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Very good Ames

Very good Ames

Books: Author Jonathan Ames is back — this time with a racy, randy, raucous new graphic novel, “The Alcoholic.” Is it about him? What do you think? Comment

Pour it on

Dining: Anyone who’s seen “Sideways” knows the basics of wine tasting — swirl glass, stick in nose, inhale — but how do you go about tasting a Jim Beam? Or a Basil Hayden’s, for that matter? Comment

Arty development

Waiting in the Wings: Our weekly roundup of upcoming theatrical productions. Comment

Booze news

Booze news

Shopping: Soon, Windsor Terrace will have a little more Beaujolais and a little less boxed wine. Comment

A regular Joe’s

A regular Joe’s

Shopping: By the time you read this, Trader Joe’s will be open at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Yes, that sound was your stomach grumbling. Comment
Shopping: A Fifth Avenue grocery is uncapping a new strategy to tap into Greenwood Heights’ shifting demographics — widening its already expansive beer selection. Comments (1)

New Orlean

Books: Susan Orlean’s first children’s book started out as a joke. Comment
Theater: What should you do this weekend? You should see “The Underpants” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope, says our reviewer. Comment

Back to ‘nam: Cinema looks at the USA’s other hated war

Cinema: The conflicting facets that make the Vietnam War one of the most controversial military conflicts of the 20th century will be revisited and reviewed on the movie screen through a special borough film series highlighting the tarnished glories and failed victories that nearly caused a country – ours – to implode upon itself. Comment

Nicholas Cage is lost in the far east

Cinema: Nicolas Cage opens “Bangkok Dangerous” with a deep, authoritative narrative outlining the do’s and don’ts of the murder for hire biz — then in the next 90 or so shallow minutes that follow, blindly proceeds to break all of those commandments. Comment

The one and only Patti Labelle brings down the house

Nightlife: Rocking with a “New attitude”… Comment

Vin gets biblical in far out sci-fi romp

Cinema: Vin Diesel’s career as an action star officially ran out of gas in “Babylon AD,” a stilted post-apocalyptic thriller that in the end implodes on itself and leaves everyone in the theater confused. Comment

Tune into ‘Red Hook High’

Parenting: Dance Theatre Etcetera, a community-based arts organization in Red Hook, announces that “Red Hook High,” a new independent television pilot produced and directed by filmmaker and Dance Theatre Etcetera board member Trac Minh Vu, has been selected to premiere at the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition. Comment

Tillie’s is terrific in September – come down!

Parenting: Tillie’s of Brooklyn welcomes the month with a host of new shows. Comment

New Hub home

Parenting: After a dramatic year-long renovation, Spoke the Hub Dancing (STH) introduces the community to its new space and to a new roster of movement and arts classes for the whole family. Comment

Portraits of powerful NYC personalities

Parenting: An extraordinary collection of rarely-seen, classical portraits of leading figures from New York’s art world, taken from 1981 to 1990, will be exhibited in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, September 18-October 26. There is an opening reception September 18 from 6-9 p.m. Comment

‘Fall’ into the best street fests in town

Parenting: The autumn street fairs held across the borough not only provide an afternoon of family fun, but also offer a unique perspective on the communities in which they occur. Comment

‘Spirited’ clown performances

Parenting: The Brick Theater, Inc. presents “A Glass Of Wine,” as part of The 3rd Annual New York Clown Theatre Festival. The show was created and is performed by Daniel Forlano. Comment

‘Running into walls’

Parenting: What would you do if your daily routine were interrupted by mortality, the ultimate interruption? How far would you go to fulfill a promise? Is a eulogy for oneself called a melogy? Even in faraway Portland, Oregon, they struggle with these imponderables. Comment

‘Minstrel Show 2008’ starts with reception

Parenting: Gallery on Dean (inside the restaurant Tavern on Dean) begins its fifth season with a provocative exhibit, “The Minstrel Show 2008,” a large solo show of paintings and drawings by Bed-Stuy resident Lasharn Yamel Cupid. Comment

Monk parakeet safari

Parenting: Brooklynites are used to seeing pigeons and the occasional seagull flying through their skies. It may be surprising to hear that the borough also has a significant parrot population. Comment

Capturing the lives of bustling commuters

Parenting: Getting Around: City Transportation Images, is the new show at the Object Image Gallery, captures both the hustle and bustle of city life as well as the occasional solitary relationship New Yorkers have with their modes of travel. Comment

Dance auditions

Williamsburg: Auditions for Dancewave’s Kids Company is open to all talented teens, and will take place September 13 and 17, 4:30 p.m. at PS 77, 62 Park Place in Park Slope. Comment

Join the chorus

Williamsburg: The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, Mark Mangini, conductor, is seeking choral singers. They offer a mixed repertoire of theater and classical music and perform two annual free concerts on the Kingsborough campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in December and May. Comment

Afro-beat jazz

Williamsburg: Afro Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant brings live music from African, the Caribbean and Latin traditions woven together with jazz. Comment

Read all about it: Brooklyn Book Festival returns!

Williamsburg: Brooklyn is a literary hub, a destination for aspiring writers by sheer coincidence or simply due to more affordable rates than another writerly beacon, Manhattan. On September 14, more than 150 authors converge upon Borough Hall for the third annual Brooklyn Book Festival, an all-day literary fair featuring those long on the scene and those just new to it. Comment

Contemplate the depths of ‘Shimmering Matter’

Williamsburg: Get captivated by Christopher Harrington's shimmering matter as it graces the walls of Williamsburg's Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art gallery this fall. Comment

Pete Malinverni at the piano

Williamsburg: Catch a solo piano performance by one of New York’s most inventive composers, Pete Malinverni, who is now at Brooklyn’s The River Café at 1 Water Street on the water in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

11th Annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree

Williamsburg: A performance by two of the founding members of the New Lost City Ramblers — the highly influential string band that jump-started the folk music revival (some called it the “folk scare”) in the 1950s — will be one of the highlights of the 11th annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree when it returns September 12-14. Comment

Just a’ fiddlin’ and a’ pickin’

Parenting: Flat picks and hot licks are on tap as Virginia sends its best fiddlers and pickers to Brooklyn on September 14 at 7 p.m. Comment

Howard Hawks retrospective

Parenting: BAMcinématek presents “Hawks,” September 15-30, a 16-film retrospective of director Howard Hawks featuring genre classics and rare films including “Scarface” (1932), “Ball of Fire” (1947), “The Big Sleep” (1946), “The Big Sky” (1952), “The Road to Glory” (1936) and “Tiger Shark” (1932). Comment

Cast your line in with the Fishermen of Sheepshead Bay

Parenting: As they were wont to do, friends Christian Johnston and Shamar Hill would go to a pier in Sheepshead Bay and fish. Well, Johnston would fish and Hill would just hang out. Comment

Art in Free Fall at BWAC

Parenting: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents “Art in Free Fall,” their fall group art show, September 13-October 26, weekends from 1-6 p.m. Brooklyn’s largest exhibition of contemporary art will be shown in the historic Red Hook warehouse that has housed the shows since 1992. Comment

Make this ‘Crossing’

Parenting: The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) presents the first major New York solo exhibition by British artist Sarah Beddington. “Crossing” is a site-specific, mixed media installation responding to DAC’s ship-like interior and past maritime activity of the waterfront neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn. Comment

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