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Brooklyn Lyceum Family Event: Weekend Fun

By , 17 January, 2013, No Comment

Coming up on a three day weekend, we were psyched to see this funky, family event at the Brooklyn Lyceum on Saturday, 19 Jan.
Canvas, presented by Oxheart and The Gowanus Circus, runs from 10am to 10:30pm and features visual art, face painting, circus, live music and burlesque performances.
Canned and packaged food will also be collected for City Harvest. An art gallary free to the public runs from 10am to noon, and City Stomp Live will headline The Kid’s Matinee at 2pm and 3:30pm. Each show will be followed by kid’s circus acts by The Gowanus Circus.
Ticket prices for the afternoon performance only are $12.50 for individuals or $30 per family (one adult and two children) in advance; $15 at the door. You can purchase tickets here.

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Chanukah Celebrations Coming Your Way Soon

By , 4 December, 2012, No Comment

Lighting the giant menorah in Brooklyn Heights

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Barely December and Chaunkah is upon us already. This year’s festival of lights comes a bit early, beginning Saturday, 8 December. Want to celebrate with the family? A “Gigantic” Chaunkah Celebration will take place Monday, 10 December, beginning outside the Borough Hall Court House at 5pm. Co-sponsored by Borough Prez Marty Markowitz and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, there will be menorah lighting, donuts, latkes and presents for every child. You heard me. Every child.
Kane Street Synagogue also has a few festivities, like A Very Maccabee Chanukah Party on Sunday, 9 December from 10am to noon. Perfect for families with kids age 1-6. Come for the puppet show and stay for sufganiyot and gelt. Crafts and cookie decorating are included in the $10 per child.

Cobble Hill’s PS 29 Pie and Shopping Extravaganza

By , 26 November, 2012, No Comment

It’s back: the 4th annual Eat Pie and Shop at PS 29 (Henry St. between Baltic and Kane St.) will be held this Sunday, 2 December, from 11am to 2pm. In addition to the anticipated pie social and celebrity-judged baking contest, there will also be an artisan holiday gift fair, professional portrait booth and free arts workshops to keep the kids busy while you shop and stuff your face.
This year’s pie judging panel includes Gail Simmons, an editor at Food & Wine and judge of “Top Chef,” as well as Melissa Clark, food columnist for the New York Times; Gia Giasullo, co-founder of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain; Steven Gutterman, Executive Chef of Gastronomie 491; and local restaurateur Jeff Lederman of Strong Place, Bocco Lupo and Nectar. Interested in trying your hand for bragging rights and a gift package from Food & Wine? Get your home-made pie to the school by 10:15am.

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All proceeds will go to PS 29.

Halloween Stuff in BoCoCa/South Brooklyn

By , 23 October, 2012, No Comment

Yup, it’s that time again. Cotton spider webs, pumpkins carved like presidential candidates, kids getting hyped up for sugar. Want to know what’s going on in the hood in the run-up to Halloween? Here’s a few thoughts.

Sugar Shop’s 1st Annual Halloween Monster Mash: Saturday, October 27th from 11am to 7pm, there will be crafts all day and other cool stuff like face painting 3pm to 6pm, cotton candy, costume contest, glitter tattoos, make your own Trick or Treat bag, candy Lego, make a candy bracelet, ghoulish guessing game, make a lollipop ghost, and Halloween coloring pages.254 Baltic Street between Court and Clinton St.

Families First Annual Halloween Party and Parade: Sunday, October 28, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Expect games, Halloween crafts, face painting, snacks, baked goods and drinks, Sing-A-long with Ted Stafford, professional Halloween costume portraits, goodie bags and balloons for all kids. $10 per family, $8 for Families First members. 250 Baltic Street – auditorium.

Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee Annual Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 27 at 10am. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to join in the fun and show off their best costumes. A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. Pierrepont Playground (the rain date is Sunday the 28th).

