CMJ is almost here!  And you thought I was going to talk politics, didn’t you?  Well, there’s certainly plenty of both permeating our week.  No excuses – get involved, get out there & be safe.

Tonight

The super fun Fly Biosphere Trivia & Spelling Ordeal may be leaving Beauty Bar at the end of the month, so better take advantage while you can.  Game 1 starts at 7pm and Game 2 at 8:15.  That’s two chances to win your bar tab, or to “grasp from the sack of wonderment of fun prizes and shiny objects.”  Seems like a no-brainer to me but I guess that depends on how many you’re throwin’ back.

Castle Braid, that “controversial” luxury apartment building on Troutman, has a new & free weekly comedy show every Thursday beginning at 9pm.  Just head to the basement for some stand-up comedy with host Taylor Clark, and for some $2 beers.  BYOB too.

Over at The Acheron you can catch an all ages show starring Hessian, Big Gunz, and one more surprise guest.  And while you’re there, pop in next door for some food & drink at The Anchored Inn.  It’s a little rowdy and a whole lot of fun.

Friday

Valentine Gallery, a new(ish) gallery space in Ridgewood, wants to know what makes us different from the animals… Find out tonight from 6 to 9pm.   

CPR welcomes the Tze Chun Dance Company tonight (and tomorrow) for a double dose performance: “Flower and Willow,” a dance-art piece inspired by the true-life story of a Japanese geisha, and “Taken,”an investigation into human desire.  The dancers and choreographer will be on hand for a Q&A tonight only.

There’s plenty going on at Brooklyn Fireproof.  Help them celebrate the start of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony’s new season with jazz combos, classical ensembles, delicious drink specials, and a DJ’d dance party to follow.  The good times start at 7pm.  

Rocksteady, roots, rub a dub, dancehall classics, and some extra heavy bass are all on the agenda for Love So Nice at Beauty Bar.

Or head to Tandem for some Full Service til 4am.  And if that party lust still isn’t fully satiated, there’s an afterparty to take you well into your Saturday (location is secret so ask around while you’re there).

Saturday

There’s a musical yoga workshop happening from 2 to 4pm at Loom Studios with live music and something called Yoga Nidra, consisting of asana practice, deep relaxation, and music.  I’m guessing you yoga people know what that means.

Momenta Art is taking to the streets!  The Mobility show will be out & about and selling local small works for very reasonable prices.  Also included: delicious “freegan” food and Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga’s “Undocumented Drones.”  Just go to the Morgan stop and wander; you’ll find it.

When you hear the word Iran I’m thinking art may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but Vaudeville Park is gonna change that for you.  Tonight, Video Vaudeville presents "آن On Un TV," a night of incredibly rare and moving (and difficult to obtain) video works & art by 9 Iranian artists.  “Silence, Autonomy and Absurdity” is the theme.  This is for sure not to be missed.

Small Black Door is back and offering up “Separation,” a group show curated by Julian Calero and Kris Graves that explores the process of creation and features installation work, painting, photography, and sculpture.  Plenty of time to check it out, too: opening starts on the earlier side at 5pm, and goes until 10.

Bodegaoke is here!

and Pine Box Rock Shop celebrates an amazingly successful year.  

Sunday

Gregory Green will be at Regina Rex beginning at 6pm to discuss his current exhibition, Through the Night Softly, which “takes aim at the mechanics of both political leadership and aesthetic interrogation…and explores how modes of dispersing resistance might be repurposed to formulate new strategies for negotiation.”  Couldn’t pick a better time for this one.

And at Goodbye Blue Monday you get a choice of activities tonight: inside is live music by Gany Gambino, Miller Michael, Knock’O, Brasco, and Danny Fingers & the Thumbs (hilarious), and in the backyard it’s independent movie night.

Tuesday

ISCP hosts a panel discussion to find out “how residencies are being transformed alongside artistic development to meet the needs of artist and curators in an increasingly itinerant field.”  Alternative Residencies is the first in a series of talks with ArteEast, a nonprofit based in NYC but focused on highlighting contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa.  

Hello CMJ!  Shea Stadium kicks it off for us with Newtown Radio CMJ Party 2011.

Wednesday

Supercrush Studio and The Sky Report present a night of music selected by new and up-and-coming artists, aptly titled “The New_ Sounds,” tonight at Tandem.  The unofficial CMJ madness has begun.