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October 8th, 2012

Monday Night Music at Sweet Wolf’s in Park Slope

Monday is music night at Sweet Wolf’s, a lovely cafe/restaurant on 12th Street in Park Slope. Tonight, the series, run by Red Beat Music, will present  Levon Henry, described by the organizers as “jazzy, singer/songwriter with a touch of folk.”

Sweet Wolf’s is an unexpected cafe/restaurant in an unexpected place. Located on the very residential corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street, you may have noticed the building with its gate posts, gargoyles and a small patio out  front.

By day, Forty Weight Coffee serves coffee and pastry items. For lunch and in the evenings, it’s a full-blown restaurant with delicious food.

As a special incentive for Monday Night Music, bottle of wines will be half price! Tasty bar food will be available and Forty Weight Cafe will offer caffeinated beverages. There’s a one-drink minimum, cash only.

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October 7th, 2012

Only the Blog at Two Moon Presents: F*ck! I’m In My Twenties


This Wednesday at 7PM come to my new, slightly more casual reading and event series called Only the Blog at Two Moon (Fourth Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets in Park Slope).

Reasons: adventurous programming, good conversation, food, coffee drinks and wine in Two Moon, a  lovely cafe and art space on Fourth Avenue.

This Wednesday October 10 at 7PM: see/hear author-blogger Emma Koenig, author of F*ck! I’m in my Twenties. Special musical guest is Small Wonder. Special perk: a show of Hugh Crawford’s LARGE photographs on the walls. That’s Emma above with her mom Bobbi Bass pictured in the New York Times.

Great for peeps in their twenties  b/c they can relate

Great for parents of peeps in their twenties: b/c they can relate

Great for those who don’t know peeps in their twenties: so they can learn about what it’s like to be a peep in your twenties. Also to remember and reminisce. Those were the days, my friend. Those were the days.

And Flavorpill wrote :

Emma Koenig, author of the F*uck I’m in My Twenties tumblr and book (and sister of indie-fave Vampire Weekend frontman, Ezra) has immortalized the experience of overeducated, underemployed twentysomethings. Reading from the recent print release of her best LOL-inducing scribbles, graphs, and charts from the blogosphere, the former struggling New Yorker returns from LA to explore the post-grad woes in public.

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October 6th, 2012

Tom Martinez, Witness: Sacred Reading

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October 6th, 2012

Jean-Luc Picard (aka Patrick Stewart) is Moving to Park Slope

This is really Park Slope: The Next Generation.

Captain Picard, the character played by Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be living in Park Slope. Or should I say Patrick  Stewart who played Picard on Star Trek…

The rumors are true and we offer our most heartfelt welcome to Patrick Stewart. May you be very happy here.

According to Rumor Fix, the English-born actor, who is 72, spent $2.5 million for a three-bedroom converted carriage house.

The house, which was on the market for six months has  two wood-burning fireplaces, a laundry room, a chef’s kitchen and a master suite. From the picture I can’t tell where the house is from the picture on Rumor Fix, but I await word from Eliot or some other person in the know to inform me.

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October 6th, 2012

A Week of Obama in Brooklyn

The week began with Baracklyn, a Monday night fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, White House staff member Valerie Jarrett, Newark Mayor Corey Booker, Mass, Governor Deval Patrick and singer/songwriter extraordinaire Steve Earle. More than 500 Obama supporters were in attendance and the event raised $300,000 for the President’s campaign.

On Wednesday at ArtObama, more than 100 artists donated their artwork to benefit the President’s re-election campaign. The event on Atlantic Avenue was packed and fun. A great crowd, good wine, tasty snacks, terrific conversation. The space, a former art gallery called Metaphor and now a studio, looked stunning with its walls covered with really interesting art by the likes of David Konigsberg, Julian Jackson, Margaret Neill, Ann Agee, Tom Chambers, Hugh Crawford, Phong Bui (print of Obama above) and more.

Later that night Obama debated Mitt Romney. I listened to some of the debate in the car service on the way home from ArtObama (the Internet streaming we hoped to see at the auction didn’t work). Once I got the television on, it was obvious that Obama was having an off-night and Romney was, uncharacteristically, very on.

