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‘Reel Sisters’ want to check out your film

Canarsie: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is seeking films directed, written or produced by women of color. Comment

‘Hole in the Fence’ opens onto changing Red Hook

Canarsie: A Hole In A Fence,” D.W. Young’s entertaining and insightful look at the changing landscape of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will screen May 29 aboard the Waterfront Museum barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook. Comment

‘Cinergy’ in film

Canarsie: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) announces the film line up for its 11th annual festival, themed Cinergy. The competitive event will run May 30-June 8 and films will be shown at both the Brooklyn Lyceum Theater (featuring 36 two-hour film programs) and Brooklyn Heights Cinema (featuring 31 two-hour film programs). Comment

The return to Narnia: A good trip for kids

Canarsie: Somewhere to the west of Candy Land’s Gumdrop Mountains and just south of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry lies the mystical land of Narnia, where trees can dance, badgers are top chefs and lions speak with the wisdom of Jedi Masters. Comment

Pump those pedals over to the Bicycle Film Festival

Canarsie: In case those ads in the subway haven't informed you, or the thousands of cyclists who traversed the borough earlier this month, May is Bike Month in New York City. And to help mark it, the Bicycle Film Festival will hold its eighth event to round out the month of festivities. Comment

‘Visit’ the men who helped Roebling get it done

Canarsie: The Green-Wood Historic Fund commemorates the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, 125 years ago to the day, May 24 at 1 p.m., with a special trolley tour of the final resting places of the men who played crucial roles in the construction of this renowned New York City landmark. Among them are. Comment

Teen angst – American style!

Canarsie: Sundance Institute and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announced “American Teen,” written and directed by Nanette Burstein, has been selected as the Opening Night Film for the third annual Sundance Institute at BAM. Comment

Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements

Canarsie: BRIC Arts and Media continues its BRICstudio 2008 spring season of performances, running to June 4. Comment

Earthman Experience

Canarsie: BAMcafé Live, at 30 Lafayette Avenue, the performance series curated by Darrell M. McNeill, concludes its line-up for May. BAMcafé Live events have no cover charge and no drink minimum. Comment

Close-up look at Ghana life

Canarsie: In celebration of African Liberation Day, May 22, Habana Oupost presents “Back To My Roots,” an exhibition showcasing never before exhibited works by documentary photographer Stanley Lumax Jr. Comment

Capezio is wild about ‘Chuck’

Canarsie: The Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by the premier world-wide dance footwear and apparel manufacturer, Capezio Ballet Makers, announces the selection of Brooklynite Charles “Chuck” Davis as the 57th recipient of the Capezio Dance Award. Comment

Brooklyn’s bygone days leap into the 21st century

Canarsie: Afortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment

Brooklyn bursting to say Happy b’day to its icon

Canarsie: Brooklyn hosts a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 22-26, featuring an array of fun and family-friendly cultural events commemorating the historic structure and highlighting the cultural diversity of the boroughs it unites. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge: Suspended

Canarsie: This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) will be hosting a series of lively events to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge as an enduring city landmark and a feat of modern architecture. Comment

Songs for Louis Moreau Gottschalk:

Canarsie: The memorial at the Green-Wood Cemetery to Louis Moreau Gottschalk, considered to be America's first great composer and a Civil War veteran, is in need of restoration. Since 1999, the Green-Wood Historic Fund has been holding a Memorial Day concert to raise funds to preserve the monument, and on May 26, the 10th annual outdoor event will be held at the cemetery with a lineup featuring local string acts. Comment


Canarsie: Acentral figure in late 18th century Italian comic opera, Domenico Cimarosa (a contemporary of Mozart) enjoyed great popular success in his lifetime. “Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)” — a two-act opera for six characters, composed in 1792 — is considered his masterpiece. Comment

Regina brings you ‘Il Travatore’

Canarsie: Di quella pira, Stride la vampa, Tacea la notte, Il balen,” and the Anvil Chorus are just some of the great arias and ensembles you will hear when you attend Regina Opera Company’s production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” to be presented May 31-June 1, 7-8. Comment

Cutting edge dance ‘Out of Space’

