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Celebrate Brooklyn 2011 Bandshell Concert Schedule Released

The Celebrate Brooklyn schedule of summer concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell has been released. Here's the lineup:

6/10: Andrew Bird (Opening Night Gala)

6/14: The Decemberists, Best Coast (Buy Tickets)

6/16: Roseanne Cash, Toshi Reagon, Steven Bernstein

The Books, Junip, Doveman

Larry Harlow, Latin Legends Band

6/23: Ledisi, Anthony David

6/24: Larry Hargrove, The Bandwagon

6/25: The Heavy, The London Souls, Superhuman Happiness

6/30: Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, The Hackensaw Boys

7/1: Steel Pulse, Natural Expression Rhythm Band

7/7: Court Yard Hounds, The Abrams Brothers

7/8: Los Lobos, Hello Seahorse, Zigmat

7/9: Raekwon, Smif-a-wesson, Joell Ortiz

7/12: Animal Collective (Buy Tickets)

7/14: Frankie Gavin & Dedanam, Liam O. Maonlai, McPeake

7/15: Shirley Caesar, Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir

7/16: Dan Zanes with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra and Bed Stuy Veterans

7/21: "West Side Story" Dance & Sing-Along

7/22: Seun Kuti and The Egypt 80, Faaji Agba

7/23: The Feelies, Real Estate, Times New Viking

7/28: Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Philharmonic & Brooklyn Interdominational Choir

7/29: Oumou Sangare, Bassam Saba

7/30: Dr. John & The Lower 911, Chuck Brown, Red Barat

8/2: Sufjan Stevens (Buy Tickets)

8/4: The complete "Metropolis" with the Brooklyn Philharmonic

8/5: Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass

8/6: Ailey 2: Revelations

8/10: Bon Iver (Buy Tickets)

08/11: Cut Copy, Foster The People, Midnight Magic (Buy Tickets)


It's FREE PIZZA Night at Campo de Fiori

Campo de Fiori, the Roman-style pizza, antipasti, and primi spot on Fifth and Berkeley, is giving away FREE PIZZA tonight from 5-11 to promote a new $25 deal. Here's the release, from owner Andrea dal Monte:
To kick-start our month long celebration of Rome, featuring a taste of 7 different Roma pizzas and a quartino of white wine for just $25 per person, the authentic Italian pizza restaurant will be giving away FREE samples of the signature Matriciana (delicious pasta translated to pizza with bacon, pecorino cheese and San Marzano tomatoes), Burrata (fresh creamy mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, mixed greens, basil and olive oil) and Lussuria (mozzarella, tomotoes, mushrooms, white truffle and olive oil) Pizzas!
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this month the above deal will be offered (7 varieties of pizza and a carafe of wine for $25), but tonight only, there's FREE PIZZA!


Checking In on Prime Six

Prime Six, one of the most controversial neighborhood construction projects in recent years, will be moving into the old Royal Video Space, on Sixth and Flatbush, at some point in the near future. Whether you're for it or against it, construction is progressing. Workers have taken down the old Royal Video signage, and have installed a facade on the Flatbush Avenue entrance.

Here's a reminder of how it used to look: 


What to Expect: Bicycle Habitat, 476 Fifth Avenue

When Bicycle Habitat opens on Fifth Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets this weekend, Slopers will find a great resource for everything bike-related in a sprawling, 3,000 square feet storefront. 

General Manager Coy Derbogen tells me that this shop, the first Brooklyn outpost of the trailblazing 33 year old SoHo store of the same name, will become a central gathering place for the cycling community, welcoming cyclists from professional to amateur. "We'll have events, classes, bike nights, and group rides, and will sell everything from kids' bikes to carbon road bikes," he told me. "It'll be a little bit of everything. We'll help you find something you like, but won't be pushy."

On top of a huge selection of every type of bike imaginable, they'll also sell gear like helmets and cycling outfits, and will offer a full-service repair shop with full-time staff mechanics who will take appointments but also handle drop-in tune ups.

Their soft open will be May 15th, with an opening party scheduled for June.


Here Come the Food Trucks!

Here's some good news for you: The Sunday after next the first official NYC Food Truck Rally will be taking over Grand Army Plaza, bringing all of the city's finest food trucks together for the first time. 

From 11 AM-5 PM on Sunday May 22nd, over 20 food trucks will set up shop in the Plaza, and it's sure to be a real party (I'd recommend getting there early). The rally is being organized by the NYC Food Truck Association. Here's a list of the participating trucks: