I wish I had some good weather news to report, but there’s no question August ‘11 is going down as one of the wettest & craziest (hurricanes, earthquakes, and we’re not even done yet).  Luckily, our week is filled with lots of indoor activities.  Art openings & live music are hot as always, plus movie screenings and book readings, and a few – thankfully rain or shine – music festivals.  Personally, I’m looking forward to checking this new shop out and celebrating the first ever National Duck Out for a Drink Day!  Shots all around today, friends; our weekend’s starting early.

Tonight

There’s a special Fellini Al Fresco screening at Verde Coal Oven.  Thanks to last week’s rain, tonight’s the night (we hope!) to sit on that lovely patio and watch Fellini’s first feature-length color film, “Juliet of the Spirits.”  All the while consuming a variety of delicious pizzas & amazingly priced wine and/or beer.  All this for $20 and an RSVP.  
And even if it’s another wash-out, there are plenty more chances to catch a show: it’s a different Fellini every other Thursday til the end of September.

Jonathan Peck and Andy Byers have teamed up to bring us HARVEST, a film made to be a performance.  Shot at Brooklyn Fireproof over just 2 days, this short investigates what goes on behind the camera.  Your chance to take part happens tonight, with a live performance at 8pm.  To note: this is at Brooklyn FireProof’s Seltzer Room Studios, located at 102 Ingraham.

Friday

The Friday night fun never stops at NURTUREart.  Opening this week is WE ARE: Regina Rex, presenting “Permanent Collection,” a rather intimate exhibition featuring objects and artworks from all 13 members’ homes.

Also Outpost Artists Resources has The Dino Show, a night of big beasts, big tunes, free beer and a special prize for the first 25 guests.

The Stain of Poetry, a 2011 runner-up for best BK reading series, is back at Goodbye Blue Monday from 7 to 9pm.  And after, stick around for a full line-up of bands: Goto Izumi & Accordion, Illicitizen, The Genuine Imitations and Two States.  

NYC singer-songwriter Katie Jean Arnold & friends are playing the Northeast Kingdom Den.

Or go mourn the end of summer with cheap beer and great rock & roll at the “grrrrl power” party Androgynous Sweethearts, kicking off at 9pm at one of my favorites, Lone Wolf.

Saturday

This weekend we’re taking our art & music Out in the Streets, and no worries on the weather front – this shindig is rain or shine (rain can be very fun, you know).  It’s $10 for a single-day pass or $15 for both.  I couldn’t possibly list all the amazing music, but I will highlight the OPEN BAR times: 8 to 9 and 12 to 1 for free Brooklyn Lager, free Summer Ale, and free Reyka Vodka.

Also starting early (2pm) is the annual free festival Wickfest III at Goodbye Blue Monday.

Evening time brings us Bike-In Movie #2 at The Onderdonk House, and the theme this time around is animation.  They’ll be starting off with some locally made shorts and for the main event, 1971’s The Point.  Bushwick fave’s Cafe Ghia and Barcey’s Coffee will be on hand with refreshments for sale, and if you’re feeling creative, let Bushwick Print Lab help you get your silkscreen on (bring your own blank canvas or you can purchase a t-shirt on site). I don’t know though, guys… keep in mind the rain-date is September 10th.

After a little summer hiatus, Microscope Gallery is back in business.  Beginning at 7pm, artist Howard Guttenplan will be at the space screening a unique selection of (self-made) Super-8 films.  Program will run for approximately 60 minutes and admission is just $6.

Also opening this week, at White Box in Manhattan, is Bushwick in the Box, where “Microscope Gallery takes over a floor with moving image installations by seven emerging Bushwick artists.”  Opening night is Friday and the show runs until September 10th.

319 Scholes and Culture Push have a free evening of drinks, bands, art, dancing and DJs, all to celebrate the closing of their month-long body-based artists’ residency program, the Genesis Project.  Special collaborative performance is scheduled for 10pm sharp.

Fort Useless turns 2!

And for the mature party lovers, “Funkyslice,” Daily Session’s vinyl only dance party, is going down from 11pm til 6am at Cedar Party Room.  All you need is $5, an official RSVP, and some kickass dancing shoes.

Sunday

There’s a special event at the cozy Cafe Orwell this evening, starring writers Brin-Jonathan Butler and Ayala Sella, reading selections of non-fiction and poetry.  Be sure to stick around for a discussion and book-signing directly after.

Or head over to Pine Box Rock Shop for a Venture Brothers Viewing Party, and help celebrate the premiere of their latest animated short.