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Brooklyn’s KOTA The Friend Shoots Video in Front of BQE For Bonus Verse From His Track Featuring Joey Badass and Bas

Checkout the videos at the bottom of the page – “BQE” track with Joey Badass and Bas, bonus verse from the “BQE” track and the “For Colored Boys” video from the FOTO album. Brooklyn’s KOTA The Friend, considered by many to be the hottest Independent Hip-Hop Artist on the scene, released his single, BQE, from …

Movies & monsters: Nitehawk hosts monthly D&D games

Let’s all go to the lobby to get ourselves a game! A Park Slope movie theater gives visitors a chance to slay monsters and gather treasure while waiting for their films. On the second Wednesday of each month, the second-floor lobby and bar of Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park hosts “Runner Quests” — short, free sessions of Dungeons & Dragons played on a 10-foot-long map. The games, run by staff from Williamsburg game shop Twenty-Sided Store, are a great way to spread the word about the fantasy role-playing game, said the Bushwick Dungeon Master who ran the February session. “We love D&D, and the more people who are playing, the better,” said Johnni Medina. The games at Nitehawk…

Weekend Reads: Brooklyn booksellers give their picks for Feb. 15

Community Bookstore’s pick: “American Lucifers,” by Jeremy Zallen Subtitled “The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865,” this book goes from the tallow candles that lit the colonies, to the whale oil lamps, and then coal-powered electricity that allowed for the around-the-clock labor (particularly by children and the enslaved) through which a new nation grew. Jeremy Zallen’s history of artificial light in America threads histories of labor, ecology and technology into an incisive narrative spanning two centuries of war, industry, …

Weekend Reads! Brooklyn booksellers offer their picks for Feb. 1

Community Bookstore’s pick: “Fra Keeler,” by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi A man buys the home of the recently deceased Fra Keeler, and upon moving in becomes consumed with the question of what caused her mysterious death. His inquest soon turns inward, and what follows is the magisterial narration of a mind unspun. Oloomi’s debut novel, set in the Netherlands, ranks among the works of Robert Musil and Thomas Bernhard as a master class in interiority. — Samuel Partal, Community Bookstore 43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.commu‌nityb‌ookst‌ore.net. Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “Interior …

Weekend Reads! Brooklyn booksellers give us their recommendations

Word’s picks: “Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick,” by Zora Neale Hurston The title of this collection of “lost stories” from renowned Black writer and ethnographer Zora Neale Hurston encapsulates her very unique way of framing complex, subversive ideas about race, gender, and class within the assumed narrative confines of heterosexual and familial relationships. Balancing local folklore and highly specific dialect with delicate prose, Hurston uses her “crooked stick” to deliver hard truths about America’s troubled past that prove shockingly relevant as we enter 2020. — Althea Meer, Word 126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbookstores.com. Community Bookstore’s…

As good as Golden: More Balkan bands in Brooklyn this week

The Golden Festival has Balkanized! The annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival has overflowed the confines of the Grand Prospect Hall, with a handful of Balkan band-related events taking place all over Brooklyn before and after the official fest. Here are some of those highlights: Soul men  Dive into slavic brass music by dancing to nine-piece band Slavic Soul Party, playing at Park Slope’s Barbes bar on Jan. 14. The American-Balkan jazz band combines klezmer music — expressive instrumental music by Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews — with funk and New …

Second helping: Historic chophouse Gage & Tollner to return in early 2020

The she-crab soup is on! The famous 19th century chophouse Gage & Tollner, which closed in 2004 after 125 years of serving oysters and chops to Brooklyn’s Downtown residents, will return early next year, the chefs reviving the spot announced last week.  Co-owner St. John Frizell said that he did not want to jinx their chances by announcing an exact date, but if all goes well the historic Fulton Street eatery will open in late January or early February of 2020.  During a discussion at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Dec. 9, Frizell and co-owner Sohui Kim described their plans for the restored Gage & …

Weekend Reads: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks!

Community Bookstore’s pick: “Moby Dick: Illustrated,” by Gilbert Wilson This lovely, full-color, illustrated edition arrives just in time for the 200th anniversary of Melville’s masterpiece. It draws on decades of sketches and paintings from Gilbert Wilson’s archives, done over the course of a career that saw him study with Diego Rivera, cross paths with the likes of John Huston and Eleanor Roosevelt, and always return, Ahab-like to his obsession with Moby Dick. The perfect gift for the Ishmael in your life. — Samuel Partal, Community Bookstore 43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.commu‌nityb‌ookst‌ore.net. Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “Essays One,” by Lydia Davis Collecting …