Williamsburg's SmorgasBrewery + Madonna's Cirque du Soleil Halftime Show = 8 Items or Less

Gary Pini
1. While Williamsburg's "Smorgasburg" takes a winter hiatus, the Brooklyn Flea crew launched "SmorgasBrewery" yesterday and it's continuing every Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., through March inside the Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg). There will be a rotating cast of food vendors due to the limited space. Meanwhile, the original Flea moved into their winter headquarters at Skylight One Hanson in downtown Brooklyn and that will be open every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also through March. [BrooklynFlea]

2. And, the BBC is narrowing their long-list of music acts to watch out for in 2012.  The top 15 includes Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex and Dot Rotten. They'll pick the top 5 in January.

3. Billboard picks the 40 most important women in the music business. 

4. Buzzfeed picks their 45 most powerful photos of 2011.

5. Madonna will team with Cirque du Soleil for the halftime show at SuperBowl XLVI. Cirque's latest Las Vegas production, "Immortal," was panned in yesterday's L.A. Times.  The paper called the tribute to Michael Jackson "a two-dimensional mixtape...filled with Vegas cheese." Sounds delicious!

6. Lana Del Rey's Interscope album is now set for release on January 31, 2012.

7. From our "wish-we'd-thought-of-that" department: The New York Times Magazine's "Meh List." (Sorry, Leo, still no Oscar for you.) We also love the entire One-Page Magazine idea.

8. The Kermy Maniefesto? Fox News says the new Muppets movie is an example of " liberals trying to brainwash your kids against capitalism." [TheDailyWhat]

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