Monday, September 30, 2013


(image via ABC7)

Tomorrow, a tiny percentage of New Yorkers will elect either Tish James or Daniel Squadron to be the Democratic nominee for public advocate in November. Since no Republicans are running, this IS the election. The post, though not terribly well-understood, is often a launching pad for mayoral campaigns (including that of the current front runner), and should anything happen to the mayor, the public advocate is next in line to run the city. 

All of this is to say that tomorrow's election actually matters, so GET OUT AND VOTE. Both candidates have a lot to offer, but regular readers will know that ILFA is a big fan of Tish and the work she's done in our council district over the past several years. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Omnibus Weekend Post: Job Listing, Events, Gardens, Tunes, Books, Food

A gent named Rob Watkins came up to me last weekend and said "hey, you're the I Love Franklin Ave guy, right?" I am indeed, though I felt obliged to mention that the blog was in a state of extended collapse. He said, rather kindly, that he'd noticed, but would I still help get the word out about the kickstarter for his solo album? A week later, but yes, yes I will. Check him out above or here

A few of the many other things that came across my radar this week:

- Bob & Betty's is looking for employees - if you need a job, inquire within. The listing is posted below.

Bob & Betty’s Food Market:
Located:  805 Franklin Ave Brooklyn NY, 11238
Position Title:  Cashier
Reports To: Shift Manager(s)
Supervised By: Owners and Managers
Status:  Full Time or Part Time
Store Hours:  Sunday- 7am to 12am.  Monday through Saturday- 6am to 12am
Position Summary:  Provide friendly and professional customer service, operate registers and label machines, bag and stock items.
Additional Responsibilities:  Maintain knowledge of stocked items, their locations, and check for expiration dates. Commit the product codes of produce to memory. Assist other staff in maintaining the general cleanliness of market.
Helpful Skills: Experience as a cashier, background in grocery and / or retail stocking, experience maintaining POS displays, knowledge of various foods and their uses, ability and comfort maintaining a positive attitude, able to work in a team, and open to learning new things in professional settings, etc.
Please stop by any time during business hours with your resume.  Please ask for owner and or managers.

- The Roger That Garden folks have a workday this Saturday:

"New York’s favorite season is shorter than you think, so come enjoy Autumn at the Roger That Garden Project!

SEPTEMBER CLEAN UP AND PLANTING DAY: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 11:30-4:30. Roger That Garden Project - Rogers Ave and Park Place, Crown Heights. Near the Franklin 4/5 2/3 S trains. 
WE WILL: turn over beds, plant beets/turnips/garlic, weed (of course), sift compost, clear trash from the street tree beds, spruce up the second vacant lot, and harvest the last of the summer veggies.

If you’re interested in volunteering on a more on-going basis, get in touch and we’ll put you on one of our many garden committees! Events, plants, compost, dogs, painting - you name it, we got it. Let us know. (Roger That Garden Project @" 

- Here's LaunchPad's weekend calendar:

Friday, September 27th @ 8pm
Nico Soffiato's OST Quartet & Costa/Moffett/Peck Trio

Concert featuring Nico Soffiato's OST Quartet and the Costa/Moffett/Peck Trio

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $10 suggested donation


Sunday, September 29th @ 4pm
Phoenix Reading Series


Susana H. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology. Her photos have appeared in San Pedro River Review and Blue Hour Magazine, among others. Her Slapering Hol Press chapbook, The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She authored the books, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions), Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and Earth and Below (Anaphora Literary Press). 4 Rms w Vu is forthcoming from Mayapple Press.

B. K. Fischer is poetry editor at Boston Review. She is the author of two books of poems, the novel-in-verse Mutiny Gallery, which won the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State, and St. Rage’s Vault, which won the 2012 Washington Prize and was released by The Word Works in March 2013. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Hopkins Review, Ekphrasis, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, FIELD, Literary Mama, and other journals, and she is also the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (2006). She holds degrees in writing from Johns Hopkins and Columbia, and a Ph.D. in English from NYU. Fischer is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press and teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she lives with her husband and three children. 
Lynn McGee's poems appear in current or recent issues of The American Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Review, 2 Bridges Review, The Same, Hawai'i Review, Tilt-a-Whirl, Bluestem, Big City Lit, the Bijou Review, and The New Guard, where one poem was a finalist and one a semi-finalist in that magazine's Knightville contest judged by former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall. She earned an MFA from Columbia University, and her chapbook, Bonanza, was published by Slapering Hol press.

