06/25/15 11:11am
your pugcast idea had better be good. via flickr user zoomar

Your pugcast ahem, podcast idea, had better be good. via flickr user zoomar

We’re at it again, helping you make a podcast. But this time it’s not just about quality, it’s about opportunity. WNYC has just announced its search for the next great podcast idea! Is it yours?

The famed radio station is going about their search in a very America’s Got Talent-esque way: the WNYC Podcast Accelerator program “will give both established talent and up-and-coming storytellers the opportunity to pitch their big podcast idea” to WNYC and the Online News Association (ONA). The winning pitch will have its pilot episode produced by a WNYC producer! How do you like that? (more…)

05/05/15 3:28pm

Este hombre encantador

Given that he’s seen as about as dour a singer as they come, you might be thinking that there isn’t a supergroup of Mexican musicians who are out there recording joyous Mexican-style covers of the man’s solo efforts and Smiths songs. Well, turns out you’re wrong, because Mexicans LOVE Morrissey and one talented group of Mexican musicians loves him so much that they came together to form Mexrrissey, so they can show that love with cover songs. Intrigued? We thought so, and what’s even better is that Mexrrissey is playing BAM this weekend. What’s even better than that is that you can win a pair of tickets to see what is sure to be an awesome occasion. (more…)

04/21/15 4:39pm
Can you beat this?

Can you beat this?

Boy it’s been nice the last few days, huh? Not counting Monday’s rainy day of course. Anyway, now that the sun is shining, you’ve no doubt been out on that bike of yours, which is pleasant except for having to dodge cars. Oh and potholes, always with the potholes. Next time you have to swerve around one though, stop (when it’s safe, stop) and go back to get a picture of it. After you snap a picture, upload it to Instagram or tweet it with the hashtag #worstpotholeBK (you can also email us) and you could wind up the proud owner of a puncture-resistant tire from our pals at Bike Slug. (more…)

02/20/14 1:02pm
the knife

Obviously you don’t want to miss what’s happening on The Knife’s tour. via Facebook

Want to see The Knife perform at Terminal 5? Of course you do, because while Sweden might not be tearing it up in Sochi, this Swedish duo will rock your socks harder than Putin’s hairless chest. Sadly, the show is sold out. But wait! The folks at Flavorpill got your back: they’re giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out May 1 show! (more…)

02/19/14 1:06pm
pat kiernan trivia

Pat Kiernan looks off stage to see if “You know, the green one” is an acceptable answer to “Who is the political and spiritual leader of the Muppets?”

Whether we like it or not, awards season is upon us, and one person we can guarantee is thrilled about the occasion is NY1 morning news anchor and Brooklyn resident, Pat Kiernan, who loves pop culture so much he hosted his own TV show about it on VH1 and routinely hosts trivia nights at The Bell House, including the upcoming Red Carpet Trivia Night on March 5. And sure you could pay for the show, but why do that when you can just convince TrivWorks you deserve free tickets more than anyone else? (more…)

01/30/14 9:52am

The lanes are waiting, are you ready? via Facebook

Yesterday we told you that registration was now open for another gripping Brewskee-Ball season. You might be thinking about registering, but you also might be thinking about how you need the money to do so for things like rent and food and other so-called “basic living expenses.” So sad. Except! The fine folks running the league said that they would waive the $60 registration fee for the person with the best/worst punny team name in the comments section. (more…)

01/16/14 2:07pm
Ana Metronic is MC'ing what will be a rikikulous party.

Ana Metronic is MC’ing what will be a rikikulous party.

Times are still tough for LGBTQ youth out there, yes, even after all those “It Gets Better” videos and yes even in New York City, the land of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. The folks over at the Manhattan-based Hetrick-Martin Institute know this, which is why they offer programs to help create a safe environment for young people, regardless of sexual orientation. Next Friday, they’re throwing a fundraiser at Littlefield that also happens to be a heckuva party: not only is it hosted by Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters (she of the famously infectious “Let’s Have a Kiki” video), but it also features Le Tigre’s JD Samson, with her new band JD Samson and MEN, and lots more too. Tix are $30, but we’ve got a pair to giveaway bere. Details below:  (more…)

05/16/13 1:00pm
Photo courtesy GoogaMooga

Photo by C Taylor Cruthers; courtesy GoogaMooga

Hold on to your sporks, folks. We’ve secured two Saturday and Sunday general admission tickets to this weekend’s GoogaMooga festival with a $10 food voucher on behalf of American Express Serve. We’re giving them away to a Brokelyn e-mail subscriber. GoogaMooga, Brooklyn’s premiere food and music festival, is making a triumphant return to Prospect Park. Of course, we don’t need to tell you that. If you’re like us, you’ve been obsessing over the band lineup and banh mi potential for weeks. (more…)

05/13/13 4:00pm
This movies won't suck... your blood.

These movies won’t suck… your blood.

UPDATE: The contest is over and the winners have been notified. If you were too late, remember, you can sign up for our mailing list and enter special contests every week just for subscribers. Enter your e-mail address in the box in the right-hand column. We’ll send out a newsletter every week with the weekend’s hot events, highlights from the site, and details about the current contest.

Like scary movies? Then you’ll want to read this. We’re giving five lucky email subscribers tickets to Yelp’s Passport To Downtown Brooklyn Horror and Suspense night this Thursday! These tickets will get you and a friend access to The Dark Side screening, featuring indie horror shorts plus the World Premiere of 5 SENSES OF FEAR from Chiller TV. And Tony Timpone, the legendary Editor Emeritus of Fangoria Magazine, is moderating the Q&A session with the filmmakers after the screening. (more…)

03/08/13 11:00am
Russ will still help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and still present you with delicious food options

Russ will still help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and still present you with delicious food options

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