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Gardens of the Galaxy, Hot Sauce Expo, Greenpoint Gallery Night, Spring Fling — What’s Happening Greenpoint (4/18-4/24)

Poster design by Julia Moak

Secure your spacesuit, prepare for takeoff and get ready to blast off into the cosmos at our Gardens Of The Galaxy Spring Market this Sunday, April 22 in the Greenpoint Loft on 67 West Street! It’s going to be a star-studded day with live music, free fun activities like massages, rooftop yoga henna, nail art, refreshments and food. Check out the full details of what’s in store hereRSVP on Facebook.  Preview our star-studded vendors here.

WEDNESDAY 4/18

7 Minutes In Heaven, Six Stories Told, Out Of It and more @The Kingsland (269 Norman Ave), 6pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ The Afghan Whigs & Built to Spill @Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 7pm, $40, Buy Tix
^ The Big Big: Staged Reading + Puppet Demo @Areté Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 7:30pm, FREE, A bittersweet non-romantic love story about fear, lies, Asian American identity, and the great outdoors, More Info
♦ The Master — Free Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, FREE, Staring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, More Info

THURSDAY 4/19

♦ See Change @ Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave), 5:30pm, a solo exhibit of new works by Tara DePorte, FREE, More Info
^ Birding at the Bridge @Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue), 6pm, FREE,Heather Wolf shares tips for birding in Brooklyn and talks about her book Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront. More Info
# Why Chopsticks? @MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $20-25, A History and Culture of Chopsticks, Buy Tix
# Sfincione Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $18, An evening of Sicilian-style Pizza! RSVP
Nap Eyes, She Devils @ Zone One at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 8pm, $10-12, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Beefsteak, Eugene Chadbourne, Crowdfunding 101 — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/31–2/6)

WEDNESDAY 1/31

* Superfun/d Series @ Kings County Brewers Collective (381 Troutman St), 6pm, FREE, Learn about the latest happenings on our local superfund waterway: Newtown Creek. Will include a brief presentation reviewing the current state of the Creek including larger clean-up efforts and grassroots projects, More info
♫ Social Sounds feat. Johnny Petrop, Trey Nostalgia, and more! @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 7:30pm, FREE, More info
* Trivia Night @ Archestratus Books + Food (160 Huron St), 8pm, FREE, There will be three rounds + a lightning round, but only one epic trophy. Win Beer! Win Rice Balls! Win Cookies! More info
* Blue Blood Supermoon Eclipse Experience @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave), 8:15pm, $40, Skywatchers across much of the world will receive a post holiday gift: the total lunar eclipse of a full supermoon that is also a Blue Moon, Buy tix
♫ Megg Farrell & Friends @ Skinny Dennis (152 Metropolitan Ave), 9pm, FREE, More info

THURSDAY 2/1

# Dinners of the Past: Beefsteak @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $65, In conjunction with chef Josh Stokes and food entrepreneur Franz Aliquo, we’re bringing back this historic, stylized New York City institution of gluttony with an evening of all-you-can-eat steak & all-you-can-drink beer, Buy tix
♦ Alizé Carrère presents Adaptation: Bangladesh @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 6:30pm, FREE, Alizé Carrère documents her case studies in the web series Adaptation, revealing human ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity, RSVP
☺ Branded Content Presents: Russell Stover @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St), 8pm, FREE, Celebrate of life, love, and nougat, brought to you by Russel Stover Candies, More info
♫ SYNTHICIDE // 80s to the maxx edition @ Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave), 10pm, FREE, Fog machines & laser rays, More info Continue reading

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Tennis, Japan Eats!, Rich Medina, Drag Queen Story Hour — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/17–1/23)

WEDNESDAY 1/17

# A Taste of Japan Eats! @ Heritage Radio Network (100 Bogart St), 6pm, $40, Japan Eats! is coming to life, and you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with Akiko Katayama and some of her favorite guests and friends. Incredible small bites (Kaiseki, Spicy Dan Dan Ramen and Gyoza) and beverages included with ticket, Buy tix
♫ The Blues Bangers, Groove Protectors @ Skinny Dennis (152 Metropolitan Ave), 9pm, FREE, More info
☺ Funhouse Comedy @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), 10pm, FREE, More info

THURSDAY 1/18

# Teas of Asia @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $20, Theresa Wong from T shop and Stephen Thomas from Rishi Tea, along with Sarah Rose as moderator (For All the Tea in China), will take you on a journey from the origins of tea in China to tea ceremonies in Asia to modern tea culture in the United States, Buy tix
♦ Calling The Circle @ Spaceworks Williamsburgh Library (240 Division St), 7pm, FREE, An open gathering space for Spaceworks artists and community members to come together to share their stories, experiences, and creativity. Bring something that’s meaningful to you or your culture, RSVP
♫ Goth Star Party w/ Rex Reid, Filthy Wayz, S.B. Rosa and more! @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 7:30pm, $8, Buy tix
♫ The Listeners, Drawing Boards, Bob Carol Ted, Lou Nutting @ Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St), 9pm, FREE, More info
♫ INPUT Presents Outlier | Bonobo (Extended DJ Set) @ Output (74 Wythe Ave), 10pm, $30, More info Continue reading

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Smashed Dudes Smash Religious Statue In Williamsburg

It’s Sunday. You and your pals had brunch (and a couple-three mimosas) at Nitehawk to catch the 11:45 screening of Jingle All The Way. Schwarzenegger rules. Now there’s a celeb who can successfully transition from superstardom to politics. And after the flick, you continued drinking at Luckydog—well not really continued but just started because those mimosas didn’t really count—in protest of Santacon. Screw those amateurs. Afternoon drinking with NO agenda is where it’s at.