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
4p; $6 suggested donation

- Hullabaloo Books is open - my neighbor says the place looks great and is fully stocked.

- Finally, the lady and I went to the newly-renovated Kelso last night, where the food is still fantastic (same chef - her daughter is just managing the place now with a partner). It looks great inside, too - hopefully they'll be able to follow the path blazed by the Dominican guys over on Grand and Dean who turned their steam-table place into Puerto Viejo. If you've never eaten at Kelso, swing by for one of their amazingly cheap and hearty lunch specials this weekend.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Weekend Streets: Health and Harvest Fair, Bounce Back to School at PS 9, Dean Street Farmer's Market

This weekend is going to be beautiful, so hit the streets and hang out with your neighbors at one or more of these weekend events:

- First up is the Crown Heights - Prospect Heights Food Allies Health and Harvest Fair (see flyer above). DNAInfo gave them a nice write-up here. Swing by for food, games, and fun.
- Down the street, P.S. 9 is hosting their fall fundraiser. Complete info from them is below:

Fall Fundraiser for the Kids at PS9
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11am - 5pm
PS9 Playground - 80 Underhill Avenue (at St. Marks), Prospect Heights Brooklyn
B/Q to 7th Avenue, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza
(Rain date - Sunday, September 22nd)

Fun for the whole family! This year’s carnival will feature 5 Bouncy Houses (including 1 for toddlers), face painting, carnival games and a huge outdoor dance party by Baby Loves Disco! There will be BBQ, drinks, popcorn and other snacks for all to enjoy.

$5 Adults, $2 Children (Children under 2 Free) - Children's ticket is good for 1 Free Bounce!
Tickets for Bounce Houses (1 Ticket), Carnival Games (1 Ticket) and Food (Varies):
1 Ticket - $2
6 Tickets - $10
12 Tickets - $20
All-Day Bounce Bracelet - $35

Credit Cards Accepted

For more information, and to purchase advance tickets, visit:

- Finally, the Walt L. Shamel Farmers Market is going strong every Saturday through October on Dean between Franklin and Bedford. Stop by for fresh food and good company anytime between 8am and 2pm.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Three for Tuesday: Crow Hill Community Association Meeting, ringShout at Franklin Park, and Concrete Justice at LaunchPad

Three very interesting events to choose from today along Franklin:

- The Crow Hill Community Association returns from their summer hiatus tonight, hosting their September meeting at the Gospel Tabernacle Church (725 Franklin, between Sterling and Park) at 7:30pm. If you've never been to one of the CHCA's meetings, come on out, meet some neighbors, and learn about the great work that CHCA and their many partners and friends are doing in Crown Heights.

- From 7-9pm, the ringShout hosts their Fourth Annual Bookend Event at Franklin Park (co-sponsored by the Franklin Park Reading Series) as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

- Finally, LaunchPad's week of events (all copied below) kicks off tonight with Theatre of the Oppressed's Concrete Justice: The Housing Circus at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 17th @ 7pm
Concrete Justice: The Housing Circus

Concrete Justice, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC's long-running ensemble of New Yorkers with experience of homelessness, presents their new show, "The Housing Circus". "The Housing Circus" is a wacky, complex, and moving play based on the actors' own experiences negotiating the transitional-housing system and its associated bureaucracies. As with all of TONYC's work, the performance will be followed by active communal problem-solving around the issues presented in the play. Learn more at

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
7p; $5 suggested donation


Wednesday, September 18th @ 8pm
Renegade Reading Series

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a hyena? No idea. But let's discuss at the next installment of our reading series for emerging writers, AKA renegades!

As usual we will kick off with wine/cookies/flirting, followed by readings from people we would put on pedestals if we could:

Daniel Schoonebeek
Cory Leadbeater
Aditi Sriram
Chris Fay
Larisa Sunderland

As you may know, Rich likes to re-gift little somethings he finds in his discard pile (i.e. the street, his closet, your backyard). So come armed with mad knowledge of our man Bieber and get ready for a s-u-r-p-r-i-s-e!!

We can't wait to hug you for way too long (on the 18th)!

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $5 suggested donation


Saturday, September 21st @ 5pm-11pm
Found: An Installation and Screening

An installation for a short film by Haimy Assefa and Antwan Rucker The short film, Found, tells the story of a young student of architecture, Jacoby, as he attempts to reconcile something that simultaneously is and is not. The directors, who also wrote the film, ventured to examine the sometimes seductive nature of our imagination. As most of the dialogue in the film is silent and internal to the main character, original and sampled sound design by DJ and producer 81Neutronz will attempt to serve as an addition layer of engagement for the viewer.