Canarsie: Danspace Project: Out of Space” will be performed at the BRICstudio, May 23-24 at 8:30 p.m. Comment

Be there for the saucy ‘Judgment of Paris’

Canarsie: Brooklyn-based dance group Company XIV presents the world premiere of “The Judgment of Paris,” an erotically charged show with a unique fusion of dance, theater and music, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick. Comment

Back from back in the day: Slick Rick returns to the mic

Canarsie: By Matthew Wolfe Comment

Wretched Refuse

Canarsie: The Wretched Refuse String Band comes to the musical stage at Jalopy, May 30 at 9 p.m. The group is New York City’s oldest, largest, and most eclectic “local” bluegrass and old-time string band, still actively performing and recording after more than 35 years. Comment

Sonic sisters of ‘Rising Appalachia’

Canarsie: The group Rising Appalachia (RA), Leah and Chloe Smith bring to stage their sibling sonics, ripe with luscious harmonies and deft delivery of banjo banter by two girls who love music as art and soul. Comment

Rockers and Posers: Artists get in deep with portraits

Canarsie: For its latest group installation, "Rockers and Posers," the Gowanus-based studio facility and gallery space Brooklyn Artists Gym received submissions from all over the world for its portrait-themed show. Comment

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus

Canarsie: After years of packing smaller houses around the city, the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, which hosts a large number of Brooklyn-based performers, will make its debut at NYC’s 700-seat Peter Norton Symphony Space for its 86th Annual Spring Concert, June 1 at 4 p.m. Comment

International and local artists love ‘toying’ with Brooklyn

Canarsie: The Toy Theater Festival returns to DUMBO with international and local acts reviving the lost art of puppetry and miniature theater. Comment

Faith and Identity: Snapshots of life in B’hurst

Canarsie: Though steadily losing its Italian identity amidst the influx of other immigrant groups, Bensonhurst remains a famous Italian enclave and one of Brooklyn’s links to the old world. Comment

Band Fags: Straight- A students explore alternate lifestyles

Canarsie: Frank Anthony Polito, a Brooklyn-based actor and playwright, has just published his first novel, Band Fags! (Kensington Publishing, June 2008, Paperback/Original, $15). Comment

Swede deal


Swede deal

Red Hook: There are just a few more weeks left until Swedish home furnishings superstore IKEA opens its first New York City location on Beard Street in Red Hook. GO Brooklyn couldn’t wait for the June 18 opening (or the June 16 sneak peek promised on the IKEA Web site), so we took off for the Paramus, NJ store — which insiders say was the model for the Brooklyn store — to see what 20 bucks can get you. Comment

Young Turks

Young Turks

Cinema: As the summer blockbuster season heats up with familiar faces — we’re looking at you, Indiana Jones and Carrie Bradshaw — local cinephiles will have the chance to check out some truly original movies — beginning May 30 — when the Brooklyn International FIlm Festival lights up screens for its 11th year. Comments (1)

’Dance all night

Cinema: On Thursday, May 29, the sun will rise on the third year of the “Sundance Institute at BAM” series, a 58-film extravaganza straight from the screens of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

A real ‘Dahl’

A real ‘Dahl’

Fashion: Alison Kelly shot to fame as a contestant on the third season of the reality-fashion series “Project Runway,” but the Williamsburg resident is still thinking locally with a new line exclusive to a Greenpoint boutique. Comment

‘Weather’ report

Nightlife: Seemingly overnight, the stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Sterling Place in Prospect Heights has become one of the hottest nightlife crawls in the borough. A healthy portion of tis newfound sheen is thanks to Weather Up, the three-month-old cocktail lounge at 589 Vanderbilt Ave. Comment

The right ‘Engel’

Cinema: It might be the last summer for Astroland, but certain parts of Coney Island will live on forever. WIth the release of “The FIlms of Morris Engel with Ruth Orkin” DVD earlier this month, Engel’s timeless film “Little Fugitive” can be embraced by a new generation of fans. Comment

Step up to the plate

Step up to the plate

Dining: ”The American Cancer Society doesn’t like tobacco, that’s for sure,” said Sally Cooper, the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, but that didn’t stop her group from throwing an over-the-top fundraiser at DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse on Tuesday. Comment

