Dining: No, you actually have never had a good cup of coffee — yet. But that’s all going to change once Stumptown Coffee Roasters — the brew that made Portland famous — opens its new roasting facility in Red Hook next month. Comments (1).
Saturday, January 10: If there was any one band that defined the post-punk 1980s, it was John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s X. Tonight, the pair (married from 1980 to 85, which should make for some nice stage tension!) will perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Expect a great show.
Sunday, January 11: You browsed when they were outdoors, but now two dozen of the vendors who made Fort Greene’s “Brooklyn Flea” so much fun will be setting up in DUMBO every weekend through March. Organizers say that this condensed version will focus only on antiques and vintage stuff, including classic items like this 8-track tape player (pictured).
11 am–6 pm. Brooklyn Flea’s Winter Pop-Up Market [76 Front St., at Washington Street in DUMBO, (718) 935-1052].
Sing a song
Monday, January 12: The monthly singer-songwriter show at Southpaw is back with an even better lineup than before. Playing in the round will be organizer Rebecca Pronsky (pictured), Brooke Campbell, Stephen Claire and Lucy Wainwright Roche, whose pedigree includes dad Loudon Wainright and mom Suzzy Roche of the Roches.
Wednesday, January 14: Look, we don’t usually send you to community board meetings, but this one is The Big One. Tonight, Community Board 2 will vote on David Walentas’s Dock Street tower. Opponents say it blocks views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Supporters say it doesn’t — and cheered Walentas for including a new public middle school and dozens of affordable units.
6 pm. Community Board 2 Dock Street vote. Borough Hall [209 Joralemon St., at Court Street in Downtown, (718) 596-5410].
Thursday, January 15: You love him on Air America Radio, and you love him on Letterman and Conan, so now you should catch comic Marc Maron — think Iggy Pop crossed with Woody Allen — in the flesh. And if that’s not enough incentive, his last tour was titled, “Comedy that makes you feel better about yourself and superior to others.” We like a stand-up who takes all the guilt away.
8 pm. Union Hall [702 Union St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400]. $10.
Our news reporters have given you a list of the 90 people, places and things that will be generating headlines in ’09, so now it’s time for GO Brooklyn to weigh in on the nine entertainment trends that will be occupying your time over the next 12 months. Comments (3).
Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Russia’s hottest rock band’s new single, “Queen of Rock.” It’s in Russian, but that doesn’t faze this team of rock monsters. With video … Comment.
Shopping: Why carbo-load on energy drinks when you can “bee” natural? That was Brooklyn Heights resident David Luks’s brainstorm last spring when the avid runner — and cancer patient — caught wind of new scientific research that touted the benefits of honey. Comments (1).
Dining: New life will soon come to the disgraced corner of Henry and Cranberry streets — and the two popular neighborhood restaurateurs say they have no connection to the arrested operator of the previous establishment at the site. Comments (3).