Friday, November 13, 2009

Sweet things to do this weekend

(Above: A half-dozen delicious cupcakes from Lily & Fig - 2 red velvet, two coconut, and two chocolate. Mmm. Chocolate.)

There's fun to be had in Crown Heights this weekend. Sue Rock Originals is hosting a rent party tomorrow (Saturday November 14th) to keep their space. If you haven't heard about Sue's incredible non-profit, which provides both textile training and clothing to victims of domestic violence, you need to check them out. If you can't make it, you can donate at her website.

Further down Eastern Parkway, the black hats are out in force at the 25th Annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. Leading local literary lady (how do you like that alliteration?) Penina Roth describes the area as "a garrison," with "mobile command units, mounted police, motor bike cops and squad cars and foot patrols everywhere." With a little luck, they'll have something to celebrate on Saturday night, as Brooklyn-based Chabad-rabbi-in-training Yuri Foreman fights for the World Super Welterweight belt.

And of course, if you make it through the weekend, you can look forward to the November installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series on Monday, November 16th at 8:00 PM. Penina continues to put together fantastic lineups, and this month is no different. I'm copying the full slate below, but if you need a two-second reason to come, Amy Sohn's latest novel, Prospect Park West, takes place in Park Slope and has drawn lots of local attention for its sharp send-up of local Slopers and their establishments (including Matt Roff's other joint, Southpaw). See you there!

AMY SOHN is the author of the novels Prospect Park West, My Old Man and Run Catch Kiss. She has also written for New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Nation and Harper's Bazaar and has written television pilots for such networks as HBO, Fox and ABC. A former New York Magazine editor, she was also a columnist for the New York Post and New York Press.

SAÏD SAYRAFIEZADEH, the author of the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free, is a writer and dramatist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968 to an Iranian father and a Jewish-American mother, both of whom were members of the Socialist Workers Party. His stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, Open City and elsewhere. His work has also been featured in the anthologies Lost and Found: Stories from New York and Love is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts. His plays include Autobiography of a Terrorist and New York Is Bleeding.

JOBIE HUGHES is co-writing a young adult science fiction series with James Frey. The first book in the series, I Am Number Four, will be published by HarperCollins in 2010. DreamWorks Pictures is producing a film based on the novel, which will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg and produced and directed by Michael Bay. In 2009 Jobie graduated from Columbia University with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. His forthcoming novel for adults is Agony at Dawn.

LIANNE STOKES is a freelance writer and comedian. Her writing has appeared in New York Press and Playgirl and on tangomag.com. “Handsome,” her essay on her spurned love for a co-worker, was included in the anthology Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Canceled. She is working on a memoir called Laid Off: Booze and Dreams in the Office.

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