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Brooklyn to the East End

STOOPendous - Saturday, June 23rd

This Saturday, June 23rd, Park Slopers will take to their stoops for a STOOPendous, informal, Slope-wide block party. An idea that emerged from a Park Slope Civic Council brainstorming session in March, STOOPendous will mark the start of summer with a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The creators of STOOPendous have assembled a short guide offering suggestions for how you can create a simple yet fun and engaging solstice event on your block, in your building, or along an avenue. Your celebration can occur any time of day, but at 8:31 pm, when the sun sets, be sure to take part in the All-Slope-Solstice-Shout-Out. Use kazoos, bang pots and pans, ring bells, or thump on a drum. Make a racket to bid farewell to the sun's long day and to ring in the new season.

For more information on STOOPendous, visit the web site at

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the public television documentary series P.O.V., the Museum of the Moving Image will present a preview screening of Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno’s new documentary Revolution ’67, a riveting and complex chronicle of the 1967 Newark race riots, on Saturday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Director Bongiorno will discuss the film following the screening.

Using archival footage and firsthand accounts, Revolution ’67 documents the spontaneous social protest that lasted over six days in Newark, New Jersey. Interviews include eyewitness accounts by activists Amiri Baraka, Tom Hayden, George Richardson and Carol Glassman; former Governor Brendan T. Byrne; former Mayor Sharpe James; and journalist Bob Herbert. The musical score features more than 60 jazz pieces by international artists that set the mood for Newark in the late ‘60s.

On July 12, 1967, sparked by the rumor that a black taxi driver was stopped, beaten, and had died, Newark’s black citizens turned out in force to protest police actions. The heavy-handed response of the police and city leaders turned the protest into a full-scale revolt. After six days, 26 people lay dead, 725 people injured, and close to 1,500 people had been arrested. The Newark riots were among the deadliest racial disturbances per capita, in recent U.S. history. Revolution ‘67 details an important chapter in America’s ongoing struggles with race, inequality, and idealism.

Press are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Tomoko Kawamoto at or 718.784.4520 x303.

Revolution ’67 will air nationally on the P.O.V. series on Tuesday, July 10, at 10 p.m. on PBS (WNET/Channel 13 or check local listings). View the full press release for Revolution ’67.

About P.O.V.: Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and celebrating its 20th season on PBS in 2007, the award-winning P.O.V. series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America's best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers. Airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m., June through September, with primetime specials during the year, P.O.V. has brought more than 250 award-winning documentaries to millions nationwide, and now has a Webby Award-winning online series, P.O.V.'s Borders. Since 1988, P.O.V. has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. More information about P.O.V is available at

Saturday, June 23
6:30 p.m.
Post-film discussion with Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno.
2007, 87 mins., video. Produced and directed by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno.

Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)
Film Screenings: See above for schedule.
Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events)
Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: (718) 784-0077; Website:


olive design lamps by mary van vliet

Mary Van Vliet, a Brooklyn based decorator has been busy designing and building lamps adding onto an already unique collection. Her lamps will be on display and for sale at her studio this coming Sunday, June 24th. If you or someone you know is looking for a decorator with a keen sense of style, visit Mary's website.
See you at the show and tell her urbanseashell sent you.
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Gig for Stan Mitchell, featured here 9/17/06

Stan Mitchell, who was featured here September 17, 2006 will be playing with the wonderful singer-songwriter Chris Rael and band. With the Indian influences of Sitar and Tabla drums thrown into the mix, it makes for a delightfully fresh listening experience. Set is at 9p sharp on
Sunday, June 17, 8 pm: Finally, the piece d'resistance:
CHURCH OF BETTY, featuring Jonathan Gregg (pedal steel),
Chris Smylie (bass), Stan Mitchell (drums), Mike McMahon
(guitar) and Bobby Singh (tabla) at the Luna Lounge, 361
Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, at 9 pm. The group will
be joined by some very special guests, including the
beautiful Clint Michigan at 8, golden-throated Scott
Matthew, of 'Shortbus' fame, at 10, and the incomparable
PENNY ARCADE at 11! $10

For venue info please check out
Church of Betty, sitarist Chris Rael and tabla master
Bobby Singh conclude their two-month NYC travelling
residency with two incredible concerts in Brooklyn!

For rent at Two Boots Video, Avenue A and 3rd St:
of Betty 'Tail End of a Dream' DVD, COB live over 10
years, as rock band, chamber ensemble and world pop
orchestra with belly dancers! ALSO: 'L.E.S. Is More
Music', highlights of Rael's curation of Howl! Festival
music in 2004, 20 of the greatest NYC bands of the
millenium, 1 song each in unique performance footage.

New from CHURCH OF BETTY 'Tail End of a
Dream' DVD, and new CDs from LIFE IN A BLENDER, MARLON