Brooklyn Museum Block Party!

Tomorrow, check out the Block Party being held at the Brooklyn Musuem as apart of Target First Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month the museum presents a different theme to both educate and inspire visitors. Enjoy free programs of art and entertainment from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m. 

Schedule of Events 

Music

5–7 p.m.

Son de Madre blends Cuban music with jazz, funk, and Brazilian. Part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series.

Performance

5–8 p.m.

Performers from the Museum’s local community showcase their talents throughout the Museum.

Action Station

5–8 p.m.

Laura Nova and Theresa Loong, creators of the Feed Me a Story project, invite visitors to reflect on their lives through memories of food.

Film

6 p.m.

Hands to the Sky (Angelo Boyke, 52 min., 2010). A documentary celebrating the world of outdoor house music parties. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Lecture

6 p.m.

Blue Marble Ice Cream’s Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas speak about their nonprofit, Blue Marble Dreams, which has helped eleven Rwandan women open their country’s first ice cream shop. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Gallery Tour

6 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the Museum’s architecture.

Hands-on Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Search the galleries for hot Brooklyn styles, and create a fashionable wrap to wear to the dance party. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Gallery Tour

7 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the topic of “Summer Fun.”

Activation

7–9 p.m.

Raw/Cooked artist Heather Hart discusses her installation, as visitors participate in transformative activities, from tarot readings to makeovers. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Dance Party

8–10 p.m.

Society HAE presents “Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn” featuring DJ crew the Ahficionados with Jasmine Solano, spinning music from Biggie to the Beastie Boys.

Participatory Program

8–10 p.m.

Pose for street style–inspired portraits by photographers Jamel Shabazz, Iafotographeuse, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Visitors are also encouraged to post their own images, tagged #BrooklynMuseum and #BeatsBlocksBrooklyn.

Book Club

9 p.m.

Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York, speaks about his book and leads a discussion on gentrification in Brooklyn.

Performance

9–10 p.m.

Zongo Junction blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul.

Please note that due to limited capacities, some Target First Saturday programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. Programs subject to change without notice.

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Bon Appetit Grub Crawl

3 Cities

9 Nights

42 Restaurants

Endless Food and Drinks

The Bon Appétit Grub Crawl is revolutionizing the food experience. It’s an on-the-move, pub crawl-inspired, neighborhood food fare that celebrates the most buzzed-about chefs, restaurants, music, and local fare in three Great American foodie cities.

Get on the Crawl – where food will share the spotlight with music, dynamic talent, local trendsetters, mixologists, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Brooklyn, NY June 1st -3rd

New Orleans, LA  June 22nd – 24th

Los Angeles, CA  July 13th – 15th

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The Great GoogaMooga Festival!

GoogaMooga? What is that? That was the question many New Yorkers were asking last weekend. I volunteered at the festival on Sunday on behalf of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals at the Extra Mooga Tent.

The Great GoogaMooga Festival, billed as a ‘Theme Park of Food and Drink’, was created by Superfly – the founders of Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival saw approximately 30,000 people over the weekend. The idea was for your senses to go on a ride as you encountered some of NY’s most celebrated chefs, restaurants, and purveyors and sampled

I think the name is pretty clever. In a city where festivals and streets fairs are happening every weekend you need something that stands out from the crowd. Something that makes people stop and say “So, what is this and how can I be apart of it?”

The event was from Saturday to Sunday begining at 11am and ending at 8pm each day, and included 75 food vendors, 35 brewers, 30 wine makers, and 20 live music performances. General Admission was free, but required ticket, all of which were understandably sold out within 10-15min of being released to the public. I mean who can resist a free festival with music, food, beer, and wine? If you wanted to kick your festival experience up a notch you were able to purchase an Extra GoogaMooga ticket which gave you access to an exlusive Extra Mooga area, unlimited food, wine, and beer, and a swag bag for the price of $257….a bit pricey for my tastes I must say. The festival had a really good turn out though, approximately 30, 00 people spent the weekend in Prospect Park.

Some people did not have the best experience on Saturday at the festival due to some confusion and first year kinks that can be expected. The vendors ran out of food on Saturday afternoon, and there were glitches with the cashless beer and wine payment program. Sunday went much smoother and the crowd seemed to have a much better experience from what I could tell. The one thing I think they could have done better is signage. Many people with General Admission tickets came to the Extra Mooga tent frustrated because they were walking in circles around Prospect Park trying to find the General Admission entrance. I even wandered around the park for a bit lost trying to find the Extra Mooga tent. On the bright side the weather was perfect all weekend long! Talk about lucky because the weather in NYC lately has consisted of cloudy skies and rainy days. Check out more pictures from the festival below!

Did you go to the Great GoogaMooga Festival? I’d love to hear about your experience. I can’t wait to see what the Great GoogaMooga Festival will bring next year!

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[Photo Credit: Lily Shen]