November 30, 2009

No Words Daily Pix: Photograph by Hugh Crawford

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November 30, 2009

9th Annual Jingle Bell Jamboree: A New Brooklyn Family Tradition at Old First

  With support from the Park Slope Parents, Park Slope Civic Council and The Old First Reformed Church, The 9th Annual Jingle Bell Jamboree concert on Saturday
night, Dec. 19, at 7 PM, will feature performances from an impressive line-up of Brooklyn-based performing ensembles including: The MS 51 Show Choir, The ‘Old First’ Family String Band, Paradizo Dance, The Berkeley Carroll Rock and Soul Review, “Life Lines” Community Arts of Sunset Park, and the Brooklyn Community Chorus. 

In addition, Jingle Bell Jamboree founder and producer, Ethan Schlesser and Rev. Daniel Meeter host and leads a festive sing-a-long throughout the show.

Schlesser originally created as a way to bring healing after the 9/11 tragedy. He continues to produce the event with the support of the Brooklyn community, including Borough President, Marty Markowitz.  In addition, Marlene Clary, director of the Brooklyn Community Chorus donates her time to help make the event a success, the Berkeley Carroll school offers their choral risers, and The Civic Council helps defray the costs of the promotional materials and programs.  This year, Park Slope Parents is joining in and  promoting a ‘winter coat’ drive, collecting coats which will be donated to local shelters.

There is a  $5 -$10 (children/adult) suggested donation. 100% of the proceeds goes towards the minimal expenses of the production and to the non-profit arts organizations that provide services to our community.  Schlesser, who donates all his time and energy adds, “Take a break from the holiday stress and wander into ‘Old First’. It’s a fun way to spend an evening and join in the holiday spirit”. 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 19th @ 7:00 PM.  

Location: Old First Reformed Church is located on 7th Ave and Carroll St  (729 Carroll) in Park Slope.  

Info: For more information please contact:  (917) 514-4591 or Eon88keys@yaho

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November 30, 2009

Dec 9: Another “Meatup” at The Bell House with FIPS and Brooklyn Based

They're doing it again! This time Brooklyn Based and FIPS
are throwing a holiday "office" party next Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Bell House. Left is pix of their last "meatup" which was, apparently, quite a big, fun bash with 600 attendees. They're doing the wet t-shirt contest for men and women again, as well as a Hottest Employee of the Year competition.

You can buy a ticket in advance (here) that will guarantee two things organizers say: "you’ll save $3, enough for one more Busch,
and you’ll allow us more time to do some expert matchmaking in advance."

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November 30, 2009

A New Nutcracker for Brooklyn at BAM in 2010

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The New York Times' reports that a production of The Nutcracker by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for American Ballet Theater is slated for BAM in 2010.  Producers hope the Brooklyn production will be a hearty competitor to New York City Ballet's canonic annual production of the Balanchine classic at Lincoln Center, quite a schlep for Brooklynites.

The new version will be performed just days after Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, a more adult version that has graced BAM's stage before.

This should all make for quite a nutty—and fun—holiday season over at BAM, Brooklyn's capital of culture:

From the New York Times:

"The Brooklyn Academy has promised Ballet Theater a five-year run,
starting with two weeks and growing to four. That will give the company
something it has never had: a permanent home for a holiday
“Nutcracker.” Since 1993 it has taken a version by Kevin McKenzie, its
artistic director, on tour and staged it several times in New York but
only in the spring. The Brooklyn Academy then will be able to present a
fixed run of shows around the holidays, something that has proved
elusive.

"The show will also give Ballet Theater a critical source
of income. A holiday run of “The Nutcracker” is generally the financial
foundation of an American dance company and an important introduction
to the art form for children, the ticket buyers of the future. Ballet
Theater’s touring “Nutcracker” usually runs a shortfall of up to
several hundred thousand dollars, said Rachel S. Moore, the company’s
executive director."

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November 30, 2009

Lynn Harris on Salon.com: Contempt for Moms

Journalist Lynn Harris has an interesting article on Salon.com called Everybody Hates Mommy: We're "stroller Nazis." We're whiny "breeders." Why is there so much contempt for mothers these days?

