Tip Sheet: July 2-July 8

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Red, White and Booze
From East River views to local craft brews, Brooklyn does Fourth of July right. During the Battle of Chicken and Beer at the Brooklyn Lyceum, the fried chicken is endless, the Brooklyn Lager is all-you-can-drink, and the break dancing should not be attempted at home. At The Yard, hipsters celebrate their independence with a PBR and Southern Comfort open bar, performances from Marnie Stern, The Apes, Ponytail and more, and DJ sets by Vice magazine’s Gavin McInness and scenester/photographer Terry Richardson. Jalopy in Red Hook hosts a pre-fireworks, Latin-flavored concert with Marc Ribot, Didi Gutman of the Brazilian Girls and Susana Baca. For the Williamsburg set, Artland has soul on the turntables, meat on the grill and drink specials all party long, and Glasslands hosts a “Barack and Roll Benefit” where melancholy folk artist Phosphorescent will turn on his love light as soon as the fireworks die out.

And if you missed our summer film round up, Rooftop Films travels to Solar One on the 4th for an Un-American film fest, and on Tuesday, July 8, SummerScreen kicks off with a food-filled Block Party. One outdoor film series we forgot to mention: Park Slope’s Old Stone House, which screens politically themed films this month like the original Manchurian Candidate July 16.

lee-scratch-perry.jpgDefiant Soul
BAMcinematek’s annual Afro-Punk Festival — celebrating the intersection of black rebellion and the punk scene — returns July 4-13 more tricked out than ever, with a skate park in the GGMC parking lot near BAM (with free instructions, boards and pads for young punks!), 40 bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-reminiscent Noisettes and 15 screenings of fascinating, fantastic films like Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, a rare Larry Clark flick, Passing Through, made in part with Killer of Sheep director Charles Burnett, and The Upsetter, a doc about Dub master Lee Scratch Perry (pictured). afropunk.com

Cost Cutters
If you haven’t already seen the signs in the windows or hit the sale racks, there are deals to be found at local boutiques like Dear Fieldbinder, Built by Wendy, Ylli,* Bird and shops like powerHouse Arena.

bbqtruck.jpgGet Sauced
When you ride to Coney this weekend (using our guide to fabulous summer bike rides), another foodie fueling spot is the BBQ truck now parked at Beer Island, between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk on Stillwell. Chris McGee (formerly of Jean-Georges, Pastis, and Blue Smoke) is serving all manner of smoked meats, but the spare ribs and spicy, apple brined chicken wings were the most fingerlickin’ of all. Come fall, he intends to park his truck in his Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy nabe, not far from Smoke Joint territory. Could this spark a BBQ war?

*Per one of our readers: “Ylli is gone, the phone isn’t being answered and the shop is being remodeled or possibly changed to something else….there’s nothing in the store right now…”

Fireworks photo by Julienne Schaer 2008.
Sent by Keith and Nicole.