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urbanseashell—a collection lineup:

wafels & dinges
good things belgian
April 18 - 19

The yellow wafel & dinges truck will be parked in front of Keyfood on
7th Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Sl0pe, Brooklyn every weekend!
The wafels & dinges guys say "Park Slope loves wafels!"


Literary Tuesday
curated by Pam Laskin

April 21-Lynn Aarti Chandhok’s first book of poems, The View From Zero Bridge, won the 2006 Philip Levine Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared widely in journals, including Tin House, The New Republic, Antioch Review, Missouri Review and Sewanee Theological Review, and in the anthologies Poetry Daily Essentials and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She received a 2007 Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner and The Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Prize for Poetry. She teaches high school English at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. She will be reading with Steve Monroe, a playwright. His plays have been performed In New York, Los Angeles and various destinations in between. He adapted his one-act play, The Confession into an award-winning short film. His two full length plays, A Kind Man and A Good Lover and Serious Games, both premiered in Los Angeles and have both been optioned for film. He has recently turned his hand to fiction and is working on his first novel.

also at Perch

The Charismatic Megaphonic String Orchestra is an old-time string band with a modern twist. Its members are Park Slope's own Bilger family--Burkhard Bilger on guitar, Jennifer Nelson on violin and accordion, Hans Bilger (13) on stand-up bass, and Ruby Bilger (10) on vocals and percussion. Their friend and spiritual leader Michael Abrams plays ukulele and the youngest Bilger--Evangeline (5)--occasionally joins in on songs about chickens. The band plays an uproarious mixture of folk songs, novelties tunes, and rock-and-roll classics, filtered through their own sweet but slightly skewed sensibilities.

Future dates unless otherwise noted: May 6 & 20th, June 3 & 17th

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)


Thursday, April 23, 8:00 p.m.
at the
School of Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23 Street, Manhattan

Jim Jarmusch, one of America’s most distinctive independent filmmakers for a quarter-century, will participate in a special evening program presented by the Museum of the Moving Image. In a rare onstage appearance, the writer/director will discuss his films in a conversation with clips moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz, on Thursday April 23 at 8:00 PM. In addition to an exclusive look at scenes from his new film The Limits of Control (which is being released by Focus Features in New York and Los Angeles on May 1, and in additional cities later in May), the program will include clips from such Jarmusch movies as Stranger than Paradise, Mystery Train, Night on Earth, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, and Dead Man.
“Jarmusch’s new film, The Limits of Control, is one of his greatest works,” said Schwartz. “It’s a lean, mysterious, and mesmerizing thriller; a remarkable collaboration with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and a cast led by Isaach De BankolĂ©. This is a perfect occasion to look at Jarmusch’s artistic achievement.”
As a film student in New York City in the late 1970s whose mentors included the legendary Hollywood director Nicholas Ray, Jarmusch was inspired both by the iconoclastic vitality of the city’s “No Wave” punk scene and by the legacy of classic Hollywood and European arthouse filmmaking. His 1984 breakthrough film Stranger than Paradise, an eccentrically deadpan road movie that was a triumph of low-budget inventiveness, a black-and-white movie that has been described as equal parts Ozu and The Honeymooners. It was also a surprise commercial success, inspiring the growth of the American independent film movement. In the 25 years since Stranger than Paradise, Jarmusch has maintained his distinctly idiosyncratic vision, creating a wide range of movies, many of them philosophical variations on the road movie. Museum of the Moving Image presented a complete retrospective, Jim Jarmusch: A Sad and Beautiful World, in 1997.

Tickets for the event are $12 for Museum members / Free for sponsor-level members and above / and $18 for non-members. Order tickets online or by phone at 718.784.4520.

The event will take place at the
School of Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan

About Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Construction is currently underway on a major expansion of the Museum, designed by architect Thomas Leeser. The project entails a complete renovation of the existing first floor and construction of a three-story addition housing a new theater, screening room, galleries, and a multi-classroom education center. The grand opening of the expanded Museum is scheduled for 2010. For more information, visit


Brooklyn Reading Works
Curated by Raina Washington

Another great event at
Brooklyn Reading Works
that you won't want to miss.

Fiction-in-a-Blender, an evening of new fiction by
Brooklyn writers curated by Raina Washington.
April 23rd at 8 p.m.