Sean gone

Sean gone

Music: Country music fans are left to cry in their beers now that Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers have announced plans to leave their weekly gig at Hank’s in Boerum Hill — after seven years. Comment

Yard’s back

Music: The Yard’s second season on the banks of the Gowanus Canal kicks off Saturday, May 24, with a concert featuring jazzy spoken word artist Mike Ladd, as well as singer-songwriter Grey Reverend and Bushwick’s No Surrender, an electronic dance group. Comment

Let’s ‘Dance’

Dance: Chuck Davis celebrates his 31st year of coordinating the DanceAfrica festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

Boro pages

Books: If you have a hard time telling the difference between the Brick Theater and BRICStudio, we’ve got the book for you. On April 28, the Brooklyn Arts Council released its “Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations,” a tell-all guide to 539 cultural institutions borough-wide, with a party at the Dweck Center. Comment

It’s time to ‘Eat, drink and be hopeful’

Williamsburg: Under the evening sky with the Brooklyn Bridge overhead, restaurants throughout Brooklyn will come together at 6 p.m. (VIP admission)/7 p.m. (Premium & General admissions), May 20 at the Tobacco Warehouse for the American Cancer Society’s Second Annual Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful fundraiser. Comment

Ham it up BK...the Burger Battle of the Borough is here

Williamsburg: What is the best burger in New York City? It is a question that produces nearly as many answers as there are burger-eaters. But on May 20, it will be answered once and for all. Comment

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

Williamsburg: The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment

Souped up ‘Speed’ gets stuck in gear

Williamsburg: Speed Racer” is an overlong Technicolor marvel with the body of a Ferrari and the engine of an Edsel. Comment

Shell head socks it to ‘em at the movies

Williamsburg: Wittier than Spider-Man, cooler than Batman, Robert Downey Jr.’s invincible Iron Man has got more one-liners than Toby Maguire and more high-tech toys than Christian Bale, Val Kilmer and George Clooney combined. Comment

Polish shorts with ‘Cinergy’

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) brings a selection of short Polish films to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This free event takes place at Studio B, 259 Banker Street near Meserole Avenue. Comment

Ed Lachman cinematography

Williamsburg: From May 9-20, BAMcin […] Comment

‘Retumba’ hits KCC campus

Williamsburg: The final performance on the free Sundays at Kingsborough series takes place May 18 at 3 p.m. and features “Retumba!” Comment

Waterfront Museum is packed with entertainment

Williamsburg: New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment

Tastes of Bklyn

Williamsburg: Extending from the southern point of Staten Island to the northern point of the Bronx, the five boroughs of New York City offer a wealth of restaurants and cuisines that pay homage to the boroughs’ diverse communities and people. Comment

Slope house tour

Williamsburg: The 49th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour takes place May 18 from 12-5 p.m. starting from The Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place between Seventh & Eighth avenues. Comment

Samurai, superhero

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum presents the Japanese Film series, “From Samurai to Superhero” in May and June. Watch cinematic visions of Japan, including films that influenced Takashi Murakami and classics that depict both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Discussions follow select films. Comment

Knock-out finale

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with the Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn for the last concert of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season. Comment

High-flying kite festival coming

Williamsburg: The Annual Williamsburg Kite Festival returns for its fourth year May 17 from 12-5 p.m. at McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street (the rain date is June 8). Comment

Get out there...the BCUE urban tours are here

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) presents its “Spring 2008 Urban Tours,” which includes exciting events throughout May and June. Comment

Franklin up close

Williamsburg: Ryan Repertory Company presents “Ben – A Very Personal Account of Benjamin Franklin” by Bernard Myers, edited by June Clark and Barbara Parisi; Parisi also directs. Comment

Dancing with the traveling bone

Williamsburg: “And Possibility,”a traveling dance about traveling choreographed by Abigail Levine, will be performed May 18, June 1 and 8. The show superimposes the color-rich images and fantasies of tourism onto the backdrops of our city’s neighborhoods. Comment

BRICstudio 2008 spring season

Williamsburg: BRIC Arts and Media continues its BRICstudio 2008 spring season of performances, running to June 4. Comment

BCAP presents ‘¡Sofrito!’

