Next Week’s NY Happenings: Northside Festival, Sud De France Festival, Bushwick Restaurant Week

NOW: Magnetic Northside

Brooklyn’s annual explosion of music and film is back, taking over scores of spots across the borough’s north end. You can catch live music at the likes of CameoTrophy, and The Gutter. Son Volt is at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Gories are at Brooklyn Bowl, and The Jazz Butcher plays Spike Hill. And that’s just Saturday night! The festival continues through Thursday, June 20th, with plenty more chances to soak up the spirit of Brooklyn. Start tonight with the reunion of Black Flag’s 1979 lineup at Warsaw.

Black Flag plays Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint) tonight. To learn more about the music venue, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SUNDAY: Donna Party

Former Roberta’s chef Max Sussman joins the Sud de France Festival with a four-course afternoon at Williamsburg’s Donna. Corned lamb cassoulet will be the highlight of the Languedoc-Roussillon inspirations, with wine pairings and live jazz to complement.

Seatings for Sud de France Tasting Tables at Donna (27 Broadway, Williamsburg) are at 11:30am and 1:30pm on Sunday, June 16th. Tickets are $45 and include wine, tax, and tip. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: Dine In Bushwick

Snubbed by Brooklyn Restaurant Week, Bushwick is coming back strong. This week you can check out thirty of the neighborhood’s finest without paying full price. Mama Joy’s and 983 are offering discounts and specialty items. At Heavy Woods and Pine Box Rock Shop, the third beer’s free. Cab over with Uber, and Bushwick will spring for your fare, too.

Bushwick Restaurant Week runs Monday, June 17th through Saturday, June 22nd, at spots like Mama Joy’s (1084 Flushing Ave., Bushwick). To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Get Ready for the Northside Festival

With the first official weekend of summer approaching, what better way to kick off the season than with an eccentric four-day celebration in Brooklyn? Come join the 2nd annual Northside Festival, a free-for-all celebration of New York’s best independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists. Hosted by the ever-handy, pocket-sized L Magazine, this year’s festivities are invading Williamsburg and Greenpoint, taking over bars, venues, streets, and every spare inch of sidewalk. We can’t help you decide between Wavves an Au Revoir Simone (both bands play at 11pm tonight) but we’ve done our best to round up some of the highlights of the festival and some other helpful pointers on getting there, getting in, and getting pumped.

Badges: -Look for badge deals, including specials at Barcade, Nita Nita, Iona, The Gutter, and a plethora of other bars and restaurants scattered about the neighborhood. -Check out the L‘s website for giveaways handed out to a few lucky readers. -If you’re a Foursquare user, you can unlock the “Northside” badge by checking into Northside HQ, the new outdoor venue on the Greenpoint Waterfront, or any 3 official Northside venues.

Music: -Get pumped for performances from over 250 bands, including Les Savy Fav, ?uest Love, Titus Andronicus, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, plus dozens of showcases curated by the likes of Brooklyn Vegan and Myth Recordings. -Witness the first ever outdoor concerts held on the Greenpoint Waterfront. -As the weekend progresses, bands will be taking it to the streets, so watch for announcements on outdoor performances

Film: -Celebrate the first year of film at Northside with 5 feature films and 20 shorts in Williamsburg’s brand spankin’ new movie theater, indieScreen. -Some of the highlighted films include a short directed by James Franco The Feast of Stephen and a new feature from Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime. -Join in on the Animation Block Party, an annual marathon of animated shorts featuring Q&A’s with filmmakers such as Lisa LaBracio, Aaron Hughes, Dan Meth, and Emily Hubley.

Art: -Venture over to such galleries as Momenta Art and Like the Spice to check out the best in neighborhood openings in exhibitions.

Travel: Worried about travel? Don’t fret. Badge and Ticket holders can ride the Northside Trolley between the Bedford L train stop, the Nassau G train stop, and the MetroPCS Stage at Barge Park in Greenpoint on Saturday June 26, and Sunday June 27.