"When I heard about Maclaren's recent recall
of one kabillion strollers, I assumed Gawker.com was playing an
elaborate prank on Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. After all, the
online snarkosphere has made urban blood sport
of mocking the Slope's (exaggerated) reputation as New York's — if not
the planet's — epicenter of über-coddled children with
aggro-attachment parents plowing their pricey, bulky baby buggies along
the sidewalks like tricked-out cattle prods.

"Thing is,
that derision is not only about Park Slope, and it's not only about
strollers, which have somehow become synecdoche for the perceived ills
of indulgent parenting everywhere. And it's not only about "parenting,"
either. No, I am telling you, it's about mothers. (White mothers,
generally, and usually urban ones — if in part because they're out and
about on sidewalks and subways, not cloistered in carpools and
playrooms.) You know them, or at least their epithets: "Stroller moms,"
the "stroller mafia," the particularly objectionable "stroller Nazis"
– and while we're at it, the "helicopter moms" and "sanctimommies."
Along with the area blogs, the New York Times got in on the Maclaren
fun with a silly shark-bait story
on the allegedly "palpable sense of anxiety" the recall had wrought on
the "hyper-conscientious" Slope. Standard online comment: "If the
typical 'Slope Mummy' was not so hell-bent to get to her pilates
classes, yoga classes, or whole foods market to pick up her 'fair
trade, organic food items,' perhaps she would not be so careless as to
fold 'Johnny's finger tips' into the hinge mechanism and amputate them.""

–Lynn Harris

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November 30, 2009

Dec 1 at 7 PM: World AIDS Day at St. Augustine’s Church in Park Slope

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An Interfaith Memorial Service at  St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on World AIDS Day starting at 7 PM. 116 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope.

–Preparation Series, an exhibition of paintings by artist and educator, Maureen Mullen (see paintings above).

–Talks
by Pastor Daniel Meeter (of Old First Dutch Reformed Church) and Sister
Citarella (of the Gay & Lesbian Ministry of St. Francis Xavier
Church in Manhattan).

–Music by NYC Outloud

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November 30, 2009

Meet the Editor of 100 New York Photographers at the Community Bookstore

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Meet Cynthia Maris Dantzic,  editor of 100 New York Photographers at a book launch and signing at the Community Bookstore on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 PM. A smattering of the photographers featured in the book will also be present.

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November 30, 2009

Leon Freilich, Verse Responder: Litigation, Slope Overdrive, Afreud

LITIGATION NATION

The number of lawyers

Confounds all belief

In the land of the fee

And the home of the brief.

  SLOPE OVERDRIVE

I couldn't write

–Why was it a shock?–

Until I moved

From a writers' block.

 BE NOT AFREUD

Please do not gasp

And do not moan–

Man does
not live

By dread alone.

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November 30, 2009

OTBKB Music: A Look at the First Half of December

I recognize that some of you out there need to plan things in advance. 
Therefore, I've put together a bunch of suggestions for the first half
of December.  Get your calendars out.

Tuesday Dec 1: Adam Levy: formerly guitarist with Norah Jones releases his new CD, Humdinger.  The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F
Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 10pm, $10

Thursday Dec. 3: Emily Zuzik plays at the Green Edge NYC 3rd Birthday
Bash; Littlefield, 622 Degraw St (between 3rd and 4th Avenue), 7:30
doors (first hour includes an open organic vodka bar), $20

Friday Dec. 4: Elliott Murphy: originally from Long Island, Elliott moved to France 20 years ago.  He's started to show up on these shores about twice a year now with his band, the Normandy All Stars.  The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F
Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 7pm, $20

Saturday Dec. 5: Harper Blynn (formerly Pete and J): high energy pop rock. The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen
Street (F Train to
Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 10 pm

Sunday Dec. 6: Emily Zuzik plays her Christmas show at The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F
Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 8 pm

Tuesday Dec. 8: Book Release party for I Slept with Joey Ramone by Mikey Leigh (Joey's brother) and Legs McNeil; music by Spanking Charlene (see below) and Mickey Leigh.  Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway (J Train to Kosciusko St.), 7:30pm

