Top five shows of the weekend

 

Photo by Chad Batka

Photo by Chad Batka

5) The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show at the Town Hall 
In case you A. Happened to miss Ted Leo’s surprise appearance at DBA last month B. Have been lacking the jubilant holiday spirit, or C. All of the above (I feel your pain, Cs), then the Town Hall may have just what your looking for this weekend. Headlined by Aimee Mann and the aforementioned Jersey punk icon–who collaborated earlier this year as The Both–this holiday themed bash is sure to fill both your cheer and Leo quotas, as long as you’re willing to pony up $45 bucks (because, you know, it’s the holidays). If that’s your thing, then get out there and show your spirit. If not, well, bah humbug.

Saturday, doors at 7:30pm

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A Hip Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.

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The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

Bongripper++Holy+Grail+From+Hel5) Chuck Ragan, Adam Faucett at Rough Trade
In case you’re not already hanging out with enough beard n’ flannel-clad dudes on a typical night out in North Brooklyn, Hot Water Music frontman and punk icon, Chuck Ragan, has just what you’re looking for come Saturday night, with an intimate show at North 9’s coolest corporate upstart, Rough Trade. All cultural target practice aside, though, this one is bound to be a classic, so strap on those boots and tighten the suspenders, because there’s bound to be a pit full of lumberjacks and Jills waiting for you (OK, OK, sorry).

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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Xi’An Famous Foods is finally opening this Saturday in Greenpoint

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And to celebrate the occasion they’ll be serving up free noodles! From their Facebook page:

GREENPOINT LOCATION is opening THIS SATURDAY 12/6/14 11:30am-5pm! You know what that means…


Come for some FREE noodles or burgers! Just follow one of our social media sites and prove you are a follower with your phone when you order!
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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

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Photo by Mark Jaworski

Welcome to list season, everyone, when our dysfunctional family of taxable tastemakers, comment board critics, and casual passersby gather around the long table we call the internet to spit opinions into one anothers’ faces and flatulate. Randy Blythe will be arrested in a Best Buy, new albums will only matter if they have top insert-integer-of-choice potential, and shows, well, let’s just say Vitus is a long walk when its this cold. So goes the most wonderful time of year, and we are all drowning in it, so pour yourself another egg nog, dust off those old Mayhem tapes, and hang on for dear life. Together, we might just make it through this.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Photo by Fred Pressaro

Photo by Fred Pressaro

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want start this week by extending immense gratitude to everyone who came out to see Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank tear Palisades a new orifice on Friday night. If you couldn’t make it, no worries, there will be more This One Goes To Eleven showcases to come, but in the meantime take this week’s new trash barge full of glorious grime as proof that I love you all just the same.

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Restaurants serving Thanksgiving in north Brooklyn 2014 – last minute reservations

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Glasserie

Williamsburg’s Rye is offering a three course $80 prix fixe, which is on the pricey side. That said, we love Rye and it’s a special occasion so it’s likely worth the splurge.

Aurora is offering a three course prix fixe too. Make your reservation at this Italian staple here.

Reynard is serving dinner, but seems to be full — it’s perhaps worth a call for cancellations. The same applies for Maisson Premiere.

Peter Luger has a handful of tables left, so call quickly.

Glasserie in Greenpoint has a $65 prix fixe with a few spots left, if you’ve got a hankering for rabbit.

If you want something different, Bunna is open in Bushwick serving amazing Ethiopian fare.

Let us know who we missed in comments.