Wednesday afternoon and all's quiet at Lily & Fig, looking across the Avenue to what will one day be Franklin Avenue Beer and Grocery, an oyster-and-cocktail bar from the guys who brought you Franklin Park and Dutch Boy Burger. It's the calm before the storm, however - on top of reports of more snow, Crown Heights will be a flurry of activity this weekend.
- On Thursday night, The American Laboratory opens We are Nebeneinander (We are Side by Side), a performance art piece utilizing text from James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, at Five Myles. Shows start at 8pm through Sunday, with a nightly afterparty at The Vanderbilt.
- On Friday night, SOS Crown Heights leads a a shooting response (a peaceful vigil and gathering) at 186 Prospect Place. A program of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, SOS CH does phenomenal work, and if you'd like to get more involved with them, they're hiring.
- LaunchPad has something happening all week and all weekend (affordable acupuncture is back on Wednesdays, going on next door as I type this). Their big event gets going on Saturday, when the Brooklyn-based Hoover Dam Collective kicks off a first-Saturdays residency with a free show starting at 8pm. Music, dance, comedy, performance art, and more/everything in between will be on offer.