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In the mix

In the mix

Nightlife: Julie Reiner is a cocktail rock star. The Park Slope resident owns a set of swanky Manhattan lounges and is known worldwide for her spirit smarts and magical mixing. But when it came time to launch her next project, Reiner looked no further than her own backyard for a place to serve more of her high-class cocktails. Comment
Art: A photograph of a life-size, fake deer stares mournfully at us from a tiny yard in Carroll Gardens. Bits of moss and grass, collected from all over the borough, are pressed into abstract collage that is literally Brooklyn on paper. These are just a couple of artworks featured in “Brooklyn Au Natural” — a visual exploration of the interface between nature and the city — a show which opened at the Safe-T-Gallery in DUMBO on Thursday. Comment

Get lit

Books: Get out your hardcovers and smudge-proof autograph pens, because the celebrity riddled Brooklyn Book Festival will show its spine on Sept. 14. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comments (1)

Hysterical fiction

Hysterical fiction

Books: Despite sipping Earl Grey tea, like one of the characters in her debut novel might do, Ann Herendeen isn’t your average romance novelist. “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander,” Herendeen’s first novel, takes place in England in 1812, but the characters aren’t unrecognizable to Brooklynites today. Comment

Fit camp

Fitness: Most people think of the Brooklyn Bridge as a landmark and traffic thoroughfare, but for Ariane Hundt, the 125-year-old icon had even more untapped potential. Comments (3)

‘Kong’ queen

Theater: Like a giant gorilla tearing up the streets of New York, Pamela Sneed’s one-woman show — “Kong,” at Bath Beach’s Harry Warren Theater through June 29 — is taking on and tearing down the passivity and lack of responsibility that she said define theater today. Comment

Garden party

Garden party

Shopping: On most days, Prospect Heights boutique Harriet’s Alter Ego wears two hats — store and art gallery — but on Saturday, the shop will be wearing (and selling) just a few more. Comment

Be the star

Be the star

Theater: According to actress Gyda Arber, the only thing more attractive to an audience than seeing a star is being one. Comment

Grocery shopping with Steve

Parenting: aturalist and author, “Wildman” Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, June 21 (and repeated on July 6 and July 19). Comment

One group of ‘Lucky Shots’

Parenting: he Gallery at Harriet’s presents its latest exhibition, “Lucky Shots,” the culmination of more than a decade of Mike Schreiber’s diverse work as a photographer. Comment

Roses like none others at BBG

Parenting: une is Rose Month at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Comment

Free Cultural fun

Parenting: ome to Cultural Mix 2008 at Prospect Park, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It all happens on the Bowling Green at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds, with The Prospect Park Alliance Youth Council’s showcasing the tremendous diversity of the city. And it’s all free. Comment

Steel wheels & red birds

Parenting: he New York Transit Museum’s ‘50 Years to Far Rockaway’, ‘Coney Island Bound!’ and ‘Multi-Anniversary Tour of the IRT’ highlights the “Summer Nostalgia Train Excursions,” June 15, July 13 and August 2. Comment

BK ‘Au Natural’

Parenting: he diaphanous veil of civilization that we call Brooklyn will be gently, but firmly, removed as nine exceptionally strong artists, each in his or her own way, will reveal “Brooklyn Au Natural” — an exuberant and exultant salute to nature in New York’s most bodacious borough. Comment

Carnegie concerts

Parenting: his spring and summer, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series offers free concerts in Brooklyn, with performances scheduled through June 29. Comment

Crafts Festival

Parenting: he 32nd Annual American Crafts Festival At Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park will be open to the public on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, June 14-15 and 21-22, 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, with different craft displays each weekend. Comment

‘Shaker Loops’

Williamsburg: enowned for defying convention, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will continue to embrace the unexpected by performing a free outdoor concert, which includes a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams’ celebrated piece, “Shaker Loops,” accompanied by a synchronized fireworks display, June 14 at 8 p.m. at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The event is free to all. Comment

Take a twirl with Astaire & Rogers

Cinema: red Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in 10 films and into movie history. Film historian Phillip Harwood will present film clips of legendary performances by Astaire and Rogers and he will take you behind the scenes of movies such as “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” and “Shall We Dance.” Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30

Nightlife: Celebrate Brooklyn! culminates 30 years this summer with a season that exemplifies the singular variety of music, dance, film and multimedia works the festival brings to the Prospect Park Bandshell — programming that is deliberately representative of the borough’s tremendous cultural diversity. Comment

Jonah Smith comes to Union Hall

Nightlife: For the past several years, Jonah Smith has been perfecting his craft – polished, rootsy, country-twinged folk tunes – from his base in Brooklyn. Comment

McCarren Park grooves with MIA, Cutie and many more

Nightlife: While the empty expanse that is the pool at McCarren Park will one day be filled again through renovations by the city Parks Department beginning the end of this year, this summer, concerts are on at the pool-cum-venue, with top acts coming out to the North Brooklyn spot once again for both ticketed and free events. Comment

