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Bloom county! Sakura Matsuri back at the Botanic Garden

Break out your kimino — Sakura Matsuri is back. Comment

La Strada registers on the Mus-o-Meter

La Strada offered a glimpse of its romanticized indie sound in its 2008 self-titled EP. Now, the band has spent time in the studio and release a full-length debut this month, expanding from the EP to include poppier additions. But to really get a sense of what the new album, “New Home,” is like, we leave that up to our exclusive Mus-o-meter. Comment

Indie rockers La Strada come ‘Home’ to celebrate at the Knitting Factory

Most bands don’t begin with just an accordion. But for James Craft, the old-world instrument was a launching pad for his band, La Strada. Comment

Eat local? How about <i>farm</i> local? This guy did it

Manny Howard has been raising chickens in his Ditmas Park backyard farm since 2007. But he’s not only doing it for the meat. Comment

Buy it at the Lyceum next weekend!

Eric Richmond has long envisioned the Brooklyn Lyceum as a Medieval town square. While the former bath house on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is often used as a venue for theater and dance, the owner’s vision comes true next month. Comment

His story! Transman pageant comes to Brooklyn

Nightlife: A transgender beauty pageant is about to make “his-tory.” Comment

Brooklyn Museum to give up wall space to reality TV winner

Some reality TV stars give up their dignity. The Brooklyn Museum will be giving up its wall space. Comment

Catch Uzimon — a reggae legend in his own smoke-filled mind

Music: Uzimon, Bermuda’s most-ignorant reggae superstar, is coming to Brooklyn to fire the opening salvo in what he calls a nationwide “reggaelution.” Comments (3)
Theater: Now those are some topics you don’t see on stage that often! Comment

Santiago Calatrava gives a master class at Pratt

Event: The starchitect will talk about his career in a one-night stand at the design school. Comment

It’s hard to say good ‘Night’ at Heights Players

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: “Night Must Fall” lives up to its name. Comments (1)
Theater: Human behavior can be a gold mine for a playwright, and Crystal Skillman has found her nugget — Mankind’s propensity to torture. Comment

Small craft advisory at the handmade calvalcade in Greenpoint

Shopping: From clocks made out of bingo cards to card cases adorned with images of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Cyclone, the borough’s ingenuity will be on full display this month. Comment

Nerds and geeks get together for ‘Lord of the Rings’-style fights this Saturday

Event: If you see 20 or so fellas wearing armor and wielding swords in Prospect Park, don’t be alarmed. They’re just playing make-believe. Comments (1)

Inlets in midstream! Sebastain Krueger bails on day job to sing full time

Music: Sebastian Krueger likes to jump off of cliffs — figuratively speaking. Comment
Nightlife: Put down that Brooklyn, Kelso or Sixpoint, craft beer lovers — Mission Dolores, the new Park Slope beer garden from the folks at Bar Great Harry, is here to salvage you from drinking the same ol’ beer. Comments (1)

‘Street’ news! New book celebrates the work of graffiti artists

Art: Finally, a chance to enjoy street art — without having to hit the street. Comment

Aurora rising! Italian joint in Williamsburg is better than ever

Dining: Every Italian joint this side of Carroll Gardens has the standard vongole — but one Williamsburg restaurant’s menu is making its name as a one-of-a-kind, serious foodie destination. Comments (2)
Art: Shepard Fairey to talk about his graffit art, his graphic design and, yes, that famous poster. Comments (2)
Music: Suzanne Fiol’s legacy of experimental music lives on — in new Downtown digs. Comment
Shopping: Urbanites may scoff, shudder, or just yawn at the mention of those suburban things called shopping malls — but they’re flocking to one on Front Street in DUMBO. Comment

Bushwick has a cool new gallery — just look for the tax accountant’s sign

Art: Bushwick’s latest art gallery happens to be tax deductible! Comment

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