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Stranger than fiction

Stranger than fiction

TV: Three Brooklyn rockers — with a delicious double-life — are proving that there’s a lot to laugh about when you’re in pursuit of a record deal in their debut television series, “Z Rock.” Comment

Back to school

Back to school

Books: Growing up, Liza Monroy traveled the globe with her diplomat mother, yet the author of the gripping coming-of-age story “Mexican High” now revels in the suburban feel of Prospect Heights. Comment

Hot jazz

Music: Enjoy a free jazz performance by the Charles Sibirsky Trio, while checking out the flavors of Park Slope’s new Aji Bar and Lounge, on Thursday. Comment

Rockin’ Robins

Rockin’ Robins

Cinema: We’ve all heard the beating of the drums at the south end of Prospect Park on a Sunday afternoon; now hear the story behind the music in Jeremy Robins’s new documentary, “The Other Side of the Water.” Comment

Reflect on Mirrors

Nightlife: There are no mirrors in Mirrors — yet. The Clinton Hill after-hours spot relies on its clientele for reflection. Comment

Randazzo’s rated best in seafood

Williamsburg: Eat your heart out, Eric Ripert. Comment

Piramide: Nouveau Mexican cuisine at its very finest

Williamsburg: To think of Piramide (499 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, 718-499-0002 and as a Mexican restaurant is to think of Peter Luger Steakhouse as a burger joint. Comment

Mitchell’s Bar & Grill: Truly a unique experience for all

Williamsburg: Well…the official name is Mitchell’s Bar & Grill (259 Flatbush Avenue, between Sixth Avenue and St. Mark’s Avenue; 718-484-4114). And they do have a bar, and even a grill. But if you expect to find a couple of bleary-eyed, unshaven men hanging on bar stools…well, perhaps you are taking the name a little too literally. Comment

Marty lives in the ‘Barrio’

Williamsburg: Borough President Marty Markowitz is feted with flair and a sizzle by restaurateur Spencer Rothschild at his Mexican hotspot, Barrio, 210 7th Avenue, when the beep stopped in for a bite with wife Jamie on the weekend of the recent Seventh Heaven festival in Park Slope. Comment

Maria’s Restaurant: 76 years of excellence

Williamsburg: Longevity is a good indication of quality and consistency of excellence, and such is very much the case with Maria’s Restaurant (3073 Emmons Avenue, 718-646-6665), not only the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the area, but one of the most vintage and valued in the entire city. Comment

Marco Polo Ristorante toasts 25 years of delicious BK dining

Williamsburg: A violinist provided the sweet serenade, welcoming patrons with aplomb when Marco Polo Ristorante celebrated its 25th anniversary. Comment

Kings Plaza Diner: There’s always something good to eat

Williamsburg: here’s a very good reason the Kings Plaza Diner (4124 Avenue U, 718-951-6700) is known as royalty among diners…and why it has earned accolades from everyone from the Daily News (which named it Diner of the Year) to Zagat (where readers praised its value and specialized cuisines). Comment

Il Fornetto: There’s always something tempting coming from this ‘little oven’

Williamsburg: Whether you crave perfect wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Brooklyn’s freshest seafood, or the best seat to watch the big game, Il Fornetto (2902 Emmons Avenue, 718-332-8494, has got it all — and then some. Comment

Austin’s Steak House: Pleasing your palate, entertaining your senses

Williamsburg: Austin’s Steak House is serving up entertainment with its aged beef and veal chops – at no cover charge. Comment

You’re invited to a scandalous Brooklyn Tea Party

Williamsburg: Odonata Dance Project, a Brooklyn-based troupe, has several short works in the, well, works. To help in their development, the dancers are inviting you to a fund raiser cabaret called “Brooklyn Tea Party,” where you can see the works in progress, catch some high-flying trapeze artists and party like it’s 1773. Comment

The party continues at Seaside Summer Concert Series

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz continues his 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment

Summer means it’s showtime

Williamsburg: The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, continues with the performances sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force, and CERT1NYC. Comment

Semi Precious Weapons: Fully locked and loaded

Williamsburg: Since Semi Precious Weapons formed three years ago, Greenpoint has gotten an infusion of glam rock. And this month, the fabulous foursome brings their guyliner, six-inch stilettos and rock attitude to the neighborhood stage when they play Europa on July 31. Comment

It’s International Reggae Night

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays closes out the month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. July 27 brings International Reggae Night starting at 9 p.m. Comment

Hipster ‘Siren’ call remains true to Coney

Williamsburg: Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast-growing urban tradition – the annual Siren Music Festival. Comment

First Annual Punk & Metal extravaganza at the shore

Williamsburg: We’ve all seen the tee shirts that plead “Punk’s not dead” as if to convince a skeptical passerby or defend the genre’s honor. Comment

Billyburg welcomes Knitting Factory home

Williamsburg: The Knitting Factory – the iconic Tribeca music venue known for its eclectic and cutting-edge music – will soon move across the East River to Williamsburg. Comment

Dark Knight lights the way for others to follow

Williamsburg: Everyone coming out of “The Dark Knight” this weekend had little light bulbs hovering over their heads aglow with the realization that the next time they’re in the mood for great, thought-provoking literature, they can head right to their nearest comic book store. Comment

Believe it or not, the X-Files is just okay

Williamsburg: Make no mistake about it, if you happened to be home with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night in the mid- to late 90’s, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” would have been a perfectly fine episode to satisfy Mulder and Scully fans. Comment

‘Mummy’ offends with dragon breath

Bay News: It’s a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment when a drop-kicking abominable snowman is the lone highlight in a mummy picture. Comment

Wing it the next time you’re out

Williamsburg: When people refer to wildlife in New York City, most folks may conjure up images of New York’s striving nightlife culture or perhaps some of the colorful parades that gallivant up and down the streets of our five boroughs. Comment

The British are coming! The British are coming! Brooklyn rallies to arms in Revolutionary War re-enactment

Williamsburg: It’s Battle Week, Brooklyn’s annual excursion into the collective American consciousness, enticing history buffs and the merely curious to explore the modern borough with an eye to times long gone. Comment

See a sea lion samba live!

