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This Free Outdoor Music Fest Will Turn La Plaza Cultural Into a Sound Garden

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Last May, Vic Murdaca moved from Melbourne to New York with nothing but a suitcase and a reference. The musician picked up some shifts at the now shuttered Sunburnt Cow, and now he’s truly weaving himself into the fabric of Alphabet City, by organizing a concert series in La Plaza Cultural community garden.
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Good Shows: Feminist Punk, Norwegian Soul and, Um, 'Intensindie'

Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

Leeds-based indie rock outfit Kaiser Chiefs have hopped the pond to promote their new album, Education, Education, Education & War. The band is famous for rocking festivals with big stage sets and light shows, pulling every stunt short of a miniature Stonehenge. Their most recognizable single is probably “Ruby,” released back in ’07. Bottom line, you will not be bored at this show.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 20 @ 8 p.m., tickets $30.
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On Stage: Art Nerds, Bike Mechanics, Swinging Singles and Sad Clowns


Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.
La MaMa, East Village, begins June 20, tickets $10-$18
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Kelis, Biz Markie, and More Throwbacks in Our Live Music Round-Up

Welcome to Good Shows. Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

When you think of Kelis, chances are “Milkshake” (the video for which was shot at Relish diner — now La Esquina — in Williamsburg) is the first thing that comes to mind. (You’re welcome. That’ll be stuck in your head for weeks.) What you might not know is that the R&B singer’s latest album, Food, is straight up tasty-ass funk.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m., tickets $25
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One of Williamsburg’s Mysteriously Missing Citi Bike Stations Returns Tonight

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

Williamsburg doesn’t exactly have an overabundance of bike-share stations (according to Citi Bike’s map, it has 9 to the East Village’s 24), so it was a bummer when two of them suddenly disappeared. A couple of weekends ago, all of the neighborhood’s docks were full and the Metropolitan Avenue station was backed up with exasperated riders waiting for bikes to be checked out so they could return theirs.
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Wondering Where to Watch Your Team in the World Cup? Here’s Where to Kick It

By now, plenty of punters have told you where to watch the World Cup, but what about your team? Whether you’re rooting for the Blues (France) or the Red Fury (Spain), or you’re just looking for an excuse to chant “U! S! A!”, here’s where to watch the right game at the right place.
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Watch Your Fixie Become a Star of the Stage in ‘Bike Shop: The Musical’

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(Photo courtesy Liz Barkan)

Liz Barkan’s one-woman bike-themed off-off-Broadway musical is not autobiographical. Well, OK, it kind of is. The part about owning a bike shop is true. The part about being a bike messenger is true. The part about being Jewish is true. Let’s go with semi-autobiographical, even though Barkan insists, “None of the play is autobiographical.”
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3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

Mining the Moon

Mining the Moon

Just in time for the opening night of the Comic Book Theater Festival tonight at The Brick in Williamsburg, we asked three writers to tell us about their three very different plays, and to name their favorite comic books and theatrical productions.

MATTHEW THURBER, “Mining the Moon”
June 8, 10, 21 and 26
The play: “It’s fantasy-based story about the president, who is a werewolf, and who has halted the spinning of the moon, so the moon’s always full and he can stay in power. He’s deposed, and with the help of his friend, who’s a talking horse, he tries to find his way back to the moon and to the source of his werewolf people. It’s very much a satire and a fantasy in a humorous way, about power and corruption and environmental themes. It’s a weird blend of puppet theater and kabuki theater.”
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$1 Million Grant Will Fight Poverty in One of North Brooklyn’s Neediest Areas

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(Photo courtesy CCF)

Of the 20,000 residents who live within the 11206 zip code — which includes parts of East Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy — over 30% live below the poverty line, and only 38% have earned a high school diploma, according to recent census data. That may be about to change: the New York Change Capital Fund has pledged to give up to $1 million over the next four years to five different areas of New York City, including the impoverished zip.
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