Friday, June 12, 2009

The Weekend: 6.12-6.14

The weekend is upon us once again. As it's done as of late, the Northside Festival continues to dominate. We take a look at what's happening there, as well as other events in a neighborhood near you:

Friday, June 12

Northside: It's so big, it gets its own category! Well, tonight, it's the first of two Brooklyn Vegan-curated events (the second is on Saturday). On the bill are John Vanderslice (go if you enjoy The Shins and the like), The Tallest Man on Earth, Ólöf Arnalds, and Dave Deporis. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.), when there will also be a Brooklyn Vegan photo exhibition. Tickets are $15 without a badge. Another show that's not to be missed tonight: Sunset Rubdown, with Witchies and Elfin Saddle, at Studio B (259 Banker St.), starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.

Music: In other music news, The Posies make a rare appreance in New York, with a show at The Bell House (149 7th St.). Hear from their classic album "Frosting on the Beater," and relive your teenage years. Also on the bill: Tally Hall and The Brunettes. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the show, which starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 13

Northside: In addition to music, the festival also features some fine arts events through its collaboration with the Williamsburg Gallery Association. Today, the WGA brings art and more to Bedford Avenue, as part of Williamsburg Walks, with live music, performance art, installations, gallery booths, public & community art projects. Among the events scheduled is a live "performance" by the artist Joe Mangrum as he creates a spontaneous installation on Bedford. It happens at 2 p.m.

Circus: Williamsburg is sending in the clowns to cheer you up, with "And Everyone Laughed," a theme party replete with clowns, flying trapeze artists, a strongman, and an eclectic mix of music and mixed−media art at S.L.A.M. Warehouse (51 N. 1st Street). Tickets are $20 and half the proceeds will go to the STREB dance school. It all starts at 9 p.m. and will go into the wee hours of the morning.

Sunday, June 14

Northside: It's no surprise that a night curated by Ponytail will also feature the Baltimore art rock band. Also on the bill are fellow Baltimoreans (Marylanders?) Thank You (you're welcome), and some special guests are in store. It all happens at Studio B, with doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Fashion: Shopping and burlesque go hand in hand at The Bell House, as it hosts the Mode Merr Fashion Show Spectacular. See the newest collection unveiled, with performances also by from Angie Pontani & The World Famous Pontani Sisters, Dirty Martini, Helen Pontani, The Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra, and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The show starts at 3 p.m.

Markets: There's a new flea in town, as the Williamsburg Flea Market opens its doors at Wythe Avenue between S. 2nd and 3rd streets, featuring 40 vendors peddling a wide array of artwork antiques, home furnishings, crafts, clothes, food, books and more, in a space that will also feature a vintage farm tractor, graffiti van, community garden, music and lounge area. It will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The more established Brooklyn Flea returns on Sunday as usual, but this time with more. This weekend the popular flea market expands in DUMBO, with a second outdoor location at Water and New Dock streets.


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