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All Trills, No Frills

Where: 375 Kosciuszko Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
November 12, 2008 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

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Too often, the delight of unwinding after a long week with a few sets of jazz is tempered by in-house drink minimums ranging from "it stings a bit" to "highway robbery!" There are no alcoholic drinks for sale at The Jazz in northern Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Whether you're leisurely enough to kick it at the Monday night jam ($5 cover) or prefer three back-to-back Saturday sets ($10), enjoy gourmet teas and samosas without fretting about the tab. Hey, it's about the music, right?

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[Photo: globevisions]

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Being A Grownup Is Sweet

Where: 709 Lorimer St. [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11211
November 6, 2008 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

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The sweet-toothed might be disappointed not to find a sugar emporium at the site of Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg--and that it is, in fact, a bar. So bring your own Ring Pops and candy beads when you check out this hive of activity during its flagship event, the Williamsburg Spelling Bee.

Held on alternate Mondays, the Bee is one of those hipster-y institutions that's easy to mock but hard not to enjoy. With real grown-up prizes and comedian Jen Dziura at the mic, it's way more fun than the now-closed "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Broadway--not to mention cheaper, even if you run up your bar tab. Pete's also regularly hosts a Euro-style pub quiz not to mention intimate concerts.

This weekend: Seattle folk rockers Whiting Tennis keep their Wimbledon wardrobes clean Thursday at 10. Four local poets read Friday at 7 at Pete's Big Poetry for a mellow start to the weekend. On Sunday, atone by stopping by rebel minister Jay Bakker's Revolution Church at 4 pm. As the son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye, he knows a little bit about holding the attentions of a crowd.

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Let's Not Go To Manhattan Tonight

October 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

In honor of our Live Arts In Brooklyn series, find a date to see the best of Brooklyn with our hot spots:

The Levee: This dive bar bills itself as an alternative to hipster Williamsburg, so if you're so uncool as to still like Halloween parties (like us!) look no further, 212 Berry St.

Brooklyn Masonic Temple: We weren't able to cover this Ft. Greene concert hall in our round-up, but if you can drop Broken Social Scene lyrics, there's a girl here for you. 317 Clermont Ave.

Kitchen Bar: Looking for an epicurean to watch "Top Chef" with? This place gives new meaning to the word dive bar, and also apparently to "nice conversation." 687 6th Ave.

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[Photo in Grand Army Plaza, at the northeastern end of Prospect Park: smoothdude]

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Exercise Your Mind And Body At The Brooklyn Lyceum

Where: 227 4th Ave. [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215
October 31, 2008 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

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You've been going out all week, and you need a break. We can sense it. There's just as much to do at the Brooklyn Lyceum as at our other picks, but it's definitely more of a community venue, without the pressure of putting on eight pairs of leggings and the perfect T-shirt.

A former public bathhouse, the Brooklyn Lyceum now hosts movie screenings, dance concerts, exercise classes--basically anything that can take advantage of its wide open space. Like the borough it's in, it shows the incredible diversity of the people who use it... without sending out a press release.

This weekend: Get all spooked with Halloween movies and "Poe-riffic" stories tonight at 7:30; watch "The Marriage Of Figaro" for some genteel laughs Saturday night and chill out with a Sunday night jazz concert.

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[Photo: bettyblade]

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Give Me That New Old Thing

Where: 66 N. 6th St. [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11211
October 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

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Despite its old-timey sound, the Music Hall of Williamsburg wasn't around for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: The combination bar and concert space opened last fall out of the bones of former venue Northsix, which itself found life in a former mayonnaise factory.

With three levels and two bars, it's far from a neighborhood dive, but there are some couches too--in case you prefer your indie rock basement style.

This week at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: It's sold out, but if you're savvy you can still catch nouveau glam rockers MGMT Friday (if you can stand all that glitter); Saturday brings the works of arcane folkie Rachael Yamagata, and not only the lonely will appreciate next Thursday's show by Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts.

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[Photo: Bryan Bruchman]

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Manufacturing Memorable Moments

Where: 38 Water St. [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
October 29, 2008 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

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The route to the former spice mill that now holds St. Ann's Warehouse, the performance venue named for its former Brooklyn Heights home, is a forbidding trek through underpasses and still-deserted city streets. But every once in a while, you look up and see, framed by buildings, a lighted strip of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Such surprising brilliance seems to come naturally to St. Ann's, which retains its large indoor space to be reconfigured for events both grand and intimate. Aimee Mann recently used the space for a three-night stand to record a concert DVD, and both the Brooklyn Opera Society and the Coen brothers have felt right at home here.

This week: March over to St. Ann's to see the National Theatre of Scotland in "Black Watch," an incredible meditation on the war in Iraq through the eyes of a famous (and since disbanded) regiment; Ben Brantley of The New York Times called it "One of the most richly human works of art to have emerged from this long-lived war," and we heartily concur.

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[Photo: StAnnsWarehouse.org]

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Make a Splash in Williamsburg

Where: 484 Union Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
October 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM | by | ()

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Don't bring your swimsuit to this party: Williamsburg music club Union Pool gets its name from a past life as a pool supply shop, not an aquatic center. But you'll be swimming in hipsters in no time, whether you arrive in time for happy hour or for one of the up-and-coming bands featured nightly.

There's space for turntables, but it was Union Pool's reputation as a haunt for the tastemakers that got it a spot in teen romance "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." With its own MySpace page, no wonder the Village Voice mentioned Union Pool as a venue that doesn't suck in its preview of annual music festival, CMJ.

This week: Catch Britpoppers Michael Talbott & The Wolfkings Saturday night or squeeze in for Tuesday's election drinkathon. Spoilin' for a fight? Enter the Classy Ladies Arm-Wrestling Tournament tomorrow night.

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[Photo: gillianleigh]

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Get Bowled Over by BAM

Where: 30 Lafayette Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11217
October 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

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The two buildings of Brooklyn Academy of Music may not be as recognizable as Lincoln Center, but the institution known as BAM provides a similar cornucopia to Brooklynites: No matter what you're into, the theaters and galleries comprising this world-class arts center has it, while actually predating the existence of its Manhattan cousin by over 100 years.

Our picks at BAM this week: The experimental multi-camera film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" plays at the Cinematek; the "Faces of Tillie's" photo exhibition shows neighborhood life in Fort Greene; the stage unites the words of two 19th-century greats in "Darwin's Meditation for the People of Lincoln" and kids celebrate Halloween Friday at the BAMboo! street festival. If you're staying in Manhattan, consider taking the BAMbus ($7) to your show for better scenery than you'll see on the subway.

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[Photo of John Turturro and Max Casella in "Endgame" at BAM last spring: Time Out NY]