mike brown

Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend. via Instagram

The last few nights, America has been transfixed by scenes of police in tanks scowling at and tear gassing protestors in Ferguson, Missouri who want answers after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. Spike Lee isn’t the first person to note the similarity between Brown’s case and that of Eric Garner, but now that he’s shown off a tribute to Michael Brown hanging in front of 40 Acres and A Mule next to the tribute to Eric Garner, he is the first person in America to have the distinction of hosting tributes to not just one, but the two most high-profile cases of unarmed black men killed by the police over the last month.

bantam studios

Just look at where you’re violin adventures could take you if you get good at this! via Facebook

Have you ever thought about learning how to play an instrument? Of course you have, but you’ve made plenty of excuses not to, also. It’s time to put a stop to that though. You may not become the next Jimi Hendrix, or that famous guy who is super good at violin, but since when has that ever mattered? Now is the time to learn, and lucky for you, there are affordable lessons geared to your level of experience (beginner) right here in Brooklyn. The best part? You get free beer or wine while you learn, because Boozy Music Lessons from Bantam Studios is back this year! (more…)

bam movie marathon

Finally, Clueless will get the appreciation it deserves.

Charity marathons are a good idea in theory, but in practice? All that running, all that training, and it’s all on top of the time you spent hectoring people for money for whatever charity you’re trying to help. Better to spend time hectoring people for money and then sitting down to watch movies for 24 hours straight, which is a thing you can do now thanks to BAM’s 24-hour movie marathon in September. The only training you’ll need to do for this is watching Netflix late at night and making sure you stay awake. (more…)

wnyc soundcheck

See these guys for the price of one ticket, and get two of those tickets for the price of one. Sorry, a lot of math.

Last weekend was great, wasn’t it? Can’t wait for the next one? Me neither. If you’re like me and want to fill your schedule with activities ASAP, jump on this rad offer from WNYC’s Soundcheck. From now until midnight tonight, WNYC Soundcheck has buy-one-get-one tickets (which are just $20 anyway) for their live taping this Saturday, June 7, as a part of RadioLoveFest. Why should you care, aside from the fact that it’s a good deal? It means you can see Wyatt Cenac and Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen for just ten bucks! (more…)

atlantic center fight club

Pictured: A man who is not happy we’re talking about this story.

We know, we know, the first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. The thing to keep in mind though, is the last rule of Fight Club, which is “If it’s your first time at Fight Club, you fight.” So while teens using social media to talk about and organize a Fight Club behind Atlantic Center are most definitely violating the first rule of Fight Club, they’re doing a hell of a job with the second one, according to DNA Info and witnesses to the Atlantic Center Fight Club. Well, they were doing a hell of a job until someone fired a gun, which probably violates an unwritten rule of Fight Club. (more…)

hot bird

Hot Bird: A baby-free zone since 2014. via Flickr user Betty Tsang

Parents have it tough around here. Between having to do things like finding a school for their terrible children, and making their terrible children do their Common Core homework and generally make sure their children stay alive, it’s enough to drive you to drink. Of course, if you have children, you can’t just leave them at home when you need a beer. You can’t bring them to Hot Bird either though, as the bar has recently instituted a “no kids” policy. (more…)

habana outpost

Ready for this again? Yeah, we thought so. via Facebook

You can’t stop the calendar from moving a day forward every day, so in that sense, you can’t really stop summer, no matter how hard winter has tried. We’ve definitely officially entered the time for jorts and basketball jerseys with the opening of the Gowanus Yacht Club and the Brooklyn Bridge Park dance parties and the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule, and now that the Habana Outpost outdoor movies have started, we’ve reached yet another important summer milestone. Every Sunday at 8pm from now until October 26, you get yourself some free movies in lovely Fort Greene. Take it all in, you’ve earned it. (more…)

pratt free school

Usually you avoid school, but hey, it’s free. via Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to go to one of the prestigious art schools in one of the most artistic cities in the world? Well, on April 5 you can find out for the low low cost of zero dollars.

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill is opening their Pratt Free School this weekend, offering a day of free classes to the public taught by alumni of their Master Communication Design program. The day of free classes, which have become a yearly tradition at the school, are designed as both a showcase for recent graduates and an outreach to the Brooklyn community. (more…)

game of thrones

They’re making things cuter for Brooklyn. Nah, just kidding, there’s still gonna be blood everywhere. via Facebook

We’re all praying for spring, but things are going to stay icy in Brooklyn all the way this month, because on March 20 at 7pm, the Barclays Center is hosting a sneak preview of the Game of Thrones‘ Season 4 premiere, before its April 6 TV premiere at 9pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 6 for just $15, and the lucky 7,000 people who manage to fight their way through the cold world called the King’s Landing, the internet, will win a viewing of the anticipated new episode on a stadium sized screen, with accompanying costume and prop displays from the traveling exhibition, photo ops on the Iron Throne, and more. (more…)

eugene mirman

Will Eugene have alpacas with him? You won’t know until you find out. via Facebook

A great thing about Brooklyn is that famous people you see on TV, or whose animated selves you see on TV in this case, just kind of live everywhere. Case in point: Bob’s Burgers‘ Larry Murphy lives so close to Clinton Hill’s Splitty (415 Myrtle Avenue) that he decided to put together a weekly comedy night there. He’s opening it with a bang too, bringing a couple of his co-stars, Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman, and a Brokelyn favorite, Kate Berlant, along with him tonight. Plus, it won’t cost you more than a Lincoln (the bill, not the coin). (more…)