I missed Rommney’s comment about Big Bird but it was all over Twitter during the debate and after.

“I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

Those were fighting words. Twitterers went wild defending Big Bird and worrying about the future of PBS. Even PBS got in on the act with a statement:

“Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.”

The Twitterverse was unanimous in its sense that Obama look tired, unprepared and even depressed. Some blamed it on the fact that it was his anniversary; others said it had to do with his strategy and staff directive to be low-key and presidential.

Letterman on Thursday night showed a hilarious fake Cymbalta ad that inserted images of Obama during the debate.

Friday night there was a cmall package in my mailbox from my 89-year-old Aunt Rhoda in White Plains. She sent me an O necklace. “O for Obama,” she wrote on her business card, which said Aging in Place, an organization she is actively involved with.

Aging in Place “refers to living where you have lived for years, typically not in a health care environment, using products, services, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as circumstances change.”

Thank you Aunt Rhoda for a beautiful gift and a perfect ending to my Obama week.

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October 6th, 2012

Roulette: One Year in Brooklyn

Happy Anniversary to Roulette.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Roulette, an experimental music collective formerly located in Manhattan, set up shop in Brooklyn.

Clearly they’ve expanded the size and scope of their organization with a new 450 seat theater. But their mission, to provide opportunities for innovative composers, musicians, sound artists and interdisciplinary collaborators, stays the same.

First a little history. In 1978 three composers, Jim Staley, David Weinstein and Dan Senn, launched a new music composers’ collective they named Roulette. Weinstein had recently composed Café Roulette, an homage to Dada and to chance operations in music.

That  75-seat space in Lower Manhattan made a big name for itself in the world of experimental music and new jazz. The move to Brooklyn a year ago signaled an expansion in size, scope and ambition. They write in a birthday note on their website:

This last year was a breath-taking, nerve-wracking, exhilarating realization of the implications of our name. We moved from a 74 seat loft to a 450 seat theater, doubled our budget, presented over 150 music, dance and Intermedia performances, hosted fifty arts and community organizations, and our audience grew from 4,000 to 21,000.

Our new theater is an architectural gem with splendid acoustics and superbly equipped — thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Steve Levin, our New York City Council Member, and the New York State Council on the Arts. This season we will install an eight-camera robotic system which will make Roulette one of the few facilities in the city capable of complex videography, instant editing, and live broadcast.

In an astonishingly short time Roulette has become a cultural and social nexus for our neighborhood — the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership identifies Roulette as a keystone organization in its Strategic Plan — and has taken a prominent position in the cultural life of New York City.

The tote bags pictured above, designed by Christian Marclay, are for sale at Roulette.or

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October 6th, 2012

Peripatetic Weekend: Fiber Arts, Wallflowers, Jane Austen


Loopers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Master (now at BAM), Frankenweenie (maybe, it is a Tim Burton film). Plus, there’s a mini-series at BAM called Apocalypse Soon, which includes The Birds, La Jetee, Mad Max, Night of the Comet


Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity at the Neue Gallery in Manhattan, brings together his self-portraits; his Symbolist portraits of powerful looking women; his majestic paintings of the Swiss Alpine landscape; and a series of shockingly frank portraits of his lover, Valentine Godé-Darel, documenting her decline and death. Very moving.


The Kings County Fiber Arts Festival takes place at  the Old Stone House and Washington Park on  Saturday, October 6 from 10AM until 6PM


In addition to the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual General Meeting in downtown Brooklyn, there’s a Jane Austen Pop-up shop at the Atlantic Avenue location of Sterling Place.  The  Pop-up was organized by Honey & Wax Booksellers. 


Political Mother, a dance piece by Hofesh Shechter at BAM this weekend. “A heart-stopping, explosive assault on the senses, Political Mother invokes an atmosphere of struggle and conflict, where repression is met with resistance and survival is paramount.” A heavy metal rock band accompanies on stage. Part of the Next Wave festival.