All Hallows Eve Bash fundraiser, hosted by the BBPC Junior Committee: Attendees will enjoy music from DJ Soulstatic, spooky Halloween-themed hors d’oeuvres from Benchmarc, and an open bar all night. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s neighbors at Waterfront Wines will also be hosting a Pre-All Hallows Eve Bash Wine Tasting at 7 pm. Buy your tickets here. One Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Story Time with Carol and Friends-Halloween: Author Mari Takabayashi (author of the popular favorite I Live In Brooklyn) reads from her book Yume’s Halloween from 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday Oct 27th, written to teach Japanese children about how kids in the United States celebrate our most delightfully ghoulish holiday. Published only in Japan, the book features illustrations of Carroll Gardens. At the event, Ms. Takabayashi will read the book in Japanese, and Cobble Hill Playschool director Carol Troha will read it in the English translation. The reading will be followed by a discussion with children about Halloween customs and the art of illustration. The author is happy to sign copies of any of her books. Carroll Gardens Library (396 Clinton St. @ Union Street).

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade: October 31. Dress up those kids and bring them to the Halloween event that has become a Cobble Hill Tradition.The fun starts at 4pm with trick or treating on Clinton St. directly after.The parade is led by Brooklyn’s own JahPan Steel Drum Band. Cobble Hill Park

Brooklyn Rocks Carnival and Atlantic Antic

By , 24 September, 2012, No Comment

It’s now officially fall. And in our opinion, the best time to hit the carnival/street fair circuit in BoCoCa. This weekend will offer a plethora of fantastic events to check out, beginning with PS 29′s Brooklyn Rocks carnival at Carroll Park. The fun takes place on Saturday 29 Sept with Gymstars Hoopa Palooza at 2pm, The Kidville Rockin’ Railroad Band at 3pm and the Deedle Dee’s at 4pm. And of course, there will be the usual accoutrements of food, crafts and raffles to keep the whole family busy. All proceeds will benefit the arts at PS 29 so it’s a great cause as well as a great autumn activity.
Then, on Sunday 30 Sept, the 38th annual Atlantic Antic is back! This gigantic street festival goes from noon to 6pm (rain or shine) and highlights local businesses, food, crafts, shopping and music. But before you head out into the insanity that is the Antic, make sure to check this schedule of events:

HICKS/HENRY
Moxie Spot – 81/83 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Ivan Katz Drum Along
1:30pm: Liam the Magician
3:00pm: Jammin with You Music School Superjam!
4:00pm: NikoKids featuring Nikolai Moderbacher

HENRY/CLINTON
Chip Shop – Across from 129 Atlantic Ave
The Winsor Terrors

Last Exit – 136 Atlantic Ave
All Day: DJ Momotaro
1:30pm: Les Sans Culottes
3:45pm: The Get It
Inside:
6:00pm: Antic After Party with DJ Mr. Lee

Waterfront Ale House – 155 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Son De Caney
1:30pm: Love Funk
3:00pm: Black Coffee Blues Band

CLINTON/COURT
Amer-Aba – 175 Atlantic Ave
Strictly Belly Dancing presented by Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak

COURT/BOERUM
Brazen Head – 228 Atlantic Ave
The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band

SMITH/HOYT
Pacheco & Lugo – 340 Atlantic Ave
Latin Jazz Band

HOYT/BOND
Khamit Kinks – 400 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm-5:00pm: DJ Hard Hittin Harry

NEVINS/3RD
Hollow Nickel – 494 Atlantic Ave
1:00pm: The Officials
2:00pm: Luminous Flux
3:00pm: BR & Timebomb
5:00pm: Isaac

Gumbo – 493 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Reading and Signing with Melanie Hope Greenberg
12:30pm: P for Puppets: A Magical Bilingual Puppet Show
1:00pm: Li, Li, Li! Reading
1:30pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
2:30pm: Catahoula Cajun Band
3:00pm: Kevin Nathaniel and “Talking Gourds”
4:00pm: Tiga & Tchaka
5:00pm: Mamadou Waflash

Hank’s Saloon – 46 3rd Ave
12:30pm-1:15pm: Who Knew Crew
1:30pm-2:15pm: Lou Mass and his One Man Band
2:30pm-3:15pm: TBA
3:30pm-4:30pm: Andi Rae
4:45pm-5:45pm: Tri State Conspiracy

