Already mourning the impending retirement of Carl Kasell from Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me? Obsessed with RadioLab, Brooke Gladstone’s voice, or tune into Brian Lehrer every morning? You should get tickets to RadioLoveFest now. From June 4-8, the people behind the best shows on public radio will be on stage at BAM–including a live taping of Wait Wait with Mo Rocca and Jessi Klein. Tickets don’t go on sale to the general public till April 28, but they’re open now to WNYC and BAM members and they’re going faster than This American Life can bring a tear to your eye.
One of 50 unique carpets made by Joseph Carini in collaboration with street artists like Stinkfish, whose work inspired the tapestry above. Photo: Carini Lang
Half the beauty of street art is stumbling upon it in an unexpected place, on the wall of an old factory, or the corrugated curves of a metal gate. Joseph Carini has moved street art to an even more surprising spot–underfoot, in carpets he designed. Like another creative rug designerwe featured this month, the Brooklyn-born artist has applied his modern tastes to a traditional trade, by collaborating with 20 street artists to create 50 carpets hand made by artisans in Nepal. The collection, called Back Against the Wall, is in the Carini showroom in Tribeca, and features well-known Brooklyn and NYC street artists like Peru Ana Ana Peru, Dain, and Cost–most of whom will never see their graffiti woven into tapestries again. It opens tonight.
Get ready for a good laugh on Thursday night. Rather, get ready to spend an hour or two solid timing your sips of beers so that you don’t immediately spit them out because you’re cracking up. We have five, count ‘em FIVE great storytellers, comics and weirdos, plus the top weirdo of them all, Tom Shillue, just back from touring with Jim Gaffigan and visiting Iceland, standing by, ready to tell tales of hilarity, strangeness, unintended consequences and bad decisions. This month’s show stars James Bewley, Ronica Reddick, Dion Flynn,Kelly Kinsella and Ross Hyzer. Get your ticket now–all that plus a beer is just $10.
Grab a bite of BK on April 29 at the fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn expo in Gowanus. Photo: Brooklyn Exposed
Brooklyn has never been accused of lacking good food options, and with the variety and quality of the vendors slated for the fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn event on April 29, it’s easy to see why. The people behind 30 of the borough’s most popular restaurants, bakeries, bars, and breweries–including Luke’s Lobster, Tschoup Soup, the Pines, St. Austere, Robicelli’s, Baked, Sixpoint, Lavender Lake and Brooklyn Oenology–will be dishing out their best in the Green Building from 6:30 to 9:30. A $55 ticket gets you unlimited tastings and the chance to help select the 2014 people’s choice “best dish” winner. Pony up $80 for VIP status and you get an extra hour of tasting plus a swag bag of goodies to take home. Last but not least, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food NYC, so you can feel pretty good about your gluttony. And, we’ve got special deals for BB readers. Use the code BBASEDVIP at checkout for $10 off VIP tickets, BBASEDGA for $5 off general admission.
Actor John Turturro has worked with everyone from George Clooney to Joel and Ethan Coen, and he’s about to stand in for James Gandolfini in a new HBO miniseries. Before he heads back to TV, however, he’ll be at The Bell House for a special taping of Ask Me Another on April 28. Photo: Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Inc.
If you’ve never been to The Bell House for a live taping of Brooklyn’s very own NPR quiz/comedy/music show, Ask Me Another, why not save the date for next Monday night? Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton will be welcoming John Turturro, Brooklyn native and star of a few little old movies you might have heard of like O Brother, Where Art Thou, Do the Right Thing, and The Big Lebowski, as their special guest. The appearance is well-timed, as it was just announced this week that Turturro has signed on for an exciting new project called Criminal Justice, an HBO miniseries adapted from a 2008 BBC crime drama. It’s not everyone who can slide into a role originally intended for the late James Gandolfini, but we are willing to wager that Turturro is up to the task. What we don’t know is how he will fare when he’s put in Eisenberg’s trivia hot seat, so go see for yourself. Tickets are $15 if you buy them online and $20 at the door. Show starts at 7:30.