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College closes its 2007-08 Season with ¡Sofrito!, a FamilyFum series event, performed by master storyteller David Gonzalez with Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band, May 18 at 2 p.m. Comment

Always ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’

Williamsburg: Rainer Fassbinder's film “Beware of a Holy Whore” comes to life this weekend when an all-new staged theatrical adaption of the 1971 film by the filmmaker premieres on stage at Chelsea's Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. Comment

World drumming

Williamsburg: The Young Fish School of World Drumming will continue Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music’s “Music for Families” series at Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 18 at 3 p.m. Comment

The LOX Lounge moves to Reggae rhythms

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays, weekly dance parties paying tribute to some of the reggae industry’s biggest artists, continue this month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment

The delightful sounds of the African diaspora

Williamsburg: Pre-school and young school-age children and their caregivers are invited to the Audubon Center in Prospect Park for a free event, May 18, 2-4 p.m. Musicians and storytellers Hasan Bakr and Kevin Nathaniel will introduce the children to the sounds of Africa and the African Diaspora through the story of a young musician, a magician, and how they save their village from the evil giant Abiyoyo. Instruments include the djembe, mbira, bongo, and shekere. Comment

Sons & Heirs sends birthday wishes to iconic Morrissey

Williamsburg: Smiths fans, mark your calendars. Comment

Music in the air

Williamsburg: Brooklyn-based, all-female Bella Voce Singers and Artistic Director Jessica Corbin present “I Hear Music in the Air” at St. Saviour’s Church, 611 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Comment

Inside the world of Noel Coward

Williamsburg: Noël Coward, a true renaissance man, is one of the major writers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his witty, sophisticated plays, but his total body of work is much more. Comment

Company XIV ‘messes’ with Helen and her many lovers

Williamsburg: The tale of Helen of Troy and her lovers has been told plenty of times – but never like this. Comment

Clare and the Reasons and Osso String Quartet

Williamsburg: After performances from such local, diverse talent as Shayna Steele and her eight-piece R&B band, the Alan Ferber Nonet and string ensemble Fire in July, the Ditmas Park concert series at arts magnet P.S. 217 starts to wind down with indie rock band Clare and the Reasons and the Osso String Quartet. Comment

‘Leaf & Circle’ at the Prospect Park Audubon Center

Williamsburg: Leaf & Circle, an innovative exhibit by artist Jessica Baker at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, now to May 26. Comment

‘Constants and Variables’

Williamsburg: Two new shows are opening at Safe-T-Gallery May 15: Judith Nilson’s “Five Paintings” and Anders Goldfarb’s “Constants and Variables.” Comment

31st DanceAfrica Festival aims for rejuvenation & enlightenment

Williamsburg: BAM’s longest running performance series — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — continues with the 31st DanceAfrica Festival. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a positive, high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition that brings together the entire community. Comment

She just loves sharing the spotlight with kids and puppies

Williamsburg: By day, Jane Lovascio is a medical sales representative, but by night, the Brooklyn native is a children’s book author. Comment

Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh

Williamsburg: Tanekeya Word will share her bold analysis of fashion, art and feminism with the vibrant, fast-paced exhibit “Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh” at The Gallery at Harriet’s Alter Ego, 293 Flatbush Avenue between St. Marks and Prospect places in Brooklyn. Comment

Bindman’s room full of sax

Williamsburg: Spoke the Hub presents tenor saxophonist and composer David Bindman and his ensemble in the world premiere of “Tales of a Time Traveler,” to the performed at 7:30 p.m., May 18 at Spoke the Hub, 295 Douglass Street (between Third and Fourth avenues) on the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Audition for the ballet

Williamsburg: The School of American Ballet (SAB), the country’s preeminent ballet academy, will hold special free auditions for boys and girls ages six to 10 for the 2008-09 Winter Term, May 17, 5:30 p.m. at PS 170, 7109 Sixth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Children must be at least six-years-old by September 1 in order to audition. Comment

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