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Brooklyn Bands, Comedians, Writers Perform to Benefit Red Hook

By Alan Neuhauser | November 20, 2012 10:55am

RED HOOK — Brooklyn musicians, comedians, authors and filmmakers will be among the entertainers coming together for a pair of performances over the next week to benefit local retail shops and restaurants affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The performers and Restore Red Hook are trying to raise $2 million to help businesses that still need help in the wake of the superstorm.

On Wednesday, singer-songwriter, author and country music star Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late Johnny Cash, headlines "The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook." That performance is scheduled to be held at the Bell House on 7th Street in Gowanus starting at 7 p.m.

Singer-songwriters Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and Tone Johansen will perform, along with The Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion, a supergroup of three favorite bands from Red Hook's Jalopy Theatre: The Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, the Whiskey Spitters, and Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Comedian Lizz Winstead, one of the creators of "The Daily Show," will open for Cash, and Michael Buscemi, brother of actor Steve Buscemi, will screen his new film, "B61," named for the bus that runs through Red Hook.

Longtime musician and promoter Jan Bell will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets cost $30 and can be bought on TicketWeb.com.

On Nov. 27, southwest Brooklyn chefs and bakers will share tales of kitchen mishaps — and how they tried to save their establishments from Sandy — at "The Kitchen is Flooded and Other Disasters," a storytelling and networking event hosted by Brooklyn Based and Work It Brooklyn.

Allison Robicelli, owner of Robicelli's Cupcakes, and Leisah Swenson and Monica Byrne, owners Homemade and co-founders of Restore Red Hook, will tell their stories. Acclaimed writer Jami Attenberg author of the new novel, "The Middlesteins," will spin a story about a Brooklyn chef.

Food vendors like Porchetta, Dreamscoops, Anarchy in a Jar and Growing Chefs will be on hand, and the event also includes beer and a raffle.

The program runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Brewery on North 11th Street in Williamsburg. Tickets cost $15 and include a free beer and raffle ticket. They can be bought through Eventbrite.