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Young artists from Brownsville teamed up with local muralist Esteban del Valle to paint a mural about the “prison industrial complex” on the side of a supermarket on Junius Street. The all-male crew of teen artists spent three weeks in July developing the mural’s themes and designing it, and then another three weeks painting the wall with del Valle’s help.

Arts non-profit Groundswell organized the project as part of its Summer Leadership Institute, which brings together young artist and professional muralists to create powerful murals in neighborhoods across the city. This mural “aims to inspire a sense of self-empowerment and agency by engaging youth as agents of social change and active community contributors,” according to Groundswell. The young artists and del Valle will gather to dedicate the mural on August 28 at 2 pm at 417 Junius Street.

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A seven-story condo project with an art gallery is coming to 194 South 3rd Street in South Williamsburg, according to new building applications filed last week. Ismael Levya Architects will design the building, which will have 30 units spread across 20,713 square feet of residential space. The development will include a “non-commercial art gallery” on the cellar and first floors, listed on the permits as a community facility. (more…)

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Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon. (more…)

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Dumbo’s Random Access Theatre is performing Shakespeare’s classic Taming of the Shrew every night this weekend in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The free performances will take place tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 7 pm at Granite Prospect (the stone steps) on Pier 1. You can get more details on BBP’s website and over at Random Access Theatre.

Photo via Random Access Theatre

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Dumbo developer Two Trees has just released a new map of all 19 public art installations and murals in the waterfront neighborhood, making it easier for tourists and locals to discover the area’s hidden charms. The Google Map includes a photo of each piece, a brief description and a link to the artist’s or project’s website. Highlights include murals along the BQE by MOMO, Craig Anthony Miller and DALeast; Tom Fruin’s iconic water tower on Jay Street; and a Superhero-themed photo installation printed along the fence on Anchorage Place. Head over here to check out the map.

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Starting this Friday, Medgar Evers College will kick off its 16th annual Jazzy Jazz Festival, which will bring weekly jazz concerts to southern Crown Heights. Performers in this year’s lineup include MEC Jazz Ensemble & The Strobert Trio, Dr. Mambo & The Experience Ensemble featuring Neil Clarke and Alex Blake, Stanley Banks & Friends featuring Monte Croft, Jeff King Band, and a Caribbean cultural celebration for the school’s poet-in-residence for the jazz series, Nikki Williams. Performances will take place every Friday this summer from 6 to 9 pm along Crown Street next to the college’s new science center, at 1638 Bedford Avenue (pictured).

Photo by Tchassis via Wikimedia Commons

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Artist Mike Perry has painted a new mural on Bergen Street between Franklin and Classon. It says “Crown Heights” and depicts people and buildings among trees and flowers. He lives in Crown Heights, and his studio is located on the block, in the Monti building at 925 Bergen. The colorful wall is the first in an ongoing mural project Perry is curating with Sue Boyle and Benton Brown, the owners of the lot. Thanks to Brooklynian for bringing it to our attention. What do you think of it?

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What better way to celebrate July 4th than to see a free performance of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” outside at the Old Stone House in Park Slope? The comedic rock musical takes a fun look at the life of populist idol and seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson, beginning with his early years in Tennessee and continuing through his controversial presidency.

Presented by Piper Theatre and directed by Nigel Williams, the show takes “textbook history and kicks in electricity, dirty deeds, punk rock rawness,” according to the press release. Piper will be putting on free shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm from July 3 to July 19.

Performances will take place outside the Old Stone House in Park Slope’s Washington Park at 336 3rd Street between 4th and 5th avenues. You can find out more info here on the Piper Theater website.

Photo by Peter James Zielinski for Piper Theatre

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This weekend we caught the Kara Walker exhibit in the otherwise empty landmarked Domino factory in Williamsburg — already an active construction site, according to the waiver we had to sign to get into the free exhibit. The room smelled of molasses. The show will be up through July 6. Has anyone else checked it out? Click through to the jump for lots of photos. (more…)

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The Transit Museum is hosting another night of subway and bus-inspired performances, writing and films in their Brooklyn Heights headquarters, a decommissioned subway station on Court Street. In the latest edition of “Platform,” writer Anne Born will present her collection of stories written while commuting on buses in Manhattan and the Bronx, artist Jon Burgerman will discuss his subway interventions, and artist Ryan Seslow will present animated gifs based on the city’s transit system. There will also be improvised dance, an ambient sound installation, and bicycle-powered cinematography. You can read about the whole program and buy tickets on the Transit Museum’s Tumblr. And Brownstoner readers can get $5 tickets by entering promo code BWCREATE14. It’s all happening next Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm at the museum, which is on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street.

Photo by Marc A. Hermann for the Transit Museum

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This Saturday, June 21, the longest day of the year, Make Music New York will take over Brooklyn and the rest of New York City with musical happenings of all types, including participatory sessions any musician or singer is welcome to join.

Some of the events include ambient noise recordings in Coney Island as part of John Cage’s 49 Waltzes, 20 musicians improvising on littleBits synthesizers in Williamsburg, a ukulele sing and play along in Park Slope, and a Silent Barn block party in Bushwick as well as performances of every sort of music all over the borough. For the full schedule and a map, see the Make Music New York website.

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Brooklyn’s oldest Black visual arts event, Fulton Art Fair, returns to Bed Stuy this weekend with work from established and emerging artists, live jazz and dance performances. Sketch artists, printmakers, painters, sculptors, collage makers, quilters and photographers will sell their wares at Fulton Park between Stuyvesant and Lewis avenues.

Jeff King Band, Bereather Ready, Sankofa School, Boys and Girls High School Play and several other groups will perform at the fair, which is celebrating its 56th year. It will begin this weekend and continue through June 29, and the hours are Saturday from 12 to 8 pm and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm.