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Your ticket to private gardens

Williamsburg: Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment

Silent auction

Williamsburg: Vacation in Jamaica, see a music or dance concert, get a much-needed massage or fly high in a hot air balloon —just a few of the many items up for bid in the BAX Spring Silent Auction, June 1-9. Comment

Roll ‘em, ladies

Williamsburg: The Jewish Women’s Film Festival (JWFF) is calling for films. The films should focus on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Comment

Park Slope author revisits John Brown’s legacy

Williamsburg: Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment

Nothing’s more surprising than the truth: Brooklyn Noir returns

Williamsburg: In 1977, during the “summer of Sam,” a younger Tim McLoughlin was going to school part-time and driving for the neighborhood car service in Bay Ridge where he lived. Comment

Fort Greene fab

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment

Cross-cultural connections

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday explores cross-cultural connections on June 7. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. Thos month’s event features a rich cultural mix that melds traditional and modern influences from Bali, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, and America. Comment

40 authors and you to talk about books, storytelling and all things literary

Williamsburg: More than 40 authors will gather in southern Queens on the Rockaway peninsula, June 8, to participate in a series of panel discussions about books and writing. An evening film festival, presented on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, will round out the event. Comment

Your own hit parade: Brooklyn Music Wide Open

Williamsburg: Connection Works presents “Brooklyn Music Wide Open,” an ongoing series of music presentations, workshops, and performances, June 7. Comment

This one’s all about American music

Williamsburg: The Spring Concert of The Brooklyn Community Chorus celebrates the breadth of American music, June 7 at 7 p.m. Comment

Stravinsky, plus

Williamsburg: The final concert in the 2007-2008 Music at Ascension season will be held June 7 at 4 p.m. presented by The Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mani, the series’ resident ensemble, will perform works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Britt. Comment

Provocative female Jewish artists

Williamsburg: As the Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years-old, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan is bringing the next exciting thing out of the borough and into Manhattan. Comment

META at Revival Reggae

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays will host the African reggae group META and the Cornerstones, June 8. Led by lead singer Meta Dia, this afro-fusion reggae band is quickly taking the world by storm with their infusion of rock, hip hop, soul and African rhythms. Comment

Labor’s unsung heroines

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents “We Were There,” the untold story of women in the American labor movement, June 13 at 8 p.m. Comment

Jazz from here all the way to Europe

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. Comment

Earth Stomping Dance Traditions to make you sit up and take notice

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program presents Folk Feet Circle ’Round Brooklyn 3, a free afternoon of traditional dance workshops and performances from 3-5 p.m., June 8 in Fort Greene Park. Comment

Coney Island keeps inspiring

Williamsburg: Gallery 364, “Bay Ridge’s First Art Gallery,” presents its June 2008 Art Competition, entitled “Coney Island.” Artists are invited to submit their works within the prescribed guidelines, using “Coney Island” as their guiding theme. Comment

Afro-Caribbean benefit concert

Williamsburg: Brooklyn-based non-profit organization Transdiaspora Network, Inc. (TDN) celebrates its official launch with an Afro-Caribbean benefit concert at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.. The benefit features a free raffle and a performance by Cuban-born jazz legend and newest TDN board member Yosvany Terry. Comment

Acoustic sounds

Williamsburg: Famed Red Hook Brooklyn bakery “baked” hosts an acoustic music series produced by fellow “Red Hookers” Beautiful Day Media. The performances will run through the summer. Comment

You know, Back in the Day

Williamsburg: The Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 226, presents “Brooklyn Back in the Day,” an exhibition of documentary photographs by six photographers whose careers began and first flourished in Brooklyn. The show runs through June 15. Comment

Time’s running out on ‘The Masters of Japanese Print’

Williamsburg: The exhibit “Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900,” is running at the Brooklyn Museum through June 15. It will feature over 90 hand-cut woodblock prints, primarily from the famed Utagawa School of Japanese printmaking. Comment

Players bring you Kit & Little and a lot of ‘Hope’

Williamsburg: The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater and Manhattan’s Engine37 Theater Company co-produce two new full-length plays to perform in repertory, June 6-21. Comment

