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GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Sky lights

Event: Brooklyn is the perfect place to catch the nation’s largest display of fireworks, the 32nd annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.” This year, the show will feature a number of fireworks that float on the water. Find out where the best spots in the borough are to watch them! Comment

Cheap beer!

Cheap beer!

Nightlife: A night on the town never comes cheap. But if you’re drinking Baladine Xyauyu, you could bust your budget on just one drink. At $95 for 17 ounces, Baladine Xyauyu is one expensive brew, available only at Beer Table in Park Slope. Since GO Brooklyn is slow in both putting down drinks and picking up tabs, we decided to eschew the high-class hooch. Here’s every penny-pinching beer sippers’ must visit list. Comments (1)

Hitting the high notes

Music: There are plenty of outdoor concerts happening in the borough this summer, from classical music to noise rock, but no series draws the big names — and songs — of the Borough President’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series”: Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, Brian Wilson, Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis and the News and more. Comments (1)

Vintage victuals

Vintage victuals

Dining: For Carolina Capeheart, slow cooking isn’t about basting a chicken in fat and leaving it in the Crockpot all day — it’s about plucking that bird, churning that butter and roasting the whole thing herself over an open fire. Comment

Save the receipt

Dining: Historic cookery specialist Carolina Capehart shared three “receipts” — or recipes — which she believes will be “fairly easy for readers to try.” Comment

‘Girls’ wanna rock

‘Girls’ wanna rock

Music: Of all the noises made by patrons after a trip to Acapulco Deli & Restaurant — a bare bones Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint — those of the Vivian Girls were surely the least expected. Comment

Cinema under the stars

Cinema: While enjoying a summer blockbuster inside a movie theater has its advantages — air conditioning! snacks! — there’s much to be said about watching a flick al fresco with your Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a roundup of the borough’s outdoor movie festivals. Comment

Tower of power

Event: Every year, the now-scattered descendants of Williamsburg’s Italian community return to the ‘hood with one essential goal: to lift an 80-foot tall, three-ton tower known as the “giglio” onto their shoulders and “dance” with it through the streets as part of the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola in Williamsburg. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Summer delight

Nightlife: Master mixologist Toby Maloney, a Williamsburg resident, shares his recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. Comment

‘Monkey’ biz

Nightlife: Monkey Town, the Williamsburg restaurant and performing arts space, closed on June 23 for six weeks of renovations. Although it often seems that when a “closed for renovations” sign is posted on a window in Brooklyn, it’s code for “we’re out of business,” Monkey Town’s owner assures us they’ll be swinging from the branches again come Aug. 2. Comments (2)

Get ‘Hip’

Music: Beginning July 10, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will pack a whole season’s worth of programming into one long weekend. Comment

No scrubs

Fashion: Last Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, stars like Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC, actress Caryn Ward and blogger Necole Bitchie converged at “The Female Success Factor,” an entrepreneurship seminar for women. Comment

Happily shipwrecked on the sudsy shores of Beer Island

Williamsburg: A new site off the Coney Island Boardwalk has been attracting thirsty revelers. Comment

It’s not easy being green at the movies

Williamsburg: This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment

Sufi trance rock

Williamsburg: Haale descends upon New York in June, bringing her sufi trance rock. On June 22, for Celebrate Brooklyn!, Haale is opening for the legendary Malian Griot performer Salif Kaita in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Comment

Strolling & cruising by twilight

Williamsburg: Thursday Night Twilight Tours in Prospect Park return for the summer, with excursions on June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28. This special event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Comment

Live opera in your park

Williamsburg: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

Hansel & Gretel

Williamsburg: Once upon a time a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel lived with their mother and father at the edge of a very great forest…” begins the classic children’s fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, June 21-22 and 28-29 at 3:30 p.m. Comment

Fin-tastic fun for the younger set

Williamsburg: The raucous colors and sights of Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade come to life for young readers in a new picture book, Mermaids on Parade. Comment

Carroll Pk concerts

Williamsburg: The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment

Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds live

Williamsburg: Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 30th season of free entertainment continues June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the double bill The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Comment

Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

Williamsburg: Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge). Comment

Tom Moran: Happy to be ‘Starting Over’ again

Williamsburg: Tom Moran, 43, had a difficult time growing up in Brooklyn with vice and disappointment constantly coloring his childhood. He eventually succumbed and started drinking at a fairly early age – a decision that would come to haunt but eventually inspire him as an adult. Comment

Revel in the richness of the Caribbean

Williamsburg: The new Caribbean-American Heritage Day, a part of the free Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival, may just be the most exciting program in the whole 2008 National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a celebration first made official by Congress and the president in 2006. Comment

Performing a bit of ‘Self Surgery’

Williamsburg: Choreographer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Dance Artist in Residence (2007-09) Sam Kim presents a work in progress showing of “Self Surgery,” June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 6 p.m. Comment

Pass Kontrol brings the dance party beat back home

Williamsburg: The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment

Our Brooklyn accent has developed a country twang

Williamsburg: In a recent piece in the Village Voice, the headline said it all: “Country music grows in Brooklyn.” Comment

Music in the streets: Annual fest turns on the Big Apple

Williamsburg: For the second straight year, New York City’s streets will give themselves over to music on June 21 for the Make Music New York festival, a nascent tradition that began last year and was met with enthusiasm across the five boroughs. Comment

After the Jump busts out of the blogosphere in a big way

Williamsburg: Last summer, music blogs banded together to promote 14 of their favorite bands, as well as raise money for a good cause – under-funded city music programs – at the After the Jump Fest. Comment

Jamel photography expo

Williamsburg: A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz, which explores photography beyond its subject matter, highlighting the “Posivity,” the definite moment when the lens captures and shines on an individual or object, is on view now to July 26, with an opening reception June 22 from 4-7 p.m. Comment

Hip-hop, jazz, pop and more

Williamsburg: BAMcafé Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, the performance series curated by Brooklyn Academy of Music Associate Producer of Music Darrell M. McNeill, continues its line-up for June with all performances (unless otherwise stated) beginning at 9 p.m. Comment

440 Gallery Small Works Show this month

Williamsburg: The 440 Gallery presents its fourth annual “Small Works Show,” June 26 through July 27 with an opening reception June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Comment

A photographic journey

Williamsburg: The Front Room presents Edie Winograde’s “Place and Time,” now to June 29, and on view Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

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