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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! • Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Funk yeah: The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will blow away audiences at Metrotech during a lunchtime performance on July 16.
Associated Press / Laurent Gillieron

Saturday

July 11

Postmodern postcards

We already live in the greatest place in the world, so postcards from exotic spots have little appeal. But 300 artists have made something better with the “Wish You Were Here” show of mailed artwork, on display and on sale for $45 each.

Noon–6 pm at A.I.R. Gallery [155 Plymouth St., between Jay and Pearl streets in Dumbo, (212) 255–6651, www.airgallery.org]. Free.

Sunday

July 12

Viva Smith Street!

Celebrate the storming of the Bastille with an outdoor party along Smith Street! Centered on French spot Bar Taback, the event will have plenty of food and drink from local eateries, a 72-team petanque contest, and music from early swing and blues band the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn.

Noon–6 pm on Smith Street [between Bergen and Pacific streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 923-0918, www.bartabacny.com]. Free.

tuesday

July 14

Yoko, oh no!

Leave Yoko Ono alone! The Japanese conceptual artist has been unjustly vilified for the breakup of the Beatles, argues Jamie Hoffman in “Why You Shouldn’t Hate Yoko Ono,” part of a humorous lecture series about artists from the Society of the Advancement of Social Studies.

7 pm at the Bedford [110 Bedford Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302–1002, getsaucedatsass.tumblr.com]. Free.

Wednesday

July 15

Do you even lift?

Witness the Night Dance of the Giglio, where 150 men parade a four-ton, 72-foot tower topped with a statue of San Paolino through the evening streets of Williamsburg.

7:30 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church [275 N. Eighth St., at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, www.olmcfeast.com]. Free.

THURsday

July 16

He’s got the funk!

Legendary masters of funk George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic land the mothership at Metrotech Center for an amazing lunchtime concert for downtown office dwellers and visiting funky fans.

Noon at MetroTech Commons (2 Metrotech Center between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue Downtown, www.bam.org). Free.

This glorious banana is just one of the 300 pieces of postcard art on view at A.I.R. Gallery this month, each selling for $45.
Jacqueline Ferrante

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