That’s his name. No joke.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Who could resist seeing a musical extravaganza with songs such as “Don’t Touch My Junk,” “The Sarah Palin Ballad,” and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz making a guest-star appearance to sing his “Bike Lane Cantata.”

Resist no more, since New York City’s “only political cabaret series” — Symphony Space’s “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” — is coming to the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center (KPAC – 2001 Oriental Boulevard), April 16 at 8 p.m. Public radio host and Symphony Space Founding Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer will lead a colorful cast of Broadway and cabaret entertainers, including Ivy Austin, David Buskin, Nora York, The Chalks, and more, in “Divided We Stumble,” a special edition of The Follies.

The series, which features songs and comedy sketches on issues New Yorkers hold dear, was created by Sheffer with producer Martin Sage, and will surely turn the day’s issues and events into insight and laughter… something we could all use a little more of these days.

Tickets for the “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” are $25 and are on sale now at KPAC, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more, call (718) 368-5596 or go to


The 61st Precinct Community Council will meet at 7:30 p.m., at the Homecrest Presbyterian Church (1413 Avenue T, corner of East 15th Street). Come in and meet with Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas and his executive staff to discuss crime and quality-of-life concerns, as well as the possible rise in violence recently.

Photo courtesy of Yuliya Chernova

Click to enlarge- Photo by Yuliya Chernova.

While the rest of us do nothing but complain, a bunch of local kids saw the garbage problem on their block and launched into a full-force cleanup and publicity campaign.

Twelve kids and eight parents spent last Saturday afternoon painting wooden boards into a colorful set of “No Littering” signs to place along East 14th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road.

“We thought that pedestrians might pay more attention to handmade/kid-made signs urging them to keep our block clean, than to standard, city-issued warnings,” said Yuliya Chernova, the mother who organized the event. “We hoped that this would remind folks that this is not just a pavement, this is a place where local kids ride their bikes and scooters and play all the time.”

Read how the signs developed, and see more photos from the event.

We are all more acutely aware of the effects our activities have on the marine ecosystems since the catastrophic explosion and subsequent oil spill — the petroleum industry’s largest in history — devastated the Gulf of Mexico last year, claiming 11 human lives and taking an incalculable toll on marine life.

Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, will be exploring this topic, and more — including CO2 emissions, crashing global fish stocks, the scarcity of freshwater available for human consumption, the lack clean water for more than one billion people of the world’s population, over-fishing, pollution, development, and climate change — at its “Eco-Festival 2011: Sustaining Waters,” April 13 to 15.

All Eco Festival events are free and open to the public.

View the schedule of events.

Reader nolastname sent in these photos of a tree that collapsed onto a Department of Sanitation garbage truck this morning, on East 18th Street and Avenue X.

See another photo, and find out the details according to our tipster.

Kruger after yesterday's court hearing. (Source:

State Senator Carl Kruger pleaded not guilty yesterday to the slew of corruption charges threatening to end his political career and put him behind bars.

Read details of yesterday’s hearing.

The announcement we received for this month’s Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting — moved up an extra week earlier to April 13 due to the upcoming Passover holiday — was refreshingly snarky, something we don’t see nearly enough of in our Southern Brooklyn civic groups. Behold:

We will be discussing important topics such as world famine, a possible truce in Libya and what to with all that wet plutonium in Japan. If time allows we will squeeze in such hot topics like using solar energy to BBQ, tanning beds at MB bus stops and why Bernie Madoff is upset about possibly sharing his cell with an elected official. […] It’s a meeting you’re not going to want to miss. Don’t forget to bring a date. […] It’s free unless you haven’t coughed up your $25 dues for 2011. Late fees waived just for you.

The meeting will be held inside of P.S. 195, 131 Irwin Street, at 8 p.m.

For more, email or call (718) 200-1845.

Nolastname took this photo through a hole in the construction fencing surrounding Zamperla’s new “Scream Zone” amusement park. That’s the Soaring Eagle, the first roller coaster to be built in the People’s Playground in more than 80 years. You can soar as high as tens of feet! Tens!

State Senator Marty Golden is encouraging members of the Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, and Gerritsen Beach communities to attend a town hall meeting he is hosting tomorrow, whereupon he will discuss issues regarding quality of life and concerns relating the 2011-2012 New York State Budget.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. inside the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U at East 33rd Street.

Members of the NYPD, FDNY Fire Safety Unit, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Transit Authority (MTA), Department of Buildings, and the Department of Parks and Recreation have all been invited to attend.

Golden will also give an update on his recent legislative efforts, ongoing community projects, upcoming events and other information pertinent to the communities he serves.

For more, contact his community office at (718) 238-6044.

The original version of this article indicated the event was tonight. It is actually tomorrow. Apologies for any confusion.