Hear famed director David Lynch discuss his creative process and career on April 29 at BAM. Photo: BAM
David Lynch, director and mastermind behind Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and the legendary TV series Twin Peaks, has fascinated audiences with his eye for the strange and ability to draw viewers into his dark worlds. Although he may be best known for his film and TV work, Lynch’s talent spills over into other fields like painting, music and photography. On April 29, Lynch will get up out of the director’s chair to sit with Paul Holdengräber, director of public programs for New York Public Library, at BAM for a discussion about his creative process and many passions. Tickets start at $25 and availability is limited, so call 718-636-4100 before they’re gone.
Portland artist Eric Steen is opening a home-brew pub inside the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg this Sunday and stocking it full of local beers inspired by the North Brooklyn neighborhood as part of Food Book Fair. Photo: Eric Steen
As you might have heard, the Food Book Fair is happening this weekend at the Wythe Hotel, and beer lovers are in for a particularly special treat this Sunday when Portland-based artist Eric Steen opens a popup home-brew pub inside the hotel. Steen has invited more than 20 local home brewers to share their private passion with the public during one of two tasting sessions taking place on April 27. Each includes samples of 25 beers inspired by Williamsburg. We have no idea what the North Brooklyn neighborhood will taste like to the amateur and expert brewers who have created beers for the event, but if you want to find out, snag a ticket to either the first or second session now before they both sell out.
We got a glimpse of Brooklyn’s storied baseball past last week looking through the new digitized archive of the Brooklyn Eagle for a story on the city’s great weed harvest of 1951. If you really want to grasp just how big baseball was in Brooklyn, we suggest you sign up for Gotham SideWalks’ Bike Brooklyn Baseball tour this Saturday. The three-hour, 10-mile ride will cover 100 years of America’s favorite pastime with stops at some of baseball’s most historic local spots. Brooklyn’s baseball lineage goes a lot deeper than the 1950s Dodgers’ dynasty, Jackie Robinson, Ebbets Field or even Sandy Koufax (and that’s saying something). Saturday’s weather sounds like it’ll be perfect for an afternoon ride, so put some air in your tires, purchase a $40 ticket, and be at the Old Stone House in Park Slope by 11:30am.
For his first foray into fiction writing, Black Francis, frontman of the Pixies, chose to focus on French cinema. The Good Inn is a graphic novel both in its structure and subject matter–it’s an illustrated retelling of the story behind the first French porno. Filmed in 1908 and titled Le BonneAuberge, the stag film, as they were so called, sounded like titillating subject matter to Francis and his co-author Josh Frank who asked cartoonist Steven Appleby to illustrate their surreal retelling of the events surrounding its production. Nagged by the idea that not much remains of the film apart from its name and plot summary–a soldier falls for an innkeeper’s daughter. It all seems like pretty PG stuff for porn, but then again, this was the turn of the 20th century. Francis’ rendition is decidedly less tame. Hear how he spiced things up this Friday at powerHouse Arena, where he and Frank will be on hand to discuss the book and how its topic continues to influence our current understanding of sex and cinema. Tickets are $10 and can be put toward the purchase of the book. Reading starts at 6pm.
Learn the history of your humble abode this Wednesday night at the Research Your Historic Brooklyn Home workshop in Greenpoint. Photo: Wooden House Project
If you’ve ever wondered what the walls of your home would say, were they able to talk, you might want to consider checking out this Wednesday’s workshop organized by the Wooden House Project, whose walking tours we featured last spring. It’s a chance for renters and homeowners alike to find out more about who lived in their wood-frame house, brownstone or apartment building before they did. You’ll learn how to navigate the city’s many resources to find out more about your home sweet home. Whether you’re simply interested in hearing more about the history of your space or possibly considering a restoration project, head to Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse at 7pm to figure out how to find everything from historic photographs to information on past dwellers of your humble abode. Tickets are $25 and available here.