What to do for MLK Day of Service in Park Slope

MLK Day: Brooklyn Museum
In Brooklyn, Martin Luther King is memorialized at Martin Luther King Jr. Playground in East New York, and Martin Luther King Place in Bed-Stuy. In the summer, at Wingate Field, on the other side of Prospect Park, the long-running Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Seriesbrings big names like Queen Latifah and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly to the bandshell on Brooklyn Avenue. And this weekend, there are going to be MLK Day events near Park Slope and throughout the borough:

MLK: Generations Speak (FREE, Sunday, January 17, 2010, 3–5 p.m.at the Brooklyn Museum): co-hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Celeste Headlee of The Takeaway. Panelists include: Dr. Roscoe C. Brown (former Tuskegee Airman); Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx; Eddie Glaude, Ph.D.; Major Owens; and Patricia J. Williams.
26th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (FREE, Mon, Jan 16 at 10:30am at BAM). This is New York City’s largest public celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote speaker is Dennis M. Walcott, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Musical performances by Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely and The Institutional Radio Choir C.O.G.I.C. of Brooklyn.

Following the event in the Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas presents a FREE screening of the film The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. Shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US to chronicle urban unrest and revolution, this film has never-before-seen interviews with many leaders of the Black Power Movement.

MLK Day of Service, Community Cleanup in Crown Heights by the Crow Hilll Community Association (CHCA). Come to the Crow Hill Community Garden (730 Franklin between Park & Sterling) on MLK Day Observed (Monday January 16th, 10-12 pm). Bring gloves, outdoor brooms/dustpans, garbage bags, etc. Bring your family, friends & neighbors, and tell any HS students who might need to do community service.

Also, check out these comprehensive guides to MLK Day events in Brooklyn:

Babeland and Lambda Legal Celebrate with Go Go Dancers and Free Drinks

Lambda Legal the organization fighting for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS, is pairing up with Babeland on Sunday, October 19th for a special night of drinks and dancing. Babeland representative LLinBklyn writes on the Park Slope board:

Join us at Babeland Brooklyn to celebrate Lambda Legal’s work and all things battery operated! 

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 7pm to 9pm
462 Bergen Street (b/w Flatbush and 5th Ave. in Park Slope) 

–free drinks 
–go-go dancing by Bloody Belle 
–10% off Babeland products 

$10 suggested donation 

RSVP (required for admission) at: http://ga4.org/lambdalegal/events/brooklynbabe/details.tcl

So what are you waiting for? RSVP now!

Local Artist Opens Home to the Public for a Handmade Shopping Event


On Saturday, May 17, 2008, a local artisan will open her Downtown Brooklyn loft to the public for an intimate shopping event. Thirteen local artists and designers have been invited to showcase their handmade goods and to meet with shoppers for the one-day-only shopping event to take place at 170 Tillary Street #706.

The Brooklyn Homeshow will showcase a variety of locally-made goods including home decor, art and prints, toys, bath and beauty products, jewelry, paper goods, and apparel and accessories. A limited number of goody bags with free samples will be made available to shoppers who pre-register to attend. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

First debuted in March 2008, the Brooklyn Homeshow is run by a group of sellers from the Brooklyn-based website Etsy.com, which is an online marketplace for handmade goods. The Homeshow is a grassroots extension of the online Etsy marketplace. One of the goals of the Homeshow is to support conscious consumerism by encouraging the purchase of locally-made goods. The show on May 17th will be much like the first Brooklyn Homeshow, with some new sellers participating in order to offer a larger variety of items for sale.

Karin Persan, who is hosting the event, says “It’s really a pleasure to be hosting our second Brooklyn Homeshow. I have been doing larger craft shows for some time now and it’s really nice to be a part of a smaller, more intimate event. It has been a great experience bonding with these extremely talented artists through Etsy.com. We are all very proud to be working together to create this unique show, where you can personally meet with buyers, and have a really fun time!”

To register for attendance, visit the Brooklyn Homeshow website at http://www.freewebs.com/bkhomeshow. Admission is free of charge. A limited number of goody bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 10:00 am to 5:00pm at 170 Tillary Street, Suite 706 in downtown Brooklyn.

Club Loco – Performance Space for Teens

In operation since January 2007, Club Loco is a performance space for teen bands open only to youth, ages 14-20.
Supervised by young adult volunteers and a paid security guard, Club Loco operates one Saturday evening per month
during the school year, in a space off Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn..
Club Loco is sponsored by the Park Slope Civic Council and the Reformed Church in America as a service
to the community. We are a non profit.

Our next event is October 20th, 2007.
Click here for the poster for this event.

We are looking for additional publicity, volunteers AND donations to keep the space open and available to teenagers…

We’d be interested in having local businesses sponsor the club — it would only cost $350 to sponsor a single show date as the space
is donated and costs are relatively low.

This is a great opportunity for a business to get involved at the ground level with a local project which supports the artistic growth of
our own teens!

Please contact me at the attached email address with any leads, questions, suggestions …

[email protected]

ALERT! “Brooklyn Blog Fest” on Thursday at the Old Stone House

We have been a bit remiss in noting that THIS THURSDAY at 8 PM is “Brooklyn Blog Fest” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. The creators of this site have been invited to spend a leisurely 2-4 minutes discussing the evolution of dailyheights.com, dailyslope.com and brooklynian.com (woohoo! 60 seconds per site!).

The Old Stone House is on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. Check out full details of “Brooklyn Blog Fest” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.

The “Fantastical” Drawings of Bruce Zeines

At Gallery 64 (64 St. Marks Ave, Park Slope) from May 20 – June 24: “Mr. Zeines’ work has been compared in spirit to William Blake with references to Max Ernst and Hieronymus Bosch. His intensely cross-hatched drawings are driven by the subconscious, drawing the viewer into the artist’s deep personal world.”

The show will open with a wine reception on Saturday, May 20 from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Montauk Club / Open House New York Weekend

Photos of Open House New York 2004 in Brooklyn: whatisee.org

openhouse-bk-4.JPGJessicaSophia writes in the Message Boards:

“The thread about Open House New York got me to thinking about Montauk Club. When my fiance and I were looking for a site for our wedding, we toured the Montauk Club and actually considered becoming members (partly so we could say haughtily, “You must dine with us at the club!”

“…is anyone here a member? Please dish! It seems like a cool concept to be part of a social club.”

Montauk Club Members? [Message Boards]
Open House NY (Discussion)[Message Boards]
Open House NY official site [ohny.org]

PS. What is Open House NY? daveb explains: “for those who don’t know, this weekend (Oct. 8-9) is Open House New York. I can vouch that the electrical plant tour at Pratt is freakin’ amazing. Here’s some close-up photos from last year: http://flickr.com/photos/davebgimp/tags/pratt/