Saturday Dec 12: Spanking Charlene. I keep missing this band, but
friends like them and they won the Little Steven Underground Garage
Best Unsigned Band contest and that's good enough a recommendation for
me.  Lakeside Lounge,
Avenue B and 10th
Street, 9:30 (F Train to 14th Street, transfer to either the 14A or 14D
bus, exit at 10th Street (14A) or 11th Street (14D) and walk to Avenue
B), 11pm, No Cover

Sunday Dec. 13: Keren Ann.  I'm not sure if this is will be an intimate
acoustic show or a rocking band show, but either will be
worth your while.  City Winery, 155 Varick St. (between
Spring and
Vandam Streets), 1 Train to Houston Street or Canal Street; C or E
Trains to Spring Street, doors 8:15, show, 9pm $15

Monday Dec. 14:  Chip Taylor’s “Yonkers NY” featuring Kendel Carson w/ special guest Jon Voight.  Chip Taylor, the writer of a whole bunch of songs you'd recognize
(including Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning), grew up in Yonkers.  So
did his brother, Jon Voight.  Should be interesting at the very least.  The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F
Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 8pm, $15

Tuesday Dec. 15: Songs of Bowie.  Another cast of thousands event with artists who play the Living Room, both obscure and more well known, sometimes even the downright famous.  This will run all night and so come for however long you can stay.  The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F
Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), times to be announced, $12

 –Eliot Wagner

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November 30, 2009

Efrain Gonzalez: Bookstore Cat

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November 30, 2009

Witness, Tom Martinez: Beatles-Like Stroll

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A Park Slope family taking a Beatles-like stroll through the farmer's market at Grand Army Plaza. Pix by Tom Martinez. 

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November 30, 2009

A Note From Doug Biviano: Brooklyn Bridge March for Peace Today

Remember Doug Biviano? He's the Brooklyn native who recently ran for City Council in the 33rd District.

Hello friends and especially those in the press,

I will be
marching today World Peace Day at 1:00 PM from Borough
Hall, over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall with Brooklyn for Peace,
other peace groups from the region and an international peace team.

It is time NYC elected officials — especially Mayor Bloomberg –
stand up, lead and tell President Obama that he escalates the war in
Afghanistan at the peril of his own great cities like NYC.   And
frankly, this wholesale bankrupting of our nation and our cities via
endless war is exactly what Osama bin Laden ordered.

Juxtaposed alongside BILLION dollar budget cuts and layoffs of
untold New Yorkers announced by Mayor Bloomberg after the election,
President Obama plans to expand the war and the war budget.  It is
estimated that each troop in combat abroad costs approximately $1
MILLION per year.  The price tag for the planned escalation of 30,000
to 35,000 troops translates to another $35 BILLION of our taxes robbed
each year from infrastructure, services and jobs in NYC and cities all
over this nation.  These TENS OF BILLIONS will be on top of the
existing military/war budget that is fast approaching $1 TRILLION per
year, a mind boggling amount that our cities lose out.  Remember, the
war budget is the only budget that keeps going up even in this
recession.

Let's give the press something other than shopping to talk about. 

It's
time cities start kicking Washington politicians around instead of
playing patty cakes with them.  Washington needs to start listening to
cities and it's citizens instead of politicizing generals.  Washington
will only listen if we force them to by starting the conversation of
the real cost of war both morally and economically, keep on pressing
and vote them out one war enabler at a time.  Local elected officials
need to make the connection of war and keep repeating it.  Presidents
will bow to cities much the same way they do to generals if cities
frame the problem correctly and join together.

Doug Biviano
Brooklyn Heights
http://bivforbrooklyn.com

P.S. 
I doubt Osama bin Laden is anywhere near where our generals think he is
nor can they guarantee any meaningful or specific results with this
escalation.

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November 30, 2009

Feast: Writers on Food at Brooklyn Reading Works on Dec 10 at 8 PM

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Brooklyn Reading Works presents FEAST: Savory Syllables on Sustenance/Writers on Food curated by Michele Madigan Somerville with writers Peter Capatano, Greg Fuchs, Ame Gilbert, Nancy Garfinkel and Andrea Israel, Alexander Nazaryan, Sophia Romero and Michele Madigan Somerville.

A benefit for Helping Hands Food Pantry at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope.

December 10, 2009 at 8 PM
The Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue and Third Street
$10 Suggested donation (but give what you can).

