PHOTO GALLERY: Cosmetic Opera!

CosmeticCosmic Opera took over Manhattan’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom for it’s inaugural extrasensory dance event last night!

SURE SURE SURE …  Skrillex wasn’t there but that guy Axwell from Swedish House Mafia Was! .. AND he worked the crowd into a dance frenzy while aerial dancers danced on the ceiling in a way that would make any Lionel Richie enthusiast jealous!

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Sharon Van Etten

It was the last day of the school year; third grade, I believe.  I sat at my desk chewing the eraser off of my No. 2 pencil in anticipation of the two months of freedom, which lay ahead.  I obsessively cleaned my over-sized tortoise shell glasses with the bottom of my t-shirt.  The clock ticked… slowly.  Finally,  the bell rang, and FLASH, I was off.  I sprinted down the hallway exuberantly.  The strobe LED lights from my LA Gears reflected off the waxed linoleum floor, until they hit the black tar pavement of my elementary school’s playground.

Before I could go home for a summer of splashing around in the town pool and watching marathons of The Adventures of Pete and Pete, all day, on Nickelodeon; I would hang around the playground for the school carnival.  It was an annual tradition on the final day of the year.  I would eat cotton candy.  I would ride the scrambler until I threw up.  I would play tilted carnival games, with dreams of shoving a giant stuffed neon animal into my mom’s station wagon in my head.

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Hella Bitter Party

Our fancy friends over at Hella Bitter are throwing a launch party this Friday to show off their new fancy cart that maybe you helped build with a donation to their Kickstarter. This would be a good time to go and try the Vanilla Kumquat bitters, if I may so humbly recommend a bitter.

We’re finally ready to roll our the Seltzer Cart and Hella Bitter! We’re having a party in Brooklyn to celebrate, and we insist that you come to it. If you pledged at the $100 level admittance is free. For everyone else, it’s just $10 for all the delicious cocktails you can drink. Come and show your support, check out the cart, and help us make the world a bitter place.

March 2
Windmill Studios, 287 Kent Ave
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$10 buckaroos

New Beirut: “Vagabond”

Announcing the Aputumpu Festival!

Aputumpu Festival Poster

Freewilliamsburg is pleased to team with My Social List and Aputumpu to bring you the Aputumpu Festival.  The festival takes place from March 22-25 at Shea Stadium, Public Assembly, Cameo Gallery and (le) poisson rouge. [Read more…]

Your Fat Tuesday Guide To Pączki Day


Today is Fat Tuesday, which means that people from all over will be coming to Greenpoint, New York City’s most Polish neighborhood, for the most authentic paczki available. For Polish Americans, Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) is also known as Paczki Day because according to tradition, households must use up the sugar, eggs, fruit, and other ingredients before Lent. If you’re unfamiliar with the Polish pastry, here is a quick rundown:

-A paczek is deep-fried flat dough with fruit or cream filling and usually covered with sugar or icing

-Paczek is the singular, Paczki is the plural

-Paczek is translated as “doughnut” or “little package”

-The American equivalent is the jelly doughnut

-The pastry dates back to Poland in the Middle Ages

Rzeszowska Bakery (948 Manhattan Ave.), Syrena Bakery (207 Norman Ave.), and Star Deli & Bakery (176 Nassau Ave.) are just some of the places in Greenpoint to pick up the treat, according to Yelp.

Watch The Shins “Simple Song” video

The new Shins video for “Simple Song” is all about James Mercer’s death. It’s about a dysfunctional family, bad childhood memories and playing one last prank on your family after you’re gone. Posthumous pranks are the best pranks, probably.

Watch the teaser below. Download the whole thing for free from iTunes.

The new Shins record Port of Morrow is out next month on Columbia/Aural Apothecary.


I’ve spent years living in North Brooklyn but I really didn’t know anything about it until I was able to see how it was portrayed by 2 Broke Girls, a hackneyed, LA-filmed sitcom created by the “brain” behind Sex and the City and the “brain” behind Whitney. This column will keep track of all the knowledge dropped and questions answered, like: Why do hipsters wear knit hats? Because of Coldplay…of course (seriously, this was one of the first jokes of the series).

This week I learned…

Williamsburg Has Hasidic Jews

Last week there was a big revelation that rich, successful, Jewish doctors now live in Williamsburg and every character’s face exploded. This week, faces sadly restored, there is a new breakthrough, there are other Jews in Williamsburg as well, really Jewish one’s at that.

The broke gals are sick and decide to go to a doctor. The clinic must be south of Broadway, as it’s completely Hasidic. Of course, the blond broke girl tells the Kat Dennings broke girl that she had lots of Jewish friends growing up. It allowed her to say a bunch of silly Yiddish phrases that had the audience presumably laughing their yarmulke-less heads off. Yada yada this leads to them getting a job making cupcakes for a Bar Mitzvah.

There is a nice moment when the Jewish receptionist acknowledges the undeniable Jewishness of the Kat Dennings broke girl’s hair, complexion, and boobs. It actually leads to a really sweet arc, in which KD acknowledges that her dad could have been a Jew and the Orthodox family fully embraces her. For a show so derided for its use of stereotypes, it was a joy to see one executed without cynicism. I know boring, AHHHHHH, sorry.

Don’t worry, there were plenty of cringe-worthy scenes with a jive talking Bar Mitzvah boy and his breakdancing friend. I hated every second of each.

First the Polish, now the Hasidim, the show seems to be picking off Williamsburg demographics one by one. What’s next Dominicans? Puerto Ricans? Fried chickens?

[What I learned from last week’s episode]