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Austin on ‘Paris’

Austin on ‘Paris’

Theater: In Ovid’s telling of “The Judgment of Paris,” Paris’s dilemma is an embarrassment of riches. Three beautiful goddesses appear before him and he must decide who among them — Athena, Hera and Aphrodite — is the finest. Happily, Austin McCormick’s dance-theater production — which opened on Friday in Carroll Gardens — doesn’t end with any bloodshed and is almost embarrassingly rich, too. Comments (1)

Elmes grows new roots

Art: On Wednesday, May 14, Galapagos Art Space — the pioneering cultural center that is undergoing a move from Williamsburg to DUMBO — will open to the public for the first time. Although the space will be used to exhibit video for the New York Photo Festival, just as interesting is what founder and Director Robert Elmes has planned for the venue. Comment

Time’s up: Last-minute gifts for mom

Shopping: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, so if you haven’t yet fulfilled your filial duty, you don’t have much time. Luckily, there are still plenty of options for local, last-minute gifts, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ideas. Comment

Changing of the ‘Guard’

Nightlife: Things weren’t so quiet at the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library when the Brooklyn Vanguard had its last event. A phalanx of young Brooklynites, clad in their nightclub best, streamed into the library’s Dweck Center on Grand Army Plaza, but this was no study group. Comments (2)

Kinder plates

Books: While most foodies have been made aware of the inhumane techniques used to keep calves — which are turned into veal — and geese, whose livers are fattened up for foie gras, author Gene Baur exposes even more unappetizing ways our meat and dairy products come to the table in his new book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food.” Comment

Pot of gold

Nightlife: On Monday, May 12, supporters of the Brooklyn Philharmonic are invited to gather around the piano at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, where award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch will be tickling the ivories. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Little Bangkok

Little Bangkok

Dining: Park Slope is turning into a veritable Little Bangkok. On Seventh Avenue, between Eighth and 15th streets, GO Brooklyn has counted at least four Thai restaurants. This reporter likes pad Thai as much as the next guy, but is there really room for all of these eateries? Comments (1)

Block buster lineup

Event: The Federal-style houses on State Street in Brooklyn Heights will grace movie screens across the country this summer in the Coen brothers’ new film, “Burn After Reading,” but ticket holders to the upcoming Heights house tour can peek inside the homes even sooner. Comment

‘Black’ is back

Theater: A production by the National Theater of Scotland, “Blackwatch” follows a regiment of soldiers as they fight in the Iraq war. The previous 23 performances, which took place last fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, all sold out. So the producers vowed to bring it back. Comment

Is this not art?

Art: Dust off your energy dome hats and radiation suits — Devo is back! On Saturday at 8 pm, the seminal New Wave band will be honored with “The Super Thing: NYC Goes Devo,” a night of art, live music and costumes at Williamsburg arts fortress 3rd Ward. Comment

Jam, Junk, more

Parenting: BAMcaf […] Comment

Meet the masters of Japanese print making

Parenting: During May, the Brooklyn Museum will present an exciting array of public programs for adults, including a talk series celebrating the special exhibitions […] Comment

Come face to face with your food before it hits the plate

Parenting: A reading and booksigning for “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur will be held May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Bookstore of Park Slope, 143 Seventh Avenue. Comment

A century and a half of Gowanus manufacturing

Parenting: From the third generation family business D. Maldari and Sons, the only pasta extrusion die company in the western hemisphere that makes the ‘ABC’s for Campbell’s Alphabet Soup, to J & M, the company that creates special effects for Late Night with David Letterman, the exhibit “Gowanus-Transformations” shows the face of contemporary manufacturing along the canal. Comment

‘New Day Dawning’ for reggae’s Judah Tribe

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays will host the soul reggae band Judah Tribe, May 11 at 9 p.m. Led by vocalist Josh David, Judah Tribe is already blazing trails with its trademark blend of soul, rhythm & blues and roots reggae. Comment

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory finale

Parenting: Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theater wraps up its 2008 Play Reading Salon Series with two beautiful Brooklyn vistas: a rooftop view of Park Slope by night and a floating barge view of NYC harbor by day. Comment

‘David et Jonathas’ premiere

Parenting: The American Opera Theater presents the New World Premiere of Charpentier’s rarely performed opera, “David et Jonathas,” with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), May 9-10 in the Opera House. Comment