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October 5th, 2012

Get Fleeced at the Fiber Arts Festival in Park Slope

On Saturday, October 8 from 10AM until 6PM, Stitch Therapy and the Old Stone House (Fifth Avenue and Third Street in Park Slope) present the Kings County Fiber Arts Festival this weekend at The Old Stone House, a festival of natural fibers for spinners, knitters and crocheters, offering handspun and painted yarns and rovings of many varieties. Handcrafted knit, crocheted and woven clothing, hats & scarves for the family.

The following artisinal fiber artists will be on hand at the festival: Artikal Handcrafted Millinery, Bay Haven Short Tails, Bittersweet Ridge, Brooklyn Crochet Collective, Cobblerock Ridge Farm, Compassioknit, Crochet shirret Rag Rugs, Decadent Fibers, Fish Hollow, Full Moon Farms, Hellomello Handspun, Humdinger Alpacas, Juliet Martin Designs, Lilac Hill Farm, Looliemom Fiber Arts, Loop of the Loom, Okos Farm Fiber, Pollywogs, Queen Bee Fibers, Utopia Bath, Winter’s Past Farm

Here’s a schedule of activities to expect:

11 am: Pop-Up Yoga NYC: An Ergonomic Stretch for Crafters

12 pm: Finger Knitting Demonstration for Children

12pm – 6 pm: Fabrications, an exhibit by Gail Rothschild in the OSH Great Room

1 pm: Finger Knitting Demonstration for Children

2 pm: Spinning Wheel and Drop Spindle Demonstration by NYC’s Spin City

3 pm: Music by the Famous Accordion Orchestra

4 pm: Fleece Talk – identification and Characteristics w/ Kris Brynes, Winter’s Past Farm

6 pm: Exhibit Reception: Fabrications by Gail Rothschild



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October 4th, 2012

Annual Jane Austen Society Meeting In Brooklyn

Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction is the theme of this year’s general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, which is taking place October 5-7 at the Brooklyn Sheraton and the Brooklyn Marriott.

The scope of the conference, which includes keynotes by Dr. Cornel West and Anna Quindlan, is too vast to elaborate on here, but you can get a full schedule at the Jane Austen Society of North America website. 

In honor of this event, there’s a Jane Austen Pop-up Shop at Sterling Place, an antique store on Atlantic Avenue or as they describe the merchandise: “eclectic curiosities and  essential goods.” Organized by Heather O’Donnell, the special Jane Austen Pop-up Shop will feature rare editions of Jane Austen’s works.

There are free public programs connected with the JASNA event, too:

8:30 PM, Friday October 5th, at The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY

One of the world’s foremost sopranos, Julianne Baird, will create a wonderful artistic encounter for Austen lovers. Her Jane Austen recitals interweave songs from the Austen family collection (as well as other standards of the period) with narrations drawn from Austen’s novels.

and this:

The Vassar College Women’s Chorus
3:30 PM, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn

The Vassar College Women’s Chorus will perform works based on Jane Austen texts, specially commissioned by Vassar College and the Jane Austen conference from composers, Eleanor Daley and Joelle Wallach. The Chorus has performed in New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia as well as abroad. The concert will be held at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, where Abraham Lincoln prayed and where escaped slaves were sheltered on the Underground Railroad.

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October 4th, 2012

From the OTBKB Archives: The Global Bloggage

I wrote this as Smartmom on October 7, 2004 on the original OTBKB, which is now called Third  Street. 

There’s something about a blog that makes a person want, no, need, no, desperately need, some sort of response. It’s a big shout into the universe for attention. A yearning yelp into an echoey tunnel as in: Hello, is anyone there? Does anyone want to play? Is anybody listening? Hello? Hello? Hellooooooooooooooo?

Pathetic, eh?

Actually it’s a little embarrassing. And yet, why write a blog unless someone is going to read it? Isn’t that the whole point of the exercise. And it’s not just Smartmom out there blogging—though her blog is, by all reports, wildly original and fun. There are tens of thousands of blogs at Blogspot alone. Haven’t you ever wondered what that small button on the masthead that says “next blog” means? Try it someday and you’ll see. There’s a whole world of blogs out there, people from all over the world desperate to communicate. When she is supposed to be doing other things, Smartmom has read blogs from Adelaide, Australia; Florence, Italy; Stutgart, Germany; Singapore, Thailand, Lebanon, even New Jersey.

