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12.12.12 Concert For Sandy Relief w/ Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, The Who, Kanye West and More!

12.12.12 Concert For Hurricane Sandy Relief at MSG (12/12/12)
12.12.12 - Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief

There have been Sandy benefits aplenty since the storm hit, but perhaps nothing bigger has been attempted than the just 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief featuring: Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Rogers Waters, Jon Bon Jovi, The Who and other performers to come.

A joint effort by major players in film, music and live events, 12-12-12 is being produced by Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James Dolan, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes and co-founder and chairman of The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein.

“’12-12-12’ is shaping up to be a showcase of music royalty,” the producers said in a joint statement. “The response from the entertainment community to help those most affected by Hurricane Sandy has been nothing short of astounding. We expect to announce additional legendary performers in the near future and we are confident that the event will ensure those in need will not be forgotten, and vital aid will be directed to rebuilding our communities along the East Coast.” [Pollstar.com]

No ticket on sale date has been announced as of yet; stay tuned to 121212concert.org for more performer and ticketing information.

The Islanders Are Coming to Brooklyn!

Barclays Isles

The deal was to be officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at the new arena in Brooklyn with Charles E. Wang, the owner of the Islanders, and Bruce Ratner, the owner of the Barclays Center.

Under the 25-year agreement, which has to be officially approved by the National Hockey League, the Islanders would move to the Barclays for the 2015-16 season. [NYTimes.com]

This, of course, presupposes that the NHL will be back playing by the time the 2015-2016 season roles around.

McCarren Park Pool and Play Center Officially Re-Opens Tomorrow (June 28)

McCarren Pool (Brooklyn, NY)
McCarren Pool

As I pointed out a little while ago, the long decommissioned McCarren Park Pool will officially re-open to the public as a swimmin’ hole tomorrow. If you’re in the mood to rub shoulders with hizzoner, you may still be able to get into the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday morning.

Please join Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe
for the reopening of McCarren Pool and Play Center

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

After being closed for 28 years, McCarren Pool and Play Center is Mayor Bloomberg’s first PlaNYC regional park project to be completed. The renovated WPA-era facility consists of an outdoor pool with state-of-the-art utilities and an indoor Play Center including gym, cardio and fitness rooms that will operate year-round.

Enter on Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street

Refreshments and music to follow the ceremony.
Limited capacity: RSVP to rsvp@parks.nyc.gov.

Ra Ra Riot Playing Thrillcall Launch Show in NYC

Ra Ra Riot at The Box (June 28)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot is taking a break from their recording schedule to play a show at The Box on Thursday night (June 28) in NYC. The intimate show is in celebration of the launch of the Thrillcall mobile app in NYC. Like Songkick, Thrillcall will track your music preferences and alert you to gigs by your favorite artists in your area. Unlike Songkick, (but similar to the Live Nation mobile app), Thrillcall also gives you the ability to buy tickets for local shows directly through the app itself. What distinguishes Thrillcall from LiveNation, Songkick, and everyone else in this space I guess, is that Thrillcall has exclusive daily offers for shows*.

Read the full Thrillcall press release after the jump.

* Goldstar and ScoreBig immediately come to mind when I think of exclusive daily offers for tickets. ScoreBig has a iPhone app which looks like it is more geared towards sports, but it doesn’t look like Goldstar has a mobile app yet.

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McCarren Park Pool Re-Opening As Pool This Summer

McCarren Pool
McCarren Pool

Everyone’s favorite abandoned-pool-come-concert-venue is about to become a swimming hole once again. On June 28, 2012, McCarren Park Pool will open to the public with eight 82 foot lanes that will be able to accommodate up to 1,500 swimmers. [The Brooklyn Paper (May 18-24)]

Located within the 35-acre McCarren Park, McCarren Pool was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses in 1936. The pool closed in 1984 and sat unused until the summer of 2005, when the empty pool basin opened as a popular venue for concerts, dance, and movies. Thanks to the $50 million in funding allocated through Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative, McCarren Pool is being rebuilt as a center for year-round recreation for the residents of northern Brooklyn.

