Friday, June 19, 2009

The weekend: 6.19-6.21

It's finally upon us. If you don't mind some summer showers, then you'll have a blast this weekend. Here's a look at some of the events happening in a neighborhood near you.

Friday, June 19

DJ: Lounge around and tear it up with DJ Eli "Paperboy Reed" (of the soul-revival act) tonight, as he plays his favorite soul and R&B 45s at The Bell House (149 7th St.). It happens from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the front lounge, and is free.

Party: After checking out selections at the NYC Bicycle Film Festival, head over to the the afterparty at Public Assembly (70 North 6th St.), hosted by Cycle Hawk and featuring Goldsprints, DJ James Mulry, and other speicial guests. It's free, with an open bar from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

Saturday, June 20

Parade: It's now summer. The Mermaid Parade returns to Coney Island this weekend, promising half-naked sealife and the revelers to come to gawk and celebrate. It happens rain or shine starting at 2 p.m. at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Stick around for the official ball at Dreamland Roller Rink, with skating sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Games: While reading the Harry Potter books, did you ever want to grab a broom and play quidditch yourself? Well, today, you can make the first step towards that and see a real-live version in action (you can also see footage here). It's organized by MTV to promote the upcoming film, so it's not exactly a grassroots game, but it should still be interesting to watch (fans can email for more info). It's from noon to 6 p.m. at McCarren Park (Nassau Avenue and Bayard, Leonard and North 12 streets).

Music: In other Harry Potter news, the band Harry & The Potters plays The Bell House this night as well for an all ages show. Joining them on the bill are The Remus Lupins and The Whomping Willows. It all starts at 5 p.m. and is free.

Film: Watch the Mexican sci-fi classic “La Nave de los Monstruos” ("The Monsters’ Ship") live on a big screen at Prospect Park, while the bands ETHEL and Gutbucket play a live score, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival. Audience members can also get involved a la "Rocky Horror Picture Show." It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Bandshell (Prospect Park West and 9th Street) and is free.

Festival: The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returns to the DUMBO waterfront, with headliner Pharoahe Monch and DJ Premier, Grand Puba, Donny Goines, Tiye Phoenix, Nyle, Keys N Krates, Eagle Nebula, MC Styles P, Smif N Wessun, and J Period also on the bill. It happens from noon to 8 p.m. at Empire Fulton State Park, with a suggested donation of $10. Then, head to the offical afterparty at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave.), hosted by Legendary Buckshot and featuring The Cypher (from Peter Rosenberg’s ‘Noisemakers’)DJ JS1, 8thw1 and more. It starts at 9 p.m., with tickets $10, less with a ticket stub.

Sunday, June 21

Comedy: It's an all-star lineup at The Bell House today with the weekly comedy show Tearing of the Veil of Maya (kicking off the summer at the Gowanus venue as opposed to its usual home at Union Hall). Scheduled to appear are Janeane Garofalo, Mike Birbiglia, Todd Barry, and John Mulaney, as well as host Eugene Mirman. It starts at 8 p.m., with tickets $10 (I would definitely buy them in advance).

Music: Hear music everywhere today, and not just at the usual suspects, through the Make Music NY festival. To find out locations near you for some summer sounds, go here. You can also make some yourself through the new Mass Appeal program, so break out that bagpipe if you have it.


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