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Asha Veza on the Road, Temporarily Homeless

While Asha Veza, the mission-based clothing store formerly on Fifth between St. Marks and Prospect, has closed up shop, thankfully they're just taking the show on the road for the summer and will be back in town in four months, owner Shanti Crawford has informed me. 

Their mission is to fundraise against the trafficking of women and to alleviate poverty in India (where all the clothes they sell are made), and as they've decided to stick to private events and trunk shows for the summer, it didn't make sense to continue to pay rent on the storefront.

She's also collaborating with Circa Trade, a collection of Asian art and artifacts, and come autumn they'll be settling down together in a new storefront in Brooklyn, but not necessarily in Park Slope.


Closed for Business: Clear, 82 Fifth Avenue

The Park Slope branch of Clear, the 4G Mobile Hotspot thingamajig store, on Fifth between St. Marks and Warren, has closed. It opened in October, but I never once saw anyone in there except for bored-looking employees. I guess it never really caught on. The storefront's previous tenant before Clear was Stoned, the rock and crystal store.


A Peek Inside 67 Burger

Coming to Flatbush Avenue between Sixth and Bergen will be a branch of the popular Fort Greene burger joint 67 Burger. Construction has been underway since February, but it's hard to tell judging by this peek inside I took yesterday.

Looks like the only real work that's been done was to get rid of the classic, rounded display windows. I was hoping the owners would realize that those were worth saving.


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!