FluentBrooklyn Offering Workshops, New Classes, and a Trip to Paris

The popular foreign language courses previously known as Sam Teaches French have taken on a new name, location, and offerings, giving Williamsburg residents no excuse to brush up on or learn another language. FluentBrooklyn is located at the corner of Ainslie St. and Manhattan Ave., and teaches classes in French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and German.

Business is booming after Sam Maher & co. expanded the studio space, increased the number of languages offered, brought on additional instructors and ran a successful promotion on LivingSocial last month. There’s also a location in Manhattan – appropriately named FluentManhattan.

Starting in May and June, FluentBrooklyn will be hosting language and cultural workshops related to each of the languages offered at the studio. Topics ranging from Italian cuisine, to Spanish slang, French beer and Italian-American immigration here in Williamsburg will be covered in these two-hour sessions, for $35 a person.

A group trip to Paris is also scheduled for July.

For more information, visit FluentBrooklyn on Facebook or Twitter, or click here to enroll.

Ticket Giveaway: FREEwilliamsburg Presents… Zambri at Pianos

Tonight will be host to the final night of Zambri’s April residency at Pianos and we expect you all there to party with us!

Check out the FREEwilly curated lineup below and start dreaming about those frozen margaritas because there’s no better way to celebrate this muggy weather than with a frozen cocktail and the musical styling of some hot ladies!

8 PM Rarechild
9 PM Beige
10 PM Zambri
11 PM millionyoung
Bear in Heaven DJ set

And if you’re feeling extra lucky, comment below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to tonight’s show… or, just buy the $8 tix here. And grab a free download of Zambri’s EP, On Call — artwork seen left, right over here.

2011 Blip Festival Comes to NYC May 19-21

Don’t miss this fantastic celebration of chiptune music.

BLIP FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2011 from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.

Entering it’s fifth year, this iteration of Blip Festival showcases an international chip community that stands at a crossroads. Now firmly entrenched in mainstream culture with chipsounds and pixel art finding their way into television, motion pictures, and ironically enough, modern video games, Chip musicians and artists find they are no longer expected to educate their audiences but, instead, are free to innovate. As the community becomes less of a genre and more of an ethos, documenting the ever-growing diversification of the community is the Blip Festival’s top goal.


PHOTO GALLERY: The Fun Haüs at SGTs underground

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tUnE-yArDs playing a free summer show

The great news about free awesome stuff happening this summer keeps on coming. Our favorite weirdo songstress from this year, Merrill Garbus, AKA tUnE-yArDs, is playing a free show at Hudson River Park pier 54. The show is happening July 14, which if you bought tickets for Animal Collective in Prospect Park means that you will be having the Best Week Ever that week.

Along with tUnE-yArDs, Deer Tick will be performing at Pier 54 on August 11 and Metronomy will appear on July 28. Opening acts have not been announced yet, but in keeping with the spirit will probably be mind-blowing.

Below, check out a live video of Merrill performing her song “Bizness” on Studio Brussel. It’s all rad.

Stream the New Beastie Boys’ Record: ‘Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2’

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys

Apple Stealthily Recording Your Every Move

This is incredibly creepy.

Several researchers at O’Reilly have discovered an extremely troubling feature of iPhones and 3G iPads running Apple’s iOS 4. In a blog post and accompanying video, the site details that Apple is storing the GPS coordinates of cellular iDevices locally, in an unencrypted and unprotected file. “Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps,” reads the post. “We’re not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.” O’Reilly goes on to note that along with a list of timestamped GPS coordinates, the file also contains a list of Wi-Fi access points that the affected device has been in range of. “Anybody with access to this file knows where you’ve been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released,” the brief continues.

Things to do tonight: Poster Party!

When the local, lovable, Greenpoint-based comedy troupe Serious Lunch (recent winners of the ECNY 2011 Award for Best Sketch Comedy), was working on a TV pilot, they needed a quick set dressing – so they hand-drew a bunch of movie posters and hung them on the wall.

“When we hung the first 12 or so in the apartment we were shooting in, and saw them all together tiled on the same wall, it was pretty striking,” says Tim Bierbaum, the main artist in the show. “And one of the early ones I drew, Blow Up, came out surprisingly well which I guess is when I decided there might be some genuinely interesting in drawing this.”

So they kept going, and the result is a show called Poster Party! which opens tonight, at Habitat, featuring hand drawn movie posters by Bierbaum and other Serious Lunch members Bob Officer and Anthony Miale, as well as collaborator Nicole Barth.

“Markers make things look childish and goofy,” adds Bierbaum, “which is a cool lens to see these things through. Translating the movie posters from photo to magic marker is sort of like recognizing how well designed they are.”
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