Lighthouse, Veronica People’s Club, The Shop. RIP Elote & Cafe Mode

Here’s your regular round-up of comings and goings in the bar/restaurant scene.

Lighthouse: Built from scratch by siblings Naama and Assaf Tamir, The Lighthouse is a welcome addition to the South Williamsburg/Lorimer neighborhood. Serving a locally sourced raw bar, whole fish, grilled steaks, pork chops, and pickles the food is fresh and tasty, although a bit on the pricier side. Check out the full listing here. 5 Borinquen Place. Brooklyn, New York 11211

Veronica People’s Club: The popular East Village bar Heathers now has a Greenpoint outpost. Veronica People’s Club serves a dual purpose-a coffeeshop with cafe snacks during the day, and a full bar at night with live music. Check out the full listing here. 105 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

The Shop: The shop is essentially a super cool bar and coffee shop inside a full-time motorcycle garage. Check out the full listing here. 290 Metropolitan Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Lastly, RIP Elote and Cafe Mode.

Inflatable Art

Last night I attended the Inflatable Sculpture Show @ 3rd Ward. I was curious to check out the show mainly because of the Air Bear sculptures built over the subway grates a couple years ago that swept across the Internet.

The sculptures at the show last night were produced via the inflatable sculpture class that 3rd Ward offers for people who want to learn the tricks of the trade. There was certainly some interesting pieces at the show, although what I missed was the incorporation of motion that was present in earlier pieces like the Air Bear and other subway grate sculptures.

There was one standout piece from the show, a hybrid cross between an inflatable sculpture and projected light art. Looking forward to seeing what the next round of students produce.

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Music to see this week: 3/25-3/31

After a long absence, in which I amassed both a busy day job and a broken wrist, your weekly run-down of concerts that are worth a damn has returned to FreeWilly. Now you can be generally clued into the Brooklyn music scene and of interest to talk to at parties. You’re welcome.

Upcoming Shows:

3/25 – After appearing as second banana at a lot of big area shows, most recently The Pogues at Terminal 5, The So So Glos get a headlining spot at 285 Kent Avenue. Sundelles, Snakes Say Hiss and Teen Witch also play. Tickets are only $7 and all ages are welcome (cool?).

3/25J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. is bringing his epic hair and rock ‘n roll skills to Music Hall of Williamsburg to promote the release of his solo, “Several Shades of Why”.  Kurt Vile (who has a pretty killer set of locks himself) & the Violators, who just played around at SXSW, are opening. Head to CraigsList for tickets.

3/25Thurston Moore plays The Stone, a non-profit venue dedicated “to the experimental and avant-garde”, at 8:00p. Tickets are only $10 and available at the door prior to the show.

3/25The Drums continue to play every show they can get their grubby mits on tonight at Tribeca Grand Hotel. Go party down trust fund hipster-style for free with RSVP to [email protected]. With openers Big Troubles and a DJ set from Patrick Cleandenim.

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Neil Young Inducts Tom Waits

Gnocchi del 29

Gnocchi del 29 is a culinary and art event around the 29th of each month to build community and celebrate abundance and prosperity, partially by eating a shitload of homemade gnocchi made by the host, Patricia Buraschi.

The coming March Gnocchi del 29 is a collaboration with the Goddamn Cobras and featuring photographs by their very own Molly Brolin. The series, “Forever Young,” is one part road trip, one part soft core porn. For the photo-inclined out there, it’s more risque than Robert Frank, but not as naked as Ryan McGinley.

The event will be hosted at Brooklyn Brainery this Saturday at 7pm. For 15 bucks you get a full gnocchi dinner, complete with wine and dessert (vegan chocolate truffles provided by Woodside Bakehouse). Its a small space so RSVP here to get in: Gnocchi del 29 + Goddamn Cobras featuring Photography by Molly Brolin

Last Night Vol08: Controlled Bleeding / Zilmrah

Wordless music that screams louder than Slayer’s “Angel of Death”. Controlled Bleeding and Zilmrah live at the Silent Barn last night.

Post Office, Moomba, Juniper

We love all the new openings in Williamsburg & Greenpoint, but there are three in particular that that we think deserve a visit.

Juniper: This casual new café located right off Bedford Avenue serves a mix of burgers and daily specials such as jambalaya, mussels, and pulled pork sandwiches. They  don’t have a liquor license yet, but it should be coming in the next few weeks. See the full listing here. 112 Berry St. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Moomba: Opening in the space formerly known as Vertuccio’s, Moomba’s prime real estate – it borders McCarren Park on North 12th – should make it a popular stop for the neighborhood’s brunch aficionados and late-night diners alike.Offering a diverse (and ambitious) menu including wood-fired pizzas, a wide-ranging but well-priced list of small plates and tapas, and a fantastic selection of wines, Moomba seems perfectly positioned to accommodate larger groups looking for a family-style meal sharing experience. Adding to the party atmosphere: live music from a rotating list of local talent, as well as theme nights starting in the next few weeks. See the full listing here. 232 N 12 St. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Post Office: Whiskey lovers will enjoy visiting Post Office which offers 30 plus varieties of it, with an emphasis places on small-batch brands. In addition to whiskey, classic cocktails are also served in addition to craft beer and wine. There are small bar snacks offered including sandwiches, soup, and cheese. See the full listing here. 188 Havemeyer St. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Watch this “Bizness” video

Check out all these awesome moves that Merrill Garbus and everyone has in the tUnE-yArDs video for the song “Bizness.” The track comes from the forthcoming w h o k i l l record, that by all accounts will blow everyone’s mind. Put this on repeat and just dance your way through to the end of the bizness week.