I’m sure I don’t need to tell you it’s BETA Spaces 2010 this weekend, and holy cow is that calendar full.  Anything you could possibly think of to do, chances are we’ve got it.  Lots of uniquely Bushwick theatre options (hello puppets & acrobats), panel discussions, figure drawing & good-for-the-soul classes, jam nights, and tons of Art, Art, Art.  Hit the streets & soak up all you can.

Tonight

It’s opening night at the Bushwick Starr for Band of Puppets Fest, a showcase of live puppetry music videos (think Thriller) inspired by the music of David Bowie.  Running this weekend only, and curated by the amazing puppet master Amanda Maddock, this event will not disappoint.  Just be sure to pre order your tickets.

House of Yes brings us their monthly Sky Box Aerial & Variety Show, an unconventional cabaret featuring some of the best aerialists in the biz.   Go escape to a fantasy world of “burlesque, spandex, glitter, pasties, beautiful contortionists & dirty jokes.”  All proceeds benefit Sky Box & House of Yes, one of our most unique Bushwick communities.  Tickets are only $10 and available right at the door.

Friday

It’s all about the art tonight, folks:

Art "blogazine" Hyperallergic has temporarily set up shop at The Outpost for their multifarious program #TheSocialGraph, an exploration of social media art and its relation to contemporary art. There are events planned all the way until closing (11/27), including tonight’s opening night soiree, and the talented & always charming Austin Thomas will lead a discussion on James Kalm’s art world videos Saturday at 7pm.

Those Famous Accountants are only giving up this little teaser regarding tonight’s Andrew Ohanesian opening (Mandies!  Blind Spot!  All genius!) — but I promise this will be epic & you do not want to miss it.  Swing by any time after 7pm…

And if you haven’t made it out to Fort Useless yet, here’s your chance: The space is hosting Double Down, featuring the work of Lacey Fekishazy and Liz Atzberger.

Saturday

Iwona Yoga Studio is offering a free open-door event from 4:30 to 8pm, with a full program of classes to sample — self defense, gentle yoga, a meeting with confidence coach Erika Gombosova.  Go nurture your mind and body & drink in all that positivity.  Also check out their regular schedule of classes (they have belly dancing!).

Tonight is your final chance to catch The Last Straight Man in Theatre, “a multimedia, multi-character solo comedy with actor Kurt Fitzpatrick portraying a cast of characters on stage while interacting with filmed versions of himself as other characters.”  Sounds hilarious.  Performance begins at 8pm at Flushnik Studios and tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.  

Also lots of opening receptions to choose from: Data Dada at Grace Exhibition Space, Download/Destroy at Fortress to Solitude, and The Ugly Art Room’s B is for Bear.

Sunday

It’s BETA Spaces 2010 time!  For a complete list of festivities & the 50+ group exhibition options, visit Arts in Bushwick‘s site, though we’ve picked a few highlights for you here:

Norte Maar is hosting the official launch party, Map N Mimosas, from 11am-2pm.  Get a game plan together, have a drink, and start your day off right!

From 1-2pm head to English Kills for a panel discussion with some of Bushwick’s best curators, and learn what it takes to start a DIY art gallery.

Then at 3:30pm Lumenhouse will host a community discussion on the transformative role of the arts community in the neighborhood.

End the day listening to a full line-up of Bushwick’s finest bands at the official BETA 2010 Afterparty.

Also be sure to tune in & follow as Augmented Reality takes over Bushwick!

Monday

It’s a laid back kind of day and Brewer’s Mansion is feeling the vibe.  Bring your fave instrument to their free-for-all experimental jam session, which includes delicious treats from nearby Yummus Hummus.

Tuesday

Silent Barn has lots of bands: Maria Chavez, Seabat, XNKX, and more — see the calendar for more details.

Wednesday

Drink n Draw at 3rd Ward — the crappy middle of your work week, so why not head to Morgan to chill out with beer, pencil and paper, and a naked ass model? $15.