24/Seven

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Williamsburg

Randazzo’s rated best in seafood

Eat your heart out, Eric Ripert. Comment.
Williamsburg

Piramide: Nouveau Mexican cuisine at its very finest

To think of Piramide (499 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, 718-499-0002 and www.mexpiramide.com) as a Mexican restaurant is to think of Peter Luger Steakhouse as a burger joint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mitchell’s Bar & Grill: Truly a unique experience for all

Well…the official name is Mitchell’s Bar & Grill (259 Flatbush Avenue, between Sixth Avenue and St. Mark’s Avenue; 718-484-4114). And they do have a bar, and even a grill. But if you expect to find a couple of bleary-eyed, unshaven men hanging on bar stools…well, perhaps you are taking the name a little too literally. Comment.
Williamsburg

Marty lives in the ‘Barrio’

Borough President Marty Markowitz is feted with flair and a sizzle by restaurateur Spencer Rothschild at his Mexican hotspot, Barrio, 210 7th Avenue, when the beep stopped in for a bite with wife Jamie on the weekend of the recent Seventh Heaven festival in Park Slope. Comment.
Williamsburg

Maria’s Restaurant: 76 years of excellence

Longevity is a good indication of quality and consistency of excellence, and such is very much the case with Maria’s Restaurant (3073 Emmons Avenue, 718-646-6665), not only the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the area, but one of the most vintage and valued in the entire city. Comment.
Williamsburg

Marco Polo Ristorante toasts 25 years of delicious BK dining

A violinist provided the sweet serenade, welcoming patrons with aplomb when Marco Polo Ristorante celebrated its 25th anniversary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kings Plaza Diner: There’s always something good to eat

here’s a very good reason the Kings Plaza Diner (4124 Avenue U, 718-951-6700) is known as royalty among diners…and why it has earned accolades from everyone from the Daily News (which named it Diner of the Year) to Zagat (where readers praised its value and specialized cuisines). Comment.
Williamsburg

Il Fornetto: There’s always something tempting coming from this ‘little oven’

Whether you crave perfect wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Brooklyn’s freshest seafood, or the best seat to watch the big game, Il Fornetto (2902 Emmons Avenue, 718-332-8494, www.ilfornettorestaurant.com) has got it all — and then some. Comment.
Williamsburg

Austin’s Steak House: Pleasing your palate, entertaining your senses

Austin’s Steak House is serving up entertainment with its aged beef and veal chops – at no cover charge. Comment.
Williamsburg

You’re invited to a scandalous Brooklyn Tea Party

Odonata Dance Project, a Brooklyn-based troupe, has several short works in the, well, works. To help in their development, the dancers are inviting you to a fund raiser cabaret called “Brooklyn Tea Party,” where you can see the works in progress, catch some high-flying trapeze artists and party like it’s 1773. Comment.
Williamsburg

The party continues at Seaside Summer Concert Series

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz continues his 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer means it’s showtime

The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, continues with the performances sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force, and CERT1NYC. Comment.
Williamsburg

Semi Precious Weapons: Fully locked and loaded

Since Semi Precious Weapons formed three years ago, Greenpoint has gotten an infusion of glam rock. And this month, the fabulous foursome brings their guyliner, six-inch stilettos and rock attitude to the neighborhood stage when they play Europa on July 31. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s International Reggae Night

Revival Reggae Sundays closes out the month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. July 27 brings International Reggae Night starting at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hipster ‘Siren’ call remains true to Coney

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast-growing urban tradition – the annual Siren Music Festival. Comment.
Williamsburg

First Annual Punk & Metal extravaganza at the shore

We’ve all seen the tee shirts that plead “Punk’s not dead” as if to convince a skeptical passerby or defend the genre’s honor. Comment.
Williamsburg

Billyburg welcomes Knitting Factory home

The Knitting Factory – the iconic Tribeca music venue known for its eclectic and cutting-edge music – will soon move across the East River to Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dark Knight lights the way for others to follow

Everyone coming out of “The Dark Knight” this weekend had little light bulbs hovering over their heads aglow with the realization that the next time they’re in the mood for great, thought-provoking literature, they can head right to their nearest comic book store. Comment.
Williamsburg

Believe it or not, the X-Files is just okay

Make no mistake about it, if you happened to be home with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night in the mid- to late 90’s, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” would have been a perfectly fine episode to satisfy Mulder and Scully fans. Comment.
Bay News

‘Mummy’ offends with dragon breath

It’s a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment when a drop-kicking abominable snowman is the lone highlight in a mummy picture. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Williamsburg

Wing it the next time you’re out

When people refer to wildlife in New York City, most folks may conjure up images of New York’s striving nightlife culture or perhaps some of the colorful parades that gallivant up and down the streets of our five boroughs. Comment.
Williamsburg

The British are coming! The British are coming! Brooklyn rallies to arms in Revolutionary War re-enactment

It’s Battle Week, Brooklyn’s annual excursion into the collective American consciousness, enticing history buffs and the merely curious to explore the modern borough with an eye to times long gone. Comment.
Williamsburg

See a sea lion samba live!

