Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monday Links: Love for The Band Called FUSE, The Renegade Reading Series, and More

- I've seen Brooklyn's own The Band Called FUSE a few times now, and they've always brought the house down, whether as a headliner or an opening act (the lady got me their new album for Xmas, and it rocks, too). Now, they're trying to spread Brooklyn love to the rest of the country by heading out to Austin's South by Southwest in March, with stops in DC and New Orleans along the way. Gas isn't cheap, so they've put together a Kickstarter page to help them make this tour happen. If you've already encountered their fabulous soul-rock-hip-hop sound (or their hardworking MC, Silent Knight), you probably don't need any convincing, but if this is the first you've heard of The Band Called FUSE, check out the video above and, if you like it, make a donation.

- There are a lot of great writers rattling keyboards in Crown Heights, so it's no surprise that another local reading series has been quietly building a presence in the neighborhood for several months now. Started this past summer, the Renegade Reading Series meets every second Thursday of the month from 8-11pm at LaunchPad. The actual readings run for an hour in short, five-minute segments between 9 and 10, with the first and last hour of the events reserved for wine, cupcakes, and socializing (all of which are gloriously free of charge). For more information about the series, or to read some of your own work, give them a shout at  renegadereading@gmail.com. Their next reading is this Thursday, February 9.

- More great photos, and images of the second generation of t-shirts (now with the punctuation fixed for all you grammar sticklers out there), are up on Brooklynian, courtesy of MikeF.

- Nearly a third of the students at PS 161 stayed home today in a boycott to protest the planned phasing-out of the school. Councilwoman James supported the protest. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem has proposed legislation in response to school closings that would end mayoral control of NYC schools. In the article linked above, our assemblyman, Hakeem Jeffries, who has expressed outrage over closings in the past, says he isn't pleased about the current spate of closings, but he isn't ready to give up on mayoral control just yet, not with a mayoral election coming in under two years. 

- Looking ahead to the weekend, the fine folks at Juice Hugger over on Rodgers are planning a Valentine's Day event with some free snacks and a pop-up gift store this Saturday, February 11. Brooklyn Skillshare is hosting an art market and workshops at LaunchPad on Saturday, too. 

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