2/27-28: Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts, Jerry Lee Lewis…

… and the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck debuts a shop

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Saturday, Feb 27, 2010  |  Updated 9:14 AM EDT
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2/27-28:  Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts, Jerry Lee Lewis…

Nick Park

“A Matter of Loaf and Death” by Nick Park, part of the lineup of Oscar-nominated animated shorts at the IFC.

SMALL WONDERS: You know how you’re watching the Oscars and the Animated Shorts category comes up and you go to the bathroom because you haven’t seen any of the films in the running? This year you’ll care, because the IFC is screening the five nominees and three shortlisted others, including the Wallace & Gromit tale “A Matter of Loaf and Death” by Nick Park, whose Oscar track record makes him the Meryl Streep of this category. All weekend, times vary. 

FIRE’ STARTER: The cold, hard truth of it is, Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the last men standing from rock-and-roll’s heyday, and he’s still got it. (Sure, he married his 13-year-old cousin – but who hasn’t?) For one night only, come and experience what it means for a piano to take wings at B.B. King’s, Saturday, 8PM. 

WE SCREAM: As exhilarating as it is to play “look for the yellow truck” on every street corner so we can get our ice cream fix, we’re kind of psyched about Van Leeuwen getting their first brick-and-mortar storefront in Greenpoint, where they’ll hawk all the same luscious flavors (call me, peppermint-chip!) as the trucks. All going well, it should open Saturday morning. Go and christen it, will you? All weekend (but call ahead just in case), 632 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-701-1630.

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