The FOUND installation aims to examine filmmaking and design in a way that allows for creative dialogue regarding the process of making a film and ways in which it is consumed. By engaging a film that is in post-production, the filmmakers and design firm Mutual Influence hope to create an environment where the viewing experience goes beyond watching the moving images on a screen. Watching a film that has not yet been craft edited may undoubtedly leave the viewer with gaps in the story. This is underscored in the design of the surfaces on which the film is projected, further flirting with ideas of what is gained and lost. In an effort to challenge their own creativity, the designers of Mutual Influence who are accustomed to designing spaces with substantial building materials in mind, started this project with the simplest of materials: an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper.

This installation re-configures the LaunchPad exhibition gallery through a series of pinched sheets of paper that provide fragmented projection surfaces. These curved surfaces re-appropriate the idea of a curtain as a theatrical element of hide/reveal—generating (3) zones to view the film under (3) levels of intimacy. The curtains work as intersections between prints and projections, while providing fragmented glimpses of activities in the background. Each moment of intersection occurs in pairs, superimposing real time with constructed media. This event will be held between 5-11pm on Saturday, September 21st.

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
5p-11p; $5 suggested donation

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Very Local Politics: Livable Neighborhood Working Group Meets Tonight

The Crow Hill Community Association comes back together for its September meeting this coming Tuesday, but their Livable Neighborhood Working Group meets TONIGHT at Lily & Fig. Their agenda is copied below:

Join us!  Invite others!

When: Thursday, Sept 12, 6:30 pm
Where: Lily & Fig (727 Franklin Ave between Sterling and Park)
What:  Livable Neighborhood Workgroup Meeting


1) What's up w/ the trash campaign?

     ** Discuss/Plan launching of merchant campaign.  (See draft online merchant form.  Thanks for all the great feedback!) 

     ** Discuss Department of Sanitation's upcoming "experiment" on Sterling & Franklin to help the community decide whether it wants more/less bins.

     ** Discuss/Plan how residents can participate in trash campaign.

2) Learn more about Manuel Avila's exciting Shuttle Gardens Project.  (See for some background.)

Monday, September 09, 2013


Alright folks, it's primary time, and if you're registered with a party affiliation, it's time to make your voice heard. In Brooklyn, where there are seven Democrats for every Republican, these primaries often decide the race, despite their low turnout, which is all the more reason to get out and VOTE.

First, the basics: the Crow Hill Community Association (who return from their summer break next week for a meeting on September 17) sent out this helpful voting primer:

It's important to vote on Tuesday.

The best way to get government services in our neighborhood is to vote; elected officials on all levels look to see where the most votes are coming from and pay more attention to neighborhoods that have good voter turnout.

When do I vote?

Primary Day is Tuesday, September 10.

Who can vote?

You must be a registered Democrat or Republican to vote in the primary. If you are registered to vote, but not registered with a political party, you can only vote in the general election in November.

Am I registered?

Find out. (Brooklyn = Kings County)

Where do I vote?

Find your polling center.

Tip: Write down your Assembly District number as well as the address of your polling place. Those two pieces of information will help you move faster through your polling site, skipping the line at the information desk and going straight to the table where you sign the poll book.

Who should I vote for?

That's up to you! There are many places to find voter guides that will explain where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you. Try this one and this one to start. This one is also very easy to use on a smartphone.

How do I find out who won?

The polls close at 9 PM and results will start coming in shortly after. You can watch the returns come in from every neighborhood across the city here.

See you at the polls!

Thanks, CHCA!

At the citywide level, ILFA will be voting for Bill de Blasio for Mayor, our very own Letitia James for Public Advocate, and Scott Stringer for Comptroller. In the 35th District Council race, I'm supporting Ede Fox, a committed progressive and someone I've worked on a number of local and borough-wide initiatives, including the effort to reform Brooklyn's Democratic Party.

UPDATE: Thanks to the anonymous poster who reminds me that yes, I also have to vote for Brooklyn DA. ILFA will be casting a vote for change and Ken Thompson. 

The Inkblot, A Creative Workshop for Women, at LaunchPad (& their schedule this week)

From the folks at LaunchPad, who are hosting this multi-week workshop starting this coming Sunday:

The Inkblot - A Creative Workshop for Women
A highly effective 6-day intro program to help you move through your creative blocks!