The Old Stone House
5th Avenue and 3rd Street
Park Slope, NY

$5 donation includes blender drinks and refreshments.
Picture of voice-activated blender by PM Torrone


“Be Our Guest” and step into the enchanted world of
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
presented by
A Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc.
at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor
Friday, April 24th at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25th at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and
Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 PM

Liz Oldak as Belle and Adam Fronc as Gaston
head a cast of over 40 young actors
Directed and Choreographed by Helene Leonard.

Stages’ production is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard and performed by over forty young actors ages eight to nineteen. The musical accompaniment is provided by Amanda Jones and James Benard, with sets created by Robin Richards and Goran Petmil. The magical costumes, an intrinsic part of the production, are provided by Red Curtain Rentals and Barbara Oldak.

The stage version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, based on the academy award-winning animated movie, includes all the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken, with lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs co-written by Tim Rice. With an enthralling book by Linda Woolverton, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” entertained Broadway audiences for over thirteen years under the direction of Robert Jess Roth. Now a modern Broadway classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has been called “the ultimate family entertainment”. This “tale as old as time” should be enjoyed by anyone who has wanted to be loved just for who they are.

Tickets are just $15 at the Bay Street Theatre Box Office, or call (631) 725-9500 to charge by phone. For further information about this or future productions, or to receive a flyer for Stages’ popular Summer Stock program call Stages at (631) 329-1420.


Essence and Accident: Photographs by Hugh Crawford
Opening Party
at the Old Stone House on
April 28, 2009 from 6-8 p.m.

Hugh Crawford's photographs of the city, rural ground, trees and water are passionately formal evocations of the visually serendipitous landscape of rural California and Brooklyn. His close studies of airplanes and trees have the intricate and expressionistic quality of a Jackson Pollack. In Crawford's pictures of Coney Island in the snow, the faded amusement park site is transformed into a moonscape of fake palm trees and the scrappy relics of a bygone era. His extreme close-ups of water reveal an abstract world of mood and motion that are meditative and supremely seductive.

Hugh Crawford has been taking photographs since he was a child growing up on a walnut farm in Northern California. He studied photography and received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His editorial work has appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Tattler and Newsweek. His fine art work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in NYC and San Francisco. A recipient of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, he was also a artist-in-residence at ArtPark in Buffalo, NY. He is currently at work on a book about Polaroid photographer Jamie Livingston. His photos can be seen daily on the No Words Daily Pix feature of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn ( A freelance photographer and computer software developer, Hugh lives in Park Slope with his wife, Louise Crawford, and their children, Henry and Alice.

The show runs through June 30th
The Old Stone House
5th Avenue and 3rd Street
Park Slope, NY

The gallery is open on weekends and by appointment:
Contact hugh
The photographer will be in the gallery on Fridays from 4-6 p.m.

For information and directions




IRA GLASS dealing blackjack
SARAH VOWELL playing war
JON SCIESZKA connecting four

Tickets to The Daily Show
A tour of The New York Times
A field trip to 826NYC, hosted by Jon Scieszka

826NYC / The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
372 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Tickets: $100, $250, $500*
Tickets can be purchased by calling 718.499.9884

*Admission will be exchanged for 826NYC Bail-Out Billion Dollar Bills,
valid only on game night!

All proceeds benefit 826NYC's creative programming for students ages 6-18.
All donations are tax-deductible.
If you have any questions, please email or call 718.499.9884


at the
powerHouse Arena in Dumbo

Find out why Brooklyn is the bloggiest place in America at
the Fourth Annual Brooklyn Blogfest on
May 7, 2009 at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.
"Where better to take the pulse of this rapidly growing community of writers, thinkers and observers than the Brooklyn Blogfest?" ~ Sewell Chan, The New York Times

For more information or to register, visit the Brooklyn Blogfest website.

To find out about sponsorship opportunities for Brooklyn Blogfest, contact Louise Crawford
(e:, c: 718-288-4290).

The Details:

Fourth Annual Brooklyn Blogfest May 7, 2009
Doors open at 7 p.m.
powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Admission: $10

Brooklyn Blogfest after-party Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(right across the street from powerHouse Arena)
Cash Bar

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