Kind of gets you thinking, doesn’t it. Is all this blogging a cry for help or the proverbial note in the bottle thrown out to the proverbial sea?

Yes, indeed. Blogging has has become one gigundo phenomenon. And Blogspot is probably just one of hundreds of blog-generating sites for those desperate to be heard. In a sense, Blogspot is a global village for the graphomaniacs of the world. Marshall McCluhan could never have imagined such a thing. And he thought television was going to be the big global municipality. Hate to say it, but that is so 20th century, man. Fact is, there are probably millions of blogs out there worldwide. Imagine: a small virtual universe of people striving for connection.

Now that’s really profound, isn’t it? It’s friggin existential. Contemplating it now, Smartmom feels like a tiny, tiny speck in the blog universe. So very small and insignificant. Very, very teeny tiny.

Hello? Is anybody there? Is anybody really listening? Helloooooooooooooooooooooooo…


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October 3rd, 2012

Watch the Debate with Others

We’ll be watching the debate at ArtObama, the art auction tonight on Atlantic Avenue. According to Will Y Park Slope Patch, you can also watch it at: Pacific Standard, Dram Shop and Beauty Bar.


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October 3rd, 2012

ArtObama Auction Tonight on Atlantic Avenue

Over 100 artists, who support the re-election of President Barack Obama are auctioning their work at an art auction tonight in Brooklyn called ArtObama

Auction proceeds will benefit the Obama Victory Fund 2012  as well as ActBlue. Space is limited, and pre-registration for collectors is strongly recommended.

When: October 3, 7 to 9:30 pm (bidding from 7:00 to 8:30 pm) Where: 382 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn,  NY 11217 Entrance fee: $45 at pre-registration or the door. Can’t be there? Proxy bids accepted through Oct 2nd, 8 pm. To make a proxy bid call 718-781-0354.

Hope to see you there. It should be a really fun night. I was there four years ago when ArtObama raised $60,000. An auction like this can be a chance to get art bargains or legitimize the purchase of a wonderful piece of art because it’s for a good cause.

Tonight? Skies the limit. Painting above by Jayne Holsinger. Value: $1,500.


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October 3rd, 2012

If You Had a Million Bucks What Would You Do?

Councilmember Brad Lander truly wants to know: What would you do with $1 Million?

Tonight in Park Slope, residents are coming together to tell City Councilmember Brad Lander how to spend $1 million of City funds on projects in their neighborhood.

Next spring, their votes will choose the winning projects. The process, called “Participatory Budgeting,” gives New Yorkers a chance to vote on how some of their tax dollars are spent.

WHAT: Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Greenwood Baptist Church, 461 6th Street (at 7th Avenue), Brooklyn

Last year’s ideas ranged from the kooky to the sublime: a Gowanus Canal Gondola (aka a “Gowandola”), filling potholes, renovating schools, and building parks. I wasn’t there, but I hear that the conversations were sometimes heated (what do you expect?) but creative and inspiring.

Participatory budget meetings are going on all over the city. This meeting is one of five in Councilmember Lander’s district in September and October, and one of more than fifty city-wide.

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October 3rd, 2012

Corey Booker, Steve Earle and More at Baracklyn

Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Corey Booker “killed it” at Baracklyn, Monday night’s Obama fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Over 600 people attended the event, which featured Park Slope’s own Senator Chuck Schumer, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Food Network Host Ted Allen at the podium. Singer/songwriter Steve Earle was also on hand to sing a few songs.

The audience representing Obama’s base of support in Brooklyn (dubbed Baracklyn during the 2008 election) responded enthusiastically to Booker’s smart, funny and very spontaneous speaking style, which combined strong reasons to re-elect the president plus great asides about Brooklyn.

