Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dog Day Evenings

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 4:36 PM

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Dogged L intern Mariela has pored through the cultural calendar for the best events from the dog days of August. Hurry now, before it's too miserable out for you to ever want to leave your home and footie pajamas and box of wine.

August is here, the back-to-school promos have arrived, and the end of summer is imminent. You might lose the fight against seasons, but don't give up on summer yet. This August, there are plenty of summertime activities to keep end-of-summer blues at bay.

First up is the Summer Shorts 2 play festival, at the 59E59 Theaters all this month. The festival simultaneously presents two separate series of new one-acts by American playwrights. To guarantee good times, the festival encourages its playwrights to take summertime as the basic premise of their plays and let their creative visions play out from there. And despite this common starting point, the collection of plays is quite diverse: themes range from a father and son's passion for baseball to a retrospective look at the June 1969 Stonewall Riots to a Martha's Vineyard Wedding.

After tonight's house-warming party, erstwhile Williamsburg art and performance space Galapagos (new location pictured) will be kicking off a series of cultural, nonprofit and children's programming, out their new home in DUMBO. (Galapagos honcho Robert Elmes cites increased rent as impetus for the change in nabe.) The August and September schedule is studded with numerous performing arts, literary and film events, as well as puppetry, dance, classical music and theater — much of which would have been difficult to pull off at the Williamsburg location due to space constraints.


And if you haven't already taken advantage of August weekends at Carroll Gardens' most laid-back hangout, check out the weekly concert series and barbecues at The Yard. This Saturday brings the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: here, you'll find Treasure Fingers, The Glass, Purple Crush, Todosantos, Finger on the Pulse, Subdrive DJ and others all performing live under the shade of the Yard's Gowanus-side copse of trees. On Sunday, John Tejada will be spinning his dance music jams as Brooklynites of all walks of life dine and grind to the music. And, this Sunday as always, The Yard will host Margarita Hernandez, the most beloved of the Red Hook soccer field vendors. At prices so low — just $2.50 per taco and $5 per giant quesadilla — you just can't say no!

And if you just can't seem to make it through Sunday... wait, isn't that a Springsteen song? No? Lucinda Williams? Anyway, if you can't make it to the weekend without a free outdoor arts event, you're in luck! On Wednesday, the kids at Socrates Sculpture Park continue their slightly lamer version of Summerscreen (sorry!) with a double whammy double screening. This week Astoria indulges its francophilia and goes all out, screening the French childhood classic The Red Balloon and the recent graphic-novel turned indie blockbuster Persepolis. And la pièce de résistance? Astoria's french bistro, 718 Cafe, will be catering the evening.

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