Unlock the secrets hidden inside Green-Wood Cemetery

Parenting: An exciting array of historic walking tours and events make up Green-Wood Cemetery’s ongoing spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment

Rocking and rolling against Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan

Williamsburg: I n its four-year battle against Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn has had substantial backing from the artist community. From its who's who advisory board, including writers Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Safran Foer, to benefit projects like the novel Brooklyn Was Mine, where proceeds went to the organization, Brooklyn's artistic community has found creative ways to support the organization while raising awareness about what it sees as irresponsible and undemocratic development of their neighborhood. Comment

The ‘quiet icons’ of city life

Parenting: The Object Image Gallery presents its second exhibit in the yearlong series, “City Images,” featuring the work of Michael Calabrese and Jo Pendola. Comment

Reconnect with Sunset Park’s ‘Life Lines’

Parenting: The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Moms say the funniest things: Get ready for Mamapalooza

Parenting: You may have heard of Lollapalooza. Now get ready for Mamapalooza. Comment

Moms crack a few eggs whipping up fresh art

Parenting: Run out of ideas for what to get mom this Mother’s Day? Here’s something guaranteed to keep both you and mom entertained […] Comment

‘Spring ahead’ into a new world of art on the waterfront

Williamsburg: New York’s biggest artist-run art show will open May 10 on the waterfront in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. “Spring ahead” will present new works by more than 330 artists. Wide ranging styles from cutting edge to classic in both 2D and 3D media will be shown. Comment

Patricia Smith: City of One

Williamsburg: The Front Room presents Patricia Smith: “City of One,” running May 9-June 1, with an artist’s reception May 9 from 7-9 p.m. The gallery is open Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

Polish paper tigers roar

Williamsburg: Entropy Of Art, the Kurier Plus Gallery’s First International Exhibition of Works on Paper, opens with an artists’ reception, May 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, 145 Java Street in Brooklyn. The show runs through May 30. Comment

Moody Southern elegance

Williamsburg: Brooklyn artist Amy Williams, in her third solo exhibition at 440 Gallery, presents a series of dramatic large-scale color photographs depicting the classic, moody image of Southern elegance. Comment

Homespun artistry inspired by arachnid web spinners

Williamsburg: Pocket Utopia will put forward a new definition of web design, as local artists Audra Woloweic and Brece Honeycutt will be installing fabric wall drawings and homespun wool and plastic fabric swatches for the gallery’s next exhibition opening on May 9. Comment

Gowanus: Incubator of art

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG) Gallery presents Project for Calendar Studies, with an opening reception May 16 from 6-9 p.m. with the show running May 15-19. Comment

Shapeshifting New York painters

Williamsburg: Sharon Horvath, associate professor of Painting at Purchase College School of the Arts, School of Art + Design, showcases her painting “Snake House,” as part of “Shape Shifters: New York Painters,” a traveling abstract exhibition by 24 Brooklyn painters. Comment

Talented artists cross the line with drawings

Williamsburg: Kentler International Drawing Space’s presents its “100 Works On Paper” Benefit, celebrating its 18th year, May 15 at 6 p.m. Comment

Expert pickin’ and ‘a grinin’

Williamsburg: Two fabulous country bands join forces for a night of amazing music. Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the Jack Grace Band will play at the Jalopy Theatre, May 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 718-395-3214. Comment

Internationally flavored jazz

Williamsburg: On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. All performances take place at The Ink Well, 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. There is a $5 admission. Comment

Conchita Campos is ready for a ‘Grand’ time in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: After having moved around most of her life, living in Pasadena, Philadelphia and the Philippines, singer Conchita Campos came to New York nearly five years ago and has called Brooklyn home for the past two. Comment

Big Ben: Franklin live on stage like you’ve never seen him before

Williamsburg: For those still craving a Founding Fathers fix after the HBO miniseries John Adams, a forthcoming play by the Bath Beach-based Ryan Repertory explores the complex psyche of another American pillar. Comment

Beyond Ikea: Three days of the hottest in home decor

Williamsburg: Each spring, thousands of design cognoscenti and furnishings lovers from around the world descend upon the Big Apple to take part in the much acclaimed New York Design week. Comment

James Reams & The Barnstormers

Williamsburg: May is Bluegrass Music Month, so get your family and friends together and go to hear James Reams & The Barnstormers, May 9 at 8 p.m. with two sets of old-school bluegrass music at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

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