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Brooklyn Block Party — The annual “Brooklyn Comes Alive” music festival takes place this weekend, a two-day concert extravaganza offering a plethora of acts, local or otherwise, performing at multiple locations around Williamsburg. From Chance The Rapper-collaborator ProbCause to electronica veterans The Crystal Method, it’s a comprehensive lineup of up-and-comers as well as established performers, ample opportunity to be introduced to new acts as likely as it is to reacquaint with fan favorites. As...
Bernie Sanders boosters packed an Alphabet City bar to the brim Wednesday night, throwing a Valentine’s Day fundraiser following the Vermont socialist’s sweep of the New Hampshire primary the night before. “This year we fell in love — with Bernie Sanders,” Babes for Bernie, a Brooklyn-based group of women who endorse the candidate, proclaimed on its Facebook page for the Bernin’ Love event at Elvis Guesthouse on Avenue A.  The fundraiser included a date auction and...
When Batala NYC first starts playing—seventy women moving as one group, following the hand signals of one conductor, and beating five different types of (mostly big) drums—people need a moment to collect their jaws from the floor. What is going on? Who are these women? Who is their caped conductor? In addition to the booming drumbeats, there's also a sense of power and energy in the air—mixed in with some lighthearted fun. The women...
Welcome to pig-wave feminism: Glamorous Muppet heroine Miss Piggy has joined Toni Morrison, Sandra Day-O'Connor, Julie Taymor and others in receiving the Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Gloria Steinem presented the award last night, cheered on by Kermit the Frog.  The feisty Miss Piggy is known for her adoration of fashion, Kermit, and her pet poodle, Foo-Foo. But she also karate chops ferociously when messed with. In her acceptance speech,...

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