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November 30, 2009

Starts Wed: Learn Blogging with OTBKB at BAX

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Wednesdays  |  December 2 – December 16  |  7:00 – 9:00pm

Click here for more information. $45 for the workshop (no drop-ins)

Learn how to blog with Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, in a hands-on
workshop covering technical, creative and conceptual issues. In this
class we will discuss blog design, how to write a great blog post,
top-ten tips for new bloggers, search engine optimization, social
networking platforms and more.

You don’t need to know a thing about blogging. All you need is the desire to blog!

Louise Crawford
runs Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn and is the Smartmom columnist for the
Brooklyn Paper. She produces the annual Brooklyn Blogfest and Brooklyn
Reading Works, a monthly literary reading series at the Old Stone House
in Park Slope. As a freelance writer her work has appeared in Newsweek,
the Associated Press and BKLYN Magazine. She has taught How to Blog
workshops at BAX, Adelphi University, Baruch College and at
Writersat-the-Beach in Rehoboth, Delaware.

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November 30, 2009

Dec 3: Snowflake Celebration on Seventh Avenue

The 3rd Annual Snowflake Celebration begins this week! The first two Thursday evenings in December, Park Slope businesses will light up with special sales and festivities like a [insert holiday-themed light-up icon of your choice], all in the spirit of getting holiday shoppers to spend more of their gift-dollars locally.  

Our website, www.buyinbrooklyn.com, has a list of participants (and their enticements), hard copies of which will be available at all Snowflake Celebrating businesses.  Highlights include:

    Free childcare at Juguemos Spanish Institute from 5:30-8!

    Free wine and snacks, and a food drive at 4PlayBK!

    20% off all merchandise and free gift-wrapping lessons every half-hour at Lion in the Sun!

    15% storewide discount on women's clothing, and a free raffle on a women's custom design outfit of the winner's choice (have to choose from the collection) at My Passion Fashion Designs!

    Some of Brooklyn's finest mobile food vendors (aka “gourmet trucks”) will make a special appearance in the Slope!

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November 29, 2009

No Words Daily Pix: Photograph by Hugh Crawford

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November 29, 2009

Dec 6: Every Single Beatles Song on Ukulele

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This Williamsburg show sounds like a hot ticket: 13 hours of every Beatles song on ukulele with special guests!

Roger And Dave Present
The 2nd Annual Beatles Complete On Ukulele Festival
A Benefit For Yoko Ono

Roger Greenawalt will perform all 185 original Beatles songs in one day on ukulele with over 60 guest singers, 80 guest musicians, and 16 Yoko Impersonators…

On Sunday December 6th, 2009
from 11 AM till Midnight at…

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
between N. 11th & 12th streets Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

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November 29, 2009

Efrain Gonzalez: Come Inside For The Message

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November 29, 2009

Sunday: Debutante Hour at Jalopy

8 PM on Sunday night at Jalopy in Red Hook.

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November 29, 2009

Thumbs Up For Buttermilk Channel

High marks for our dinner tonight at Buttermilk Channel, a popular and attractive Carroll Gardens restaurant with delicious food and excellent service.

For appetizers my sister and Hepcat shared oysters while my stepmother and I shared the fresh and delicious Autumn Salad with arugula, pomegranite seeds and walnuts.

For entrees, my step mom and bro-in-law enjoyed the  Rhode Island scallops (really big scallops); I had the delicious duck meatloaf, which came with yummy creamy parsnips, duck jus and an amazing onion ring (which I shared with everyone).

Hepcat was pleased but not thrilled with the short rib stew, which is the Saturday night special and my sister had steak, which she was very quiet about and that usually means she's enjoying her dish and not sharing.

Reading the Times' review it sounds like we should have ordered the Pecan Pie Sundae for dessert. Instead we shared the bread pudding which I thought was amazing (the Times' panned it).  About the sundae, Frank Bruni raves:

It’s audaciously true to its name, a treat that might
have been invented by a toddler who smashed up his slice of pie and
stuffed it into a tall glass with butter pecan ice cream.

If that sounds haphazard and heedless, rest assured that the ice cream
is local, from Brooklyn’s own Blue Marble. Buttermilk Channel has its
pride, after all.