Get the focus that you need with the firm push provided by Inkblot’s kick-ass facilitators, Boyuan and Jahan, so you don’t have to do it alone! By using our tools, strategies, and through the support of our community you will maximize your efforts in achieving your creative goals and have a lot more fun in the process. We believe that with a good map (your vision), and a great navigator (us), you have the power to create your own path. 

Dates: (6 Sundays) September 15th — October 20th
Time: 12 – 3pm 
Location: Launchpad - 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn NYC 
Cost: $495


(Bonus fact: ILFA graduated in the same high school class as one of The Inkblot's facilitators. Small world.)

And, while we're at it, their weekly schedule:

Monday, September 9th @ 7pm

Join us for a fun activity open to all that combines aerobic exercise with simple dance moves. Set to different types of music, come to learn new moves, show off your old moves, or just get your heart rate up while meeting new friends.  All levels are welcome, leotards and leg warmers optional.

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave
7p; $5 suggested donation


Monday, September 9th @ 8:30pm
FemSexNYC Info Session 1

Come and learn more about the FemSexNYC Fall 2013 workshop! Current coordinators and facilitators will do a brief presentation on this season's workshop and share some of their experiences taking FemSex elsewhere. There will be plenty of time to answer any questions you may have!

If you have already sent in an application (we LOVE you!) feel free to come by anyway to get your questions answered/ learn more.

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave


Tuesday, September 10th @ 8pm
Artist's Reception for Chloe Cockburn: Thresholds

Please join us for a showing of seasonal and life transition inspired works by Chloe Cockburn. Wine and snacks provided. All works for sale. 

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave
8p; pay what you wish


Wednesday, September 11th @ 7pm
Sallie Mae Support Group

Were you a high school graduate anxious to flee your parent's home so you enrolled in a university that cost way more money than you had but because you were ill-educated on the difference between federal and private loans you asked sallie mae for money all willy nilly because it was easy to do so? Are you now suffering from exorbitant interest rates making huge monthly payments but not even chipping at the balance? Yep, us too. Join us in a barter with sallie. It’s easy. We work for her, she relieves some of our debt. Come drink beer with us while we all write barter cover letters to sallie in an attempt to barter down our debt as a collective. You're not alone! Free but donations welcome as they keep LaunchPad rolling!

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave
7p; pay what you wish


Thursday, September 12th @ 7:30pm
Work in Progress Workshop and Meetup

A table-read is one of the most valuable forms of feedback in writing. The Work-In-Progress Workshop is a place for creators to read their work out loud and workshop with other writers. If necessary, we ask that people with longer pieces (30+ pages) have specific scenes picked out so we can accommodate everyone.

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave
7:30p; pay what you wish


Friday, September 13th @ 8pm
The Praxis Quartet presents the music of Eyal Maoz


8:00 PM

The Praxis String Quartet:

1. The X for String Quartet and Effected Guitar
2. Fanveils for String Quartet
3. Boded for String Quartet

Performed by: Esther Noh and Melissa Tong – violins
Artie Diable – viola
Brian Snow – cello

8:40 PM

Low Rise Trio

Esther Noh - violin
James Ilgenfritz - acoustic bass
Eyal Maoz - electric guitar

721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C Franklin Ave
8p; $5 suggested donation

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Franklin Park Reading Series Tomorrow at 8pm

The Franklin Park Reading Series kicks off its fall season tomorrow night with prose, poetry, and four-dollar pints. The fun starts at 8pm as usual. Complete details at their tumblr and facebook pages (copied below, as well).

We're launching our fall season on September 9 with a fantastic range of prose and poetry! The celebrated cultural critic and poet WAYNE KOESTENBAUM will be reading from his scintillating new collection, MY 1980s & OTHER ESSAYS, and we're thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite alums, NELLY REIFLER, hailed in Time Out NY for doing "an excellent job weaving between chipper and creepy" in her just-released debut novel, ELECT H. MOUSE STATE JUDGE.

The lineup also features three luminaries of the contemporary lit community: poet/fiction writer/publisher MIKE YOUNG, essayist and Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Flavorwire editor JASON DIAMOND, and fiction writer and Electric Literature co-editor HALIMAH MARCUS.

Admission is FREE, and we'll have a $4 pint drink special and awesome book raffle!


