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Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Ye olde fashioned days are here again at the Wyckoff

The romance of the past – infused with a strong dose of reality – comes to life, this summer, at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. Comment.

Viva Africa at the museum

At the Brooklyn Museum’s “Target First Saturdays,” thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5-11 p.m. The July 5 program is “Viva Africa!” Comment.

The Giglio will dance

Each July, a remarkable ritual takes place in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn: 125 men carry a five-ton, five-story, hand-sculpted tower and a 15-piece brass band — on their shoulders — and dance the 65-foot-high monument through the streets in tempo to joyous Italian folk songs. Comment.

Shuttle shoots to the waterfront

Visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park can ride a free shuttle bus again this summer. The service transports passengers from major subway stations to the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Summer ‘08 @ Pier One,” providing public access to the pier and spectacular views of the New York Harbor and the New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson. Comment.

Save a few lives

Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, in collaboration with Music Saves Lives, is holding blood drives July 6 and 20 at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg. Comment.

Ride into Coney history

Grab your beach gear, bring your sense of adventure, cast away your workday concerns and enter the wonderful world of nostalgia. A day of fun and revelry await onboard the New York Transit Museum’s second seasonal “Coney Island Bound!” Nostalgia Train excursion. Comment.

Nathan’s Hot Dog challenge returns – Kobayashi on the hunt

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will seek to regain his title as world eating champion, July 4, as he competes against American champion Joey Chestnut at the 93rd annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island. Comment.

Indy all summer

This year, Independence Day lasts all summer. On July 4, Independence Community Foundation (ICF) will celebrate a decade of support for hundreds of outstanding cultural, educational and community development non-profits in Brooklyn and beyond. Comment.

Head to the lawn for a summer of Starz

Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Free dance class

Young Dancers In Repertory is offering tuition free and admission free dance classes for children in several different Brooklyn Parks during July. Comment.

D debuts CAKE

In February 2007, Brooklyn’s Akashic Books and acclaimed author Kenji Jasper launched a new Street Lit imprint — The Armory — introducing audiences to an unknown young author named D, with D’s debut novel, GOT. Comment.


PLG Arts presents “Daydream” in Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground, at Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Performance dates are July 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. All performances include post-show activities for children. Comment.

Culture spot

NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, has named the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium the Culture Spot for July. Comment.

Billy Joel nite

Join the Brooklyn Cyclones as they honor Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel and enjoy Bike Night, July 12 at 6 p.m. Comment.

Bigger, better and greener

Now in its second year, The Prospect Park Youth Council’s free Summer on the Green Program is bigger, better, more educational and even more fun. Comment.

Worldwide jazz comes home

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment.

Spazz Rock n’ Roll

The Wang Dang Doodle will present “A Spazz Rock & Roll Dance Party,” July 11, with special guest DJ Dave the Spazz of WFMU and his swingin’ pals Bob Shannon of WCBS-FM and The Empress of The Empire State Soul Club. Comment.

Reggae gala benefits the kids

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the free official after party for the 2008 Reggae Carifest concert, July 6 at LOX Lounge in Fort Greene, starting at 9 p.m. Comment.

R&B forever...

BAM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech into July. Comment.

Prospect Bandshell keeps rockin’

Celebrate Brooklyn! Continues to pack in the crowds at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Comment.

Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu and Liza, too

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment.

Let the music play: In the Pk

The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, has been announced by sponsors State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force, and CERT1NYC. Comment.

Latin fireworks

The Real Fireworks won’t be in the sky this Fourth of July — they’ll be exploding when Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postinos, La Cumbiamba eNeYe, The Quackatorians, and Cotito celebrate the sounds of Latin America at Jalopy, July 4 from 4-7 p.m. Comment.

BK Hip Hop Fest: Old school, new school and everything else

“Where Brooklyn at?” Comment.

Almost famous: ‘Brat’ packer still has pluck

Williamsburg resident Scott Sheets, an unassuming computer graphic designer, very nearly became an American celebrity. Comment.

Tillies is terrific for noir, Haitian art

Tuly cultural events at Tillie’s include an art show from rural Haiti project and a group reading from the new book, Brooklyn Noir 3. Comment.

tARTs bring you the ‘Summer Salon Show’

Rabbitholestudio presents “Summer Salon Show,” a group show that features recent work by members of the tART artist collective. Comment.

Art audition

The 37-year-old Narrows Community Theater (NCT) has opened a full arts education program this summer. On July 10 at 8 p.m. and then a month later on August 7 at 8 p.m., NCT will sponsor “How To Audition for The Professional Theatre,” a pair of workshops designed to expand on the art of auditioning. Comment.

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