Outdoor Music This Weekend: Beach Campfire Songs and Steam Fish with Soca (6/17 – 6/18)

Looking to break out of the usual Smorgasburg / Mermaid Parade pattern this weekend?

Out in the Rockaways tonight (6/17), ukelele master Lorena Leigh leads a music jam at sunset around a campfire.

Bring your bathing suit for a dip at dark. Or, a guitar for the campfire songs.

Saturday (6/18), if the Mermaid Parade seem too far afield, the Oxtail Picnic in Bed-Stuy has oxtail stew, steam fish, and a backyard bash where the crowd is “not too stoosh to shake their ass on the dancefloor,” as the event’s Facebook page puts it. Esteemed DJ P.U.D.G.E. presides.

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Secret Spring, Prose Bowl, Record Fair – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/11–5/17)

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ScottIanWEDNESDAY 5/11
 Sacred Song Study @ The Ark (107 Green St) 7pm, FREE, An intentional gathering promoting the development and deeper learning of traditional sacred songs from around the world, More info
^ Scott Ian in Conversation @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $20, Word presents Scott Ian discussing his memoir I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax with Keith Buckley, vocalist of Every Time I Die and debut author of the novel Scale, More info

707678-250THURSDAY 5/12
^ Book Launch: Spontaneous Urban Plants @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Spontaneous Urban Plants investigates the role of weeds in the urban ecosystem by profiling a cross section of weeds, More info
☺ Detention @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 8pm, $5, Watch the Annoyance NY’s improv instructors screw up everything they teach, More info
* We Know Edie LaMinx Had a Gun @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $15, A play exploring the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a fabulous drag queen, Buy tix

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May Days with Club Beats, and Jazz Among the Ruins: Red Bull Music Festival Preview

Dizzee Rascal already sold out. Below are shows you should jump on now.

Anyone who hung out around the waterfront near Pop’s Popular Clothing last summer knows that that area is suddenly humming.

The rooftop bar at Northern Territory is popular with out-of-towners, and The Diamond‘s lovely backyard is a block away.

But that doesn’t explain the pumping outdoor sound stages around there, and grown-ups buzzing around on tiny trick bikes.

Film still from American Psycho

That’s all House of Vans. They host outdoor events in the summer, and Red Bull is a sponsor.

As everyone knows, R.B. & vodka is the go-to drink of the American Psycho and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps crowd, so it’s quirky but good that the company’s always liked skaters too.

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Staring Contest, Sumo Party, Emo Night – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/13–5/19)

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10481197_10152745404635895_5066230437571905273_oWEDNESDAY 5/13
^ Paradise Bought @ Triple Canopy (155 Freeman St) 7pm, $5, A reading and discussion of the mystery genre, the difficulties of ghostwriting (and of employing ghostwriters), the free rein of capital, the concept of xenospace, and more, More info
 Another F@*#ing Group Show @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Art curated by Russell Murphy and Andrew H. Shirley, plus music from Faces of Weed / Unstoppable Death Machines / Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, RSVP
♫ RBMA Presents Raw Sound Transgressions @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10pm, $15, With Merzbow / Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE + Aaron Dilloway / Pharmakon / Prurient / Ron Morelli / Marshstepper / Uniform, Buy tix

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NY Art Book Fair, Revolting Grace, Summer Death – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/24–9/30)

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* Financial Planning Workshop for Parents @ Caribou Baby (272 Driggs Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, For new and upcoming parents to learn how they can provide a secure financial future for their families, More info
☺How Do I Get There? @ The Creek & the Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave) 8pm, FREE, With Ashley Bez / Shakir Standley / Erin Gloria Ryan / Eric Grundhauser, RSVP
Jeff & Buttons @ The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave) 8:30pm, $15, This two-man comedy duo is like Laurel and Hardy on a bender with the Marx Brothers, drunk dialing Beckett, Buy tix Continue reading

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PareUp with the App that Cuts Food Waste and Gets you Great Discounts

PareUpAs a nation, America is consuming more than ever before. And with greater consumption comes a greater amount of waste.

Around 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted every year. In NYC alone we throw away 6.5 million pounds of food EACH DAY, that’s the equivalent of 24 subway cars filled to the brim. When so much of the global population is starving, this statistic is extremely alarming. Continue reading

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Dumpling Eating Contest Today Saturday 9/15 at Smorgasburg

The 9th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest takes place today on Saturday, September 15 at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, from 1-4pm.

In addition to the first place winner in each of the men’s and women’s division receiving $1,000, the East River Ferry will match the highest number of dumplings eaten in ferry tickets (Each winner will receive the combined number, adding both the highest men’s and highest women’s number of dumplings eaten together).

And the best part is: all the proceeds from the event benefit Food Bank for New York City. Last year, $44,200 was raised for the Food Bank, which provided 230,000 meals to assist the 1.4 million people in New York that rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.

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