WAYNE KOESTENBAUM is a poet, a cultural critic, and the author of more than a dozen books, whose subjects have included opera, Jackie Onassis, Andy Warhol, hotels, humiliation, and Harpo Marx. His most recent book is My 1980s & Other Essays. He lives in New York.

NELLY REIFLER is the author of the debut novel Elect H. Mouse State Judge and the story collection See Through. Her stories have appeared in publications such as McSweeney's, BOMB, Nerve, jubilat, and The Milan Review and have been anthologized in books including Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and FOUND magazine's Requiem for a Paper Bag. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Pratt Institute, and she is an editor at Post Road. She lives in Saugerties, New York.

MIKE YOUNG is the author of the story collection Look! Look! Feathers, the poetry collection We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough), and the forthcoming poetry collection Sprezzatura. He edits NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and writes for HTMLGIANT. Find him online at and on the sidewalk in Northampton, MA.

JASON DIAMOND is the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and the Literary Editor at Flavorwire. His essays and reviews have been published by The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vulture, Tablet, The New York Observer, The New Republic, and many other places. He's currently finishing a book of essays.

HALIMAH MARCUS is the co-editor of Electric Literature, an innovative digital publisher based out of Brooklyn, and its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. Electric Literature was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2011 Innovations in Reading Prize and has been recognized by Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, and the PEN/O’Henry Prize. Her writing has appeared in One Story, Philadelphia Noir, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Stand with SOS Crown Heights Tomorrow

While outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg further sullies his legacy by arguing that racial profiling is the only way to prevent gun violence, SOS Crown Heights is building a community-centered movement to save lives right here in our neighborhood. Stand with them tomorrow at 6pm as they work with, not against, the people most affected by gun violence for a safer tomorrow. 

Friday, September 06, 2013

Total Crown Heights Immersion Tomorrow (Saturday)

The Total Crown Heights Immersion, hosted by Brooklyn Based, takes place tomorrow starting at noon. From their page:

This summer four Crown Heights bars made it into our roundup of favorite outdoor bars, and we’re headed to all of them on Saturday, September 7 for our Total Crown Heights Immersion withBrooklyn Brewery.
Starting at noon on September 7, you can pick up one of our 500 FREE Immersion cards at either Franklin Park or Nostrand Avenue Pub. Once you have the card in hand you can score complimentary cups of Brooklyn brews at those two bars plus Crown Inn and Catfish, and complimentary glasses of Local 1 atBarboncino over brunch.
There are more deals to be had at the local shops along Franklin Avenue: Owl and Thistle General Store is offering 20% off any purchase over $20; at Wedge Cheesemonger, any purchase nets you a free Big Picture Farm goat milk caramel; Calabar Imports is offering a 10% discount storewide; a coffee at Little Zelda will come with a free Madeline, andRosebud Vintage is taking 20% off its summer dresses. We’ll be announcing more deals at neighborhood vintage shops, boutiques and restaurants, so stay tuned.
During your Crown Heights crawl, stop into the soon-to-open Hullabaloo Books. In anticipation of its grand opening on September 13, Hullabaloo has invited local artists to showcase their works of photography, art and sound for a group show titled “Crown Heights is Culture.” We’ll have some Summer Ale there, too, to celebrate the opening.
We’ll also be giving away prizes to the adventurous few who take on challenges that we’ll be tweeting during the Immersion. Owl and Thistle General Store1000 Dean Street and Hullabaloo Books are all supporting sponsors who are making extra fun possible in Crown Heights and our October 5 Gowanus Immersion.
So round up your friends and follow @BrooklynBased and @BrooklynBrewery on Twitter and RSVP on Facebook for updates. See you September 7 in Crown Heights!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

35th Council District Primary Debate TOMORROW

Primary day is right around the corner, but there's one more chance to hear the candidates for the Democratic nomination debate. If you're curious to learn more about the candidates and their positions before going to the polls on Tuesday, September 10, swing by Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene tomorrow at 10am for a candidates forum hosted by the AARP. Complete info is copied below:

2013 NYC City Council District 35 Primary Debate

Hear directly from the candidates who are seeking to represent the 35th city council district.

This forum is a free event and is open to the public so invite friends, relatives, and neighbors to ensure that the candidates know their constituents are invested in issues important to the 50+ population!

