You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley
Fall means a lot of crummy things in this town, but on the brighter side, it does mean Thanksgiving. Who among us doesn’t look forward to the blessed mid-season holiday where we throw all our calorie cares, workplace woes and family feuds, if only for one or two days?
While Thanksgiving may be cheerful, the preparations are not. We understand, so we’ve rounded up a few classes focused on tackling the more intricate and challenging elements of a Thanksgiving meal: cooking for celiacs and vegans, crafting autumnal wreaths, getting everybody glogg-tipsy, and carving a turkey, naturally.
Remember, signing up for these classes through us keeps the Brokeshow in town, so if you like what you read on our site, give one of these courses a try. (more…)
The Experiment Comedy Gallery is a perfect spot for Subreddit Live. Photo by Melton Sharpe
If you’ve been following Brokelyn’s series of articles on getting the nerve up to try an open mic and then killing it at said open mic, then you must have realized we’re telling you (yes, YOU) that Brooklyn always needs another comedian. You’ve been working on your material, getting up on any stage where you can get time, and rotating through all the bars in the metropolitan area. Maybe you’ve even met some people and gotten booked onto shows! And maybe now you’re wondering what the next move is? Contact the Tonight Show? Work on a TV pilot centered around your quirky life? Both of those will work, but you might also consider creating your own comedy show.
Sounds a little intimidating, you say? Don’t worry, Comedy Dad is here to help. (more…)
But before your inspirations run wild and you start painting your heart out onto a building wall, it’s important to consider whether what you’re doing is legal. We’re all for stunts and damning the Man, but nobody wants to get arrested. Brokelyn got hold of two elusive specimens from BK’s guerilla art scene: London Kaye (best known for that heavily controversial Moonrise Kingdom mural), and Joseph Meloy, whose art you definitely recognize from various blocks in the borough. Here are their tips to get your work out there, and keep it out there (barring a sudden whitewash—RIP Five Pointz).(more…)
Would you believe that comes off in the shower? Well, a few showers. via Tattly’s Instagram
Did you cash in on a $31 tattoo this Halloween? If not, never fear — you can still get a pretty killer washable one.
Tattly, purveyor of seriously stunning—but transient—body art, is setting up shop inside The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum hill from November 14, 2015 thru the end of February 2016 (leap year, so you get one blessed extra day of stick-on tats). (more…)
On the 7th day God said, ‘leather be light.’ Kidding, he actually said ‘take these Coursehorse classes.’ via BK Shoe Space
Okay, guys, it’s almost November. This is the big leagues; late fall isn’t for sissies. This is the time where you either nut up and lean into the season, or crawl into your bed and try to hibernate until May. Spoiler alert: the second one doesn’t work. In order to help you survive the madness, we’re bringing you a roundup of fall-core activities that are sure to raise you up as the crafty, autumn-savvy demigod you are.
A Batfleck costume would be a real pissah, and it’s wicked easy to make. All illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew
All Hallow’s Eve, everybody! It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to indulge our inner theater kid and play dress up and get randy with each other. Despite heading out to LA my heart is still in Brooklyn and my bank account is still questionable, so here I am with Brokelyn’s second annual guide to easy DIY Halloween costumes and their apropos sexual innuendos to say while wearing them.
To make sure we’re clear, these aren’t “sexy” costumes- you guys can probably go as a random occupation or pizza-loving rats wearing only bras and banana hammocks without my specific instructions. Rather, here are some cheap and simple costumes- some even capable of keeping you warm- and ways to leverage your dressing up into an undressing by November 1. (more…)
Here it is, your new shower regimen. Photos by Emma Kaye
You’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: every time you shampoo, you’re essentially stripping your hair cuticle of its natural oils. As a result, your scalp develops a reliance, or even a physical addiction, to being shampooed. Addiction is bad. It’s time for a change. It’s time to stop washing your hair.
It’s not as gross as it sounds. Plus, you will be cleaning your hair still. In place of shampooing and conditioning, you’ll be using two homemade cleansing solutions made from two simple ingredients: baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This method will cost you no more than $10 a year and make your hair feel clean and look great. So, here are the recipes and directions for getting back to basics with your haircare routine. You’ll never want to shampoo again. (more…)
Get your inner Mr. Miyagi on, heck, make your own Miyagi shirt. Image via Flickr user Rebecca Olarte
Brooklyn is full of naturally creative people who seem to just have been born with the skill to draw, sew, photograph and create cool things. Then there is the rest of us, the ones who actually have to put in the work to master certain skills so we can create cool things ourselves, in order to not be known as “that person with the office job.” We could nag the naturally creative people, but they are too busy, well, creating, so what is a potential creative to do? Well, we’ve partnered with CourseHorse, which has a wide selection of classes where for just a few hours you can have someone who knows what they’re doing helping you master a skill you will need to benefit your creative needs. (more…)
Okay so not this nice, but something beyond totally empty. via Flickr user danfinkelstein
Once upon a nightmare named February, we sat in our heatless apartments dreaming of summer. Now that summer is upon us we have our summer selves popping ice cubes and strapping them to our foreheads. Our winter selves would shame us for staying inside next to the A/C complaining that it’s too hot out to do anything but stay inside and watch all the Seinfeld episodes on Hulu. Listen to your winter self shaming you because summer gives you a great shot at a quick D.I.Y. project: the D.I.Y. luxury rooftop! While the luxury buildings have the amenities like fake grass and chairs and grills and pools, we know how to use our creativity and resourcefulness to make something out of the classic black tar rooftop. Make your rooftop over into a D.I.Y. paradise for just $70. (more…)
Best part is, you can’t get detention. via Bartsblackboard
Gone are the days where grad school was the only way to enhance your post-graduate skill set. These days you can find professional development classes all over the city—ones that cost only peanuts compared to their degree-granting brethren. And you’ve been saying for weeks now that you want to build your website. But when are you actually gonna do it, huh?
We’ve partnered with a directory called CourseHorse, that streamlines all of the classes in the city available for a given interest. Want to learn Photoshop? There’s a class for that. Want to perfect that chickpea dahl recipe? There’s a class for that. (more…)