3RD/4TH
Maimonide of Brooklyn (M.O.B.) – 525 Atlantic Ave
Inside:
12:30pm-2:00pm: DJ Dainja
2:00pm-3:30pm: DJ Negus Korby
3:30pm-5:00pm: DJ Sambarella
Outside:
Live stage hosted by Rabbi Darkside
1:00pm: Max Caddy
2:30pm: Brother Hamm & The Pentecostal with Gypsy George
4:00pm: Inky Jack

Prime Meats Promises a Delicious Octoberfest

By , 12 September, 2012, No Comment

Germany may be across an ocean, but there’s always a reason to celebrate Octoberfest. And if you want to make sure your beer, pretzels and other goodies are grade A, you simply must head to the Prime Meats 4th Annual Octoberfest on Sunday, 30 September.
Set in Frankies garden (457 Court St.), traditional German fare will be on hand, including house-made sausages, a whole roasted pig, mulled wine and oysters. Tickets for food and beverage will be sold at the door and in advance at Prime Meats and Frankies. And if I were a betting sort, I’d say you’ll want to get them early–as this is going to be a packed full affair.

Smorgasboard Hits Brooklyn Bridge Park

By , 5 September, 2012, No Comment

The foodie gods have delivered yet another gourmet treat to our fair neighborhood. This weekend, Smorgasboard, the giant flea market featuring packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.) will be taking over the DUMBO Tobacco Warehouse beginning 9 September from 11am to 6pm.
Expect over 75 different stands with everything from Asia Dogs to Brooklyn Oyster Party to Mrs. Kim’s Kimchi. And goody for us, this will be a mainstay in Brooklyn Bridge Park every Sunday until 18 November. So come have a bite–rain or shine–and let us know your favorites.

Don’t Miss Carroll Gardens StinkFest!

By , 22 June, 2012, No Comment

Look, we know it’s hot out. And you’re uncomfortable. But this Sunday, 24 June, throw on a tank top, suck it up and head over to Stinky Bklyn’s StinkFest 2012 at Smith & Vine (268 Smith St.). There’s going to be live music all day (until 5pm), sandwiches and “refreshments,” and the epicenter of the event: a cheese-eating contest.
The Kid’s Hours are 11am to 1pm, with child-friendly bands like Audra Rox, and the cheese-eating bravado starts at 2pm. The one and only Michelle Pravda (royalty of Stinky, Smith & Vine, JakeWalk and Brooklyn Wine Exchange) will be showing off those amazing pipes of hers as a guest crooner, so come early and stay late. To register for the Cheese Eating Contest of 2012, please call ASAP at 718-596-CURD (2873).

Red Hook Jazz Fest Hits Urban Meadow

By , 8 June, 2012, No Comment

Celebrate the sun shining this weekend with a little live jazz. The Fifth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival is be-bopping it’s way through the Urban Meadow (President St. and Van Brunt St.) on Sunday 10 June and next Sunday 17 June.
Beginning at 1pm, you can catch five different bands, consisting of mostly local talent. Here’s the program if you’re thinking of dropping in:
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Max Johnson Trio
Max Johnson, bass
Kirk Knuffke, trumpet
Jeff Davis, drums

The Flail
Dan Blankinship, trumpet
Stephan Moutot, saxophone
Brian Marsella, piano
Reid Taylor, bass
Matt Zebroski, drums

Nick Gianni’s Evolution
Nick Gianni, saxophones, flute
Rick Bottari, keyboards
On Ka’a Davis, guitar
John Trent, bass
Dalius Naujo, drums

Hot Cup Chili Pepper 7 (aka: Mostly Other People Do the Killing + 3)
Peter Evans, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Dave Taylor, trombone
Brandon Seabrook, banjo
Ron Stabinsky, piano
Moppa Elliott, bass
Kevin Shea, drums

