Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Something to Look Forward To, a New Weekly Wednesday Column.

If you're like me, you make it through most of the work week by waiting for Friday. Wednesday tends to be the worst because it's not the beginning of the week but it's also not yet the end. Once we get over that Wednesday hump though, we can really begin to make our plans for the upcoming weekend and new week. So, in honor of this weekly "hump day," I will begin posting "Something to Look Forward To," every Wednesday morning. This new column will highlight some event(s) around town that you should be looking forward to, so you can stop feeling that mid-week slump and starting feeling excitement and anticipation for things to come.

Sure, you can get this information from, or the events section of any NYC newspaper, so why is my column different? Because I'm going to pick my favorites and suggest only what I believe are some of the very best ideas.

This week's suggestions:

The 6th Bi-Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor's Island, August 20 and 21
Dress to the nines in your best 1920s garb and party like Gatsby at this bi-annual event that will feature music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, dance lessons and performances, pie bake-offs and more! Take a free ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn to Governor's Island. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

The Art of Brooklyn Festival: A Festival of Film, Music and Art, August 20 through 27, at St. Francis College Theater
In its inaugural year, this festival will feature NYC indie filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists whose works celebrate the "creative energy" of Brooklyn. While the focus definitely appears to be on the festival's plethora of films (mostly shorts, I count approximately 30 in total...), the musical performances and art exhibitions will surely round out this new Brooklyn event. Saturday night, August 20, is the official opening night for the festival, and each following day focuses on a different film theme or genre, such as a Brooklyn filmmaker night, comedy night, horror night, films all about women in NYC or various definitions of the "American experience[ ]." The Art of Brooklyn will feature some great, budding talent and runs through Saturday, August 27.

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