The nice people at the Angel Street Thrift Shop will be throwing a Garden Party this weekend to benefit individuals and families affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and Mental Illness. While the fundraiser, which features a 10% discount for individuals who print out the flyer (after the jump), isn’t set to begin until tomorrow at 1pm, the thrift store will hold a special preview event this evening, from 5-8pm. If you can’t make it tonight, that’s ok, as the benefit will continue through the weekend. For a 10% discount and more information on the event, click here.
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Weezer fans and NAG supporters packed the back room of Union Pool last night to hear The Blue Album Group cover the band’s eponymous classic. The BAG was note-for-note on ’90s alt anthems “My Name is Jonas” and “No One Else,” while “The World Has Turned,” a personal favorite, sounded a little fast. There were some other snags for the BAG, but that didn’t stop people from singing and dancing (in a restrained fashion).
Not sure what NAG’s fundraising goals were for the night, but the back room was overflowing with supporters — we’ll try to find out how that translated into dollars, and how those dollars will become oral histories.
The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that a bill overturning term limits, passed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November, is legal. The bill will enable the Mayor, as well as the Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough Presidents and members of the City Council, to serve three consecutive terms in office.
The New York Community Council, an activist organization based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, sued Michael R. Bloomberg, in his official capacity as Mayor of the City of New York, Christine Quinn, in her official capacity as speaker of the New York City Council, and the New York City Council, City of New York, for overturning of Term Limits. At issue in this litigation was an amendment to the Charter of the City of New York, entitled Local Law 51, which was passed by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on November 3, 2008. It provides that Members of the City Council, the Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller and Borough Presidents are eligible to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms in office. It amends sections 1337 and 1338 of the City Charter, which previously provided for a maximum of two consecutive terms for these officials and which were enacted by a city-wide referendum in1993.
The decision was announced yesterday by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Phil DePaolo, founder and President of the New York Community Council, noted “I do not agree with the decision, but I am very proud of the effort we put up. I would like to thank Randy Mastro and the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for all the pro bono work they provided us. I would also like to thank Attorney Norman Siegel for all of his work as co-counsel representing us. Now the only ones who can let the people decide the future of term limits are in Albany!”
The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition was organized by council member David Yassky as a means to collaborate with community artists to beautify North Brooklyn through public art. The India Street Mural Project is the first of a number of upcoming projects working with Open Space Alliance and other organizations to commission five artists to create a mural on the side of a building on India between West Street and the East River. The deadline for artist proposals was this past Friday and the jury panel, which includes Marisa Sage of Like the Spice and artists Karin Tehve and Linnaea Tillett, will announce the winning artists on May 1st. The artists will receive a stipend of $700 each to build the mural during the month of June which will then be on view until the end of the year. A general meeting will be held May 11th at 303 Grand to discuss suggestions and ideas for future projects and necessary funding strategies for the mural project.
[Full disclosure: I’ve helped organize and created their blog which you can check out for more info.]