“Manhattan is nice,” Booker said at one point. “But Brooklyn is sexy.” As you can imagine, the crowd loved that one.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who was something of a rock star at the Democratic National Convention this year, mentioned that his wife  is from Bed Stuy, which got an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd.

The event raised $300,000. Tickets prices began at $250 and went up to $2,500 and beyond if you were so inclined. As incentive to the higher contributors, there was a VIP area near the bowling alley plus bowling privileges and the chance to hobnob with the politicians. I’m guessing there were free drinks in that area.

Those on the lower end of the pay scale were restricted to the Bowl’s large performance space and bar area. A cash bar kept the drinks flowing and Steve Earle delivered an affecting set singing a song about Woody Guthrie and an especially beautiful song about New York City, written by Earle who moved here only seven years ago. It’s called City of Immigrants.

City of black
City of white
City of light
Livin’ in a city of immigrants
City of sweat
City of tears
City of prayers
Livin’ in a city of immigrants
City of stone
City of steel
City of wheels
Livin’ in a city of immigrants
City of bone
City of skin
City of pain
City of immigrants
All of us are immigrants

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October 2nd, 2012

All About Sukkot: Stars Should be Visible Through the Roof

Yesterday I was asked at least five times by different groups of Lubavitch men: “Are you Jewish?” Each time I said “No” and they seemed to believe me. Surprisingly, they didn’t seem to flinch at all when I said: “No.”

As a kid in a secular Jewish family, I loved the idea of Sukkot. I knew what it was even though my Jewish education was somewhat spotty. Building a Sukkah, a make-shift structure, out of branches, leaves, shrubs, and straw seemed so cool. Who wouldn’t want to create a beautiful little playhouse in the courtyard of our apartment building or in Riverside Park.

In Park Slope, you  can spot more than a few sukkahs around the neighborhood. There’s one at Chai Tots on the corner of Prospect Park West and a very architectural one in front of Congregation Beth Elohim (pictured is last year’s sukkah).

The men from an extremely evangelical wing of Hasidic Judaism, the Lubavitch sect, are out in droves in their dark suits trying to pursuade Jews to shake the lulav.

Most of the Jews I know have figured out a usable response to the question from the men on the street. One friend says: “Yes I’m Jewish but I already shook the lulav today.”  Another friend says: “Yeah, I’m Jewish and please leave me alone.”

Lubavitch Hasidism is an international movement with headquarters in Brooklyn. They’re intent on converting other Jews to the Torah way of life and operate an extensive outreach effort to encourage a return to traditional practices. Their Mitzvah Tanks are a frequent sight in New York City.

My “Just Say No” tactic makes me very uncomfortable. I don’t like to deny my heritage or hide who I am. We didn’t survive the holocaust to lie to other Jews on Seventh Avenue about our identities. But it’s a quick and easy way to be left alone. My irritation almost made me forget the way I used to marvel at this holiday. And it got me thinking about what the holiday is all about.

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October 2nd, 2012

It’s a Sukkah, Charlie Brown

Who are these strapping young men and what are they standing in front of?

It’s a sukkah, Charlie Brown and these are the lads who designed it for Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim.

I love the idea that a sukkah or tabernacle, the ritual shack built for the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, could be an architectural experiment. Last year Congregation Beth Elohim commissioned architect Babak Bryan to create their 8th Avenue sukkah. And this year they’ve tapped another firm to give it a go.

Studio Tack, a Gowanus-based firm captured here in a photograph by Patch’s Will Yakowicz, designed and built the structure in three weeks. Sukkahs are often built with branches and leaves. This one consists of natural elements like bamboo from Borough Park and pine from Upstate, New York . A joyous holiday, Jews are expected to eat and pray in sukkah.

In Leviticus, the shelter is described as a “wilderness shelter,” symbolizing the time God protected the Jews, who were thrust into the wilderness after they were freed from Egyptian slavery.

I haven’t been over there yet but from the pictures it looks kind of cool. Sukkot began on Sunday, September 30th and ends on October 7th.

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October 2nd, 2012

New Brunch for Sweet Melissa: Finally

I’m glad to hear that Sweet Melissa Patisserie, the popular Park Slope bakery and eatery, is rethinking their weekend brunch menu. I go there often with my mother on Sunday’s and I’ve gotten sick of their old brunch offerings.

