Things are getting sorta scholarly around here. The Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in the city, is on this weekend and not only are we all over it, but we’ve found ways to make it our own: musical, sexy, arty & all kinds of boozy.  Also this week, a little dance investigating, lots of partying-for-a-cause, some “intelligent yoga,” and we find out just how hard it is to kill a clown.  Partying, learning, helping — what’s not to like?  Have a great week!


Wanna see some local songwriters’ take on a rolling stone?  Of course you do.  As does the  Bushwick Book Book.  Join them for this Brooklyn Book Festival event at Goodbye Blue Monday and take in some Keith Richard’s “Life” inspired tunes.

It’s the opening night party for the Little Skips Fall Art Show, featuring the work of local artists Abel Macias, Joanna Trimble and Luke Jacunski.

And Jelly Boy the Clown returns to House of Yes!  Want to find out what really happened that awful night in July, when he nearly burned to death in a house fire?  Apparently all will be revealed at tonight’s show, along with some serious Coney Island freakery, starring Johnny Sticks the Human Pin Cushion, Betty Bloomerz, Insectavora, and plenty of their friends.  Be warned, this is a late show, with doors opening at 11pm, and all proceeds from the $10-20 donations will go to help pay Jelly’s medical bills.  


Head to Myrtle and Stockholm for #FEEDFEED, from 9 PM to midnight, an interactive performance and potluck party by artist Man Bartlett happening simultaneously in Sydney and Bushwick. This is the second event of Portal, a series of exhibitions connecting Sydney and New York, organized by Janis Ferberg (Sydney) and BushwickBK’s own Stephen Truax.

3rd Ward is also feelin’ the BK Book Festival, and focusing in on promoting novelists as sexy and fabulous (reality stars? who needs ‘em).   Canteen Magazine presents Hot Authors, part photo exhibit, part panel discussion, and part launch party.  Issue #7 will be on hand, along with lots of live music, complimentary drinks & 16 authors and 16 photographers grappling with the ever important question: “What’s the hottest thing you’ve ever read?”

England’s O U I Performance Group, a not-for-profit, artist-led organization curating live-time based performance, is in the states for Grace Exhibition Space’s Sculpturaltextsignation.  The show starts at 8:30pm and also stars Hector Canonge.  Suggested donation is $5.

And there’s an awesome tour rolling into Manifest Loft.


Ready to cleanse Friday night out of your system?  Head over to Vaudeville Park at 4:30pm and say hello to Body Actualized, a lifestyle organization designed to promote next level living, music, and spirituality.  There’s an $8 suggested donation that gets you: “an intelligent yoga session, mystics sharing their Universal understandings, and raw food for exploration.”  You’ll need comfy clothes & something to throw in the juicer.

And then, come on, it is Saturday…
Back to retoxifying!  The lovely Sanctuary of Spirits is having an “Easy on the Wallet” tasting from 5 to 8pm, offering up 3 reasonably priced wines.  The samples are free of charge and all featured wines will be priced at a 10% discount.  While you’re there, be sure to check out some of Rebecca Rubenstein’s paintings, also available for purchase.

My fingers are crossed for “Go-Go a Go,” the supposedly-every-month trashy burlesque night at King’s County: cheap drinks, scantily clad women dancing on the bar, and no cover charge.  I say swing by.  At the very least, you can’t go wrong with a cheap (& stiff!) drink.

The Acheron, once again, is goin’ hard with Hardcore Gig Volume 170, featuring The Boston Strangler, Waste Management, Beware and Brain Slug.

Plus things are getting queer over at Public Assembly.  For only a $5 cover, you can help the Young Leaders Council of the LGBT Center of NYC raise some money and party the night away.  Queer Encounters starts at 10pm and I’d recommend being punctual: vodka open bar only goes til 11pm.


Swing by Famous Accountants and help say goodbye to “Per-son-age.” With 10 different videos to watch, even if you’ve been before, there’s still plenty to see.  And Sunday is a great day to stop by, when friendly faces, lively conversation, and drinking are always a safe bet.

Presentation Party Night, a lecture series combining a love of community, education, and drinking, has found a new home at The Loom.  Topics for tonight’s event range from necromancy to Proust, and while you learn, there will be plenty of food and drink.  Free beer is part of the deal, though BYOB is strongly encouraged, as is some potluck style food.  

For only $8 you can catch a full line-up of bands playing Xpo929.

Plus Japanther is at Shea Stadium, along with Night Toilet, Nonhorse, and Sun Color.


The Bushwick Starr’s Starr Reading Series, a free monthly event featuring readings of new & un-produced plays, kicks off their new season with “Tripoldemoder,” written by Mark Sitko and directed by Shannon Sindelar.   And beyond the title, they’re only offering this: “Five generations of females, a scout troupe’s worth of boyscouts, a convalescent home’s worth of seniors, and lots and lots of ladybugs.”  Who doesn’t like free ladybugs?

Also CPR wants to make you dance.  For this latest “Work in Progress” event, Cia Taiat Dansa will be looking at how bodies move to express a musical phenomena.  “Patti Smith: The Construction of a Legend” starts at 8pm and tickets cost $10.


Let’s head back to The Starr for a very special Bushwick Home Companion, where all proceeds will benefit the victims of hurricane Irene in Vermont (via the Vermont Foodbank).  Some of the Wick’s finest bands are set to perform, and while you’re enjoying that gorgeous rooftop view, you’ll be sipping cocktails from the talented mixologists at NEK and beer & wine from Cafe Ghia. It’s a real neighborhood event – don’t miss it.