Thursday, July 08, 2010

Hello Weekend (Brooklyn Sounds Great)

(first seen on 2DopeBoyz)

Forget getting out of the city -- Brooklyn is what's happening this weekend. Here are a few of the main events:

- Tomorrow (Friday), local educator Jarrett Mathis launches Empowering Ourselves Now, a feature-length documentary born of his interactive workshop of the same name, at the Bedford Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, just north of Franklin and Fulton, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. More information here.

- Friday evening, check out Latin-funk superstars Ozomatli at the Prospect Park Bandshell. If you've never seen them live, they put on one of the best shows in the business, one that almost invariably ends with a giant drum circle in the center of the crowd.

- On Saturday, check out the latest edition of the Weeksville Heritage Society's Summer Garden Party Concert series, featuring Valerie June and Kameron Corvet. Doors at 4, Music at 6, Film at 8. The "Best Outdoor Bash of the Summer" (according to the NYDN) is also looking for volunteers, in shifts that run from 10am -3pm, 3pm-8pm, and 5pm-10pm. To learn more about getting involved, email Erin McMonagle at erin [at] weeksvillesociety [dot] org.

- If you need a third night of music, make sure to check out the launch of OkayAfrica, featuring The Roots, Talib Kweli, and many more great artists, at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Event info here.

- Finally, slake your wanderlust at the Franklin Park Reading Series' Travels and Journeys night on Monday at 8pm. More to come on this, but rest assured that there'll be great readers and drink specials as usual.

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