Beauty is all around us this week. I’m talking weather, happy smiling faces, and the biggest theme I see, the benefit event. Whether it’s getting your hands dirty or shelling out some dough, our reach ranges from local all the way to Kenya.  Now, I am a firm believer in the reward system, so don’t you worry: art, music, and partying are also in abundance.  But before we start on the details, I’d like to thank Eastern District for giving us this remix.  It’s pretty rad.

Tonight

Big Mouth, a group show of contemporary feminist voices in art & illustration, opens tonight at Brooklyn Fireproof.  This show is co-curated by Kate Wadkins, the genius behind Storefront’s Zine & Print Department, so expect greatness.

We have an open mic night, Heart of Bushwick, happening at 3rd Eye(sol)ation.  This is the first one ever so let’s go see what it’s about.  Sign up starts at 7:30pm.

While this next event technically takes place over the river, it’s chalk full of Bushwick artists.  In fact, the title says it all: Fresh Paint from Bushwick.

Folky duo MV + EE play Shea Stadium, along with Amen Dunes.

And it’s Skate or Die time at Beauty Bar.

Friday

Hello, Sydney!  Regina Rex is hosting a special one-night screening of video works from down under, organized by BushwickBK Art Editor Stephen Truax: “presented out of context, and halfway around the world, Portal: Perspectives on Video Performance, curated by Janis Ferberg, encourages the viewer to reconsider the meaning of presence and real-time experience of performance art.”  Artist Tracey Goodman has a solo show up all month, and will give an artist talk at 7pm, with video screening to follow at 8.

It’s Rachel Budde‘s week in the spotlight for NURTUREart’s ongoing WE ARE: series.  Opening reception is tonight, with a DIY herbalism workshop tomorrow and two film screenings over the weekend.
Also, a head’s up for the next installment, cuz you need to sign up for this one.  There are some Famous Accountants that want to get inside your head, ostensibly for expansion purposes, but you can never be too sure with these guys…except that finding out is never a letdown.  Be warned: it does require a little committing (uh-oh), but it’s worth it.  Who couldn’t use some More Joy?

Full Service will be tearing it up in Tandem‘s infamous (noise-proofed with a revamped sound system) back room, where the fog is so thick you cannot see, nor do you care, who it is you’re dancing with.  And I am in full support of this monthly dance party vibe: “$2 at the door unless you have a seriously legit lack of two dollars and really want to party then we’ll probably just let you in.”  So nice.

Things Were Perfect, a show of new work by Cooper Holoweski, opens tonight at Storefront, with Kevin Regan’s work from the 90s in the back.

Plus Perfect Perscription is at Shea,
it’s another Hardcore Night at The Acheron,
and there’s lots of comedy, beer & fun at Fort Useless.

Saturday

Plenty of farm hours over the weekend to help the amazing Bushwick City Farm.  Go do your part!

There’s a benefit show at Manifesta Loft.  Everything you need to know is here, but I still want to point out that Kim & Thurston Moore’s daughter is slated to perform.  Seemed worth mentioning.

The free to attend & free of corporate sponsorship Huggabroomstock Music Festival is back at Goodbye Blue Monday.  It’s year 5, so we know they know what they’re doing.  We’re talking 23 acts on 2 stages: The World’s Most Modest Music Festival inside and The Debe Dalton Folk Revue Festival in the backyard.  And lots of booze & BBQ to go around.

There’s some tripped out psychedelic disco to dance to at DJ Monchan’s Nininja party.  You just have to RSVP for address details.

And 3rd Ward plus TheDanger are bringing you one wild pool party; The Palms have arrived.

Sunday

R.E.A.D., a nonprofit dedicated to providing educational tools to children in Kenya orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, is putting on a fundraiser at The Morgan from 4pm – midnight.  Your $15 will not only help this great cause, but it’ll also help your Sunday: open bar, BBQ skewers, live bands & DJs – all part of the deal.

House of Yes has a night of fresh music planned, starring Ornery Little Darlings along with “all of their best friends.”  Doors are at 9pm, entry is $5, and it comes with free beer.

Monday

Monday has never looked this good.  Juggernut, the sexual comedy electro-punk band, is doing it live in the Lone Wolf basement (how appropriate).  This week long “Basement Art Banger Show” opens tonight with paintings, projections, installations, and I can’t even imagine what else.
Adults only for sure.

Tuesday

There’s an outdoor Kung Fu Class beginning at 7pm in Green Central Knoll Park.  All levels are welcome and it’s pay as you can.

Party Xpo is hosting an all ages music show featuring Departures, The Reveling, Steven Layman, and Pumps.

Wednesday

Bodega is the place to be.  Founders Fortnight, where a new specialty keg is tapped & offered up each week, wants you to try Devil Dancer tonight.  Then at 11pm , Whole Album Humpday begins!  2-for-1 beers while you listen to Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation.”  Awesome.