David Cross, Prima Donna/Celestial Virgin

Somehow, this seems like a perfect fit for him:

Secret MGMT Show at Glasslands

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MGMT celebrated America’s birthday by putting on a show – enjoy photos by Yoon Kim!

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Raising Arizona With A View, Tonight

SPACEMEN_450px.jpgBrooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies With A View kicks off its 10th Anniversary Season tonight with cult favorite Raising Arizona. This is easily the best outdoor movie spot, sorry McCarren (although Summerscreen’s line-up is better), you just can’t beat being surrounded by the lights of the bridge. Get there early to grab a spot to enjoy the DJ, short film, and feature presentation — which starts at dusk.

Full Schedule after the jump.

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival – Coming Aug. 8

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From their press release. [Juan Maclean image via]:

Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.
Famous Friends will be announcing a very special surprise guest headliner via twitter on the day of the show. Follow them at http://twitter.com/famousfriends to receive the latest news in advance. The line up is listed below.
BEMF is an all-day event for emerging and established dance artists celebrating the vibrant music scene found in the city of New York. The festival will bring together New York’s veterans and up-and-coming talent, along with some special out of town guests, and will be held on Saturday, August 8th at Old American Can Factory, located at 232 3rd Street in Brooklyn from 4PM to 4AM.
Adding fuel to the fire, the festival will offer a free open bar courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon from 4PM – 6PM. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at BrooklynEMF.com. RJD2 will not be performing as previously announced.
We are holding back the announcement of the co-headliner until the day of show where we’ll announce them via twitter.

Line-up after the jump.

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Teaching Senior Citizens To Use The Internet

Ticket Giveaway: Chris Garneau's CD Release Party TONIGHT

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Tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, Chris Garneau celebrates the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, El Radio– and we’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader to join in the fun!
Much like Michigan has Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn’s Garneau holds up his melodic quirkiness like a flag against a windy sea current. His trembling heartfelt lyrics had me at 2007′s Music for Tourists. Some of the gloom from the previous album has lifted, and been replaced with a sort of playfulness. The seamless transition of these two sounds is best showcased between the meloncholy Cat Power-esque piano of “Hands on the Radio” to the sweeping horns and marching drums on “No More Pirates”. Rarely do you see this kind of talent have fun with their work, and you can feel the sentiment in the tapping of your own toes– or in the obsessive repeat cycle I currently have ballad “Hometown Girls” in.
Navigate your way to our Facebook page and comment on the contest thread for your chance to score a pair of tickets to the show tonight. And if you see Chris, be sure to thank him for bringing forth some honest melodies for us to set our heart’s ticking to.
Winner announced at 4pm, so hurry up and get some! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Important PSA: Don’t Kill Coney! Fix the Plan!

Coney Island needs your help. At the end of this month, politicians will be voting on a controversial measure to stick a number of large, sun-sucking hotels right in the heart of Coney Island. But this doesn’t have to happen. Coney Island USA and the ‚”Mayor” of Coney created this friendly but important little PSA to sum things up and show off an alternative plan to save Coney Island:

‚”Politicians DO listen to the public. Make some noise; July is the month,” says Zigun, who rallied on the steps of City Hall last month with the grassroots group Save Coney Island.‚”The future of Coney Island is being decided now. It’s an American treasure; let’s develop it the right way, the good way.”

If you feel like getting involved and speaking out, you can find your City Councilmember by typing in your street address and borough on the City Council’s About page.
For more reading, visit Amusing the Zillion.

Green Canteen Restaurant: Our Very Own Green Zone

Green Canteen.jpgSurrounded by some of the loudest, sidewalk-hogging-est places in the neighborhood—Zabloski’s, Sea, Hugs—it’s not a huge surprise that the nearly month-old Green Canteen, on North 6th between Berry and Wythe, has flown a bit under the locals’ restaurant radar. But, like a too timid carbon cap-and-trade bill (I’m looking at you, House of Representatives) the place has something going for it that will either finally get the eco-ball rolling or deter future attempts, depending on its success: the state’s first silver-LEED certification granted to a restaurant.

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