Travis Sullivan’s BJORKESTRA
Travis Sullivan, saxophones
Shayna Steele, vocals
Ian Cook, laptop
Sean Nowell, tenor sax
Lauren Sevian, baritone sax
Ravi Best, trumpet
Eli Asher, trumpet
Alan Ferber, trombone
Andy Hunter, trombone
Art Hirahara, piano
Yoshi Waki, bass
Joe Abbatantuono, drums

SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Rick Parker Collective
Rick Parker, trombone
Yayoi Ikawa, keyboards
John O’Gallagher, saxophone
Sean Conly, bass
Ziv Ravitz, drums

Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Bauder, saxophone
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Garth Stevenson, bass
Ray Anderson, trombone
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Joe Daley, tuba

SPOKE
Andy Hunter, trombone
Dan Loomis, bass
Justin Wood, saxophone
Danny Fischer, drums

Nate Wooley Quintet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Moran, vibes
Eivind Opsvik, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Mike Baggetta Quartet
Mike Baggetta, guitar
Jason Rigby, saxophone
Eivind Opsvik, bass
George Schuller, drums

Dig. It.

Mark Your Calendars for Atlantic Ave Par-tay

By , 4 June, 2012, No Comment

Come 16 June, the new Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District will be throwing a street party to end all street parties (you know until the Atlantic Antic rolls around in the fall). The Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza runs from 1pm to 5pm and includes special events, performances, demonstrations, tastings, tours, games, and more.
Expect a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band on the sidewalk in front of the Atlantic Avenue BID’s office at 340 Atlantic Avenue (between Smith and Hoyt Streets), a sidewalk parade, the official unfurling of the BID banners, and the “Sanitation Dance”, a choreographed piece by the modern dance awareness society in which the new Atlantic Avenue BID sanitation uniforms will be unveiled. Other performers include: the stilt walkers of Circus Amok; the acrobats of LAVA; Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth All-Stars; the Balkan sounds of Raya Bass Band; Batala NYC, an all-female percussion band, and Underground Horns, the brass band renowned for its Afro Funk Bhangra New Orleans grooves. Artists from Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – more commonly known as BWAC – will also participate. Here is a list of local businesses, including food and services (soccer fans, take notice of Upper 90′s large screen featuring live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships):
Bijan’s Brooklyn: Tastings of its Persian Chicken Wings and Saffron and Blueberry Pancakes, $6 drink specials, and live jazz music.
Building on Bond – Special $7 mini-pies from Rachel’s Pies
Circa Antiques: Free object identification including age, quality, and general description (limit one item per family)
Donna Da Vine Wine Shop: Summer Sippers Wine Tasting
Drape New York: Dance performance and fashion show featuring dancers from 277 Dance Project.
Eva Gentry Consignment: 10% discount on all store items
GoGreen: Discussion on indoor air quality and lead a plant tour at the garden design firm Dig.
Greenhouse: 50% off select high-quality, eco-friendly furniture
Hopeland: Free crostini samples, tastings from its new line of infused spirits, and free cocktails with every brunch.
Linger Café & Lounge: Musicians will perform outside the café throughout the afternoon
One Love Animal Hospital: Pet adoption vehicle
Rico: Limited-edition print sale by four artists
Silk Road Antiques: Demonstrations of the art of calligraphy and of Kendo, a Japanese martial art, as well tea served in its backyard garden.
Sterling Place: Up to 50% off select items, including antiques and furniture
The Herb Shoppe: Tea samples will be offered
The Melting Pot: Demonstration of the art of batik, a fabric designing process, and a 10% discount on all batik items.
The Moxie Spot: A free bottle of beer, glass of wine or dessert with any food purchase of $10 or more
The Soul Spot: free tastings of Salmon Croquettes, Plantains; and Mac + Cheese. They will also offer a special Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza sandwich.
Town and Country352: 10% discount on its mid-century furniture
Upper 90 Soccer + Sport: Will be transformed into a mini-stadium complete with bleachers and large movie screen featuring a live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships
Vicki’s Vietnamese Sandwiches: Free tastings of their traditional chicken and pork Vietnamese Sandwiches, and discounted Bubble Tea.