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Can you believe it, our little country another year older? Last year I spent July 4th in Roswell, NM where the Honey Bear Dancers put on a show worthy of our great nation; here’s a video for your viewing pleasure (Happy 4th of July!):

Aren’t you glad you’re in NYC and not Roswell, NM? Haha. Well, there are some great things for you to do here this weekend (though none of them involves the Redneck Woman song– as far as I know). I’ve already posted some great events for Thursday.

This week is the start of the HOT! Festival at the Dixon Place Theater; this “queer” theater festival is as questionable as they come:

From free events like Smash the Church, Smash the State: A Queer Vision of Independence (co-presented by Bluestockings and City Lights Books) to the pointed and provocative work of artists like Arcade, Dorsey, Bornstein and Justin Bond and shows like The Mattachine Project and the Baraka de Soleil curated Black-Out, HOT! Festival strives to provide a platform for art and ideas that embody progressive and uniquely queer voices.

For more questionable theater this week and next you can head to the Joyce Theater to see the Umbilical Brothers “mimic every sound imaginable, creating a warped world where they whip up another uproarious fiesta of carefully choreographed mayhem.” F just saw their show and said it was hilarious; after seeing this video I can see why:

What happens when a boy from Arkansas and deux garçons français decide to play punk rock together? Go to Zebulon Friday night to experience the result- Paris Suit Yourself. Writing for Interview Magazine, Matthew Evans says:

Onstage, the band’s chemistry fuses the   bonafides of gospel with the fiery theatrics of early punk rock, as if Atche invokes the haunted vocal grooves from Archie Shepp’s “Attica Blues,” bolstered by strained rhythms echoing the DKs’ “Holiday in Cambodia.” All of that’s wrapped in a handsome wardrobe, and instilled with a techno flow that colludes the deviating sounds.

Head out there and judge for yourself.

On Saturday you have many options for celebrating the birth of our country (messy and imperfect but still inspiring in its absurdity).

Union Hall is celebrating our more esoteric athletic pursuits with a bocce ball tournament! There will also be karaoke and burgers (for the less athletic amongst us).

If you aren’t bocce tournament material but want to be on a team littlefield’s 1st Annual Super Festive 4th of July Gowanus Scavenger Hunt and BBQ is for you! Send in your team info and spend the afternoon scurrying around and making new discoveries on the shores of the Gowanus.

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If it’s dancing you want Studio B is the place to be; there will be different DJs on both of the two floors as well as DJs spinning on the open rooftop- get down like it’s 1776.

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For most of us July 4th means fireworks and while in NM pretty much anyone can set off their own (in their backyard, on the road in front of their house, in the middle of the highway…), in NYC it’s all about being in the right spot to see them. New York Magazine has some great tips; I second their West Side Highway suggestion.

On Sunday laze around the Brooklyn Yard; the weekly Sunday Best series will include guest DJ Losoul this week. Here’s a shot from one of last year’s events:

Brooklyn Yard '08

Brooklyn Yard '08

Stay tuned for additions and happy Independence Day!

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As previously stated I will be celebrating my grandmother’s 84th birthday tonight, but here are a few events I would otherwise be forced to choose between:

My friend B informs me that his friend Patrick Bower will be performing tonight at Zebulon in Williamsburg. This is sure to be a fun show and the venue sounds very exciting. According to The Brooklyn Rail it’s…

Run and staffed by musicians from around the world, the place is steeped in a multitude of music traditions—it’s not unusual to see Griot singer Baye Kouyate leave his place behind the bar to lend someone his talking drum.

For those of you who prefer dance to song, I direct you to the Joyce Theater for the opening of Evidence‘s annual New York season. Tonight’s piece Anna Kisselgoff described in her original review as “astounding, something to be sensed as well as seen.” Evidence fuses traditional African dance with contemporary imagery and spoken word; this is sure to be a powerful show.

Evidence Dance Company

Evidence Dance Company

As a third option, just to round things out, at BAM tonight you can be the first to see ‘Two Lovers,’a film about a man torn between the nice Jewish girl and the sexy girl next door. It’s directed by James Gray, who will be on hand afterwards for a Q&A. Sadly the actors, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw, will not present.

Have a great night everyone and if you do go to one of these events be sure to send me feedback!

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