Starting soon, they’re going to have dishes like eggs Benedict. In fact, they’re going to do it four different ways: the classic, Florentine style- with spinach and gruyere; The Cajun-with crabcake and roasted peppers-, and a salmon dill version.

They’re also going to have French Toast made with their delicious homemade brioche and dipped in creme brulee batter, which sounds very fattening—but good.

In addition, they’re adding scrambled eggs plain and with veggies, using organic eggs from owner Melissa Murphy’s very own Rhode Island Red Hens.

Who knew she had hens?

Still available will be the staple items quiches, sandwiches and homemade sour cherry and toasted almond granola, which I love.

Sweet Melissa Patisserie has been in Brooklyn since 1998. They started with a lovely, romantic tea shop on Court Street, where I used to go to with a  friend for late-afternoon tea and conversation. Once they opened in Park Slope, I became a real regular. My sister and I meet there every Saturday morning for coffee, chitchat and the occasional argument (followed by a quick making up).

Their home-baked treats, scones, croissants and all the rest are, quite simply, divine.

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October 2nd, 2012

October Goings On

It’s a busy month and it just started. October  includes a good deal of work for Brooklyn Social Media, three readings for Brooklyn Reading Works and Only the  Blog at Two Moon. A little overwhelming, yes. Oh and a wedding in California. Here goes:

October 10 at 7PM: Only the Blog at Two Moon presents  F*ck! I’m in My Twenties. The event has already been blurbed in Flavorpill which I quote here: “Emma Koenig, author of the F*uck I’m in My Twenties tumblr and book (and sister of indie-fave Vampire Weekend frontman, Ezra) has immortalized the experience of overeducated, underemployed twentysomethings. Reading from the recent print release of her best LOL-inducing scribbles, graphs, and charts from the blogosphere, the former struggling New Yorker returns from LA to explore the post-grad woes in public.” Two Moon Art House and Cafe, 315 Fourth Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

October 18 at 8PM:  Brooklyn Reading Works Presents: Poetry a Cure for the Common curated by poet Pat Smith with Michelle Madigan Somerville, Alex Crowley, Margaret Young and Debbie Deane. The Old Stone House. 336 Third Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Park Slope

October 23rd at 7PM: Only the Blog at Two Moon Presents: “The Family Thing” with Peter Wheelwright, As It Is On Earth and Leora Skolkin Smith author of Hysteria. Two Moon Art House and Cafe. 315 Fourth Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

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October 1st, 2012

Brooklyn by the Book: New Reading Series in Park Slope

Congregation Beth Elohim and Community Bookstore, two historic Brooklyn institutions, are joining forces to offer a monthly reading and lecture series at Congregation Beth Elohim.

The organizers are calling it Brooklyn by the Book, and are hoping that the events will “provoke discussion, celebrate the life of the mind, and tap into the rich culture of writing and reading in Park Slope and the broader community of Brownstone Brooklyn.” Here’s the schedule.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 pm Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Plenty, and Sami Tamimi, co-owner of the Ottolenghi restaurants, were both born in Jerusalem in the same year. The chefs will discuss the great food traditions of Jerusalem with Rozanne Gold, four-time James Beard Award winner.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm

On the occasion of the release of Paul Auster’s latest memoir, Winter’s Journal, and the paperback of Don DeLillo’s short story collection, The Angel Esmeralda, the two writers make a rare public appearance to discuss their work.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30pm

The author of the bestselling biography The Beatles discusses his latest book–an engaging look at the life of one of the most important cooks of all time, Julia Child. Lev Grossman, book critic at TIME, calls the biography “a revelation.”

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 pm Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame

The author of How Soccer Explains the World and editor of The New Republic talks with co-editor Marc Tracy about their anthology of essays covering the great Jewish sports figures in history.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 pm Happier at Home

In Happier at Home, the #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project experiments with making her home a happier place over a single school year.

These events are free for Congregation Beth Elohim members/$10 suggested donation for non-members.



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