The rehabilitation of the Pool preserves the historic bathhouse building and entry arch. The project includes a swimming pool, and recreation center. The pool “beach” can accommodate an ice skating rink in the winter. Arts and music events will return to McCarren after the pool reopens. [nycgovparks.org]

Louis CK Made A Million Dollars

Louis CK: Live From The Beacon Theatre
Louis CK Live at The Beacon Theatre

Louis CK has crossed yet another milestone in his career, his new 1 hour comedy special (available exclusively over at buy.louisck.net for $5), has now grossed over 1 million dollars. Though it may not be his funniest special ever (it’s plenty funny, it’s just that CK has raised the bar pretty high with previous outings such as One Night Stand, Chewed Up and Hilarious), but at this point, I think it is safe to say Live From The Beacon Theatre is his most financially successful special to date. Well, what you may ask, is Louis going to do with all that new-found dough? Turns out he’s not going make a down payment on that fictitious dream pad that was once owned by Lenny Bruce, or even going to spend it all on ice cream. According to the man himself, here’s how he is going to divvy up the bulk of the funds to date:

So I’m breaking the million into four pieces.

the first 250k is going to pay back what the special cost to produce and the website to build.

The second 250k is going back to my staff and the people who work for me on the special and on my show. I’m giving them a big fat bonus.

The third 280k is going to a few different charities. They are listed below in case you’d like to donate to them also. Some of these i learned about through friends, some were reccomended through twitter.

• The Fistula Foundation
• The Pablove Foundation
• charity: water
• Kiva
• Green Chimneys

That leaves me with 220k for myself. Some of that will pay my rent and will care for my childen. The rest I will do terrible, horrible things with and none of that is any of your business. In any case, to me, 220k is enough out of a million. [LouisCK.net]

Kudos to Louis for being such a mensch about all of this. I love the fact that he is going to donate to Jeff Castelaz’s Pablove Foundation, a story that gets me choked up just thinking about it.

Read Louis CK’s full press release and see a picture of his million dollar PayPal account after the jump.

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RIP Ross MacManus

Joe Loss - The Essential Collection

Ross MacManus, the father of Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus), recently passed away at the age of 84.

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Ross MacManus at the age of 84.
He had a rich and remarkable life.
Ross passed peacefully after a long illness.
He was surrounded by love at the end.
The family are deeply grateful for the care and kindness he received from the doctors and nursing staff and for the kindness and support of their friends. [ElvisCostello.com]

Open Space Alliance Proposes Moving Concerts To 50 Kent Ave, Public Hearing on Oct 20

Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn

After the rather large hue and cry from local residents this year, the Open Space for North Brooklyn is proposing to relocate the Williamsburg Waterfront concerts from the East River State Park to 50 Kent Avenue (between North 11th/North 12th Streets). There will be a public hearing on the matter on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 PM
 at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center 211 Ainslie Street (corner of Manhattan Avenue), Brooklyn, NY.

The new location is currently an asphalt parking lot on the east side of the neighborhood’s western avenue, a plot that was once leased by the Sanitation Department before the city acquired it two years ago as part of its plan to build the 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park.[BrooklynPaper.com]

Brooklyn’s Strand Theatre To Get $30 Million Renovation

Strand Theater
Strand Theater
Photo: Google Street View

It looks like Bric Arts Media (the good folks who bring you Celebrate Brooklyn!) will have a new home starting in 2013. According to the NYPost.com, city officials will break ground today (Oct 11) on the long-awaited $30 million renovation of the century-old Strand Theater in Fort Greene (647 Fulton Street).

The project — which is predominately city-funded and one of many planned for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Cultural District — would create new performance space, additional studio space for Brooklyn Cable Access Television (BCAT) and more blowing room for the glass-blowing collective Urban Glass.

The renovation of the historic 1918 Strand Theatre is anticipated to be finished in 2013.
The renovated building will include three galleries with 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 250-seat performance space, a television studio, an artist performance/work space, a glass working facility, a retail space, a public lobby and two classrooms. [NYPost.com]

This announcement sounds pretty exciting, probably almost as exciting as it sounded back in 2008.

PS Marty Markovitz, if you’re reading this, whatever happened to that Loews Kings Theater renovation?