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Summer ‘Knights’

Summer ‘Knights’

Art: Next weekend, “The Dark Knight,” the latest movie in the Batman franchise, opens in theaters nationwide. Hidden away in Red Hook, however, is another look at the Caped Crusader — and what it lacks in box office glitz, it more than makes up for in graphic authenticity. Comment

Eat to the beat

Eat to the beat

Music: Just because Brooklynites are ga-ga for outdoor summer concert series, it doesn’t mean that bands prefer them to the confines of a nightclub. “I like playing indoor shows, hearing the reverb and the natural sound of the guitars coming off the wall,” said Britt Daniel, lead singer of Spoon. “Some people love nature — I love nature in doses.” Comments (1)

Fancy schmancy

Dining: Sweat dripped from customers’ chins into their mugs of Sixpoint beer. The fumes of grilling pork rose to meet the smell of close, hot bodies. And then it began to pour. This was the second annual UnFancy Food Show, a celebration of Brooklyn food artisans and small producers in a defiantly un-fancy setting in Williamsburg. Comment

La Brooklynais

Two Smith Street restaurants are baring their Bastille Day pride with an enormous “petanque” tournament on Sunday. Comment

Bastille Day beckons

Dining: Fort Greene bistro Chez Oskar to celebrate Bastille Day — and its 10th anniversary — with live music, fire-eating, a prix-fixe menu and more! Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Denmark’s dozen

Denmark’s dozen

Theater: Each year, there are more Shakespearean productions in the borough than we can count, but on Friday night at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, fans of the Bard got more for their money with the Woodshed Collective theater company’s “Twelve Ophelias.” Comment

Mind your Q’s

Art: Brooklyn Paper photographer Tom Callan is a star at “Click!,” the publicly curated photo show currently hanging at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

For the birds

Event: Of all the immigrants who’ve made homes in Brooklyn, there’s still one group that doesn’t quite fit in: the parrots. Comment

Flower power

Shopping: The Hibiscus Day Spa, open since 2005 in Stuyvesant Heights — and going on two months in its new location — has unveiled its latest beauty treatment: a retail shop stocking skin care essentials, lounge clothing and spa accessories. Comment

This one’s for the dogs: Nathan’s contest coming

Williamsburg: Talk about tough economic times: Even the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island isn’t immune to cutbacks. Comment

Walk BK, from Weeksville to Red Hook

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

Sweet sounds of Hot Peas ‘N Butter this summer

Williamsburg: For those who grew up in the New York City, hot peas and butter wouldn't be just the name for a side for dinner. Comment

Summer science adventures at the Botanic Garden

Williamsburg: Join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for a fun-filled 94th summer in Miss Shaw’s Children’s Garden. Comment

Blues fest

Parenting: BAM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech into July. Comment

Wild food tour

Parenting: Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, July 6. Prospect Park is a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season. Comment

Waterside salsa

Parenting: The Boricua Festival Committee’s Annual “Salsa at the Waterfront,” this year moving to Sunset Park, will be held June 28 at the 58th Street Pier, First Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

Summer fun at the library

Williamsburg: Summertime has arrived and so has a full schedule of great events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) including classes, workshops, music and more. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Twilight Tattoo

Parenting: The Army’s most popular outdoor ceremonial program, the Twilight Tattoo, will be presented at Marine Park, June 28 at 6 p.m. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sounds of the US Army’s Jazz Ensemble, which starts playing at 5:30 p.m. Comment

See fish for free

Parenting: The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment

Last chance for CIRCUSundays

Parenting: The Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, concludes its CIRCUSundays series, which brings the circus to this shorefront area. Comment

Cash in at Kingsborough

Parenting: Kingsborough Community College presents seven free sizzling concerts in July including a Johnny Cash Tribute & Sing-Along, Zydeco music from Louisiana, and a special concert just for kids. Comment

Get ‘In the Moment’

Williamsburg: Celebrate with Moshe Weidenfeld, a Brooklyn-based guitarist who pulls from Latin, jazz and Jewish music, for the release of his new CD, “In the Moment,” this June 29 at Park Slope's Jewish Music Cafe. Comment