Williamsburg: Come watch the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo get into the swing of things. Resident sea lions will flipper to the sound of music as the zoo is transported to Rio with “Samba New York!,” a Brazilian samba drum ensemble, August 17, 12-3 p.m. Comment

Science cabaret

Williamsburg: Ira Flatow, popular host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, will be presenting his TalkingScience’s AquaCabaret at the New York Aquarium, August 8 at 7 p.m. Comment

Rise above it all at the Balloon and Music Festival

Williamsburg: The Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival sponsored by RE/MAX of New York, Inc. returns to Brookhaven Calabro Airport on Long Island, August 8, 9 and 10, featuring some of the world’s most magnificent hot air balloons. Comment

Never be bored

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment

Meet ‘Great White Lies’ author

Williamsburg: Bernard J. Marsh, author of the recently published “Great White Way/Greatwhite Lies,” will host a book signing, August 14 from 6-9 p.m., at the Two Steps Down Restaurant, 240 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, between Vanderbilt and Clermont avenues. Comment

Gabriel on a bad trip

Williamsburg: Theater for the New City’s Street Annual Street Theater Tour’s, “It’s the Economy Stupid! or The Turning Point,” will be playing free performances on streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the borough. Comment

Enjoy a free ‘Summer on the Green’

Williamsburg: Now in its second year, The Prospect Park Youth Council’s free Summer on the Green Program is bigger, better, more educational and even more fun. Comment

Discover something wild at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Williamsburg: People are not the only visitors who enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park’s beautiful waterfront. This summer the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, along with New York Audubon and the Coastal Marine Resource Center, invites children (and adults) of all ages to experience the birds and marine life of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

‘When Boy Meets Girl’ returns to Sputnik

Williamsburg: When Boy Meets Girl returns to Brooklyn’s Sputnik night spot August 8. Comment

Wilco to pack ‘em into McCarren Pool

Williamsburg: Chicago rock band Wilco will play McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 13. The concert will benefit the Open Space Alliance and is the band’s only New York area appearance this summer. Comment

They’re heavy on the honk and terrific with the tonk

Williamsburg: You don’t have to own a pair of cowboy boots or speak in a Southern drawl to get into the country grooves coming to Southpaw on August 8, fueled by a few Brooklyn-based bands that do honky tonk best. Comment

Summer Surf & Twist Party

Williamsburg: The Wang Dang Doodle presents the Summer Surf and Twist Party with three DJs spinning the sounds of the sizzlin’ season for your drinking and twisting pleasure. On tap are DJs Gaylord Fields (WFMU), Domenic Priore (Riot on Sunset Strip) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus (Wang host). Comment

Spoken word, satire and lotsa, lotsa love

Williamsburg: Tillie’s of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, offers music and art events throughout August. Comment

Spider John’s musical web

Williamsburg: In the late fifties, Spider John Koerner borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives songbook, and began a journey which helped shape the course of American country blues and folk music. Comment

Rocker arms her public with luscious lipstick ‘Armour’

Williamsburg: Brooklyn's Theo Kogan, an established musician, model and actress, can now add one more notch to her career belt – makeup entrepreneur. Comment

Liza and Huey

Williamsburg: The Seaside Summer Concert Series, celebrating an incredible 30 years of the very best in free entertainment, continues at Asser Levy/Seaside Park with consecutive Thursday night concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. Comment

Kilguss & Steves

Williamsburg: Jessie Kilguss and the Steves will be performing 8 p.m., August 8 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn. Comment

Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant

Williamsburg: Afro Jazz Sundays is Brooklyn’s newest summer event for live music from African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms interwoven with jazz. Comment

Appalachia meets Alaska

Williamsburg: Alaska’s fiddlin’ poet, Ken Waldman, opens club Jalopy’s August performance schedule on August 8 at 9 p.m. He combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry and mostly Alaska-set storytelling. He will be joined by Eli Smith playing old-time, folk, blues, pre-blues and country music. Smith performs every Wednesday at the Jalopy Theater as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective. Comment

‘What’s the Hook?’ photography exhibit

Williamsburg: What’s the Hook?, a community-based photography project, culminates its summer-long series of exhibits with an installation at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition (BWAC) running through August 14 at the Beard Street Warehouse, 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. Comment

New designs and tunes

Williamsburg: Fashion, art & music re-defined describes Backyard Couture, a backyard event held at Harriet’s Alter Ego Boutique & Art Gallery, showcasing emerging designers, local musicians, artists and DJs. Comment

Laugh ‘til you cry, then start laughing some more...

Williamsburg: At the end of another raucous set of comedy on a recent Wednesday, Sound Fix’s John Knefel takes the stage, shouting to an appreciative and well-lubricated audience, “And avoid comedy clubs!” Comment

Immerse yourself in a ‘NY State of Mind’

Williamsburg: A special exhibit opening, “New York State of Mind,” at the Brooklyn Museum, August 14, showcases the paintings, sculptures and photography of adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, all of whom are residents of the Institute for Community Living (ICL) and participants in the Art Enhancement Project. Comment

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