Come watch the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo get into the swing of things. Resident sea lions will flipper to the sound of music as the zoo is transported to Rio with “Samba New York!,” a Brazilian samba drum ensemble, August 17, 12-3 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Science cabaret

Ira Flatow, popular host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, will be presenting his TalkingScience’s AquaCabaret at the New York Aquarium, August 8 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rise above it all at the Balloon and Music Festival

The Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival sponsored by RE/MAX of New York, Inc. returns to Brookhaven Calabro Airport on Long Island, August 8, 9 and 10, featuring some of the world’s most magnificent hot air balloons. Comment.
Williamsburg

Never be bored

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment.
Williamsburg

Meet ‘Great White Lies’ author

Bernard J. Marsh, author of the recently published “Great White Way/Greatwhite Lies,” will host a book signing, August 14 from 6-9 p.m., at the Two Steps Down Restaurant, 240 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, between Vanderbilt and Clermont avenues. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gabriel on a bad trip

Theater for the New City’s Street Annual Street Theater Tour’s, “It’s the Economy Stupid! or The Turning Point,” will be playing free performances on streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Enjoy a free ‘Summer on the Green’

Now in its second year, The Prospect Park Youth Council’s free Summer on the Green Program is bigger, better, more educational and even more fun. Comment.
Williamsburg

Discover something wild at Brooklyn Bridge Park

People are not the only visitors who enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park’s beautiful waterfront. This summer the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, along with New York Audubon and the Coastal Marine Resource Center, invites children (and adults) of all ages to experience the birds and marine life of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘When Boy Meets Girl’ returns to Sputnik

When Boy Meets Girl returns to Brooklyn’s Sputnik night spot August 8. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wilco to pack ‘em into McCarren Pool

Chicago rock band Wilco will play McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 13. The concert will benefit the Open Space Alliance and is the band’s only New York area appearance this summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

They’re heavy on the honk and terrific with the tonk

You don’t have to own a pair of cowboy boots or speak in a Southern drawl to get into the country grooves coming to Southpaw on August 8, fueled by a few Brooklyn-based bands that do honky tonk best. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer Surf & Twist Party

The Wang Dang Doodle presents the Summer Surf and Twist Party with three DJs spinning the sounds of the sizzlin’ season for your drinking and twisting pleasure. On tap are DJs Gaylord Fields (WFMU), Domenic Priore (Riot on Sunset Strip) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus (Wang host). Comment.
Williamsburg

Spoken word, satire and lotsa, lotsa love

Tillie’s of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, offers music and art events throughout August. Comment.
Williamsburg

Spider John’s musical web

In the late fifties, Spider John Koerner borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives songbook, and began a journey which helped shape the course of American country blues and folk music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rocker arms her public with luscious lipstick ‘Armour’

Brooklyn's Theo Kogan, an established musician, model and actress, can now add one more notch to her career belt – makeup entrepreneur. Comment.
Williamsburg

Liza and Huey

The Seaside Summer Concert Series, celebrating an incredible 30 years of the very best in free entertainment, continues at Asser Levy/Seaside Park with consecutive Thursday night concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kilguss & Steves

Jessie Kilguss and the Steves will be performing 8 p.m., August 8 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant

Afro Jazz Sundays is Brooklyn’s newest summer event for live music from African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms interwoven with jazz. Comment.
Williamsburg

Appalachia meets Alaska

Alaska’s fiddlin’ poet, Ken Waldman, opens club Jalopy’s August performance schedule on August 8 at 9 p.m. He combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry and mostly Alaska-set storytelling. He will be joined by Eli Smith playing old-time, folk, blues, pre-blues and country music. Smith performs every Wednesday at the Jalopy Theater as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘What’s the Hook?’ photography exhibit

What’s the Hook?, a community-based photography project, culminates its summer-long series of exhibits with an installation at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition (BWAC) running through August 14 at the Beard Street Warehouse, 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. Comment.
Williamsburg

New designs and tunes

Fashion, art & music re-defined describes Backyard Couture, a backyard event held at Harriet’s Alter Ego Boutique & Art Gallery, showcasing emerging designers, local musicians, artists and DJs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Laugh ‘til you cry, then start laughing some more...

At the end of another raucous set of comedy on a recent Wednesday, Sound Fix’s John Knefel takes the stage, shouting to an appreciative and well-lubricated audience, “And avoid comedy clubs!” Comment.
Williamsburg

Immerse yourself in a ‘NY State of Mind’

A special exhibit opening, “New York State of Mind,” at the Brooklyn Museum, August 14, showcases the paintings, sculptures and photography of adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, all of whom are residents of the Institute for Community Living (ICL) and participants in the Art Enhancement Project. Comment.

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