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November 29, 2009

Smartmom Gets Her Couch

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As Smartmom sat on the Townsend couch in Room & Board’s second-floor showroom waiting for Hepcat to arrive she had to laugh. How had this couch thing gotten so out of hand?
Was it really worth fighting about? For that matter, what was it really
about? Were they fighting about a piece of furniture or the state of
their lives?

Hepcat was late as usual. But no matter, Smartmom was determined to
enjoy what she hoped would be their final couch-shopping expedition.

While she waited, she wondered whether their couch drama had been a
power struggle or an aesthetic disagreement. Was it really about form
and function or the dysfunctionality of their 20-year marriage?

Good questions. Smartmom felt a pang of sadness. If the two long
marrieds had such a hard time agreeing on a new piece of furniture, was
there any hope for peace in the Middle East or the health care bill?

Sitting on the soft chenille of the Townsend, she realized what a
turbulent river she and Hepcat had crossed to get to the point where
they could agree to pay the $1,399, plus tax and shipping, for a new
couch to replace the 18-year-old Ikea divan that Hepcat loves.

When her hubby finally arrived, he and Smartmom walked around the
store and revisited some of the other couches they had considered:
there was the Andre, the Anson, the Metro and the York.

It didn’t take long for them both to agree that the Townsend was the one. It was comfortable, soft and easy on the eyes.

Then they got a phone call from the Oh So Feisty One saying that she was locked out of the apartment.

“We’ll be home in a half hour,” Smartmom told her. Sadly their shopping trip was cut short.

“So should we buy it?” Smartmom asked nervously.

"Let's pay for it," Hepcat said.

"Are you sure," Smartmom asked.

“Yup, yup, yup,” Hepcat said — it’s what he always says when he wants to sound agreeable.

Smartmom knew it was time to make a decision. She knew it was time
to let go of this disagreement and move on. Hand in hand (or was it
only Smartmom’s imagination?), they walked over to a sales associate,
paid for the couch and scheduled its delivery for exactly one week from
that day.

What a strange feeling to have finally made a decision. The couch dilemma was over. What an accomplishment: PROGRESS.

When they got home, they told OSFO and Teen Spirit the good news.

“So these are the last days of the couch?” Teen Spirit said dispiritedly.

“Why do we have to get a new couch?” OSFO whined.

“I protest the removal of our couch,” Teen Spirit said and walked into his room.

Smartmom hoped they’d eventually adjust to the new couch. But there
was an even more pressing matter to attend to. Smartmom e-mailed her
friend Brooke Dramer — who had earlier expressed an interest in buying (believe it or not) the ratty old couch — and asked what she’d be willing to pay.

“What’s it worth to us?” she wrote back in an e-mail. “Well, let’s
get together soon so we can look at (and measure) the Green Couch. It
would be especially fun if Dave and I could sit on it with Hepcat and
discuss how proud we are to be part of the .81 percent that voted for
the Rev. Billy for mayor.”

“We’re thinking $300,” Smartmom replied. But Brooke wanted a measurement before committing.

“It’s 88 inches wide and 37 inches deep. Can you come see it before Saturday?”

“Oh, no! Eighty-eight inches is too big to fit with our furniture!”
she wrote back. “Alas, the Saga of the Couch ends not with a bang, but
a whimper. I would never stoop so low as to throw you a headline like
‘Size does matter.’ But in this case, I need eight inches. Before you
say, ‘Who doesn’t?’ let me explain. The couch has to fit between an end
table and an antique trunk — a space of less than 80 inches.”

So for the first time, a woman was complaining about something being eight inches longer than she wanted.

Smartmom didn’t understand why they couldn’t just move the end table
and the antique trunk. But who was she to question the strange calculus
of any relationship?

Smartmom was glum. It wasn’t going to be quite so easy to sell their
green leather couch. Maybe they’d have to give it away. Or leave it on
the street. In less than 24 hours, their new couch would arrive from
Room & Board.

Smartmom was stressing. How would it look? Would it be comfortable?
At 92 inches, would it be too big for their own truncated living room?

And what would Teen Spirit and OSFO think?

Tune in next week …

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November 29, 2009

Efrain Gonzalez: Open Water Under Red Light

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November 28, 2009

No Words Daily Pix: Photograph by Hugh Crawford

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November 28, 2009

The Brooklyn Public Library: 1-Stop Shopping for Frugal Brooklynites!