Kingdom come for animals

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s Micro Museum presents “2008 BIG Ideas with Animals In Your Kingdom,” 12-7 p.m., now to July 19 with an opening party June 7 from 8-11 p.m. with gifts, drinks, snacks and live music at 9 p.m. Comment

For really sensational art check out...the library

Williamsburg: Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Comment

Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk coming

Williamsburg: The 2008 Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk celebrates its fifth anniversary by showcasing more than 200 artists in an interactive and participatory celebration of art along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, June 7-8 from 1-6 p.m. each day. Comment

Curators on the cutting edge: My Little/Membrane at NUTUREart

Williamsburg: In a first for Williamsburg’s NUTUREart gallery, two curators will be curating the same show, My Little/ Membrane, opening at the gallery’s Grand Street location on May 9. Comment

Cancer fighter unleashes a torrent of provocative new art

Williamsburg: After two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation proved ineffective, Brooklyn artist Cordula Volkening tried NovoCure, an experimental treatment that attacks her brain tumor with electrical currents. Comment

Bushwick buckles down for exciting Open Studios tour

Williamsburg: Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment

BAC explores ‘The Line That Connects You to Me’

Williamsburg: BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Gallery announces “The Line That Connects You To Me,” a group exhibition curated by Dana Gentile featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media work by Brooklyn-based artists that opens with a reception June 5 from 6-8 p.m. (with free beer) during the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk. Comment

Artists coalition puts out the welcome mat for you

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) hosts its ever-popular Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour, June 7-8. This self-guided tour is an annual BWAC event which offers the public the unique opportunity to meet artists on an intimate level and view their original works firsthand. Comment

Punk drunk

Punk drunk

Books: Perhaps you know him as the fez-wearing man on YouTube.com, smoking the ChronicCaster — a working bong-guitar lifted from the set of the film, “High Times Potluck.” Or maybe his name is familiar because of his stint as publisher of “High Times” magazine. Really, Mike Edison is a legend — if you’re to believe his spectacularly gripping memoir, “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment

“Fun” to be had

Nightlife: Five places deemed to be “fun” by Mike Edison, author of “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment
Music: When “Celebrate Brooklyn” kicks off its 30th year on Thursday, the opening night entertainment will come from R&B legend Isaac Hayes. GO Brooklyn caught up with the singer to chat about live music, ex-girlfriends and his favorite picnic food. Comments (1)

On the ‘Marco’

Dining: As guests sat down to dinner on Tuesday night at Marco Polo Ristorante’s 25th anniversary celebration, a group of musicians crowded around the piano and launched into the theme from “The Godfather.” Live music, endless amounts of wine and a jaw-dropping menu of Marco Polo’s famous Italian dishes? Now that was an offer few could refuse. Comment

Back in ‘Black’

Back in ‘Black’

Theater: For the past 11 years, the Gallery Players’ “Black Box New Play Festival” has brought new and un-produced work to the borough, but this year, the group is expanding its reach into another unexplored realm: Manhattan. Comment

Wild ‘Liars’

Music: From her apartment in Boston, Mass., legendary punk singer Thalia Zedek’s voice is sweeter than expected. Her trademark smokey growl apparently reserved for recording sessions and live performances, the former lead singer for Come — who’s playing at Union Pool on Friday in support of her fourth solo record, “Liars and Prayers” — sounded exceptionally upbeat when she spoke to GO Brooklyn. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Have a ball

As summer sportsmen dust off their tennis whites, a gaggle of Williamsburgers are preparing for their own summer racquet ritual: “Wiimbledon.” Comment

’Candy’ store

’Candy’ store

Art: When Rae McGrath moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant three years ago, he wasn’t sure that the area was ready for his vision. But thanks to plenty of hard work, McGrath’s baby, the Brooklynite Gallery, will open on Tuesday. And he thinks it’s not a moment too soon. Comments (2)

Barge right in

Theater: Get back on board with CIRCUSundays! The Waterfront Museum’s beloved circus show on a boat has returned to Red Hook. Comment

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