‘The Strangers’ sneaks up on you

Cinema: Silence cuts like a butcher knife in “The Strangers,” an unsettling, well-crafted film that finds terror not by dumping buckets of blood, but by employing restraint. Comment

Viva vino: Hop aboard the Little Wine Bus with pals

Williamsburg: hile Brooklyn may not be wine country, it doesn't take much to get out to one. Comment

‘Holy Holes: Absolute stalls’

Parenting: umbo Arts Center announces a new show, “Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” curated by Denise Carvalho, June 14-August 3 with an opening reception June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Comment

‘Roots’ of the African diaspora

Parenting: s people from diverse ethnic groups were brought from Africa to what would become the U.S., they brought a steady stream of knowledge, more precious than the mythical seeds said to be stored in their hair during the Middle Passage. Comment

A ‘sketchy’ Zohan

Cinema: he way comedian Adam Sandler sees it, there’s only one person who can bring peace to the Middle East. Comment

Urban walking tours

Parenting: he Center For The Urban Environment (formerly BCUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, continues its season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30: Just hitting its musical stride

Williamsburg: n 1979, a summer series began in Brooklyn with local jazz musicians and city choreographers converging on Prospect Park's Bandshell to reinvigorate the park. Comment

Revival Reggae at the new LOX Lounge

Williamsburg: s the summer heats up, so does Revival Reggae Sundays at the all new LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment

21st century look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Williamsburg: his is “Macbeth” like you've never seen it before. Comment

The best circus artists from around the world

Williamsburg: he Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, continues its CIRCUSundays in June, bringing the circus to this shorefront area of the borough every Sunday. Comment

Mighty ‘Kong’

Williamsburg: he Ryan Repertory Company presents “Kong – A New Performance Work,” written and directed by Pamela Sneed and co-directed by Barbara Parisi. Comment

Good & Plenty: The Best of RAA

Williamsburg: he Rockaway Artists Alliance presents “Good and Plenty: The Best of RAA” exhibition, plus an art auction and a Russian Folk Art exhibition, now to June 22 with an opening reception June 15 from 1-3 p.m. Admission to the show and all events is free. Comment

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

Dining: The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment

Delve deep into the tea bowls of Japan

Williamsburg: h’i Contemporary Fine Art announces the opening of “Tea Bowls and tea bowls,” a group exhibition of Japanese tea bowls by Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Kristin Muller, Takao Okazaki, and Shane Sellers. Comment

GI60: 1 minute on the stage

Williamsburg: rooklyn College’s Department of Theater hosts “GI60” (Gone in 60 Seconds), an international one-minute play festival with performances on both sides of the Atlantic and on the Internet. Comment

The world premiere of ‘Apian Way’

Williamsburg: he Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre presents their fifth annual New York season with a world premiere and the return of an audience and critics’ favorite “Apian Way,” set to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and inspired by the social interaction of bees and the mystery of their modern day disappearance. Comment

‘The Accused Items’

Williamsburg: atch series co-creator and BAX Dance Artist in Residence Andrew Dinwiddie presents a work in progress showing of “The Accursed Items,” June 13-14 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Comment

Rhythm & Blues

Williamsburg: AM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech. Comment

Scribe sings the borough’s praises in new ‘Song’ book

Williamsburg: el Brooks. Spike Lee. Joan Rivers. Comment

This Jalopy is built for music

Williamsburg: he club Jalopy offers a unique line-up of musical performances over the next week. Unless otherwise noted, shows are at 9 p.m. Comment

First time authors come at you with ‘Hot Mess’

Williamsburg: oung readers in Brooklyn looking for something to add to their summer reading lists can look no farther than Hot Mess: Summer in the City, a new book out by first-time authors Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester. Comment

‘Uncertainly’ at Smack mellon

Williamsburg: e live in uncertain times of deep cynicism and audacious hope. Assumed structures, both political and social, once deemed infallible have once again revealed their cracks. Our global world has reshuffled historic relationships, shifting economic and cultural paradigms, while fires, floods and war ravage the landscape. Comment

‘UR Here’ to create the art experience

Williamsburg: R Here, a create your own performance adventure presented by Artichoke Dance Company, will be held June 14 and 15, at 2 p.m. (rain dates June 21 and June 22 at 2 p.m.) at JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope, Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. Comment

Zimbabwe stone

Williamsburg: AMBA, an award-winning community service organization based in Brooklyn, presents its “Annual Sale of Stone Sculptures from Zimbabwe,” June 19-22 at its gallery at 19 Winthrop Street in Flatbush. Stunning works by Zimbabwe’s leading established and emerging artists will be available at affordable prices. Comment

Union Hall invites you to come and ‘Name That Tune’

Williamsburg: n a Sunday night in April in the small performing space at the Park Slope bar/venue Union Hall, teams of music hipsters sat in chairs with pieces of paper and something to write with in hand. They’re here to compete in Name That Tune, a contest held every other Sunday at the Hall that tests people’s knowledge of pop music trivia. Comment

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