Artsy venues in Williamsburg

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HiChristina
Since opening its Williamsburg headquarters in March, HiChristina has been churning out five to six wacky events every week, including mango-eating-and-manicure parties, handshake demonstrations, practical-joke nights and Twister games. "This is empowered entertainment," says Fritz Donnelly, who runs the space with girlfriend, Christina Ewald. "Everyone is special and strange in an interesting way, but it's impossible to express that at a bar, store or restaurant. So we invite people here." 632 Grand St at Leonard St (hichristina.com)

City Reliquary
Come for the crazy NYC ephemera (vintage pasties!); stay for the bike-friendly block parties and '30s-themed fests. 370 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St (718-782-4842, cityreliquary.org)
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The Brick
Small but mighty, this tiny cube in Williamsburg hosts clown shows, radio theater, environmental productions of classics (like last season's Notes from Underground) and drolly themed festivals that thoughtfully investigate concepts like "pretentiousness" or "antidepressants." Expect to pay $15 to $18 for a ticket. 575 Metropolitan Ave between Lorimer St and Union Ave (718-907-6189, bricktheater.com)
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3rd Ward
The new outpost of Bushwick's art and design center has the same M.O.: space, education, events and facilities for creative types at affordable prices. 573 Metropolitan Ave between Lorimer St and Union Ave (3rdward.com).

Secret Project Robot
An art and music venue, SPR hosts regular music showcases, performance events, art openings and an annual block party. 220 Kent Ave at Metropolitan Ave (917-860-8282, secretprojectrobot.org)

Public Assembly
Housed in the old Galapagos spot, Public Assembly has similarly made itself into a hub for arts in the 'hood. Expect everything from live bands and film screenings to burlesque and dance parties. 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (718-384-4586, publicassemblynyc.com)

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