You go out for a smoke and suddenly it’s dark outside. Then after a beer-and-a-shot or two more you and your pals are starving again so you hit up DuMont for some burgers, while devouring a shared mac and cheese and slinging back a few Brooklyn Lagers. On your way to the next bar—you could do Skinny Dennis or maybe The Abbey, but let’s just see where we end up—one of your bros decides it’d be fun to pose for some Insta pics next to some religious church statues. After all, you proclaim, Jesus is the reason for the season!

You and your buds climb up on the display, snap a few pics—and this is where the events in question get pretty hazy. You were in the moment so it’s really hard to say exactly what happened or whose fault it was. But you’re pretty sure it was Sammy who knocked over the statue as he was climbing down from taking a pic. Either way, there was a loud crash, a sense of panic, and definitely time to hightail it over to The Abbey. Holy shit, man. Literally Holy Shit. What a night. What an epic day. Praise.

Needless to say, police are searching for the dudes who knocked over the statue at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church (184 Metropolitan Ave.). And while this incident is no Ecce Homo fresco, this was still a pretty botched job. Man up, dudes, it’s time to repent.

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Weekend Music: Heavy Drama Zone (5/6 – 5/8)

According to the New York tabloids, this week Anna Wintour had her celebrity-filled Met Gala. This year’s theme was technology.

Of course, as befitting Wintour, the show had a more formal title, Manus x Machina. For spins and giggles say that three times stoned.

Claire Danes at the Met Gala.

I have no problem with Ms. Wintour, a classically trained journalist, or decadence in general. Even better than no problem, I love them both.

Which is why I’m piss stinking mad that every single celebrity down to the number showed up in something that had nothing to do with the theme. Except Claire Danes, who was radiant in her fiber-optic getup.

This weekend’s music picks highlights musicians who actually know how to do costume drama right. There’s a Prince music video dance memoriam at Rough Trade, trucker country and rockabilly at Skinny Dennis, and a rapping female version of Michael Quattlebaum Jr. at Good Room. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Greasy Migas Are the Best Migas (4/29 – 5/1)

taco2It’s music and food pairings at Weekend Music today. Where to find the best local wursts, feijoada, and gumbo, all with live bands to accompany the food.

Plus country rock, funk, and best bets at the WFMU Record Fair, below. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Vote for Jerry

Beavis and Butt-Head (1993 – 1997; 2011). As depicted, older and now eligible to vote (2016).

According to the pundits, primaries this Tuesday could seal the deal for both Clinton and Trump. That is a great thing for this country, at least during the campaign season.

Imagine being trapped with Cab TV ads from Cruz and Rubio (meaning: “brokered” candidate Ryan) during your entire failed-second-date ride over the Williamsburg.

With Bernie we would at least get some bounce music rallies in New Orleans, but his projected delegate count is not great, so he might not be around much longer.

Now at least we’ll have in-your-face punk diva Trump. And Clinton’s got a thing for smooth-jazz bad boys. Granted, after the election, reality might set in. In the meantime, the political ads should be more entertaining than usual. Here’s my local club-hopping campaign trail for this weekend. Continue reading

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Super Love Sunday: Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Greenpoint

 

Hey, he's got a hat and facial hair. He must be in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)
Even our gondoliers have hats and facial hair. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year. Sunday is so much more relaxed than Saturday — no one is pregaming for anything, rushing to get to the theatre, or frantically texting friends to finalize their plans for “the best night of our lives.”

If you’re like most of the Greenpoint population, you’re so over the #WeekendWarrior. So why not apply that laidback Sunday philosophy to this year’s Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, and keep it in the neighborhood?

Here are some of the spots offering Valentine’s specials in Greenpoint and Williamsburg this year. Some specials run all weekend and some prix fixes are only on V-day. Continue reading

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Where to Watch the 2016 Super Bowl in Greenpoint and Beyond

Photo courtesy of Ortega.com
Taco stadium photo courtesy of Ortega.com

Once again, the event where we try to convince the world that guacamole is a food group football is played with your hands and not with your feet is upon us.

On Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Super Bowl 50 will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in an epic battle of a young Jedi facing the evil Emperor … oh wait, nevermind. We would never insult Peyton that way. His skin is looking very fresh and unwrinkled thanks to all those product endorsements. Not as fresh as Cam, but that’s hard.

The spots to cheer on big cats versus wild, wild horses (or avoid them) after the jump.

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Weekend Music Picks: On the Sunny Side of the Street

Actual junkyard (from the movie Slacker)
A junkyard in the sun from the movie Slacker (1991)
This is not a junkyard in the sun. This is former WWF wrestler Junkyard Dog.
This is not a junkyard in the sun. This is former WWF wrestler Junkyard Dog.

“For every graveyard in the moonlight, there’s a junkyard in the sun,” sings the Texan folk-rocker Butch Hancock. Lately, our weekend music picks have been luring you to some dark worlds, like the ascendant hardcore punk scene in North Brooklyn. Today we head to sunnier climes, and recommend some acoustic, intimate, and heartwarming performances around town.

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