Friday, June 3, 2011

The Weekend

Me and Jen - summertime and polka dots

Summer is officially here!  There are a berjillion amazing things happening that I think are worth mentioning.

Tonight, it's another installment of the Brooklyn Boogie at The Gym Park in Greenpoint.  Sadly, this is the last one for a while so definitely come and participate if you can. 

About the Brooklyn Boogie:

"Brooklyn Boogie is a creative movement class and dance party for people who like to play. The activities are designed to help you play with, discover, and express your Self using movement and improvisation. Dress for comfort and self-expression. People of all backgrounds, ages, and physical abilities are welcome and celebrated. Stay sober, let loose."

Saturday, June 3rd, please consider meeting up to Hug the Library.  Show that you support our New York Public Library employees and that you oppose the pending budget cuts.  Organized by the ULU (Urban Librarians Unite) people will be gathering at the New York Public Library Schwartzman Building (look for the lions out front!) so stage a massive hug of the building! 

From their site and event page:

"Show the love people. ULU will be staging a mass hug of the Schwarzman Building (that is the dreamy one with the lions)on June 4th at 2PM. NYPL are fully in our corner and love the event. Our old pals at BPL and Queens are on board as well of course and it is going to be incredible activism for all three libraries in the city.

We will form a continuous human chain around the building. You can imagine us giving it a big squeeze. We LOVE the damn library people, let’s give it a snuggle. Some of our more militant members are also likening the image to a human shield kinda thing, throwing ourselves in front of the building to protect it. Make of it what you will but you gotta come out."

Later in the evening it's again time for Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.  All events are free and the entire museum is open to the public until 11:00pm.  This Saturday the focus is on Afro-Latin Roots.
Some highlights of the events from their site:

5–7 pm:  Ghanaian recording artist Blitz the Ambassador celebrates his new album, Native Sun, with a live hip-hop set with The Embassy Ensemble.

6 pm:  A Dios Momo (Leonardo Ricagni, 2005, 100 min.). An Afro-Uruguayan boy learns about life and his heritage through the songs of Carnival. Free tickets (330) available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Dance Party
8–10 pm:  DJ Spinna plays a variety of world music.
9–10 pm:  Cuban musician Juan-Carlos Formell taps into the African roots of the Caribbean experience. This concert is co-presented by the Museum and the Neighborhood Concert Series of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

10–11 pm:  Late Night in the Galleries
All galleries open."   

Sunday I'm biking to Coney Island with a group of my friends.  I'm so excited for this!  On my way to meeting up with everyone I plan on riding by the P.S. 132 Kite Festival.

From their site:

"On Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 12 - 5 PM, P.S. 132 and CitiStorage will kick off the summer with the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community. Join us and our friends at CitiStorage on a June afternoon. Enjoy a day filled with kite flying, craft making, yummy food and desserts and tons of games and rides for the kids."

If there's time I'll be swinging by the Williamsburg Flea on my way down as well. 

Lots to do.  Enjoy your weekend!

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