Friday, July 24, 2009

The Weekend: 7.24-7.26

It's time to usher in the weekend. There's lots to celebrate - anniversaries, benefits, booke sales, and, of course, Celebrate Brooklyn!

Friday, July 24

Film: The animated film festival Animation Block Party comes to BAM (30 Lafayette Ave.) throughout the weekend, and tonight they're screening the Best of the Ottawa Animation Festival. Animation Block Party also kicks off its sixth season at Rooftop Films with a night of live music and world premieres.

Comedy: The Brooklyn Lyceum's monthly comedy show, Gentrify! Brooklyn, hosts a night of improv by UCB troupes tonight at 10 p.m. And it only costs $5 (so much for gentrification). You can find the Lyceum in Park Slope at 227 Fourth Avenue. Show's at 10 p.m.

Chocolate: Obsessed with chocolate? So is David Arnold. Bklyn Larder in Park Slope consulted with Arnold while choosing their own chocolate selection, and tonight he's on hand to discuss any of the chocolates available at the Larder during atasting, including the chocolates of Claudio Corallo, Amano and Askinosie. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the shop (228 Flatbush Avenue), and you can stay as long as you wish and to your tummy's content.

Celebrate Brooklyn!: Tonight, bring a blanket and check out swamp boogie accordion master Buckwheat Zydecoto as he headlines the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight with his band. Also on the bill are Holmes Brothers. Gates at 6:30 p.m. The Bandshell is located at Prospect Park West and 9th Street.

Saturday, July 25

BBQ: If you haven't been to the City Reliquary in Williamsburg yet, now's the the time to go. The museum hosts its annual benefit, aka "The Brooklyn Boogaloo Barbeque," today. Tickets are $25, $50, or $100, or pay what you can, as they try to make their fundraising goal of $8,000. Come generous and hungry. From 6 to 10 in their backyard, located at 370 Metropolitan.

Benefit: Another benefit also takes place at Death By Audio (49 South 2nd Street) in Williamsburg to raise money for 'You Are Here: A Maze," an installation and performance festival featuring Mick Barr, Aa, members of Zs, Dirty Projectors and more at the space this September. On hand today will be Mike Barr and Aa, as well as Ninjasonik, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Knife Hyts, Vaz, and many, many more. From 4 p.m to 4 a.m., with tickets $12.

Skate: We mention them a lot, but today, help celebrate one year of skating in style at Dreamland Roller Rink in Coney Island, as they mark the anniversary with a Xanadu skate party. You know you want to skate around in spandex. From 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $12 ($10 if you dress in Xanadu attire), with skate rentals $5. Birthday cake is on the house. The roller rink is located at W. 21st Street and the Boardwalk.

Music: Nascent songwriting duo Randy Bergida and Alison Lefevre head to Williamsburg's Pete's Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street), harmonizing on songs about, what else, love. At 9 p.m.

Books: Update your book collection courtesy of powerHouse Arena, as they hold their annual Skid Sale, with 50-90 percent off overstock coffee table books! Now through August 30 at the DUMBO store (36 Main Street), weekdays 10 a.m.—7 p.m, weekends 11 a.m.—8 p.m.

Sunday, July 26

Late-night shopping: Stock up on vintage designs this weekend as well, as Bruar Falls (245 Grand Street) in Williamsburg hosts a mini-flea market, featuring different local vintage sellers including Sodafine, Sweet Virginia, Treehouse, Franny & Roey, and Secret Lake. DJs will be playing 60's and 70's jams to go along with the vintage theme. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Birthday: There's another anniversary this weekend, as Greenpoint's Enid's marks 10 years in the nabe. They're celebrating their anniversary with friends and family from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., but all are welcome after that. Located at 560 Manhattan Avenue.

Food:-Pig out with 3rd Ward,.as their Pig Roast and Dance Party returns, with Tom Mylan (from Marlow and Sons, Diner and Bonita) and Chef Eric Serman turning 200 pounds of pig into pork tacos. Brooklyn Based will also provide the ice cream. There will be live music from The Stumblebum Brass Band, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, In Cadeo, and DJ Tanner. Plus bring your own t-shirts for $1 pig inspired screen-printing. Best of all, it's free. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP here.

Music: Songstress Sasha Dobson entertains every Sunday at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg. Check her out tonight at 8:30 p.m.


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