WEDNESDAY: Corner Shop Stories
What would our lives be without the humble bodega? Supplying everything from last-minute dinner ingredients to late-night booze, the bodega is an essential part of city life, albeit one that passes through life primarily unexamined. Tonight at V Ultra Lounge, the Bushwick Food Coop screens “Bodega Down Bronx,” a documentary featuring interviews with all parts of the bodega ecosystem, from bodega owners and suppliers to local residents and health professionals. There will be organic popcorn, cupcakes, and drink specials to go around.
The Surreal Life After Death
The setting of Wristcutters: A Love Story will look familiar to most of us, except that this world is inhabited only by those who have committed suicide. This fantastical tale, which is based on the short story Kneller’s Happy Campers by Israel’s preeminent surrealist writer Etgar Keret and stars Patrick Fugit, is playing tonight at BAMcinematek as part of the series The Surreal World of Etgar Keret. Get tickets to one of the evening’s three screenings.
THURSDAY: Brooklyn Son
Nelson George–award-winning author, former music critic for Billboard and the Village Voice, and Brooklyn native–reads from his new memoir, City Kid: A Writer’s Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success, at Greenlight Bookstore on Thursday. Joining him for the post-reading discussion is fellow Fort Greene resident and music critic Toure. The evening begins at 7:30pm. RSVP.
For the Arts
Since 1968, the Bay Ridge Arts Festival–a showcase for local artists, craftspeople, photographers, and musicians–has been raising money for a scholarship fund dedicated to neighborhood high school seniors pursuing higher degrees in the arts. The 42nd annual festival kicks off on Thursday with an opening reception at the Parish Hall at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (7420 4th Avenue) at 6:30pm; art exhibitions will be held at the Parish Hall every day through Sunday, with a special craft show on Saturday.
Venue’s The First…
There’s no way to describe High Places without coming off as a bit pretentious. They’ve been called “experimental,” “polyrhythmic,” “primitive;” their blog consists primarily of high-concept photographs. What all this doesn’t tell you is that underneath all the clever allusions and bizarre instruments, High Places are incredibly fun to dance to. Thanks to “police trouble,” Market Hotel (where the gig was originally scheduled) has been shut down; stay tuned to Todd P’s site to find out where in Brooklyn you can find these crazy kids on Thursday night.
FRIDAY: Cask Fest
Real ale is in abundance this weekend at the Gate, as the Park Slope bar hosts its second annual Cask Ale Festival. Fifteen rare brews will be on tap for tasting Friday through Sunday; better yet, the beer is pay as you go.
SATURDAY: Closet Cleaning
Local clothing recycling group Wearable Collections has teamed up with CENYC to provide drop off points at local greenmarkets on Saturdays. Keep an eye out for them at the Grand Army Plaza, McCarren Park, and Fort Greene Park greenmarkets from 8am on (hours vary, so check the site). Get rid of those old duds you know you’ll never wear again and clean out space for spring clothes in your closet. Donating will pass clothes on to those in need and prevent clothing waste in landfills.
SUNDAY: Worth a Thousand Laughs
Using her funny bone as her guide, curator Gwendolyn Skaggs handpicked a treasure trove of humorous photographs–many by famous photographers like Diane Arbus and Weegee–from a private collector. The amusing images (like a young Elizabeth Taylor shopping for bacon) are assembled at Skagg’s walk-up Bushwick gallery SUGAR, and this Sunday and May 2, art appraiser John Adam Staszyn will put them all in context in a free lecture at 2pm. RSVP to 718-417-1180; space is limited.
You haven’t seen tough until you’ve met the ladies of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Get acquainted with skaters with such fantastic names as Beyonslay, Anais Ninja, and Beatrix Slaughter at Sunday’s Derbytant Ball at Public Assembly, celebrating new players and transfers. Brooklyn’s own DJ Reaganomics will be providing the beats, and food and drink specials will keep everyone’s energy up. The season itself begins next month, with the Bronx Gridlock battling the Brooklyn Bombshells at Hunter College; we know who we’ll be cheering for!
TUESDAY: Middle Age, Music, & Melancholy
Five-time Jeopardy champion and former child actor Arthur Phillips is appearing at WORD in Greenpoint on Tuesday evening to read from and discuss his book, The Song is You. The New York Times Notable Book of 2009, now out in paperback, tells the story of a middle-aged man who’s at the brink of losing everything when he sees an Irish rock singer performing at a Brooklyn bar. Their ensuing relationship, carried out solely over cell phones and the Internet, forms the core of the book; the ending is described as “heartbreaking,” so bring tissues.