When: Friday, September 6, 2013
10 am—12 pm

Where: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
85 South Oxford St.
Brooklyn, NY 10217

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Events Around Crown Heights: Brandi & the Alexanders at Way Station, LaunchPad's Weekly Slate, Five Myles, & More

In addition to the Total Crown Heights Immersion from Brooklyn Based this weekend, there's a lot going on in September in Crown Heights. Here are a couple of things that crossed my inbox - please post more in the comments (or email 'em along):

- Local resident and ILFA reader Eric G. plays drums in Brandi & the Alexanders. The soul band, whose members hail from around the borough, will be holding down a 2nd-Friday-of-the-month residency at The Way Station on Washington until the end of 2013, playing a mix of their own tunes and soul and R&B covers. Check 'em out, and bring your dancing shoes.

(work by Emily Berger, one of the artists featured in P&S)

- Five Myles on St. Johns has a great autumn slate lined up, including Incubatio, a film and dance installation opening this weekend, and "Process and Synthesis," a show of paintings, drawings, and sculpture that opens the following Thursday, September 12.

(still from Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival)

- As usual, LaunchPad has a lot going on. Their complete weekly schedule is pasted below.

Wednesday, September 4th @ 8pm
Best Friends Thread

You know how this goes! We love each other! We love improv! You should come to this awesome place in Brooklyn and enjoy the crap out of the aforementioned details!

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $5 suggested donation


Thursday, September 5th @ 8pm
Another Round Storytelling

Another Round Storytelling is back on Thursday, September 5th, 2013, with featured storyteller Andrew Linderman of Local Stories! If you’ve got a tale of boozy bawdiness, come on down to LaunchPad (721 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, New York) and throw your name in the cocktail shaker for 10 minutes at the mic! Or just have a complimentary drink while listening to the sordid stories of other brave souls. 

Another Round Storytelling is a monthly open mic series that takes place every first Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. at nonprofit arts space LaunchPad in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The show features five 10-minute open mic slots followed by a special guest, plus a free signature cocktail to fuel the storytelling fire. So bring your best tales of drunken disorder and toss your name into the cocktail shaker! The $5 suggested donation benefits the venue.

Andrew Linderman is a writer and storyteller based in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches writing and storytelling with the Brooklyn Brainery and is a story coach with the community education program at The Moth. He’s also the executive producer of Local Stories, a monthly storytelling series featuring New York’s best writers, performers and comedians. Andrew has performed in shows all over the city, including Sideshow Goshko, The Soundtrack Series, Get Outta Here and others. His favorite alcoholic beverage is the Bitter Bitch, a take on the Greyhound made with gin, grapefruit juice and bitters.

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $5 suggested donation


Friday, September 6th @ 8pm
Short Stories and Monologues

Ladies and gentlemen come and join us at LaunchPad where The Family will be presenting short stories & monologues written by Marvin F Camillo, Founder of The Family Repertory Company, and Marvin F Camillo Valentine Jr, artistic directory of The Family. And food compliments of the Family

Dominoes at Ivette's
Straight From The Ghetto (Monologues)

For info contact Panchito @ 646 490 7313 or 646 339 9205

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $15 suggested donation


Saturday, September 7th @ 8pm
Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival: Back to School

School bells are ringing! It's time to get back to class and learn a thing or two, Cartoon Carnival style. Tom Stathes has hand-selected a group of weird, wacky, funny and obscure 16mm cartoons and educational films from the 1910s thru the 1940s that take place in the classroom or are educational in nature. Pass a note to your classmates and tell them to attend TSCC #16--and bring a dunce cap, just in case!

Tom Stathes is a "Cartoon Cryptozoologist" with a rare film print collection comprised of over 1,000 shorts. His archive consists of pivotal series like Farmer Alfalfa, Felix the Cat, Out of the Inkwell, and many more. A native-New Yorker, Tom turned his passion for the city’s animation legacy into a preservation mission. With his Bray Animation Project, he has worked with several film and comic historians to document a historic NY studio’s invaluable output. Tom's long term goal is to both archive and preserve early animated films as well as reintroduce them to the public. For more information about Tom’s work, go to or

Includes free popcorn!

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $10 suggested donation


Sunday, September 8th @ 1pm
LaunchPad Clothing Swap & Mystery Movie

It's that time again -- you know those clothes you've been hoarding? Bring them to LaunchPad and swap them for other sweet threads. Come anytime between 1 and 3:30. Bring a friend. Watch a movie with great fashion in it. Hang out.

Please bring clean, wearable clothes only -- leftovers will be donated. Gals and guys welcome.

721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
1p; $5 suggested donation