From Brooklyn Frugal Examiner:

If you are trying to trim the fat on your spending, the Brooklyn Public
Library can be your new BFF. "Ever since the official beginning of…
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November 28, 2009

Office Hours at Slope Cafes

From Leon Freilich, Verse Responder:

Two Slopers are part of what the Times Op-Ed page calls the laptop brigade.

Architect Bobb Jadhav at Tea Lounge and investment banker
Ruthie McCombs at the 7th Ave. Barnes & Noble keep regular
office hours at their chosen home-away-from-workplace
tables. Both are unemployed.

Smaller cafes, however, are fighting for their economic lives by
Un-Wi-Fi-ing, covering electric outlets & posting no-lunchtime-
computing signs. 

And so it goes, down with cups of  jobless java.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/27/opinion/28opart.html

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November 28, 2009

We’re Eating at Buttermilk Channel Tonight

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Buttermilk Channel is a newish Carroll Gardens restaurant on that stretch of Court Street not far from the Smith and 9th Street F-train station. 524 Court Street (Huntington Street), Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; (718) 852-8490

Their website explains that the original Buttermilk Channel is the mile-long tidal strait between Brooklyn and Governor's Island. Walt Whitman wrote in the Brooklyn Eagle that farmers would walk their cows across there during low tide so the cows could graze on the Island's abundant grass.

The owner is CIA-trained chef Doug Crowell, a native New Yorker, who formerly managed Blue Fin and Blue Water Grill in Manhattan. Chef Ryan Angulo is a Rhode Island native, who was the Chef De Cuisine at the Stanton Social Club on the Lower East Side. 

The menu includes lots of tasty-sounding items with an emphasis on oysters and sausages, but also entrees like Warm Lamb and Romaine Salad, Caputo's Fresh Linguini, Bacon Wrapped Brook Trout, Rhode Island Day Boat Scallops, Duck Meatloaf, Fried Chicken…

Need I go on?

It's hard to imagine being hungry tonight. But it's the birthday of a special someone and we will CELEBRATE!

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November 28, 2009

Interfaith Memorial Service on World AIDs Day at Park Slope Catholic Church

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An Interfaith Memorial Service at  St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church on World AIDS Day starting at 7 PM. 116 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope.

–Preparation Series, an exhibition of paintings by artist and educator, Maureen Mullen (see paintings above).

–Talks by Pastor Daniel Meeter (of Old First Dutch Reformed Church) and Sister Citarella (of the Gay & Lesbian Ministry of St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan).

–Music by NYC Outloud

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November 28, 2009

Learn Blogging with OTBKB at BAX: Starts Dec 2!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Wednesdays  |  December 2 – December 16  |  7:00 – 9:00pm

$45 for the workshop (no drop-ins)

Learn how to blog with Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, in a hands-on
workshop covering technical, creative and conceptual issues. In this
class we will discuss blog design, how to write a great blog post,
top-ten tips for new bloggers, search engine optimization, social
networking platforms and more.

You don’t need to know a thing about blogging. All you need is the desire to blog!

Louise Crawford
runs Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn and is the Smartmom columnist for the
Brooklyn Paper. She produces the annual Brooklyn Blogfest and Brooklyn
Reading Works, a monthly literary reading series at the Old Stone House
in Park Slope. As a freelance writer her work has appeared in Newsweek,
the Associated Press and BKLYN Magazine. She has taught How to Blog
workshops at BAX, Adelphi University, Baruch College and at
Writersat-the-Beach in Rehobeth, Delaware.

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November 28, 2009

Laytner’s Linens Now Open on Union Street in Park Slope

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November 28, 2009

Leon Freilich, Verse Responder: Whole Mess in One

  WHOLE MESS IN ONE

Tiger, Tiger, burning bright,
Wife unhinged throughout the night,
Scratched his face and left a scar,
Took a golf club to his car.

Blondes are funny in their way,
Fail to understand man's play;
Next time, Tiger, if you stray,
Make it on the links fairway.

Drop the golfing lessons too,
She may putt you to Peru;
Stay away from swingers' bar–
Wives consider that sub-par.
 

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