02/13/17 12:00pm
Have a sexy freekshow Valentine's with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Have a sexy freakshow Valentine’s with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. Start off your V-Day week at The Future of Sex, where an all-female panel of sex pioneers — Gigi Engle, MacKenzie Peck, and Lidia Bonilla —will discuss everything from “teledildonics” (sure why not) to VR porn. (Monday, The Sweatshop, $15)

2. Hear hella humorous babble at The Talking Show, part talk show and part comedy, with performances from and chats with Aparna Nancherla, Subhah Agarwal, Rae Sanni, and Rebecca Vigil. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. & 4. We couldn’t settle on just two Valentine’s events, so here’s a selection: Literary Couples reading series, a Steamy Night at a Russian bathhouse, a V-Day history party, the sixth annual Unloveable Smiths/Morrissey tribute, a ’90s V-Day dance party, and an exotic burlesque freakshow. (Tuesday, varies) (more…)

02/09/17 10:19am
Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

Note: Check with organizers to see if any of these events are affected by the snowstorm.

1. Listen to a new frequency at Work x Work On Air, four days of curated programming celebrating the art of storytelling, podcasting, and experiential audio. (Friday through Sunday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

2. Bring the gals to Eve Productions’ Queer Bingo Mingle, with hot numbers action followed by drink specials and dancing for queer ladies and their pals. (Friday, Club Xstasy, $5 per Bingo board)

3. Learn about dudeliness at It’s a Guy Thing, where Ziwe Fumudoh, Meaghan Strickland, Lucy Randall, and Hamm Samwich explain manly stuff to the womanly hosts. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

02/06/17 12:00pm
Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

1. Hear a new perspective on a very useful skill at Best Friends Forever: The Science of Cooperation, a talk by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Aniek Ivens covering everything from ant colonies to the bacteria in our guts. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

2. Answer some unusual questions at Queerious February: Our Queer World, a trivia night geared toward LGBTQ folks with themed cocktails, raffles, prize bags, and guest performer Vic Sin. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Get comfortably morbid at Death Café, hosted by “death educator” Amy Cunningham, where people gather to share their thoughts and feelings on mortality over coffee and snacks. (Tuesday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE) (more…)

02/02/17 12:39pm
Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco's Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco’s Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your weekend, read on.]

1. See a smorgasbord of art at the opening reception for the 11th “100 Exhibition,” where 100 artists from around the world display pieces about what “home” means to them. (Friday, Ouchi Gallery, FREE)

2. Learn from another resistance at a screening of The Maribor Uprising, with a post-film presentation and discussion from co-directors Maple Razsa and Milton Guillen. (Friday, UnionDocs, $10)

3. Laugh demonically at Bitches Brew Comedy, with Sean Patton, Myq Kaplan, Ryan Donahue, Maria Wojciechowski, Farah Brook, and Khalid Rahmaan. (Friday, Halyards, FREE) (more…)

01/30/17 10:52am
Get fierce with HaraJuku Queen (#10)

Get fierce with HaraJuku Queen (#10)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your week, read on.]

1. Freak out in some strange corners of the internetz at D E E P, Chris Osborn’s curated night of weird and wild web videos, described as a “public internet K-hole.” (Monday, Videology, FREE)

2. Get wasted while gaming at Super Trashed Bros East, where comedians, merrymakers, and the audience battle each other at video games while also battling their own inebriation. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Participate in a vibrant discussion at A Community Conversation About Culture in Brooklyn, helping NYC develop its first-ever New York City Cultural Plan. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

01/26/17 8:52am
Marvel at movement with MICHIYAYA Dance (#2)

Marvel at movement with MICHIYAYA Dance (#2)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your weekend, read on.]

1. Giggle demurely at LAWL, an all-gal comedy show with Amy Zimmer, Madonna Refugia, Dominique Nisperos, and Milly Tamarez. (Friday, New Women Space, FREE)

2. Watch wild moves at the Director’s Choice Showcase, with dancers including City Stompers, 5th Digit, and MICHIYAYA Dance. (Friday through Sunday, Spoke the Hub, $15)

3. Read some lips at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: New Boss Edition, where comedians improvise dialogue over muted episodes of Cheers and Seinfeld. (Friday, Videology, $5) (more…)

01/23/17 12:15pm
Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#4) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

1. Still flying high from the women’s march? Head to Goddess Rising, a night of art and empowerment celebrating the divine feminine and the energy of NYC women, including contortionists, body painters, musicians, and more. (Monday, Living Gallery, $10)

2. Laugh yourself seasick at the Tight Ship Comedy Show, with Arti Gollapudi, Jon Schoss, Bowen Yang, Mike Abrusci, and Addie Werich; hosted by Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert. (Monday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

3. Let yourself be carried away at the Final Fantasy Reading Series, a night of readings and performances with an escapist theme, featuring Diamond Sharp, Eve Peyser, Gabrielle Rucker, Rheaa Rao, and Paco Salas Pèrez. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE) (more…)

01/19/17 12:37pm
Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20) (more…)

01/16/17 12:48pm
Honor MLK with Lattice Crawford (#1) (pic by Damien L. Sneed)

Honor MLK with Lattice Crawford (#1) (pic by Damien L. Sneed)

1. Honor MLK all day: Start off at the 31st annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., then head to the 13th annual A Shared Dream MLK Tribute Concert, with Vashawn Mitchell, Latice Crawford, James Hall, and more. (Monday, BAM/Walt Whitman Theater, both events FREE)

2. Or for something completely different, say konnichiwa to the Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival, with a Shamisen sitar performance, folk dances, the Shishimai Lion Dance, mochi pounding, food vendors, crafts, and more. (Monday, Roulette, $15)

3. Combine your love of literature and music at the Bushwick Book Club, where John S. Hall, Terry Radigan, Don Rauf, Sweet Soubrette, and more perform songs inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. (Tuesday, Barbès, FREE) (more…)

01/12/17 10:31am
Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#4) (pic by Sindayiganza)

Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#5) (pic by Sindayiganza)

1. Dork out at the Nerd Nite, with lectures on mind-reading, the science of hangovers, and the history of music videos. Come early for trivia before the presentations. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

2. See some northerly artistry at BarnFest 2017, a showcase of works developed at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine, with 20+ performances throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $12)

3. Listen to literature in many languages at Us & Them, a writer/translator reading series featuring Bonnie Chau, Elisa Wouk Almino, Jeremy Tiang, and Virginia Konchan. (Friday, Molasses Books, FREE)

4. Hear from smart and funny folks at Pulitzer Surprises, with a slew of comedians including Hasan Minhaj, Eliza Cossio, and Caroline Schaper, plus actual Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Harmon. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)