Courier Life’s


Friday, June 27, 2008


Happily shipwrecked on the sudsy shores of Beer Island

A new site off the Coney Island Boardwalk has been attracting thirsty revelers. Comment.

It’s not easy being green at the movies

This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment.

Sufi trance rock

Haale descends upon New York in June, bringing her sufi trance rock. On June 22, for Celebrate Brooklyn!, Haale is opening for the legendary Malian Griot performer Salif Kaita in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Comment.

Strolling & cruising by twilight

Thursday Night Twilight Tours in Prospect Park return for the summer, with excursions on June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28. This special event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Comment.

Live opera in your park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.

Hansel & Gretel

Once upon a time a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel lived with their mother and father at the edge of a very great forest…” begins the classic children’s fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, June 21-22 and 28-29 at 3:30 p.m. Comment.

Fin-tastic fun for the younger set

The raucous colors and sights of Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade come to life for young readers in a new picture book, Mermaids on Parade. Comment.

Carroll Pk concerts

The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment.

Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds live

Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 30th season of free entertainment continues June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the double bill The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Comment.

Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge). Comment.

Tom Moran: Happy to be ‘Starting Over’ again

Tom Moran, 43, had a difficult time growing up in Brooklyn with vice and disappointment constantly coloring his childhood. He eventually succumbed and started drinking at a fairly early age – a decision that would come to haunt but eventually inspire him as an adult. Comment.

Revel in the richness of the Caribbean

The new Caribbean-American Heritage Day, a part of the free Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival, may just be the most exciting program in the whole 2008 National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a celebration first made official by Congress and the president in 2006. Comment.

Performing a bit of ‘Self Surgery’

Choreographer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Dance Artist in Residence (2007-09) Sam Kim presents a work in progress showing of “Self Surgery,” June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 6 p.m. Comment.

Pass Kontrol brings the dance party beat back home

The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment.

Our Brooklyn accent has developed a country twang

In a recent piece in the Village Voice, the headline said it all: “Country music grows in Brooklyn.” Comment.

Music in the streets: Annual fest turns on the Big Apple

For the second straight year, New York City’s streets will give themselves over to music on June 21 for the Make Music New York festival, a nascent tradition that began last year and was met with enthusiasm across the five boroughs. Comment.

After the Jump busts out of the blogosphere in a big way

Last summer, music blogs banded together to promote 14 of their favorite bands, as well as raise money for a good cause – under-funded city music programs – at the After the Jump Fest. Comment.

Jamel photography expo

A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz, which explores photography beyond its subject matter, highlighting the “Posivity,” the definite moment when the lens captures and shines on an individual or object, is on view now to July 26, with an opening reception June 22 from 4-7 p.m. Comment.

Hip-hop, jazz, pop and more

BAMcafé Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, the performance series curated by Brooklyn Academy of Music Associate Producer of Music Darrell M. McNeill, continues its line-up for June with all performances (unless otherwise stated) beginning at 9 p.m. Comment.

440 Gallery Small Works Show this month

The 440 Gallery presents its fourth annual “Small Works Show,” June 26 through July 27 with an opening reception June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Comment.

A photographic journey

The Front Room presents Edie Winograde’s “Place and Time,” now to June 29, and on view Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment.

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