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Music: They Might Be Giants sat down with us at Terrace Bagels a few days before Saturday’s family show in Prospect Park. Cool. Comments (1)

The essential They Might Be Giants

Music: They Might Be Giants — a.k.a John Flansburg and John Linnell — have put out 14 studio albums in their 20-plus-year recording career. Their sound is easy to dismiss as kitschy and their lyrics are often derided as gimmicky, but there are few bands that write tunes as catchy or lyrics as sad, funny, witty, poignant and, yes, educational as the Giants. Here are the essential records. Comments (1)

Laissez les bons temps rouler avec les Francais de Smith Street en 12 Juillet

Event: That headline is French to honor Sunday’s big Bastille Day street fair on Smith Street. Comments (5)

Get out of the subway and onto one of his scooters

Shopping: A new Downtown shop wants you to save money, save gas and get into the Zen spirit of owning your own scooter. Comments (7)

Slope writer offers cons from the pros of comedy

Checkin’ in with: What makes something funny? And, more important, how can you get your screenplay made? Find out here. Comments (1)

Built to thrill: The Siren Festival is back

Nightlife: On July 18, the ninth annual Siren Festival will once again transform the People’s Playground into the Rocker’s Rec Room. Comment

No ‘truffle’ eating this whole pie

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: The best thing we ate this week? The truffle pizza at Toby’s Public House in Greenwood Heights. Comment

Melissa’s shortcake recipe is berry good

Dining: Our top chef gives us another great summertime recipe. Comments (2)
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A freaky three-way for the Smash or Trash team!

Smash or Trash: With a big music weekend upon us, the Smash or Trash team reviews three new songs. Comment

‘Underfunded’ showcase at Murrow H.S.

Kings Courier: Forget the Met! Comment

Boy Scout Night at KeySpan

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Cyclones welcome fans to help the troops and do their part on Boy Scout Night, July 11 starting at 6 p.m. at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

2nd annual 4th of July Picnic

Canarsie: State Senator Marty Golden announced that the Second Annual Greater Bay Ridge 4th of July Picnic will be held July 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the field on 82nd Street and Shore Road. Comment

Nick enlists parents for cool survey

Canarsie: It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment

Sidewalk games

The Police Athletic League launched its 2009 Summer Program for New York City youngsters to play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists. Comment

Nick: vote for coolest spots in Bklyn

Williamsburg: It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment

Red, white and Brooklyn: 4th of July celebrations

Williamsburg: This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment

‘Stories in the Garden’

Brooklyn Courier: The Hoyt Street Association will hold its free, annual “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., June 30 to July 28 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Nick asks parents about the coolest places in BK

Brooklyn Courier: It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment

It’s Chinese Folk Art Fridays

Brooklyn Courier: Puppetry In Practice invites the young and young at heart to Chinese Folk Art Fridays, every Friday from July 10−August 28. Comment

Smith Street Funday Sunday

Brooklyn Courier: Stroll, shop, and sample all that Smith Street has to offer during the Smith Street Funday Sunday along eight blocks of Smith Street from Bergen to Union streets, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

‘Walk to the Opera’ for ‘Medium

Brooklyn Courier: OperaOGGINY presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” as part of its “Walk to the Opera” series. Comment

Red, white and Brooklyn: 4th of July fun!

Brooklyn Courier: This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment

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