The granddaddy of all collectives at Papa B Studios

Williamsburg: How does one start an artist collective in Brooklyn? Step one: put together a business plan and acquire an affordable commercial space. Step two: renovate and design it to your needs. Step three: develop a word-of mouth campaign and hold a killer opening party attracting hundreds of people. Comment

The world is flat at the Kentler drawing space

Williamsburg: Kentler International Drawing Space presents the work of 19 artists from The Kentler Flatfiles in a show guest-curated by Charlotta Kotik, curator of Contemporary Art Emerita, Brooklyn Museum. Comment

Time is an illusion

Williamsburg: The Brick Theater, Inc. presents a Bone Orchard production, “The Stubborn Illusion Of Time” as part of The Film Festival: A Theater Festival. Comment

Prospect Daydream

Williamsburg: PLG Arts presents “Daydream” in Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground, at Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Performance dates are June 28-29 and July 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. All performances are and include post-show activities for children. Comment

New Cinderella spin

Williamsburg: Youth on Target Theater Company presents a new take on “Cinderella,” playing in Brooklyn, June and July. Veering from the familiar Disney telling, this production offers children a relatable tale rooted in the Italian tradition of the classic story. Comment

Artists respond to 3rd Ward’s open call in ‘Suits’

Williamsburg: Jeremy Leichman’s playful take on the modern working man and all his costumed glory is on display at Bushwick's 3rd Ward Gallery in “Suits,” the gallery’s 2008 Spring Solo Show, opening on June 28. Comment

Factory Fresh goes ‘Rotten’ with latest visual works

Williamsburg: Less than a month after opening, the East Williamsburg gallery Factory Fresh is living up to its promise for bringing in fresh new art. Comment

‘Grotesque Histories’

Williamsburg: Grotesque Histories” presents the work of three artists who deploy iconographies based in history, both ancient and recent, to address the current world condition. The show will be held at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, July 2-August 8 with an opening reception July 2 from 7-9 p.m. Comment

‘Poets of the Paste’ at Ad Hoc Art

Williamsburg: Fresh off their dense, shantytown-themed exhibit “The Threat of Chance,” Ad Hoc Art gallery pulls a Monty Python with something completely different. The gallery welcomes Elbowtoe, Armsrock, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster, artists who often work with wheat paste, contributing several of their mixed media pieces in a show called “Poets of the Paste,” now open. Comment

ISO Symphonic Band sounds trumpet for heroes

Williamsburg: The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment

Mermaids mix fun & activism

Williamsburg: This weekend’s edition of the 26th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island had all the fanciful flotsam and jetsam you’d expect – but serious political dissent was never more than a couple of nautical leagues away. Comment

Get down & dirty with the Dirty Boogaloo

Williamsburg: At the bottom of the uneven cement staircase, patrons squeezed through two shoddy wooden double-doors. Ten bucks got them past the bar and down the bench-lined corridor, lit mostly by gaudy gold-painted walls. But in the cavernous back room, their surroundings mattered little as the dulcet tones of the Dirty Boogaloo began to fill the performance space. Comment

Bring the picnic basket to Bay Ridge this July 4th

Williamsburg: In small town U.S.A., Independence Day means community-wide festivities, at which young and old turn out enthusiastically, waving flags, toasting the occasion and engaging in old-fashioned activities such as picnics and parades. Comment

Young minds at work

Williamsburg: The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) presents “Art in the Life of Young Minds,” an exhibit created by students aged eight to 14 under the mentorship of artist Al Johnson. Comment

Your mouse the judge in latest Bklyn Museum show

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum has appointed you the judge, jury and exhibitioner for their latest photography project, "Click!" Comment

Online laughs with ‘The Burg’

Williamsburg: Early last year, Thom Woodley and Kathleen Grace were heading up the elevator of the Pierre Hotel to meet Michael Eisner in his private hotel suite. Eisner was launching Tornonte, his new Internet media venture that provided users with original comedic content and he wanted to meet some emerging talents. Comment

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