02/27/17 1:41pm
Hannah and Chuck Palmer square off.

Hannah and Chuck Palmer square off.

Let’s cut to the chase: Last night’s episode of Girls is not the kind of thing that lends itself to the kinds of flip, jokey recaps we typically produce. In fact, being the one to discuss the episode at all feels slightly icky, as it focuses specifically on the experiences of young women placed in uncomfortable positions where power dynamics complicate consent. (I re-read that last sentence at least six times, and I’m still not sure it properly says what I want it to.) Still, the episode necessitates conversation, and I hope this post creates space in the comments and social media for others to weigh in with their takes. (Plus my editor shot down my earlier attempts of getting out of this.)

Let’s all try our best, OK?

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02/27/17 12:56pm
Roullez some bon temps with Sabrina Chap (#8)

Roullez some bon temps with Sabrina Chap (#8)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Start your week off silly at Goofy, where performers do their weirdest work, featuring Sandy Honig, Rome Davis, Maya Sharma, and more, plus improv from the Goof Troupe. (Monday, Legion Bar, FREE)

2. Giggle angelically at the February edition of Divine Comedy, tonight starring Mike Recine, Ariel Elias, Nate Marshall, and Harrison Tweed. (Monday, Two Saints, FREE)

3. Make no apologies for checking out Am I Write, Ladies?: Sorry Not Sorry, an evening of new work from women and gender non-conforming artists, from punk blues to spoken word to dance. (Tuesday, The Footlight, $10) (more…)

02/27/17 11:16am
Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

We’re officially more than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, and though there have definitely been plenty of challenges (terrible cabinet nominees, an uptick in deportations, an increase hate crimes across the country, you name it), the resistance continues, from small community meetings to (some of) the speeches at the Oscars.  This week offers plenty of opportunities to get involved and march forth. (more…)

02/24/17 4:26pm
Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny's. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny’s. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The biggest and most immediate rebuttal to the idea that a bathroom is some sort of magical gender island and not just a hole in the ground to collect your recycled Miller High Life happens in New York City bars every single night. It’s in the back of those bars in long lines of people desperate to evacuate their bowels and get back to the party that any concerns of gender roles break down in favor of the only gods New Yorkers believe in: convenience and speed. This has been the case for some time, and you’re seeing more and more bars give up the idea that anyone really cares about anything about the bathroom other than how long the line is.

A few months ago, I was standing in line for the restrooms at Sunny’s, Red Hook’s beloved bar at the end of the world, where the Saturday night bluegrass jam had drawn in its usual large crowd. The bathrooms at the time were labeled “His” and “Hers” in charming vintage lettering. But they’re single-occupancy rooms so I always use whichever one opens first. That night, the Hers room opened and I pointed out to the guy in front of me in line that if he didn’t use it, I would. His face glowed with revelation: “Yeah, I could right?! It’s 2016, right? I’m going for it!” This guy seemed to think he was making some enlightened, revolutionary stance. He was not. A bathroom is just a place to pee and occasionally do drugs in.

Sunny’s recognized this: it recently added the words “+everybody” (which I snapped the above picture of on Tuesday) to the signs to clear up any confusion, because who has time to care. Like most social debates that embroil red state America, New Yorkers are too busy to care about where you pee and do your drugs, so long as you’re not slowing them down.  (more…)

02/24/17 4:04pm
A native Brooklynite (far left), a native Hawaiian (middle), and a Native American tribe member. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

A native Brooklynite (far left), a native Hawaiian (middle), and a Native American tribe member. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something … Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.” – E.B. White, Here Is New York

Last night, Williamsburg’s The City Reliquary took on a heated topic in the back room of their kitschy Metropolitan Avenue space with their event Redefining “Native New Yorker.” It’s a topic that’s been hotly debated well before E.B. White even wrote his stunning ode to New York in 1949.

“For many people, the term ‘native New Yorker’ usually refers to someone born and raised in one of the five boroughs,” the event description read, “While this is one way of understanding what it means to be a native in New York, this group of presentations and performances will offer a broader and more inclusive look.”

The panelists included a Ditmas Park native, a descendant of a Lenape tribe member and a native Hawaiian who has lived in New York for almost 20 years. All but the native Brooklynite shied away from the question of who gets to call themselves a native New Yorker, and instead performed traditional aspects of their own culture. They were all undoubtedly New Yorkers, even if they weren’t born here. While they didn’t settle the question, they highlighted the idea that New York has always been made of immigrants, wanderers and people from somewhere else .

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02/24/17 9:37am
It's a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place

It’s a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place / Instagram

This Sheepshead Bay store specializes in the evil eye [New York Times]
Cobbling together: the Brooklynites who gather to make handcrafted shoes [The Guardian]
Massive whirlpool coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park [DNAinfo]
Millennials no longer looking to rent in W’burg, Bushwick or Greenpoint [Free Williamsburg]
L Train shutdown planning ignores needs of small businesses, owners say [DNAinfo]
Overheard at the Park Slope Food Co-op [New York Times]
Police raid of Gowanus motorcycle clubhouse nets guns, cornucopia of drugs [Gothamist]
City plugs contested Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal in new video [Curbed]

02/23/17 2:15pm
This Sunday is the 89th tiny gold men reunion. Photo via Wikipedia

This Sunday is the 89th tiny gold men reunion. Photo via Wikipedia

This Sunday, celebrities will come together to cry, make political statements, wear sparkly gowns and bestow upon each other tiny golden men. It’s the 89th Academy Awards, and whether or not you’ve seen La La Land or don’t even have the attention span to get through anything but a Disney film, lots of venues are making a night of it across the borough so go out and watch if for nothing but the booze and so you can sound cultured at work in the morning.

Here’s where we’re deciding between to spend our Sunday night. (more…)

02/23/17 12:40pm
Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#) (pic by Michelle Talich)

Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#2) (pic by Michelle Talich)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Revel in artistic diversity at the Black Artstory Month closing event, with dance and movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit. (Friday, BLDG 92, FREE)

2. Fall into a ring of fire at the 12th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted, as ever, by Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion. (Friday & Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Watch some wild lip-reading at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: Tropical February, where comedians improvise new dialogue over muted episodes of classic shows; this month featuring Saved by the Bell: Malibu Sands and California Dreams. (Friday, Videology, FREE) (more…)

02/23/17 11:26am
Ruthie Darling Vintage Clothing

We are living in a vintage world, ladies. Photo by Ruthie Darling/Brokelyn at Risk

Vintage shopping has long been the perfect way for millennials to stay chic and save money. As a part-time fashion blogger myself, I love to create new outfits, but being a financially challenged freelancer, I have to find clothing on a seriously low budget. I’ve been hitting up some Brooklyn neighborhoods in search of the coolest vintage at the cheapest prices. This week I’m in Bushwick, and here is what I found. (more…)

02/22/17 5:16pm
Margarita pug

If you do not have a margarita today these pugs will cry and it will be your fault.

Today is National Margarita Day! So, friends, ask not what tequila can do for you, but what you can do for tequila: namely, consume it in large amounts with lots of salt and lime.

For naysayers who believe margaritas to be a thing for summer and only summer, this elderly talking puppet puts it best, “In the darkness of winter we need the citrus vitality and joyful fellowship of National Margarita Day all the more.” Also, it kind of feels like spring outside right, which is the next best thing to summer. (more…)