loads of cool art, music and activities – there will be free kids crafts and face painting!

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CMJ Shows, Calico Opening, Pumpkin Carving, Apple Pie Competition, Mac-Off: What’s Happening? (10/17-10/24)

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CMJ is in full swing and recommended shows are highlighted in plum.

WEDNESDAY 10/17
cmj 2012 muchmore's williamsburg music venue♥ Pumpkin Carving Party @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 6pm, cheap cocktails and beer
• Oktoberfest Open Bar @ One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Ave) 8-9pm, Over 100 beers!
♫ Gunfight! / Backwords / Quiet Loudly / Indian Rebound / Sharkmuffin @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, RSVP
♫ Dead Leaf Echo / Andre Obin / Some Ember / Rarechild / Treasure Teeth @ Tandem (236 Troutman St) 8pm, $5, RSVP
♫ Chains of Love / Heliotropes / Papercranes / Aact Rrasier / The Analog Girl / Young Girls @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10

THURSDAY 10/18
♫ Ava Luna / Fergus & Geronimo / Royal Canoe / Murals / Starlight Girls / Sinkane / Chains of Love / Spanish Prisoners @ Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) 3pm, RSVP
♫ Body Language / Opossom / Devin / Donora / Echo-Friendly / Night Panther @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE

cmj 2012 cameo bar brooklyn breweryFRIDAY 10/19
♫ Valleys / Beach Day / Bleeding Rainbow  / Eternal Summers / Zambri / Moon King / Roommates @ Cameo Gallery (93 No. 6th St) Noon, Free, Beer Specials, RSVP
♦ Exhibit B @ Calico (67 West St, #206) 7-9pm, the second of two inaugural group art shows, More info
♦ Bring Your Own Beamer @ The Autumn Bowl (67 West St) 8pm, NBNY invites anyone to bring a projector and playback device (laptop, media player, DVD player) and project on any and all surfaces, creating a collaborative tapestry of overlapping moving imagery. Electricity provided. $5 before 10pm, $10 after 10pm, Free with Beamer
♫ Unstoppable Death Machines / ZZZ’s / Ben Robey / Netherlands @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $5
♫ Terekke / Anthony Naples / Aquarian / Nooka Jones / Evan Michael / Judge Wise / T’Angelo @ 70 No. 6th St Loft, 10pm, $5

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SATURDAY 10/20
• Fall Festival @ East River State Park (No. 8th & Kent St) 10am-3pm, Pumpkins, music, food and family activities.
• Mulchtoberfest @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Paige & Provost) noon-4pm, Join Newtown Creek Alliance to tuck the Nature Walk in for the winter by mulching and feeding all of the planting beds.
♫ The Suzan / ZZZ’s / Trabajo / 1200 Trees / Unkle Yva Punkfaggot @ Free Candy (905 Atlantic Ave, Bed-Stuy) Noon, Free
♫ Greenpointers / Super Crush Studios / Carabella Presents CMJ Showcase @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 3pm, $7, Spanish Prisoners / NeighborsRa Ra Rasputin / Young Heel / Il Abanico,  RSVP
* 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Crest Hardware (558 Metropolitan Ave) 7-11pm, Free, $5 to compete, pumpkins must be carved upon arrival, More info
♦ The New Brutalists @ Parallel Art Space (17-17 Troutman Street #220, Ridgewood) 6-9pm, an exhibition featuring artwork by Samuel T. Adams, Guy Nelson, Leah Raintree, and Frank Zadlo, More info
♫ Sinkane / Slowdance / We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves / Weeknight @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8
♫ Blonde Summer / The Outside / Dune Rats / Suburban Living / Cool Serbia @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 8pm, $8

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SUNDAY 10/21
* Gunk Under Greenpoint Bike Ride @ Nag Office (110 Kent Ave) 2-5:30pm, tour industrial North Brooklyn and learn about “black mayonnaise” and other nastiness that lurks beneath the surface, discuss the future of this rapidly developing neighborhood.
♥ Apple Pie Contest @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave) 5pm, More info
♥ 3rd Annual Mac-Off @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 5pm, Free to compete, $15 at door, $10 in advance
♫ Unstoppable Death Machines / Juggernaut / Cinema Cinema / Bambara / Hounds Basket / The Benjees / Osekre & The Lucky Bastards / The Brooklyn What / Ravenous / Inky Jack / Going Green @ Rock Bottom (175 Stockholm) 5pm, $5

MONDAY 10/22
* Yummy Eats Presidential Debate Dinner @ TBD (222 Franklin St) 8pm, Korean Menu, RSVP

TUESDAY 10/23
♦ Watercolor on Prepared Paper Workshop @ Arts@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave) 6:30-9:30pm, experiment with watercolor while being able to get the white of the paper back by simply wiping it away, all levels.

WEDNESDAY 10/24
• Open House @ Awakening NY (607 Manhattan Ave) 2-8pm, Explore Free movement classes, personal consultations and massages while eating complimentary, mouth-watering, healthy and organic snacks.

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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Family Dance Party in McGolrick Park – Sat 9/22

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4pm, marks the first event The Friends of McGolrick Park are hosting for the community. Held in conjunction with Town Square, they have created an event for the whole family to enjoy!
DJ Greg Stare will be spinning records under the pavilion while the promenade will be used as a dance floor. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of American will be on hand to help out.
Plus, a Polish Polka dance troop will be on hand to teach people how to polka! Greenpointers of all ages are encouraged to come out and shake a leg. Bring a picnic to enjoy, the weather is supposed to be amazing. Enjoy it while you can!

The Friends of McGolrick Dance Party
McGolrick Park Pavilion
Saturday, Sept. 22
4:00pm – 7:00 pm

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